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All your questions answered about owning and purchasing a Luxury Caravan in the Lake District

Tens of thousands of people enjoy the freedom of leisure home ownership on holiday parks in Britain. The caravan will be yours to enjoy throughout the year whenever the park is open – for both short breaks and longer stays. There’s no need to book ahead, and all your home comforts will be ready and waiting. But before you commit, it’s worth spending a few minutes understanding how holiday home ownership works, and what factors will help ensure that you’ll get the most out of your purchase in the years to come.

    • You can find us at the following address: Skelwith Fold Caravan Park Ambleside Cumbria LA22 0HY
    • We have an onsite shop that is well stocked with all the essentials you'll need during your stay. We also stock a selection of local meats, fresh vegetables and salad items available to purchase. During busy times, we welcome various family run food vans visit site during the evenings with local high quality food offerings. https://youtu.be/oLASte4pnPs
    • Each individual holiday booking includes one car. If you would like to bring additional cars with you, then please do let us know at the time of booking. Additional vehicles are allowed to park at the discretion of the Park Owners and must be parked as and where directed. Commercial vehicles are allowed only with the prior consent of the Park Owners and must be parked as directed.
    • Yes we are! Skelwith Fold is considered one of the best dog friendly caravan sites in Cumbria! We welcome friendly dogs of all shapes and sizes to stay in our award-winning grounds. We have a number of dog friendly facilities, including a doggy shower and plenty of fantastic dog walks nearby both in the grounds of the park and further afield in the Lake District National Park. We kindly ask that you let us know whether you will be bringing a dog with you at the time of booking. Whilst on park, please keep your furry friends on a lead. Please pick up any deposits and dispose of them in the bins around the site. We have plenty! Please note that some of our self catered accommodation do not allow dogs. This includes safari tents, family hideaways, Cottage Number 3 and The Greenhouse. We do have a specific dog friendly hideaway pod called Wagtail. Dogs are not allowed in the children’s play area, the office, shop or the toilets and must not be permitted to range freely in the woodland areas. Dogs and cats belonging to visitors, are not allowed on the park.
    • While we do not specifically offer late check out or early check in, we may be able to be flexible depending on the season. If you have a requirement to arrive early or leave later, please just ask and we will see what we might be able to do for you.
    • Skelwith Fold is open each year from 1st March until the third week of November. Our stunning 5-star holiday park in the Lake District is the perfect destination for touring caravans, motorhomes and family friendly camping holidays. Escape to our woodland glamping pods or safari tents. Take a break in one of our luxurious Holiday Cottages. Or buy one of our static caravans for sale and own your own Lakeland getaway. Our luxury caravan holiday homes make an ideal second home. Please ask at Reception for the exact closing date for the year as this may vary slightly depending on local events.
      • Exit the M6 at Junction 36 and follow signs towards the A591 heading towards Windermere and Kendal. Follow the A591 for 19 miles through Windermere and into Ambleside.
      • Take a slight left at traffic lights onto Borrans Road (A5095) which heads down hill past the lake. Follow the road for about half a mile before turning left on to A593 after a rugby field on the left, signposted to Coniston.
      • After about half a mile, turn left onto the B5296 signposted to Hawkshead and Skelwith Fold Caravan Park. The entrance to Skelwith Fold Caravan Park will be on your right after about three quarters of a mile.
    • We were very pleased to consistently be awarded the David Bellamy Conservation Award at its top Gold level. This prestigious accolade was presented to us by the late Professor Bellamy (who visited the park on a number of occasions) in recognition of our achievements in protecting and enhancing the natural environment. A few years ago, in 2007, Skelwith Fold was the overall winner of the Best Park in England award, organised by the national tourist board VisitBritain. To achieve this prestigious accolade, we first had to come top in the Cumbria and then the North West finals before taking the all-England prize. In 2017 we were again awarded the accolade of 'Holiday Park of the Year' in Cumbria.
    • Yes. The park has a top five-star tourist board accreditation, designated as “Excellent”. The park industry’s grading scheme, which is applied across the UK by independent inspectors, measures the quality – and not the quantity – of the facilities provided by a park. Our classification means that standards at Skelwith Fold are officially rated as among the very best in Great Britain.
    • Each individual holiday booking includes one car. If you would like to bring additional cars with you, then please do let us know at the time of booking. Additional vehicles are allowed to park at the discretion of the Park Owners and must be parked as and where directed. Commercial vehicles are allowed only with the prior consent of the Park Owners and must be parked as directed.
