Catgill Farm Camping & Glamping

UK England North East England North Yorkshire Bolton Abbey

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Hot Tubs
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Hot tubs
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Family camping and glamping on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales and a stone's throw from famous Bolton Abbey

First opened as a temporary, tents-only campsite 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 a trio of 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.

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Spacious pitches with a large grassy area and small stream with woodland on site that kids love to play in. Electric hook up and a modern shower block with hot showers, washbasins and toilets, including a dedicated disabled/family room in both male and female washrooms. Wash basins have plugs for hairdryers, straighteners and electric razors. There's also a separate washing up room with 6 sinks and 3 fridge-freezers you can use. Bell tents sleep up to 4 people, with a king-sized bed and futons (all bedding, linen and towels provided), a wood-burner, bedside tables, lamps, coffee table, blanket box, crockery, cutlery, utensils and a sink. They share a private shower and toilet pod, which is located nearby and also has an sink outside for pot washing. Timber pods sleep 6, with a double bed, 2 single bunk beds and a sofa bed. They have a fully equipped kitchen, en-suite shower rooms, Wi-Fi, a TV and central heating. All glamping accommodation (pods and bell tents) have their own, private, wood-fired hot tubs and outdoor space.

Suitable For

Campers, glampers, tents, campervans, families, groups, dogs – yes. Caravans and motorhomes – no.


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 £7 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 & 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 brassiere 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.

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Family Friendly

The lumps and bumps of this rolling camping meadow are all a part of its charm. This is real Yorkshire farmland and with so much space, marvellous Bolton Abbey on the doorstep and Hesketh Farm Park around the corner, the kids certainly won't be complaining.

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The Owner Says

We are a small family run campsite in an idyllic location with spectacular views across the Wharfe valley. Offering 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. 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.
Minimum 3 night-stay on Bank Holiday and 2 night stay on High Season (July 1st – September 1st).

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160 grass tent pitches (30 with electric hook-up), 3 pods and 2 bell tents.

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Contact Catgill Farm Camping & Glamping, Catgill Farm, Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire BD23 6HA

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Getting There

From Ilkley take the A65 towards Skipton, After a couple of miles turn right towards Addingham then almost immediately right again. Follow the road to the junction and turn right. Follow this road for approximately 2 miles and at the roundabout go straight on towards Bolton Abbey. In the centre of Bolton Abbey turn left (signposted Hesketh Farm Park) and proceed for about ¾ of a mile, the campsite is on the right hand side.

From Skipton or Harrogate take the A59 towards Bolton Abbey. At the Bolton Abbey roundabout take the exit towards the village, turn left in the centre of the village and proceed for about ¾ of a mile. The campsite is on the right hand side.

The Pride of the Dales bus no 74 runs between Ilkley and Grassington approximately every 2 hours from Monday to Saturday. A Sunday service on route 800/805 also runs between Ilkley and Grassington. The nearest train station is Ilkley – trains run to and from Leeds every 30 minutes.


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Rated ★★★★★ over 67 reviews


Great weekend camping

Great weekend camping plenty of space as the campsite was relatively quiet as it was the last weekend in september. Lots of nice walks and really really great views from site. We walked to adingham which took about 1.5hours over nice scenery and the abbey. I would definitely return again. Shop had all the bits you would need and the fire pit was much needed too :)
Sep 30, 2019 by Ryan

Bonfire Night!

This campsite is in a stunning area with Bolton Abbey only a short stroll away (fab footpath via the site keeps you off the road for a short while), love the little shop but it needs to stock Fevertree Tonic water (my suggestion only and not a gripe)! The cafe & croissants morning shop is a great idea and in a funky setting too, the facilities are generous and thoughtful also. The ladies showers could do with some anti-mould paint on the ceiling and the drain slats on the floor need a good scrub down to remove build up, otherwise it was fabulously clean. The downside for me during my stay was the firepits, so many of them everywhere, causing a nostril nauseating permeation and ruining the views by creating a haze across the landscape. For some users they also resulted in anti-social behaviour by too much alcohol consumed late into the night and loud laughter, loud voices and some arguing to boot....until way past midnight. It was also a bit of a busman’s holiday for me as there are kids running about everywhere, screaming, crying, scootering, booting footballs (one of which clodded my van without apology), so perhaps avoid this site if you’re looking for a peaceful weekend.
Sep 23, 2019 by Carolyn Bailey

