Camping in Yorkshire Dales National Park

Campers hit the Dales for fells, heathery moors, and verdant valleys home to top pitching spots.

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12 top campsites in Yorkshire Dales National Park

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Camping at The Hollies

50 units · Motorhomes, Tents6 acres · Buxton, Derbyshire, East Midlands
Back-to-basics camping at the foot of the Roaches in the Peak District National Park
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White Peak Camping

18 units · Motorhomes, Tents2 acres · Buxton, Derbyshire, East Midlands
Camping on a Peak District farm near the Monsal Trail
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Burrs Manor Wild Camping

30 units · Motorhomes, Tents3 acres · Buxton, England
Nearly wild camping in the Peak District National Park, near Buxton
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Chapel View Wild Campsite

3 units · Tents3 acres · High Peak, Derbyshire
A remote campsite for Hikers and Wild Campers Sittng on the Penine Bridleway on the foothills of Kinder above Chapel-en-le-Frith, offering beautiful views across the valley and being within immediate reach of some of the most popular walking trails in the UK. The campsite is in shadow of South Head and is directly on the Penine Bridleway less than 2 miles from Jacobs Ladder, the Penine Way and Kinder Low. You can break camp in the morning already in the heart of hiking country and return to your camp in the evening without ever leaving the remote wilderness of the national park.
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Beirhope Alpacas

11 units · Tents1 acre · Kelso, Scotland
A small, off-grid campsite with alpacas in the historically rich southern Scottish borders
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Social District

30 units · Tents55 acres · Grizedale, Cumbria, North West England
Lake District camping on the banks of Lake Windermere, with direct access to the water.
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Baystone Bank Farm Campsite

47 units · Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Millom, England
Lake District camping on a working farm with a stream to splash in, campfires encouraged and a horse-riding centre on the doorstep
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Woodsworth Exploring

10 units · Tents10 acres · Ilkley, West Yorkshire, North East England
Nearly wild woodland camping in West Yorkshire’s Bronte country
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White House Farm Campsite, Wardlow

60 units · Motorhomes, Tents4 acres · Wardlow, England
What a little Derbyshire gem: back to basics Whitehouse Farm Campsite is a simple site in a most scenic setting five minutes’ drive from the pretty village of Tideswell. The site’s central location in the Peak District National Park means it’s a top spot for those who want to ramble or ride bikes – several circular trails leave from Tideswell and the traffic-free Monsal Trail is a five-minute drive away. And there’s plenty more activity if you require it too, as activity centres nearby can sort you out days of horse riding, abseiling, climbing and caving. All this activity isn’t mandatory, of course – this is an equally fine location for days pottering off to local pubs, pigging out on pudding in Bakewell or taking a leisurely stroll around the Chatsworth Estate, 20 minutes away. And if even that’s too much, you’d be welcome to spend some time loafing about on site: there’s heaps of space here, and as facilities have been kept quite minimal (just showers and toilets) there should be a good serving of peace and quiet to go with it all. Guests are welcome to light up a barbecue or campfire for cookouts and keeping warm; Tideswell’s the place for supermarket supplies, and it’s also handily got a fish and chip shop and a couple of pubs for days when your firelighting skills aren't up to much.
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Kestrel Lodge Campsite

10 units · Tents4 acres · Keswick, Cumbria, North West England
A family-friendly Lake District campsite, nestled between the quiet shores of Bassenthwaite Lake and the beautiful Cumbrian fells
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Camping at Cardewlees

37 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Carlisle, England
A welcoming, family-run farm campsite between the Lake District and Hadrian's Wall
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Stanley Villa Farm Fishing& Camping

36 units · Glamping30 acres · Preston, Lancashire, North West England
Lakeside rural tranquility and the 'kiss-me-quick' fun of the seaside – you can have the best of both worlds at Stanley Villa Farm's cute camping pods
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Camping in Yorkshire Dales National Park guide

Overview

The UK’s third-biggest national park comprises an impressive tract of protected countryside stretching all the way from Lancashire to the Scottish border. This is a place of lofty, exposed moorland distinguished by the lush and diverse dales that score it. Whether you want to hike the Yorkshire Three Peaks, walk to the waterfall at Malham Cove, hop-skip-and-jump over limestone paving slabs, or simply kick back in a good old Yorkshire pub, the Yorkshire Dales are a popular place for camping holidays. Skipton, Settle (both with train stations), and Kirkby Lonsdale on the southern edge of the park are key gateways, while hiking hotspot Malham sports a visitor centre and some striking nearby rock formations. The park’s scenery means brilliant campsite views, whether you’re planning a solo camping trip, a romantic glamping weekend, or a family holiday in a campervan. Many campsites are simple setups in farmers’ fields set close to classic walking routes like the Pennine Way and the Coast-to-Coast route.

Where to go

Malham & Around

You can’t go wrong beginning your Dales explorations at Malham, where a national park visitor centre offers regional insights. Malham impresses with its atypical Dales scenery: the sheer geological wonders of Gordale Scar, a limestone chasm, and Malham Cove, a huge curving rock wall. Hikes like the Pennine Way lead to higher fells beyond, and there is excellent birdwatching at Malham Tarn. Village campsites put campers near Gordale Scar.