    • Yes we are! Skelwith Fold is considered one of the best dog friendly caravan sites in Cumbria! We welcome friendly dogs of all shapes and sizes to stay in our award-winning grounds. We have a number of dog friendly facilities, including a doggy shower and plenty of fantastic dog walks nearby both in the grounds of the park and further afield in the Lake District National Park. We kindly ask that you let us know whether you will be bringing a dog with you at the time of booking. Whilst on park, please keep your furry friends on a lead. Please pick up any deposits and dispose of them in the bins around the site. We have plenty! Please note that some of our self catered accommodation do not allow dogs. This includes safari tents, family hideaways, Cottage Number 3 and The Greenhouse. We do have a specific dog friendly hideaway pod called Wagtail. Dogs are not allowed in the children’s play area, the office, shop or the toilets and must not be permitted to range freely in the woodland areas. Dogs and cats belonging to visitors, are not allowed on the park.
    • While we do not specifically offer late check out or early check in, we may be able to be flexible depending on the season. If you have a requirement to arrive early or leave later, please just ask and we will see what we might be able to do for you.
    • If you have any preferences in pitch size, location or area, then please do let us know on booking. While we will do our best to accommodate requests. These are subject to availability – especially in busy periods when the park is at its fullest.
    • We have a number of pitches that can take a larger vehicle. Please do give us a ring with your vehicle dimensions to discuss this.
    • We provide all of the essentials you will need for your glamping stay. Take a look at the links below to find out about what is included in each of the glamping accommodation units we have at Skelwith. Please be aware that the Safari Tents are constructed from canvas. As such they may become a little chilly at night during the colder times of year. We advise that you wrap up warm at night for bookings early and late in the season!
    • Each individual holiday booking includes one car. If you would like to bring additional cars with you, then please do let us know at the time of booking. Additional vehicles are allowed to park at the discretion of the Park Owners and must be parked as and where directed. Commercial vehicles are allowed only with the prior consent of the Park Owners and must be parked as directed.
    • While we do not specifically offer late check out or early check in, we may be able to be flexible depending on the season. If you have a requirement to arrive early or leave later, please just ask and we will see what we might be able to do for you.
    • Each individual holiday booking includes one car. If you would like to bring additional cars with you, then please do let us know at the time of booking. Additional vehicles are allowed to park at the discretion of the Park Owners and must be parked as and where directed. Commercial vehicles are allowed only with the prior consent of the Park Owners and must be parked as directed.
    • While we do not specifically offer late check out or early check in, we may be able to be flexible depending on the season. If you have a requirement to arrive early or leave later, please just ask and we will see what we might be able to do for you.
    • Bottled gas for your holiday home can be ordered from our main reception. Bottled gas supplies should be ordered and paid for before 3pm on any day and (if eligible for delivery) will be delivered before 5pm. All deliveries requested out of these hours will be subject to a price surcharge in accordance with the price schedule we publish from time to time. It is recommended that caravans should be equipped with an extra cylinder to avoid running short of gas.
    • Hiring out of your caravan holiday home is not permitted. This means that the use of any caravan is restricted to the owner, his immediate family and his bona-fide guests. For security reasons, when anyone other than the owner is using a caravan, the Park Owners must be informed in advance, of the name and address of all persons who will occupy the caravan.
    • There’s no substitute for coming along and taking a good look around the park, and inside some of our caravan holiday homes. Don’t worry: there will be no sales pressure whatsoever, and we won’t insist on accompanying your every step. Feel free to wander anywhere in the grounds, and to experience the beauty and sense of peace which draws so many here. Just arrange your visit by calling the park on 015394 32277. Perhaps even try a stay in one of our Hideaways or our luxurious safari tents to get a feel for the park. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
    • Skelwith Fold, like all holiday parks, charges an annual pitch fee for caravan holiday homes which is presently £4,610.00 (for the 2021 season) and payable on the 1st May. In addition, you will need to budget for rates which, for 2019 (they were not charged in 2020 due to the extraordinary circumstances), was £300.94 for the year. Insurance is typically charged at around £11.00 per £1000.00 of value. Electricity is metered, and gas bottle exchange and delivery is available on-site.
    • Many people at Skelwith Fold choose to purchase their holiday home with a personal loan which can be spread over a preferred number of years. Most major banks, subject to an individual’s status, are prepared to make advances for caravan holiday homes, our preferred specialist lending partner is RoyScot Larch.
