About us

Baystone Bank Farm Campsite is situated in the south western Lake District National Park in Cumbria. The view from your doorstep will take your breath away, while at night the stars shine so brightly. On a full moon you won’t even need a torch.
To the south is the Baystone Bank, where the farm name comes from. The ancient woodland on the bank and alongside the stream provides shelter for a wealth of birds and other wildlife, with the occasional deer and plenty of buzzards. If you like the idea of a small and peaceful campsite based on a working farm with sheep and horses meandering around, and buzzards soaring overhead, look no further.

Suitable for

Tents, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, dogs, you name it! Large groups by prior arrangement.

Nearby

 Across the meadow is Baystone Bank Farm’s very own horse riding centre, Cumbrian Heavy Horses. It is the world’s only BHS-approved Heavy Horse Riding Centre (07769 588565), with magnificent shire horses with their great shaggy feet along with other breeds such as the Clydesdale, Suffolk Punch and Ardennes. There are miles of fabulous riding routes on the private farmland and beyond and a variety of horses to suit all levels of experience. Rides are carefully organised as instructional hacks, with tuition, with children’s short rides, 1 hour and longer for more experienced riders. For those who prefer to stay on their own two feet, there are endless walking opportunities. A series of footpaths run through the farm, with routes up both Black and White Combe (the foothills are accessible from the campsite) and the rest of the National Park on your doorstep. Coniston Water (10 miles) is the closest of the main lakes nearby, but there are several smaller tarns that you can walk around, too including Rydal Water and Tarn Hows. Grizedale Forest is only 30 minutes drive away and offers miles of fabulous off road mountain biking.

Food & Drink

It’s a 5-minute drive or a half hour walk to The Punch Bowl Inn (01229 774457) in the local village of Hallthwaites. The pub is right opposite the village hall (and the bus stop) and is rather unassuming looking from outside. There are outside tables round the back, though, and the food is decent and well priced. Best to ring the Punch Bowl to reserve a table though as they are not open on certain days during the winter months. For more options, drive the 10 minutes to Broughton-in-Furness, where there’s a trio of good pubs open all year round.  There is also theBeach Cafe at Haverigg by the sea where there is a playground for the young ones which is also about 8-10 mins away and the Harbour pub which is reasonably priced and offers a 3 course Sunday lunch which is good value. Do ask individuals, we have numbers for local establishments a plenty.

Bell Tents

There is a lovely area which was the farm orchard which now has four new wooden decking areas with four beautiful furnished bell tents with fairy lights and bunting galore! Kids can run free, enjoying the stream or relacing by the bell tent on the table and chairs enjoying the firelight (fire pits by side of decking, no BBQ or Fire on the decking PLEASE 😊 )
You will find more bell tents and THE ROUNDHOUSE on the terrace overlooking the campsite. All our bell tents are set up to provide an easy solution to your camping requirements, with a  double bed and a double sofa bed inside. You do need to bring your own bedding and towels for a stay in the bell tents and your BBQ! 

The Campsite

Grass pitches are located alongside a beautiful shallow running stream which is ideal for children to play in. The pitches are level and each one has its own fire pit area for campfires (logs sold onsite). Most pitches are close to the facilities.
Hardstanding pitches are slightly elevated overlooking the Whicham Valley. Each pitch is level and has its own fire pit area for campfires.

Cumbrian Heavy Horses

BHS Approved Centre – Heavy Horse Riding Experiences – Shire, Clydesdale, Suffolk Punch and Ardennes Horses – Horse Riding Holidays – ‘Hands On’ Experience Days – Farm, Fell, Beach and Trail Riding – Short ‘Taster’ Rides – Short Children’s Rides in the Holidays

We are located in the Whicham Valley, in the South West corner of the Lake District National Park. This gorgeous little valley is an undiscovered gem, with great views across to Coniston, Duddon, and into the heart of the Lake District, but without the crowding of the Central Lakes it remains a wonderful, quiet area to ride.

The Roundhouse

The roundhouse is custom built, with well insulated wooden walls and roof keeping you snug in winter and cooler in summer. The accommodation sleeps up to 4 and offers electric, heating, cooking and a lovely log burner inside. It has a fully equipped kitchen and all bedding and towels are provided – the best of the best that the site has to offer.

Well behaved owners with pleasant dogs are welcome and the bell tents and roundhouse are also pet friendly.

The Owner Says

Our personally made beautiful roundhouse is set in an idyllic location in the south west corner of the Lake District National Park on a working farm. The combination of soft wood and circular shape creates a very relaxing place – with the wood burning stove and dimmed lights it can be both practical (it has full electric and water) and very romantic. It has a lovely big bed for two, but can accommodate up to 4 – 5 people. The kitchen is fully kitted out with an induction hob, toaster, kettle microwave and fridge and sink with hot water. The showers and toilets are outside the Roundhouse only 20m away and immaculately clean. Currently bookable through Airbnb, enjoy!

