Englethwaite Hall Caravan Club Site (REF : ENG)

Armathwaite, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA4 9SY

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  • Cycling
  • Dogs
  • Peaceful stays
  • Walking

Why stay here ...

Englethwaite Hall Club Site is a tranquil oasis scattered with rhododendrons from the garden of the former Old Hall. Located in the Eden Valley of Carlisle, the caravan park is set against a backdrop of the lovely High Stand Forest. Recent reports show that the number of red squirrels in the area has increased, so you may be lucky to see some during your visit. The site now offers a viewing hide from which you can watch red squirrels.

Come for a night, stay for a week. That's what happens to those using the Englethwaite Hall Club Site as a stopover during the drive to Scotland on the M6. The area is especially popular for walkers because of its convenient footpath access to uncrowded landscapes and scenic beauty - the Eden Valley riverside walk is a special treat. For added activities such as a swimming pool, cinema, restaurants and pubs, the nearby town of Carlisle won't disappoint. The town can be reached by steam train, along a line which passes through scenic countryside and waterfalls. The Settle to Carlisle Railway runs right past the bottom of the site driveway. In the summer special steam train events pass the site twice a week and visitors can stand right by the track to enjoy the atmosphere and take photographs. Carlisle Castle and the famous Hadrian's Wall are only a short drive away. The site is a perfect choice for those with dogs, with many local dog-friendly pubs. A serene gem surrounded by views of the Lakeland fells and wild flower scattered country lanes, the caravan site offers an excellent escape.

The site is quiet during the school holidays, making it the ideal choice for those seeking a peaceful and relaxing holiday.

Service pitches are available.

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

Facilities on site ...

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

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Walking notes:

You can walk in both directions from the site. The Eden Valley riverside walk is also highly recommended.

Supermarket notes:
The closest is at junction 43 on the M6.

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Directions

Please only use these recommended directions and not sat nat for the final approach, due to other roads being unsuitable for towing vehicles, and do not approach through Armathwaite. Leave M6/A6 at junction 42 onto the B6263 (signposted Wetheral). In 1.75 miles (about 0.25 mile after crossing the railway bridge in Cumwhinton) turn right (signposted Wetheral Shield, Armathwaite, Animal Refuge). The site is on the right in about 2.75 miles. Bumpy road - recommended maximum speed 35mph.

Sites key: Club Site

Postcode:
CA4 9SY
GPS:
Lat 54.84483 / Lon -2.80131
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OS field ref:
NY487504
OS map ref:
86
Handbook map ref:
F12

Transport links

  • Buses go to: Carlisle and Dalston
  • Car hire on site
  • Nearest train station: Wetheral
  • Train station within 5 miles

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Pleasant stop over

We stayed on this site for one night only during the stormy weather we experienced in July-August our pitch was completely flooded within one hour of arriving due to my wife saying that pitch 7 was her lucky number lol. The reception staff are more than accommodating and said we could move to any other vacant pitch which we did. This is a lovely well kept peaceful site surrounded by countryside and would thoroughly recommend it. Please don’t forget you will need your own loo and shower.

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Great weekend in a great camp site.

