Moss Side Farm Campsite

UK England North West England Cumbria Ulverston

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
  • Beaches
  • Walking
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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Facilities

Shower and toilet block. Washing-up room. Fridge-freezer for ice-packs. Communal power points that guests can use, plus a kettle, toaster and microwave. Campfires permitted, with logs, firelighters, kindling, BBQs and marshmallows sold on site. Fresh produce, such as eggs, are also available to buy. Moss Side is a working farm, with traditional Lakeland Herdwick sheep (and lambs in spring), Hereford cattle, ponies, ducks and hens.

Suitable For

Campers, glampers, tents, campervans, caravans, dogs (on a lead at all times) – yes. Noisy types and big groups – no.

Nearby

There are several good footpaths leading straight from Moss Side Farm Campsite. One follows the old railway line route down the valley and leads you right to the village of Broughton-in-Furness (35 minutes), others take you to Seathwaite valley and Ulpha valley, while another takes you up and over into the next valley and down to Broughton Mills (see Food & Drink). Ask the Moss Side Farm team to point you in the right direction if you need help or seek out the information centre at Broughton in Furness. The most popular high-level hikes are to The Old Man of Coniston (10 miles away) and Whitfell (7 miles). For incredible views of the coast, drive the 15 minutes further west and climb Black Combe. It's a 15-minute drive to Coniston Water, the third biggest body of water in the Lake District and the closest to Moss Side Farm. Sail on the lake on the historic steam gondola, rent canoes and kayaks or launch sailing boats from the Coniston Boating Centre (015394 41366). If you're into history, it's 30 minutes to Muncaster Castle, 30 minutes to Holker Hall and 40 minutes to National Trust-owned Sizer Castle (015395 60951). The towns of Windermere and Ambleside are about a 20-minute drive each, as is the South Lakes Animal Park (01229 466086) at Dalton-in-Furness, a popular option for families if the children are tired of walking.

Food & Drink

It's a half-hour walk down the valley to the village of Broughton-in-Furness, where there's a petrol station, a bank, a butcher and grocers, a post office, a bakery (01229 716284), a café (01229 716388) and a trio of decent pubs. The Black Cock (01229 716529) is our pick of the bunch, particular on a sunny day when you can sit outside, while the Old Kings Head (01229 716293) is another option and the Manor Arms (01229 716286) is great for a Guinness and some olde world charm. For a country pub that's really worth the walk, there's a good half-hour jaunt over the hill from Moss Side Farm Campsite and down to the River Lickle. There, in Broughton Mills, the Blacksmiths Arms (01229 716824) has bags of character, with four small rooms, three of which have original beams, slate floors and warm log fires in winter. In summer, hanging baskets and benches under parasols make it a great place for sitting out, while cask ales and real ciders on tap and refined dishes (including an excellent pigeon salad with black pudding) lend some real class to the thoroughly casual atmosphere.

Opening Times

All year.

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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.

Accommodation

16 grass pitches and 4 hardstandings. Accommodation also available, including a bunk house, 4 railway cabins (each sleeping 4) and a couple of miniature yurts (each sleeping 2). Separate camping area for groups to pitch together.

Grass Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 30 Available
Our grass pitches are suitable for trailer tents, tents or touring caravans but not motorhomes. We are a small family-friendly site on a working farm, we have animals around the site who mainly keep to themselves, but keep an eye on your BBQ sausages around our dogs!

Rail Camping Pod

Shepherd’s hut Sleeps 4 4 Available
Our Rail Camping pod can sleep four people in one bunk bed and a double bed. Washing up facilities are in the campers kitchen along with a shared toilet and shower block. Please bring all camping equipment minus the tent (linen, sleeping bags, pillows, cooking equipment, etc.)

Yurt

Yurt or Ger Sleeps 2 2 Available
Mini two-man yurt (or 'squirt'!) with an open space inside, we provide you with camping mat but please bring all bed linen/pillows and any cooking equipment. We do have an onside campers kitchen with fridge and freezer facilities as well as a shower and toilet block.

Bunkhouse

Camping Bunkhouse Sleeps 6
Our Bunkhouse can sleep 6 people all in bunk beds. The campers kitchen is located next door which includes free use of the fridge, freezer and the washing up facilities. You'll also find here the toilet and shower block.

