Cheers for Cumbria holiday park’s two chains of honour

Named as the 2020 washroom team of the year, Robert and Debbie King (left and centre) proudly display their awards outside the amenity building with (from left) Park Foot’s Fiona Bell, Barbara Allen and Malcolm Bell

PARK FOOT Caravan and Camping Park near Penrith is flushed with pride after its washrooms were named as top diamond winners in the latest Loo of the Year awards.

The prestigious accolade was made to the family-run business after the shower and toilet facilities provided for guests were “mystery shopped” by inspectors.

But the diamond designation wasn’t the only honour which Park Foot came away with from this year’s Loo of the Year Awards.

The park’s cleaners were also named as winners of the “washroom team of the year” award for ensuring that Park Foot is one of the best places to “go” in Cumbria.

News of the accolades, said park director Fiona Bell, came as a “fantastic surprise”:

There is direct access for guests to glorious Ullswater from the grounds of the park

“Touring visitors at Park Foot often make mention of our facilities in the reviews they leave online, praising their spotless condition and well-designed layout,” she said.

“Many of our guests are family groups, enjoying Park Foot as a base for exploring the Lake District, so high standards are obviously very important to them.

“Maintaining the facilities in tip-top condition is down to our hard working and loyal staff team, so it’s wonderful that they are sharing the limelight!” added Fiona.

Park Foot’s amenity building, which includes showers and bathrooms, was built last year from local stone, and is kept warm with underfloor heating from the park’s biomass boiler.

However, its sparkling loo award is being celebrated alongside another new accolade

That’s because Park Foot has also received a prestigious gold award from the British Holiday & Home Parks Association for its enterprise and loyalty.

The association is marking its 70th anniversary this year, and is paying tribute its longest-serving members who have helped popularise outdoor holidays in Britain.

The park-owning Allen family first joined BH&HPA 55 years ago, five years after they had started welcoming guests to their farm on the shores of Ullswater.

BH&HPA said the gold award acknowledged both the park’s longstanding support of industry’s trade body, and its championing of high quality standards.

Today Park Foot has over 500 touring pitches and holiday caravans, and is run by Fiona Bell and Barbara Allen, daughters of founder Jimmy Allen, along with Fiona’s husband Malcolm.

There is more information about Park Foot on its website at

Park guests can also opt to stay in one of the five newly refurbished Woodside houses which provide two or three bedrooms, all en-suite

Park Foot’s newly renovated and renamed TJ’s Bar and Restaurant (top) celebrates the achievements of the park’s founder Thomas James Allen, father of Fiona Bell and Barbara Allen. It was Thomas who first started welcoming guests onto the family’s farm 65 years ago, and who built the bar and restaurant in 1983. Aged 89, Thomas (above, viewing the park from Ullswater) still plays an active role in the running of the business.