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Under The Stars Campervan Hire
Booking A Campsite & Wild Camping

Whether you’re looking to book a site or wild camp, the Lake District has some beautiful locations for you to pull up and enjoy a night under the stars. You could choose to book a site for each night of your trip, wild camp all of it or a combination of both. Here we’ll give you the basic information you need to plan your trip based on your preferences. 

Booking A Campsite 

You will find that most campsites in the Lake District have shower & toilet facilities and a small shop with essential items; everything you need for an enjoyable stay. Mainly they come with electric hook up. Even though our vans have a leisure battery, it’s good to be on an electric power so you can use the plug sockets and have full power. One heater runs of gas but there’s also a convection electric heater you’ll be able to use when at a site, which is even better in the colder months. 


Under The Stars Campervan Hire: Campsite Considerations: 


-Location- Does it work with your intended itinerary? 

-Are there toilets & shower facilities on site?

-Is electric hook up provided?

-What are the current Covid policies and are facilities open?

-What are the check in / check out times?

-Is there a minimum nights stay booking requirement?


Under The Stars Campervan Hire Suggested Campsites:



Braithwaite Fold Caravan Club Site   - 024 7647 5426

Glebe Rd, Bowness-on-Windermere, Windermere LA23 3HB


Park Cliffe Caravan & Camping Estate   - 015395 31344

Birks Road, Windermere, Cumbria, England, LA23 3PG


Hill of Oaks Caravan & Lodge Park  - 015395 31578

Tower Wood, Newby Bridge, Windermere, Cumbria, England, LA12 8NR


Windermere Camping and Caravanning Club Site - 01539 821119

Staveley, Kendal, Cumbria, England, LA8 9JS



Low Wray Campsite - 015394 32039

Low Wray, Ambleside, Cumbria, England, LA22 0JA


Hawkshead Hall Farm Campsite  - 015394 36221

Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria, England, LA22 0NN


Skelwith Fold Caravan Park - 015394 32277

Ambleside, Cumbria, England, LA22 0HX



Great Langdale Campsite - 015394 32733

Great Langdale, Ambleside, Cumbria, England, LA22 9JU



Coalbeck Caravan Park

Basenthwaite, Keswick, Cumbria, England, CA12 4RD


Setmabanning Caravan Park - 01768 779229

Threlkeld, Keswick, Cumbria, England, CA12 4TT



Pier Cottage Caravan Park - 015394 41252

Lake Coniston, Coniston, Cumbria, England, LA21 8AJ

Hoathwaite Farm Campsite - 015394 32733

Torver, Coniston, Cumbria, England, LA21 8AX

Scarr Head Camping Site - 015394 41576

Torver, Coniston, Cumbria, England, LA21 8BP


Grizedale Campsite - 01229 860208

Bowkerstead Farm, Satterthwaite, Ulverston, Cumbria, England, LA12 8LL

Crosslands Farm - 01229 860242

Rusland, Grizedale Forest, Ulverston, Cumbria, England, LA12 8JU


Black Beck Farm Camp Site - 01229 861284

Bouth, Ulverston, Cumbria, England, LA12 8JJ



Pound Farm Park 01539 821220

Crook, Kendal, Cumbria, England, LA8 8JZ


Wild Camping 


Wild Camping in your VW Campervan is one of our favourite ways to explore any Campervan hire adventure. We find many guests choose to organise a combination of wild camping and renting a pitch at a campsite. We’ve wild camped at some stunning roadside locations, next to rivers, lakeside, in forests, all under the stars of course. But we understand that for a first timer it can be quite intimidating, not knowing where you’re allowed to pullover and stay, how to do it and considering if it’s safe. Generally, as long as you follow the rules of courtesy you shouldn’t run into any trouble. So keep reading and we’ll tell you the basics. 


Where To Park?


The rules in the UK are quite unclear. There are no official rules prohibiting it but it tends to be up to each local government and law enforcement. These tend to follow the unofficial rule of allowing it unless it’s on private property. 


Staying in a public lay by or car park most likely won’t get you in any trouble. But if you stayed on someone’s property or the car park of a business then you’ll likely be asked to move on. 


If you follow the general rules of the trucker, parking just overnight, take up one spot, be respectful and courteous then there shouldn’t be any issues. Car parks can be practical but don’t always make for the most scenic of spots to wake up to. 


To find the best spots in the Lake District we suggest using the app Park4Night


“Share the nice spots where you like to relax with your camper, your equipped van or normal van.


This app is populated with fantastic spots, updated regularly by Campervan enthusiasts who have tried and tested the parking spots they share. They note any points of interest, have an inbuilt map so you can easily locate where the sites are and see images uploaded too so you can see what it’s like. We’ve used it to stay in some beautiful spots around the Lake District so make sure you check it out. 


How To Wild Camp - “Leave only footprints, take only photographs.”


The best guides to follow are that of the Scottish Outdoor Access Code or the Leave No Trace Policy. So here’s our basic tips: 

-Plan ahead and prepare. 

-Dispose of waste properly - leave no trace!

-Avoid overcrowded spots. If there’s already too many campervans find somewhere else.

- Respect others - Keep noise to a minimum

-Take care of the environment

-Be prepared to moved on if asked and always be polite

-Always use a stove and leave no trace of a campfire

-Chose your toilet carefully, especially away from any open water

-Always camp away from houses, public pathways or farms 


Is Wild Camping Safe?


Like anything in life when it comes to safety, just use common sense and take precautions. Let someone know where you are and what your plan is, lock your vehicle and keep valuables out of sight. Be aware of your surroundings.


In general it’s what you feel comfortable with. If it’s not in your comfort zone, head to a campsite. 


We hope this gives you an insight into Wild Camping. Any questions, just get in touch.


Thanks for reading, we hope you found it useful. Under The Stars Campervan Hire x  

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