This 17th Century Lakeland farmhouse has been restored by the National Trust using traditional materials to provide a superb camping barn. Wallabarrow provides a perfect base for walking to suit all ages, climbing on the crag with routes of varying difficulty, mountain biking, road-biking, canoeing, wildlife & bird watching.
The barn sleeps up to 10 and is available all year for individual bookings during most non-school holiday weekdays or sole-use bookings for 2-night weekends. Families with children under 5 should book sole-use and anyone under the age of 16 should be accompanied by a responsible adult. Sole-use discounts may be available for mid-week bookings for groups of 6 or less, outside the main holiday season. Additional accommodation is available for larger groups, Alternative or supplementary accommodation includes a Bunkhouse (from November 2016), and two 16' Yurts, each sleeping 4 (between Easter and October half-term). Please ask for further information. The Camping Barn is not suitable for particularly rowdy groups as it is close to our self-catering cottage and to our own family accommodation!
Entry to the barn is from 4pm, (sometimes earlier by arrangement only) and should be vacated by 11am on departure days. Large green tubs are provided for recycling, please wash out tins, bottles and plastic, papers are kept for the fire. If you have room, please do take recycling away with you -- it is much appreciated as we have no collection here. Dogs - welcome by arrangement, there is an additional charge for dogs of £1.50 per dog per night. The barn should be booked for sole use and dogs must be kept under control as this is a working farm and there are always chickens / sheep / children around and the farm dogs.
The ground floor consists of a large living area with woodburning stove, tables, pews and well-equipped kitchen with hot water. The kitchen has an electric cooker with four rings, toaster, kettle, fridge and plenty of crockery, cutlery, pots, pans and cooking utensils.
The first floor comprises a large communal sleeping area with a stack of 10 mattresses with mattress protectors on a clean new wooden floor. There are beautiful views towards Caw and Dow Crag.
The toilet is just outside the Barn and shower is in a nearby separate building. Our water is UV treated but is not on the mains so please use carefully during dry weather and there is £1 meter for a 6min shower.
There is a secluded 'garth' and picnic area in a newly planted orchard. You are encouraged to bring your own logs for the woodburner or you can buy them at cost-price of £15 per huge basket and kindling (should do two evenings).
Things to bring with you - Tea towels and dishcloths, some loo-roll and washing-up liquid, indoor shoes, torch, towels, sleeping bags and pillows, midge repellent for midgy evenings. The mattresses have protectors but not sheets.
Ecover washing-up liquid is preferred, as Wallabarrow is not on the mains waste system we try to keep our septic tank operating smoothly by not using strong detergents or non-biodegradable products.
There is sometimes farm produce available to buy, such as Galloway beef, Herdwick lamb and free range eggs. Please check availability in advance as it is seasonal.
The Newfield Inn is a delightful 15 minute walk through Wallabarrow Woods and is open from 11am every day serving cask ales and good food. If you are a large group and want to eat at the pub on a Friday or Saturday night it is worth booking a table in advance (01229 716208). They serve food until 9pm.
The Blacksmiths Arms at Broughton Mills (4 miles) is open set hours, the beer is good and the food excellent (01229 716824).
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Prices for 2016
The cost per person is £12.50 pppn (not weekends)
and sole use £125 per night. (no 1-night weekend stays)
Electricity use is recorded on a separate meter but there is no additional charge for normal usage.
Logs and kindling for the woodburner (for a w/e normal usage) are extra @ £15.00.
the bunkhouse is sometimes available (from November 2016). It is close to the barn,
sleeps up to four alpine style
on a single sleeping platform.
Basic cooking facilities, fridge and cold water supply.
There is an electricity meter which takes £1 coins.
The bunkhouse is generally used in conjunction with the barn
but may be available weekdays.
The cost is £10 pppn.
DIRECTIONS (Best not to rely on satnav....) Please car share where possible.
When you reach the traffic lights at Duddon Bridge turn right up the Duddon Valley signposted 'Ulpha'.
Continue for 4 miles to Ulpha past Church on the right and Post Office on the left, stay on this road for c. 2 miles until the road bends right over the River Duddon, turn left just before the bridge up a 'no through road' and continue to the end (c. 3/4 mile). Do not ask for directions from our neighbouring farmer (house sits up above lane on left hand side) you have been warned!
Providing you've brought provisions on the way (Booths supermarket at Ulverston; Tysons butchers and grocers in Broughton) you're ready to unwind!