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Lake District Farm Feather Down Farms

UK England North West England Cumbria Carlisle

  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Campfires allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Streamside safari tents at the foot of High Pike and the Caldbeck Fells

So, you want to go to the Lake District but you don’t want to stay somewhere too busy? There’s no need to go to the back of beyond, instead try the ‘Back O’ Skidda’. Apparently, that’s what the locals call the area in the far north of the Lake District, beyond the Caldbeck Fells and England’s sixth highest mountain, Skiddaw. It’s lesser explored but lovely and relatively easy to get to. It’s here, just outside the village of Hesket Newmarket, that you’ll find Lake District Farm; a peaceful place with sheep, cows and a handful of safari tents for visitors.

Lake District Farm is part of the Feather Down network of farm stays offering off-grid holidays in roomy safari tents (or ‘tented cottages’ as the Feather Down team likes to call them). Lit only by candles and oil lamps, the rustic but homely accommodation is provided by Feather Down and invariably lovely with log burners, en suite loos and cute kids’ cupboard bedrooms as particular highlights. And while the well-set up accommodation varies little, the on-site experience is as unique as the farms you’ll find it on with hosting left in the capable hands of Feather Down’s partner farmers.

Here that’s the Stobart family. There’s John who’ll show you his prize-winning Highland cattle and Christine whose farm-cooked meals you want to pre-book. On arrival, they’ll welcome you to site and show you to your tent, one of seven, in a stream-side, tree-lined field. The landscape here is rolling and there are woodland and riverside walks nearby. There’s also a real sense of Cumbrian community – nowhere more so than in the village, a short stroll away. There’s a little playground for little kids and a pub and brewery that have been cooperatively owned by 125 locals for years.

This tranquil setting may have you so charmed that you won’t want to leave but the whole of the Lake District beckons. Ullswater, Bassenthwaite and Buttermere are the nearest lakes. High Pike, Knott and Blencathra the closest peaks. The bustling town of Keswick is 16 miles of scenic driving away with Grasmere and Windermere beyond. There’s plenty to see and do right across the national park but we predict you’ll soon find yourself drawn back to the ‘Back O’ Skidda’.



Each family-sized safari tent has three rooms: a double bedroom, a bunk room and the main living space within which is a cute cupboard bed suitable for younger children. The living space also has a fully equipped kitchen, a wood-burning stove, dining area and a sofa and each tent has a private en-suite, flushing toilet. There is running cold water to both the hand basin and the kitchen sink. Bedding and towels are supplied. Outside each tent there is a sheltered veranda with two deck chairs, a picnic table and outdoor cooking area with a barbecue and a fire pit. Showers are shared and a short walk away. The site also has a pizza oven and a shared undercover seating area and an honesty shop.

Suitable For

Glampers – yes. Big groups and single-sex groups – by arrangement only. Campers, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, dogs – no.


The obvious attractions of the Lake District National Park are the lakes and fells, with plenty of walking, climbing, wild swimming and just about every other kind of outdoor activity you could hope for. Lake District Farm is situated in the Caldbeck Fells in the north of the Lake District. From here, you can set straight out on walks ranging from easy strolls along the River Caldew to strenuous hikes in to the fells. The closest lakes are Ullswater, where you can enjoy a lake cruise on an Ullswater Steamer and Bassenthwaite but the whole of the Lake District is accessible from here. The bustling market town of Keswick is 16 miles away with plenty of outdoor shops, eateries, the little Derwent Pencil Museum and access to Derwentwater with its eight-mile lakeside walk and boats for hire.

Food & Drink

There's an on-site honesty shop that's stocked with basic supplies and there are a range of hampers and boxes of local produce (barbecue meat pack, veg box etc) available to book direct with the farm in advance. You will also be offered the chance to pre-book some of host Christine's home-cooked farmhouse suppers including lasagne and beef casserole – or even a full English breakfast. If you want a meal out, the village pub, The Old Crown (01697 478288), is a short stroll from site and holds the title of being Britain's first co-operatively owned pub. Make sure you try one of the associated Hesket Newmarket Brewery's ales while you're there. Further afield, The Mill Inn (01768 779632) in Mungrisdale is six miles from site. If you head to Keswick (16 miles from site) you'll find a wealth of places to eat, drink and stock up on food from local suppliers and supermarkets. Keswick Market takes place on Thursdays and Saturdays.



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Seven family-sized safari tents, each sleeping up to six people.

Canvas Lodge With Farmhouse Shower - sleeps 6

Safari tent Sleeps 6
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Contact Lake District Farm, Howbeck lodge, Pasture Lane, Hesket Newmarket, Wigton Cumbria CA7 8JN

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Getting There

From the M6 Junction 41. Take the exit signposted Wigton (B5305). Follow this road for approximately 10 miles then take the first left turn for Hesket Newmarket, follow this road for approximately four miles going through a small hamlet called Millhouse. Lake District Farm (Howbeck Lodge) is on the left hand side before you reach the village of Hesket Newmarket.

The closest train stations are Penrith and Carlisle, both around 14 miles from site, from where a taxi to site is the best option – if you can get one (book in advance). There are buses from Carlisle to Hesket Newmarket but they only run on Saturdays.


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Special birthday in the lakes!

Just had the most wonderful stay here. It's like an all inclusive glamping experience! Joanne and her family we amazing, they really went the extra mile everyday to ensure we had a fantastic time. Paying a bit extra for homemade dinners and cooked breakfast made it a real treat! Thank you so much, we'll definitely be back!

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