We spent three days in The Lake District staying at Park Cliffe caravan park in October last year.
I really wanted to go back to the Lakes so was very happy when my wife told me she’d booked it, I wasn’t quite as pleased when she told me we were staying in a ‘pod’. A pod?! Apparently it was going to be fun and the kids would love it……I was still to be convinced.
Turns out it was brilliant! The pod is heated and had enough room for two adults, two growing kids and a baby travel cot. There was electricity to it so we could plug in night lights and charge phones – both baby and kids happy.
There’s an onsite bar, restaurant and shop so we could sort all kids and have a pint so we were all well catered for.
Park Cliffe is located on the side of Lake Windermere and this is what makes the place so amazing. The views are stunning and, after buying an extra bedding roll (plenty of camping shops nearby!), I could just about cope with sleeping in a sleeping bag on the floor of the pod.
From Park Cliffe you could get to Bowness and Windermere in minutes. Booths supermarket was a pull for my wife who used to work for them and Windermere itself is a lovely town to walk around. There’s obviously boats on the lake and all of the fells to explore. Fell Foot is a nice easy ramble that kids can also manage. The prize is the view.
There’s also the Lakeside & Haverthwaite railway station and Grizedale Forest slightly further away.
To break up the journey on the way back we detoured through Blackpool Illuminations. It turns out our memories of ‘the lights’ are better left as memories and the kids were pretty underwhelmed…. lovely that they are still on every year though.
Turns out the ‘pods’ were fun!