Waterfall barns near Kettlewell

Hike Yorkshire’s Three Peaks and sleep under dark starry skies while camping near Kettlewell.

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Waterfall barns near Kettlewell guide


In the heart of Yorkshire Dales National Park, Kettlewell is a cosy village on the edge of windswept moors. Explore Kettlewell’s attractions with a stop in a quiet tea room, or check out the village’s annual scarecrow festival. Then, ascend the peaks with vertical hikes in Yorkshire Dales, or go deep beneath the surface on one of Nidderdale’s challenging cave excursions. Forest of Bowland AONB also offers a beautiful destination for star gazers, as well as some of the country’s best salmon fishing. Spend the night in nature with a cabin rental in the forest, pitch a tent under the stars, or rent a caravan and drive the Yorkshire Dales before stopping at a holiday park with full amenities.

Where to go

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Home to a number of villages, Yorkshire Dales is a popular destination for hikes and history explorations. Tackle the 23-mile loop through Three Peaks, where a challenging hike rewards campers with summit views over the park. Stop in at Dales Countryside Museum for a look into local history, or stay overnight and admire the skies in the Dark Sky Reserve. Campers can enjoy convenient park access with several hikes that connect to transit stops, then relax on “quiet site” tent pitches for a peaceful night in nature.

Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Just east of Kettlewell and adjacent to Yorkshire Dales, Nidderdale offers an easily accessible journey into Yorkshire’s moors. Discover 560 miles of public walking paths through valleys and meadows, or explore Nidderdale’s highs and lows with a climb up Brimham Rocks and an ascent down into Manchester Hole. Stay in the trees with a unique camping experience in a treehouse, or embrace simplicity with tent and caravan sites in the park.

Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Beloved for its remote hillsides and tranquil moorland walks, Bowland AONB is a popular destination for peaceful camping excursions in Lancashire. Linger in a cottage or glamping pod, or pitch a tent under the stars and admire one of the AONB’s Dark Sky Discovery Sites. Walking routes like Riverside Walk and Bell Skyes Hay Meadow Walk meander through a number of villages in the forest as well as scenic natural spaces. Or try trout and salmon fishing to enjoy the bounty of Bowland.

When to go

Kettlewell is warmest in July, when average temperatures of 20℃ make for comfortable camping and walks through the forest. May is popular for dryer weather, sunny days, and slightly fewer crowds. Though winter is colder and often has some snowfall, heated cabin rentals and glamping sites are open year-round to stay warm.

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