I had had a good, long look at the certificated sites in this area and had opted for this site as it looked on google earth to be in a really quiet location. How right I was, down a farm road and well away from any road. It was bliss, with open views to Jervaulx valley and the fells and moors beyond.
This is a neatly mown site of half an acre, with electric points and water and chemical toilet disposal.The site wasn't full during our three days here, which was quite surprising, being so well located and it being the week before Easter.
For company we had pheasants, pheasants and more pheasants, oh, with plenty of bunny rabbits thrown in!
We even sat out for a while, appreciating the lovely views but unfortunately, the wind blew constantly.
£10 per unit per night.
Perfect peace and quiet with footpaths from your doorstep. The beautiful church of St. Cuthburt is just down the track.
Excellently located for exploring Wensleydale.
Back in the days when we had a young child, we used to camp regularly.We loved the area around Hawes and after looking at the other camping options, found this dear little site and fell in love with it. Highshaw Ghyll became one of our favourite sites, being rurally located, secluded and small. It was also very basic, with only a couple of toilets in wooden sheds but now, I see it has a shower!!
We also loved this site because it never became too busy or crowded, there usually only being a couple of caravans and the odd tent.
A level, oval field, bordered by trees, backing onto the Butter Tubs Pass.
Don't come here if you want a clubhouse and entertainment. It's for those who don't like to be in the midst of things and who love nature.
One of the sites best features was the beck running through it, which actually became Hardraw Force, a little further down stream. We attempted to see the fall from the top but the land was too overgrown and fenced, mostly. In the end, we had to do as everyone, and pay to see the falls by walking through the Green Dragon Hotel in Hardraw.Make sure you see the falls in full spate. As you can see from my last photo, it's not worth the effort when there's been a prolonged dry spell.
Hawes is just down the road, with plenty of eating opportunities and some interesting shops.
This Bed & Breakfast is a hidden gem in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales. It is difficult to find on the internet, and even in Kilnsey it is hard to find if you don't have directions (which can be found below).
On the internet they only promote "The Chapel", a luxury self catering accomodation for 2 persons that is located on the grounds behind Kilnsey Old Hall. If you are staying for a minimum of three nights, this chapel is the perfect stay. Price per night (anno 2008) is £65 or £80 (with breakfast).
But what you will not read on the internet is that they also have 3 wonderful rooms in the Kilsney Old Hall, which are ideal if you are staying for one or two nights.
We had the Lady Anne's Room which is a large elegant room. It is beautifully decorated with fabrics and antique furniture and has a four poster bed. There is a fireplace, sofa, electric blankets for cold nights, TV, fresh flowers and cookies and chocolates with your tea/coffee making facilities. You have windows on three sides. Waking up is a delight when you leave the curtains open, you will see the Dales all around you. The bathroom is also beautiful decorated and has a bath and shower. The room costs £85 (+ £5 for one night only).
The other rooms Cuthbert's Room and the Twin are a little cheaper. There is a separate entrance to the rooms. The B & B also has a lovely garden and private parking.
Dogs are welcome (price per stay: £10).
The Kilnsey Old Hall was a farmstead that was totally renovated around 2000. The building is protected by the National Trust.
On arrival you will be offered a glass of sherry.
They have a play room with games, videos and books, leaflets with local walks and attractions, even medicines are available.
Breakfast is served in a beautiful dining room with candle lights while Gregorian songs are playing. They have an extensive breakfast menu:
Chilled freshly squeezed orange or grapefruit juice, or organic cranberry juice
Old Hall porridge
Fresh fruit salad
Cereals with fresh Dales milk
Dales farmhouse pork sausage, bacon, tomato, mushrooms, eggs
Scrambled eggs with chopped bacon and cheese
Smoked haddock with poached egg
Brown or white toast with butter and finest preserves
Choice of teas and coffees.
THIS SITE IS NOW CLOSED.
A lovely basic Camping Club CL about a mile from West Burton.
The field is on different levels and looks down onto another flat camping area (not CL.) by the river.
I'm not sure whether CL users could pitch by the river; there were a few vans here but mostly empty.
The site really is in a beautifully rural location with fantastic scenery all around. Only facilities are a tap, bin and chemical disposal point. Perfect. In late October, our party were the only people around.
Site open April to October. The owners don't actually live on site so booking is adviseable. In fact, we never did see them and had to leave our rent with a nearby neighbour!
Simply the setting alongside the river. In October, the trees were turning amazing colours and we were lucky to catch an amazing sunset behind the hills, turning the landscape a deep red colour.
This is good walking country, right on your doorstep.
We had pre-booked this site, knowing the ground would be fairly wet. Simon, the centre's manger, advised us to pitch on the hard bit, just room for one van. We were the only people here and had this beautiful site to ourselves. It is pretty secluded and sheltered.
As it rained solidly for four days, we were very glad not to be on soft ground with the possibility of getting bogged in because when it rains in Wensleydale, it doesn't stop!!!
This site was part of a Christian retreat for deprived families or those just seeking a bit of God in a rural setting.They stayed in log cabins, away from the camping area. Facilities that we were able to use included a table tennis and football shed, a playground, an assault course and a football pitch.
There are chickens, goats and horses amongst other animals.
Behind the CL the Wensleydale railway runs, from Redmire to Leeming Bar.
All people we dealt with were extremely helpful and we will definitely return in better weather.
The quietness, the situation and the helpfulness of the manager.
The most memorable part of the site is the road down to reception. In the pouring rain, we failed to notice a sign warning us of a very steep gradient and hairpin bend. We drove the van down this and reckon it's the steepest gradient we have ever experienced. Simon, the manager, was amazed when our motorhome arrived!! Ideally, park in the site and walk down. In the wet conditions, vehicles were slipping on wet leaves covering the road and not making it up the hill.
Cost; £5 a night per unit.
The holiday homes in Askrigg are part of the international "The Holiday Property Bond". In Askrigg the property was a mill and adjacent buildings that have been restored into 28 luxury apartments and cottages. I stuck 2 photo's together for a better impression. In the middle, you see entrances to cellars where dogs were kept for races. On the right the taller building is what used to be the mill. Behind this row of cottages is a well-maintained terraced garden.
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