Ingleborough National Nature Reserve

The second-highest mountain in the park, Ingleborough is one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, along with Whernside and Pen-y-Ghent. They’re all prime for hiking, but Ingleborough and its moorland surroundings also host an important rewilding project. Spectacular waterfalls cluster around its trailhead, while the long-distance Pennine Journey trail crosses the 2,375-foot summit. Campsites are scattered along the roads around the base of the upland—those in Horton-in-Ribblesdale and Ingleton are easiest to access.

Nidderdale AONB

Not technically part of the national park yet extending off the southeast corner in more of the same valley-scored moorland, the 233-square-mile Nidderdale area still has its rolling countryside protected as an AONB. Highlights for campers include iconic beauty spots such as Brimham Rocks’ wondrous rock formations and the enchanting How Stean Gorge, set near some of the best Nidderdale campsites.

Wensleydale

Say cheese! The Yorkshire Dales’ best-known dale is famous for its homonymous crumbly cheese, produced at Hawes. Wensleydale is busier than most Yorkshire Dales, as it’s set near where the famed Bolton Castle guards the part of the dale within the national park. Magnificent waterfalls near Hawes make attractive short walks, while the Pennine Way bisects Hawes, which has some of the best campsites hereabouts.

Swaledale

Swaledale, the next dale north of Wensleydale, is chocolate-box pretty. The emerald-green valley bottom is a throwback to a bygone rural life, as the wildflower meadows are still managed with traditional farming methods and dotted with historic barns. A village like Muker makes an excellent camping base, from where you can access both the wildflower meadows and, via the Pennine Way, the big fells.

Top towns in the Yorkshire Dales

Among its 800 square miles, the Yorkshire Dales National Park has bustling market towns, picturesque villages, and sleepy hamlets. Choose camping near town for the convenience and access to amenities, cafes, shops, and pubs.

  • Skipton is a gateway into the national park thanks to its location just outside the southern boundary. From here, it’s a short distance to Bolton Abbey, the popular town of Grassington, and the village of Burnsall, all within Wharfedale.
  • At the upper end of Wharfedale, the small market town of Kettlewell is another popular spot, as it's right on the long-distance Dales Way footpath.
  • All of the above fall within the Craven District of Yorkshire, which also claims Malham, Ingleton, and Horton-in-Ribblesdale, small villages with spectacular settings. Malham is close to some of the Dales’ most-visited scenery, Ingleton claims the best waterfalls, and Horton-in-Ribblesdale sits at the foot of Pen-y-Ghent.
  • The market town of Hawes offers a central location, shops, and access to the popular fells of Buttertubs and Fleet Moss. The villages and towns of Swaledale in the north part of the national park include Reeth and Gunnerside. This part of the park is wilder, though the largest market town can be found in Richmond on its eastern edge.

Top things to do in the Yorkshire Dales

  • Yorkshire Dales walks: The Yorkshire Dales has its own popular Three Peaks Challenge: to walk up to the peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside, and Ingleborough in 12 hours. It’s a 24-mile walk with more than 1,500 metres of ascent. Conquerors usually set off from Ingleton, where you can “clock in” at the Pen-y-Ghent café. Other walking routes through the Yorkshire Dales include the Pennine Way, the Coast-to-Coast route, and the Dales Way. These long-distance routes only run partly through the Yorkshire Dales, but all offer a fantastic chance to see some of the park’s finest scenery. Whether you’ve committed to taking one on end-to-end or are simply looking for a well-signposted footpath to follow on a shorter walk, none will disappoint.
  • Yorkshire Dales cycling: If you prefer two wheels to a pair of walking boots, the Yorkshire Dales Cycleway is the one for you. This 130-mile circular trail should only be undertaken by experienced cyclists,as it takes, on average, six days to complete.
  • Yorkshire Dales caving: One of the most popular caving spots is the Three Counties System, the longest and most complicated cave system in Britain at 55 miles long. If you’re no expert, some showcaves offer easier access to the subterranean world—head to Ingleborough and White Scar Caves on the park’s west side.
  • Yorkshire Dales climbing: In addition to walkers and peak baggers, climbers also come to the Yorkshire Dales looking to explore the limestone landscapes. The limestone presents opportunity overground at Malham Cove and neighbouring Gordale Scar.
  • Yorkshire Dales railways: Although nature is the star of the show in the Dales, the Ribblehead Viaduct has been called its greatest man-made sight. This railway bridge has 24 arches and stands 100 feet over Ribblesdale. Hop aboard at Settle or Horton-in-Ribblesdale for a look. The historic Embsay-Bolton Abbey Railway is another option, this one operated only as a tourist attraction. The Embsay end is near Skipton, while the far end is close to the ruined priory at the Bolton Abbey Estate.

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Top towns in and near Yorkshire Dales National Park

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