The Quiet Site
This hideaway camspite above Ullswater is a real family favourite, set amid the fells on an old Cumbrian farmstead, with dramatic views to all sides. It has pitches for caravan and campervans, grassy pitches for tents, and a number of timber-built pods, which offer more comfort and weather protection than mere canvas – all you need to bring is your camping gear, minus the tent. Their eco-hearts are in the right place too, manifest in their unique 'Hobbit Holes', large underground living spaces with awesome views that are insulated and energy-efficient, and virtually invisible unless you know where to look; they can accommodate up to six people and some also take dogs, plus they have their own separate WC’s and basin. The site's water is solar-heated and they have a specially created wildflower meadow while also boasting what they describe as 'the best campsite bar in Britain'. Quite a claim, but we like what they've done with the converted eighteenth-century Cumbrian long barn, from the toasty wood-burning fireplace to local ales on offer at the bar. There's a shop on site too, while children get the run of an adventure playground, playroom and games room – or you can wear them out on local walks right from the campsite, including the one to Aira Force waterfall. Ullswater itself is a mile and a half down the hill, with the nearest pub the Brackenrigg Inn (at the turn-off for the campsite) – a good bet for bar meals.
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Ideally situated above Ullswater, at the very heart of the Lake District National Park, The Quiet Site is an award-winning, eco-friendly camping and glamping site. Enjoy stunning Cumbrian scenery and the chance to experience the fells, lakes, cycle tracks, shops and so much more.
The Quiet Site is a family-run campsite situated in a secluded position amongst the stunning fells that overlook Lake Ullswater. This is a superbly maintained and very picturesque site, the facilities being housed mainly in old converted farm buildings. There are many beautiful walks that you can start from right outside the Quiet Site and numerous activities and attractions a very short drive away.
The Quiet Site is in an ideal position for touring both the North and South Lakes by car. We are easily accessible from the M6 motorway (Junction 40) and the charming market town of Penrith, both of which are only seven miles away.
We pride ourselves on being family orientated and also work incredibly hard to be sustainable and manage our environmental impact. Since 2019, The Quiet Site has been home to the UK's first zero-waste shop on a established campsite. Our facilities blocks and hot water are maintained through solar electricity and we are striving towards carbon neutrality.
Looking after the environment and providing a traditional camping experience doesn't mean you have to skimp on facilities, however. The Quiet Site features WiFi (available at most pitches), a playground, a drying room, dog-washing facilities, a laundry room, secure bike storage, a small library and more. The Quiet Site is also renowned for its on-site pub, housed in a 17th-century barn with open fires, ales on tap (4pm–7pm) and a pool table. There is also a children's play area just off the main bar. It’s not surprising that 80% of our visitors have stayed with us before!
Our favourite spot
Tents, glampers, caravans, campervans, small motorhomes, dogs – yes. Large groups (unless pre-arranged) – no.
The local area
You'll be given a sheet with some advice on local walks when you arrive at the campsite and there's plenty of local tourist information at reception. In particular, the eight-mile walk from The Quiet Site to Aira Force Waterfalls is highly recommended and constantly tops the rankings for visitors' favourite day out. On a rainy day the drive takes 10 minutes. For the real headline hikes, Helvellyn and Blencathra are two of the most famous climbs in the Lake District and both within easy reach – both hikes have steep spines if you want to get the pulse racing. If you'd prefer to explore by bike, a local bike hire company delivers to The Quiet Site (£25 per day or £40 for Ebikes). Prices include helmet, lock, pump and repair kit and as long as you give at least 24hrs notice, delivery to the campsite is free. No trip to this part of the Lakes can end without catching the Ullswater Steamer; 10% discount vouchers are available from the campsite reception for the cruise around the lake, which you can join at Glenridding or Pooley Bridge. If you go from Glenridding, jump off at Howtown and take the gorgeous walk back (dogs welcome). History bods may also want to explore nearby Dalemain House (01768 486450); don’t forget to visit the lovely tea rooms.
Best local places to eat and drink
The on-site pub really is one of the best we have come across in the UK. They serve a variety of local ales (including their own brew) but no food. But if you’re after some dinner then head to the Brackenrigg Inn (01768 486206) overlooking Ullswater for above-average grub with a change of scenery. On the shores of Lake Ullswater, the Sharrow Bay Hotel (01768 486301) has a Michelin-starred restaurant. You can do lunch or dinner but they’re famous for afternoon teas.
Why stay with us?
Toilets, showers, baths, basins and four separate family bathrooms. Laundry room, drying room, dog and boot wash room and a covered washing-up area, plus a campers' kitchen with kettles, toaster, microwaves, fridges, freezers, water filter, hot drinks machine, tables and chairs. Chemical disposal point, gas exchange and motorhome service point. Secure bike storage. Children's adventure playground. Dog-walking area. There is a zero-waste shop (the first of its kind on a campsite in the UK) and solar energy is used to heat the showers, alongside other renewable sources for much of the power on the site. Excellent on-site bar in an old barn with a cosy pub feel, including open fire, their own ale on tap and a pool table. WiFi (usually available on the camping pitches as well as in the bar). A (small) library and book swap.
AccommodationTraditional camping and caravanning, plus 14 pods and 10 hobbit holes.
Tent Pitch With Electricity
Caravan & Campervan Pitch
PriceCamping pods £35–£50 depending on season; hobbit holes £55–£80 per night for 2 adults and up to 4 children; tent pitches from £16, weekends £20, though up to £30 in school hols.
Opening TimesOpen all year; bar open 7pm–11pm most evenings Easter–Sept.
Leave the M6 at junction 40 (Penrith) and take the A66 (signposted Keswick) for 1 mile and then the A592 (signposted Ullswater) for 4 miles. Turn right when you see the lake in front of you, still on the A592 (signposted Windermere). After approximately 1 mile, take the first right after the Brackenrigg Inn folow the road for 1 ½ miles. The Quiet Site is on the right. By public transport, there are daily buses from Keswick and Penrith train station.
At Penrith board a 508 Stagecoach bus toward Glenridding. Get off outside the Brackenrigg Inn and follow the lane that runs beside the inn, the site is 1¼ mile further along on your right. The campsite can arrange free pick-up from the bus stop.
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