Once Upon a Fell

North West England Cumbria Kirkby Lonsdale

  • Cabin & Bell Tent + Camping
  • Great Outdoors

Eco-responsible glamping away from the crowds, with sweeping views and immediate fell access

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Despite the way it stands out, with its screed top and tiered crags, most people motoring up the M6 drive straight past Farleton Knott on their way to the busier mountains of the Lake District. Little do they realise that over the back of the limestone hill, there's a scenic off-grid glamping and camping site – a relaxing spot that's ideal for walkers, cyclists and nature lovers, with access straight onto the hillside and easterly views of the Yorkshire Dales. It's secluded, quiet and compassionately run, with eco-friendly facilities – owners Pam and Dan are proud to partner with the Greener Camping Club.

Situated on a working farm adjacent to Farleton Knott and Hutton Roof Crags – both Sites of Special Scientific Interest – Once Upon a Fell is well set up for families and small groups, offering a dog-friendly Arctic cabin called The Sheep Pen, bell tent camping, and a secluded private camping field. Built in 2022, the cosy wooden Sheep Pen nestles in a private garden, boasting lovely vistas towards Ingleborough, the Yorkshire Dales and the South Lakes Fells. Sleeping up to four (two adults and two children), there's style and home comforts aplenty: a double bed with a 1000 pocket sprung mattress and two singles, plus an en-suite shower room and a log-burning stove – not only for warmth, but making a cuppa and meals, too. Outside, enjoy the Kadai fire bowl/BBQ for al fresco cooking and gathering around on colder evenings while toasting s'mores. There's also a covered area with gas cooking facilities and a sink for washing up. On warmer days, laze in the Mexican hammock or pull up a pew at the table and benches and admire the glorious panoramas. Visit in springtime and you may see newborn lambs frolicking with their mums.

Standing proudly in The Top Meadow, you'll find a spacious fully-furnished bell tent sleeping four with a double bed, single mattress and small double chair bed. Holidaying with a group? You're welcome to bring three additional tents. Book The Bull Copy and enjoy a generously sized camping field for up to five tents (12 people). Fear not, you won't come across any cattle while pitching there! Whichever option you choose, there's a toilet and shower, gas cooking facilities, a fire pit and BBQ. And because none of the accommodation is located next to each other, you're guaranteed space, privacy and tranquility – bliss. It's worth noting the farm sells milk, cheese and eggs and the nearest shop is three miles away, so it's best to come prepared!

A stay here means you're in walking and biking paradise: Farleton Fell and Hutton Roof Crags are a stone's throw from the site. If you do hop in the car, Arnside & Silverdale Area of Outstanding National Beauty, the Lake District National Park, the Dales and the coast are all within easy reach, with the likes of Windermere a half-hour drive away and the historic market town of Kirkby Lonsdale just 15 minutes down the road. After a day exploring, it's back to Once Upon a Fell for relaxation time.

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The Sheep Pen cabin has private facilities, including an en-suite, firepit/BBQ, gas cooking, outdoor seating and hammock.

The Top Meadow bell tent and The Bull Copy for camping are both situated in their own private fields, with private toilet, shower, washing up and cooking / BBQ/ fire pit facilities.

We allow BBQs and fire pits and sell charcoal and wood on-site.

We don't have any laundry facilities and we are a small, quiet, off-grid site.

Suitable For

Dog-friendly from May to February.

We can't accept your canine companions during March and April because of lambing.

If you'd love to visit and would prefer to book a separate holiday for your four-legged friend, Glaneils Kennels & Cattery is just a 5-minute drive away, an amazing family-run business, and we also highly recommend Barking Mad, a dog-sitting service!

Tents only in the camping fields. There's a car park parking for small campervans, but no access to the pitches for vehicles. However, our sister site has 2 campervan pitches – please contact us if your group includes small campervans.

We are a small, quiet site – perfect for outdoor enthusiasts or those looking for a peaceful getaway.


Our eco-responsible off-grid camping and glamping site is perfectly situated for a peaceful holiday: away from the crowds in a quiet part of south Cumbria, with buckets of space, incredible views and plenty of adventures right on the doorstep.

