The Quiet Site

UK England North West England Cumbria Pooley Bridge

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Children’s playground
  • Laundry
  • Dogs welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Sshh, don’t tell anyone but this place offers a great escape, supreme walking and caters well for kids too, just don’t go shouting about it

Despite its unusual name, the reality is that the Quiet Site isn’t much quieter than your average campsite. But the name is enough to put off any rowdies or big groups, so it’s certainly quieter than some of the more boisterous Lake District options.

Standing atop the fells of what many hold as the Lakes’ finest water, the Quiet Site looks down to Ullswater’s mist-shrouded surface. Up here, it’s a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of Glenridding town; a sanctuary of calm from the Lakeland summer crowds.

The site is ideal for accessing the peace of the Lakes’ pathways, with several walkways passing close by. On arrival you’ll get a handcrafted walking guide with decent walks around the area popped into your hand. They’ve tailored the walks to all family members and interests. So, you should find one that suits you – whether it’s a full-on lung workout up the fells or an amble with the kids. And if you’ve had your fill of biped pursuits, go amphibious to get a watery perspective of Ullswater either from the famous Ullswater Steamer or from a rowing boat or motorboat, both easily hired at Watermillock or Glenridding marina.

Come the end of the day, you don’t even have to make any effort to lay your hands on a well-earned pint. The Quiet Site has its own public house, simply named ‘The Pub’. Housed in the farm’s original stone barn, a roaring open hearth greets you along with the über-friendly hosts and a raft of local ales. Unfortunately, if you’re looking to escape campsite cooking you’ll be disappointed: they don’t do food.

If you’re looking for some serenity, great walking or just want to kick back with the family, the Quiet Site delivers. With this place having a hardcore following, and attracting more by the year, just try to keep it all a little hush-hush.

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There’s an on-site pub, free hot showers, washing-up area and small shop with all the basics. The Quiet Site is committed to sustainable tourism and all hot water and heating in the bar, shop, office, cottages and service block sourced from renewables.

Suitable For

Tents, glampers, caravans, campervans, small motorhomes, dogs – yes. Large groups (unless pre-arranged) – no.


Treat yourself to some pampering amongst 67 acres of Windermere’s woodland at The Samling (01539 431922), which persuaded Wordsworth to part with his crowns. Two-night stays cost from £200 to £520, depending on the room.

Food & Drink

On the shores of Lake Ullswater, the Sharrow Bay Hotel (01768 486301) has a Michelin-starred restaurant. You can do lunch or dinner but they’re famous for afternoon teas. The on-site pub serves a variety of local ales but no food. But if you’re after some dinner then head to the Brackenrigg Inn (01768 486206) overlooking Ullswater for above-average grub with a change of scenery.

Opening Times

All year around

Family Friendly

While the Quiet Site aims to please everyone, there’s a huge family focus here, with an adventure playground and a games rooms inside what is surely the world's best campsite pub. It could even bring out the inner-child in one or two grown-ups in the group.

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The Owner Says

We are the perfect place to stay for an enjoyable holiday in the English Lake District. We pride ourselves on being family orientated. We are a very well equipped campsite with lots of facilities to make your stay at The Quiet Site and visit to the Lake District all the more enjoyable. Facilities include The Quiet Bar where you can play pool, table football, air hockey and table tennis, well stocked shop, childrens playground, clean shower blocks, laundry room and lots more!
WiFi is included and is available in the bar and on most pitches. The broadband is fine for emails. Electricity usage: – 10 KWhours are included for each day of booking. Additional usage is charged at 15p/Kwh.


As well as traditional camping and caravanning there's 14 pods and 10 hobbit holes.

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Contact The Quiet Site, Watermillock, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0LS

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Getting There

On the A66 to Keswick, take the A592 toward Glenridding, turning right at the Brackenrigg Inn. The site is 1¼ mile on your right. At Penrith board a 508 Stagecoach bus toward Glenridding. Get off outside the Brackenrigg Inn and follow the lane that runs beside the inn, the site is 1¼ mile further along on your right.


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Why book with I Love This Campsite?

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