Family camping and glamping on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and a stone's throw from famous Bolton Abbey
First opened in 2014, Catgill Farm in the south of the Yorkshire Dales has made its name as a firm family favourite in the intervening years and burgeoned into a fully fledged camping and glamping Mecca. The simple, home-spun atmosphere of the farm still pervades – the ‘reception’ is the cosy front room of the farmhouse and marshmallows are sold from the door – but there are now electric hook-ups for campervans, bell tents with hot tubs hidden in the trees and even timber pods with all mod-cons inside.
Set in the undulating meadows just outside the village of Bolton Abbey, it’s no surprise that Catgill Farm has seen so much success. The hospitality (and local knowledge) of owners Oliver and Janet knows no bounds, while the modern wash block facilities are a godsend for families with muddy children. But it’s the setting that really completes the place. All around the sloping hills of the Wharfe Valley entice walkers and mountain bikers from their tents, while, just a few metres away, Hesketh Farm Park offers tractor tours, animal feeding and a chance to learn about farming for the kids. Bolton Abbey village, meanwhile, is a 15 minute stroll down the lane and has a busy tea rooms and a volunteer-run railway that has its very own Thomas the Tank Engine, while the 12th-century ruins of Bolton Abbey Priory are an absolute must-see, with a perfect, riverside picnic spot in the priory grounds. In short, if you want a proper, on-the-farm, Yorkshire campsite with plenty to do nearby, you can’t really ask for much better.
The camping meadow itself can handle around 160 tents at any one time, with natural lumps and bumps causing people to generally pitch together in flat groups, while children capitalise on the open spaces to play. On the edge of the woods just beyond the meadow, the glamping accommodation is found. Pods, each sleeping six, offer an almost holiday cottage experience – think en-suite shower room, compact kitchen, a television and Wi-Fi – yet still boast the views and campfire-side evenings that every camper yearns for. Bell tents, meanwhile, keep things strictly under canvas but still boast the same main attraction as the pods – private wood-fired hot tubs for evenings bubbling beneath the stars. It’s a far cry from the rustic camping days of old!
For campers and glampers alike there are certain luxuries in common: It’s a 15-minute walk along a footpath to the Devonshire Arms (“The Dev” as Janet and Oliver call it), with outdoor seating, good food and local beers. In the opposite direction, the Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream Factory is a half-hour stroll away. And, of course, if that sounds like too many calories the real luxury is healthy and free to everyone: the Dales Way footpath stretching just beyond the farm and miles upon miles of the Yorkshire Dales beyond.
North Yorkshire Bd23 6 Ha, England, United KingdomTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Oliver P.Joined in February 2016
87 ratings · 153 reviews
July 29, 2022
8m x 6m EHU grass pitch
Lovely site not far from scenic Yorkshire dales and Bolton Abbey - watch the stepping stones as I fell in!
Toilets are clean and lovely.. we had electric hook up but were on a slope like most others which was annoying.
Quiet site although there was a party going on till after midnight, thankfully the other end of the site but could still hear the beats. (Quiet times 1030-7am) Also, a mini camping van appeared late opposite us (around 10pm) then left site at 8am - cheekily not paying, leaving a load of rubbish on-site, so there is no security or staff that walk around to check…
Campsite didn’t know about voucher code. Quizzed multiple time by campsite, felt like a criminal. Sort it out!!
July 17, 2022
Grass Pitch - up to 6m x 6m
Overall a well resourced campsite.
Our pitch was very hilly though and we struggled to get an adequate camping space for the best experience.
July 14, 2022
Grass Pitch - up to 8m by 7m
An exceptional camp site in every way. Courteous, friendly and helpful greeting on arrival. Pleasant pitch, quiet site. Toilets and showers were spotlessly clean, excellent washing up facilities. Only one inconvenience....toilet roll dispenser ran out during a particularly large assignment!! I would highly recommend this site...I've been camping for over 40 years and this is the best facilitated site I have experienced. Thanks to all the team at Catgill.
June 29, 2022
10 - The Woodpecker - Luxury Timber Pod
We loved the Timber Pod, absolutely perfect and the views whilst relaxing in the hot tub were amazing!
From the host
We are a small family run campsite in an idyllic location with spectacular views across the Wharfe valley. Featuring 10 luxury glamping pods, 2 luxury bell tents, all with private hot tubs and electric hook up camping pitches, we offer a unique overnight experience on the Chatsworth Estate in the heart of Bolton Abbey within easy reach of local amenities and picturesque towns and villages. Described by The Sunday Times newspaper as a "delightful family run campsite", offering a central location with plenty to do for all ages and in any weather. The campsite, close to Bolton Abbey, is the perfect base from which to explore the Yorkshire Dales National Park. A fantastic site for either an action packed family holiday or a tranquil relaxing break. Named as “one of Britain’s top 5 coolest campsites” by the Telegraph newspaper, Catgill has been our family home for the last 65 years and we love sharing this beautiful part of Yorkshire with all our customers. Book now and come and see for yourself. We're sure you will love it as much as we do!
The campsite is on a number of excellent footpaths and those heading north will take you quickly into the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The River Wharfe meanders through the middle of the valley and just north of the village is The Strid, a notorious and impressive part of the river where the normally wide, gently flowing water is forced at high speed through a deep and narrow channel. Bolton Abbey (01756 718009) is just under a mile's walk away to the east and is free to enter (though £10 to park). Embasy & Bolton Abbey Steam Railway (01756 710614) is a similar distance to the south. Hesketh Farm Park (01756 710444), around the corner, is a pleasant family attraction: A working sheep and beef farm with animals to feed and stroke, tractor tours and a straw maze. Skipton lies just over 5 miles to the west, with a bustling high street, good pubs and restaurants plus a medieval castle (01756 792442) to visit. Ilkley's 14th century Manor House and the famous Bettys Tea Rooms (01904 659142) are also worth a visit.
Food and drink
There's a small shop onsite selling essentials. A few pubs and restaurants are close at hand, including the 350 year old Devonshire Arms (01756 710441) with both its own brasserie and a Michelin-starred restaurant, The Burlington (01756 718155). But it's tea rooms that are the staple here, with Bolton Abbey Tea Cottage (01756 718000) serving morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea from its splendid position overlooking the priory ruins and river Wharfe. The Victorian-built Cavendish Pavillion (01756 710245), serves hot and cold refreshments throughout the day while Tea on the Green (01756 718000), in the village, offers soups, sandwiches and cakes as well as a takeaway service – perfect for a riverside picnic. The Yorkshire Ice Cream Parlour (01756 710685) is also worth a mention. This a kooky '50s style diner serves tasty homemade ice cream as well as meals throughout the day. The quaint little village of Addingham to the south also offers several decent places to eat and drink.