Lake District camping on a working farm with a stream to splash in, campfires encouraged and a horse-riding centre on the doorstep so you can tour the local scenery in style.
Baystone Bank Farm has the feel of farm from time gone by. In the south-west of the Lake District, at the foot of White Combe mountain, it’s setting is as English as they come. Traditional Swaledale sheep dot the surrounding slopes and a mighty Shire horse grazes in the neighbouring field, as if an old horse-drawn plough has just been unshackled. This is ‘rural’ defined.
Through the centre of the site runs a small and very paddle-able stream, its waters funnelled down from White Combe and Black Combe, the hulking mountains that rise north of the campsite. Across the stream a collection of non-electric grass pitches are perfect for tent campers, while, on the nearer side, more grass pitches are joined by slate grey hard-standings for campervans or caravans. In total, the campsite still remains a small and peaceful affair, with space for kids to run free and build dams in the stream, while parents enjoy the tranquillity of pitching on one the Lake District's smaller, lesser known campsites.
Those who want the location but without the camping are also catered for. There’s a handful of pre-pitched bell tents, decked out with proper beds and soft furnishings, and a custom-built, timber roundhouse set on the campsites raised terrace area. There’s also a separate orchard, through a gate at the end of the site, which has been specifically set aside for groups of campers, who want to book together and have a space all to themselves.
The campsite is just one of many feathers in Baystone Bank’s hat. Along with continuing to farm Swaledale and Blackfaced sheep on the surrounding fells, it is also home to the Cumbrian Heavy Horses Riding Centre, where you can saddle up on the largest of horse breeds, including shire horses and Clydesdales. There are steeds for all sizes though, and all levels of ability, so campers are welcome to saddle up and head out on one of their guided hacks.
Those who prefer two feet to four need no telling that the walking here is excellent. Several footpaths run right through the farm’s own land and trekking up to the top of White Combe and along the ridge to Black Combe is a must. Standing in isolation as the ridge does, it offers excellent all-round views, of the Irish Sea to the west and across the crinkling mountains of the rest of the national park to the east. In the distance below, the likes of Muncaster Castle, the Esk estuary and the North Walney National Nature Reserve all offer just a glimpse of the many other attractions on the doorstep.
The Owner Says
Baystone Bank Farm Campsite is a small family campsite situated at the foot of Black and White Combe in the picturesque Whicham Valley within the South Western borders of the Lake District National Park.
Whether relaxing with your family, having a base for activities, having a romantic break, walking the miles of footpaths starting right here or simply exploring this beautiful and unspoilt part of Cumbria we offer a fabulous location for your holiday!
With miles of pristine beaches just 5 minutes away this area offers a multitude of things to do, from simply getting out into the countryside, castles with huge gardens to explore, joining us here for a ride out with the UK's only British Horse Society Approved Heavy Horse Riding Centre 'Cumbrian Heavy Horses', or simply relax on site, listen to the burbling stream which runs through the site, get the BBQ going, and enjoy the tranquillity!
Be it camping, glamping in the bell tents or booking to stay in our own unique 'The Roundhouse accommodation, or a stay with your motor home or caravan we can cater for your requirements! We have a special area, 'The Orchard' for private bookings, which is fenced separately and is secure - ideal for groups.
We have toilet and shower facilities, washing facilities, a small shop and fire pits / a BBQ available on request. Dogs are welcome as long as they are kept on leads due to the farms horses and other animals.
Also on site is world renowned Cumbrian Heavy Horses, a unique riding centre in that they use the magnificent Shire, Clydesdale and other pure heavy horse breeds for riding...with rides to suit all abilities this can be a fabulous addition to your holiday!
Baystone Bank Farm is also a working fell farm, we have Swaledale and Scottish Blackface sheep, chickens, cats and dogs as part of our family! Local stores, traditional pubs and restaurants are situated within a ten minute drive of the farm.
The site is open all year (including camping for the hardy!), although parking on the grass is not allowed in wet conditions. The bell tents are seasonal, available to hire from Easter until the end of October half term
We hope you will enjoy your visit and come back to join us in future!
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We had the best time here over the weekend, the campsite is beautiful.
