Head to the Lake District in your campervan
The beautiful Lake District has got to be one of our favourite UK campervan destinations.
Whether you’re looking to entertain the entire family, you’re escaping for a little bit of one-on-one time with your partner or you and a group of friends are looking for adventure - we reckon it’s pretty tricky to top the Lake District for wild walks, quirky history, great pubs and totally awesome views.
A trip to the Lake District in a camper van means that you can break up the outward journey with a stop off or two en route.
A campsite in the Cotswolds, or an overnight stop in the Peak District could be nice, and before you know it you’ll be in Cumbria and the Lake District National Park - 885 square miles of stunning landscape interspersed with iconic lakes.
There’s so much to do and see in the Lake District, particularly if you have the freedom of a campervan.
So we’ve come up with a few of our favourite Lake District must-sees, including a couple of excellent pubs and campsites which we definitely think are well worth a visit.
Take a trip out on Lake Windermere
The largest lake anywhere in England, Windermere is not only a sight to behold, but also a top spot for watersports. This 10 mile wide lake is great for trying sailing or windsurfing - or if you’re after a more chilled-out activity you can catch a scenic boat tour. The hustling Bowness-on-Windermere is good for a visit too.
Hike in Great Langdale
If hiking’s your thing you can hit the road in your trusty camper van and head to Great Langdale, famous for challenging and spectacular wild hill climbing. Particularly popular are the Langdale Pikes, Crinkle Crags and Bowfell. Not one’s to try in your flip-flops, but very rewarding if you’ve got the stamina.
Visit Beatrix Potter’s house
We love the nostalgia of the Hill Top farmhouse where Beatrix Potter penned some of her famous stories. As well as spotting Mrs Tiggywinkle’s kitchen and Mr MacGregor’s Garden, there is of course an excellent tea-shop.
Lunch at the Bitter End
This Cockermouth pub is extra special because it has its own little brewery on site and you can see beer being brewed from the bar. Traditionally styled and with a great menu it’s definitely one to add to the list. See www.bitterend.co.uk
This famous 31117ft high peak is more of a climb than a walk. There are various routes to take which are definitely hard work, but so worth it for the photo opportunities at least. Striding Edge is our favourite.
Stroll around Keswick & Derwentwater
Keswick is a busy market town with a history of slate-mining. It’s a great one to include on your campervan itinerary because not only are there some good places to eat and shop, a boat trip on the beautiful Derwentwater is a fabulous way to while away an hour or two. If you’d rather cruise under your own steam you can hire a wooden rowing boat and find a secluded spot to take it all in.
Visit Wordsworth’s House
If literature is your thing then a trip to Wordsworth’s house in Grasmere should be on your must-see list. Packed full of memorabilia and moments from the poet’s life, you can wander around and seek inspiration from the beautiful garden and scenic views.
Supper at The Masons Arms
A little bit off the beaten track, this Winter Valley pub has previously been named the Northwest’s Pub of the Year. Fabulous food, wine and ales, a massive hearth and open fire and a beer terrace with unbelievable views. This pub is an absolute winner. See www.masonsarmsstrawberrybank.co.uk
Stay at Great Langdale.
The National Trust campsite at Great Langdale is ideal for hooking up a camper van. It’s well organised, with all the mod cons but it is set in some of the Lake’s finest scenery. There are loads of great walks of varying degrees of difficulty to be had here too.
...And stay at Thirlspot Farm
This Keswick campsite is near perfect. It’s surrounded by wonderful wild countryside and mighty mountains, including Helvellyn. There’s a top notch pub pretty much on site too.
Meet the stars at Low Gillerthwaite
The field centre at Low Gillerthwaite is a ‘Dark Sky Discovery Site’ and probably the best UK spot for stargazing. Free from light pollution you can even spy the Northern Lights if you’re very lucky.
Other campervan trip highlights include Ullswater (where Wordsworth wandered lonely as a cloud), the Wasdale Valley and the rainiest place in the UK - Sprinkling Tarn. The Claife Viewing Station has wonderful views and a wonderful cafe too.
Touring the Lake District by camper van means that you can go exactly where you like, when you like.
You can change your plans day by day and really get out into the wild. Sleep under the stars, cook up a storm and eat al fresco, then head out for a day’s exploring. What could be better?
If you’re still not convinced, why not take a look at our Kamper Hire ‘Lake District’ video? We think it might just tempt you - and if it does, why not give us a call to find out more.
The photos of the Lake District in this post are all from the excellent National Trust website which is a brilliant place to find out everything there is to know about the Lake District and lots of other places. Pop over here. The pub photos are from the relevent pub websites as included above. Well worth a quick browse.