Waterfoot Park, Penrith, The Lake District
Child friendly self catering, Lake District & Cumbria – Waterfoot Park, Pooley Bridge, Penrith, Cumbria
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About Waterfoot Park, Penrith, The Lake District
Waterfoot Park, is located in one of the most beautiful locations within the Lake District National Park. Nestled in the grounds of a Georgian mansion overlooking Ullswater, the Park is an idyllic location for touring vans, motor-homes and privately owned holiday homes. All holiday homes are privately owned and not available for hire. This award winning site rated 5 stars by the English Tourism Council, is well laid out with serviced pitches and an excellent touring area with a mix of hardstanding pitches for ease of siting and lawn areas for recreational activities.
Waterfoot Park enjoys a quiet, family orientated character set amongst ancient woodland providing shelter and a managed environment for wildlife. The conservation contribution that the Park has achieved, have brought reward of Gold status under the David Bellamy Award scheme every year since 2000.
This award winning site rated 5 stars by the English Tourism Council, is well laid out with serviced pitches and an excellent touring area with a mix of hardstanding pitches for ease of siting and lawn areas for recreational activities.
Their resident Managers, qualified as Welcome Hosts, are on site to take care of your requirements as well as ensuring you enjoy your stay. Many guests return and recommend the Park to friends and family.
The Touring Area
Located to the left of the site as you enter the Park, the touring areas offer ample room for caravans, motor-homes and their awnings. They are the perfect setting for family barbecues or simply relax and enjoy nature at its best. Adjacent is the toilet and shower block, maintained to the highest standard, with hot showers, washing-up facilities, laundry areas, baby-changing and disabled facilities as well as a recycling point. There is a public telephone so relax and leave the mobile at home!
Please note that they cannot accept Motorhomes over 25FT and Tourers over 23FT.
The Play Areas
There is a large and secure children's play area adjacent to the touring area, with a range of equipment to suit most children. They do request that parents ensure that children are adequately supervised to enjoy their play. There is also a ball games area for older children and parents alike, please also note that this area is off limits to dogs.
The Reception and Shop, located in the old servant quarters of the Mansion is open daily in the season, for newspapers, basic provisions as well as a small selection of toys and gifts. They also sell and exchange Calor Gas canisters.
In the once grand hall of the Mansion, there is a well stocked information area with details of many attractions and places to visit within the Lake District; one of our sister attractions, ‘Ullswater Steamers' has been sailing on England's most beautiful lake for over 150 years.
Waterfoot Park is walking distance from the village of Pooley Bridge, with its small selection of pubs and gift shops as well as the Ullswater ‘Steamer' Pier, for cruising the lake linking some of the most famous and spectacular walks in the Lake District.
There is a bar area and family room located in the rear of the mansion with a darts area and pool table. There are superb views across the lawns towards the lake - this really is a holiday with a difference- location!
Wildlife at Waterfoot Park.
This is a valley with a rich biodiversity of wildlife whose ancient woodlands and fells provide breeding habitats for some of the rarer species such as red deer, red squirrels and barnacle geese. There is a host of species that live within and around the Park itself including red squirrels.
Activities & Attractions.
Ullswater, often compared to the likes of Lake Lucerne and referred to as England's most beautiful lake. The lake runs a serpentine course in three reaches with Helvellyn crowning the plateau at the head of the lake; at 3117 ft it is England's third highest mountain.
Ullswater Steamers create the perfect opportunity to combine a cruise with some of the most famous and spectacular walks in the Lake District. With miles of bridleways linked by ‘Steamer' routes there are so many opportunities for exploring the area, there is a circular walk around Maiden Castle which starts and ends at Waterfoot, itself.
For guests interested in other heritage attractions, Dalemain Estate surrounds the Park and Dalemain House and Gardens are less than two miles distant.
If you fancy a walk, why not visit the Bronze Age Stone Circle. Moor Divock is rich in antiquities dating to the Early Bronze Age. The Cockpit is the largest of several monuments found on the moor with a diameter of 25m.Many of the stones are now fallen but the tallest of those stones still upright are just under a metre.
A short drive along the lake road will bring you to the National Trust's Aira Force Waterfall; at 70ft the Aira waterfall cascades over a dramatic gully and if you are lucky the sun's light forms a prismatic effect to create the famous Aira Rainbow.
Penrith is the local market town and offers all-weather facilities with an indoor swimming pool with a climbing wall, a golf course and excellent shopping, whether it's for local produce or your high street names.
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