The campsite is beautiful, we camped near the river and had our little campfire lit. The owners were lovely and very accommodating. It was cold but still couldn’t have wished for a better experience or campsite. Great campsite for walkers and horse riders alike.
Response from Baystone Bank Farm Campsite
Thank you so much Grace for your positive comments. We try very hard to make every customers experience a lovely memorable getaway. We hope to see you again in the future.
The landscape was amazing!
Was a great experience, really enjoyed the surrounding areas. Will definitely be coming back!
Response from Baystone Bank Farm Campsite
We are really pleased you had a great time staying with us. The area is beautiful and is always appreciated by us every day. Delighted you will be coming back to us for another visit
Ideal base for exploring South-West Lakes
Very friendly campsite within close proximity to some really good walking routes, for example, hiking up Black Combe, or having a stroll around the nature reserve/along the beach in Millom. The staff were really friendly and very welcoming. Also the facilities around the campsite were really good. We stayed in the Roundhouse, and it was a very cosy room with great cooking and cleaning facilities, and the bed was comfy which provided us a great nights sleep. We loved the log burner as well, which kept us nice and warm all night. The board games were a nice addition too, as they kept us entertained in the evening before bed. Overall, I would highly recommend this campsite to anybody looking to stay in this area of the Lakes!
Already planning the next trip down!
This campsite was our heaven from the second we set foot on it! We were welcomed by the campsite ranger, shown to our pitch and told where everything was. Looking around, there was all ages and everyone just got along so nicely, such a lovely atmosphere. We stayed for 3 nights and never had an issue with anything, showers were always hot, plenty of space, the atmosphere was brilliant. The surrounding Cumbrian Heavy Horses were also lovely and very inviting. The whole place just has a lovely feel to it, even being on a working farm just added to the joy of it all. My boyfriend and I are already planning when we can next come down and definitely stay for longer. There were also wee leaflets at the toilet blocks to help with things to do. A very well run, friendly, quiet campsite! A huge thank you for hosting us and we hope to see you again soon!
Beautiful setting and good pitch size
Really picturesque setting in between the mountains and only 10 mins from the beach. We enjoyed being over the stream as the kids loved the excitement of driving through the stream. The site itself is clean and well kept although clearly lots of people ignore the rule about where to have fires as there was a few fire pits dotted all around each pitch. Good spacing on pitches. Beautiful setting. Lovely to see the horses and sheep. Shaun and the other staff were super friendly and both nights as the log sale had run out they came round and offered the logs as soon as they were availiable. The shop was well stocked but there were only 3 toilets in total and the mountain of rubbish by the bins was quite smelly. It was a shame some other parents didn't police their children to make sure they followed the rules as they regularly threw the fire stones into the stream. But not the campsites fault.
We book the Bell Tent for two nights. On arrival we had a warm welcome from Shaun who showed us our tent and the equipment in there. The tent didn't appear to have been cleaned after the last occupant, the top cover on the bed was covered in crisps and the sheet was stained, but we removed these and used our own. The tent includes utensils and a tea towel, the tea towel looked like it had been dragged round the floor and there were three plates and two forks, not enough for four. We discovered this after Shaun had left, they may have sorted the problem, but we made do. While we were staying the site was full and the facilities were not enough for the people on the site. Having noticed this we got up early 7:30 to shower, but there were often queues, two showers were not enough and as for the toilets, two ladies and one for the men. Men were always queuing and on our final morning at about 6:30 my husband waited for 15 minutes as someone was in the men's toilet tapping on their phone, he gave up and my son went up. He knocked and was told he'd be out in a few minutes, he gave up and used the ladies, he did hear the man eventually come out. The local towns don't offer much. I was grateful that the lady who ran the shop opened up especially for me to get some marshmallow for our BBQ, but until they update the facilities, we won't be back.
Beautiful, friendly campsite
We received a warm welcome at Baystone and stayed in a lovely pitch right next to the stream. The children loved to play in the stream and explore the campsite, playing with the other kids staying there. The shop was really useful and reasonably priced for odd things we had forgotten. It was great that there are fire pits already set up for campers to use and enjoy the views whilst sat next to the fire. The only downside to the campsite are the facilities. There aren’t enough toilets and showers for the amount of campers and are in need of a real update and deep clean! There is also only one sink available for washing up which meant there were queues at times. Beside this, we really enjoyed our stay and Shaun and his dog were a real highlight. He went of his way to help people out and make sure they had a pleasant stay and is a real credit to Baystone.