    • We will be pleased to show you our available pitches when you come to look around. The park’s magnificent grounds extend to around 130 acres. Our holiday homes are all neatly “pocketed” throughout the parkland in small groups with generous spacing between the units. This helps maintain a sense of privacy, and allows holiday home owners to enjoy an intimate closeness with the natural world and woodlands around them.
    • Skelwith Fold upholds all the codes of professional conduct and good practice set down by the British Holiday and Home Parks Association, the park industry’s official representative body. In fact, members of the Wild family (which owns Skelwith Fold) have been associated at a senior level with the organisation for many years, and helped lay the foundations for its policies of customer fair dealing, approved by consumer organisations. When you buy a holiday home at Skelwith Fold, you will be provided with an officially approved written agreement which will help ensure peace of mind in the years ahead. Within the agreement will be the all-important assurance of tenure: the right, in other words, to occupy the holiday home pitch for a given period of time – which in this case is 14 years. Other areas covered by the agreement include the frequency and level of increases in pitch fees for which at least three months’ notice is given. We are particularly proud that the majority of holiday home owners at Skelwith Fold stay with us for many years (sometimes even decades!). The quality of the park has a big part to play, of course – but so too, we like to think, does the strong emphasis we put on maintaining excellent customer relations. As a prospective buyer or existing owner, you are always welcome to talk with us on any matter, and our aim will always be to provide an answer which will meet with your satisfaction.
    • Although Skelwith Fold has holiday home owners from across the UK, we usually reckon that you’ll enjoy the best return from your investment by living no more than 2-3 hours from the park. In that way, your holiday retreat becomes easily accessible without having to face the prospect of a long journey. Having said that, Skelwith Fold is just a delightful half-hour’s journey from the M6 motorway – which puts cities such as Manchester and Newcastle within easy reach.
    • Skelwith Fold is open from the 1st March to the last Sunday in November (inclusive) each year. During our nine-month season, you will be free to use your static caravan / holiday home at any time. There is, of course, no need to tell us you are coming. Just turn up whenever you choose – perhaps even on an impulse whenever the mood or a sunny forecast makes it feel right!
    • Very much so. Almost all caravan holiday homes are made in Britain by one of around five leading manufacturers such as ABI and Swift.  All of which recognise that quality is the key to customer satisfaction. The standard of workmanship throughout holiday homes will be extremely high, and many traditional craftsman’s skills are used in the building process. Fittings, such as the carpeting, furnishings and kitchen equipment are all of excellent quality, and there will be a good level of insulation allowing the holiday home to warm up quickly when you arrive, and to stay snug with the help of thermostatically controlled heating.
    • If you’ve not been inside one for some time, you could be in for a very pleasant surprise. Modern caravan holiday homes are superbly designed along the lines of a conventional house with two or three separate bedrooms. They usually encompass en-suite, a bathroom, spacious kitchen area and a roomy lounge. They are supplied fully furnished and equipped to a very high standard. The kitchen will often come complete with fridge, freezer, cooker and microwaves. Bedrooms have built-in (or walk-in) wardrobes. The bathroom will have cupboards, a toilet, a shower and sometimes a full-size bath. Extra specifications such as central heating and double glazing are also available. These options are especially popular with purchasers. They allow the holiday home to be enjoyed in comfort in Spring and Autumn when the Lake District is often at its loveliest. Other add-ons can include timber decking. This addition allows you the ability to relax and perhaps eat outside whilst enjoying the panorama of the park.
    • At Skelwith Fold, you could pay as little as £25,000 for a luxury caravan holiday home. Higher specification and new models are available at greater cost, up to around £80,000 – but even the most basic homes we offer provide superb quality standards and the promise of many years of carefree holiday enjoyment. The pitch fee for 2021 is £4,610.00 and runs from 1st May to 30th April. In addition to pitch fees you will need to budget for rates: for 2019 these were £300.94 for the year (they were not charged in 2020 due to the exceptional circumstances). Insurance is typically charged at around £11.00 per £1,000 (inc. insurance premium tax) but you’re welcome to shop around. Electricity is metered, and gas bottle exchange and delivery is available on-site.
    • Dogs are allowed in all outside areas of the Park, but please do remember to keep your four-legged friend on a lead at all times. The shop and reception buildings and the amenity blocks are the only areas they are not able to visit. However, you will find hooks outside these buildings for them to take a breather.
