Ever since I was young I have spent more of my weekend camping in the Yorkshire Dales than at home. I’m not even joking.
We would go straight from school on a Friday night and get the tent up and eat fish and chips in our camping chairs. I feel like I could say plenty on where to go, what to do and where to stay. Here is my guide to camping in the Yorkshire Dales National Park…
- Best Places For Camping In The Yorkshire Dales
- Pateley Bridge
- Bolton Abbey
- Quick Find Camping In The Yorkshire Dales Guide
- What To Pack For Camping In The Yorkshire Dales
- Top Tips For Camping In The Yorkshire Dales
- Quick Find Attractions In The Yorkshire Dales Guide
Best Places For Camping In The Yorkshire Dales
The Yorkshire Dales spans across such an area that there is so much of it to see and do. There are countless places to stay whether you are looking for traditional camping in a tent, caravan or motorhome. There are also plenty of places offering up glamping such as yurts, log cabins, lodges and specialised tents. No matter what you are looking for you will find it and with a spectacular view too.
Buckden Camping And Pods Heber Farm
Buckden camping site is located 9-minute drive from Kettlewell main village. Located near a smaller village of Buckden which offers up a couple of pubs, a shop and great walks. The campsite offers a wide variety of camping such as camping pods, tent pitches and camper van pitches. The site is well equipped with many facilities such as a launderette, children’s playground and electric hook up. There are also other bonuses such as local shop open every morning, local pubs and restaurants and dogs are welcome on site.
The facilities are based in the farmyard with pot washing, toilets and a power shower. The site also has a fridge and freezer available for use if you wish. Fires are not permitted in and around tents on the site but barbeques are allowed as long as they are raised up from the floor or bricks are used to raise up. The website offers up information on the nearest doctors, vet service, petrol station, cash machine and bus service.
Kettlewell Campsites offers up plots just for tents, trailer tents and small campervans. The site is in a great location just minutes from the main village of Kettlewell. You can reach the village by foot or car within minutes. Dogs are welcome as long as owners clean up after them and keep them on a lead at all times. They have recently updated their facilities building to be more modern. The building has new underfloor heating and heated water system to provide long hot showers for guests. There is a separate section of the building for washing pots, family/disabled shower room for those who need it.
The campsite also provides a communal fridge and freezer to keep perishables cool during your stay. If you require any help planning your walks in the Dales’ head to the office where they can point you in the right direction. There is a laundry service open from 9 am – 5 pm Monday to Thursday and 9 am – 2 pm Friday and weekends in peak season. The campsite does not permit ground fires but allows raised fire pits and you can also rent a fire pit and eco logs for sale. Barbeques must also be raised up and on stands, blocks can be provided for those who need them. This accommodation in Kettlewell is great for families in summer to get out and have an adventure.
Causeway Croft Caravan Park
Causeway Croft caravan park is open to touring Caravans, motorhomes and trailer tents. The campsite is found on Far Lane in the main part of the village. The campsite has showers and a toilet block for guests. As I haven’t stayed at this site and used the facilities I am unsure of what they are like. They do however allow dogs on site and electric is readily available.
I think overall the campsite is fairly new and basic so anyone wanting to have a few more amenities on site may want to book at one of the other two. I think the campsite may be catered to more hardcore hikers, walkers and bikers. Or sees that many in the caravans have their own kitchen with sink and shower room they don’t need to offer too much in terms of facilities.
Heathfield Caravan Park
Heathfield Caravan Park is an ideal location to pull up for camping in the Yorkshire Dales. It is closely located to Pateley Bridge which has plenty to offer. This site offers up hardstanding pitches for motorhomes and caravans with a side area for sitting out and enjoying the sunshine and scenery. There are also holidays homes and that you can rent or buy on site.
The facilities are up to date with a laundry room fully equipped with a washing machine, dryer and iron. There are washrooms and showers available. In the main reception, there is a library and information centre showing you the best places to eat and where to go. A real bonus to this site is the onsite shop to get the essentials you have forgotten or ran out of.
Wharfedale Caravan and Motorhome Club Site
Wharfedale caravan site opens its fields to touring campervans and motorhomes. Unfortunately, it does not have space for tents. The standings can be on grass or hardstanding, with electric and without electric. This has facilities such as a disabled shower room, dogs walk nearby, disabled facilities and baby changing facilities. This campsite also allows BBQ’s and offers up waste disposal for motorhomes.
