Camping in Eskdale

July 29th, 2013 by Winder Hall | No Comments

There was a time when I was happy camping.  As the family has grown and I’ve got older, I still love being outdoors but I need some basic comfort at the same time.   Thankfully I have been introduced to the joys of pod-camping.
This Spring half-term I was persuaded to take a few days off with the family in Eskdale.
Ann started to put the kit together only to discover our tent was broken beyond repair.   No surprise really as it had spent most of last Summer being used and abused by children and pets in the garden.
Ann started researching alternatives: glamping in a tepee (none available at short notice) or a Pod in Eskdale for three days at £42.50 a night for the entire family, versus £300 plus for a new tent. In theory the Pod slept four but we managed to squeeze all five of us in with no real problem and it was a pretty cost-effective solution.   Not only was it clean and dry but it had a front porch for us to sit and cook on.
The campsite has about a dozen pods now and most of the campers arrived with blow-up mattresses (complete with car battery powered electric pumps), pillows, duvets, gas barbeques and deckchairs.  We looked like the poor relations with our old foam sleeping rolls.  I suppose not having to pack tents for your holiday means you have more room in the car for creature comforts?
The toilet block, drying rooms and shop were all spotlessly clean and very well equipped.
My only minor complaint was that the canopy over the decking on our pod didn’t extend to protect us from the rain.  That said it didn’t lash down and when the sun shone, the lack of canopy meant we could sit on the deck and take in the rays.
We had a couple of fantastic days.  Hiked up Scafell Pike on the first day and with tired legs on the second, took the ‘La’al Ratty’ steam train all the way to Ravenglas, walked through the sleepy village onto the beach, past the old Roman bathhouse, up the hill and through the grounds of Muncaster Castle, rejoining the train at Muncaster Mill.  Hopped off again to explore the hidden Japanese Garden at Eskdale Green and finally picked up another train to take us back to Boot and the campsite.
There are lots of pubs in Eskdale but we had a BBQ one night and ate at The Woolpack the other two nights (Head Chef Tim’s old joint).  The kids loved the pizzas at the Woolpack and they were doing a roaring trade.
Why not top and tail a trip to Eskdale with a couple of days at Winder Hall.  My idea of the perfect Lake District holiday.

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