    • Yes we are! Skelwith Fold is considered one of the best dog friendly caravan sites in Cumbria! We welcome friendly dogs of all shapes and sizes to stay in our award-winning grounds. We have a number of dog friendly facilities, including a doggy shower and plenty of fantastic dog walks nearby both in the grounds of the park and further afield in the Lake District National Park. We kindly ask that you let us know whether you will be bringing a dog with you at the time of booking. Whilst on park, please keep your furry friends on a lead. Please pick up any deposits and dispose of them in the bins around the site. We have plenty! Please note that some of our self catered accommodation do not allow dogs. This includes safari tents, family hideaways, Cottage Number 3 and The Greenhouse. We do have a specific dog friendly hideaway pod called Wagtail. Dogs are not allowed in the children’s play area, the office, shop or the toilets and must not be permitted to range freely in the woodland areas. Dogs and cats belonging to visitors, are not allowed on the park.
    • The privacy, convenience and enjoyment of other caravan owners must be respected. Between the hours of 10.00pm and 8.30am noise disturbance for any reason must be kept to a minimum. We politely ask guests to abide by our quiet time rule.
    • Each individual holiday booking includes one car. If you would like to bring additional cars with you, then please do let us know at the time of booking. Additional vehicles are allowed to park at the discretion of the Park Owners and must be parked as and where directed. Commercial vehicles are allowed only with the prior consent of the Park Owners and must be parked as directed.
    • Barbecues are permitted, but we ask that you not place them directly onto the ground, decking or picnic benches as this may cause damage. Please dispose of them responsibly. Our glamping guests may wish to make use of the sheltered barbecue area located by the Family Hideaway units. Here there are frames built to hold a disposable barbecue tray which you can purchase from our park shop. Please leave this area as you would wish to find it. You may leave the disposable barbecue in the frames at this location for our wardens to dispose of.
      1. The burning of wood, garden waste or any other open fire including the use of chiminea and fire pits is strictly forbidden.
    • We operate a no smoking policy in all buildings and around our play area. We also ask that you not smoke within three metres of any building entrance. When smoking around the park, please take care not to smoke too close to fire hazards such as gas canisters, and please remember not to litter. You are free to smoke inside your own property, whether that is a touring caravan or a holiday home. However, please do ensure that you take proper care to prevent any fire hazard. Smoking is prohibited inside any of our glamping units and charges may apply if this rule is breached.
    • Skelwith Fold is a dog friendly holiday park and pets are welcome in most areas, with a maximum of two dogs per caravan. Please note however that dogs may not stay in our glamping units, with the exception of our Wagtail Hideaway which is dog friendly. Please keep dogs on a short lead under strict control around all touring pitches, holiday homes and glamping units. Dogs may not be left unattended anywhere on the park at any time, including inside your accommodation. Please note that you are responsible for your pets at all time, including cleaning up after them and keeping noise to a minimum to avoid disturbing other guests. We reserve the right to ask the owner of any dog which causes a nuisance or threat to remove it from the park immediately. We cannot accept any breeds listed under the Dangerous Dogs Act.
    • Normally we are delighted to welcome your friends and family to visit you at Skelwith - whether at your own holiday home, touring caravan or glamping unit. However, while Covid-19 restrictions are ongoing, we are unable to accommodate visits from friends and family as we work within government restrictions to reduce the risk to all of our guests and staff from Covid-19. We hope to return to normal as soon as possible.
    • No – not as your permanent residence. We are licensed as a holiday park, so you can only use your holiday home for leisure – and not residential – purposes. Some people, of course, do choose to spend extended periods at Skelwith Fold during the Summer, and we applaud their excellent judgement!
    • No. The main reason is that we are anxious to maintain Skelwith Fold’s friendly and relaxed atmosphere, created largely by our community of owners who share a common pride in their surroundings. That isn’t to say that you can’t lend your holiday home to a family member or friend from time to time, but it should be principally for your own use.
    • Yes, there is a laundrette at Skelwith Fold. It is located in the main amenity block and available for all our guests to use.
      • Our large spacious launderette has washing machines and tumble dryers as well as an extra-large washer and dryer for awkward loads. You’ll also find an ironing board and iron, laundry soap dispenser, large drying room ideal for wet waterproofs and boots, even a vending machine serving Rijo coffee, tea and hot chocolate.