We stayed here in our motor home on our drive south from a holiday in Scotland. Great camp site on the location of an old stately home, Englethwaite Hall, now demolished. Lots of trees and adjacent woodland. No ablution facilities. The people at reception were wonderfully helpful. Ours was pitch number 60, the sunniest pitch on the camp site we were told (although the weather forecast was not good), it was what reception called a “serviced” pitch which essentially means that it has its own water tap and grey water drain, really designed for caravans but we found it useful to have these connections to our motor home. Went for a walk in the woods once we had sorted our selves out, the entrance to the woods is behind Pitch 9, far side of the site from Pitch 60. Afterwards we sat around under the awning eating and drinking. More rain during the night but, next day, decided to go for a walk up the Eden valley despite the threatening weather. There is a footpath marked on the OS map. We set off at 11:00. Various possibilities but we turned right out of the campsite along the road till we got to Froddle Crook where we turned left and followed a path steep down to the river. This is an official foot path, but much of it is overgrown and thus hard going, often pushing through undergrowth (I was wearing shorts and there were a lot of nettles). At one point we had to crawl under a fallen tree. Not a walk to do with small children, too many prickly things. We intended to walk all the way up to the priory and pub at Wetheral, but progress was slow; after a couple of hours of slow going it became clear that at the current rate it would take a good five hours to get to Wetheral, so we cut it short and “bailed out” at Coathouse Tower and walked back to the camp site by road. This was a nice walk with great views of the river, shame that the path is in such poor condition. Sunshine in afternoon, sat around in the sun reading books. Then at 18:00 decided to walk through the woods to Coathill for a pub dinner in the Greyhound. Takes about 30 minutes. Nice church in the village with unusual bell tower. Great pub serving great pub food, nice beer as well. Played pool when we had finished eating. Walked back through the woods before it got dark. Sunday a cloudy but dry start to the day. Packed up and set off for Carlisle via Wetheral where we had tried to get to the day before. When we got to Wetheral, few minutes drive from the camp site, they were having some king of Apollo moon landing 50th anniversary celebration with a talk by the vicar! We gave the talk a miss and had a interesting walk round the priory instead. Then onto Carlisle, only short drive. First car Park we aimed for in Carlisle would not allow camper vans, so went to another beneath the castle walls; need to put “Devonshire Walk” into the sat nav. Great weekend in a great camp site.
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So peaceful and relaxing.

If your looking for a site that's quiet, peaceful, interestingand has good walks with , has lovely helpful wardens, is a beautiful well keep site and has a fantastic field for dogs then you have come to the right site, No toilets or play area but that you are well aware of on the web site before booking, cannot wait until our next visit.
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Great as stopover and longer stay if you have a car

I stayed here for one night only and it happened to coincide with the site’s 50th anniversary – to the day evidently. The staff did marvellously with afternoon festivities including a lovely celebration cake, champagne and other drinks, tombola and other games and a bric-a-brac stall as well as some wise words from a lovely lady caravanner from the very early days. A tidy sum of over £660 was raised, presumably for some good cause though I know not what. Really good to see and witness. The site itself is wonderfully rural and very well laid out in a non-regimented way. As per, high trees surround the site so do not expect views. One part of the site is quite open and most of the rest amongst or under trees. On arrival choice of pitch was limited but I took a spot in the open section – much more to my personal taste, but, too late, I came to realise the entrance to the dog walk was behind with the consequence of a regular stream of passing dog walkers - a few of whom thought it was OK to use my pitch as a thoroughfare, but this could happen anywhere (and often does). As a motorhomer, who prefers to stay put once pitched, this is not a site I would stay at for long as it is isolated, with no public transport nearby. Armathwaite station, on the wonderful Settle to Carlisle line, is about 4 miles; I did manage to cycle there, but this was too much of a challenge for me, hill wise, to adopt for a day’s outing to Settle or elsewhere. Afterwards I worked out a longer route with fewer gradients that might work instead. Fitter folk may have no issue with a hilly 4 miles. For those with a car, not concerned about the lack of facilities, which I have come to see more of an advantage than anything, I would see this place as ideal. It is easy to misinterpret the carefully chosen language on the web site description of Engelthwaite Hall and assume that the Settle to Carlisle railway runs close enough to the site to view the trains therefrom. This is not the case at all although the track can be reached in about a third of a mile walk. There is no “bus within one mile icon” on the web site; however, under transport links, it states: “Buses go to Carlisle and Dalston”. Again this is highly misleading; the nearest bus that I could work out was over 2.5 miles away – not that I relied on this as I did my research before I went. The site is beautifully kept, ideal for a stopover due to its proximity to the M6, and really one of the most attractive sites I have visited.
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Telephone:
01228 560202

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Please Note: The road leading to site will be partially closed until 17 September. Please use these directions to reach the site: Leave M6 at J42 take the A6 to Penrith. In 0.8 miles turn left signposted Cockles/Cotehill. In 1 mile turn right signposted Cotehill/Armathwaite. In 1.3 miles at crossroads turn left signposted Weatherall. This is a single track road but there is no alternative route (do not go via Armathwaite, as this road is also closed). In 1 mile turn right at the T-junction and the site is 300 yards on the right.