On the edge of the moor, right beside the old A6.
Shap Fell Bothy - cosy Lake District camping barn.
Hosted by Jet
Jet is the host.
8 guests
4 beds
8 guests
4 beds
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Shap Fell Bothy is beside the A6 in the eastern Lake District.
Two floors, with small kitchenette and washroom, woodburner and optional gas heating. Toilet facilities are Portaloo.
Bedding and linen can be hired in advance. And WiFi is available on request at extra cost. Dogs welcome but must not be left unaccompanied in the property at any time during your stay and owners will take responsibility for any damage caused if any. Sleeps max 8 persons.

The space

Shap Fell Bothy is an iconic building located at 1390 feet above sea level, yet near the A6 main arterial road, 10 minutes from Junction 39 of the M6 motorway, and 10 minutes from Kendal, gateway to the Lakes. DO NOT USE A POSTCODE for navigating - it will take you miles away.

Built of brick with a slate roof, the Bothy has been converted to a camping barn from a disused telephone exchange. Surrounded by moorland, there are no houses or neighbours for miles around. The nearest village with shops is Shap about 7 miles away. The Bothy is on the main route from John o' Groats to Land's End, so is suitable for long distance walkers and cyclists, also mountain bikers, ramblers, bird watchers, astronomers, weekend retreats, music practice and events, or simply for a low-cost overnight stay. The back gate opens onto public access land, and there are public footpaths and bridleways across the moorland within 100 yards.

Facilities are limited and basic. Best described as indoor camping.
Bed linen can be provided if booked in advance. Crockery and cutlery for 4 people is provided. Toilets facilities are a Portaloo chemical toilet outside. There is no mains water, but drinking water and water for amenities is provided. There are rainwater butts outside but these should not be used for drinking water.

Guest access

The Bothy comprises two main rooms. The ground floor has woodburner, tables and chairs for 8.
There are small separate rooms used as a washroom and kitchenette, and a hallway with coat hooks and space for boots. The upper floor is carpeted. There is space to sleep a maximum of 8. The basic hire rate is for 4 guests. and includes 4 futon mattresses. Extra guests are charged at £8 per person per night. Firewood for approx 4 hours is provided in the basic charge, extra firewood by arrangement. Ample car parking is provided 100 yards away on the summit.

Interaction with guests

Guests will be met on arrival, and the following EXTRA services can be provided by arrangement in advance, payable on arrival.

Bedding - £15.00 for first night includes laundry charge. £2.00 per person per night thereafter.
Extra firewood. £5.00 per bag.
WiFi is charged at £4.00 per Gb.

Other things to note

The weather on the top of Shap Fell can be severe, so guests should come prepared. If you plan to walk on the moorland strong shoes, waterproof clothing and basic map-reading skills are essential.

The main A6 route is occasionally closed by snow in winter, but is normally opened up by snowploughs within 24 hours. In summer the weather can be glorious, with panoramic views around a huge horizon.

The Bothy is beside the old A6 trunk road, which now serves local traffic only. It can be busy in the mornings, but is very very quiet at night.
Check in time is ideally between 5pm and 7pm

Pets Allowed
Family/Kid Friendly
Wireless Internet

Sleeping arrangements
Common spaces
4 single beds, 4 floor mattresses

House Rules
Check in time is 5PM - 7PM
Check out by 11AM
Self check-in with lockbox