Beautiful setting, friendly and welcoming

In a beautiful place. The owners were really friendly. Great for family but none of the frenzied atmosphere of some of the bigger sites. Facilities are great, even a microwave. Been 3 times now and will be back for more.
Sep 23, 2019 by Mikaela Goodram


This place is everything it says and more. The pods really are luxurious, I could never get bored of the hot tub and the amazing views surrounding you. Fantastic location, we walked to Bolton Abbey from the pod and there are lots of local places to drive to. The only negative thing I would say is that the firewood is abit pricey but we had a fantastic 2 days here and the staff are very friendly. We will defiantly be back.
Sep 13, 2019 by Sophie

Fantastic campsite

Stayed for three nights, met up with old pals from school and took the kids. It was a lovely campsite with stunning views and loads to do nearby. (Loved the welly Walk at Bolton Abbey, and the amazing American diner up the hill!) Really pleased with the fact there were fridges and freezer available and electric hook up options, the facilities were nice and clean and staff were friendly. We hired a fire pit, and as it got dark it was lovely seeing/hearing everyone’s flickering fires and laughter. I do like a campsite where you can pitch in groups and not have to be in a numbered plot, much more sociable. Happy the cars were parked elsewhere as I felt safe letting my kids ride their bikes around and down to the stream. Would come back again.
Sep 3, 2019 by Emily Hall

Good camp site

Stopped for three nights. Campsite facilities very good , although at busy periods you have to queue for toilets and showers, really could do with more. Quiet time after 10.30 and there are sound police every where! Will go again , lovely area , lovely walks and close to so many lovely places. Beautiful
Sep 1, 2019 by Trez

Will I go back again?.....Definately!

I spent two nights at Catgills, one night in rain, one dry. This caused tge entrance to the car park to be chruned up but as long as you have wellies it was fine! My car managed it so chances are any car would. The facilities were great, loo roll in toilets, spacious clean hot showers in private cubicles. Two fridges and a freezer in the washing up room was a useful touch. If I was searching for a fault I'd say tge hairdryer was a bit lackluster but it did the job and better still - free to use! Best part of the camping experience is eating fresh chocolate croissants and drinking tea from our tent, looking out at the stunning view. Highly recommend grabbing pastry and a hot drink from their cafe, open about 7.30 - 9.30am. It cost about £6.50 for two. The other reason I'll be sure to return is the amazing location. It was a joy to visit the local pub one evening and walk back to the tent, looking at the starry sky. ...not to mention the site is a stobes throw from a cafe, antiquarian bookshop and Bolton Abbey of course. I've already looked into their glamping options which might be a 2020 treat...
Aug 19, 2019 by Kirsty Willette

Lovely family site

So picturesque, well run with good facilities. Dog friendly which is great. Nice location and peaceful. Wasn’t busy when we stayed but I believe it does get very busy at times.
Aug 13, 2019 by Sarah Tudgey

Welcoming, clean, relaxing.

Lovely campsite in the dales, it is very clean and nice and relaxing. Lovely people who run it and there for you if you need anything. Beautiful place and an excellent base point for everything that is around you. We will deffinately be back next year and will be bringing our 3 children with us. Thankyou so much for a lovely 5 night stay xx
Aug 3, 2019 by Rachel Morgan

Lovely location, friendly staff and family atmosphere

The views were beautiful. The electric tent pitch was really nice and easy to set up, relatively flat as well. The shower facilities were adequate, though the washing up facilities were undergoing some emergency repairs which was a little inconvenient (and smelly!). There is a little cafe on site for the mornings which serves the most amazing croissants!
Aug 3, 2019 by Simon Clinch

Amazing beautiful spotless site

Very clean well looked after site excellent base camp for walking cycling and other pursuits staff are friendly and attentive would stay again in furture
Jul 27, 2019 by Mickjordcam

A fabulous camp site

We loved this place. It’s a stunning area, the facilities are really clean and the staff are very helpful. We stayed on a grass pitch with an electric hook up and we will definitely go back again!
Jul 26, 2019 by Karen Gegg-Brega

Fantastic Site

Camped on an electric pitch this week. Friendly, helpful staff; clean and "generous" facilities; stunning location. Loved the peace and quiet! Definitely going back! Highly recommended.
Jul 14, 2019 by Denise Brogden

Clean, well managed, great location - what more do you want?

