Windermere FAQS

How many does each Yurt sleep?

Our Yurts at Windermere can comfortably accommodate six people. Each has a double futon and four singles. During day the futons can be folded away in the day to make a pleasant seating area. All the beds come with freshly laundered, sheets, duvets and pillow.

Is a Yurt holiday suitable for children?

Yes, a yurt holiday is ideal for children, it’s fun, different and above all exciting. There’s also loads of things to do both in the surrounding area and beyond.

Will I be warm enough?

Yes the yurts are fully equipped with a 4 KW wood burning stove which will keep you all cosy and warm. We provide one large basket of seasoned wood and firelighters upon arrival. Further baskets of wood/kindling are available for sale on site.

Is the Yurt waterproof?

Yes the yurts are covered with a tough waterproof canvas layer which keep out the worst the Lake District weather can throw at it.

What are the check In-Out times?

Guests can check in anytime after 4pm and check out by 10am on the day of departure.

Are the yurts secure?

Yes the yurts have lockable doors. However please be aware that they are located on a campsite which is accessible to all. Long Valley Yurts takes no responsibility for any loss or damage incurred during your stay.

Do we need to bring bedding?

No all your bedding is provided. Each yurt comes with freshly laundered sheets, pillow and duvets. Please note; beds are made up for the number of occupants shown on the booking confirmation.

Can we bring our pet?

Yes, we have two pet friendly yurts on site. The cost is £5 per pet per night up to a maximum of two pets per yurt.

Our Windermere site is a wonderful place to bring your pet. Please note the following:

  • Whilst on site pets must be kept on a lead at all times
  • You must ALWAYS clean up after your dog/s
  • Your dog must be vaccinated, preferably chipped and not be on the dangerous dogs list.

Please remember your pet is your responsibility and must be under your control at all times for the happiness and safety of everyone, including your dog too. Please read the terms and conditions with regard to booking your pet in to stay with us before booking.

Should you wish to bring your pet and the dog friendly yurt is not available then they are still welcome however we do not allow them inside the yurts that are not dog friendly I’m afraid. Previous guests have still brought their dog along but also brought along a dog bed and had the dog sleep in the car which can be parked close to the Yurts. Alternatively they have brought along a portable kennel which they have placed outside the door of the Yurt.

What do we need to bring with us?

We have tried to provide everything you might need to make your stay as relaxing and comfortable as possible. However there are a few things that you will need to bring from home.

  • We do not provide towels or tea towels
  • The Yurts do not have any refrigeration system we advise you bring a cool box with cool bricks. Cool bricks can be re-frozen on site
  • A torch to find your way at night. It can get extremely dark especially when there is no moon to light your way.
  • While the Yurts do come fully equipped with a wood burning stove and duvets it can still get cold at night so if you feel the cold bring along a couple of extra blankets, thermals and cold weather gear just in case.
  • Slippers, an absolute must for keeping the inside of the Yurt clean and your feet warm and toasty.
  • If you have them onesies are brilliant for the kids at night.

In addition we advise you bring suitable clothes and footwear for all conditions, the weather can be somewhat un-predictable.

Here is a downloadable list of everything we provide.

What’s the weather going to do?

The Lake District weather is every changeable, when its good there is no better place to be. When its not so good it can be pretty bad. While the yurts do have a log burning stove which keeps them toasty and warm it is still well worth bringing some extra layers, thermals and waterproofs and extra blankets just in case.

What is there to do?

The simple answer is everything, and nothing. Whatever type of break you are looking for there is something here for everyone. The Lake District has a lot to offer. Whether it’s exploring the hills, valleys and lakes on foot, taking photographs, reading, writing, or for the more adventurous, climbing, canoeing and mountain biking, it’s all here. However, if you choose to do nothing but just sit back, relax and enjoy being in a truly magical setting away from all the hustle and bustle of modern day life then that’s definitely available too.

Before you arrive you will be sent via email an information pack which gives you a comprehensive guide to what’s on in the Lakes and other visitor attractions for all ages. We have also included a list of Long Valley Yurts hot spots and recommendations of places we really like. We hope you will too. See the ‘Things to do section’ on website for more information

Long Valley Yurts also provide Outdoor Activities and Bushcraft courses which are available nearby. Please see the ‘Things to do section’ of the website for more information.

Where is the nearest food shop?

Booths, Morrisons and Asda are all located in Kendal (11miles). There is also a Booths in Windermere (15miles) and a well stocked shop at the Shell petrol station on the A590.

There is an on site farm shop stocking everyday essentials; open everyday until 8pm.

Alternatively there is a community store located a short walk from the site in the village of Withersalck which stocks has a wider range of groceries, fresh and frozen food produce, local damson items, local information and a fantastic selections of homemade cakes. It’s also located right next to Derby Arms pub!

