Blakebeck Farm Camping Barn was one of the first Camping Barns converted by the YHA for use by Walkers and Cyclists in the Lake District.
Directly on the C2C Cycle Route halfway between Keswick and Penrith the camping barn is set amongst panoramic views in every direction. The Cumbrian Way passes close by and there are many Lake District Peaks including Helvellyn, Blencathra and Skiddaw within easy reach. Blakebeck Camping Barn is used by Duke of Edinburgh's Award ( D of E ) groups who are now able to use simple camping barn accommodation as an alternative to camping. The Barn is ideal as an overnight for cyclists and weekend breaks for walkers and families.
The camping barn has three main room. There is an upstairs barn room with wooden floor, stone walls, bunkbeds for 10 people and a large farmhouse table with chairs. Next to this room is a kitchen with sink, ceramic hob, microwave, fridge, toaster and a smaller table.There is a downstairs room which can be used for recreation and is also ideal for bike storage. It contains a drying rack heated by a radiator connected to the farmhouse central heating. Coming off the downstairs room are two modern shower rooms each with a toilet and wash hand basin. Plentiful hot showers are available with a £1 coin meter. Heating is available in the other rooms on request by the hire of electric oil filled radiators. Cooking and eating utensils, tea towels and washing up liquid are all provided. Bring your own sleeping bags.
One well behaved dog is welcome when a group has sole use of the camping barn. The barn is in close proximity to the farm house on this peaceful farm, so is not suitable for partying groups.
Blakebeck Camping Barn is no longer a YHA Camping Barn. It is now a member of the Lakeland Barn group and a member of Independent Hostels UK, the largest network of independently run hostels, bunkhouses and camping barns in England, Wales and Scotland.