The village of Coniston is charming and practically unspoilt by tourism. It has a family butcher selling Cumberland Sausages, cafe serving delicious take-away pies, and fresh bread which makes self-catering so much easier. There are also some wonderful pubs one of my favourites is The Black Bull, which brews Old Man Ale and Bluebird Bitter.
I really love this view as you arrive at Coniston Hall Campsite, and there is normally obliging sheep around to make the photo even more atmospheric! I have always been quite intrigued by the chimney stacks of Coniston Hall when you add to that the backdrop of Brantwood on the far bank of Coniston Water, you have a great location for a campsite.
Now owned by the National Trust, Coniston Hall is impressive and was originally a Manor House for the Le Fleming family. If you have been looking for a Lake District campsite near a lake, then this might just be the site you have been looking for. The site isn't directly on the shores of Coniston Water, but it is close and there is a convenient footpath from the campsite to the village of Coniston, (about a 15 min easy walk).
The campsite is large and does take groups, which can make the site noisy at times. This Coniston campsite is also ideal for exploring the Coniston Coppermines and Coniston Fells. Coniston Hall campsite takes tents and motorhomes(check first re:size), but not caravans. Some of the pitches are stony, so it is advisable to take heavy duty pegs. Normally open March - October
For more information and reservation contact Mr. Wilson : Coniston (01539) 441223 or via their new website here
Park Coppice - Tent and Caravan Campingis a caravan club recognised site and has access through fields to the shore of Coniston Water. Park Coppice is set amidst 63 acres of National Trust woodland and takes tents, caravans and motorhomes.
Abbot Park Campsite - Bandrake Head - ConistonIf you are looking for a lovely British campsite on a working farm then Abbot Park in beautiful Cumbria could be just the spot. This family friendly site is south of Coniston and geared towards those looking for a smaller quieter camping site. The focus is on accommodating campers who want to surround themselves with the beauty of the southern Lake District rather than with noise.
Single sex groups are not normally permitted on this working hill farm site, unless as part of the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.
Facilities at Abbot Park include a disable-friendly loo and free hot water. A freezer is available for those wishing to re-freeze ice packs.
Breakfast rolls and mugs of tea are a great way to start the day, until it is time to try the home made cakes!
To book and for opening times please see the Abbot Park website
Hoathwaite National Trust Campsite - ConistonSet on the western shores of Coniston Water this is a fabulous opportunity for those looking for Lake District campsites near Lakes! Non-powered boats can be launched here for an additional fee. Hoathwaite is found as you take the road south out of Coniston towards Torver and booking in advance is recommended.
Five pitches are reserved for caravan / camper vans with individual camping groups being limited to 4. It is worth noting that this is a basic site that has mains water. However, there are currently no showers at Hoathwaite. Port-a-loos are available in addition to a chemical disposal point for bio-degradable waste.
Scarr Head Caravan and CampsiteLooking for a small campsite near Coniston? Scarr Head is a small site about two miles south of Coniston, in Torver. Scarr Head is a working farm and can accommodate tent campers and up to five touring caravans. There are also three static caravans for hire. Find out more about Scarr Head Campsite here.
Coniston Caravan SitesIf you are self-sufficient, in a caravan or motor home, and looking for a quiet retreat, then contact Mrs Inman at Shepherds View in Torver. About 3 miles south of Coniston on the Blawith road. Sheperds View is a Caravan Club Certified Location site. This means that the site can only accommodate a maximum of five who must be Caravan Club members. is a basic site which has a chemical disposal unit.
My parents used to stay at the Inman's every Easter (when they had their camper van) and were always grateful to find a quiet corner of Coniston. For more details contact Mrs Inman directly on 01539 441239
The site is normally open between May and October - full details are available on the Birchbank Camping and Caravan website
Self-Catering Cottages - ConistonLooking for self-catering accommodation in Coniston?
Here are a selection of Coniston Cottages which we think you will like.
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