Waterside House Campsite

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Waterside House Campsite

Set on the shores of Ullswater, Waterside House Campsite provides great views of this magnificent and classic Lake District scene.
You can either bring your own tent, bring a motorhome, or stay in one of the Tipis by the lake sure. (Sorry, no caravans).

Waterside House is still a working farm. Depending on the time of year you visit, you may see lamps, sheep being dipped, or young calves in the barn near the campsite shop.

As well as camping, you can also take advantage of being next to Ullswater, and hire rowing boats or Canadian Canoes.

Our Review

We stayed at Waterside House Campsite on a busy May Bank Holiday in 2015.

And yes, the campsite was very busy. But then again, so is every campsite in the Lake District during the May Bank Holidays!

We also felt that the peak season prices were a bit high. But again, this is the Lake District, which is extremely popular.

Boat Hire at Ullswater

Boat Hire at Ullswater

The location was absolutely stunning.

Ullswater may not be as visited as Windermere, but it is a beautiful lake. And not being as crowed, is all the better for it.

Enjoying the evening by the lake

Enjoying the evening by the lake

A short stroll from the campsite is Pooley Bridge. We found a good family-friendly pub there that served good meals.

While we stayed at Waterside House we had a go at Ghyll Scrambling with Distant Horizons. They picked us up right from the campsite.

If you do decide to stay here, we thoroughly recommend that you consider giving this a go.

Planning your visit
What can pitch at the campsite?
Small Campervans
Campsite Facilities
Chemical Disposal
Camping & Touring Pitches
Grass Grass with Electric Hardstanding with Electric Fully Serviced
Other Accommodation Available
Dogs Welcome

WiFi is available, but only at the shop.

Large Pitch Restrictions

Waterside House campsite has large camping fields. Camping charges are based on people, not tent sizes. There are additional charges for Awnings/Gazebos.

Shower Details

Waterside House has FREE hot showers.
There’s also a laundrette on site.

Electric Hookups

Electric hook-ups are available. However, all EHU pitches are on gravel. There are no grass EHU pitches, and so if you need EHU with your tent, you will need to pitch on the gravel.


Tipis are available from May to September.
Please click the link to view the latest tariffs.

How to get here

Here’s where you can find Waterside House Campsite.


From junction 40 of the M6 motorway take the A66 signposted Keswick.

After one-mile turn left onto the A592 for Ullswater and Pooley Bridge.

Turn left at the lake, continue straight on and then over the river into Pooley Bridge. Go through the village and take the first right to Howtown, continue along this road.

Waterside House is the second campsite on the right- approximately one mile. There is a lakeshore footpath from Pooley Bridge to the campsite.

Contact Details

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