Most overnight adventures we do involve wild camping or at least a night on a campsite. As the New Year literally blew our Fairfield Horseshoe plans away we decided to attempt it this time on a day trip and stay at a campsite rather than drag all the kit with us. While looking for a campsite near Rydal and Ambleside google pointed us in the direction of Rydal Hall. The Eco Pods looked like a little bit of camping luxury and were a reasonable price of £80 for the two nights.
We arrived in the darkness and the Eco Pods are situated at the back of the grounds of Rydal Hall so head torches are necessary to find your way up to them from the road. Being tucked out of the way they offered quiet away from the main campsite and therefore an opportunity for a good sleep after a day in the mountains.
The Eco Pods are warm and have plenty of room. We cooked our meals and made coffee (with the doors open for ventilation) inside and enjoyed a bottle of wine on the first night we were there. Each pod has a picnic bench on outside which on the warmer evenings in the year would offer the opportunity to relax in the surroundings after a long day in the mountains. Unfortunately it was still dark and cold after our day out!
The grounds of Rydal Hall are very pretty. The Eco Pods are set by woodlands on the path to Ambleside and you are free to wander around the gardens. The facilities for the Eco Pods are a little walk away (it feels a lot longer in the middle of the night when you’re on your own) and you will need a head torch at night. The showers are hot! This is a huge bonus at the end of a long day. There are also very clean, as are the toilets. There isn’t really anything to fault Rydal Hall with as it offers such lovely facilities in equally pretty surroundings. And the location is perfect for exploring such a stunning part of the Lake District. I would definitely stay there again, and perhaps in the summer months to enjoy the grounds properly.