Ambleside Cumbria LA22 0JA 07813334865
Tucked away on the quieter western shore of Windermere, the rambling estate of Wray Castle, once the summer abode of a young Beatrix Potter, is now a lovely National Trust campsite, with pitches right on the lakeshore as well as in the woods and fields behind, plus Long Valley Yurts, situated in a field bordered on one side by trees and the curiously spelt Blelham Beck. It's basically two yurts and three bell tents decorated as if from Morocco and awaiting your indulgence. The furniture, rugs, and even the lanterns conjure up a vision of old Marrakech, and there’s also a fully equipped kitchen so visitors can bang out some falafels to accompany their tabouleh and hummus. Extra warmth comes courtesy of a wood-burning stove, for which firewood and kindling is provided, and there is a chest filled with board games should (God forbid) it rain. The owners lay on a whole host of activities, including bushcraft courses, rock-climbing, abseiling, ghyll scrambling, mountain walking, mountain biking and canoeing – indeed you can paddle from right outside your front door, down the Blelham, and out on to Windermere. Or you can just chill out by out tent and take in the views – pure heaven. Long Valley Yurts also has bell tents and yurts at two other sites in the Lake District – Great Langdale (beneath the mighty Langdale Pikes) and Borrowdale (near the pretty hamlet of Grange).
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