Moss Side Farm Campsite

UK England North West England Cumbria Ulverston

Small-scale farm camping in the South Lakes, with campfires, wildlife and fine views

For all the drama of the steep valleys further north – Wasdale, Langdale, the Kirkstone Pass – it’s the sheer space and wide open views that make Moss Side Farm in the South Lakes so undeniably epic. Set on a natural plateau, the flat, grassy tent pitches look east across the low, moss-coloured wetlands of Kirkby Pool and to the wooded hillsides four miles opposite. It’s here that the Lake District’s great mountains dissolve into the sea. And, for campers, with the Old Man of Coniston a 10-minute drive in one direction and the seaside 10 minute’s in the other, it’s a real best-of-both-worlds location.

Three miles west of Coniston Water, Moss Side is a working hill farm with a flock of Herdwick sheep roaming the fells and a clutch of ducks and hens that provide free-range eggs for lucky campers. The three fields immediately around the farm, have been set aside for camping, with fresh-water taps in each and a central wash block, with showers and toilets (plus some helpful extras like a freezer for ice-packs and a kettle for general use). In all, however, Moss Side remains a simple and laid-back affair. There’s room for just 30 camping pitches in total, giving the place a thoroughly secluded feel, and large groups and noisy campers are not allowed. When evening falls, it’s the crackle of campfires that’s loudest of all.

If you came to the farm 50 years ago you’d have found a railway line cutting it in two. Today, the old railway bridge by the farm’s entrance has been removed and the disused line makes a pleasant walking route into Broughton-in-Furness, a half-hour stroll away. With a good café on the tree-lined village square and a trio of decent pubs, it’s worth the wander. The farm, meanwhile, has embraced this industrial history and added a collection of characterful railway cabins alongside the tent pitches (each sleeping four), with a bunk bed at one end, a double at the other and a wood-burning stove in between. Propped up on girders, they don’t look like they’ll be running back on the line any time soon. Other glamping options include a six-person bunkhouse and a pair of miniature yurts for couples.

Given its close proximity, most walkers will want to hike up the Old Man of Coniston at some point during their stay and it takes just 10 minute’s to drive to the popular starting point in Torver. For a less visited peak, however, it’s just as quick to drive west to smaller Black Coombe (a two-hour walk to the top and back), which then gives you the opportunity to have an ice-cream on the beach straight after. Haverigg Beach and Silecroft Beach are the closest, and each around 20 minutes from the campsite, while inland water sports abound at nearby Coniston Water.

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The Owner Says

Moss Side Farm is a traditional Lakeland Hill Farm. Our quiet campsite is the perfect place to come back to relax after a long day of adventuring, to a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. Situated in the south West corner of the Lake District in the beautiful Woodland Valley, the area is renowned for its stunningly beautiful views. The farm is also still a working farm having traditional Lakeland Herdwick sheep and lambs, Hereford cattle, ponies, ducks and hens.

Moss Side Farm Campsite has views looking down across the woodland valley, taking in Kirkby Pool which slowly meanders along the valley floor to join the Irish sea in the distance. The camping pitches are mainly grass, with a couple of hard standing sites also available – nice and flat.

For those who would like to come and stay but who are not campers, there are other options too: The Little Lakeland Bunk House which sleeps 6 along with 4 Rail Cabins which sleep 4 per cabin and 2 Squirts (Mini Yurts) which sleep 2 per Squirt.

The campsite also has a separate camping area specifically for groups (sorry but we don’t take booking of young groups unless Duke of Edinburgh or similar, please ring first with details) who would like to pitch together in an area to themselves.

We wish you a lovely stay, and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask! We have a small tuck shop on site where you can buy wood for your fires and even marshmallows to roast. However, if you should need anything else, the local village is nearby. Moss Side Farm's nearest village is picturesque Broughton-in-Furness a 7 min drive or 30 minute (or so) walk away; here guests can buy bread from the award-winning Broughton Village bakery and groceries and meat from a family-run butcher and grocer. The village also has three pubs (two of which serve food) , a restaurant, two cafés, a petrol station, a post office, a bank and a gift shop.

Reader Reviews

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★★★★★

Peaceful location great facilities and friendly helpful host

Jun 3, 2019 by Cath
★★★★★

Fab camp site

Went here for the bank holiday weekend! It was lovely and quiet even tho it was busy! Was a perfect site as a base for walks and lovely of an evening for camp fires! We are already planning in coming back next year! Plenty of space to pitch tents too. Cant wait to go back!!
May 28, 2019 by Beci
★★★★★

Peaceful, scenic getaway!

Great campsite. Spacious pitches and very friendly animals! Pleasant and helpful owners. Would definitely return.
May 28, 2019 by Lisa Symcox
★★★★☆

Great for families

Great spot for visiting Coniston and the surrounding area, very laid back, quiet and family friendly. Facilities are basic as expected, but the indoor potwash area with kettle and microwave was a great little addition. Kids had a great time running round after chickens and ducks!
May 15, 2019 by Anonymous
★★★★★

Quiet campsite

Wonderful campsite. Only stayed 2 nights but wish it could have been more :( views are amazing, campsite is nice, small and quiet but it was also not overcrowded, which can somestimes be quite hard to find on a busy weekend in the Lake District! Was very pleased this place lived up to expectations and love having campfires! :) Thank you
Apr 29, 2019 by Jeremy Lions

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