The Campsite in the Clearing

Dodgson Wood Campsite

A secluded private campsite for groups up to 25 people, set within secluded ancient woodland, close to the shore of Coniston Water. Rented exclusively, you can enjoy the simple pleasures of peace and tranquility this beautiful place has to offer with just your group of friends or family. The site is let as a whole, taking up to twenty five people and is ideal for large families and outdoor education groups. Only six vehicles can have access to the site to minimize erosion and wildlife disruption. A track runs through the site which is used only by us to access the land above and occasionally bring sheep and cattle to and from the fells, otherwise the site is your own. The campsite has been formed in a natural clearing on the fringe of the nationally important Dodgson Wood SSSI, therefore it is being managed with conservation and minimal impact in mind. To reinforce this no wood can be collected from the site, but if you want a campfire, wood is supplied by us and included in the price. Composting toilets are on site and there are cold water taps.


  • Pitches for up to twenty five people, including children
  • Picnic tables
  • Four composting toilets
  • Campfire site plus firewood for a small campfire is provided (extra wood will be charged for)
  • Two taps with running water, straight from the river
  • Bins
  • Parking for up to six vehicles on site (more available nearby)

What to bring

This campsite is very traditional, therefore you must bring everything associated with this type of camping. Torches are a must, as is cooking equipment. Bottled water is required for drinking, although there is running water on site (from the nearby stream) but boiling is essential. If you would like to buy meat or eggs from us, either email directly to discuss your requirements or have a look on our shop page. There is a lot of tiny wildlife hiding in the bracken including ticks! Bring a tick remover or tweezers and always check yourself if you’ve been walking in long grass.


The campsite is in a perfect location for water or mountain activities such as canoeing, mountain biking, walking or just appreciating the countryside. Bethacar Moor is above the site with stunning views of Lake Coniston and Grizedale Forest. There is plenty of opportunity to hire outdoor equipment in the village of Coniston (less than 10 mins drive) which also has a butchers, greengrocers, newsagent and petrol station. Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin and its attractive gardens and café is within walking distance. Tarn Hows and Hill Top, the home of Beatrix Potter, are just a short drive away.

Further information

  • Arrivals from 3pm, departures before 11am
  • Dogs are not allowed on site without prior approval due to the extensive wildlife (deer, badgers, etc) and nearby farmland


Friday to Friday (7 nights) £480 (£540 high season)

Monday to Friday (4 nights) £300 (£360 high season)

Friday to Monday (3 nights) £300 (£360 high season)

£100 deposit is required with every booking

To check availability or to make a booking enquiry, please see the booking page.

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Campsite SD 301,924