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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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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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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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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Northcote Pods - Yorkshire Dales

2 units · Glamping1 acre · Grassington, North Yorkshire, North East England
We are ideally located in the picturesque Yorkshire Dales National Park, with our stunning Northcote Pods situated near Kilnsey Crag. Here, you’ll find spectacular views across Upper Wharfedale. Couples and families alike love to escape to our spacious, comfortable pods; there’s no better place for a holiday getaway. Parking outside the pod leads to a paved patio area with a private wood fired hot tub (Pheasant Pod ONLY), seating, BBQ. Inside offers double bed and sofa bed to accommodate up to 2 children and a hanging rail for clothes. Smart TV with a Netflix account connected, wifi and bluetooth ceiling speakers. Shower room with sink, toilet, shavers socket and heated towel rail. Fully fitted kitchen with sink, fridge, microwave, 2 ring induction hob, toaster and kettle. Dining table and chairs. Electric heating, USB sockets.
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Social District

15 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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Breaks Fold Farm Glamping & Camping

13 units · 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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Haran’s Homestead

1 unit · Glamping4 acres · England
A hideaway with a hot tub in the Lancashire countryside
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Through the Kissing Gate

25 units · Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · North Yorkshire, North East England
Back-to-basics camping with campfires close to World Heritage-listed Studley Park near Ripon
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Damson View Glamping

5 units · Glamping1 acre · Cumbria, North West England
Self-contained glamping pods in the Lake District's beautiful Lyth Valley
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Thorneymire Woodland Retreat

2 units · Glamping3 acres · Hawes, North Yorkshire, North East England
We have a cabin and a shepherd's hut located within our 3 acres of privately owned ancient woodland in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Guests can escape and relax amongst the trees whilst watching the red squirrels and the stars at night. At the bottom of the woodland runs Widdale Beck where guests can find secluded spots to enjoy the sound of the water and some wild swimming.
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Punch Bowl Hotel Campsite

23 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents3 acres · Lancaster, England
There is 3 acres of land .We have a small private wooden area which is for guests and residents.The river is ours with fishing rights and it is only for guests and residents.There is an eatery with a beer garden on site .Dog Friendly environment. At times we have disco and karaoke nights or a live band.Food here is Malaysian and British.campervans,caravans,tents,motorhomes allowed.basic campsite.no hard standing .
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Moss Side Farm Campsite

43 units · Glamping, Tents4 acres · Cumbria, North West England
Small-scale farm camping in the South Lakes, with campfires, wildlife and fine views
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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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