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Location

Contact Moss Side Farm Campsite, Moss Side Farm, Woodland, Broughton In Furness, Cumbria LA20 6DJ

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Getting There

Moss Side Farm Campsite is 45 minutes from junction 36 on the M6 motorway and a 7-minute drive from the village of Broughton-in-Furness via the A590 and then A5092 (both heading west through the Lakes). You'll pass through Meathop, Lindale and Haverthwaite and Moss Side will be on your left as you approach Coniston Water, just east of Broughton-in-Furness. If you have a sat-nav, the site's postcode will bring you there correctly, which is always a rare bonus for a campsite.

If you would like to arrive by train, a lift from the station at Foxfield (3¼ miles away) to the campsite can easily be arranged if you call the campsite in advance. By bike it is a relatively flat 20 minute ride from the station, though there is a hill up to the campsite at the end.

Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 12 reviews

★★★★☆

Beautiful views, good location

The campsite was quiet during our week's stay which meant we got a spot with a beautiful view. Louise was very welcoming and friendly. The location of the campsite is in such a peaceful setting, it's walking distance to a lovely pub and has easy access to lots of great walks (Scafell Pike, Old Man Coniston etc.). The campsites facilities are fairly basic but the price of the campsite reflects that. Access to fridge, freezer, kettle and washing up facilities was great. The toilet blocks could have been cleaner is our only complaint (they may have been cleaned less than normal as the campsite was quiet). Also bear in mind that some of the pitches (esp. the ones with the best views) can get quite muddy at this time of the year.
Sep 16, 2019 by Gemma Delafield
★★★☆☆

Nice but was expecting more

Stayed with friends for just short of a week. The site was more tightly packed and the shop a little less well stocked (kids were hoping to be able to go and buy a few sweets for example) than we were expecting from the description. Kids had a lovely time playing in the little stream though and the walk to the local village was nice and had a decent meal in the pub. Other tents and cars blocked the nice view for much of the week, a leave your car by the gate rule would have helped with this. Toilets clean and plenty of hot water. Overall the campsite was fine and in a lovely part of the country.
Sep 3, 2019 by Bex Thornton
★★★★★

Fantastic little place!!

We have just returned from two nights at Moss side. Fantastic site!! Set on a working farm and so we often had chickens and dogs visiting our camper which was lovely. The farmer was very welcoming and helpful. It is located in a beautiful part of the world! Fantastic sitting around the fire looking out over to the mountains and a lovely woodland area with a stream right alongside our camper. We will definitely be returning!
Aug 8, 2019 by Eva Coulson
★★★★★

A hidden gem

Stayed here 29th for four nights( we left a day early due to my daughter twisting her ankle) What an absolute little treasure this is, set up for a comfortable stay be it tent or other options, amenities are generous for such an affordable site fee, beautiful location, very friendly owners, very helpful and welcoming, they have a little gang of animals to come to great you at your tent door morning noon and night. It’s very easy to locate but still seems your miles away from the maddening world, it is a working farm but encapsulates tranquility too, the view from waking and looking out of tent was priceless, it seems to attract really lovely clientele who all appreciate a respectful stay. I will be booking again for a stay in one of their carriages for Halloween with my daughter, she had fallen in love with the place on her first ever camping experience, I hate to sing it’s praises as selfishly I’d like no one to know about this place, but it warrants that I do, thank you Moss Side Farm.
Aug 3, 2019 by Michael Mcpoland
★★★★★

Beautiful and peaceful setting. Simple no fuss camping.

The site was small and quite simple in terms of facilities, with a laid back feel. Just what we like. Very beautiful surroundings. Good walks to local pubs.
Jul 12, 2019 by amandamagnus
★★★★★

Nice campsite...

Nice campsite with very good views and nice owners

Jul 1, 2019 by Craig
★★★★★

Friendly small campsite

The campsite was small and quiet and the owner very friendly when we arrived. Our daughter loved exploring the site with her new-found friends. And we loved being able to have a campfire. A very relaxing night away!
Jul 1, 2019 by Rebecca Bailey
★★★★★

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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