Masons Campsite

UK England North East England North Yorkshire

Ainhams House, Appletreewick, Skipton, BD23 6DD
On the banks of a river, with open views over the Yorkshire Dales and lots of space for games, with a pair of great pubs nearby.

In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, by the banks of the Wharfe, down the road from two good pubs – Masons is so good that even the owners still camp here. When their favourite campsite in the Yorkshire Dales came up for sale, Georgie and Grant bought Masons and set about scrubbing up an already popular site. Today it’s about as good as they come.

You no longer have to walk a mile to the nearest shop, since their onsite 1968 Airstream office sells essential food and camping items and the Coffee & Bread Shed serves barista coffee, fresh croissants, baguettes and more. When it comes to the actual camping, there is heaps of space to pitch in the two main fields; plus they have a handful of yurts and safari tents you can rent and a couple of classic VW campervans to hire, with pre-pitched awnings outside.

The flat camping fields have plenty of space for kite-flying and ball games, and lots of families bring lilos and dinghies. Both fields are backed by the wide and mainly shallow River Wharfe that runs south-east out of the national park. Try your hand at fly-fishing from the large, flat stones while the kids happily pass the time paddling around and jumping in and out of the water.  The onsite chickens and ducks are popular with younger children too, while the neighboring, hilly fields are all speckled with sheep.

Although the site has beautiful views of its own, Grant says that most campers make straight for the steep slope over the road for an even better vista. Footpaths lead directly out into the hills and, from the bottom of the site, along the river to Burnsall, which is a popular picnicking and swimming spot. Appletreewick and Barden Bridge, are just a short jaunt away too, both with excellent, family-friendly country pubs housed in typical, old, Yorkshire-stone buildings.

The Owner Says

Our site is perfectly situated in the picturesque village of Appletreewick in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales surrounded by the natural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This camping and caravanning site is the perfect place for you to explore the Yorkshire Dales. With the River Wharfe running alongside it provides popular easy walking to nearby villages Bolton Abbey, Burnsall, Linton, Grassington all of which is a small part of the Dalesway footpath. For those looking for more of a relaxing break you can simply watch the world go by paddling in the River or perhaps a cheeky drink at the two country pubs within 2 minutes walking distance. If this sounds just the ticket for a camping and caravanning trip please browse through the information on our new website, which now includes an online booking facility – and we look forward to welcoming you to our delightful spot. For more information please visit www.masonscampsite.co.uk

Reviews

Sign up or sign in to leave your review of Masons Campsite

★★★☆☆

Lovely Location shame about the overpricing

Aug 18, 2016 by Emerald

The location of this site cannot be faulted, the views are amazing and having the river so close is great! Plus an added bonus of a village 2 minutes walk away with one of the best pubs we have been to in Yorkshire (The Craven Arms). Toilets and showers were nice enough and always clean however in our opinion it is a bit cheeky not to have plug sockets (at least 1) so the only option to dry your hair is to pay for their site hairdryer. Also why no mirrors in the disabled toilets!? Unfortunately this was not the only aspect we thought was unreasonably priced, the office and site shop has a variety of food, drinks, camping equipment, basics etc all of these excessively overpriced. Especially camping basics and toys that I have seen in poundland and were all priced at £2.50++ one item in particular was a picnic bag priced at £5 I have the same one bought from poundland a few weeks ago! Most staff (Crew) were friendly and helpful but the overall feel of the campsite lacked a personable approach. We still enjoyed time here due to the lovely location and friendly fellow campers.

★★★★★

Fantastic family site

Aug 2, 2016 by James Smith

Stayed here on first weekend of July and thought the pace was amazing. Totally feral but in the best possible way. Kids running around, campfires, bikes, games, kids making friends with other kids. Nice weather when I was there too, which always helps. Wandered up the road to the pub which is only about 100m away and really nice. A spot to sit outside in the sun there. The reception area of the campsite is in an airstream trailer, there's a very very neat little coffee shop in a shed and it's all run very smoothly. Great site. Would return and would highly recommend to families.

★★★★★

Almost Perfect

Aug 28, 2014 by Joeyf

The location of this site couldn't be more perfect. You could get out of your car and not need to get back in it for an entire week if you were so inclined. Excellent foodie pubs nearby (Red Lion in Burnsall and Craven Arms in Appletreewick), a smal shop on site with the essentials and fresh bread and croissants to order. Little kids will LOVE the very shallow river for paddling, rope swinging and catching fish, older kids (ahem) will love the rapids (not too crazy) and the rope swings over the deeper parts a little further down. GORGEOUS walks of the surrounding dales and loads of stuff a short drive away if it rains and you do want to get out and explore.

Things it has that others don't? Location - waterside, flat paths and hills, heated floors and piped birdsong in the bathrooms, lovely caring owners who really look after the site, hairdryer and straighteners in the bathroom.

Two TINY improvements could be made - slightly bigger pitches or opening up the other field for campers (there must be a reason they don't do this though) and a canopy over the washing up area. Maybe a play/ climbing area so the kids have somewhere to meet others when the water is too cold, but then all this would just make it too perfect and then we'd never get in.

I'd prefer it if you didn't go... I wish it were our own little secret.