Basic & rustic
We stayed here on a recommendation. It's in a gorgeous spot and Sean, the Manager, is very helpful and welcoming. It was great being able to have a campfire and the stream running through the site was very pretty. We were disappointed by the toilets - as there are only two for the women and one for the men. In the Ladies, the bin was overflowing each of the three days we were there. The hot water heater in the Ladies, had a little laminated label attached, stating 'hot water not working,' so my guess is that there hasn't been any hot water in the ladies for a long time. Why not just get it fixed? The washing up facilities were clean. The only drawback was that there is only one sink for everyone and the hot water wasn't properly hot and on one occasion there wasn't any hot water at all. A fellow camper who'd stayed longer said it was a bit 'hit and miss'. I had a hot shower, my partner's was cold and the cubicles were grubby and uninviting. There was a definite aroma of the cesspit as you walked down the sloped path next to the roundhouse and when we left and wanted to throw our rubbish bag in the very large commercial sized bins, we were grossed out that not only were all 5 bins overfull but there were loads of bags of rubbish piled up in front of them. The weather was inclement, which didn't help, but I just felt that they could up their game in the hygiene department, as basic doesn't have to mean inadequate or grubby. I would love to visit again once these issues have been addressed.
Peace and quiet
We had a lovely stay at Baystone Bank and were made to feel welcome by Shaun the site manager on arrival. We hired out the orchard as were with friends and it was lovely and private and the kids enjoyed running around exploring. The site has only been up and running a few months and they have done remarkably well however the facilities have room for improvement but this will happen in time. I definitely recommend this site and hope to stay again.
Great campsite and friendly staff
Great wee campsite, great location and stunning views, The staff are friendly and Shaun was on hand with any queries. The kids loved playing in the stream and had a fantastic week camping.
Relaxed off the beaten track feel
Fantastic friendly site. Loved having the Orchard to ourselves for a chilled weekend with family and some good friends. Special thanks to Shaun and of course Teddy for making us feel so welcome.
A gorgeous location and we were lucky enough to have sunshine and clear skies to enable us to fully appreciate the beauty around us. The shop/cafe on site was a welcome treat on arrival as we had a coffee and muffin before setting up camp! The lady in the cafe was very helpful, as was the campsite warden who kindly gave us a splash of milk for our coffees one morning. He also has a very friendly dog called Teddy who kept our kids entertained. There is a little stream for children to play in - take wellies! We only had two negative points about our stay; the first being the toilets - there is a terrible smell coming from the sewer system - perhaps this needs updating? And the second gripe was the communal fridge - it was disgusting inside and in dire need of a clean. I appreciate that campers using it should do it but as they clearly have not, a member of staff needs to get on the case! We preferred to use our cooler bag after seeing the state of it. But overall, a lovely trip - thank you!
Nice views and location but...
Great location and very picturesque campsite situated in a little valley near millom. Approx 40 pitches and a separate orchard for a more private campsite. There is a stream that runs right through the middle of the site accessible over a little metal bridge. Kids can play safely for hours in the stream as it’s very shallow. The site is safe enough to let your kids roam freely for hours without having to worry where they have disappeared to. Campfires & bbq’s encouraged with a supply of logs £5 per bag. A small shop with a few essentials was good but could be so much better if they had local businesses supplying meat, eggs,cheeses etc as everyone drove to the local Tesco in Millom, extra revenue and adds to the experience if it’s done properly. Now the negative points, the shower and toilet facilities are very poor there is only 1 toilet for men and 2 women’s toilets for a 40 pitch site, so there would always be a queue to use. We had no hot water to the toilets and the dishwashing station for two days over the weekend, there is only 1 dishwashing sink so there were always people waiting to wash dishes, a major pain! This area needs some major investment and if they get it right then this site will be a good edition to the area. The farm sheep dogs are left to roam the site and use it as their toilet, twice right outside of our tent and dog mess over most of the site, this with kids running around is pretty disgusting. We have a dog ourselves and always clean up after it so feel this is a major let down with this site. Shaun the site manager is approachable and informative and is a good addition to the business but feel his hands are a little tied. Overall I’d give this site 3stars with the facilities letting the site not be a 5star site.
