Cumbria family celebrates as their park goes platinum

Park Foot founder Jimmy Allen (centre) with family members as Park Foot gets set to celebrate 70 years

SEVENTY YEARS spent welcoming visito 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 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 tor 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.

Touring guests can wake up each morning on the shores of Ullswater

“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 drive down our carbon footprint.

“We also have a firm buy-local policy when it comes tone 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 motouring caravans, all featuring extra spacing with electricity and water connections.

But whilst the park continues 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