Waterfoot Park is a David Bellamy Gold and Enjoy England five star award winning Caravan Park located within the beautiful Ullswater Valley, overlooking Ullswater, just a ten-minute walk from the village of Pooley Bridge and Ullswater Steamers Pier. Waterfoot Park is surrounded by ancient woodland, which is prime habitat for the elusive Red Squirrel, in the Northern region of the Lake District National Park. The Park is in a perfect location for walking, cycling, watersports and other leisure activities which are walking distance or a short drive away. The Park is located on the round the lake footpath, the Ullswater Way, so you can link up to some of the most famous and spectacular walking routes in the Lake District right from the doorstep.
This award-winning site has excellent facilities for tourers, offers excellent self-catering Cottage and Hive holiday accommodation and Glamping Wigwams®. We also have a holiday Cottage located nearby in Pooley Bridge village. Waterfoot Park is perfect for those that wish to stay a little longer too, so enquire about our range of private Holiday Homes for sale.
The Ullswater Valley is home to miles of bridleways, footpaths and cycle routes. Waterfoot Park is located on the Round the Lake footpath, the Ullswater Way, approx. 4 miles from the Coast to Coast route that crosses the North of England. Ullswater is England’s second largest lake but regarded as the most beautiful and often compared to Lake Lucerne in Switzerland, its beauty has inspired poets and writers over the centuries and famous for the William Wordsworth daffodils that grow by the lakeshore in Glencoyne every Spring. Ullswater is also linked to the legends of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table! For those with a love of the great outdoors, great adventures lie ahead. Cruises with Ullswater Steamers link famous walking routes to four piers just ten minutes’ walk from the Park entrance. There are many outdoor activity providers in the area and nearby facilities, shops, pubs and heritage visitor attractions within easy reach. Waterfoot Park is in the Lake District National Park close to the borders of the Eden valley & Pennines, the perfect location for touring, Wigwam® and self-catering holidays.
The shop is open daily during the main season and sells a wide range of daily essentials, locally produced eggs, bacon, souvenirs, gifts and games. We can order your daily papers for you so please ask on arrival. The shop and Mansion entrance has a wide array of local brochures for great days out in the Ullswater valley.
The touring area offers excellent facilities for caravans, motorhomes and their awnings. Facilities include accessible toilet and shower block, washing-up and laundry areas, baby-changing and recycling point. All touring pitches are hard standing and have electric/TV Hook-up and water hook-up with grey waste drainage. During the main season, we have a regular visit by the local Fish & Chip van by the main touring field. Please click here for booking and tariff information.
We have four fully en-suite with showers Running Water II Wigwams® for hire at Waterfoot Park. Each Wigwam® can accommodate two adults and up to two children. The Wigwams® have a fixed double bed, double sofa bed, en-suite toilet and shower room, kitchenette with sink, fridge, kettle, microwave, hob and toaster. There is a dining table with four chairs and outside you will find a picnic table and gravelled area suitable for barbecuing. Waterfoot Wigwams® do not have television reception but you may bring your own TV for the purpose of watching DVD's. Please note dogs are welcome in select Wigwams® for a small charge per night. Please click here for booking and tariff information.
Waterfoot has five self-catering cottage/apartment options to choose from. We have a newly renovated three bedroomed cottage with garden and river access in the quaint village of Pooley Bridge (just 10-15 minute walk away from the site). Three beautifully renovated cottages at Waterfoot Park Mansion, each cottage has an exterior patio leading to our Mansion garden. In addition, there is one first floor apartment, all of the self- catering properties on Waterfoot Park offer stunning views of Ullswater. Each self-catering cottage/apartment is available for weekly and short lets. The holiday properties have been carefully renovated in order to retain their original charm but updated with modern features. Each property is fully equipped and fitted with the latest furnishings including wood burning stoves. Each cottage offers excellent accommodation sleeping from four to eight persons. All of the cottages are dog friendly with the exception of the first floor apartment Lady Wakefield. Towels and bed linen are included. All properties are available to hire for seven night breaks from Friday to Friday and Monday to Monday with short stay options from Friday to Monday and Monday to Friday. For more information and to book click here.
New for 2018 we have four “Hives” on site offering you another self-catering option to try. Changeover days are Friday and Monday and they can be hired for a three night weekend stay, a four night mid-week stay or for a week or longer if you wish. Bed linen and towels are included and three of the Hives accept dogs keeping one of our Hives “dog free” for those with allergies. Sleeping up to four persons inside you will find an open plan area with a well equipped kitchen (with fridge/freezer, electric hob and microwave), two double sofa beds, TV and dining space. There is also a shower room with toilet. Outside there is a boot/dog wash and a small decking area for alfresco dining.
We love our four-legged friends and well behaved owners are welcome to accompany their dogs holiday too. All of our four-legged friends get a welcome treat on arrival and with great walkies on the doorstep what more can you ask for. Most of our self-catering cottages and Wigwams® are dog-friendly, please tick the option on booking. There is a dog on lead exercise area on Park and the Ullswater Way footpath runs through Waterfoot Park so plenty of chance to exercise off lead providing that there are no livestock in the surrounding fields, in which case we ask you politely to keep your dog on the lead. All the pubs in the nearby Pooley bridge are pet-friendly, dogs are permitted on the Ullswater ‘Steamers and welcome in our Mansion Bar too. A great woof welcome awaits.
The Mansion Bar & Coffee Shop is open at select times in the main seasons. The Mansion Bar opening times are displayed at reception and outside the Mansion entrance. There is free Wi-Fi in this area. The Mansion Bar is a spacious open lounge area with patio doors that lead to the terraced gardens with our unique water feature. The exterior has extensive views over Ullswater. There is an outdoor table tennis area to keep children of all ages happy. During the main season we run our evening Mansion nights so keep an eye out on the event pages and the reception notice board during your stay for detailed information.
The Park enjoys a quiet, family orientated character, set amongst ancient woodland providing shelter and a managed environment for wildlife. The Park's contribution to conservation has achieved Gold status under the David Bellamy Award scheme every year since 2000. The Park also continues to support a voluntary fund-raising scheme for other conservation projects in the Ullswater Valley through Nurture Lakeland, Visit Give and Protect scheme. The Ullswater valley has a rich biodiversity of wildlife whose ancient woodlands and fells provide breeding habitats for some of our rarer species such as red deer, red squirrels and barnacle geese. There is a vast array of species that live within and around the Park itself including the elusive and mischievous red squirrels.
The Ullswater Way is a 20-mile walking route around Ullswater. The route can be walked in either direction and from any starting point which means you can walk right from Waterfoot. We are located on the Ullswater Way footpath which runs from the lakeshore past the Mansion and around the back to the next open field. Just look out for the Daffodil symbol. Why not walk the route in shorter sections or connect to other parts of the walk by using an open top bus or "Steamer" to start your journey and then walk back to Waterfoot Park! Find out more about the sections between Pooley Bridge to Aira Force, Aira Force to Glenridding, Glenridding to Howtown and Howtown to Pooley Bridge.