Lovely campsite with clean facilities, friendly staff and in a great location. We saw lots of beautiful countryside nearby on our 3 day stay. Highly recommended! Love that you can hire a firepit and that theres a 24 hour number for noisy neighbours - not that we had to use it! I went with my partner and we loved it, looks like it would be a vrrat place to take a family.
Jul 13, 2019 by Jessica Sawers-Warren

Lovely campsite, beautiful area

Lovely, well kept campsite with really friendly staff. Facilities are first rate, lovely hot showers and there’s even a cafe in the morning. Ideally situated for a quick jaunt up in to the hills, or a wander around the abbey.
Jul 12, 2019 by Jack

Great site in a lovely location

We are returning visitors to this lovely family site. Wonderful views and lots of space to play and fabulous walks on the doorstep. Everyone is friendly and helpful. Facilities are clean and there is always hot water for a shower. Fresh coffee and coissants in the morning are a bonus. There is a lovely vibe here..whatever the weather.
Jun 17, 2019 by Sally-Ann Kirk

Lovely peaceful weekend

The glamping pods are superb, really nice quality decor, the hot tubs are really good, takes a little prep, however worth it. The beds are comfy and we have the best night sleep in ages. Will definitely be back. Thanks
Jun 17, 2019 by Jon Harling

Enjoyable stay liked the idea of the cafe

All that is missing is a drying room for us walkers who get wet but are camping. Although there is a mop to use I feel that there could be a clean in the morning as I didn't see anyone using it. We did. Other than that we loved it
Jun 16, 2019 by Sharon Wozencroft

very nice camp site.

very nice camp site. easy to find. lots to do. friendly staff. clean, up to date facilities. value for money
Jun 12, 2019 by Tom

Nice but busy

We were really looking forward to our stay at Catgill with our 3 children. It’s a nice clean site with a nice coffee shop. Personally we found the site too busy and noisy into the early hours and the toilets were really busy. We camped next to the stream in the bottom field which felt a bit less crowded but at the expense of a trek to the toilets and washing up facilities.
Jun 8, 2019 by 5 Happy Campers

Great site lacking some facilities.

This is a big, lovely site. In a beautiful place within walking distance of Bolton Abbey. There’s a great, friendly atmosphere on site and it’s a good family place with lots of space for kids to play without getting in anybody’s way. The coffee and pastries cafe is a bonus as well. The downsides are the shower and toilets, although clean, there aren’t enough of them, especially toilets. A pity as everything else about the site is perfect.
Jun 5, 2019 by m25

Lovely site but more facilities needed

Perfect positioning for Bolton Abbey, nice site which monitored their quiet times. We chose a flat position on the lower field which the children enjoyed as they were able to play in the stream. However there were no water taps in this field nor shower or toilet facilities. There is only one shower block per male/female which is situated by reception so we had a trek every time we needed a shower or to use the great tea/coffee/washing up facilities. Luckily we had a camping toilet which we used but no facilities on site to dispose of this and clean apart from in the toilets which isnt very hygenic. Long queues in the morning for showers/toilet as there were only 4 of each and the site was really busy.
Jun 3, 2019 by AJK

Doesn't get better than this

An outstanding two nights spent here in The Hare bell tent. Warm welcome. Easy check in. The tent was luxurious, and spacious, perfect for four of us. Inside was fully furnished, including cooking utensils. Highlight was the hot tub. Beautiful views across the valley, toasty warm water. And a fire pit for cooking. Really was outstanding.
Jun 2, 2019 by Stuart Douglas

A really nice campsite.

