Borrowdale Caravan Club Site

Manesty, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5UG

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Ideal for ...

  • Cycling
  • Dogs
  • Motorhomes
  • Peaceful stays
  • Walking

Why stay here ...

With the lovely fells soaring up and wild flowers in bloom everywhere, the Borrowdale Club Site is a delight to the eye. Located about 5 miles from Keswick and set in National Trust woodland, the caravan park offers numerous walking paths to explore the beautiful northern Lakes area. It doesn't have to be strenuous - forest trails, nature trails, guided walks and farm walks leave you spoilt for choice. There is a convenient bus service that runs from the site.

If the Lakes themselves are the main attraction on your holiday break, Borrowdale Club Site puts you within easy reach of Derwentwater, popular for its boats and vibrant marina, not to mention its range of pubs and restaurants. Bassenthwaite Water is also a short distance away from the caravan site and merits exploration for its Sailing Club. If more tranquil surroundings are what you're after, the charming waters of Buttermere and Crummock Water would be just the ticket, as here there is only the occasional passing rowing boat to disturb your lakeside reveries. The lovely local scenery also includes the dramatic hills of Castle Crag and Cats Bells. The hamlet of Grange, with a tea shop on the picturesque banks of the river is only a short walk away and local pubs & restaurants are within easy reach of the site.

Please note: This site does not have a toilet block. 

Facilities on site ...

  • BBQs allowed: gas
  • Dog walk from site
  • Drive over waste disposal for motorhomes
  • Electric hook-up
  • Gas
  • Motorhome service point
  • TV reception: poor
  • Wi-Fi

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Walking notes:

The local area and Lake District offer fantastic walking opportunities in spectacular scenery. Please ask Site Staff for more information.

Check out our ViewRanger walk.

Supermarket notes:

The closest are Booths (MH access) and Co-Op in Keswick 5 miles.

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Directions

Please only use these recommended directions for the final approach and not sat nav, due to alternative routes being unsuitable for towing. Leave M6 at junction 40 onto the A66 (Keswick). On the outskirts of Keswick keep right onto the bypass (signposted Cockermouth A66). Within 1.5 miles at the roundabout turn left (signposted A5271 Keswick, Borrowdale B5289). At the T-junction turn left; and at mini roundabout turn right and follow signposts onto the B5289. In about 4.25 miles (about 0.5 mile past Borrowdale Hotel) turn right over the bridge (care required) into the road signposted Grange, Newlands (note width restriction warning sign). The site is on the right in 1 mile. Please note: when towing, do not approach or leave site along the west side of Derwentwater. Also, before turning right off the B5289 at Grange, check that bridge (takes all caravans) is clear. Care needed through Grange village, on double humpbridge and on final approach (narrow) and turning into site.

Sites key: Club Site

Postcode:
CA12 5UG
GPS:
Lat 54.55765 / Lon -3.15906
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OS field ref:
NY251187
OS map ref:
90
Handbook map ref:
F11

Transport links

  • Bus stop within 1 mile
  • Buses go to: Keswick, Seatoller, Honister and Buttermere
  • Car hire on site
  • Daily public Transport within 1 mile

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Fantastic Site

A fantastic stay at this lovely site. Plus points: A relaxing stay in this idyllic location, daily visits from the cute resident Red Squirrels (you can buy Red Squirrel food from the on site shop), so many different species of birds, great walking direct from the site... I could go on... Negative points: Noisy with the rain dripping off the trees as 99% of the pitches under trees, approach through Grange is not for the faint hearted. The negatives did not spoil our holiday though and we will be back.
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Lovely site, great location

This is a great site, with the excitement starting at the 'famous' narrow bridge into Grange. It is in a great location with plenty of walks available from the site, so no need to drive anywhere if you don't want to. Nice big pitches. The Wardens were very helpful and friendly and the reception shop has all the usual necessities. Overall a great place to stay and we will be back !

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A weekend is both enough!!

