All the touring and motorhome pitches are on gravel hardstandings with electric hook-ups, water fill and drain points. As well as a great location, the campsite features play areas for children, games room, pool table, a bar, restaurant and takeaway, a small licensed shop and a laundrette. Private bathrooms available.
Sheep crop the turf on the steep slope of a hill that reaches high above the park. In another direction, gentle undulating terrain stretches off into the distance as far as the eye can see. A traditional Westmorland slate dry stone wall is all that separates Park Cliffe from the natural beauty that surrounds it.
This is a spectacular place. Idyllic for its tranquillity. Breathtaking for its incredible views.
Park Cliffe’s pitches – gleaming white limestone hardstanding – are spacious, each with a tap and drain as well as mains power point. Across a stream, tent pitches climb up the gentle slopes of the hillside.
This has to be one of Britain’s best equipped campsites. Showering and washing arrangements are centrally heated and expensively feature-tiled. Each shower compartment has a sunken area for the actual shower, ensuring that the dressing area remains free from water.
There’s a laundry and a row of washing-up sinks under a veranda that borders a babbling stream. But there’s more: upstairs in the amenities building are a series of bathrooms. You can hire one for 45 minutes – or, for £14.00 per day, you can reserve your own bathroom for your use at any time. Great for families with small children. And complete with over-bath drying rack for clothing. True home-from-home convenience.
The eating arrangements also excel. The newly-constructed beamed-ceiling bar-restaurant sets you up for the day with a mighty breakfast called the Park Cliffe Feast. There’s a vegetarian alternative. For lunch you can take your choice from an array of sandwiches, while the dinner menu and wine list caters for a variety of tastes from fish and chips to a mighty burger (or veggie alternative).
Once installed on your pitch, meander down to the bar – and watch the sunset from one of the tables that overlook a stream. Luxury indeed. If you prefer to eat at your vehicle, the campsite’s shop provides food and wine.
Park Cliffe is four miles from Bowness, about half way up the eastern side of Windermere. Walks and cycle routes abound, with information available at the office.
Through a gap in the dry stone wall is an excellent adventure playground, with plenty of other places to play. Come the evening, try the pool table in the bar, or the air hockey and table tennis in the separate games room. Scrabble and other board games, as well as books and a few DVDs, are available to borrow. For families who seek more natural games, a shallow stream running along one side of the site just beckons all ages for great-fun splashy play.
There is much to appeal to wildlife watchers. On our short stay we heard woodpeckers and, had we had the luxury of a longer time to sit and watch, we’d have doubtless spotted tree creepers, nuthatches, and jays, which with roe and red deer are frequent visitors here.
In short, Park Cliffe is a fantastic park of huge appeal in some of Britain’s best scenery. An excellent base for touring the Lake District, of course – but you don’t actually have to leave the park to have a wonderful break here.
Birks Road, Windermere, Cumbria, North West
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