Keswick FAQs

How many does each Yurt sleep?

Our Yurts at Kestrel Lodge Campsite can comfortably accommodate six people. Each has a double futon and four singles. During day the futons can be folded away in the day to make a pleasant seating area. All the beds come with freshly laundered, sheets, duvets and pillow.

Is a Yurt holiday suitable for children?

Yes, a yurt holiday is ideal for children, it’s fun, different and above all exciting. There’s also loads of things to do both in the surrounding area and beyond.

Will I be warm enough?

Yes the yurts are fully equipped with a 4 KW wood burning stove which will keep you all cosy and warm. We provide one large basket of seasoned hardwood, kindling, and firelighters upon arrival. Further baskets of wood/kindling are available for sale on site.

Is the Yurt waterproof?

Yes the yurts are covered with a tough waterproof canvas layer which keep out the worst the Lake District weather can throw at it.

What are the check In-Out times

Guests can check in anytime after 4pm and check out is by 10am on the day of departure.

Are the yurts secure?

Yes the yurts have lockable doors. However please be aware that they are located on a campsite which is accessible to all. Long Valley Yurts takes no responsibility for any loss or damage incurred during your stay.

Do we need to bring bedding?

No all your bedding is provided. Each yurt comes with freshly laundered sheets, pillow and duvets. Please note; beds are made up for the number of occupants shown on the booking confirmation.

Can we bring our pet?

Yes, we have a pet friendly yurt at Kestrel Lodge. The cost is £5 per pet per night up to a maximum of two pets per yurt. We will provide the following;

  • Towel to dry off dogs (1 towel per dog)
  • Throws – Please note soft furnishings will be changed in dog friendly yurts so may appear different than what we show in images on the website.

Kestrel Lodge Campsite is a wonderful place to bring your pet. Please note the following:

  • Whilst on site pets must be kept on a lead at all times
  • You must ALWAYS clean up after your dog/s
  • Your dog must be vaccinated, preferably chipped and not be on the dangerous dogs list.

Please remember your pet is your responsibility and must be under your control at all times for the happiness and safety of everyone, including your dog too. Please read the terms and conditions with regard to booking your pet in to stay with us before booking.

Should you wish to bring your pet and the dog friendly yurt is not available then they are still welcome however we do not allow them inside the yurts that are not dog friendly I’m afraid. Previous guests have still brought their dog along but also brought along a dog bed and had the dog sleep in the car which can be parked close to the Yurts. Alternatively they have brought along a portable kennel which they have placed outside the door of the Yurt.

What do we need to bring with us?

We have tried to provide everything you might need to make your stay as relaxing and comfortable as possible. However there are a few things that you will need to bring from home.

  • We do not provide towels or tea towels
  • The Yurts do not have any refrigeration system we advise you bring a cool box with cool bricks. Cool bricks can be re-frozen on site
  • A torch to find your way at night. It can get extremely dark especially when there is no moon to light your way.
  • While the Yurts do come fully equipped with a wood burning stove and duvets it can still get cold at night so if you feel the cold bring along a couple of extra blankets just in case.
  • Slippers, an absolute must for keeping the inside of the Yurt clean and your feet warm.
  • If you have them onesies are brilliant for the kids at night.

In addition we advise you bring suitable cloths and footwear for all conditions, the weather can be somewhat un-predictable.

Here is a downloadable list of everything we provide.

What’s the weather going to do?

The Lake District weather is every changeable, when its good there is no better place to be. When its not so good it can be pretty bad. While the yurts do have a log burning stove which keeps them toasty and warm it is still well worth bringing some extra layers, thermals and waterproofs and extra blankets just in case

What is there to do?

The simple answer is everything, and nothing. Whatever type of break you are looking for there is something here for everyone. The Lake District has a lot to offer. Whether it’s exploring the hills, valleys and lakes on foot, taking photographs, reading, writing, or for the more adventurous, climbing, canoeing, wild swimming and mountain biking, it’s all here. However, if you choose to do nothing but just sit back, relax and enjoy being in a truly magical setting away from all the hustle and bustle of modern day life then that’s definitely available too.

There is a file in each of our yurts which gives you a comprehensive guide to what’s on in the Lakes and other visitor attractions for all ages. We have also included a list of Long Valley Yurts hot spots and recommendations of places we really like. We hope you will too. See the ‘Things to do section’ on website for more information

Long Valley Yurts also provide Outdoor Activities and Bushcraft courses which are available nearby. Please see the ‘Things to do section’ of the website for more information.

