Hoathwaite Campsite Review
Hoathwaite National Trust Campsite is a GEM! Situated slightly back from the edge of Lake Coniston in the Lake District, it hands-down has one of the most beautiful views of the lake and of Old Man Coniston himself. This a seriously good find for campers who want to be immersed in nature.
The campsite has everything you need to get by just don’t expect gold tinted brassware. If you start singing in the shower you might have the local cows joining in!
Activities Near Lake Coniston
You are so close to the water here getting down to the lake is a doodle. If you’ve bought your own water activities, paddleboard, boat, canoe you’ll probably think you’ve made it to heaven. If you are without water activities fear not, a 25-minute walk around the side of the lake will bring you to the lower end of Coniston town where, on the lakeside, you will find the aptly named Coniston Boating Centre. Here you can hire motorboats, sailing boats, paddleboards, canoes and kayaks. You can also pick up bikes here. There are two activities I recommend:
- Renting a Kayak and heading out to Peel Island aka ‘Wild Cat Island’. This took us four hours, including a 20 min lunch break, however, winds were fair which was a real luxury. Chat with the trusty folks in the hire booth for tips on winds and weather changes.
- Renting bikes and cycling the lake. The route is both hilly and winding but it is seriously worth it because there are some truly beautiful views of the lake and the town en route. This took us two hours and cost £15 per bike.
You can easily get to Old Man Coniston from the campsite which is the perfect hike if you’re staying for a bank holiday weekend or short break. We managed the hike to the peak from the campsite and back in about 7 hours. Don’t forget to stop off at the pubs in town on the way down, you know you deserve it. You’re also not far from the infamous Scafell Pike hike which is only an hour away. There’s a handy car park at the bottom of the trail just remember to bring change.
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Pubs And Restaurants Near Hoathwaite Campsite
Once you’ve completed your activities by the lake be sure to stop off at The Blue Bird Cafe located on the lakeside for your tea and cake. If you’re heading into town The Black Bull Inn in the centre is a fantastic place for a pint. With seating inside and out, you can get stuck into their homebrewed beers in the sunshine or by the fire. As we used our BBQ to cook every meal we didn’t need to eat out in the town, however, The Steam Bistro looked particularly inviting and I’ve already made a mental note to stop off there next time.
Where are your favourite campsites in the Lake District?