If you have followed our blogs for a while you will know that we are fully paid up members of the camping geek club. What’s not to love – BBQ’s, scenery, wildlife and the total lack of phone signal so you have no choice but not to work!
Let me take you through my top three family campsites
(that we have visited so far) in the Yorkshire Dales:
Tucked away (by which I mean up a long and windy country road) a couple of miles from Grassington, Wood Nook is a peaceful yet incredibly well equipped spot of tranquillity. There is a shop on site, loo’s that aren’t just warm and clean but have the radio playing through a fully-fledged speaker system, lots of showers and more to boot!
You can tootle round the private woodland, there’s a field for ball games, a playground, A COFFEE MACHINE, a laundry room, wifi and baby changing facilities. Phew. It’s quite a list but somehow, despite all of the amenities, it doesn’t feel at all commercial. They cater for tents, caravans, motorhomes and there is even a cottage to rent out for those less inclined to spend a night under canvas.
A nostalgic one for us, Catgil Campsite was one of our first camping destinations with our newly three year old triplets in 2015. Nestled comfortably in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, it’s a stone’s throw away from Bolton Abbey. It’s a relatively new campsite – established just a couple of years ago so everything feels shiny and new. There has also been a new shop on site open since our last visit. The owners are incredibly friendly and luckily for us – there is no extra charge for dogs! Catgil Campsite is the most ideally suited place that we have been to in terms of being accessible to specific child orientated activities. There’s lots available at Bolton Abbey, the Steam Railway, you can practically see Hesketh Farm and the superb Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream Parlour is just down the road. All handy stuff if it pee’s it down!
Riverside Campsite, Malham
The site of our most recent camping adventure, Riverside Campsite is beautiful – imagine unzipping your tent doors every morning to views of Malham Cove. It’s a great base for exploring everything that Malham has to offer, be that Malham Cove, Janets Foss, Gordale Scar, the list goes on. There are also some fab eateries within stumbling distance, Lister Arms has always been a firm favourite of ours but you are spoilt for choice with the fab Old Barn Café and the Buck Inn also serving great food too.
Wherever you go – I’d love to know how you get on. Have a great time, Sarah X