If you’re looking for a holiday park in the Lakes boasting stunning views, exceptional accommodation, friendly staff and a genuine “getting away from it all” feel, then Limefitt is for you.
Nestled in the beautiful Troutbeck Valley, it’s one of three sites in the Lake District which were owned by South Lakeland Parks (now owned by Park Resorts) – and it’s my favourite.
There is an air of tranquillity emanating from Limefitt, a site which appeals to couples and families alike. Sure, you won’t find so many families here as in the company’s other two sites in the region – White Cross Bay and Fallbarrow – but, in my view, children don’t always need swimming pools, kids’ clubs, zip wires and amusement arcades to make their holiday; yes, it’s nice having something on site which is geared to little ones, and Limefitt has that, but it doesn’t have to become the most important aspect.
My son and daughter enjoy walking in the countryside and that’s where Limefitt scores highly because it’s surrounded by a host of fells crying out to be conquered. We undertook several walks during our stay, including nearby Wansfell. But when Hollie and Peter weren’t donning hiking boots, they found plenty to keep themselves occupied, such as enjoying the outdoor play area – and you won’t find a better setting. Wow, the backdrop is stunning.
A track, running alongside the play area, leads to a riding school, where kids can enjoy pony rides. With direct access onto the tracks and bridleways over the fells, the lion’s share of routes chosen involve no roads. A variety of fully-supervised treks, everything from half-hour to full-day, are offered – and don’t worry, all ages and levels of experience are catered for.
Limefitt Park offers other facilities, including a small shop, games room, launderette and the Haybarn Inn, which provides pub grub every day. There is free wi-fi (with a strong signal) across the site, too, so you can catch up with your emails while you’re away.
Hiring a lodge or caravan at Limefitt entitles you to free use of leisure facilities at the sister site, White Cross Bay, situated on the banks of Lake Windermere. Among the facilities on offer are a large indoor-heated swimming pool and adjoining gym and sauna.
Back at Limefitt, there are around 160 units, the majority lodges. Most are privately owned but sub-let via South Lakeland Parks. We stayed in the impressive Kirkstone 5, a two-bedroom superior lodge; its elevated location, close to the Haybarn Inn, afforded us spectacular views along the Troutbeck valley.
The well-equipped, spacious lodge had full central heating, a kitchen containing everything you’d ever need, nice sized bedrooms and a large lounge with French doors opening onto a patio area and decking. Table and chairs are provided and we enjoyed eating many meals outside, despite the weather being unseasonably cold at times. Vehicles can be parked alongside your lodge, although for Kirkstone 5, the car space is just a few yards away.
Despite sitting amid lush Cumbrian countryside where the silence is often only broken by birdsong or children’s laughter, the site is just minutes from the hustle and bustle of Windermere, Bowness-on-Windermere or nearby Ambleside.
In fact, location is among Limefitt’s many selling points. For me, this park is all about beguiling landscapes, well-maintained lodges and the sheer peace and quiet of its rural setting. Make sure you check it out!
Limefitt Holiday Park
Cumbria LA23 1PA
t: 0330 123 4788