Other things such as family washrooms, toilet block and laundry facilities are available. Grassington is 2.2 miles from the campsite and is 7 minutes drive.
Wood Nook Caravan Park
Woodnook Caravan park offers a range of possibilities for campers alike. They have space for touring caravans, seasonal caravans, motorhomes and tents, as well as our caravan holiday home for hire. Though they do not accept group camping or Duke Of Edinburgh. The site has an on-site information hut giving campers up to date information about the current events.
The campsite offers up toilets, showers, free WiFi, washing up facilities, children’s play area, and a laundry area. All tent pitches have the option for electric hook up and can have a tent as large as 7m by 7m. This for me personally is the better of the campsites near Grassington as it provides space for all types of campers at no extra distance from Grassington. Woodnook Caravan park is located 2.2 miles from Grassington and is an 8-minute drive.
Hawes Caravan Club Site
The campsite has recently been redeveloped in 2017 to update the facilities and pitches. The site only caters for motorhomes, caravans and campers for hardstanding pitches. There are 129 pitches with standard and serviced pitches on hardstanding pitches. The pitches include electric for each vehicle. The site is fully equipped for motorhomes, families and dogs. There are extra charges for additional cars, late arrivals etc.
The site has everything you would need for a lovely weekend away with the family. Also if you are passing through the area and looking to stay over for a night or two it is a great place to stay and see the sights. The nearby town of Hawes is known to be the highest town in the Yorkshire Dales. There is plenty to see and do around the area and will keep you busy for weeks. The site has full facilities and allows dogs on the site. Barbeques are also allowed onsite, double check when booking to make sure.
Bainbridge Ings Caravan & Campsite
Bainbridge Ings campsite is a lovely small family owned business near the market town of Hawes. Pitches are set around the edges of the wall to leave space in the centre for others to move around. The site accommodates both caravans/motorhomes and tents. The views from the campsite are spectacular and are worth the visit alone.
The facilities include a wash block with showers and toilets and laundry and drying services. The site is a 10-minute walk from Hawes town and 2 minutes in the car making this an ideal spot for camping in the Yorkshire Dales. The campsite also has pods for people looking to stay in something a little more luxurious if you like. The campsite is run by a couple and has great reviews of their lovely welcoming site and facilities.
Gordale Scar Campsite
The campsite is what I would call something more traditional in terms of camping. The area definitely attracts more adventurous crowds as many like the hikes and climbing on the coves. There is a shower and toilet block located in an old stone barn covered in ivy but is said to be very very basic. Some reviews have been 5 stars as it was just what they needed and others have stated it was dirty and unhygienic.
The campsite is in a stunning area and is a great place to stay for a night or two. There is beautiful scenery all around the campsite and is perfect for those who really want to experience the beauty of camping in the Yorkshire Dales. If you are looking for more of a comfortable and homely stay with more facilities available I would look to stay elsewhere.
Masons Caravan & Campsite
Though this I have not stayed at this particular site I have been and saw the lovely views. The site is located in Appletreewick between Pateley Bridge and Grassington. It is a popular route for bikers, cyclists and people who love a good view. The campsite is located on the banks of the river Wharfe. The site is open from the 1st April until October offering up glamping in yurts, safari tents or regular camping of your own tent/caravan.
The site has spaces for tents, caravans, motorhomes and campervans with electric hook up. The campsite is ideal for families as it has the river for paddling in and plenty of open space to play. There are no direct pitches so you can arrange your tents to be as close as you want to each other. There is a laundry service operated by coins, 24-hour shower and toilet block and wifi in the main courtyard.
Askrigg Camping site is in a different league to most of the other sites I have come across. This particular site is small but mighty, it is based on a real working farm. This means that booking in advance is important as they aren’t always open due to farming responsibilities. The campsite is quite back to basics as there is no mention of electric hookups on their site. They have an eco-toilet (composting) with washing up sink with fresh water.
The site does offer fantastic views of the countryside and a wonderful way of camping. Unfortunately, dogs are no longer allowed on the site. The campsite, however, does allow fire pits and barbeques with the condition of them being raised from the ground. The campsite is close to Bainbridge and within walking distance to Askrigg itself.
Street Head Caravan Park
The caravan park is located on a lovely secluded spot with fantastic views perfect for anyone wanting to escape daily stress or to explore more of the Yorkshire Dales. Based nearest to the town of Askrigg village for any supplies you may have forgotten. The site offers a range of accommodation styles depending on what you are looking for.