Good family camping
This is a great campsite for children with a stream to play in and animals to see around the farm. Great campfires and a good choice of different pitches. Great to have access to a fridge and freezer. Facilities basic but sufficient. Good access to different parts of Western Cumbria, beaches, and some of the lesser visited Lakes.
Fantastic setting for families
Our first camping trip further afield (normally camp near home) and we were not disappointed. Lovely setting (we had a pitch by the stream which was perfect for our two boys, 8 and 5, to paddle in and make friends), fire pits for all, small grass play area for badminton and swing ball (we also set up our own croquet set there), walks for all abilities, animals aplenty, plenty to see and do in the area, fab shop selling camping essentials AND ice creams, and decent facilities. Shaun (and the lovely Teddy the dog!) was so helpful, checking all was ok for us, suggesting places to visit and setting us up with an electric hook-up despite those pitches being fully booked. We were lucky for most of our four-night stay that the weather was good too - the last night was far more dramatic with high winds and rain. Would rate this site five-star but felt that it could do with more toilets/showers/washing up areas for the size of the site (and it got very busy at the weekend). Definitely recommend though as a base for exploring Cumbria/the Lake District. We visited Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass-Eskdale Railway, Silecroft Beach and the Laurel and Hardy Museum in Ulverston. All in all, a great camping trip. Thank you, Baystone Bank Farm!
Fantastic family camping! Idyllic location!
We absolutely loved our first family camping experience here, so much so we booked an extra night. The campsite is set in beautiful surroundings and the stream was a big hit with the kids. The facilities are basic but everything you need for a comfortable stay - showers, toilets, fire pits for every pitch, fridge and freezer and free access to a plus for phone charging and hair drying! Shaun is fantastic! Really friendly and helpful and even lent us two camping chairs for the week! The shop has all the essentials but there are plenty of shops nearby. We had a brilliant time at Silecroft beach on two of our days, spent a day at Muncaster Castle and explored the walks beyond the campsite. I would highly recommend Baystone Bank! 5 stars all round!
Just back from a fantastic camping stay at Baystone Bank Farm. We had intended to stay a couple of days but loved it so much we stayed for 5!!! The sight is wonderfully rural but makes a great base for exploring the lakes. We ventured out and about every day (steam train at Haverthwaite, lake cruise at Lakeside Windermere, a great Motor Museum with quiz and medals for the kids, Silecroft beach which is miles of sand with not another soul in sight!!!) although we were always keen to get back to the site, enjoy the views and the great camp fire by the tent. The people are lovely, fellow campers were very friendly and respectful (the usual campsite atmosphere during the day/evening but it all gets quiet at around 10.30pm which was great for us trying to get the kids to bed!). Special mention has to go to the site staff, especially Shaun, who were all brilliantly friendly, knowledgeable and helpful without being intrusive. All in all this is the best campsite we have been to for views, atmosphere and although the facilities are basic (fridge/freezer, showers, toilets, sink) this just added to the traditional camping feel. Showers are due to be upgraded in the next couple of weeks and this will just make a fantastic campsite even better. We will be back!
A great find tucked away in the quieter parts of Lake District
An idyllic setting which is perfect for kids ! Facilities very basic but useable. Only four stars as I feel more than two showers and three toilets would be needed in busier periods.
Idyllic setting- outstanding staff!
Absolutely loved our 4 nights on this peaceful and pretty idyllic site. It has a charm all of its own, and the area is unspoilt with so much to offer. A helpful telephone booking with Julie was followed by a warm welcome onto the sight by the multitalented and extremely helpful Shaun! Good sized pitches are thoughtfully allocated, each with a fire pit. The surroundings are simply beautiful, and the many thoughtful touches which are being added to by the week, make this site a gem of a place. The local recommendations made by Shaun, and Brenda in the site shop, are worth listening to! Foodies will love the Bakers and Melville Tysons in Broughton in Furness, and King Billy's in Kirkstanton serves the BEST steak outside of South Africa and should not be missed!
Great stay and lovely people!