Nice campsite. Lots of space, lovley green field. Good we could borrow the fire stands. Great views. Nice coffee shop on site. Great kitchen/ washup area. The fridge and freezer were very useful on the hot sunny bank holiday weekend! Only downside was the number of showers and toilets as we sometimes had to wait a while.
Apr 23, 2019 by Daniel

Enjoyable Easter bank holiday Camping

Great location, friendly staff and decent facilities. Handy extras like fire pit hire and coffee & croissants in the mornings. Would definitely stay again!
Apr 23, 2019 by Sally B

Pointless stay wouldn't recommend

We payed extra to have the hot tub lit on arrival but they hadn't lit it, the owner basically said there's nothing he could do about it and just gave us our money back. He was really rude and didn't seem bothered, the hot tub was the main reason why we had booked. We had to wait 3 hours for the hot tub to warm up, we only spent an hour in it, as you are left to heat the hot tub up yourselves no instructions what to do, we put too may logs on and the water was scalding hot so we couldn't use it again. This morning we got up at 7.30am called reception for some more logs for the owner to say we cannot use the hot tub again as it's in the terms and conditions... who even goes away for a break and reads the terms and conditions??? This guy is absolutely deluded!! Surely you should be able to use the facilities untill check out at 11am?? The pods and the other staff are lovely but the owner is stuck up, looks down at you and has shown no remorse for the inconveniences. I wouldn't stop here ever again he totally spoilt our break away, we've had to book a spa day today as it's my partners birthday, we wanted to do something nice and feel as it's been ruined.
Apr 15, 2019 by Joanne Louise Eastwood

Response from Catgill Farm Camping & Glamping

We’re sorry you didn't enjoy your stay with us. We work extremely hard to ensure that our guests have an amazing time when they visit Catgill and it’s disappointing that we did not achieve the high standards we aspire to. I came to your pod to apologise that the hot tub was not ready on your arrival, I admitted that it was an oversight on my part and as a gesture of goodwill you were given 3 complementary bags of logs and refunded the money for the prelighting service. The welcome pack contains comprehensive instructions on how to light, heat and maintain the temperature of the tub along with a safety guide. Following these instructions will bring the hot tub to the perfect temperature and maintain it for several hours. Our hot tubs have been the most exciting part of the stay for many families and we want people to get the most out of them. In response to your comments we have introduced a new system where guests are sent the hot tub user guide 2 days prior to their arrival so that they have the opportunity to read the information before they arrive. Our glamping accommodation is a new venture that has only been open for 2 weeks and that comes with inevitable teething problems, one of which concerns the emptying, cleaning and refilling of our hot tubs. Whilst it does state in the Ts&Cs that you are not allowed to light the hot tub on the morning of departure we are confident this is a short term issue which we are working hard to resolve. Following the instructions for using the hot tub will mean that it is still warm enough to use the following morning. Once again I can only apologise that the issues with the hot tub spoiled your stay and I hope you will come back and give us another try in the future.

Fab family site

We stayed for a couple of nights on our family road trip - we didn’t want to leave! Stunning views from our pitch, lovely, clean facilities and fresh croissants and pain au chocolat for breakfast! Look forward to staying for longer on our next visit!
Aug 10, 2018 by Vicki

Fantastic family camp

This campsite is in beautiful surroundings,my kids really enjoyed playing in the little stream.
Aug 3, 2018 by Helen

What a beautiful place to stay

Staff friendly pleasant place to stay would recommend thanks again
Jul 18, 2018 by Jason

Fantastic little family campsite

What a lovely weekend we had, lovely clean and friendly campsite. Great location, close to Bolton Abbey for swimming in the Wharfe and a couple of tea rooms and cafes serving good food. Small on site shop, good clean toilets and showers. Only negative ( and it's really minor) is the fridges were really packed and not that cold.
Jul 9, 2018 by Jackie

Quiet and peaceful in glorious Dales scenery. Nice and agricultural. Excellent facilities. Very friendly staff.

