Tarn Foot Campsite, Loughrigg, near Ambleside 

Location – 5/5
Although marked on a map this campsite is hardly advertised and so well hidden behind Loughrigg Tarn it’s invisible to most people. It’s two miles from Ambleside and three miles from Grasmere. Both can be accessed by public footpath – quicker than driving. The campsite is right by the tarn but there is a small hill between the two so you don’t have views of the lake. There is only a bridleway which passes the site so it has a very rural feel. Obvious amenities in Ambleside and Grasmere and there is a pub about 15 minutes on foot. Walks from the site include up Loughrigg, directly above the site, to Ambleside, Rydal or Grasmere or to Elterwater and Great Langdale. It’s basically the middle of the most popular fells/areas.

Greeting – 4/5

I’ve been four times before and there has always been someone about to say hello and take payment. Always friendly and very casual. No bookings taken and no tickets issued. 

Views – 3/5

As mentioned before although the site is by the tarn the field is behind a large mound which you have to climb to view the tarn. Loughrigg Fell is directly above the site, but no long distance views.

Price – 4/5

£3pppn and £2 for a car. No other charges unless you want a fishing license for the lake!

Noise – 5/5

Almost guaranteed to be quiet unless you encounter some idiots! No groups allowed, no road, no farm traffic. Just sheep. Blissful

Facilities – 4/5

Two toilets and a cold tap. You can also purchase fishing permits for the tarn. Campers can also boat on the lake, with direct access onto it’s shores via a stile exclusive to the site 🙂


An old favourite because it’s almost always peaceful and quiet. Not widely known and sandwiched in the middle of all the main Wainwrights. A great thing to do is to walk to Ambleside, enjoy it’s shops/food and then wonder back to the site, avoiding ridiculously expensive car parking charges. Stunning views of Lake Windermere.


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