Thursday, 7 April 2011
Skelwith Fold, Ambleside - The Review
The first campsite review on this blog is definitely reserved for one of our favourite places to visit. It is no coincidence that the first trip we made as a family of 5 is here. We have visited Skelwith Fold on several occasions and have never had a less than satisfactory experience.
The driveway into the site is long and winding with stunning scenery. It is plenty wide enough for 2 vehicles to pass - unlike the road up to the driveway which can get a bit hairy (We once met a bus coming the other way and had to breath in a LOT!)
You will always get a friendly and efficient welcome at reception which also serves as a pretty amazing shop. I've never found anything yet that you can't get in that shop.
What sort of campsite is Skelwith?
A haven of peace and tranquility but not boring - there is plenty to explore, always a new direction to walk in. Tourers and Motorhomes are welcome with some new larger super pitches with TV reception, a picnic bench and plenty of space. There are loads of static caravans which are well established and give the site a well rounded feeling. Children can happily explore the site and walkers will love the undulating paths with glorious views.
Absolutely spotless and very modern - One of the only sites where I have walked into the showers and actually felt like they were inviting me to have a shower rather than something you just have to do. The kids actually asked if they could have a shower too! On one occasion last year, I believe there was a very minor problem with the temperature in the showers - I didn't even notice but everyone who stayed at this time was sent a lovely apology letter offering 2 free nights stay and a bottle of wine - They really go the extra mile here and they know us caravanners love wine!
Can you pick your own pitch?
Yes and if you let reception know which pitch you have chosen you are entered into a monthly draw to win a bottle of wine (One of the only times we have remembered to inform reception, we won!)
What can the kids do?
There is a good play area - 2 toddler and 2 standard swings, a good climbing frame, roundabout, football/netball pitch which is kept in good condition, a zip wire (which my kids love!) and lots more.
What is there to do if it rains?
Anyone who visits the Lakes needs to prepare for rain so most people would not be put off the stunning walks by a bit of rain.
For young children, there is an indoor soft play centre as you go into Ambleside.
The shop has DVDs to hire and colouring books and activites if you are mad enough not to have brought any with you.
I was not asked to write this review - I just did it because I love it there and highly recommend the site!