Where is the nearest food shop?

Booths supermarket is the nearest to the site located in Keswick (8miles). Cokermouth (8 miles) has a Sainsburys and Aldi. There is also a Morrisons, Sainsburys and another Booths in Penrith (25miles).

There is an on site shop located stocking everyday essentials; open everyday during the summer from 8.30am-10am and 5pm-7pm. However, there is always someone about should you desperately need something.

Where is the nearest pub / restaurant?


The nearest pub is a short walk from the site in the village of Bassenthwaite (if walking ask for directions from the shop if required). It has an open fire, a great selection of local ales, good food and a great atmosphere. Well worth a visit.

Further afield you are spoilt for choice with a number of equally great country pubs within a short drive. Here are a few of our recommendations;

  • The Catle Inn, Bassenthwaite (approx 2 miles away)
  • The Distillery Bistro, Bassenthwaite – Whisky/Gin Distillery  – Highly recommended (approx 3 miles away
  • The Pheasant Inn, Bassenthwaite (approx 4 miles away)
  • Mae’s Tea Room, Udale. Quirky artist gallery and tea house (approx 4 miles away)

You are of course spoilt for choice in Keswick or Cockermounth with a large number of great pubs, cafes, restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets.

Where is the nearest bank?

The nearest banks with cash machines are in Keswick or Cockermouth.

Where is the nearest town or village?

Bassenthwaite village is a short 20 minute stroll from the site. An ideal distance for a pint or a meal in The Sunn Inn (just over the bridge in the village). The market towns of Keswick and Cockermouth are just 8 miles away and boats an array of tourist activities.

Where is the nearest bus stop?

There is a bus stop in the village on the village green but a bus only stops there twice a week!!!!!

So the main bus stop is on the A591 at the bottom of School Rd – approx 1.5 miles from site – The bus goes to Keswick, Cockermouth, Wigton and Carlisle from there

For more information on timetables etc please see;

https://www.cumbria.gov.uk/roads-transport/public-transport-road-safety/transport/publictransport/busserv/timetables/clr/transportmaps.asp

Where is the nearest Train Station?

The nearest train stations is at Penrith (25 miles).

How safe is it to walk on the fells?


Please refer to the Lake District National Park Authority website for some useful guidelines on how to be safe whilst on the fells or alternatively go to the Langdale and Ambleside Mountain Rescue Team website.

Where are some good walks for families?

There are countless walks starting from the campsite which are suitable for all abilities. Whether it’s Wainright bagging, a short stroll with your dog, a more strenuous all day expedition then there is plenty on offer directly from the dor of the site. Louise who runs Kestrel Lodge Camspiet is a keen fell walker and would be more than happy to give you a few pointers. The Kestreal Lodge website (https://www.kestrellodge.co.uk/outdoor-activities/walks) has a vast selection of walks available to choose from. The question is which one to do first!

A must during your stay and just a short stroll from the site is to the village for a pint in the wonderful Sun Inn is recommended. Have fun making your way through woods and along the lane, take a torch if you think you may get waylaid in the pub!

For the more adventurous and those wishing to bag some of the larger Lake District peaks then you have the entire Lake District within easy reach here including a quick route out to the lesser visited northern fells of the national park.

A map is advisable and the routes too numerous to outline here. Please refer to www.lakedistrictoutdoors.co.uk for further ideas and advice or www.lakedistrictwalks.com Maps and guides can be obtained from various shops around the area or ordered by post by calling Keswick Tourist Information Centre on 017687 75738.

Can we go fishing nearby?

Yes fishing is available all around the Bassenthwaite and Keswick area. There’s plenty of options for all types of anglers. For more information and where to get permits etc see; https://www.keswick.org/what-to-do/fishing

Are there laundry facilities?

Yes, there are laundry washing facilities only available on site.

What places are there to visit nearby?

If you can muster the energy to leave the comfort of the yurt and the slow relaxed pace of yurt living then the Kestrel Lodge site is ideally placed for an array of excursions both from the door of the yurt or a short drive away. It offers easy access to the northern fells and less visited but stunning beautiful north western part of the Lake District National Park.

