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A Perfect Lakeland Base
Troutbeck Camping and Caravanning Club Site (Cumbria)
Member Name: Andy.mack
Troutbeck Camping and Caravanning Club Site (Cumbria)
Advantages: Excellent location, peaceful site, friendly staff
Disadvantages: Our pitch seemed miles from the toilets in the rain
Although I started a new job in March in the depths of London it is still my dream to move back home to Cumbria at some point and it was that dream that inspired our trip to the Troutbeck Camping and Caravanning Club Site. The plan, as well as getting away from the chaos of London, was to take my wife to the area I call home and show her the many delights of Cumbria in the hope that she, like me, would fall in love with the place. Of course with gorgeous scenery and a far more relaxed way of life it would be hard not to but for the week we would be staying in Troutbeck on the camp site, which is the subject of this review.
Booking & Cost
When it comes to booking a site through the Camping and Caravan Club the booking procedure is very simple and straightforward. There are three ways you can book the site and all of them are very simple. This time we opted to use the online booking form rather than ring the site itself and in fact booking this way was perhaps the easiest, most hassle free method we have used. Once you've selected the site, chosen whether you want an electric hook up and entered the size of your tent or Caravan simple click on check availability and select the exact dates you want and book.
For a week at the site we paid £155.41, which included one night during half term at the high season rates and the remainder at the lower season rates. We also opted for the Electrical hook up as we always tend to do now and thought that for the week in the Lake District this was quite reasonable. At the time of booking a 25% deposit is taken to secure your pitch for your chosen dates with the balance due on arrival.
The cost broken down works out at £12.95 per adult per night as this stay was during the high and Mid seasons. The costs work out at £11.34 per adult in High season, £8.99 in mid-season and £7.86 in the low season, making our night during half term really took the cost per adult per night up. The electrical connection worked out at an additional £3.55 per night.
We joined the camping and Caravan club last year and have found the rates for members to be very reasonably, especially if you can find the time outside of the high season to make use of one of the club sites. Should you not be a member of the club there is an additional charge on top of the nightly per adult price of £7.15, which makes membership very worthwhile as this trip saved us a total of £85.80.
The other booking options are to phone the site direct on 01768 779149 and by phoning the club reservation line on 0845 130 7633.
The site is located between Penrith and Keswick on the North side of the Lakes and within 8 miles of the M6. We travelled north on the M6 as far as Penrith and took the A66 towards Keswick into the lakes. The site itself is located on the Keswick side of Troutbeck and is signposted as Wallthwaite from the road. If you follow the directions given by the club it is a very easy site to find. The turning for Wallthwaite is quite sharp off the M6, but we found the site easily enough without any major issues.
Upon arrival at the site the reception is located to your left in a small log cabin. The main entrance to the site has a barrier across operated by a motion sensor, which doesn't open after 11pm. This seems to be a fairly common element to Camping and Caravan club sites as the barriers only operate between 7am and 11pm. There is an additional barrier to pass through to get out of the site as well, making the site seem a lot more secure than a couple of other non c & C club sites we've been to.
Parking up in front of reception we were greeted by one of the site wardens and the balance of our payment for our stay was taken. We were also given a leaflet with details about the site and recommended supermarkets and pubs in the area. All of this information proved to be very useful during the week and is a handy guide produced by the site. Once the rules of the site and the locations of the facilities were explained we were shown to our pitch on the bottom field of the three that make up the site.
During our week at Troutbeck we found that the staff on site were all very helpful and perhaps more importantly incredibly friendly. It is a reasonably small site and having spent a week on site it would be fair to say that it is very well run.
The site is made up of three main fields, a field of static caravans for rental, a field more suited to Caravan's as the all have hard standings and the field we ended up in at the bottom of the site which had provision for tents and caravans. Our pitch was in the bottom corner of the site backing onto a field, with a fantastic view down the valley towards Keswick and next to the little stream at the bottom of the site.
This location kept us quite a distance from the A66 and meant that for the whole week other than the sound of rain on the tent and the stream flowing past we were in perfectly peaceful surroundings. For the relaxing week we had in mind we couldn't have picked a better site or pitch location, apart from maybe being nearer to the toilet block on the nights it was raining. All of the pitches though are in great locations and enjoy stunning views, in fact if you have a caravan you might be lucky enough to get a pitch with the perfect view of Skidaw.
As we were in the far corner of the site from the toilet block, it would be fair to say that regardless of where you are on the site the main toilet block is at most a 3 minute walk and a water point is within a minutes' walk of your pitch. This is one of the smallest C & C club sites we've been to with only 54 pitches, but it makes the site feel quieter than the bigger locations we've been to. As we visited during mid-season the site wasn't full and this added to the peaceful feeling. It was probably about half full and it certainly was noticeable with a lot of open space.
The toilet block was split into a male and female bathroom with a separate dishwashing and laundry in-between. Both the male and female sides consisted of 4 toilet and 2 shower cubicles as well as a mother and baby change in the ladies and urinals in the gents. With the site at about half of its capacity it made the toilet block seem very quiet and I didn't have to wait to use the showers or the cubicles once during our week there.
Within the toilet blocks the toilet cubicles and shower cubicles were all in immaculate condition and the bathrooms were cleaned once a day, which given the amount of use was certainly adequate. I found that the shower temperatures were very easy to control and not once did I have a cold shower during the whole week we were there.
The only other main facilities on the site was the small licensed shop on site, which sold the bare essentials such as tea bags and washing up liquid as well as a number of locally produced items such as beer, meat and eggs. The prices within the shop were quite reasonable, however for a bigger shop there is a Morrison's in Penrith and a Booth's supermarket in Keswick. The site also has a small kids play park, which seemed to be keeping the few kids on site entertained during our visit. As a small site the facilities really compliment it well and were always presented in a very neat and tidy manor.
Having spent a very enjoyable week on the peaceful and within incredibly tranquil surrounds of Troutbeck I would happily recommend this site to anyone, in fact I have been nonstop since we came back on Friday. The site is in a great location to explore the Lakes and gave us the freedom ands ease to head North, South or West depending on where our destination for the day was. The team on the site were very friendly and helpful and this added to make the whole experience very pleasurable.
This is the third site we have visited as members of the Camping and Caravanning club and whilst we still would enjoy a visit to Verwood the site at Troutbeck offers something very different. With the site being half the size of Verwood it makes it seem a lot quitter and with the main road a bit further away it's also a very peaceful site. When you visit the Lakes the key is to enjoy the scenery and this is certainly a site that contributes to that enjoyment. We really enjoyed our trip to Troutbeck and if you're looking for a good site in the Lake District then this is certainly one I would recommend as we are already planning a return visit later in the year.
Contact 01768 779149
Site Address: Troutbeck Camping and Caravan Club Site, Hutton Moor End, Troutbeck, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 0SX
Annual Club Membership: £39
Summary: A decent, reasonably sized site in the Lakes
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