Woodland campsites in Dalby Forest

From steep descents and rock gardens to scenic wooded trails—Dalby is mountain biking nirvana.

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Humble Bee Farm

23 units · Glamping1 acre · North Yorkshire, North East England
Camping or ‘wigwaming’ on a pretty and very child-friendly farm among the Yorkshire Wolds
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Catgill Farm Camping & Glamping

153 units · Glamping, Tents1 acre · North Yorkshire, England
Family camping and glamping on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and a stone's throw from famous Bolton Abbey
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Dale Farm Holidays

6 units · Glamping3 acres · North Yorkshire, North East England
Gorgeous treehouse and glamping cabins near the North Yorkshire coast in the grounds of a 200-year-old farmhouse
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Nearly-wild camping @ Heggs Farm

1 unit · Tent136 acres · Reeth, England
Get back to basics and immerse yourself in the joy of simple living with a nearly-wild camping experience @ Heggs Farm, Arkengarthdale--part of a collaborative, 200-acre renaturing project, spanning the northern tip of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Stretching from the wooded banks of the Arkle Beck, up to the dizzying heights of Fremington Edge, our site is a wonderfully biodiverse and off-the-beaten path spot, offering adventure-loving families and small groups the chance to unplug completely, and get a taste of no-frills camping, the way mother nature intended. What's more, every booking is for exclusive use of the camping area by you and your group, guaranteeing you a truly unique (and undisturbed) experience. Why Heggs? Get a taste of 'wild-camping' with a few bare bones facilities: Pitch up where you like, make the most of a private firepit cooking area, and enjoy our compost loo with a view. Our remote, no-frills site is the perfect intro to simple living; yet sits close enough to 'civilisation' to hike out for picnic supplies, and/or a pub dinner. Reconnect with nature through wholesome, unplugged activities: Fill your days with poo sticks, pebble skimming, and foraging for kindling. Spend your evenings playing scrabble by torchlight, identifying owl calls, and marvelling at the constellations in our Dark Skies conservation area. No wifi = no distractions. Explore endless routes right from the doorstep: Arkengarthdale is one of the Dales' most beautiful yet undiscovered valleys. Multiple bridleways and footpaths connect Heggs to Reeth and Langthwaite, running along both sides of the Arkle Beck, and up the slopes of Fremington Edge. Part of the adventure is getting here: Our walk/cycle-in-only camping area is all part of the magic of our tucked-away site. Free bag transfer is available to our farmhouse from the nearest public parking in Reeth or Langthwaite (40 mins walk), and the camping area lies a further 200m along a rough grass track. (Please note we cannot accept campervans or trailer tents). Every stay plants trees, literally: All profits from nearly-wild camping support our ongoing habitat restoration as part of the Heggs-Castle renaturing cluster. Enjoy the 'feel-good' factor as you roam free across the site and explore our latest woodland creation areas. Find out more at heggscastlecluster.org. What's included/provided with my booking? -Exclusive use of the camping area for you and your group (up to a max of 8 people), including compost loo and firepit with grill. -Access to weatherproof cow byre HQ for storage of camping equipment, including bikes. -1 x wheelbarrow load of firewood, with kindling and natural firelighters (more can be bought on site). -Unlimited potable water in canisters with taps. -Large Ghillie Kettle, firepit cooking utensils and heatproof gloves, biodegradable washing up liquid, washing up bowl, tea towels, first aid kit, fire extinguisher. -Bag transfer from/to the nearest public parking place on arrival and departure. Please pack everything else you need to sleep, cook (portable gas stoves welcome), eat, and keep yourself and your equipment safe; remembering that you’ll have to carry your own gear for the last 200m to the cow byre, and then beyond to wherever you pitch up. Note too that the site is completely unlit after dark, there are no charging facilities, and phone signal can be spotty. Headtorches, camping lanterns, and portable battery chargers are all strongly recommended. Where can I stock up? Our local businesses would love your support! Award winning bread, cafe-quality ready meals, and Thursday night pizzas can be pre-ordered for collection at Two Dales Bakery; the Bike Centre is known for its incredible cake selection (and excellent rental service); Reeth Post Office sells the usual camping cupboard staples, as well as local milk, cheese and sausages; and Reeth's Friday morning market has all your meat, cheese, and fruit and veg supplies covered. For dining out, there are five pubs within easy-ish walking/cycling distance: The CB Inn, The Bridge Inn, The Black Bull, The King's Arms and The Buck. Ramsay’s Fish and Chip Van also visits Reeth between 4-6pm every Friday evening; you’ll find it parked up in Langhorne Drive. Finished reading and not sure it's for you? Search for our off-grid annexe on AirBnB for simple, off-grid living with a few creature comforts e.g. hot running water, a bed and a bath. This can also be booked in tandem with our nearly-wild camping area, subject to availability.
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Woodsworth Exploring