We stayed two nights on a grass pitch and had a great time. The campsite was well equipped and in a perfect location for accessing the beach and exploring the mountains. Being a heavy horse centre also, it was lovely to be surrounded by horses too! Shaun was fabulously helpful and friendly and the shop was great for handy extras including breakfast bacon! Communal fridge and freezer was also a great addition. They even fired up a barbecue and sold burgers and hot dogs! I would definitely return to stay again. :)
Me my partner and 3 children have just come back and had the most amazing time everyone was so helpful and friendly and couldn't do anof to help. We have booked again whilst we were there it was so good. Safe to say we will b going a few times a year now thank u to all the staff for making are stay an amazing experience
It was lovely and quiet, with friendly and helpful owners
My two friends and I were very happy with the peaceful surroundings with scenic views. We visited the surrounding villages and beaches while there and learned some of the history. The people and animals were friendly and helpful and so easy to talk to and like. We would definitely go back :)
Fantastic holiday, brilliant campsite!
Me and my partner recently spent 3 nights at Baystone Bank Farm and it's safe to say we will definitely be returning in the future! The site itself is lovely and surrounded by beautiful scenery. The site comes with good facilities such as a communal fridge/freezer which I have not come across before on other campsites and is a great idea. The site manager Shaun was very welcoming and friendly with a great knowledge of the local area, also his little dog helper Teddy became a treasured memory from our visit. The campsite is close enough to local pubs and attractions but also very peaceful and tranquil. A great place for couples and families. Looking forward to returning again and the new kitchen/shop will be a great addition! Thank you for a fantastic stay and we hope to see you again soon, Rachel & John.
Fantastic last minute mini break, what a place !
Just returned from staying in a bell tent for the weekend and what a lucky find it was ! The tent was good quality with air vents and well equipped with double bed and single sofa bed ideal for kids. There was crockery, cutlery and pans with a 2 ring gas burner and kettle. Outside there was a table and 4 chairs to soak up the beautiful countryside. The toilets and shower blocks were close by and a communal fridge. We spent a full day at the beautiful beach at Silecroft, we really could have been abroad ! We only live within 45 minutes drive but were totally relaxed and my boys loved playing swingball, football and messing about in the river. There is a little shop that sold a little bit of everything ! In all, a fantastic time had by all and will be back. Memories forever. 😊
Lovely little find, Shaun was a legend from the moment we arrived, great location near to Haverigg beach which our dog loved and to Broughton in Furness where there's some nice pubs. The campsite itself was very clean, there was an honesty box to leave £5 if you needed logs for the firepit, it was a really busy weekend though it never felt overcrowded or too noisy.
Lovely campsite, excellent care and customer service
We have just returned from an amazing stay at Baystone, probably our best camping holiday to date! The site is in a beautifully picturesque part of Cumbria, with an small beck running through the middle. We stayed on a pitch next to the river and the addition of having a fire made for a wonderful holiday. Shaun was the most helpful and informative campsite manager we’ve met, friendly and with loads of really good local knowledge. The kids miss Teddy his dog, who was a friendly playful part of our week. The facilities are basic but adequate and kept very clean, the future plan sounds very exciting! We all loved our stay and will be back.
This is a great family campsite in a stunning location! My children had hours of fun playing in the stream with their friends and playing opposite our pitch with the sites badminton and swingball. The showers and toilets were few, but were nice and clean. Future plans to expand these facilities sound exciting. We had a good sized pitch with ehu for our 8 man tent and Shaun was so friendly and nothing was too much trouble, he made sure we didn't want for anything. He definately goes the extra mile.
We had a lovely stay at baystone bank, Shaun the site manager couldn't be more accommodating and welcoming, kids had a fab time playing in the stream and seeing the sheep and horses, everyone enjoyed the campfires, so handy having the little on site shop for essentials like ice creams and sausages! Can't wait to come back especially when the all the improvements are complete
Everything...such a sweet site...well looked after n ran by a complete legend nothing to much trouble
Amazing weekend here with the family...near to Millom and a beach...walks...horseriding...amazing facilities and warm welcome such a gem of a place we all fell in love with Baystone Farm Campsite.
