Camping and Caravanning Club Site
from £8.80 to £14.80* Per person/night
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  • Campsites with good pubs nearby

    Top site for pubs

  • Campsites nearby to locations suitable for watersports

    Top site for watersports

  • A popular site for couples

    Great site for couples

  • Top campsites for campers with dogs.

    Top site for dogs

  • A great site for cycling

    Top site for cycling

If you’re planning to explore the northern Lakes, our Keswick Club campsite on the shores of Derwentwater is hard to beat as a base for your explorations. 

The site boasts a prime location in the north of the Lake District with stunning views extending over the lake to the hills beyond. Keswick is an organised campsite with good facilities – showers, toilets, washing up area, a laundry and a new backpacker room, particularly useful for those arriving on foot or by bike. Keswick town is within walking distance and ticks all the boxes for provisions, outdoor gear, eating and drinking.

Whether you’re a stroller, a rambler, a high-level walker or prefer to see the sights on two wheels, you can take your pick from numerous lake- and hillside tracks and trails easily accessible from Keswick campsite. Skiddaw is also easily reached from site. And, with Derwentwater so close at hand there’s no shortage of water-based activities to dip into. This stretch of water is popular for canoeing and kayaking. For a small fee you can launch directly from the Sites shoreline. 

Fishing can be enjoyed on the lake too. Try the eastern shore or hire a boat from one of the marinas and head to the centre of the lake to catch pike, bream and trout.  

For a less energetic way to enjoy the water and the views board one of the motor launches which operate around the lake and offer several drop off points.

At the southern end of Derwentwater is the beautiful valley of Borrowdale where you’ll find the Neolithic Castlerigg Stone Circle and the medieval and much photographed pack horse bridge at Ashness.

Worth Noting

Due to the possibility of Site flooding all units must have a tow vehicle on site overnight. There may be restrictions on pitch availability and use of awnings. If you have more than one car or are visiting the site you may be asked to park off-site.


100% coverage cannot be guaranteed due to rural location, weather conditions and changing flora. These can cause variable signal strength. Hotspots are available.

Eat Local

There is a farmers' market in Keswick on Thursdays and Saturdays.


Keswick has the following facilities on or around the site.

  • Members' and non-members' caravans welcome

    Members' and non-members' caravans welcome

  • Members' and non-members' trailer tents welcome

    Members' and non-members' trailer tents welcome

  • Hardstanding with electric hook-up

  • Grass only pitch (no electric)

  • Showers

  • Electric shaver sockets

  • Parent and baby room

  • Drinking water taps

  • Dishwashing facilities

  • Childrens play area

  • Gas cylinders

  • Pets welcome

  • Club Site Wi-fi

  • Battery charging facilities

  • Members' and non-members' motorhomes welcome

    Members' and non-members' motorhomes welcome

  • Members' and non-members' tents welcome

    Members' and non-members' tents welcome

  • Grass pitch with electric hook-up

  • Flushing toilet

  • Washbasins

  • Dedicated accessible facilities

  • Chemical toilet disposal point

  • Washing Machines

  • Ice pack freezing

  • Boating

  • Payphone

  • Electric hook-up

  • Grass only pitch for larger tents

  • Grass pitch with electric hook-up for larger tents


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Just spent October half term at Keswick, What a lovely place! We visited about 5 years ago but...

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Just spent October half term at Keswick, What a lovely place! We visited about 5 years ago but its improved a lot since. I must say that the welcome where you are show to a pitch isn't great not because of the fantastic wardens but you tend to choose a pitch before you really have had a chance to look around the whole site and will normally find an areas you would preffer, I would prefer it to be like the "other" club where you select your own as sopme of the pitches are very small, and to get caravan,car and awning on the small pitch is difficult. The showers are annoying! Although there's plenty of them they are the push button type that go off every 10 seconds and you cannot adjust the heat on them - so some will find them too hot others too cold, Its a silly system that the club should look to rectify. That said make sure you look to use the toilet blocks at the top of the slope as these are often empty as its about 100 yards further to walk than the one everyone else is queuing in! Every time I used the one at the top of the slope I was the only person in there when the site was full. Other than the showers the site is wonderful, ideally placed to visit the lakes, you can walk into the town and there are plenty of pubs to keep you entertained. Many of the pubs offer either "taste card" or discount for the club members too which is great. Fabulous food at the wood stone Pizza place at the top of Keswick town and also in the information hut pick up the dinners discount card for the kings arms hotel in Keswick, it gives you 10% off all meals. The famous Pie's in there are simply fabulous! If you are in to water sports, Nicoll End mariner on the opposite side of the lake has great prices compared to other local firms. so much to do locally we spent the week doing something different everyday and had a fab time. Next time we wont leave it so long between visits.

