"Camping as it used to be!"
Low Greenside is a small traditional hill sheep farm at the foot of the Howgill Fells in Cumbria's Upper Eden Valley. We love living here and think ourselves very lucky.
Known as the Westmorland Dales, the area is a mixture of limestone uplands and fertile valleys, part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It's a truly lovely part of the world to explore in its own right, and has great access to both the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales.
A bit of history...
Many years ago my Mum (Mag's Gran) suggested I should try having a campsite as well as farming. Our family had always loved camping so I decided to give it a go and see what happened. It began slowly - a very low key experiment with few facilities and, back in the days before we all had t'internet, hardly any advertising. A trickle of campers started to find their way here. They really liked the place and we really enjoyed having them to stay.
I soon realised that our campers would appreciate a few more home comforts. A rather nice static caravan was upcycled to provide individual shower rooms. More campers started to come, loved what they found, wrote super reviews, and kept coming back. Delightful!
We've learned from our campers and it was a camper who first suggested having the campfires. There's nothing like sitting round a campfire at the end of the day, toasting toes and crumpets (my personal favourite), watching the stars come out in our dark skies, seeing other campfires gently winking around the edges of the field. Bliss! We often do it ourselves...
Some of those early campers are still coming - now with children and even grandchildren! We're very proud and happy that each year around a third of our campers are repeat visitors.
Three years ago my son Magnus, then a joiner and yurt maker, took over running the campsite and he just loves it. Duck to water!
In a separate field from the campsite, surrounded by meadow and little woodland, Mag has built a very beautiful yurt with its own hand built kitchen and loo. It was good fun setting up this new enterprise – planning how to make the yurt comfortable, pretty, and fun to stay in; finding vintage furnishings and hand-making other pieces; building the super little kitchen and a state of the art composting toilet; thinking up many little touches that guests would enjoy and appreciate. The first yurt guests arrived in July 2017 and everyone who's stayed there since has been delighted. We're really proud of it so please do take a look at the Far Field Yurt page.
In 2020 he added to the glamping offering a 5 metre bell tent, beautifully kitted out for couples in a super private and pretty spot. Simpler in concept then the yurt it's nevertheless equipped with everything needed for comfortable camping in peace and quiet. Like the yurt, it has its own garden with campfire BBQ, picnic table and comfy double hammock for gazing at the scenery. We love it!
With Mag's new input of energy and skills, improvements have been made to the campsite facilities too. In 2019 he built a fantastic new eco-friendly toilet block and washing up area. Regular customers, don't worry - the caravan is still here providing free hot showers, fridges, freezer, lots of visitor info and a refuge in wet weather. The camping field and the atmosphere haven't changed at all (we know what you like!) - so it remains a simple, friendly farm campsite, with loads of space for privacy and play, all you need for camping, relaxing, and exploring - and not a hot tub in sight....
In 2020 we're very proud to have achieved a Silver Award for Green Tourism. This takes many aspects of our campsite into account - from water and energy saving measures, supporting other local businesses, reducing waste and pollution, to holding our own little not-for-profit folk festival each September.
"Camping as it used to be" has been a winning formula for us as well as our visitors, bringing a rather special kind of person to our doorstep - quietly sociable, considerate of fellow campers, pleased with all we and the area have to offer; peace, fun and relaxation on a proper traditional campsite; wonderful views; great walking and cycling; pretty villages and interesting market towns with friendly people running the nice little shops, cafes and pubs.
Magnus, Kealey, Jacob and I look forward to seeing you here. (If you happen to be around age 8 - or older and enjoy kicking a ball about - Jacob will be delighted!)
Rosie and family