If you have come on holiday to get away into the fells and perhaps tick off some of the 214 ‘Wainrights’ then this is a god place to start. There are nine you can tick off from Kestrel Lodge without even getting in your car. Within a sort drive there is plenty to keep even the keenest of walkers occupied.

A short drive from the site you will find the pretty market town of Keswick. A hub for tourists and an ideal spot to pick any camping or outdoor related items you may have left at home or treat yourself to that new Goretex jacket! In and around Keswick there’s something here for everyone from the indoor climbing wall, pitch and putt course, the launch on Derwent Water , the thrilling via ferrata at Honsiter Slate mine to the famous Pencil museum and the worlds largest pencil! The following is a list of just a few of the trips and excursions in the local area;

For more information on all these attractions and more see the Kestrel Lodge Campsite for more information;

https://www.kestrellodge.co.uk/local-area/family-attractions

Also available a short drive away are an array of outdoor activities. Why not try moonlit canoeing, stand up paddle boarding or make a full day of it for a peddle and paddle adventure? Also available to book with your stay are all manner of Bushcraft experiences as well as some more traditional outdoor activities such as gorge scrambling and rock climbing. Adventure awaits, seize the day. See our THINGS TO DO page for more information and booking.

For more information on things to do and attractions in the Lake District please see the Kestrel Lodge Campsite website at; https://www.kestrellodge.co.uk/local-area

Which is the nearest lake?

Bassenthwaite Lake is the nearest and is a haven for water sports enthusiasts at 6km long and 1 and ½ km wide makes it well sized for a day’s exploration or more.

It’s also quieter than many other lakes in the National Park. Fantastic scenery, free parking, and no motor boats other than rescue vessels really do make this a stunning lake to spend time on.

To maintain these special qualities it is necessary to obtain a permit to use the lake. These are available from the Castle Inn, which you’ll pass on your way to the lake from Kestrel Lodge. To get the update cost per boat call 017687 76401 or email them on reception@castleinncumbria.co.uk. Or you need to be a member of the Bassenthwaite Sailing Club.

Bassenthwaite Sailing Club is open for members and allow launches for those who are members of the RYA, or RYA Affiliated Clubs, are invited to use our facilities and launch from our grounds at a cost of just £10 per day. They also have a massive program of events throughout the year.

Other points to consider if you’re going it alone, the north end is used by the sailing club for racing, the east shore is all private, and the south end of the lake in and out of Bowness Bay has wildlife sanctuary zones in place, so please be careful in there. The wind also tends to blast down the lake so you could end up fighting it for a while.

Stuff you can do on the lake (with permit):

  • Sailing
  • Canoeing/kayaking/rowing
  • Wild swimming—use a tow float for safety
  • Fishing

Around the lake there is some beautiful walking and photography opportunities and stunning picnic spots. Due to wildlife sanctuary zones there is an abundance of birdlife to watch for those so inclined. Including the ospreys, oystercatchers, lapwings, sandpipers, and many more.

Useful map link:

https://www.keswick.org/UserContent/doc/17727/bassenthwaite-map.pdf

Derwent Water

Derwent Water is 5km long and 1 and ½ km wide, there are loads of islands and bays to explore, magnificent scenery, no permits required, easy launch, lots of parking (pay and display), and canoe/boat hire is pretty easily done.

For those wanting to enjoy the water without the sweat you can also try the Keswick Launch, and take a lovely tour f the lake, while someone or something else does the hard work for you.

Walking around the lake is stunning. One of our favourite days out is to get the launch from Keswick to Hawes End climb Catbells and then drop back down to High Brandelhow to get back on the launch and enjoy the ride back to Keswick. But a low level walk around the whole lake is lovely. There are more eatery options in Keswick than I’ve had hot dinners and other options around the lake too. The Chalet in Portinscale, the Lodore Falls Hotel, for those who fancy a detour up to the waterfall, are just a couple of options.

Stuff you can do on the lake:

  • Sailing
  • Canoeing/kayaking/rowing
  • Wild swimming—use a tow float for safety
  • The Keswick Launch

Useful map link:

https://www.keswick.org/UserContent/doc/11038/derwentwater%20walk%20downloadable%20map.pdf

For more information on all the Lakes in the Lake District please see the Kestrel Lodge Campsite website at; https://www.kestrellodge.co.uk/local-area/lakes-and-walks