They have space for motorhomes, caravans and campers as well as space for family tents or solo travelling tents. This campsite is a great place for camping in the Yorkshire Dales as it accepts a wide range of campers. They also have holiday homes available for rent.
Facilities include a shower and toilet block that are regularly cleaned. There is a separate basin area for washing up pots and clothes. There is a coin operated washer, dryer and ironing station for guests to use. Electric is available for tents and motorhomes/caravans, well-behaved dogs are also welcome.
Cross Hall Farm Caravan Park
Though technically this campsite is in Cumbria it still comes under the umbrella of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This is a lovely spot to choose for camping in the Yorkshire Dales, especially if you have been to some of the others before. The campsite is a working farm alongside which is great to see as I love being around animals. The campsite offers lots of options for the different types of campers. Cross Hall Farm have space for motorhomes, campers and caravans as well as spaces for tents and statics to rent out.
Facilities include a toilet and shower block in each field for both tents and motorhomes along with separate sinks for washing up. Well behaved dogs are permitted on sight but asked to be kept on leads. Campfires and barbeques are also permitted with the instruction of please be careful and raise them off the grass. The campsite is open from 1st March to 31st October and statics are open from 1st March to 31st January.
High Laning Caravan & Camping Park
Another campsite which is technically based not in Yorkshire but still remains in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The caravan site is very welcoming with plenty of space for both motorhomes and caravans along with space for tents. They also offer up holiday cottages if you are looking for something a little more luxurious, especially in the winter months. They are open all year round and provide electric hook up, satellite television and broadband.
The facilities include 2 shower rooms, 2 toilets and a disabled shower room. There is a separate laundry room for guests to use. There is an on-site shop that sells meats, dairy products and small items you may have forgotten. Close by is the village of Dent which has plenty to offer anyone staying in the surrounding area.
Catgill Farm – Camping & Glamping
Catgill Farm is a great example of a campsite that has really gone above and beyond to make their site one to remember. The campsite is open to tents of all sizes, trailer tents and small campervans. They do not allow motorhomes or caravans as they are limited on space and do not have hard standing pitches. They have however just installed EUH electric hook up for those who wish to use it.
The facilities are great as they have a large shower block with toilets complete with disabled room/family room. There are separate basins to wash pots and also a kettle, microwave and 3 large fridge freezers for guests to store food. I love the idea that cars are only allowed on the field at arriving and departing to make it safer for children to play. Well behaved dogs are also allowed on site. The best part is that there is a small stream running through the site, perfect for paddling in the summer.
Bolton Abbey Estate Caravan and Motorhome Club Site
This campsite is part of the Bolton Abbey Estate and so is placed in a beautiful part of the country. A lovely spot to spend a night or two camping in the Yorkshire Dales. The campsite does only cater for motorhomes and caravans. All pitches are hardstanding with electric hook up. This site is part of the caravan and motorhome club site so if you are a member you get discounted rates. There is everything you will need here with shower and toilet facilities, laundry facilities and washing facilities.
There are great walks that start just minutes away from the campsite and is a popular place for both walkers/hikers and cyclists. The site is a 7-minute drive to Bolton Abbey where you will find plenty to do.
Breaks Fold Farm Campsite
Thought Break Fold Farm is classed as Harrogate and is nearer Blubberhouses it is a 14-minute drive to Bolton Abbey. The site offers a range of camping and luxury accommodation including static caravans and guest rooms. There are places for tents, motorhomes and caravans with electric hook up. This is another campsite that also doubles up as a traditional working farm which is great for children.
The campsite has recently updated the shower/toilet block to double in size having more space and better facilities. The farm is a working farm so always be careful with children and dogs are to be kept on a lead. There are many beautiful walks in the area perfect for exploring. This is a great site to stay at for camping in the Yorkshire Dales.
Ingleton village is not technically in the Yorkshire Dales National Park but is a great place for gorgeous scenery. Located not far from the town is a cluster of places for camping in the Yorkshire Dales along with plenty of walks, hikes and attractions.
Meadow Falls is a small family run campsite allowing tents, campervans, motorhomes and caravans. The campsite is located close to Ingleton and so close to Ingleton trails. The caravans, motorhomes and campervans are kept separate to the tent field. Each motorhome pitch has a hardstanding area with grass side for awning, electric hookup, water and grey waste. There is a separate field for tents and small campervans, only some of the pitches have electric.
Dogs are allowed on the site and are well provided for with a dog shower. There is a play area for children too which is a huge bonus. This is a great site to consider when look to go camping in the Yorkshire Dales as it has so much to offer a family. The site also has glamping pods for those who wish to have a more luxurious stay. There is a family laundry room and fire pits are available for hire.
