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This page is packed with information about the local area. Having lived in this area all our lives, we've transfered our local knowledge onto this page. There are many imformative links to other websites, which we know will be useful to you. If you log in, through our WiFi internet access during your stay, this page, and many of the other pages on this website, will be invaluable to you for local knowledge of our unique time warped area.
"Riverside" is situated on the outskirts of the rural Hamlet of MILLHOUSE, 1.5 miles from Hesket Newmarket, and 3 miles from Caldbeck.
A view across the "Caldew Valley", (which is where our hamlet of MILLHOUSE and the site are situated), towards the fells Carrock and Bowscale
The nearest Lakeland Fells, the Northern Fells ( Carrock, High Pike, Binsey, Bowscale, Blencathra/Saddeback, Southerfell, Mungrisedale Common, Bannerdale Crags, Knott, Great Calva, and Skiddaw ) are only 10 minutes drive from the site.
We are the nearest touring Caravan and Motorhome park to these unique walking opportunities of the Eastern side of the Northern Fells. Yet only, (an easy, wide and straight) 15 minutes from J41 of the M6 Motorway.
Caldbeck "open" Common Land. (Only a short drive from the site).
This is Calebrack, (pronounced "Kalebreck").
A popular Wainwright walk starting point for both Carrock and High Pike.
"Caldbeck Common" offers unique un-rivalled walking opportunities, both strenuous and non-strenuous.
You may park your car where-ever you wish on the wide grass verge of the unfenced road. Just be careful not to obstruct the road or an access.
Carrock Fell was used as one of the back-drops for the "Cumbrian Mums" Calender girls.
To see more of them, you need to buy the 2016 Calender.
The Northern Fells are popular with walkers who prefer the quietness, and discovering virtually un-trodden territory, with no problems parking the car.
The Northern Fells still have to be discovered by most.
Other parts of the Lake District used to be like ours, until they were commercialised.
The native Cumbrian Fell Ponies are quite a significant feature of the Northern Fells.
They roam freely on the local Caldbeck Fells & Common land.
Unlike the mid and southern parts of the lake District, which has become rather overwhelmed with mass tourism during the high season, our area has retained its unique un-developed, un-spoilt, natural, scenic character, which is unlikely to change because of the lack of visitor accommodation.
The Picturesque, glaciation formed "Swineside valley", which is accessed by road from Mosedale village, is a very worthwhile visit during your stay at Riverside.
The valley has a public tarmac road, (narrow in places) which runs parallel with a rocky, scenic, junior stage of the River Caldew, leading to the head, where the last underground mineral mine of the Northern Fells, (Carrock Mine) was worked right up to the mid 1980's.
During its heyday in the 17th century, this area of the Northern Fells was the richest mineral mining area of the British Isles. It probably still is, and the minerals are probably still in there. It's just not viable to get them out. It's now popular with geologists and mineralogists. Fragments of rare minerals, even tourmaline crystals and gold, have been found in the rivers at the head of Swineside valley.
At the head of Swineside valley you can join the "Cumbria Way" towards the eastern face of Skiddaw. (The 4th highest mountain in England, 3053ft). On the area of moorland known as Skiddaw Forrest, the highest altitude youth hostel bunkhouse in Britain is situated, in complete isolation, (1550ft above sea level)."Skiddaw House".
"Skiddaw House". A former estate owned "Shooting Lodge", used then by aristocracy.
Following extensive repairs and restoration to it's former glory, it's now used by the Youth Hostel Association. Remotely located on Skiddaw Forrest, it's over three miles, (of rough terrain), from any form of civilisation or road.
Please note, that because of the remoteness and isolation of Skiddaw House, it has no mains Electricity, no mains Water, and no Gas. Therefore, unfortunately has no facilities for providing tea and snacks for walkers who pass-by, so keep to plan "A", and carry the packed lunch and a flask with you.
Another rewarding steep gradient walk with a starting point from the Roundhouse in Swineside valley is "Bowscale Tarn". "The tarn of the immortal fish" (according to William Wordsworth). (See the "walklakes" link below)
Historically, Bowscale Tarn has been naturally carved out of the hillside by glaciation during the ice age, to what can be described as a shape similar to a swallows nest. Its been reported to have a maximum depth of 50ft (17mtrs).
There's also a rather longer route to the tarn, but with a more gentle, less energetic gradient. It's a purposely constructed Bridleway from Bowscale village, created in Victorian times to enable ascent by horseback. (See the Wainwright routes link above)
Carrock Fell, which has a summit of just over 2000ft. (Only a short drive from the site).
Old Carrock End Copper Mine.
A popular walk starting point with readers of the Wainwright books. (Book number five, Carrock Fell, 8).
Because some of the Northern Fells are on the very edge of the Lake District, by climbing the eastern face of Carrock, (or many of the other local fells), you are then rewarded by uniquie long range agricultural flat-land views.
This photo was taken at a point, only a fraction of the full ascent of Carrock, and even at this early stage, the pennies, (40 miles away) can be seen on the horizon.
High Pike Summit. Extensive views of the Solway Firth and Southern Scotland can be rellished from here on a clear day.
Ascent of Blencathra, with Sharpe Edge on the Sky-Line. One of the most popular, but challenging walks of the Northern fells
is Blencathra. A popular Wainwright starting point from
Scales, leads up to Scales Tarn, from where there is a choice of two
ascents. One of them being Sharp edge.
If you intend to do Sharp Edge, to be safe, its recommended that you do it on the ascent, and not the decent, and most importantly on a calm clear day.
Sharpe Edge. One of the most challenging scrambles, of not only the Northern Fells, but the whole of the Lake District. Only for the brave and Nimble. Not for the faint hearted.
Catbells. This is probably one of the most popular walks of the Lake District. We can't promise solitude on this walk, but what is certain, you'll be rewarded with some of the best scenery and lake views in the whole of the Lake District, & UK.
Dominating the distant back-drop is Skiddaw, Dodd and Ullock Pike, + Bassethwaite Lake. Dewent Water, only 15 road miles from the site. Quite a lot nearer if you walk it, via the Cumbrian Way.
Derwent Water & Friars Cragg, with Catbells as the back-drop.
This photo was taken from the lake shore walk which originates at the Keswick landing stages.
Visit the Local area's website by clicking on the link below.
A shot from Ratten Row above the village of Caldbeck, with High Pike dominating the sky line, and Carrock just behind.
If you would like to know more about Cumbria in General: visit http://www.discovercumbria.co.uk/ , (and don't forget to read their reviews on Adult Only Caravan Sites), then come back and see more of us.
If you, (like so many other caravaners and motorvaners), prefer the quietness which "adult only" caravan parks such as "Riverside" can exclusively offer, why not visit:- www.adultcampsites.com which is a website set up especially for you.