Gill Head Farm

UK England North West England Cumbria Penrith

  • Contactless check in
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Perfectly peaceful Cumbrian working farm, surrounded by some of the best walks the Lakes have to offer

Gill Head is a lovely little working hill farm that’s been run by the same family for several generations. Ensconced within the Lake District National Park, yet far removed from the tourist hordes, it offers space for tents and caravans, as well as farmhouse accommodation, a log cabin and six timber camping pods.

The main camping meadow is wide and flat with space for around 50 pitches (the 21 hardstanding caravan pitches are in a separate field), offering campers grand westerly views to Blencathra – a ridge of six separate fell tops – and the Northern Fells, stretching right down the valley to Keswick.

There are fields and streams to paddle in, an organised play area for children, and decent facilities that include a modern and spacious shower, toilet, and laundry block. For rainy days there’s also a log cabin with a television lounge and undercover barbecue area.

Beyond the farm lie the Lakes and a wealth of hiking, biking and water-based activities (Ullswater is less than a 10-minute drive away) and the campsite owners have a good relationship with a local outdoor adventure company, Reach Beyond Adventure, and can help organise anything from bushcraft courses to ghyll scrambling and rock climbing.

Those ‘who don’t want to feel like they’re on a campsite’, as the owners put it, can ask to pitch in the ‘hidden’ field – over a bridge as if leaving the site altogether – which comes with its own waterfall and steep, wooded banks. You’ll have to walk further to the shower block but it’s a small price to pay for such pleasant, leafy isolation.



Around 50 pitches. If you wish to book a campervan or caravan, please call the office before booking. Spacious, modern wash/shower block, undercover eating/recreation area, with TV, kettles and microwaves. Children's play area ; dog-walking trails; great little river to play in , lock-up for bikes; gas exchange; shop offering basics and takeaway breakfasts. WiFi hot spots. . Fire pits for hire and  logs for sale. You can't beat sitting around a campfire at night !

Suitable For

Tents, Camping pods, Touring Caravans, Campervans, dogs – yes. Great for families, walkers, Duke of Edinburgh students,  Groups – of two or more tents strictly by prior  arrangement only, call office.


The surrounding area has some of the best walking country in the Lakes – ask on site for info and routes. Ullswater is a short drive away with superb fell and lake shore walks and being England’s second largest lake has a huge range of activities and water sports to offer,  including sailing, paddle boarding , kayaking, open water swimming and fishing trips. Rookin House Equestrian Centre (017684 83561) is a family-owned adventure venue with everything from air rifle shooting and archery to riding lessons and trekking. The beautiful market town of Keswick sitting on the shores of the lovely Derwentwater is only 10 drive mins away , ( regular service buses from Troutbeck  to Keswick , so why not leave the car on site for the day  ) Keswick is a very dog friendly town , with lots of great eating places, local independent shops ,stunning walks from town for all abilities, maybe hire a rowing boat, paddle board , kayak , or take a trip on the launch. A lovely scenic days walk is around the lake on the level and easy  path around the lake, Keswick has a thriving  street market  on Thursdays and Saturdays and of course, Keswick is one of THE  places to get all your outdoor gear !
Lowther Castle is a really great day out for the whole family, and a visit Whinlatter Forest park, will have something for everyone.

Food & Drink

Troutbeck Inn (017684 83635) is within walking distance.  The Mill Inn (017687 79632) in calm, unspoiled Mungrisdale serves good food based on traditional Cumbrian fair.  Horse and Farrier at the pretty village of  Dacre, has a delicious menu   (017684 86022)  Boot and Shoe at Greystoke village  - traditional local pub often with local bands playing (017684 83343)



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The Owner Says

Gill Head Farm is a family run working hill farm, offering high quality farmhouse self catering accommodation and caravan & camping accommodation set against the spectacular backdrop of Blencathra and the northern fells of the Lake District National Park. Whatever you are looking for from your holiday, be it excitement and adventure on the lakes and fells, peace and tranquility whilst sightseeing or strolling around stately homes and gardens, visits to country fairs, or an action packed family holiday. Gill Head’s location with it’s beautiful rural setting ensures we are ideally situated for a wonderful holiday within the Lake District National Park far from the madding crowds.

Social Distancing Measures

2021 we will not accept and group  bookings.


Camp in either the main field with gorgeous fell views, or the hidden field, with its own waterfall and wooded banks. Or try the vintage gypsy wagon with traditional ornate paintwork and canvas bow top.

Grass Pitch - Main Camping Field

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 3 Available
Grass pitch with stunning, open views of the nearby fells. Easy access to the shower block, laundry facilities and communal cabin. Not suitable for campervans.

Grass Pitch - By The River (Quiet Area)

Grass pitch Sleeps 5 6 Available
Pitch up in a secluded area of Gill Head Farm. The Quiet Area is surrounded by slopes and trees, with a stream and waterfall. Not suitable for campervans.

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Contact Gill Head Farm, Gill Head Farm, Troutbeck, Penrith, Cumbria CA11 0ST

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Getting There

Take the A66 towards Keswick. At the Troutbeck Inn T-junction take the A5091, signposted Ullswater. After 100 metres turn right for Gill Head.

Train to Penrith or Keswick then bus no. X4 or X5 (every hour between Penrith and Keswick) to the Troutbeck Inn and walk the ¼ mile to the site.


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