Wanderlusts – Cumbria
Gypsy caravan for 2 from £180 per night
1 gypsy caravan for 4 with pull-out double and two sleeping mats for adults or children.
Suitable for children of all ages
Not suitable for pets
Extra adults or children are welcome at a supplement of £25 per person per night. We’re sorry, due to the nature of the trip Wanderlusts isn't suitable for pets.
Life on the road
Slow travel has never been slower! Relax into the gentle rumble of life on the road....
Mat, your guide, knows the landscape like the back of his hand and can regale you with folklore and natural wisdom aplenty. He loves the outdoor life, and spends most of it outside on his trusty horse, Outlaw.
You'll meet Mat in the village of Kings Meaburn, park up, and climb on board the horse-drawn wagon that will take you through the lanes to one of the beautiful camps. You'll be staying in either a former farmers' quarry, source of the drystone walls that thread through the landscape, or a riverside spot perfect for paddling and a short walk from the pub. Settle into the authentic bowtop wagon, cook on the campfire and tuck yourselves in for a great night's sleep. You have the whole day to explore as the wagon travels every other day. Stay more than two nights and you'll visit more than one camp, or Mat will meet you on your final morning, lead you back to your starting point and set you on your way home.
This is a relaxing, but a gently active break: your legs will lighten the load for the horses by carrying you up the steeper hills, while collecting and carrying water, lighting the campfire, bringing or buying your own food and cooking in the open air are all essential parts of the experience.
The potential sites for overnight stops
Little Salkeld Watermill Draw up between the brook and the mill race at a working watermill with organic bakery, café and deli. Breadmaking courses and milk from the goats on offer. Breakfast here is recommended.
The Bee Keeper's Quarry 2 miles outside Penrith, this disused farmers' quarry has been used by a beekeeper to house hives after being a traditional Romany camping spot. A wooded, secluded spot with lively bird life...
Ravensbridge An old mill converted sympathetically into a beautiful eco-home. Try out the wood-fired sauna before jumping straight in for a dip in the lake.
Hawthorn Hollow A typical travellers camp and old farmers quarry, where they would have quarried the stone by hand to build the dry stone walls that continue to surround the fields today. Feel sheltered by the quarry walls and naturally regenerated hawthorn trees or brave paddling in the stream that meanders through the field.
Beckside Camp Right on the shore of the river Lyvennet and only a large field away from the village of Crosby Ravensworth and the pub.
There's lots to take in about Wanderlusts, so consult 'Essentials' over on the right, for the important stuff. Submit an enquiry using the calendar and we will be in touch to answer any questions you may have, and to confirm your booking.
Whether you're searching for a romantic break or a family adventure your kids will never forget, Wanderlusts is perfect. Read about Tom's adventure here.