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Turner Hall Farm, Seathwaite, Broughton-in-Furness, Cumbria
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Turner Hall Farm, Seathwaite, Broughton-in-Furness, CumbriaIf you're looking for a truly remote wilderness camping experience, pitch up at Turner Hall Farm in the Lake District's lesser-visited Duddon Valley. The most spectacular way to arrive is over the Wrynose Pass, a tortuous zigzag of a road making for an exhilarating journey that matches some of the best Lake District walks, view for view. Even if you take the longer, winding road via Broughton Mills you have to stop to open and close gates, an action loaded with the symbolism ot leaving civilisation behind.

Turner Hall Farm is tucked into the folds of the fells between the mountains of Scafell Pike to the north-west, and the Old Man of Coniston to the south-east. It's a basic campsite set up for walkers and climbers, the attraction being its location and outlook rather than the facilities. But the surrounding fells provide an unforgettable backdrop that makes for a fine, inspiring vista.It's a raw, boulder-strewn, long-grassed site, with private corners for sheltered pitching in among the crags and drystone walls. Weathered and worn, beaten and torn, the site merges seamlessly into the rugged landscape. It's all pretty low-key for a campsite: just turn up, pitch your tent, and someone will be round to collect your money in the morning, or if you're an early-bird-type walker, just drop by the house.

Turner Hall Farm may be as off the beaten track as you can get, but thankfully you don't need a 4x4 to get there. Just remember to close the gates behind you as you leave civilisation.

COOL FACTOR A glorious wilderness among rocky crags and famous fells.

WHO'S IN? Tents, campervans, dogs, groups - yes. Caravans - no.

ON SITE Modern, clean facilities - separate toilet blocks and hot water for showers (£1 for 4 minutes) and washing-up: filtered drinking water. A post office and general store (01229 716255) with its own small gallery can be found 3 miles away in Ulpha. The campsite owner recommends you bring midge repellent, sunscreen, and waterproofs - it's not unusual to need all three in one trip. No campfires.

OFF SITE We suggest you grab some car-free time while you can and just walk, walk, walk. Do make sure you come with all your supplies. If four legs are more your style, go horse riding at Murthwaite Green Trekking Centre (01229 770876; www.murthwaitegreen.co.uk) in Silecroft. Muncaster Castle (01229 717614) near Ravenglass is allegedly one of Britain's most haunted castles.

FOOD AND DRINK Broughton-in-Furness has a butcher's and greengrocer's, both of which stock local and organic foods.The Newfield Inn (01229 716208; www.newfieldinn. co.uk), 10 minutes' walk down the road in Seathwaite, has real ale, a real fire, and real hearty food. It's open all day, so if the weather turns treacherous, you can hole up here.

GETTING THERE From Great Langdale continue over the high-gradient Wrynose Pass, following signs for Seathwaite. Turner Hall Farm is signposted on the left. The alternative route is via Broughton Mills from the A593. Continue through Seathwaite, and you'll see the campsite signposted on your right.

OPEN April-October.

THE DAMAGE Adult £5 per night; child £2; car £1; dog £1.



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