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    Lake District Summer Camp

    Hi there,

    I'm looking to run a Scouts' summer camp in the Lake District next year, and would like some recommended campsites? I've used Great Towers before, but we prefer a greenfield site/farm, so we can have the place to ourselves and run our own activities.

    Any thoughts and ideas much appreciated!

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    We stayed at Ennerdale a few years back - not greenfield though.

    It has an indoor bit (with lots of showers!), and then woody/fields around. Some D of E groups came through while we were there, but we had the place to ourselves. It's right next to Ennerdale Water which we walked around - a goodly distance for our younger Cubs we had with us. In the middle of nowhere otherwise, with little phone reception. Lovely place, but a long drive in a minibus from Hampshire with Cubs!

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    I was at Great Tower last year. I think they had an outlying greenfield site as well as the main site.

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    Depending how near the lakes you want to be, Ratlingate near Carlisle could be an option.
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    Thanks- I've used great towers before, it's good, but not ideal for our summer camp. ideally a farm would be best.

    I thought about Ratlingate, but it's a drive from the lakes. May be an option though!

    Ennerdale sounds great!

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    Heading a bit further South is what was the Barrow District campsite @Urswick, just South of Ulverston. About 20 minutes away from Coniston & Ambleside. Vehicle access is interesting, but its a small & peaceful site.

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    Urswick - what a co-incidence! That was my local campsite when I was a Scout and Venture in nearby Dalton-in-Furness (in the 70s). Spent many a happy hour there either camping or doing my Camp Service Badge. Was quite basic in them days - although it had a toilet block, washing was done in sinks under a canopy - lovely and refreshing (believe it has some new facilities now.

    I seem to recall we wanted to go halves on laying a better surface on the lane but a local farmer would not chip in
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    Royal hall was brilliant, although not a greenfield site there is only one group field which is private and out if the way. You can swim in the stream waterfall, walk to Ambleside one way and the Fairfield horseshoe the other, both Coniston and Windermere easily accessible for activity providers. Greatly better than Great Tower IMHO

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    Ennerdale is a great campsite failry basic not greenfield but in a great loaction.

    Look HERE for a booklet of camping facilities in Cumbria with quite a few greenfield sites. It also has details of Scout campsites.
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    Rydal Hall?

    Quote Originally Posted by RisingStar View Post
    Royal hall was brilliant, although not a greenfield site there is only one group field which is private and out if the way. You can swim in the stream waterfall, walk to Ambleside one way and the Fairfield horseshoe the other, both Coniston and Windermere easily accessible for activity providers. Greatly better than Great Tower IMHO

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    Yes sorry, blasted IPad corrections again. RYDAL Hall !

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    Great info from you all - thanks!

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    Branthwaite Camp is an option -http://www.branthwaitescoutcamp.co.uk/
    You'll get sole use if you book. Good sheltered field. Short drive to to Buttermere or Ennerdale valleys - Kirkstile Inn is 5 miles away.
    Better camping field, no other users, fewer midges and cheaper than Ennerdale but Ennerdale wins on most of other areas (location, availability of wood, orienteering on and off site).

    We had our summer camp at Ennerdale this year. Hiked from the site, orienteered on 3 different routes from the site, cooked all meals on open fires with wood from the site.

    Regardless of which site you use, canoes can be arranged for about 5 per person for canoeing at Ennerdale (plus 50p for day use of Ennerdale Camp if stopping at Branthwaite, with is 20 minute drive away).
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    The Lakes - surely the best place in the country to be a Scout!
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    David, I was in my office kitchen on Monday morning stirring my tea with the Wasdale fells in view when a contractor stated that "It is nicer here than in London, today" (the weather was good). My reply, "It is nicer here everyday!"
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