Instead of having all the hastle of pitching a tent we decided to give a camping pod a go so we booked one night at Castlerigg Hall in Keswick, it was great fun.
We had decided to stay on a Friday night at the start of October, the weather was wet and really windy, but that didn't matter as the Camping Pod was so cosy and warm. The plan had been to walk with the dog into Keswick and get a pub meal. Keswick is really good if you have a dog as some of the pubs and most of the shops let you take your dog in. But as it was such a wild night we drove in and quickly grabbed something to eat.
Castlerigg has a good view over Keswick and Derwentwater and the site has its own restaurant, which looked really nice. The facilities are really good and it's only a short walk into Keswick.
The Pod was brilliant, you need to take all your camping gear, apart from the tent. Normally we would have sleeping bags, but we decided to take the duvet. The pod has enough space for a double airbed, and to store your things. There is also a nice little heater, lights, a small balcony and much more headroom (we only have a small tent usually).
I would stay in one again anytime, even in winter. They are so well insulated that I imagine opening the doors on a cool crisp winter's morning would be just magical.