Jul 5, 2018 by Judith

Beautiful spot

Lovely campsite, facilities are very clean, just not enough showers. The staff are friendly and the views are amazing! 15 min walk to Bolton Abbey too. The pitches aren’t marked which some may enjoy but as the tent next to us left on out second night we were in the middle of the cricket/football pitch which was fine until drunk dads started hammering footballs against our tent. Overall a fantastic site but get there early to get the best spots around the edge of the site.
Jul 3, 2018 by Sally

Relaxed and friendly site

Just had a fabulous weekend at Catgill. Arrived early on Friday to pitch, which I would recommend as pitches are not marked, so it is a free-for-all. You can stay until midnight on the day you leave, so it is nice to not have to rush to pack up on going-home day. The owners and staff were all really friendly, We especially loved the coffee shop which was very popular!
Jul 3, 2018 by Zoe Hollis

Lovely location, beautiful campsite

We and three groups of friends with young kids had a lovely weekend here. Beautiful medium sized site (two big fields). Lots of families, quiet by 10.30 (we gave up on the idea of normal bedtime and let our little one stay up late). Good toilet/shower/washing up facilities, quite new. Small shop incl cold drinks fridge. We brought our own fire pit or you could hire them. They also had stands for disposable bbqs that you could borrow. Nice 20min walk to Bolton abbey. Lots to do nearby with young kids (in the abbey grounds (river and welly walk) and also Hesketh farm park 2 mins from campsite).
Jul 2, 2018 by Alice

Bringing back my childhood

As a child I never went abroad we would always come camping to the Yorkshire dales and when the sun was out we would always spend the day at Bolton abbey and burnsall... So you can imagine my excitement when the weather looked beautiful for the week and I found a last minute hidden gem in my favourite place. As soon as we arrived to check in the gentlemen made me feel as if we were old friends... And that we had been time and time again.... We had a lovely little chat and then he proceeded to tell me all about the fanastic facilities you have and then just to go and camp where we want... Which again was a strange one for us as all the campsites we have been to, you don't get a choice in the matter. We found a lovely secluded little spot by the stream and under the tree.. We set up camp for the night.... We had a lovely drive into ilkley...(a gorgeous town) and had a lovely walk along the river wharfe (again brings back so many memories of them all jumping of the bridge) we then proceeded back to the campsite and watched the sunset and laid under the stars in peace and quiet...(no noise after 10.30) we woke up the day next I would like to say lovely and refreshed but our blow up bed seemed to have a leak so woke on the floor. That only added to the camping experience.We then took a lovely 20mins stroll to Bolton abbey and spent the morning exploring there and going over the stepping stones that I never dared to as a child. (Still scared abit now tbh) we then walked back up to catgill and sadly had to pack our belonging away and go back to the life of work.... Overall it was only two days and a night but it left a lasting impression... We will 100% be back and for longer next time. It helped me relive my childhood if only for a short time! Lastly I have to say the facilities are the cleanness we have seen!!! Keep up the amazing work!!!!
Jul 1, 2018 by Laura

A great amount of space for all to set up

This site is positioned so well for activities for kids and adults alike and we could have stayed much longer with so much to entertain us so close by. Facilities are more than we ever require from a campsite even my wife would have been happy:)
Jun 26, 2018 by chris

Very relaxed

Very relaxed, great helpful staff, clean, convenient, great location/views.
Jun 25, 2018 by Hill

Location, friendly, clean

Fabulous site. Great location - you can walk to Bolton abbey avoiding the parking fees. Very friendly staff and fabulous hot clean showers. Staff politely remind you to be quiet after 22:30. Coffee and fresh croissants in the morning available and the fire pits, although over priced, are great.
Jun 19, 2018 by Campingaddict

Quiet countryside campsite

The washing facilities were clean and even included a hairdryer. Coffee and croissants are available in the mornings and fire pits can be hired. The site was spacious but did slope a bit. The views are wonderful. Camping doesn’t get much better than this. I will be returning.
Jun 19, 2018 by Ruth

Great on-site facilities, lovely views

Things we liked about the site: - friendly staff - good toilets / washing facilities - coffee shop with croissants was a nice treat - views across the valley were beautiful - great location for walks and trail runs from the site Reservations: - Quite hilly in parts so hard to find a flat spec when busy - no proper pub within walking distance (there’s the Devonshire Arms Hotel but that’s not the kind of place you go for a couple of pints) Advice: - take insect repellent - Admittedly it was peak midge season but they were ferocious and came mob-handed!
Jun 5, 2018 by MikeD64

Great views, lovely clean facilities, helpful staff.

