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Caldbeck, Wigton, Cumbria, CA7 8HEView on map
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I’m almost scared to write this review and attract too much attention! We booked this just as a stop over on our way back from Scotland, having already spent a few days in the Lake District. How lucky were we! A superb site, 5 level pitches spaced nicely apart. Fantastic views of the amazing countryside. Lambs directly next to us, free range chickens strolling through the site, idyllic. The village is a short stroll from the site along the lane, and is delightful. A village store, lovely tea/coffee shop next to the large stream with outside seating, several lovely well stocked craft shops, and of course the village pub. AMD the sun all’s. Breathtaking scenery all around us. We loved it so much we stayed an extra night, one of the loveliest CL’s we’ve been to.
Throstle Hall is a working farm which obviously has been a CL for many years. The farming family made us feel welcome and we were left to our own devices. We were the only ones on site following a busy Covid hampered season. There are five pitches, all level hardstanding. The farm has free range hens and sheep and working dogs. Eggs a plenty. Walk to Caldbeck takes about 7 minutes and The Oddfellows Arms is highly recommended. Shop has milk, papers, bread etc. Plenty of access to Carrock Fell and lots of other Wainwrights. We didn’t find a shower and toilet but this was probably down to Covid. Don’t expect totally peaceful early mornings as it’s a working farm. TV reception excellent if that’s what you want. Highly recommended
This quiet CL is situated just before the farm alongside the drive about 1/4 ml off the Caldbeck to Hesketh Newmarket road. The entrance is the first on the left about 1/2 ml from the end of Caldbeck village, is nice and wide but not well indicated having the site notice on the left hand side of the entrance. There are 5 decent sized Hardstanding pitch, 3 of which are drive in drive out type while the other 2 are positioned in the corners looking down the valley. It appeared that when we were there only 4 of the pitches had EHUs. There is a toilet and a separate free shower situated behind the farmhouse. The village of Caldbeck has a pub, a couple of cafes and a small shop, and the graveyard is the final resting place of John Peel. There are numerous walks for the village, including the Cumbia Way and the C2C, and there's good access to Lakeland's Northern Fells. Carlisle and Penrith are about 15 mils away for any major shops, although there is a Lidl at Wigton 8ml away. Many of the lanes in the area are narrow and steep so quite challenging for most cyclists. There are few historic buildings in the area, Hutton in the Forest, Dalmain Mansion, and Isle Hall are all HHA properties, and there's also Wordsworth's house at Cockermouth. We will certainly return to explore more of this interesting area.
There are two great pitches, where you have to reverse in, if hitched. We went in forwards with the motor mover and had a great view over the fields. . The other pitches have pros and cons. They are drive in and out, and you could even avoid unhitching a caravan if only staying the night. However, you are closer to neighbours. I suggest a look at Google Earth. All are level hardstanding of crushed rocks with dwarf walls because of the slope of the site. Putting an awning up can be a challenge and fortunately I had brought metal pegs almost by chance. They were needed. Agree with the other recent reviews. Lots to interest in the area (e.g., walks), while key attractions of the lakes do require a bit of travelling. Facilities were good (the WC/Shower should probably been described as exclusive use rather than non-exclusive). The welcome was good.
We visited this site for 3 nights in Feb 18 & were very impressed. On a working farm with very friendly owners. Nicely situated for walking in the hills or along the river & only 5 minutes stroll to the village pub & shop. The pub served a good selection of beers & the food looked very good although we didn’t eat here. Nice shower facilities which were free with plenty of hot water. Good access road with hard standing pitches that were level. The water standpipes froze until after lunch but alternative facilities in the shower building if required. Great place, we’ll be back.