Blakebeck Farm Camping Barn, Blakebeck, Mungrisdale, Penrith, CA11 0SZ
OverviewBlakebeck Farm Camping Barn is set amidst wildflower meadows in Mungrisdale with panoramic views. It is on the C2C cycle route, the Cumbrian Way passes close by and there are many Lake District Peaks accessible directly on a footpath from the barn. It is ideal as an overnight for cyclists and weekend breaks for walkers. There is a large upstairs room with bunkbeds for 10 people (BYO sleeping bags) and there is a farmhouse table and chairs. Next to this room is a kitchen with hob, microwave, toaster and sink. Utensils, tea towels and washing up liquid are provided. Downstairs are two shower rooms each with a toilet and handwash basin and a third room with sink and hanging space, also ideal for bike storage. For those travelling light, towels, bedding, cooked breakfast and packed lunches can be pre-booked. The Barn has WiFi. Showers cost £1 and electric oil heaters are available for a small charge. One dog is welcome when a group has sole use by prior arrangement. Not suitable for partying groups as it is close to the farmhouse. There are also two self-catering cottages on the farm.
Beds & Rooms:10: 1x10 + holiday cottages
Open:All year. All day
Price per night:£12 pp. Sole use £120
Booking:by phone or email
Directions:A66 Penrith to Keswick take turning to Mungrisdale and Caldbeck, after almost half a mile take the first turning on your left to Blakebeck Farm.
Public Transport:Train station at Penrith, buses to Mungrisdale. Road End, about 15 minutes walk from the barn.
Walks:Long Distance Walks Settle to Carlisle C2C Cycle Route
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Blakebeck Farm’s website provides an excellent source of wholesome information!
June 1st 2019
Learn how you can contribute to their charity fund raising, and about the artists who record in the fully sound proofed on-site music studios, within the artistically decorated pages of their website.
Furthermore, the website provides information about the farm and the animals who will share it with you when you stay, from donkeys and alpacas to man’s best friends, dogs. Despite bespoke artwork by Jo Watson and all the extra information about the delights of the farm, essential information is of course also provided. You’re reminded of the attractions of Keswick and Ullswater, as well as an interactive map that should provide all you need to know to navigate yourself around our delightful area of Penrith.
Alpacas at Blakebeck Farm
April 16th 2018
There are 4 female alpacas at Blakebeck Farm.
There are 4 alpacas at Blakebeck Farm. They are all female, we have had the white ones Princess and Narla and two others Honey and Treacle.
The alpacas get clipped once a year in June/July time, oh what a challenge that is, we have a great chap who comes to clip them and he makes it look easy, then we have the lovely soft fleeces. I have spun some; it is so lovely and soft. They are very inquisitive animals and love to see what is going on and will come to see you from a distance, they are also very timid.
They do not like dogs at all and sometimes start squealing when they see them; they would chase and hurt a dog if they were in the field with them. They are very useful at lambing time as they look after the sheep and lambs protecting them from foxes and dogs, they love lambs and will stand with a lost lamb and look after it until its mum comes back.
October 24th 2017
A simple and affordable camping barn in the Lake District
Blakebeck Farm Camping Barn was one of the first barns to be converted by the YHA to be used for accommodation for walkers and cyclists back in the distant past. It is an independent Camping Barn now but still maintains that simple and affordable vibe. £10 for a night’s stay, you can’t argue with that! With a kitchen, hot showrs and communal dining area, it offers more facilities than many camping barns.
The postal address says Penrith but it is equally close to Keswick, so you’re spoiled for choice for handsome country towns in the Lake District. For the more adventurously inclined, the camping barn sits on the coast to coast cycle route, the Cumbrian Way and all those amazing Lake District peaks.
The ‘Farm’ bit of the name gives us a chance to go ‘Aahh!’ over the alpacas and the Donkeys. You’ll have to recalibrate your sense of cute after you’ve seen the baby alpacas!