Gill Head Farm

UK England North West England Cumbria Penrith

  • 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.

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Around 50 pitches. Spacious, modern washblock, undercover BBQ and dining/recreation area; comprehensive play area for kids; dog-walking trails; lock-up for bikes; gas exchange; shop offering basics and takeaway breakfasts. WiFi hot spots. Onsite activities and bushcraft courses. Firepits for hire; logs for sale.

Suitable For

Tents, glamping, caravans, campervans, dogs – yes. Groups – by arrangement.


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 and being England’s second largest lake has a huge range of activities and water sports to offer, including sailing, kayaking, and fishing trips. The Rheged Centre (01768 868000) in Penrith has a number of retail outlets and cafés, lots of activities for kids, and a giant cinema. 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.

Food & Drink

The refurbished Troutbeck Inn (017684 83635) is within walking distance, with pricey but delicious food. The Mill Inn (017687 79632) in calm, unspoiled Mungrisdale serves good food based on traditional Cumbrian fair. Veggies will love the Lakeland Pedlar Café (017687 74492), an organic wholefood vegetarian café with beautiful views.

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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.


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 10 Available
Grass pitch with stunning, open views of the nearby fells. Easy access to the shower block, laundry facilities and communal cabin.

Grass Pitch - By The River (Quiet Area)

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 4 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.

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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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