Join Date: May 2008
Location: Richmond North Yorkshire or up an Alp
Northern Lake District Wild Camping
Just sent three days over in the northern Lake District and thought I would share our experience with everybody. We have decided over our first year as motor homers that we prefer either CL camping or even better wild camping. We were a bit concerned about wild camping in the lakes having read some of the experiences of other wild campers. Many seem to think there are few spots to camp wild. We think we have found a couple of gems.
We spent the first night on a CL near Mungrisdale (the pub there does the best pies in the lakes, probably). The site is just of the a66 about 8 miles east of Keswick. Very pleasant with a friendly pony and a frog / toad chorus in the middle of the night from the nearby pond.
The next day saw us tackle the Newlands pass which runs from the North west end of Derwent water or through Braithwaite over to Buttermere. The road is ok but a bit tight in places. Donít attempt it on a bank Holiday weekend unless you want to spend the majority of the day backing up and squeezing past cars etc. The last bit of the pass is a 25% straight up incline but we got up no problem with a full load of fuel, water and the bike on the back. Right at the top of the pass is a flat area with parking on either side of the road (see pics). You are surrounded by mountains and the views are superb. We stopped there for one night with no problems. Very peaceful.
The following day we continued down the other side of the pass to Buttermere which is not far but donít go if you get vertigo! We spent most of the day buzzing around on the bike exploring. The weather was superb and the two lakes, Crummock Water and Buttermere were like glass. We continued south beyond Buttermere to the Honister Pass where there is a bridge and a great parking area next to the stream just before you get to the main climb of the pass. Again surrounded by massive mountains on both sides we spent the night there.
We left this morning going back along the shores of Buttermere and Crummock Water all the way up to Cockermouth and then back down the A66. There are a few spots along the north end of Crummock Water that would be ok for Wild Camping and there were a couple of vans parked. If you have a small van there are loads of opportunities.
All in all a great trip of the northern lakes finished off just now with a huge lunch at the Sun Inn, Pooley Bridge, Ullswater.