Damson View Glamping

UK England North West England Cumbria Bowness on Windermere

  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Adults only
  • Adults Only
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Self-contained glamping pods in the Lake District's beautiful Lyth Valley

The Lake District is undoubtedly one of the best places for a holiday in the UK. Its appeal has many faces ranging from the wild camping and mountain-scaling opportunities of the high fells to the genteel scone-eating ones of high-end hotels. Somewhere in between the two is the experience offered at Damson View; a glamping site with five self-contained pods in the Lyth Valley. It’s outdoorsy but comfortable, tucked away but surprisingly easy to get to.

The Lyth Valley lies between Kendal and Windermere, between the town that’s touted as ‘the gateway to The Lakes’ and the place most people want to go. And yet it’s not a busy spot: all rolling hills, sheep-scattered fields and fruit trees. In April, it’s full of blossom and by September damsons are falling from the trees. Some of them in Crosthwaite, a traditional place with a pretty church, a local inn that once doubled as a blacksmiths and a village school. In days gone by, you might have seen the local farmer’s children here selling damsons from their orchard up the lane. Those kids have long since grown up and instead of sharing fruit, they’re now offering their Damson View.

The orchard may be old but the trees here are young, having been planted recently to rejuvenate the place. The other new arrivals are the glamping pods; little timber cabins which are perfect for two. They offer everything you’d expect from a self-catering cottage in miniature: a made-up kingsize bed, a bathroom with towels and toiletries, a kitchenette, sofa, dining table and TV. Outside there’s seating, a fire pit and views of the village and the hills beyond. It’s these limestone uplands, Cartmel and Whitbarrow Scar, which help shelter the valley and give it a mild and sunny microclimate. It’s right for growing juicy fruit and great for glampers too as the west-facing huts are bathed in sun (when it shines) until it dips below the hills.

With such a view and a location in England’s biggest national park, it’s no surprise that the walking, cycling and outdoor activity is world class. And it starts right on site with the family farm’s private fell rising up behind the pods. Climb it to see the cairn created by village kids and views that stretch all the way to Blackpool Tower (on a clear day). Head up nearby Gummer’s How for views of Windermere or make your way to the shores of the lake for a cruise. The Lyth Valley and Damson View pods present one of the Lake District’s tamer faces but whether you’re here to explore the local surrounds or will adventure further afield, they work well as a base. They’re luxurious for people who usually camp, a breath of great-value fresh air for those who are used to self-catering cottages and for glampers? You might say they're the pick of the bunch.



Each self-contained pod sleeps two with a made-up king-size bed. The en-suite bathroom has a large walk-in shower, heated towel rail, toilet and basin with towels and toiletries provided. There is a compact kitchen with a sink, fridge, microwave grill, ceramic hob, kettle, toaster, cutlery and utensils. There is a sofa and a dining table and chairs and all pods have heating, electricity, a smart TV, WiFi and outside seating with a fire pit/BBQ. Wood and charcoal are available to buy on site. Shared facilities include a drying room, bike storage and a workshop which you can use for bike repairs.

Suitable For

Pods are best suited for couples, looking for a quiet relaxing getaway in the Lakes. There is one dog-friendly pod called Fellside where one well behaved dog is most welcome.


It's the Lake District National Park so walkers, cyclists, climbers, wild swimmers, kayakers and sailors are spoilt for choice. A recommended local walk starts a five-minute drive from Damson View up Gummer's How, which offers a spectacular view over Lake Windermere and across to Coniston Fells. Ask on site for more recommendations. It's only a 15-minute drive to the tourist attractions of Bowness (six miles away) and Lake Windermere. Perhaps hop aboard a steam boat with Windermere Lake Cruises at Bowness and cruise round to Ambleside. Back on dry land, Grasmere is a little further (15 miles) but definitely worth a visit, with more fabulous walks like Helm Crag, Loughrigg and Rydal Water (to name just a few), as well as Sarah Nelson's Gingerbread Shop. If you prefer something a bit less energetic then you could visit Levens Hall (01539 560321) which has fantastic gardens and topiary, Sizergh Castle (01539 560951) or Blackwell Arts & Crafts House (01539 446139) which are all within 10 miles of site. For nostalgia lovers, we would recommend catching the steam train at Lakeside & Haverthwaite, which can be combined with a lake cruise.

Food & Drink

The recommended Punch Bowl Inn (015395 68237), which serves food and great local ales is just a short stroll from the glamping pods. A little further away but also within walking distance are The Black Labrador (015395 68234) in Underbarrow, The Masons Arms (015395 68486) in Cartmel Fell and The Brown Horse Inn (015394 43443) in Winster (all around three miles from site).



Why book with Glampingly?

  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Trusted for over 10 years
  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

The Owner Says

Damson View Glamping is located in a lovely quiet picturesque village called Crosthwaite, a 15 minute drive from Bowness and Lake Windermere.  Relax and unwind in one of our five luxury ensuite glamping pods whilst admiring the stunning views over Crosthwaite, Cartmel Fell and Whitbarrow Scar from your own private patio.

All our spacious luxury pods have a king-size bed (under bed storage) & comfy sofa - sleep 2 (all bedding and towels included).  The ensuite bathroom has a large walk-in shower, heated towel rail, toilet & basin.  The compact kitchen has a sink, fridge, microwave grill, ceramic hob, kettle, toaster, cutlery and utensils.  Dining table and chairs.   All the pods have heating, electric, smart TV, wifi and outside seating.  Firepit/bbq (wood and charcoal available to buy on site).

We have a drying room on site, perfect for drying all your walking gear and hiking boots.  We also have lots of space for bike storage and a workshop which you can use for bike repairs.

Coming soon - so excited to say we will have B4RN rural hyper fast broadband this summer. 1000 mbps – yes it’s super fast. In the meantime, we have BT broadband available.

Complimentary small loaf available on request  (tea, coffee, sugar, milk complimentary).


5 glamping pods.


Pod Sleeps 2
Sleeps 2 (the only dog friendly pod), one well behaved dog allowed


Pod Sleeps 2
Sleeps 2


Pod Sleeps 2
Sleeps 2 people (option of twin)


Pod Sleeps 2
Sleeps 2


Pod Sleeps 2
Sleeps 2

Check Availability


Show Map

Getting There

From the M6, take junction 36 towards Kendal (A590). Then, at the roundabout take the first exit off towards Barrow. After two-and-a-half miles turn right onto the A5074. After a further three-and-a-half miles, take the first right after the Lyth Valley Hotel. At the top of the lane turn left and follow road, when you see the village school on your left, the site is directly opposite the school up a long lane. If using Satnav, please note the site is up the lane directly opposite the village school, some Satnavs take you up the wrong lane.

The nearest train station is Oxenholme, where you would need to catch a taxi or you could hire a car from Kendal.  A car is recommended as we have no public transport in the village.


Add Your Review

Be the first to leave a review!

Why book with Glampingly?

  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Trusted for over 10 years
  • A chance to win prizes in our regular competitions

Related Guides

See Glamping in Bowness on Windermere

See Lake District Glamping