Opening times as follows;

  • Mon/Tues/Thurs 7.45am – 6.30pm
  • Wednesday 7.45am – 12.30pm
  • Friday 7.45am – 6.00pm
  • Saturday 9.00am – 1.00pm/li>

Where is the nearest pub / restaurant?
The nearest great pub is a short walk from the site in the village of Witherslack (if walking ask for a map & directions from the onsite shop). It has an open fire, a great selection of local ales, good food, great atmosphere and if it’s a weekend in all likelihood there be something going on. Well worth a visit.

Further afield you are spoilt for choice with a number of equally great country pubs within a short drive. Here are a few of our recommendations;

  • The Strickland Arms (Sizergh)
  • The Masons Arms (Strawberry Bank)
  • The Brown Horse (Winster)
  • The Hare and Hounds (Levens)

Kendal or Bowness/Windermere also have a large selection of restaurants, cafes and bars to suit all tastes and budgets.

Where is the nearest bank?

The nearest banks with cash machines are in Kendal (NatWest, Barclays and HSBC). There are also cash machines and banks in Bowness.

Where is the nearest town or village?

Witherslack is about 2 miles away. A walk through the woods and along some small backroads leads straight to the village (wellies recommended). Kendal is the nearest large town and is about 11 miles away. A bus runs from just off the A590 in the village every hour. Kendal boasts the fantastic Brewery Arts Centre including cinema, lots of great cafes, bars and restaurants to suit all tastes and budget.

Where is the nearest bus stop?

The nearest bus stop is 2 miles from the site on the edge of the village just off the A590. Buses to Kendal and Oxenholme mainline Station (via Levens and Sizergh) to the west and through to Barrow via Grange, Newby Bridge and Ulverston to the east. For more information on timetables etc please see;

Where is the nearest Train Station?

The nearest train stations is either at Oxenholme (11 miles) or Windermere (15miles)

How safe is it to walk on the fells?
Please refer to the Lake District National Park Authority website for some useful guidelines on how to be safe whilst on the fells or alternatively go to the Kendal Mountain Rescue Team website.

Where are some good walks for families?

There are countless walks starting from the campsite which are suitable for families. A short stroll down to the village for a pint in the wonderful Derby Arms is recommended. Ask at the campsite shop for a map showing footpaths, have fun making yur way through woods and take a torch if you think you may get waylaid in the pub!

Am absolute must is the walk up and along the glorious Whitbarrow Scar to Lords Seat. A great walk for all the family and once to the top it offers truly magnificent views south over Morecambe Bay and beyond (on a good day you make out the Blackpool Tower) and to the North the beauty of the Lake District fells. See the following link for a description of the route;

This above route does depart from the village of Witherslack but you can equally walk from the campsite and leave the car at the site.

For the more adventurous and those wishing to bag some of the larger Lake District peaks then you have the entire Lake District within easy reach here including a quick route out to the lesser visited Western side of the national park.

A map is advisable and the routes too numerous to outline here. Please refer to for further ideas and advice or Maps and guides can be obtained from various shops around the area or ordered by post by calling Ambleside Tourist Information Centre on 015394 32582.

Can we go fishing nearby?

Yes fishing is available on the Witherslack Hall Tarn just down the road from the site. For more information please see;

Also available through Witherslack Hall is bike hire and horse riding.

Are there laundry facilities?

Yes there laundry facilities on site. There are additonal laundry services  available in Kendal.

What places are there to visit nearby?

The Witherslack site is ideally positioned that it offers easy access to both the quieter and less visited western part of the Lake District National Park and also the busier central and south Lakes.

A short drive away is Windermere and Bowness, the National Trust’s Fell Foot Park, Brockhole (ideal for families) and the village of Ambleside as well as access via the stunning Kirkstone Pass to the North Lakes.

A must is a trip to Cartmel to stock up on the famous Cartmel Sticky Toffee pudding or try your luck and enjoy a day at the Cartmel Horse Races. Also just down the road is the Haverthwaite Steam Railway and the Lakeland Motor Museum.

Alternatively take a trip into Grange-over-Sands and enjoy a stroll along the prom and take in the stunning view of Morcambe Bay. While you there treat yourself to one of the award winning homemade pies at Higginsons butchers, a better pie we challenge anyone to find!

Also available a short drive away are an array of outdoor activities. Why not try canoeing, stand up paddle boarding or make a full day of it for a peddle and paddle adventure? Also available to book with your stay are all manner of Bushcraft experiences as well as some more traditional outdoor activities such as gorge scrambling and rock climbing. Adventure awaits, seize the day. See our THINGS TO DO page for more information and booking.

Which is the nearest lake?

Windermere is the nearest lake to the site. The easiest place to reach the Lake is at Newby Bridge at the very southern end of England’s largest lake. From here there are great opportunities to explore the length of the lake either via bike, on foot via steamer, canoe/kayak/Stand-up paddle board or just sit and enjoy the peace the quiet with a picnic.

The site is also a short drive (18 miles) from the stunning and beautifully quiet Coniston Water. Take a dip, bring a picnic, relax in the sun it is a truly fantastic place to wind away the hours.