Philpin Farm Campsite
Philpin Farm campsite is located east of Ingleton. Many campers use this site as a base for walking the Yorkshire three peaks. The site is only open to tents with no electricity in a large field. The campsite has great facilities for showering with hot water, toilets and disabled access. The campsite has great views of the surrounding areas with close proximity to pubs and a shop. The site has a barn that is open to guests with a fridge and seating for shelter from the rain.
Barbeques and dogs are allowed on site all year round. This is a more traditional camping site with tent only pitches. Groups for Duke of Edinburgh, college groups and same sex groups are welcome to the campsite. This is a lovely spot for camping in the Yorkshire Dales as it is close to many of the popular walks and attractions around Ingleton.
Quick Find Camping In The Yorkshire Dales Guide
Below is a quick breakdown for you to find what campsite has what you are looking for. I have tried to cover the basics in which all campers would look for in a site. If you are unsure on any of the sites it is always best to email or phone. If there is anything you feel I have missed off, leave me a comment below and will add it in.
Below is a table with each of the campsites with details of the nearest town. I have comprised this table to help you decide where you would like to be and what you will have access to in terms of the town.
What To Pack For Camping In The Yorkshire Dales
These are just some of the basic essentials I have learnt over the years that I found are useful to have or just needed. Of course, even when the forecast says it will be one type of weather it is still England and will no doubt change no matter what. Always be prepared to expect some rain or colder weather. If you plan to plenty of walking and exploring you will already be planning suitable footwear but always good to take back up pair just in case.
- Raincoat/ Waterproof
- Waterproof trousers
- T-shirts/ Long sleeved – depending on the time of year
- Jumper/ Fleece layer
- Leggings/joggers or Khaki trousers – depending on what you find most comfortable
- Shorts/skirt – for summertime and if you are having a relaxing day at the campsite
- Walking shoes/boots
- Wellies/ Rain Boots
- Trainers/ alternative footwear
- Hats/scarf/ gloves
- Warm PJs – even in summer temperatures can drop leaving you very cold in the night.
- Washing up liquid
- Shampoo/ Conditioner
- Body Wash
- Baby Wipes – even if you don’t have children they are great for getting something clean quick or a festival wash.
- Socks – if you are like me then you will want thick walking socks to keep you warm especially at night.
- First aid kit – fill before you go every time.
- Washing sponge/ cloth
- Washing Up Bowl – to carry the washing back to the tent
- Tea Towel
- Gas Camping Stove
- Plates/ Bowls
- Cutlery including a can opener and bottle opener
- Extra gas bottle for stove
- Sleeping bags
- Extra blankets – I was always really cold going to bed even in the height of summer
- Bin Liners – useful for holding rubbish and throwing in wet clothes or for muddy shoes.
- Fold-out chairs
- Table – to eat dinner on
Top Tips For Camping In The Yorkshire Dales
- When going to use the public showers on the campsite, take shoes that are easy to get back on. Preferably crocs or flip flops.
- Find a place for shoes to go in the tent/caravan as to not bring any mud or dust into the living areas. Carrier bags or bin liners are great or even try a plastic box so they can be picked up and carried.
- If you are using air mattresses, try and blow them up while in the tent, this will save you from trying to push it through the small door opening.
- Pack extra batteries for torches as there is always one that will need them.
- If you are staying in a tent, look at using a bucket for a toilet for the night. The last thing you want to do in the middle of the night is getting up and putting on shoes to go for a wee at the toilet block.
- Don’t underestimate the weather, especially if you plan to do plenty of walking and hiking. Take plenty of layers and waterproofs. The weather on some of the higher hills and peaks can change dramatically.
Quick Find Attractions In The Yorkshire Dales Guide
Below is a table of some of the top attractions and places to visit in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. I have created this table for you to see what attractions are close to your chosen campsite and vice versa. There are details ranging from family-friendly to disabled access available, cost for entry and whether parking is free or not. There are so many more attractions and places to visit in the Yorkshire Dales so don’t forget to check local sources for smaller events. These are perfect days out for camping in the Yorkshire Dales or just to visit for the day from home.
That is my complete guide to camping in the Yorkshire Dales. Hope I have covered everything that you would need to know for camping in the Yorkshire Dales. Check out the free downloadable packing list to make sure you take everything you need. If there is anything more you think I could add leave a comment below.