Castlerigg Hall Caravan & Camping Park campsite review
Keswick is one of those places where you can’t really get things wrong. The pretty little town has plenty of restaurants and shops, many built out of the distinctive local grey stone and it’s hard to pick a bad place to eat. No matter what time of year you visit, it always seems to have a good atmosphere.It’s a similar story with Castlerigg Hall, which can be found barely a mile and a half from the town centre. Driving onto the campsite you’re struck by how quiet it is – and by the stunning view peeking out between the buildings flanking the entrance. During my visit a very friendly cat was patrolling the reception area, blinking contentedly at new arrivals.
Leading off from reception is a small shop selling gifts and camping essentials, and an excellent range of local food and drinks. It’s more of a posh deli than your typical campsite shop. We stocked up on local ales and are happy to report that they met with our approval.
If you want to give your chef a day off, there’s the Jiggers Restaurant on the campsite. This is open six days a week (closed Tuesdays), and serves locally-sourced food. The restaurant is licensed, and provides splendid views of Walla Crag to the south, Derwentwater to the west and even as far as Bassenthwaite Lake to the north. It’s this view that dominates the campsite, and every building, structure and planting has been carefully considered to make the most of it. The pitches for caravans and motorhomes, for example, are on neat terraced hardstandings. On a clear day, there can
be few better views in the Lake District.
It goes without saying that all the basic practicalities are done well here – it is a Premier Park after all – with excellent toilet blocks housing large showers and high-quality worktops. Tent campers have their own field and, usefully, there’s a dedicated campers’ kitchen housed in the Lakers Lounge – a wooden beamed, grey stone building furnished with church pews. A great place to have your tea and admire the view if it’s raining!
A recent addition to the campsite is an elegant new building, the Castlerigg Gallery. Designed to make the most of the natural light, this showcases the work of local artists –including photographs by the campsite owner, who has taken some superb scenic shots of the area and clearly has an eye for it.
This campsite delights in its rural appeal and does everything well with great attention to detail. On a clear day, that view is priceless.
Address: Castlerigg Hall, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 4TE
Tel: 01768 774499
Email: [email protected]
Open: 6 March - 11 November
Charges: From £19.00 for a motorhome, two adults and electric
Nearest pub/restaurant: On site
Nearest public transport: Bus stop on the A591, 400 yards from the site. Or a 1.5 mile walk to Keswick through woodland
Directions: Head away from Keswick on the A591 to Windermere. After one mile turn right, signed Castlerigg and Rakefoot. Entrance to site is on the right.