Tent Pitch With Electricity (7 at The Quiet Site)
The Owner Says
All-weather tent pitches are situated on the lower slopes of Little Mell Fell with beautiful views. The vista has a definite alpine feel: look West for the impressive Helvellyn and Fairfield, East for the Pennines and South for Barton, Hallin and Place Fells.
The all weather tent pitches are flat terraces with a pea gravel centre and a grassy surround. This pea gravel means mud is virtually eliminated, even when there has been heavy rain. The pea gravel is smooth and round but if you would like to borrow a groundsheets to put down under your tent please ask at reception. All the pitches have lovely views down towards Ullswater.
All tent pitches have electric hook-ups, rated at 6 amps. The Quiet Site do not accept gazeebos. If your tent is larger than eight meters please book two pitches.
Campers are welcome to use the campsite’s fridges, freezers, toaster, kettle and microwave and toaster. Stands are available for disposable BBQs. It's just a short stroll to the shower and facilities block, the drying room, laundry room and the zero-waste shop and reception, plus, of course, the renowned on-site pub.
About The Quiet Site
Tents, glampers, caravans, campervans, small motorhomes, dogs – yes. Large groups (unless pre-arranged) – no.
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.
Food & 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.
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The Quiet Site is located at Watermillock, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0LS
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.