Lakeland camping barns : Camping barn on the Cumberland Way

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Catbells Camping Barn, Low Skelgill Farm, Newlands, Keswick, Cumbria, CA12 5UE

Catbells Camping Barn is part of a traditional set of farm buildings dating back to the 14th century. The barn is on the slopes of Catbells in the tranquil Newlands Valley, with magnificent views over the Lake District. The Cumberland Way passes through the farmyard. Keswick is only 4 miles away and both Borrowdale and Buttermere are within walking distance. The camping barn is on the ground floor and has sleeping accommodation for 10, with mattresses provided. Bring your own sleeping bags. The barn is heated with a multi-fuel stove (not suitable for cooking) and wood can be bought at the farm. In the adjacent building is a toilet and a cooking area suitable for a camping stove. Bring your own stove, cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils. It is possible to walk to a pub which serves food.

This accommodation is featured on our map of the Lake District and here is its own website.
Catbells Camping Barn | Lakeland camping barns : Camping barn on the Cumberland Way

Contact Catbells Camping Barn

or call Mrs Grave on
01768 774301

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Rooms & Beds:

10: 1×10


All year. All day.

Price per night:

£11.00 per person


Advisable, groups require deposit.


Camping Barn


GR 245211. Leave the M6 at Junction 40 and follow the A66 past Keswick. At Portinscale turn left, follow the Buttermere road for 3 miles. Turn sharp left at Stair, follow the sign for Skelgill, up the road for ½ mile and right into farmyard. Please follow these directions and not those from 'sat-nav'.

Public Transport:

Trains at Penrith (20 miles). Regular buses (meet the trains) from Penrith to Keswick. Summer bus from Keswick to Buttermere stops ½ mile from barn. Summer ferry from Keswick to Hawse End (¾ mile from barn).

This accommodation is near mountains, is in a National Park, is available to individuals, has a pub within walking distance and is on the camping barn map.

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Catbells Camping Barn

Catbells Camping Barn

I’m going to bet its lovely there right now.

Catbells camping barn is part of a network of camping barns across The Lake District. “Imagine you’re camping but you don’t need a tent.” – I quote their website but Catbells also has a woodburning stove and toilet facilities.

I’m really excited to be writing this Natter about Catbells camping barn. Just a few key details evoke some perfect camping experiences. The stove in the barn. Farm produce for sale. The name ‘Catbells’refers to wildcats. Millican Dalton’s cave. I wonder if you share my enthusiasm?

The eponymous hill is well known for its precipitous ridge and fabulous views across Borrowdale and Buttermere. The barn is nested in Newlands Valley. Tranquil is an oft used word for it. I’m going to bet its lovely there right now.


The infamous Millican Daltons cave

The infamous Millican Daltons cave

Make Catbells Camping Barn your base to explore this cave and Castle Cragg

Three miles from Catbells Camping barn is the village of Grange. This has two very inviting tea-rooms and is the start point for the walk to Castle Crag, close to the location of Millican Daltons cave.  We found the cave by following the general direction of other hikers.  It was amazing to think someone lived here every summer for 50 years.  Much more cosy is Catbells Camping Barn, a stone barn with a log burner, converted with the support of the YHA over 20 years ago.  For the last 10 years it has been part of Lakeland Camping Barns and the Independent Hostels UK network.  Catbells Camping barn has mattresses for 10, running water and a sink.  You will need your own sleeping bags, stove and cooking  equipment.  Here’s some information about similar camping barns in the UK.

A step up from a stone tent

A step up from a stone tent

A short, sharp, steep climb from the barn and you will be rewarded by dramatic views of mountains and lakes

Catbells Camping Barn is heated by a solid fuel stove and coal is available on the farm.  There is a shower, hot water and electricity so it is a step up from the stone tent idea.  Catbells camping barn has its own private car park, so its easy to transport your own cooking equipment and sleeping bags.  Sleeping 10 with mattresses provided the barn is ideal for a group get away.  Catbells camping barn is in the Newlands Valley just 4 miles from Keswick on the slopes of the Catbells fell.  A short, sharp, steep climb from the barn and you will be rewarded by dramatic views of lakes and mountains.  A circular walk around Catbells can take a day, an afternoon, or summers evening depending on how long you want to linger.

Contact Catbells Camping Barn:

01768 774301MessageView website