★★★★★

Marvellous Masons

Sep 4, 2013 by Helen

Super location, site and facilities. We picked Masons for its riverside location and we were not disappointed. The tree swing over the riverside was the hi-light for our two children.  The riverside walk to Burnsall was lovely and the site is not too far from Grassington, Pately Bridge and Skipton. Facilities were good and we didn't have to queue for the loos, showers  or wash-up areas once. Overall a very busy, friendly site. Only one niggle; the site shop was vastly over priced. 

★★★★☆

Masons campsite

Jun 17, 2013 by Letitia

Just got back from a weekend at Masons Campsite. We were in the camping field, which was very, very busy and whilst we had plenty of space around us, it meant that the facilities were definitely under strain. Quite often we were in queues for the toilets and gave up waiting for a shower. I would recommend taking toilet roll with you as the ladies very often was out. Also due to a freshly mown field and wet weather, the toilets/showers were not very clean. Beware, the washing up facilities are good and plentiful , but not under cover (there were queues here too).

That said, the site is in a beautiful spot, the river location gorgeous and great for fly fishing. The field is flat and well drained and staff were helpful and always on hand. 

I would recommend going, but try and pick a quiet weekend


Why book with Cool Camping?

  • Best Price Guarantee, with no fees
  • Instant booking confirmation
  • Trusted for 10 years
  • Chance to win camping goodies in our regular competitions!

Check availability with the Date Search above

★★☆☆☆

Masons campsite

Jun 12, 2013 by Lucy

The campsite was good although there were too many tents on site and this meant It was very cramped. For the amount of people on site there were only 4 showers for men & 6 for women. With over a couple of hundred people on site this is nowhere near enough. 

The site's quiet time is from 11.30pm-7.30am. At around 11.05 we were approached and told to quiet down and get ready to sleep, even though the quiet time wasn't for another 25 minutes- the tents were too close together therefore the neighbouring tents are able to hear noise from others. 

The staff came across very strict – with 18 of us camping together we were accused of being too loud but with that many of us surely it is hard to keep quiet as we were only talking amongst ourselves. 

Apart from that, the toilets were kept clean at all times, I liked the way the campsite sold general things such as logs, toiletries and sweets/chocolate/drinks which was a big help (although very overpriced). 

The campsite is in a great location although with some very loud farm animals all through the night!! Lovely views and walks along the river to nearby pubs. Although we won't be visiting again.

★★★☆☆

Masons campsite

May 27, 2012 by bill123

Without doubt a good location.The local pubs were very good.We enjoyed being able to go walking from the campsite and a short drive to Malham Cove.The site was busy and felt overcrowded. The facilities are very good but inadequate for the number of people staying.Overall I didn’t enjoy this experience,mostly to do with the payment process, it starts by being expensive but the website booking means supplements are added, we had a lot of difficultly convincing the owners our tent is less than six metres in length(and therefore not due another supplement).

★★★★★

Masons campsite

May 8, 2012 by zackjess

W O W,,just returned from a fantasic 4 night stay at masons,,i cannot say enough about this site ,from the location which is perfect..be it a leisurely walk ,a stiff climb,a splash in the river,fishing ,wildlife watching,great pubs (2 within minutes) ,so relaxed and easy going a great place to relax and unwind ,a credit to owners and staff alike (who are always on hand with help/advice)facilities (toilets /showers ect)are faultless,so much to offer, be it tent city,campervans for hire ,rent a tent or a fabulous airstream and holiday let,this is genuine COOL camping at its best,,loved it cannot wait to return ,great for all the family(including Ruth our bay window vw she liked the level well drained pitch)see you all soon......

★★★★☆

Masons campsite

Apr 15, 2012 by migsy

What a lovely site! It is surrounded by lush rolling hills with a shallow river at the end of the camping field along which runs a riverside footpath. There are plenty of wild birds to spot and a few chickens to look at along with a couple of farm cats. The neighbouring sheep are very noisy early in the morning but I didn’t mind that. The ground is flat, well drained and soft and I think all pitches had EHU. A small sporadically open shop is contained within an Airstream van which also doubles up as the site office. Fires are allowed in fire pits which can be hired on site and firewood can be purchased. It is a great place for kids to explore but the river could be a hazard although it is mostly shallow. The toilets / showers are lovely. It is difficult to motivate yourself to have a shower in some sites but it was actually pleasurable to go into the shower block here. There is underfloor heating and the floor was always clean. I wish other campsites had such warm and clean facilities. There are no laundry facilities. Top site - highly recommended if you want to be close to nature but don’t want to brave cold and grim bathroom facilities.

★★★★☆

Masons

Jun 5, 2011 by erzsebel

Lovely place for kids, lots of space to run around in packs, and a river to explore. Not huge, tents packed in quite close together, so noisy at bedtime. A shop-van visits in the morning, with croissants etc. Nice riverside walk to Appletreewick, where there are pubs and a small shop.

★★★★★

Masons

Aug 7, 2010 by Rebbeck

This is a great little campsite, next to a fantastic river with riverside walks and general splashing about fun for children. The owners are very friendly, and the site is close to two great pubs which both serve a range of good local beers and good food. There is a huge amount to keep you occupied in the Dales nearby, and you can feel quite comfortable letting your children run about the site. Make sure you have insect repellent as midges can be a problem as with any riverside location. The toilets and shower facilities are good, and you can rent fire boxes, as well as buy eggs, and there is a well stocked mobile shop that arrives each morning. Stongly recommended for families.

Book Nearby Campsites