Gill Head Farm Camping and Pods
Child friendly glamping, Lake District & Cumbria – Gill Head Farm Campsite, Troutbeck, Penrith, Cumbria
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About Gill Head Farm Camping and Pods
A family-run campsite with wooden pods on a working farm in the Lake District
Hidden in a quiet corner of the Lake District National Park, Gill Head Farm offers space for tents and caravans, as well as a large self catering farmhouse, six wooden camping pods and a gypsy caravan for two. There's acres to roam, streams to paddle in, a waterfall to admire, and farm life to view on a working hill farm. The main camping meadow has spectacular views of Blencathra, a ridge of six separate fell tops stretching down the valley to Keswick. The owners have been thoughtful enough to provide facilities on this campsite to suit all ages and needs. A well equipped children's play area is always going to be a hit with little ones and the undercover communal areas with TV lounge and eating areas are a real bonus when the weather is not at it’s best. Gill Head Farm is an excellent location for visiting the Northern Lakes and getting back to nature. Handily, the local pub is within walking distance. Although you can enjoy your rural location, Ullswater is less than a 10-minute drive away, where a wealth of hiking, biking, ghyll scrambling and water-based activities await and beautiful Keswick is within a 15 minute drive with lots of activites to do.
Gill Head Farm is a working farm in the lovely rural Northern Lake District that’s been run by the same family for several generations and is conveniently accessible from the A66. Situated in the secluded countryside location, near the hamlet of Troutbeck it provides a stunning base where you can unwind and enjoy your holiday. Happily, the children will spend numerous times visiting the play area with swings, slides, climbing frames and 2 trampolines. There is a small seasonal shop with basic provisions, fresh milk, eggs and bread. Around spring time there will be plenty of new born lambs and calves for children to view in the surrounding fields. If some members of your family are not convinced with camping then there are two self catering properties at the farm available - a farmhouse to sleep 10 and a one bed self containded cottage to sleep 2.
Gill Head Farm has a spacious camping field with space for around 50 tent pitches which is mostly on the level with stunning views of Blencathra immediately in front of you. This part of the site is prone to windy conditions due to its location at the top of the valley. The main camping meadow is wide and flat and on a clear night, you can see literally thousands of stars. Should you wish for a more secluded setting you can opt for the "secret" spot tucked away in a little dell alongside a small river, near a waterfall and surrounded by trees that give you more cover from the elements. However, this location is further away from the sites facilities and cannot be reached by a car.
With the rise of 'glamping' the campsite offers camping pods for those who want something more than a canvas sheet between themselves and nature. Gill Farm have six insulted wooden pods with electricity and a cosy gypsy wagon. The standard pods can sleep a family of 3 and the larger size can sleep a family of 5. These timber built pods are specially designed to be used like a tent with the advantage of it being already being set up on the site, ready for your arrival. Just transfer your minimal camping gear and then you can simply get on with your holiday plans. Each pod has electric lights and heating and are provided with futon type mattresses. A picnic table, bbq stand and outside lockable storage box are also provided. Unfortunately dogs are not accepted in the pods.
The vintage gypsy wagon with traditional ornate paintwork and canvas bow top offers a special place to relax and unwind whilst enjoying the beauty of the Lake District for two. The gypsy wagon has a small kettle for that early morning brew, heating for chilly weather, power for charging modern day gadgets & lighting included.
A sheltered communal area is thoughtfully provided near the children’s play area which offers indoor dining and comfortable seating areas. There are sofas to chill out on and a large screen TV, kettles, microwaves and a fridge/freezer. Magazines are there to peruse together with useful local information and maps to help in planning local days out. Within the indoor cabin there is a good wi-fi signal which will be popular with teenagers. This place really comes into its own when trying to cook just as the heavens have opened. And its nice to have the option of sitting at tables eating a civilized meal.There is also covered washing up facilities with washing up liquid provided. Laundry facilities are on-site if you happen to run out of clean clothes, which comes with a small charge.There are a couple of toilet blocks with shower facilities and ample hot water.
If you fancy a relaxing morning you can opt to have breakfast prepared ready for when you get up and this can be ordered at the main office. Choose from breakfast rolls, porridge, croissants and hot drinks.
There is a beck 100 yards away from the campsite which parents need to be aware of. Although paddling and dam building can provide hours of entertainment with children, as with all activities near water, parental supervision is advised at all times.
Location and things to do
Due to the campsite being near the A66 some traffic noise maybe apparent. Lake Ullswater is only 5 miles away and the nearest town is the traditional market town of Keswick sitting on the shores of Derwent Water. The popular resorts of Grasmere, Ambleside and Windermere are each within a short scenic drive. Enjoy the breathtaking scenery aboard one of the Ullswater “Steamers” operating between Glenridding and Pooley Bridge. The farm is surrounded by some of the best walking country in the Lake District. Close by for the more experienced you can partake in a strenuous hike up Blencathra or should you wish a more gentle meander then try a walk to Aira Force waterfall in Ullswater with plenty of picnic spots.
Rookin House Farm Outdoor Activity Centre offers a wide range of activities - such as quad-bikes, pony trekking, archery and clay pigeon shooting. The Rheged visitor centre is also close by near to Penrith, which regularly holds art exhibitions and hosts special events.
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