- Facilities are basic, and suitable for campers, with small separate kitchen, separate washing area, outside toilet.
- In order to keep our prices very low, we provide four futon mattresses and six foam camping mats, but bed linen and blankets are not provided unless arranged in advance. Guests should bring their own bedding (sleeping bags, pillows, linen, additional camping mattresses etc.) or to arrange in advance for bed linen, blankets and towels to be provided. (Extra charge, paid on arrival. )
- There is no mains water supply to the bothy, but drinking water and water for amenities is provided.
- There is a wood-burning stove in the main room. Guests may bring their own wood, or we can provide wood on request. (£5.00 per bag, approx 4 -5 hours burning, sourced from local Coppice Co-Op.)
- A range of extra services can be provided on request for a modest charge: catering and take-away meals, bed linen, groceries, barbecue, gas for extra heating, wood for outside fire pit, etc.
- Wi-Fi available. (Paid on arrival)
- Mains electricity is provided by solar panels and battery bank. This is sufficient for lighting, charging small devices and power for small appliances.
- Cooking is by a double gas ring.
- Car Parking 100 yards away.
- Dogs welcome.
- Nearest neighbour: 2 miles.
- Nearest shop: 6 miles
- Fixed price is for 4 people on on futon mattresses. Additional guests are charged at £8.00 per night per person, up to a maximum of 10 people. Additional guests are provided with a camping mats only so may wish to bring additional camping mattress or airbed for their comfort.
- Advisory: The Bothy is at 1390 feet, with access to 40,000 acres of Lake District moorland by stepping out of the back gate. If you plan to go walking from the Bothy, strong shoes and waterproofs are highly recommended. The moorland is boggy, so please take care and plan a route.
- The bothy is very isolated from other dwellings - although convenient for A6 highway. You will not disturb the neighbours ! Please take care on the highway, which can be busy in the mornings but is very quiet at night.


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Deborah User Profile
October 2017
First thing I must say is that Jet was a perfectly lovely host who did all she could to ensure a ‘safe passage’ – however there were a few problems. I have no issue with basic but there’s basic & there’s even more basic – I’m willing to rough it a bit even at my great age; however things if provided must work properly!! I tried several times to encourage the wood-burner to light & stay lit - it was too sodden. It looked as if rain had leaked in from outside as it was soaking wet all around the hearth – not just a case of the chimney/flue having got cold. After igniting the downstairs gas heater, I then tried to light the upstairs one to get some warmth up in the sleeping quarters but found there was no gas cylinder in it. It's probably more important to have the gas upstairs for warmth & I was going to swap the gas but could not get the downstairs cylinder out. Had I slept downstairs I might well have fallen off the bench, so I had get the dogs to snuggle up with me to get warm!! To crown it all, the wooden top above the two ring hob, fell down on my supper which was heating on the gas - the floor & the dogs were the only beneficiaries of that! I would suggest a retaining clip for future ref. The one thing I don’t believe was mentioned in the description was the constant noise overnight - at first I thought it was the wind as it was a pretty rough night, I realised it must be the endless hum from the close-by pylon. The location is potentially amazing( bar the weather being bad) but so much for peaceful - take sleeping pills & dogs to snuggle with to keep warm. Also a bucket & Bog-in-a-bag bags work very well to save going out to the Portaloo at night when the weather is foul. Not the most successful of stays overall for me but the dogs enjoyed it - I think. Jet - just ask the owner to upgrade a few bits, otherwise thank you. Deborah Barham Smith

Klinta User Profile
September 2017
Lovely host, beautiful location, cozy little bothy. Really enjoyed our stay

Natalie User Profile
September 2017
Loved your cosy bothy, felt like I was reliving my childhood- sleepover style! I was impressed at how comfy the foam beds were. Thanks

Lyanne User Profile
September 2017
Lovely stay here, cosy, amazing surroundings and saw the Milky Way!

Jimmy User Profile
September 2017
We really enjoyed our night in the Shap Bothy. Jet is a lovely host. She was very helpful and friendly and let us know everything we needed to know about the Bothy (including where to go for walks from the site). The Bothy itself is a hidden gem. We enjoyed having the wood burner on and the peace of the surroundings. The upstairs 'chill' area of the Bothy was great, too! Would happily stay again and would recommend anyone looking for a cosy night book!

Nicola User Profile
September 2017
Well, we fell in love with the bothy. It's a perfect get away spot for a couple like us or a larger group of people- we were surprised how spacious it was! We entertained ourselves with a pack of cards and frequent visits outside to watch the moon rise and look at the Milky Way. We had a comfortable night's sleep and woke up to stunning views. Jet was a really lovely host too. We'll definitely be back.

Paul User Profile
September 2017
The host canceled this reservation 47 days before arrival. This is an automated posting.

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Jet User Profile
I am Jet Hazelton and run the Shap Fell Bothy Camping Barn, located at 1400 feet in the Lake District, yet right beside the A6 highway. The Bothy provides space for up to 10 guests in simple accommodation. Guests on a budget can save costs by bringing their own bedding, or w…
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