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Discussion in 'Campsite Reviews' started by SallyW, Jan 7, 2019.

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    3EB6C7CC-73CE-4480-965D-8A99E5319B38.jpeg 5E657482-DD1A-4B23-BE1A-D298F76C193F.jpeg Just spent a few nights at Eskdale Campsite in Boot in the Western part of the Lakes. This is a great winter campsite; good hot showers - very welcome after a days walking, hardstanding (in the car park but it works well) and friendly, helpful owners. The site and facilities are immaculate. There is electric hook up if required, a drying room and lots of excellent walks from the site both short or challenging including Scafell, Great Gable and Pillar. And three pubs in walking distance.
    The photos are of Blea Tarn, a 3 hour circular walk from the site and of the train that runs from the village to Ravenglass on the coast.
     
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    Thanks for sharing! Great to see other using their van in winter too.
     
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    Totally agree. It's the perfect site for an active Cali Owner (with pubs for refreshments and food if required). We held an informal Cali meet there a few years ago.
     
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    Blea Tarn looks a right trek from the site Sally. I normally do a circular walk to Burnmoor tarn from the site. Am I super slow compared to your pace?
     
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    I believe there are two Blea Tarns in the Lake District. This one is just above Boot village and is gorgeous!
     
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    Ah yes, found yours! Nice (if modest) stone circles close by too.
     
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    Agree beautiful place, excellent facilities and don’t forget they have a Vw event on as well around Easter usually
     
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    Beautiful.

    God's country.

    Much of my young adult years were spent somewhere between Langdale and Eskdale.

    Lovely photographs.
     
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    Stunning setting and as more remote than eastern lakes it has a very different feel about it. We always drive to it over Birker Fell from Duddon Bridge, which must be one of the most stunning roads in England. Martin the owner is great !
     
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    Lovely shot. Here's my reflection of cat bells at Derwent water last week. I've ridden that railway to Ravenglass. I remember a pub there called the ratty Arms. Enjoy. I'm slightly jealous but flying to Finland today to go snow boarding. Gutted I can't take the van.

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    Was reading a review of this place last night - definitely on the list now - thanks for the pics!
     
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    We stayed there between Christmas and New Year in the deep freeze winter of 2009/10 -20 degrees most of the time! Toasty in our Cali though, electric blanket and oil heater on hookup
    Scafell was closed because of the low temperatures, only three other units on the site so very quite and beautiful. Would highly recommend this site, but pick your dates carefully as it does get busy. Brilliant local pubs!
     
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    This looks like a cracking location for a 2019 Cali meet for northern folk (or anybody that wants to come!)
    Are there any decent pubs/eateries in the nearby vicinity?
    Walking and cycling will be a no brainer.....
     
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    Our most favourite site! Looking to go back again this Easter. Booked very late last year but Martyn (Ex RN) squeezed us on to a pitch. It does get busy at Easter.

    3 decent pubs in walking distance. Cycling is tough.
     
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    Always a fav of mine. Martin and Sarah very helpful - if you go when it's not wet you can camp on the grass. And you can use la'al ratty to travel down the valley. I often use it for shirt breaks as I'm not far away.
     
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    Isn't there a vs bus fest there in march
     
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    It’s a great location , l’lratty is brilliant day trip. We went a couple o& years ago for Vw meet..
    brilliant weekend , met loads. Pub and hotel in the valley , pub up the fell side .. the landlord gad laid on a truck to take you up the hill

    They took it in turns to put a band on as well.
     
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    And you can get the best bacon in the world at nearby Wabberthwaite post office/shop/butchers. Richard Woodalls. Best bacon in the world and a lovely unspoilt old fashioned shop. Google will get you there - I'd phone first to check opening hours.

    We live in Kendal and visit this campsite at least twice a year - unfortunately we don't always make it to Wabberthwaite.
     
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    Just booked for 5nights over and including Easter. Will be taking the MTB!
     
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    Loads of good hills to try around the area.
     

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