I stayed with my 2 children for 2 nights. It was our 1st time camping! The site is lovely and clean and everyone was so friendly. Was a bit nervous about no EHU but it was fine. We stayed in top field which was furthest from amenities but had lots of space for the children to play together. Will definately be staying again x
Jun 1, 2018 by EmmaP

Fantastic views, family friendly and lovely owners

Brilliant site for families, our 3 year old loved it! Stunning views, lovely people :)
Jun 1, 2018 by Julia

Excellent campsite

Stayed from 25th to 28th May with son and grandsons for annual 'boys camping weekend'. Best site I have been on: beautiful surroundings, plenty of well maintained space, excellent toilet/shower and kitchen facilities, very friendly and helpful staff. Will definitely recommend to other family members.
May 30, 2018 by Jonathan

Beautiful Views & Facilities

We've stayed at this site 4 times over the last 2 years and it just gets better and better! The site is well maintained and each time we go we can see improvements. The Coffee shop has been a fantastic addition this time, serving fresh coffee and croissants each morning. The staff are always lovely and helpful and you can see that they all take great pride in where they work. The toilets, showers and washing up facilities are always clean and are of an excellent standard. A 10-15 minute walk to Bolton Abbey and the cafe.
May 30, 2018 by Katie

Beautiful views, great facilities.

Stayed one night, first time camping in 30 years. Great facilities, kitchen with fridge and freezer! Also kettle and microwave if needed. Bathrooms immaculate. We pitched up near top of field near to facilities. There were only two other tents pitched on a Wednesday so very peaceful. Very friendly welcome & Wardens were very friendly and helpful. Lovely walk at Bolton Abbey and a trip into Skipton to get all your supplies, lovely butcher for amazing meats for your bbq. Enjoyed seeing all the calves and listening to the many birds.
May 25, 2018 by Carol Fox

Location and facilities

Excellent site in a convenient location close to Bolton Abbey. Site had some of the cleanest shower and wash facilities and nice little coffee shop. Pitches were very good and plenty of space so that you are not on top of one another. Only downside if this is one is that the showers shut off after 20seconds, so timer could do with adjusting, other than this I will definately be returning
May 22, 2018 by Gordon Mc

Brilliant weekend

I’m not one for writting reviews but as our stay was so good thought I would. From a warm welcome to clean facilities, coffee and warm croissants in the morning and a very friendly atmosphere. Excellent
May 21, 2018 by Tracey

Phenomenal views!

I went as a couple for a nice walking/active weekend away. We both thoroughly enjoyed the stay, it is very central to shops, amenities and some great walks. The washroom and toilet facilities were well kept and clean, hot running water was a massive bonus! The gentleman that checked us in was lovely and had a stock of various items you may need when someone, no one in particular, brings a disposable BBQ that unfortunately wouldn't light. Easy to access, highly recommend!
May 14, 2018 by Hayley

Perfect long weekend

First time camping with my friend and also at catgill. We went 23/09/17 to 25/09/17 and it was perfect. Thought with it not been school holidays it would be perfect time to go and it was! Not too busy at all it was great. And sunday night there was only 3 other tents in are field as most people only came till sunday. They had two fields to choose from we went for smaller one behind the farm buildings and the best thing was you could just drive in and pick a place you want and set up, no hassle, no order and no camping right next to others it was great.we choose the corner at the top, great views and not too far from toilet block. Got a fab warm and funny welcoming from ken on arrival, absolute heart of gold owner who made us laugh with his humour everytime we bumped into him, amazing gentleman made us feel welcome from word go. They had an area to wash up, which also had a kettle/microwave and a fridge freezer you can use at any time. The toilet block was very spacious and clean and they had plug sockets in that came in handy to charge are phones and my friend could use her straighteners. I would definitely visit again as its great value for money and a great location and the family who own it are so lovely and welcoming. Thank you again for a perfect weekend, and hopefully see you again next year 😊
Sep 25, 2017 by Chloe


