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Woodsworth Exploring

· Ilkley, England
10 acres hosted by Duncan D.
10 tent pitches
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Nearly wild woodland camping in West Yorkshire’s Bronte country

It’s canvas only at Woodsworth Exploring in West Yorkshire. That means you can pitch your tent or sling your hammock between the trees at this year-round woodland campsite – but your car will need to be left at the car park. The priority here is protecting and enhancing a precious 10-acre woodland site. That means campers are asked to tread lightly and should expect only basic facilities. The reward for your respect is great: a pitch that’s at least 15 metres from your neighbours with trees and shrubs in between. There’s limited light pollution, plenty of wildlife and the chance to have a campfire.

While things in the woodland are pretty wild, out in the wider world life is rather more genteel. You can walk from the campsite, in no time, to the village of Oakworth from where steam trains run to nearby Haworth, once home to the Brontё sisters. Now its cobbled high street and the Brontё Parsonage Museum are some of the must-see sights in the area – but so is the surrounding countryside in which their stories were set. The rolling moors and hills are great for walking and cycling.

In fact, if you use two feet or two wheels to get to the campsite, your efforts and low environmental impact will be recognised with a voucher for money off your next stay. Likewise if you arrive by public transport. That’s a real possibility here thanks to the heritage railway that links Oakworth, where the campsite is located, with the mainline station in the market town of Keighley, less than three miles away.

The experience on site is pretty much as close to wild camping as you can get – with the bonus of a flushing loo and a water supply included. In fact, hammocks are available to hire too, if you don’t have your own and fancy sleeping suspended from the trees (book directly, in advance). The set up, the ethos and the adventure are all outlined by host Duncan or one of his team when you arrive, after which you are free to go wild in the woods.

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35 Ratings · 23 reviews
Steven S.recommends
May 3, 2024
Woodland floor Pitch - Small Tents
Fanatic place and considerate, accommodating host. The forest is beautiful and really has the feeling of seclusion, whilst being in reach of toilets etc. Perfect.
Mike L.recommends
April 30, 2024
Woodland floor Pitch - Small Tents
Woodland camping = Best camping
I googled around for ages for somewhere to camp with nowhere catching me at all, it wasn't until I saw Woodworth Exploring that I knew what it was that I was looking for. Camping in a secluded woodland surrounded with wildlife and trees was exactly what I wanted. Duncan was a great host, a true nature enthusiast. He's friendly and knows his stuff about the woods and the wildlife, brimming with cool facts about everything about the forest and the animals. The unpredictable weather meant I didnt have much chance to explore the local town much but it honestly didnt matter because I was perfectly at home on the site, the hailstone just added to the camping charm. Unexpected highlight of the trip was probably the robins flitting around the camp, always poking around hoping I'd kicked up a juicy worm or something. The peace and tranquility of the woodland surroundings was the perfect escape from work and the perfect little chance to unplug. Thanks a lot. I will be back!
Tom P.recommends
April 7, 2024
Woodland floor Pitch - Small Tents
Had a great couple of nights at Woodsworth camp, they do a great job taking care of the woodland and it certainly shows. Very peaceful sat by the fire at night and plenty of wildlife to observe, specially the birds, can’t beat waking up in the tent to the dawn chorus and the busy woodpeckers! Plenty of space between the pitches and the basic facilities are nice and clean, can’t ask for much more 👍🏼 Cheers
Maz A.recommends
March 25, 2024
Woodland floor Pitch - Small Tents
Camping in the woods
It’s a great place pretty much wild camping in the woods and nature with the added bonus of taking a few extra comforts, I would highly recommend if it if you want to have a taste of wild camping but want to feel safe. Duncan the owner was very friendly and very knowledgeable about the wildlife and trees lovely guy.
Miguel Angel P.recommends
March 18, 2024
Woodland floor Pitch - Small Tents
Great place, I would recommend it. Unfortunately it has been raining a lot and the ground was very wet and soft. Good experience overall. Thank you
April P.recommends
February 18, 2024
Woodland floor Pitch - Small Tents
This was the first time staying at the site, as a way to get back into wild camping and trying out a new tent as it was only an hour away for us. The site is clean and has the bare essentials such as a flushing toilet block by the carpark and running water. The pitch we stayed on was about 400m from this through very muddy path into a wooded area. I would recommend taking wellies during the wet months. The pitch was good and spacious for us and was dog friendly and allowed dogs to be off lead which is a nice change :) The guy who did our introduction was helpful and assisted us with directions to walk into Howarth for the day (40mins approx) we did however get the B2 bus back to Oakworth which left only a short walk back to the campsite. I would deffo say pack light going to site despite there being wheelbarrows available to cart your things. Would recommend to anyone wanting to try and get into wild camping but still keeping that toilet facilities and fresh water near by. The other great thing about the site was the secure car park where your car is parked over night :)
Ilkley, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Duncan D.Joined in October 2022
From the host
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 for a small additional fee. 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.
Nearby attractions

Beyond the 10-acre woodland of Woodsworth Exploring, you can enjoy some excellent walks through the undulating moors in this part of West Yorkshire. It’s a short steep walk down into the village of Oakworth from site and you could continue to neighbouring Haworth (two miles) if you wanted to in about 40 minutes. It’s famous as a very pretty village and as the former home of the Brontё sisters; as you won’t fail to notice in the name of shops, cafes and galleries in the village. You can find out more about their literary lives and legacy at the Brontё Parsonage Museum, which occupies their former home. Another way to reach Haworth – or to travel to Oxenhope or the market town of Keighley – is to hop aboard one of the heritage trains of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. The nostalgic station in Oakworth was the setting for the film The Railway Children. The lie of the land is great for road cyclists and nearby you can join part of the Tour de Yorkshire cycle route. The Cote de Goose Eye is a mile up the road from the campsite. Skipton is just under 10 miles north of the campsite and sits on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Food and drink

Woodsworth Exploring is on the outskirts of the village of Oakworth (half a mile downhill) where there’s a Co-op and a few options if you don’t fancy cooking for yourselves. One of those is Mill Stack Café which does breakfasts, lunches, coffee and cake. Plus, on Sunday mornings they will deliver breakfast sandwiches to the campsite (if you order on site, in advance). The village is also home to takeaways and a choice of pubs including The Golden Fleece which does food including generous Sunday roasts. A little further in the other direction, but still only about a mile, is the traditional Yorkshire Inn, The Turkey (still only about a mile away). It has a good reputation for food. Another recommended option is The Waggon & Horses Inn at Oxenhope (five miles) which offers great food and amazing views thanks to being in a great position on top of the moors between Haworth and Hebden Bridge.

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