Cumbria family celebrates as their park goes platinum
SEVENTY YEARS spent welcoming visitors to the Lake District are being marked this summer by family and staff at Park Foot Caravan and Camping Park near Penrith.
And at the centre of the celebrations is former farmer Jimmy Allen, now 89, who first opened his land to campers in 1951 – and still plays an active role in the business today.
The family say they are planning to make this a truly memorable year by opening new guest facilities on the park, located near Pooley Bridge on the shores of Ullswater.
With over 500 touring pitches and holiday caravans plus a popular bar and restaurant, Park Foot has very much moved with the times said director Fiona Bell.
Fiona and her sister Barbara Allen are the daughters of founder Jimmy Allen, and run the business along with Fiona’s husband Malcolm.
“We’re very proud that our family helped to popularise fresh air holidays in the Lake District, and make them accessible and affordable for so many people,” said Fiona.
“Because of our farming background, we have always been conscious of the importance of trying to protect this beautiful but fragile landscape.
“That’s why we do everything possible to run our business along sustainable lines, for instance by installing a biomass boiler and solar panels to drive down our carbon footprint.
“We also have a firm buy-local policy when it comes to goods and services, and always try to use Cumbria quarried stone for projects such as our new amenity building.
“The lockdowns of the past year have hit many Lake District businesses very hard, but since re-opening we have seen bookings soar and it will be a very busy summer for us.
“Luckily, we have a very loyal and hard working team at Park Foot who will help ensure that guests enjoy the type of holidays they need and deserve.
“Many of our guest comments pay tribute to our warm and friendly atmosphere, and it’s our staff who deserve the lion’s share of the credit for providing this,” added Fiona.
She said that Park Foot is currently pressing ahead with a new development of ten luxury holiday lodges which will be sited on the edge of Ullswater and available to buy.
Also opening this year will be additional new “super-pitches” for motorhomes and touring caravans, all featuring extra spacing with electricity and water connections.
But whilst the park continues to evolve, Fiona says that its greatest strength remains being able to offer a traditional good-value Lakeland holiday:
“It’s wonderful to be welcoming second and third generations of families who regularly visit Park Foot, and we’re all so proud of what we stand for,” she said.
There is more information about Park Foot on its website at www.parkfootullswater.co.uk