Shap Fell Bothy, Cumbria. A unique adventure!!!


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A beautifully unique building in the eastern Lake District. This experience is best described as indoor camping, an adventure! Facilities are basic, but our reviews will tell you how much people have enjoyed it. The bothy is off-grid and has two floors - downstairs a cosy living area with woodburner and cooking facilities; upstairs a sleeping area with view of the night sky. Dogs welcome. Sleeps max 8 persons. Price based on 4 sharing. Want to go wild? Be our guest!

Shap Fell Bothy is an iconic and unique building located on Shap Fell, Cumbria, by the A6 road at 1390 ft above sea level. 10 minutes from Junction 39 of the M6 motorway, and 20 minutes from Kendal.

The Bothy has been converted to a camping barn from an old telephone repeater station. It is surrounded by moorland and there are no houses or neighbours for miles around. The nearest village with shops is Shap, about 7 miles away. Situated on the main route from John O' Groats to Land's End, the Bothy is suitable for long distance walkers and cyclists, also mountain bikers, ramblers, bird watchers, astronomers, weekend retreats, music practice, or simply for a unique overnight stay. The back gate opens onto public access land, and there are public footpaths and bridleways across the moorland within 100 yards. The Bothy has a roof-window and is an ideal place for star-gazing, as there is an exceptionally low and wide horizon, and low light pollution.

Please note: The landscape is bare high moorland, with no trees nearby, and there are power lines a few hundred yards away. The road can be busy in the mornings, but it quietens off by about 9.00 am, and it is exceptionally quiet at night.

The property is completely off-grid ie it is not connected to the electricity grid and has no running water. Lighting and low-usage power (eg for phone/laptop-charging) is supplied by wind and solar. Drinking water and water for washing etc are provided (water can be heated on the cooker or stove). There is a washroom in the building, and toilet facilities consist of a Portaloo chemical toilet cubicle outside.

Facilities are basic - best described as indoor camping. The accommodation downstairs consists of a main living room with wood-burning stove, tables and chairs; a kitchenette with caravan-type gas cooker (two rings and a grill); a washroom with small sink; and a hallway with coat hooks and space for boots.

Upstairs is a lovely sleeping/lounging area, fully covered with large thick rugs, with roof windows, ambient lighting and low comfortable seating. Heating is provided by a gas heater.

Sleeping arrangements:
The Bothy accommodates up to 8 people. In the upstairs there are 4 futon mattresses for the first 4 people to sleep on; additional guests can make use of the upstairs seating cushions or bring their own lilos, carrymats etc.

Car parking:
Ample car parking is provided 100 yards away in large lay-bys. There is a loading/unloading area off the road in front of the Bothy.

* The basic price is for up to 4 people. Extra guests charged at £10 per person per night
* Cleaning charge is £5 per stay, payable at time of booking.

***Please note: We DO NOT allow parties.
Leave it as you found it is the Bothy motto!
****It is a house rule that you keep the area outside of the bothy clear of rubbish (including picking up all cigarette butts) at all times and dog owners are MUST clean up after their dogs. It is also a house rule that you respect the bothy space inside. NO parties. We have a very minimal cleaning charge as guests are required to clean up after themselves fully indoors and outdoors before departure and leave the Bothy as they found it. Please take all your rubbish and recycling away with you. Extra charges at £35 per hour cleaning apply if there is additional mess left.***

The following are provided for you and included in your booking charge:
* Electric lighting and mains sockets for low-level use eg phone/laptop charging
* Gas cooker – 2 rings and a grill (gas supplied)
* 10L drinking water per day, and large canisters of water for washing, washing-up etc. (Up to three days supply of water is provided)
* Toilet paper
* Futon mattresses for 4 people (but up to 8 people are welcome)

*****We are currently NOT providing the Crockery, cutlery and cooking equipment including kettle OR Tea towel and hand towel due to Covid-19 restrictions. If you plan to cook please bring everything you need with you.*****


* Your booking charge per night includes 1 bag of dry, locally sourced wood (ample for most people’s requirements in an evening), sufficient kindling & firelighters, use of upstairs gas fire.

* Bedding hire - TEMPORARILY UNAVAILABLE DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS. (sheet, duvet & duvet cover, pillow & pillowcase, blanket, hand towel) per stay is £15 for up to 2 people, and £5 each for additional guests (up to maximum of 4). Currently we do not have the facilities to provide bedding for more than 4 guests. The bedding charge is payable after booking but the hire must be arranged and paid for before your stay


* Bedding including pillows and blankets (hiring is unavailable at the moment due to COVID-19.)
* Towels & tea towel
* If you intend to cook, all crockery, cutlery, kitchen utensils including pans and sharp knives.
* Soap and toiletries
* Torch – it can be very dark outside when there isn't much of a moon!
* Matches
* We recommend warm clothes, waterproofs, good shoes/boots

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Shap, England, United Kingdom

Shap Fell Bothy is located just inside the Lake District National Park, on Birkbeck Common, much of which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest because of species diversity and rare upland habitat. The Common is home to one of the few remaining feral herds of Fell Ponies. The only near neighbours are the birds and the sheep.

Shap village is 10 minutes away by car. There are shops, the famous Shap Chippy, heated outdoor swimming pool, pubs and bars.

The Bothy is located on the main route from John O' Groats to Land's End, and in summer there are often walkers, runners, cyclists, motorbikers, vintage cars and even a unicycle making this epic journey.

The Bothy is mentioned briefly in Wainwright's 'Guide to the Eastern Fells' which is essential reading for walkers.

There is a remote weather station about 300 yards south of the Bothy, which can be viewed online. The station gives readings for rainfall, wind speed, visibility, humidity and temperature, and has a webcam which takes a picture every 20 minutes. The station can be viewed on the Cumbria County Council website - just search online for 'Shap A6 weather station'.

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Hello I’m Marianne. Thank you for looking at the listing for Shap Fell Bothy. I live in one of the Lake District towns near to the Bothy and love spending time up there whenever possible - for me, its the perfect get away in one of the most amazing parts of the world. My work & hobbies include: walking, running, reading, camping, cycling, canoeing, ceramics, drawing & travelling. As well as hosting Shap Fell Bothy, I teach ceramics and work for the Lakes International Comic Arts Festival in Kendal ...and I love dogs! As the host of Shap Fell Bothy, I am here to help in any way I can. I adore this unique, wild, special little place and I am sure you'll love it as much as I do! If you have any questions please let me know.
Hello I’m Marianne. Thank you for looking at the listing for Shap Fell Bothy. I live in one of the Lake District towns near to the Bothy and love spending time up there whenever po…

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For a flexible and easy check-in process, Shap Fell Bothy has a secure key-safe, so we will not be there to greet you when you first arrive. However, we live locally and can be contacted by phone, text or email any time leading up to and during your stay.
For a flexible and easy check-in process, Shap Fell Bothy has a secure key-safe, so we will not be there to greet you when you first arrive. However, we live locally and can be con…

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