      [caption id="attachment_3468" align="alignnone" width="4928"]Launderette at Skelwith Fold Caravan Park in Ambleside Launderette at Skelwith Fold Caravan Park in Ambleside[/caption]
    • We have an onsite shop that is well stocked with all the essentials you'll need during your stay. We also stock a selection of local meats, fresh vegetables and salad items available to purchase. During busy times, we welcome various family run food vans visit site during the evenings with local high quality food offerings. https://youtu.be/oLASte4pnPs
    • Yes. All the common areas such as Reception and the library are wheelchair accessible. We also have disabled shower and toilet facilities for guests. Please ask at Reception for further information such as locations and how to access. We have also relaid many footpaths in our woodland areas to make them more accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs to allow more people to enjoy the tranquility of Skelwith Fold. Find out more about our accessibility.
    • Our Reception is open throughout the day from 8.30am and can be contacted on 015394 32277. Out of hours our duty warden can be contacted in an emergency on 07513 040186.
    • Yes, Wi-Fi is available at Skelwith Fold. In public areas and around the touring pitches, look for "Skelwith Fold Public Wi-Fi" on your device when on the park, and follow the on-screen instructions to get online. We provide a complimentary data package of 1GB, with further 15GB packages available for £15. Our glamping units also have Wi-Fi provided for your convenience. In your holiday home at Skelwith Fold, you may be able to receive the public Wi-Fi - but this will depend on your location on the park. All caravan holiday homes may be fitted with a router to provide internet access with faster service than the public Wi-Fi. This will have an installation cost and monthly fee. Please contact us for the current rates. Please note that we are in a rural location and that we cannot always guarantee a Wi-Fi signal.
    • No, a permit is not required to kayak on Derwentwater. You are permitted to launch your own kayak – hire facilities are also available.
    • Derwentwater is 3 miles long by a mile at its widest point. There is a way-marked foot path around the lake. The circular route is 10 miles and takes approximately 4 hours to complete.
    • Absolutely! Stand up paddleboarding is one of the most popular watersports enjoyed on Derwentwater. It’s great fun and suitable for all ages and abilities to enjoy. If you’ve got your own board you can launch from Derwentwater Marina. Alternatively you can hire a board or book onto a SUP lesson.
    • Yes, you are allowed to canoe on Derwentwater. It’s a fantastic setting to enjoy a scenic paddle with family and friends. The best place to launch his Derwentwater Marina. You can also hire equipment and book canoeing lessons to help you perfect your technique.
    • There are plenty of fish in Derwentwater, including trout, pike, perch, roach. Fishing is permitted, but anglers must have a valid Environment Agency Rod Licence and we encourage you to familiarise yourself with any by laws in place. You are allowed to fish from a rowing boat or powered craft, but you must stick to the 10mph speed limit at all times. You can launch your own boat or hire one from Derwentwater Marina.
    • Yes, otters have been recorded in Derwentwater in recent years. They are quite elusive creatures, so you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled!
    • There is a large pay and display car park next to the lake – use CA12 5DG if travelling via satnav. There is also plenty of parking in the town centre, if you plan on exploring Keswick during your visit.
    • Derwentwater is situated in the North of the National Park, around 2 miles from Keswick.
    • Yes, you are allowed to swim in Derwentwater. Derwentwater is a popular wild-swimming venue thanks to the abundance of public access points. Enjoy a late afternoon paddle after a busy day exploring. Soak up the scenery as you take a refreshing dip! There can be a lot of boat traffic in the summer months, so we urge you to be vigilant at all times. It’s best to wear a brightly coloured tow float and swimming hat if you plan on venturing out of the shallows.
    • The circular walk around Derwentwater is 10 miles long. It mainly consists of flat and easy paths along the lake shore. The route is way-marked making it nice and easy to follow. You’ll pass through a range of scenery, including ancient woodland and heathland. If you’re lucky you might see some wildlife along the way. Pack a picnic and make a day of it. Or, complete the Derwentwater Circular route as a series of shorter walks.
    • Crummock Water is approximately 2.5 miles long and half a mile wide.
    • Crummock Water is in the North West of the Lake District National Park in between Buttermere and Loweswater. The nearest major town is Cockermouth, which is around 20 minutes drive.
    • Yes, fishing is permitted on Crummock Water. You will need to purchase a permit and everyone over the age of 16 must have a valid Environment Agency Rod Licence. Day permits can be purchased at Buttermere car park (CA13 9UZ) and annual permits are available in the North Lakes office. Crummock Water is well stocked with trout, perch, pike and char. Please visit the National Trust website to familiarise yourself with byelaws and rules. You are welcome to launch your own boat, though the appropriate boat permit bust be purchased in advance. Motorised vessels are not permitted to retain the peace and tranquillity of the lake.
