Long Valley Yurts at Moss Howe Farm
When we say Lake District, you think lakes and mountains, but there's a quieter, gentler side too, as typified by the Long Valley Yurts site at Moss Howe Farm campsite in the southern Lakes. Set near Witherslack in the little-known Winster Valley, it's about a charming introduction to glamping as you could wish for – a secluded, rustic location, though close to the honeypot sights of Windermere for day trips, cruises and activities.
There are four yurts on the campsite, all kitted out in the signature Long Valley style – basically, think of all the cosy comforts you need (proper futon beds on wooden floors, wood-burner/oven, fully equipped kitchen) and add Moroccan-style throws and rugs, solar fairy lights, games chest, and a central skylight for star-gazing (you're going to be doing a lot of that this deep in the National Park).
What's more, with three of the yurts you can book exclusive use of a Scandinavian wood-fired hot tub – big enough for six to share, or for a couple to add a bit of romance to a Lake District break.
Toilets and hot showers are a short walk away, there's a farm shop on site, and the excellent local pub, the Derby Arms, is within walking distance (try and eat here at least once during your stay – it's great). All told, it's a pretty excellent set-up for not doing very much at all except lounging, reading, eating and drinking, though England's largest lake, Windermere, is close enough for all sorts of adventures, from stand-up paddle-boarding to wild swimming and kayaking. The Long Valley team can help book you onto various activities, while back at the site each evening you've got plenty of chance to barbecue, roast marshmallows and knock back a glass or two of wine in the hot tub.
This might just be about the most chilled glamping gets, certainly with Long Valley Yurts, who have other sites in the Lake District at Low Wray, Langdale and Ullswater that are all fabulous in their way but not quite as intimate and off-the-beaten-track. 'A country mile from anywhere' they say, and we can't argue with that.
The Owner Says
Nestled among the quiet hills of Witherslack, at the foot of the beautiful Winster Valley, is the charming campsite at Moss Howe Farm. With stunning views, on site farm shop and the fantastic Derby Arms a short walk away, you will struggle to find a more perfect location for your holiday.
The local area
There are countless walks starting from the campsite which are suitable for families. A short stroll down to the village for a pint in the wonderful Derby Arms is recommended. Ask at the campsite shop for a map showing footpaths, have fun making your way through the woods and take a torch if you think you may get waylaid in the pub! An absolute must is the walk up and along the glorious Whitbarrow Scar to Lords Seat. It's a great walk for all the family and at the top it offers truly magnificent views, south over Morecambe Bay and beyond (on a good day you make out Blackpool Tower), and north over the beautiful Lake District fells.
Best local places to eat and drink
The local community store, located a short walk from the site in the village of Witherslack, has a wide range of groceries, fresh and frozen food, local damson items and a fantastic selections of homemade cakes. It’s also located right next to Derby Arms pub! This has an open fire, a great selection of local ales, good food, a great atmosphere and, if it’s a weekend, in all likelihood there be something going on. Well worth a visit.
Kendal boasts the fantastic Brewery Arts Centre (including cinema, cafe and restaurant), while the town has lots of great cafes, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes and budget.
Four 18-foot yurts (3 with hot tubs) sleeping up to 6 people in each.
From £299 – including exclusive use of a hot tub – for selected mid-week (Mon–Fri) stays in April, May, Sept and Oct, or from £525 in peak season. Whole week (7 nights), from £575 (off-peak) to £835 (peak season). One yurt also available without hot tub, from £199 for selected mid-week (Mon–Fri) stays – check website for full rates.
Open March to November.
Kendal is 11 miles away. The nearest bus stop is 2 miles from the site, on the edge of Witherslack village, just off the A590 – for buses to Kendal and Oxenholme west coast mainline train station (via Levens and Sizergh) to the west and through to Barrow via Grange, Newby Bridge and Ulverston to the east.
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