Such a peaceful site and I honestly don’t want to leave. The road from the bridge at Grange is very narrow but take it slow and you be ok. (Also a quick google of the bus times will ensure you don’t meet the little shuttle bus that passes the site). The big problem is walkers that park in the passing places. These are clearly marked and parking is prohibited. I was very happy to see the parking warden out issuing tickets. Take the left turn into the site nice and wide. Warden lovely and the site shop is very well stocked with some lovely local fresh food and the usual essentials (card payment accepted in the shop as well). I stayed on pitch 13. It is an awning pitch but you have no chance of getting one up if you also have a car (would be perfect for Motorhome though). This was no problem though as the site is just beautiful. Wildlife outside every window and sorry families but no screaming children!! It’s just peace and quite with the occasional red squirrel. Fantastic for walking and some superb views once you get up the hills. Local Mary mount hotel bar (30min walk from site) is open to all and the views of the lake and mountains are just fantastic. I took a trip to Whitehaven on Saturday as I wanted to visit the harbour and the Run Story. I honestly could spend a week at this site and still have things that I want to do. I will defiantly be back next year and hopefully for a little longer.
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Camp in the Woods.

Visited in September, and it was wet unfortunately, but watched Red Squirrels, Jay's feeding from our 'hide', missed the Keswick Launches not stopping at High Brandlehow, to Keswick, etc., shame. Lovely quiet site, loads of walks, Cat Bells is right by the site. No facilities onsite which is fine with us, as we like to isolate, while Covid is about.
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Approach to site not for the faint hearted!!

Let me say from the outset that I am an experienced tower, we have an 8ft wide caravan on a single axle towed by a large 4x4 so we are quite a long combination therefore my review will not apply to everyone. Before arriving we carefully read all the information about how to approach the site and followed it to the letter. It did not prepare us for what we encountered. The road to Keswich from the A1 is brilliant, it all went downhill from there. The road from Keswich to the site is approx 5 miles, 4 miles along the east side of Derwentwater with spectacular scenery. However the road is very narrow in places with high walls, overhanging trees and in one place a hugh rock jutting out into the road so care is needed. Pulling over as far as possible to avoid the oncoming bus (which took no prisoners) I caught my nearside towing mirror which I subsequently lost, never to be seen again, there is nowhere to pull in and the road is busy with traffic. You then need to turn right over a double humped backed bridge with very low side walls which says it is only 6ft 6ins wide but we did get across albeit with inches to spare, make sure nothing is coming before you start to cross. You then proceed to a sharp blind left hand turn through two houses and a sharp right passing the local tea shops which were busy with walkers and cars parked everywhere, thank goodness we encountered no oncoming traffic. The road slightly widens from there until narrowing again, you keep going thinking you have missed the turning but never fear you are on the right track even when you go through what looks like someones drive as you go through 2 gate posts at Manesty. At this point we were convinced we had gone wrong but a couple of hundred yards on and we saw the club sign. What a relief, but it wasn't finished yet. The turn into the site is 180 degree and we missed the gatepost by an inch. By the time we had arrived on our pitch we were mentally exhausted and needed a stiff drink. And then we discovered that we had also caught and lost the nearside topline indicator on the caravan as well. The presentation of the site is first class. The wardens could not have been nicer, so helpful and the shop was a definate plus. Because the site is not a circular route, lots of dead ends the wardens very helpfully marked all the available pitches for us, brilliant idea, wish all sites did the same. The scenery around the site is truly spectacular, minutes from the lake and beautiful walks everywhere. We would definately go back to the Borrowdale Valley but I dont think my nerves would survive another trip down the approach roads. There is a video on YouTube done by someone if you are interested or concerned but they are not towing a caravan. There is also another one by someone who did not read the approach instructions who came the wrong way around the lake towing a caravan!! very interesting viewing. Warning: The lake contained blue/green algea so be careful with dogs.
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Telephone:
01768 777275

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<p>Unfortunately this Club campsite will be closed for the remainder of 2020.</p> <p>Why not book for 2021? Only pay 5% VAT until March 2021. A 12.5% reduction on all published prices will be applied to your booking when you arrive and pay for your stay on site.</p>