Baystone Bank Farm Campsite
Baystone Bank Farm has the feel of farm from time gone by. In the south-west of the Lake District, at the foot of White Combe mountain, it’s setting is as English as they come. Traditional Swaledale sheep dot the surrounding slopes and a mighty Shire horse grazes in the neighbouring field, as if an old horse-drawn plough has just been unshackled. This is ‘rural’ defined.
Through the centre of the site runs a small and very paddle-able stream, its waters funnelled down from White Combe and Black Combe, the hulking mountains that rise north of the campsite. Across the stream a collection of non-electric grass pitches are perfect for tent campers, while, on the nearer side, more grass pitches are joined by slate grey hard-standings for campervans or caravans. In total, the campsite still remains a small and peaceful affair, with space for kids to run free and build dams in the stream, while parents enjoy the tranquillity of pitching on one the Lake District's smaller, lesser known campsites.
Those who want the location but without the camping are also catered for. There’s a handful of pre-pitched bell tents, decked out with proper beds and soft furnishings, and a custom-built, timber roundhouse set on the campsites raised terrace area. There’s also a separate orchard, through a gate at the end of the site, which has been specifically set aside for groups of campers, who want to book together and have a space all to themselves.
The campsite is just one of many feathers in Baystone Bank’s hat. Along with continuing to farm Swaledale and Blackfaced sheep on the surrounding fells, it is also home to the Cumbrian Heavy Horses Riding Centre, where you can saddle up on the largest of horse breeds, including shire horses and Clydesdales. There are steeds for all sizes though, and all levels of ability, so campers are welcome to saddle up and head out on one of their guided hacks.
Those who prefer two feet to four need no telling that the walking here is excellent. Several footpaths run right through the farm’s own land and trekking up to the top of White Combe and along the ridge to Black Combe is a must. Standing in isolation as the ridge does, it offers excellent all-round views, of the Irish Sea to the west and across the crinkling mountains of the rest of the national park to the east. In the distance below, the likes of Muncaster Castle, the Esk estuary and the North Walney National Nature Reserve all offer just a glimpse of the many other attractions on the doorstep.
Our wash block has clean toilets including 2 ladies & 2 gents toilets, all with new hand basins and hot running water, 4 new shower cubicles, a covered dish-washing area with double drainers and a small fridge and a freezer for communal use and ice-pack freezing.
Our well stocked new Shop and Cafe are now open from May - October so you can buy your camping essentials and get hot/cold food and drinks.
Fire-pits are scattered around the campsite and logs are available to buy at our on-site log hut.
Our 2 non electric Bell tents are seasonal from May - October and each feature a double bed and children's sofa bed inside & a side-table/cabinet. You do need to bring your own bedding pillows & towels.
- Dogs are welcome in both our Roundhouse & Bell tents.
The insulated Roundhouse is availabe all year round and has electricity, water, a well-equipped cooking area, hard-wood storage cabinets, a wood-burning stove and a king-sized bed and all bedding and towels are provided.
Tents, campervans, caravans, dogs – yes. Large groups by prior arrangement.
Across the meadow is Baystone Bank Farm's very own horse riding centre. It is the world's only BHS-approved Heavy Horse Riding Centre (07769 588565 or 01229 777764), with magnificent shire horses with their great shaggy feet along with other breeds such as Clydesdale, Suffolk Punch, Brabant and Percheron. 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, and start from 1½ hours (longer fell and beach ride experiences are available to suit experience levels). 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 the Beach 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.
The Owner Says
Baystone Bank Farm Campsite is a small family campsite situated at the foot of Black and White Combe in the picturesque Whicham Valley within the South Western borders of the Lake District National Park.
Whether relaxing with your family, having a base for activities, having a romantic break, walking the miles of footpaths starting right here or simply exploring this beautiful and unspoilt part of Cumbria we offer a fabulous location for your holiday!
With miles of pristine beaches just 5 minutes away this area offers a multitude of things to do, from simply getting out into the countryside, castles with huge gardens to explore, joining us here for a ride out with the UK's only British Horse Society Approved Heavy Horse Riding Centre 'Cumbrian Heavy Horses', or simply relax on site, listen to the burbling stream which runs through the site, get the BBQ going, and enjoy the tranquillity!
Be it camping, glamping in the bell tents or booking to stay in our own unique 'The Roundhouse accommodation, or a stay with your motor home or caravan we can cater for your requirements! We have a special area, 'The Orchard' for private bookings, which is fenced separately and is secure - ideal for groups.
- Dogs are welcome as long as they are kept on leads at all times due to the farms horses and other animals.
Also on site is world renowned Cumbrian Heavy Horses, a unique riding centre in that they use the magnificent Shire, Clydesdale and other pure heavy horse breeds for riding...with rides to suit all abilities this can be a fabulous addition to your holiday!
Baystone Bank Farm is also a working fell farm, we have Swaledale and Scottish Blackface sheep, chickens, cats and dogs as part of our family! Local stores, traditional pubs and restaurants are situated within a ten minute drive of the farm.
The site is open all year (including camping for the hardy!), although parking on the grass is not allowed in wet conditions, please park your vehicle in the car park (only a short walk from your pitch). The bell tents are seasonal, available to hire from Easter until the end of October half term
We hope you will enjoy your visit and come back to join us in future!
Baystone Bank Farm is just off the A595 between the 2 turns to Millom at either end of the Whicham Valley. Unless you actively want a scenic route, avoid going through the Lakes and exit the M6 at junction 36 (signposted Western Lake District (S), Kendal, Barrow) following the A590. Follow the A590 as it splits off left towards Barrow and continue until you reach Greenodd. At the roundabout, take a right towards Workington on the A5092, following the road through Lowick Green and on to Grizebeck where you should join the A595 heading for Workington and the Western Lake District. Follow the A595 past Broughton-in-Furness and Duddon Bridge, then past the turn off to Broadgate. Continue for a further 1½ miles over Dubdale Brow before turning right at the sign for the campsite. There are 7 farms with the same postcode, so if you're using a SatNav be sure to enter Baystone Bank Farm as the name!
The nearest train station is in Millom, 5 miles away.
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