Pull on your comfiest boots and walk yourself to merriment around these Cumbrian parts. Santon Bridge village, on the doorstep to the site, has a gift and farm shop to top up on goodies to take home and for the tum. And what are the Lakes without cakes? Grab a piece of Grasmere gingerbread with a dollop of rum butter, or tuck into some trusty Kendall mint cake for a sugary boost to keep holiday exploration levels sky-high.
Just over five miles away in Wasdale you’ll reach one of Britain’s tiniest churches, St Olafs, with its timber beams, thought to have been made from Viking ships, and for hungry (and thirsty) fell explorers, The Wasdale Head Inn - the home of British climbing - makes for a welcome pit stop. The Bridge Inn, just a stroll from the site, is home to the annual ‘Biggest Liar’ competition - we kid you not, it’s a real thing!
Hikers hot step to the mighty heights of Scafell Pike and Great Gable (both about seven miles away) and Red Pike (approximately 20 miles north from the site). Walkers will be well acquainted with the names and this is a great spot from which to embark on one or all three, if you’re feeling fit for a challenge. Scafell stands proud as England’s highest peak, and from a clear day atop, you can peer as far as Scotland, Wales, Ireland and the Isle of Man - the perfect place from which to plan your next camping adventure, we say. Some of the land’s burliest baa-ing types reside enroute to the top too, so brave souls may be needed within as well as beneath your walking boots...
At the Wasdale Valley, as well as nurturing peaks aplenty, canoers, kayakers and windsurfers alike will rapidly make their way to Wast Water, just five minutes from the campsite - the deepest lake in the UK and voted as one of Britain’s Best Views. So if you’re not messing about on the...er, lake, make sure you have a camera in hand to make the most of the postcard-worthy pics to be snapped. Cycling and walking routes around the lakes and mountains are plentiful, as are the chances for boating and fishing, but if you really want to go off-piste, why not try abseiling, climbing, a high-ropes course, or even flying? Hot air balloon or paragliding experiences are available for those who want to soar even higher than Scafell.