10 units · Tents10 acres · Ilkley, West Yorkshire, North East England
Traditional camping in our 10 acre broadleaved woodland. Located in Oakworth in the heart of the Bronte countryside. Family friendly, you can feel safe knowing cars are only permitted in the car park so your children can run free within the woodland. Park up in the carpark near the site entrance then grab your gear and the staff will guide you to a suitable pitch for your requirements. Wheelbarrows are available to help carry your gear through the woods. Love nature? Then you’ll love this site. It’s back to basics proper camping here! We have a drinking water standpipe, we now have flushing toilets and hand wash sinks in our new toilet block. Our pitches are well spaced from one another and well sized, however, smaller tents (and/or hammocks) are recommended as our whole site is woodland there are trees within pitch areas, so we only have limited places to put large tents. Please tell us your tent size when booking so that we can get the best pitch for you. Dogs welcome. Fires allowed. We do a fire induction with everyone and charge for a fire licence, this includes if you want to bring your own firepit and wood. The reason for this is to manage the risk of forest fires and damage to the ecology so we need to put you on a suitable pitch if you wish to have a fire. We are doing all we can to improve the ecology of the woodland, so for this reason there is no burning of deadwood allowed, as rotting wood (big logs and little sticks) are fabulous for the woodland ecology.
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Freespirit Glamping

5 units · Glamping5 acres · Pickering, England
We are located at Cliff Stud Retreat, a 220 acre former stud farm, just outside Helmsley on the foot of the North Yorkshire Moors. We are a top-rated luxury glamping site and we can't wait to welcome you! With amazing views and off a very quiet country lane that leads directly into the Moors, you'll be able to arrive, kick off your shoes and start relaxing, enjoying a beer and roasting marshmellows over the BBQ, whilst watching the sun go down. Our ethos is all about family, fun and living simply among nature. Our off-grid glamping site has just five, well spaced, luxury bell tents, each with their own allocated private compost toilet and shower. your own garden area with firepit, BBQ and seating area.
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Kip & Nook

6 units · Motorhomes250 acres · Darlington, England
Adults Only Camper van site! A modern take on camping, Kip & Nook welcomes all... from regular campers who enjoy being outdoors to guests who prefer a little more luxury in the new camper van site. Take your pick between the trusty standard pitch, supplied with water and electricity. Or if you want more, there are two ultimate pitches equipped with a luxury wood fired hot tubs (The Kip and The Nook). The Toilets and Showers are located at the top of the camper van site, so you won't have a long walk on a cold morning to take a shower! Wi-fi at the pitches and within the communal areas (The Workshop, Co Working Space, Shop) Electric and water supplied to the pitches The Workshop / Pizza Restaurant on site with Bar. The Workshop is such a cool venue which has a ping pong table, pool table and darts board! We serve coffees in the Workshop, you can enjoy these while sitting by the log burner! Yoga Studio, we have regular classes a week (4 at the moment) and we offer private yoga sessions for couples Lots of walks to do on site Dog Friendly
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Breaks Fold Farm Glamping & Camping

14 units · Glamping, Tents2 acres · Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire, North East England
Camping in Nidderdale with excellent facilities, dogs and campfires welcome, and views over Thruscross Reservoir.
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Cliff Stud Retreat - Ski Lodge

3 units · Glamping220 acres · York, England
A 220 acre estate set within the traditional market town of Helmsley in. The North Yorkshire Moores. Two cosy cottages which sleep five people and three luxury lodges that sleep two each, set in a private forest. The cottages are ideal for families and we accept your four legged family members. The lodges are ideal for adult only escapes to the country.
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Peaks and Pods

5 units · Glamping1 acre · North Yorkshire, North East England
Luxury pods with extra special touches, sandwiched between the Forest of Bowland and the Yorkshire Dales National Park
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Lincolnshire Lanes

32 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Market Rasen, England
Old-fashioned family fun on a child-friendly campsite in rural Lincolnshire
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Peak Pods

4 units · Glamping1 acre · Bakewell, Derbyshire, East Midlands
Family-sized en suite glamping pods in the Peak District
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Woodland campsites in Dalby Forest guide

Overview

Mountain bikers can take their pick of trails in Dalby Forest, set in the southern valleys of the North York Moors National Park. Miles of forests lead the way through the woodlands, and you can also explore on foot or on horseback. Kids have plenty to get excited about, too, with activities including a treetop adventure course, paintballing, archery, and orienteering. Stick around after dark as the park is also renowned for its dark skies and stargazing opportunities. The two campsites within Dalby Forest are reserved for use by youth groups, but campers can find plenty of options nearby.

When to go

Walkers and mountain bikers can hit the trails at Dalby Forest year-round, although it can get muddy after rainfall, so wear sturdy shoes. July and August are the busiest months, when it’s essential to book activities or bike rentals in advance. Spring and autumn see the forest at its most colourful, garnished with wildflowers or fall foliage, while autumn through winter is the best time for stargazing.

Know before you go

  • Dalby Forest is located at the south end of the North York Moors National Park, about a 30-minute drive from Pickering or Scarborough. 
  • The Moors Bus runs to the park from Easter through October, otherwise you will need your own transport. Paid parking (credit/debit cards only) is available.
  • There are restrooms, a gift shop, and a café in the park. Bike rentals are also available.
  • Some of the park’s trails are wheelchair accessible, and mobility scooters are available for hire.

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