    • Yes, you are allowed to kayak on Crummock Water but you will need to purchase a permit ahead of your trip. Permits allow the National Park to monitor human impact and invest in the long-term protection of the lake. Day permits are available from Buttermere (CA13 9UZ) and Lanthwaite Wood (CA13 ORT) car parks, or you can purchase them online from the Lake District website. Season permits are also available if you plan visiting multiple times throughout the year – please call 017687 74649. Please note – permits cannot be purchased on the lake shore.
    • No, Crummock Water was formed naturally and was once joined with Loweswater and Buttermere. The lakes were separated when debris from the mountain was washed down stream in the last ice age.
    • Yes, it is possible to walk around Crummock Water. The route is approximately 8.5 miles long and should take around 4 hours to complete. Along the way you’ll enjoy spectacular views in every direction and have the chance to see Scale Force waterfall up close. Crummock Water is much quieter than neighbouring lakes, so you’ll enjoy some peace and quiet as you soak up the scenery. The walk is idyllic in the height of the summer or on a cold and crisp autumn day. We recommend parking in the National Trust car park at Scale Hill. You can walk around the lake in a clockwise or anti clockwise direction.
    • There is a footpath around Crummock Water. It is a little over 8 miles.
    • We recommend parking at Scale Hill car park. This owned and managed by the National Trust.
    • Yes, there are fish in Crummock Water and it’s a popular spot for anglers. The lake is home to a range of species including trout, char, pike and perch. There are a number of restrictions in place to prevent overfishing – see the National Trust website for more information. Anglers must hold a valid Environment Agency Rod Licence and purchase a day ticket from the National Trust parking machine at Buttermere.
    • Yes, wild swimming in Crummock Water is permitted. Access is quite limited, so you will probably need to walk for a while to find somewhere to safely enter the water. The lake is very deep in places, which means the temperature stays cold even in the height of summer. There is a ban on motorised vessels, so there’s no boat traffic to contend with. We recommend booking a guided session if you’re new to cold water swimming. There are lots of providers to choose from and they will ensure you stay safe on the lake. Don’t forget to wear a brightly coloured tow float and warm clothing.
    • Yes, it is possible to walk around Crummock Water. There is a flat and level footpath around the circumference of the lake. The route is approximately 8 miles long and takes around 4 hours to complete at a leisurely pace. Along the route you can make a detour to Scale Force, the tallest waterfall in The Lakes.
    • Yes, the walk around Derwentwater (just 10 from Keswick town centre) is incredibly scenic and easily doable in a day. The route is approximately 10 miles from start to finish and is well signposted along flat and easy paths. The walk can be enjoyed in one go or in smaller sections if you’d prefer. The Derwentwater walk incorporates a range of scenery including shoreline and ancient woodlands. You’ll be treated to stunning views over the lake and hopefully catch a glimpse of a variety of wildlife, flora and fauna. There are a number of landmarks to take in along the route including the Entrust sculpture, Ruskin Memorial, Hundred Year Stone and Chinese Bridge. The recommended starting point is by the lakeshore at Keswick Launch. A map and directions are available to download from the Visit Keswick website.
    • Yes, there is a bus from Windermere to Keswick with Stage Coach Buses. The service operates on a regular basis 7 days a week. There is a reduced service on Sundays and in the winter. You will need to catch the 555 bus, which follows one of the scenic routes in the Lake District. From the top deck you’ll be able to take in the far-reaching views as you pass by some of the National Parks most iconic villages. Plan your journey and download up to date timetables from the Stagecoach website. If you plan on using buses throughout your trip you may want to consider purchasing the Explorer ticket, which offers unlimited travel throughout Cumbria at an unbeatable price.
    • Unfortunately, there is not a train station in Keswick. The nearest railway station is in Penrith, approximately 17 miles away. Penrith train station is served by the West Coast Main Line. There is a bus service that connects Penrith Railway Station with Keswick Bus Station. The journey takes approximately 40 minutes.
    • The closest lake to Keswick is Derwentwater. Derwentwater is situated just 10 minute’s walk from the town centre along well marked footpaths. The lake is approximately 3 miles long and flanked picturesque fells on all sides. It is overlooked by Skiddaw – the fourth highest mountain in England. There are 4 islands within the lake and much of the shoreline is managed by the National Trust. Derwentwater is the widest lake in the Lake District. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and home to a wide variety of wildlife. It is incredibly popular with visitor thanks to the abundance of things to see and do on the Lake. There are 8 landing stages where you can enjoy a scenic boat trip with Keswick Launch Co. From the boat you can enjoy far reaching views and stop at some of the North Lake District's best loved landmarks, including Lingholm, Ahness Bridge and Lodmore Falls. You could also hire a rowing boat or motor boat so you can explore the lake in your own time.
