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Getting out in your Motorhome! What to See and Do, as Well as Where to Stay

The Lake District

Ullswater

Ullswater

Ullswater, the Lake District’s second largest lake, is set among some of the best fells the area has to offer, including the spectacular Aira Force waterfall, which is accessible by an easy Lake District walk.

With water sports, hiking, and wild swimming in the Lake District right on your doorstep (the scene of Wordsworth’s ‘Daffodils’ poem), this is the ideal spot for motorhomers and campervanners looking to enjoy nature and outdoor activities, as well as some of the top Lake District walks.

Stay at Gillside Farm, a family-run farm at the foot of Helvellyn and close to the charming community of Glenridding, providing easy access to the surrounding fells and Ullswater.

Keswick

Keswick

Between the majestic Skiddaw mountains and the natural beauty of Derwentwater, Keswick is a bustling market town with a mining past.

Take a lake boat and then go up to the prehistoric Castelrigg stone circle, which is encircled on all sides by fells and sky.

There’s also plenty of wonderful hiking in the area, including a number of easy paths like Catbells, which offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and lakes.

Stay at the Derwentwater Camping & Caravanning Club Site, which is one of the best motorhome camping spots in the Lake District. You are not have to be a member to stay, but you will receive a discount if you are. This popular and pleasant property is only a short walk from Keswick and Derwentwater.

Wild camping for motorhomes is possible in the Lake District’s more off-the-beaten-path areas, but around the lakes and towns, you’ll probably be moved on relatively fast, especially in the summer.

Mine of Honister Slate

Honister in the Lake District

The valley of Borrowdale, near the southern end of Derwentwater, leads to the Honister Pass and the Honister Slate Mine, Europe’s last operational slate mine.

The mine features a visitor centre that offers underground guided mine tours as well as a variety of adventure activities, such as a Via Ferrata (ropes course) that is not for the faint of heart!

The Honister pass is not appropriate for large RVs and has a width restriction of 6’6′′, although it is possible to take the bus from Keswick there.

Stay at Chapel House Farm Campsite in the Borrowdale Valley, where you’ll be lulled to sleep by rolling hills and gushing streams.