Troutbeck Head

This is night No.83/2018 living in my caravan. Now pitched at Troutbeck Head C&MC Site near Keswick in the Lake District. Paid £36.20 for 2 nights for the van, me, and the mutts(free). A bit of a 'premium' site due to it's location in the North Lakes, but it is a nice place.

Left Englethwaite Hall at around 1130 for the 40min drive to this site. Englethwaite was an excellent place to stay. It was superb for the dogs, and even though it had no toilet block, I thought of it as one of the best sites I've stayed at yet.

This site at Troutbeck is another good site. It's a large site with around 120 pitches, and two toilet blocks to cope with the numbers. This place must be jumping in peak season. I went into Keswick, and even though it is September, that was mobbed.

Another huge bonus is the dog walking. I've found the Lake District to be very restrictive on dog walking, but this site has direct access from the site to a huge FC Forest, Matterdale. That hill in the background is Great Mell Fell,

This site is located in a disused quarry, hence the sheltered location in a shallow valley.

After pitching up and having some lunch, I thought we'd go and visit a nearby NT property, Aira Force, a waterfall near Ullswater. It's a 5 min drive from here and it was a fine walk, although quite busy. Free parking as the NT allow reciprocal rights for NTS members. A couple of nice wee bridges to view the falls.

Aira Force itself is a huge drop. The air was full of drizzle be the sheer force of the water. A little bridge crosses at the top of the fall.

It's got a nice wee visitor centre, and toilets, and a pay & display carpark.

On the return journey, stopped on the climb out to take a picture back towards Ullswater.


  1. You're still being damn lucky with the weather, judging by the photographs. I presume that is Troutbeck that you pass through on the way to Ambleside? If so, then is one of the few places you've visited that I can recall seeing before. That whole area is terrific, even if over-populated and over-priced. The Fairfield Horseshoe would be a good (full day) walk for you and the dogs, if the weather holds up. I've run it twice and once was blessed with stunning views.

    1. Thats a different Troutbeck, I had to check. The weather wasn't really good for heading into the higher hills, maybe next time?


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