Guest Access

The Roundhouse is situated on our campsite on a raised terrace with easy access to toilets and showers as well as washing facilities with hot water in addition to that in the roundhouse. It is on a working farm with cows sheep and horses so for health and safety reasons it’s not possible to access other areas of the farm but there are some lovely walks directly from the site up onto Black and White Combe. Our nearest beach is only 3 miles away (5 minute drive) with glorious miles of largely unoccupied sand. We are currently developing some areas of the site but would hope that this is not creating any inconvenience to our visitors.

Interaction with guests

We are always about to chat but do bear in mind we spend our lives at the moment living to work as we try and get everything on the farm to a better standard and improved. If there is anything we can do to make your stay the best possible, please let us know in advance – if we can, we will!

 If you would like local information or recommendations ask or check out the helpful folder in the roundhouse for ideas. We look forward to showing you our farm with its cats dogs sheep and heavy horses!

Frequently asked Questions

Is there a reception?

Not in a formal sense, the campsite warden has an onsite caravan which will always be manned, so if you have any questions don’t hesitate to give it a knock! We have contactless check in but if you feel disorientated please call us or find the warden. We are here for you! Maps will be displayed around the site to assist you!

What’s Included and what do I need to bring?

Tent Pitches: these are a reasonable, minimum 70 square metre space for you and your tent. Some pitches allow parking, some do not. If the weather has been utterly foul we might request that you park in the car park to avoid you getting stuck or damaging the pitch. Car/small campervan space included in pitches S1-10 and on Electric pitches E1-8 where you have access to an electric hook up. If it is REALLY wet weather we will re-site you if a camper van, or ask you to park in the car park to avoid you getting stuck or damaging the pitch.. No car spaces in the car free zone (S11-18 and CFS 19-23) and outlying fields. Parking is on spaces nearby or the car park, a couple of mins walk maximum Hard standing for Campervans, Motorhomes, caravans – a two space hard standing area with grass for relaxing on next to it. Check the map and individual pitch for full details before booking. You will need to bring everything! If you forget something please, do ask as if we can help, we will! The shop stocks sleeping bags, karrimats, tent pegs and a variety of camping items which might be of help!

What facilities are onsite?

Our main site has a shower block with toilets and dish washing facilities, as well as water points located in various places around the main site. Our Bramless and Little Mead fields have their own toilet block and water point!

Can I stay for just one or two nights?

ALL tent pitches are for minimum two nights over a weekend, the bell tents are different, see below

Is the site wheelchair accessible?

Unfortunately, this is not possible on all pitches due to the nature of both the site and camping in the Lake District on a fell farm generally, but we would always endeavour to accommodate any disability, as many of the pitches would easily be wheelchair accessible.. The best course of action is to give us a quick call before booking to confirm the accessibility of your preferred site.

Will there be Wi-Fi coverage onsite?

Sorry, no, we do not offer Wi-Fi. We are happy that this is a site where you and your family can have some time interacting with each other! There is quite good mobile reception though.

Can we bring a ‘pup’ or small tent?

Our pitches are for one tent only, so we can't allow a pup or small tent. In certain circumstances by pre arrangement we might allow it, please call us to discuss.

I’m a member of the Camping and Caravanning Club, do I get a discount?

No sorry we are a small independent site.

What time can I arrive and what time must I leave?

Check in times are between 3-7pm, why not arrive early and get a feel for the local area? Check out is between 7am and 10am, but if you need later checkout do let us know in advance.

What happens if something breaks?

IF you accidently break or damage anything, please don’t let it spoil your stay. Just let one of our on-site team know so they can provide a replacement. In some circumstances there may be a charge for damage.

DOGS – if considering bringing your dogs you MUST read our Dog Policy.

Well behaved dogs are welcome at the Campsite, but must be kept on a lead at all times. Dogs should be walked well away from the camping area and any mess cleared up immediately. Please note - pets are not permitted to stay in pup tents or “in the car” No other pets are permitted. In emergencies please contact us to discuss your situation.

What facilities are onsite?

Our campsite has a toilet and shower block and water points along with dishwashing facilities, in the top fields there is a small toilet block.

Can I stay for just one or two nights?

… the bell tents are different, see our booking system

What if I get stuck in the mud?

As every campers worst nightmare, we try to avoid this as much as we can by only allowing vehicle access where we deem it sensible to do so. Therefore, if found somewhere you shouldn’t be and you are stuck, there will be a charge of £50. This may seem steep, however when you take into account the use of farm vehicles, the staff wages and the landscaping of damaged areas of the site.

What is the Refund Policy?

With the unpredictability of the last year, it puts us in a difficult position where we cannot be handing out refunds to everyone who asks. Cancellations made more than four weeks prior to arrival qualify for refunds or rescheduling. Cancellations less than four weeks prior to arrival are subject to no refund. Large group cancellations (4+ pitches) will also not receive any refund. All refunds are made via Stripe so Stripe fees will apply.

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HOW TO BOOK WITH US

1. Visit our website at www.baystonebankfarmcampsite.co.uk
2. Press any of our buttons that say Book to take you to CampManager, our online booking system.
3. Select your Booking type, arrival date, duration and number of party members.
4. Select your pitch using our handy site map and book your place! (For multiple pitches, either call or make multiple bookings)
5. Select your extras (car, gazebo, awning or pup tent)
6. Put in the party details and place your payment, you’re now booked to stay at our picturesque site!