    • Keswick is a popular market town in Cumbria. It is situated in the North of the Lake District National Park, close to Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake. It takes approximately 40 minutes to drive to Keswick from Skelwith Fold Caravan Park.
    • Keswick market takes place twice a week and has been running for more than 700 years! It takes place on Thursdays and Saturdays and extends from Market Square to the corner of Bank Street. The whole area is is pedestrianised. Thursday market – 8am – 4.30pm (late February to December) Saturday market – 8am to 4.30pm (year round) The market does not go ahead in bad weather, including strong winds. You can check whether the market will be open on the Keswick Market Facebook page. Keswick market is widely considered the best market in the Lake District. It attracts visitors and locals looking to sample some of the best produce from around Cumbria. There are more than 60 stalls each week selling a selection of arts, crafts, freshly baked bread, artisan produce and preserves. Delicious hot and cold takeaway food and drink is available. It’s the perfect place to while away a couple of hours during your holiday in the Lake District and pick up some souvenirs to take home.
    • There is plenty of evening entertainment for holidaymakers wanting to visit Keswick at Night. One of our favourite things to do is enjoy a delicious meal and something to drink at one of the many fantastic pubs and restaurants in the town. Some venues offer live entertainment. In the summer many of the shops tend to stay open later, providing ample opportunity for evening retail therapy. You may also wish to visit the theatre or cinema. Theatre by the Lake – This popular entertainment venue hosts a variety of live music and theatre from acclaimed performers throughout the year. There is a licensed bar to enjoy a drink before and during the show. Keswick Alhambra Cinema – Enjoy a night at the movies during your holiday in The Lakes. The Keswick Alhambra Cinema shows all of the latest releases. This is the perfect wet weather activity.
    • There are lots of shops to peruse in Keswick if you fancy indulging in some retail therapy during your caravan or glamping holiday in the Lake District. There’s an excellent mix of independent boutiques and national brands, so you’re bound to find some souvenirs to take home. The shops stock a range of products including gifts, homeware, clothing and local produce. There are many stores geared towards outdoor clothing and equipment, including Millets, Trespass, Mountain Warehouse, Cotswold Outdoors and Rohan. Keswick Market takes place every Thursday and Saturday in Market Square throughout much of the year. There are more than 60 stall selling gifts, clothing and delicious food and drink from some of the best producers in Cumbria.
    • Keswick is a popular destination for visitor’s holidaying in the Lake District National Park. The pretty market town is known for its bustling high street with a twice weekly market and wide selection of independent shops. The town is situated just 10 minute’s walk from Derwentwater, attracting visitors hoping to get out on the lake and soak up the scenery. It has earned a reputation as one of the best places for outdoor adventure activities in the Lake District and boasts some of the best hiking trails in the UK. In the past, Kewswick attracted poets and artists, including Robert Southly and Samuel Taylor Coleridge.
    • We highly recommend taking some time to visit Keswick during a caravan or glamping break at Skelwith Caravan Park. Keswick is one of the major tourist attractions in the Lake District, with plenty to offer visitors, including fantastic shops and interesting attractions and museums. The bustling market town is situated just 10 minutes’ walk from Derwentwater, where you can enjoy a host of scenic boat trips and water-based activities. There is a twice weekly market with vendors selling a selection of local produce as well as plenty of cafes and restaurants to enjoy a tasty meal. In recent years Keswick has become the go to place for outdoor enthusiasts looking to explore the national park. There is a wide selection of adventure activity providers, offering climbing and watersports excursions. It’s also an excellent starting point for hikers looking to tackle some of the Lake Districts best walking routes.
    • Grizedale Forest is easily accessible by car and well worth a visit during your caravan or glamping holiday in the Lake District. The journey should take approximately 20 minutes. Directions from Skelwith Fold Caravan Park: Head North East from the park Turn right onto B5286 and continue for 3 miles Continue straight on the B5285 for 0.5 miles Turn right and follow the trail for another 1.4 miles Sat Nav postcode: LA22 0QJ
    • Yes, there is a café in Grizedale Forest to refuel at the end of your walk. The friendly team serve a range of delicious food and drink using local ingredients wherever possible. Cooked breakfasts, light snacks and tasty lunches are on the menu. You can also purchase ice cream and a selection of hot drinks to eat in or takeaway. The Grizedale Forest Café is dog friendly and open daily (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day). Breakfast is served from 10am, lunch from midday and afternoon tea from 2.30pm.
