Wasdale National Trust Campsite

Wasdale National Trust Campsite
Wasdale Head,
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We visited Wasdale during the Whitsun holiday in early Jun 2016 we spent 3 nights, this was our first time visiting the Lake District, the journey had been a long one from Oldbury in the Midlands and the M6 motorway got more congested the further North we headed due to the all the road works, but finally after 5 hours we eventually started driving along quite a few long, narrow lanes and then we were presented with the most beautiful, breath taking view, a vast expanse of water and the backdrop was the biggest mountains we’d ever seen in the flesh. Suddenly the length of the drive didn’t matter, the beauty of the place brought on this sense of calm and then the realisation that we were about to have a great holiday kicked it.

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The site shower, toilets, laundry and washing up facilities are in the centre of the site they’re clean and the cost of a warm shower is included in your pitch fees which is always a blessing, especially if you have children with you because I find that separate shower costs can start to add up when you’re a family of 5/6 on an adventure type holiday. The Reception/shop is small and they stock only the basics and some local produce and hot drinks, the staff are helpful, we had no mobile signal on the site, you can get some signal if you climb a little way up the mountain, signal for making calls returns once you have made your way along the road past the lake, it is not a short journey. Not that the lack of mobile signal was a problem, it was nice to be cut off, for a change. We stayed at a pitch that had an electric hook up, it’s a quiet site so you can’t use loud audibles but why would you want to spoil the peace, this is reassuring for people who like a peaceful evening and a good night’s sleep, the ground it very hard and full of rock, so tent pegs for hard ground are needed. The Wasdale Head Inn which is a Pub, restaurant, B&B and Campsite it also as a shop called the Barn Door Shop that sells everything that is needed for walking and climbing is a 20-minute walk from the Nation Trust Site, we had a drink in the Beer garden one evening it was busy but the scenery was beautiful.

From this site, you can take a 35-minute drive to beach at Drigg which is beautiful, peaceful and remote, there is also Seascale which is around the same driving time from the site but we didn’t visit. We did visit Whitehaven which is a 55-minute drive away, Whitehaven is a harbour town we enjoyed some fish and chips and sat in harbour to eat them. The coast is maintained by the National Trust and you can walk for miles along the cliff-tops looking out onto secluded beaches, there’s an old mining pit along the coast also. It’s very picturesque and serene, I think that people of all ages love a beautiful beach and the Sea, stopping at Wasdale gave us easy access to beaches.

We spent a wonderful day at Buttermere having a picnic visiting scale force (a waterfall) and eating some ice cream at Skye Farm Tea Rooms whilst sitting outside the tearoom eating our ice cream, we watched a car towing a caravan up the steep lane, it suddenly slowed down and started going backwards, it caused traffic carnage the car was old and so was the caravan and the hill was to steep, but it was entertaining. Driving through the National Park you see some beautiful sites, yes, the roads are narrow and bumpy and you have to sometimes reverse to let others through but if you’re not bothered about mud or a few scratches on your paint work and you’re a competent driver then you can't beat a drive through the mountains.

The biggest mistake of booking to camp at Wasdale and visiting the Lake District was only booking to stay for 3 nights, because we'd had a most wonderful time and the weather had been excellent. On the way home, we stopped off at Bowness on Windermere, it was extremely busy so it took a while to find somewhere to park, the weather was good, the sun was out, it was nice and warm.  We walked along the lake into the town we found an ice cream shop it was really busy but worth the wait, we visited the Beatrix Potter Shop and then we went to Costa for a drink and a toilet stop, I had made sandwiches for lunch so we ate them whilst sitting along the lake. It was a lovely day and it was partly driving to different parts of the Lake District that made me decide that we would be returning the following year and we are, however we're staying near to Ullswater to explore different locations.

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