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.
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.
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
- 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.