  • Towing: Moderate
  • Location: Town,Country,Lake
  • Suitable For: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Younger couples
  • Friendliness: 3
  • Cleanliness: 4
  • Facilities: 5
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First of all let me just clarify that neither the site nor it's owners/wardens are responsible...

This review is for Keswick

First of all let me just clarify that neither the site nor it's owners/wardens are responsible for the weather, or how the surrounding lake and river respond to it. Of course. But I want to make it absolutely clear beyond the warnings that you must have a tow vehicle onsite overnight - you may get evacuated at short notice from this site, and we did. We had booked for 5 nights, on the first day on arrival (I loved the system, very engineered but it must work well in busy times) we were put in one of the highest points of the site and told not to set up an awning in case of quick getaway, as there was a lot of rainfall - but don't worry it should pass. Not the best start to a holiday but stiff upper lip and all that. After a fretful night, we had a knock on the door early in the morning being told not to go anywhere yet but to be ready to move. I had to disconnect all systems (power/water/etc) and sit and wait in the caravan not really knowing what to do next. We had travelled 3 hours and have twins under 6 months old so didn't want to rush off anywhere unnecessarily, and were under the impression things may pass. We sat around waiting for the all clear, worrying what to do. By 2pm I had enough and went to the office. Only at that point we were told to leave. Now. And not too soon - I drove through over 1ft of water getting off the site just as the police arrived. We sadly wasted a day of our holiday. Due to this I wouldn't stay here again - my personal choice is not to have this risk again. I wouldn't relax, have a drink, etc. if I were here. From the little I saw of the site it was lovely (especially by the lake but they were abandoning ship even the night before) and the Wardens seemed very involved and friendly. Personal choice but not for me - never thought it could happen, it did, and I wouldn't want to go through it again. Just be aware of the risks.

  • Towing: Easy
  • Location: Lake
  • Suitable For: Families,Older couples,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
  • Friendliness: 5
  • Cleanliness: 5
  • Facilities: 5
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This is was our first time staying at the site.

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This is was our first time staying at the site. Easily located and within walking distance of Keswick. Situated on the lake it was very picturesque despite the weather. Team were very friendly and they would be out checking pitches as they were vacated, tidying up before next camper arrived. Facilities were very clean and spacious. Would highly recommend visiting the Dog and Gun in Keswick, food excellent and dogs are welcome. Supermarkets in Keswick are a little expensive and you need to travel some distance to find others outside. Easy access back on to A66 to visit surround areas.

  • Towing: Easy
  • Location: Town,Lake
  • Suitable For: Families,Older couples,Groups,Active break,Peaceful break,Younger couples
  • Friendliness: 5
  • Cleanliness: 5
  • Facilities: 5
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After 4 days backpacking & camping wild in Scotland we cut our trip short due to weather &...

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After 4 days backpacking & camping wild in Scotland we cut our trip short due to weather & decided to break journey home with an overnight stay at this site. Of the 4 of us 2 are members & as individuals sharing transport booked in individually. My friend was asked size of tent & told them it was a small backpacking tent. Once it was my turn it went wrong. I was driving a van & we were now a problem. We hadn't claimed to be backpackers but we're in 1 person backpacking tents. The sites assumption was now void & we were no longer welcome. My friend even heard one of the staff say we'd lied about our status! How were we going to hide the van!? I offered to leave the van off site & backpack in as that's what we were equipped for. I also offered to leave my friends & go elsewhere. Not acceptable. I was then told they had no grass camping due to the wet weather. Given they'd already taken money off one of our party & were about to take the rest I can only call that claim lie. We are now camped on a pleasant site & made to feel welcome. Even given discount rate due to size of tents. Cheaper too. And not part of a club I pay good money to, as well as the ALC. An absolute disgrace.

  • Location: Lake
  • Friendliness: 1
  • Cleanliness: 5
  • Facilities: 5


Local Travel

Nearest bus stop: 0.50 mile from Site entrance

Nearest train station: Penrith – 17 miles

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