Review: Waterside House Campsite,Ullswater
The first stop on our 10 day tour last summer was a long weekend in the Lake District. Last time we had camped at Great Langdale, so this year decided to explore a different area. After some thorough internet research I chose Waterside House Campsite, on the banks of Ullswater. It seemed to tick all the boxes and had great reviews.
As we left Northampton and headed up the M6, the weather deteriorated steadily. We stopped off in Cartmel for a Michelin starred lunch at L’Enclume (as you do!) and by the time we reached the campsite there was a fair wind blowing and more than a hint of moisture in the air. In fact, as I stood in the queue waiting to book in, two people in front of me were giving up and going home as the conditions had proved too much for them and their tents. I will admit I did have a brief panic as we hadn’t really tested our tent in such windy conditions. However I shouldn’t have worried, of course the Rock 4 powered through and did us proud!
This friendly and laid back campsite also impressed. A clean and modern shower block, plenty of washing up sinks, a laundry, freezer, small shop on site and a catering trailer selling bacon rolls etc for those times when you just can’t be bothered to cook. (Disclaimer: I’m not always so lazy,I was pregnant at the time, very hungry and craving stodgy junk food).
The best thing though was the impressive views across Ullswater. This was taken as we walked along the shore one evening.
The site is ideally situated within walking distance of Pooley Bridge (where there are a couple of pubs) and is about a 15 minute drive from the town of Penrith.
There are plenty of activities available, including a playground and rowing boats and bikes to hire. It’s a fantastic family campsite and I’m sure it’s one we will return to when Finn is a bit older.