    • Yes, Grizedale Forest is dog friendly. It’s a fantastic place to take your four-legged friend during a holiday in The Lakes. There are miles of scenic dogs walks to follow through the forest. The trails cut through stunning scenery and offer beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. Dogs are allowed to run and play off lead, but must be kept under close control to protect the wildlife. The onsite visitor centre and café is also dog friendly.
    • Grizedale Forest is free to visit and enjoy - you only need to pay for parking. It is open from dawn until dusk 7 days a week throughout the year. Use post code LA22 0WJ if travelling by car. The site offers plenty of fun for all the family, including 10 walking trails, 9 cycle trails, picnic areas, art exhibitions, sculptures and a play area. There are some attractions within the forest that you will need pay for – these include a Go Ape high ropes course and Forest Segway.
    • Ambleside is a little over 2 miles from Skelwith Fold. To get there will take approximately:
      • 10 minutes drive
      • 15 minutes cycle
      • 20 minutes by bus (from the bus stop outside the Skelwith Fold entrance)
      • 30-40 minutes walk
    • Yes, there is a bus stop just outside the main entrance to the park. Buses go to Ambleside and Hawkshead, and you can change in Ambleside for buses to Keswick and Kendal. Please contact Reception for an up to date timetable of local services. We can also recommend local taxi companies from Reception. Please be aware that it is about half a mile to walk to the park entrance from our reception.
    • Normally we are delighted to welcome your friends and family to visit you at Skelwith - whether at your own holiday home, touring caravan or glamping unit. However, while Covid-19 restrictions are ongoing, we are unable to accommodate visits from friends and family as we work within government restrictions to reduce the risk to all of our guests and staff from Covid-19. We hope to return to normal as soon as possible.
    • Should you have a booking at Skelwith Fold for 2021 which we cancel due to Coronavirus pandemic countermeasures, we will be very happy to transfer for free your booking to another time in 2021 or 2022 - whichever is convenient for you. Please contact us if you would be unable to move your dates, to discuss your refund options. Please be aware that if you move your booking from low season dates to high or peak season dates that you may be asked to pay a top up fee.
    • Our communal facilities – including our shower and toilet blocks – are open in line with government guidance. All toilet and shower blocks are closed for at least one hour daily for enhanced cleaning to help prevent the possible spread of infection. Please look out for notices on the toilet and shower blocks for the times they will be unavailable. We will keep this process under review.
    • We pride ourselves on high cleaning standards and we take pride in our park. We have put in place additional procedures for cleanliness for our team and visitors when visiting our holiday park.
      • Public areas across all our facilities have anti-bacterial hand sanitisers
      • Our holiday park teams are receiving regular updates and updated procedures
      • Guest notices have been placed in public areas
      • Cleaning protocols have been increased in all public areas, accommodation and team areas
      • We will be accommodating approximately 75% of our usual touring pitch capacity as we seek to maximise guests' safety through effective social distancing
    • At Skelwith Fold Caravan Park, we are committed to prioritising the health and wellbeing of our customers, owners and people. Our response to the current coronavirus outbreak has been, and will continue to be informed by government guidance, which is led by scientific and medical advice. At present, we have not been given any indication that we will not be able to reopen the park as usual on 1st March. When we reopen, we will be keeping in place our advanced customer safety protocols implemented in 2020 to protect our staff and customers as certified by our 'Good To Go' issued by VisitEngland stating that our processes are safe. We will be keeping the situation under constant review in line with government policy, and will communicate any changes to our opening dates if these change.
    • To minimise your chances of catching the coronavirus, there are a number of steps you can take to protect yourself and your family.
      • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Bin the tissue and wash your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and running water
      • Use an alcohol based hand sanitiser that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available
      • Avoid close contact with others if you are experiencing a cough, symptoms of a cold and fever
      • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands
      • Germs can live on some surfaces for hours. Use anti-bacterial spray or wipes when cleaning, especially on frequently touched areas, such as door handles and kitchen surfaces
      • Don't get too close to people coughing, sneezing or with a fever - they can propel small droplets containing the virus into the air. Ideally, keep at least 2m (6ft) away
      Following these steps is the best way to slow the spread of almost any germs, including coronavirus.

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