Lovely family camping trip
We stayed here with 2 young children (2 and 3) and the site was perfect, lovely little stream running through the picturesque site which was great for the kids to play in. Nice quiet location but in easy reach of south lakes scenery and attractions. Shaun the site manager was a great guy made us all feel very welcome and was on hand for any queries we had. Would recommend and will be back again.
What a view!
First time visit to Baystone Bank Campsite, and it was just lovely. Small private site with a mix of grass and hard pitches with a couple of yurts and the Round house. Beautiful little stream running through the camp field made the look idyllic. Services good, although sink and toilet got abit messy at the weekend when it was fuller. Shaun the site manager was lovely and happy to talk over site and route options. Each pitch had a fire pit which is a luxury we enjoyed. As the site allows dogs it was shame that some owners didn't follow the courtesy of cleaning up after them :-( Otherwise it was a lovely site we would recommend especially if you have pets and want to get off the beaten track.
The location and the reception we received on arrival.
When we arrived we were met by Shaun who is very enthusiastic and proud of the site. He showed us to the pitch and told us about the facilities which are available. He then explained all about the walks, things to do in the local area and if there was anything we would like to ask about the site. The weekend we were there it was very busy on the site but it had a brilliant atmosphere with everyone enjoying themselves. A bonus for the people in tents with the beck (brook) running through the site was somewhere to cool their wine and beer bottles/cans. We will return even though some things are "work in progress" but with Shaun's enthusiasm I’m sure things will even improve.
Lovely short weekend break
A gang of 8 of us came here camping for the weekend. The campsite was lovely, Shaun was welcoming as we arrived show us to our pitches. The pitches were spacious and we had more than enough room for our cars, tents and a nice place to sit for the nights. There was also a 6 mile walk nearby for us to do and Shaun was more than happy to help with anything he could. Plus teddy the campsite dog was an absolute cutie.
Warm Welcome, Warmer Fire (Just).
Excellent facilites, Warm welcome and great banter from Shaun. Great tranquill atmosphere in the unspoiled, uncomercial area of the Lakes. Set in the valley amongst the mountains, this gem of a camp site is the best I've had the pleasure of staying at.
Went for the weekend with some friends an absolutely amazing campsite, the views were incredible and the people were so helpful and welcoming Would 100% recommend to anyone looking for a peaceful break. Thank you for an amazing holiday !
Beautiful location and great welcome
Just had a lovely weekend at Baystone Bank Farm Campsite. We were in a bell tent, which was fabulous. All facilities very clean. Staff on site were lovely and really friendly and helpful. Fire pit a bonus. Great views and lovely stream for kids to play in, and the horses in the fields around the site very impressive to see. Will definitely be returning, thanks for a great visit👍
Perfect Peaceful Glamping
My boyfriend and I had a lovely weekend retreat at Baystone Bank Farm. The campsite is located in a truly beautiful spot with magnificent views, and is incredibly peaceful, the only noise coming from the stream that runs through it. It is a convenient location, with many walks right on the doorstep, but also a short drive from the coast and a supermarket in Millom. We stayed in one of the bell tents, which was wonderfully furnished and incredibly comfortable. Everything we could have needed was provided. Shaun, the campsite warden, was very accommodating and friendly and ensured we had everything we required- and despite us forgetting bedding, was very kind and helped provide us with some for the duration of our stay. Shaun is certainly an asset to the campsite going above and beyond to ensure guests are happy! Being able to purchase firewood and firelighters on site was very useful. The toilet and shower facilities are basic but clean and comfortably close to the campsite, and this was fairly reflected in the price of our stay. The bell tents also have no electricity access, but we did not find this a problem as battery operated lighting was provided, and if anything this added to the tranquility of our stay. We would recommend a stay here to anyone and will certainly be returning for a longer break in future!
Last weekend was our third weekend in a row at this spectacular site! We love it so much, especially the campfires and the stream. It is so peaceful and the views are spectacular. The facilities are kept immaculate. Hand wash and paper towels are really appreciated. They are regularly replenished and the whole area kept very clean. Shaun and Teddy certainly have the best job in the world! We hope to return as often as possible. Thank you again.
Amazing site in a beautiful setting. Awesome facilities, friendly guests and perfect hosts. Can't recommend highly enough and looking forward to returning. Many times 👌