Lough House Sweethope
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We stayed here for 3 days last week and wished so much we could have stayed longer. It is definitely on our list of places to return to. The 5 unit site is tucked away beside fishing lakes and I suppose about 500m from the fishermen’s car park. It was just perfect peace there, even with other units on site. Toilets were kept clean and tidy, however the showers weren’t being used - I presume because of Covid and the fact they were shared between the site and the fishermen. Not a problem for us, the beautiful surroundings more than made up for that.
Just returned home from a 4 day stay on the Sweethope Lough CL over Easter. You can experience any and all types of British weather here - we got sun-burnt on a fantastic walk one day and nearly got snowed in on the last day! Great fun feeding the resident swans too. We have used this CL on a number of occasions over the last 4 years, mainly in the spring and Autumn, as we are told the midgies can be bad over the summer. The views are stunning and the walk around the small lake is heartily recommended. Chris Slack - the fishery manager - is very friendly and easy to chat to. Nearby pubs include the Gun at Ridsdale (6 miles West) and the Bay Horse at West Woodburn (2 miles further) or visit the fleshpots of Bellingham (10 miles West). No real downside that comes to mind but the hard-standings are strangely long and thin making awning use not possible. Oh, and the access track could do with a bit of TLC. We keep on coming back - recommendation enough?
We have just returned after an 8 day stay at the site. It is found in a beautiful and peaceful location right by the Sweethope Loughs Fishery (fly fishing available on site). The CL manager was very friendly. The site itself is a short walk along the track through the woods from the fishery office where the toilets and showers can be found. The pitches are all hardstanding with individual water taps and ehu and views of the loughs, the woods and fields. There is lots of wildlife watching on site with both grey and red squirrels as well as resident otters. The smaller lough takes about 20 minutes to walk round with the larger taking about an hour. There is a small amount of single track road approaching the site but it isn't busy and there are passing places. Follow the instructions on the listing rather than approaching via the A68 to do less single track towing. Although some days were fine there were a couple of evenings where we were plagued by midges so make sure you have some repellent.
We stayed at Sweethope Lough for 4 nights in mid September 2012. The site is fairly isolated but it is well set up with long terraced hardstandings, electric hookup and a dedicated water point to each pitch. No awnings are permitted, probably due to the narrow pitches and the boggy nature of the grass dividing strips between pitches. Views across the lakes from the pitch are stunning whatever the weather. There are short walks around the two site lakes although, during our visit, the fishery & boating businesses were closed, so it was very quiet. Great Wanney Crags are close by where you may encounter some ”crag rats” attempting some quirkily names climbs such as Nosey Parker, Broken Wing & Willing to Sin! Some of the footpaths in this particular area were a bit of a quagmire giving us wet trousers, socks & boots! The nearest shops appeared to be the hotel/filling station at Knowesgate on the A696 crossroads which is probably 3.5 miles away. We didn’t get to see the site manager at all, so we left our site fees in the fishery “returns” box at the entrance building.