We are located just 5 miles away from the M6, on the side of a fell in between the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. With Farleton Knott and Hutton Roof Crags within walking of our site, many people will just park up for the duration of their stay and walk/ ycle/ climb/relax in their immediate surroundings.

However, if you’re looking for more of an adventure or if you really want to explore the wider area while you are with us – then you’re in for a real treat. With the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and Silverdale and Arnside AONB all within a 20-minute drive – take your pick!

Food & Drink

The closest village is Burton-in-Kendal (just under 10 minutes away by car), where there's a convenience store.

Kirkby Lonsdale and Devil's Bridge are extremely popular, with an incredible ice cream shop called The Milking Parlour and a wide variety of fabulous pubs, cafes and eateries. Our favourites are The Royal and Platos. Lunesdale Bakery is also worth a visit – they make the largest muffins you've ever seen!


Arctic cabin is open all year.

Bell tent and private camping field are open from Easter to September.


Arctic Cabin (The Sheep Pen): £130 a night for short breaks (sleeps 4), or £80 a night for 7+ night stays. Minimum stay 2 nights.

Top Meadow bell tent and private camping: £100 a night for short breaks (bell tent sleeps 4), or £75 a night for 7+ night stays. Minimum stay 2 nights.

The Bull Copy (private camping field for up to 5 tents/12 people): £60 a night for up to five people. £10 per person per night for additional campers. Minimum stay 2 nights.

Check-in days are Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays.

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The Owner Says

Offering a stylish and well-kitted-out log cabin set in its own garden called the Sheep Pen, a fully-furnished bell tent set in its own private area of land, and a large, private camping field, we're perfect for outdoor enthusiasts who are looking for an environmentally-friendly camping or glamping experience.

Peaceful, private camping and glamping on our family farm in Cumbria. Located in between the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, adjacent to Hutton Roof Crags SSSI and Farleton Knott SSSI, we're perfectly situated for walking, mountain biking, climbing, nature spotting and most importantly, relaxing.

Proud to partner with the Greener Camping Club, our eco-responsible site offers unique, secluded options with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside and instant access to public footpaths and bridleways.


Mostly off-grid, with composting toilets and modern gas-powered shower rooms. Washing up areas, BBQ areas and gas cooking facilities. We do have a wind turbine on the farm and offer a shared 'Cop Out Shed' where you can charge your mobile phones and use our fridge/ freezer.


Contact Website  07793 960 973  Once Upon a Fell, Whin Yeats Farm, Hutton Roof, South Lakes, Cumbria LA6 2PJ

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Getting There

Once Upon a Fell is correctly marked on Google Maps, but please don't follow SAT NAV / just use the postcode to find us - it covers a large area and will take you to the wrong place.

Coming from the south: come off the motorway at J35, then take the A6070 through Burton in Kendal. Turn right just before Clawthorpe Business Centre and follow the lane all the way to the very top of the hill. Turn left down the Whin Yeats Farm track then turn left just before you get to the first house. Don't follow SAT NAV - it will take you along tiny country lanes!

Coming from the north: come off the motorway at J36, then take the A6070 past the J36 auction mart and towards Holme/ Burton in Kendal. Turn left just before Clawthorpe Business Centre (if you get to Burton in Kendal you've gone too far) and follow the lane all the way to the very top of the hill. Turn left down the Whin Yeats Farm track then turn left just before you get to the first house. Don't follow SAT NAV - it will take you along tiny country lanes!

The nearest bus stop is at Clawthorpe Hall Business Centre: 2 miles away from our site. The buses link to Lancaster, Carnforth, Kendal and the Lake District.

The nearest train station is Carnforth, 7 miles away.


  • Campfires Allowed
  • Groups welcome
  • Walking
  • Electricity
  • Exclusive hire
  • Wood-burning stove
  • Private Kitchen
  • Private Bathroom
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Routes
  • Dog-friendly
  • Family-Friendly
  • Hills & Mountains
  • Off-grid
  • On the farm
  • Remote location
  • Romantic Retreat
  • Sensational Views
  • Activities
  • Luxury Glamping
  • Something Different
  • Bell Tents
  • Roundhouses

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