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Nestled Gem: Sykeside Campsite in The Lake District - A Review

Updated: 4 days ago

Campervam at Sykeside Campsite


  • It is a superb location surrounded by mountains, and it is great for hiking!

  • It has a good pub serving meals all day.

  • It also has a well-stocked shop.


  • Basic bathroom facilities.

  • Too much light comes from the facilities block at night.

Nestled in the heart of The Lake District, Sykeside Campsite offers a genuinely unforgettable camping experience. Surrounded by stunning mountains, this hidden gem is the perfect getaway for nature enthusiasts and adventure seekers alike. With its idyllic location and array of amenities, Sykeside Campsite has become a popular choice for those looking to immerse themselves in the tranquil beauty of the Lake District.

As you arrive at Sykeside Campsite, you are greeted by a warm and friendly atmosphere. The staff in the reception and shop are knowledgeable and always willing to assist, ensuring that your stay is as comfortable as possible. The campsite offers a variety of pitch options, ranging from spacious grassy areas to more secluded spots nestled amongst some trees and away from the central field. Whether you prefer a tent, camping pod, or motorhome, there is a pitch to suit every camper's needs.

Location and Amenities at Sykeside Campsite

Situated in the picturesque valley of Brotherswater, Sykeside Campsite boasts breathtaking views of the surrounding fells and mountains. The location is truly a nature lover's paradise, with an abundance of hiking trails and cycling routes right on its doorstep. Exploring the nearby countryside is a must, as it offers endless opportunities to witness the raw beauty of the Lake District.

facilities block at Sykeside campsite
Facilities Block

The campsite itself offers a range of amenities to make your stay as comfortable as possible. The on-site shop provides all the essentials you may need, from groceries, including bacon, sausages, wine, and beer to camping equipment. The basic shower and toilet facilities ensure that you can freshen up after a day of outdoor adventures and offer shaving sockets and power points. I did find that at night, when I wanted to look up at the sky, too much light was coming from the facilities block; however, I appreciate that this is a personal preference as some prefer more light at night. Additionally, there is a laundry room with washers and dryers. The shop provides ice pack refreezing service. Additionally, there is a cosy pub on-site, perfect for unwinding with a pint after a day exploring the surrounding area.

Shop at Sykeside Campsite
The on-site shop

The Brotherwater Inn's hours are from Monday to Friday, between 4 pm and 10 pm. On Saturdays and Sundays, they are open from 12 noon until 10 pm; tables can only accommodate groups of up to six people in order to ensure excellent service. For those looking for a quick breakfast option, they offer takeaway breakfast baps every day from 8 am to 9 am. Place your order at the campsite shop. Lunch is served exclusively on Saturdays and Sundays, from 12 pm to 2 pm (with the last food orders taken at 1:45 pm). If you're joining them for dinner, their serving hours are from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm, with the last food orders taken at 8 pm. If you prefer to dine indoors, you can book a table by calling 017684 82239.

Sykeside Accommodation Options

Sykeside Campsite offers a range of accommodation options to suit every camper's preferences. If you prefer a traditional camping experience, you can pitch your tent in one of the spacious grassy areas. For those looking for a bit more comfort, there are 25 hardstanding campervan and motorhome pitches available, complete with electric hook-ups. The campsite also offers camping pods, providing a cosy and hassle-free camping experience.

Sykeside campsite

Activities and Attractions near Sykeside Campsite

Sykeside Campsite is ideally located for those looking to explore the natural wonders of The Lake District. The area is renowned for its hiking trails, with routes suitable for all abilities. From gentle strolls to challenging ascents, there is something for everyone. One of the most popular hikes near the campsite is the ascent of Helvellyn, offering panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and lakes. See a non-scramble route here. The campsite is also very close to Aira Force Waterfall.

Aira Force
Aira Force

For those interested in water activities, Brotherswater is just a stone's throw away. You can spend your days kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing, or simply enjoying a picnic by the tranquil waters. If you prefer a more leisurely pace, a visit to the nearby villages of Glenridding and Grasmere is highly recommended. These charming villages offer a glimpse into the rich history and culture of the Lake District, with quaint shops and cafes to explore.

Comparison with other Campsites in The Lake District

While The Lake District is home to many beautiful campsites, Sykeside stands out as a hidden gem. Unlike some of the larger and more crowded campsites in the area, Sykeside offers a more intimate and peaceful experience. The staff go above and beyond to ensure that your stay is enjoyable, and the range of amenities and accommodation options make it a versatile choice for all types of campers.

Campervan at Sykeside campsite

In terms of location, Sykeside Campsite is hard to beat. Surrounded by the natural wonders of The Lake District, it offers easy access to a multitude of hiking trails, lakes, and villages. Whether you are a seasoned hiker or simply looking to relax and soak in the beauty of the area, Sykeside provides the perfect base.

In conclusion, Sykeside Campsite in The Lake District is a hidden gem that should not be missed. With its stunning location, good amenities, and range of accommodation options, it provides a memorable camping experience for all. Whether you are seeking adventure or simply looking to unwind in nature, Sykeside Campsite offers the perfect escape. So pack your bags, pitch your tent, and immerse yourself in the beauty of The Lake District at Sykeside Campsite.

Please note: This was not a gifted stay; I booked and paid as I genuinely wanted to visit.

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