Had a great one night stay 23/9/17. First camping trip with our new dog so wanted a dog friendly site with access to good walks, Catgill fitted the bill and didn't dissapoint. Very clean communal areas, access to kettle, microwave, fridge and freezer, unusual to get these all included in camp fee. When looking at reviews saw that some people had issues with not being allotted specific areas to camp, I prefer a less regimented site and loved you could choose your own pitch and weren't in rows like some sites. Very friendly reception and brilliant value for money, only £20 for myself and husband got one night, no charge for our dog, which once again not the norm. Despite being late in season it was pretty busy so shows its popularity and we will definitely go again.
Sep 25, 2017 by Carole

Excellent campsite :)

We went on our first family camping trip at the weekend and it was absolutely brilliant! From the arrival and meeting Ken, it had such a friendly atmosphere and he was very helpful. The facilities are brill, i was expecting to spend the night slumming it, as I haven't camped before but the showers and cleaning facilities were clean and great. The communal kitchen was fab with a kettle, microwave, fridge/freezer and sinks for cleaning up.The views were stunning, even with the clouds. The area and walks are just so lovely. All in all, a fab first camping trip and we will definitely be back :)
Sep 25, 2017 by Jo Cox


This site sounds really lovely on Cool Camping...gloriously green meadow space...30 grassy pitches...unfortunately that is not the reality we experienced. The campsite is a sloping field on a farm - there are very few level areas for pitching tents. The owners do not seem to have any limit on the number of tents they accept. We stayed for 4 nights in August and the site varied from about 50 to 80 tents. People can pitch wherever they like - which in principle is fine - however, when you accept too many tents for the size of field, this leads to overcrowding and tents being pitched very close. One one night the tent next to us was so close that our guy ropes were overlapping! There is a second field which appears to only be used at the weekends - so if you go at weekends you can expect even more campers! In the interests of balance the facilities were good. Hot showers, plenty of sinks for washing up. If the site had accepted fewer tents it would have been lovely.
Aug 21, 2017 by dock

Brilliant campsite and great owners - One not to miss

Stayed at Catgill in June with my family and we all had a great time. I dont usually write reviews but felt the need to tell people how good this place is. From the minute you arrive you get the feeling that the place is really chilled out. The reception is in the farm house and the old man who checked us in is a real character who could not help us enough. Pitches are not set out and you can go wherever you like which we loved as so many sites tell you where you have to pitch these days. There is loads of room for kids to play and although there isnt a playground we hardly saw them all weekend as they were having fun playing in the stream and woodland. The site felt really safe and the views were amazing. The campsite is 10 minutes walk from Bolton Abbey and there is so much to do in the area. We didn't have time to do it all and will definitely be returning. The toilet and shower block was spotless and really well fit out. The kitchen area has washup sinks, fridge freezers, microwave and kettle which are all free to use. There is a new coffee shop selling fresh coffee and warm croissants in the mornings which is great if you cant be bothered to make your own! Thanks to the owners for sharing this beautiful campsite with us and see you again soon. The James family
Jul 14, 2017 by Ruth_J

Great site

Great spot, really close to Bolton Abbey. Facilities were clean, well maintained and the staff were really helpful. The little coffee hut was a really nice addition. Will definitely visit again!
Apr 18, 2017 by lliohaf1

Early July

Visited in early July and really loved this site. A proper farm campsite which is the sort of place I love but still has new facilities that are really well looked after. The camping meadow isn't completely flat, but there are plenty of areas that are and that's where most people pitch. All tents too, when I was there. This is not a big caravan site. Yay! Bolton Abbey village is lovely. Lots of walking nearby too. Get an OS map of the Yorkshire Dales and your sorted!
Aug 2, 2016 by James Smith


Just returned from a wonderful few days camping at this great site. The facilities were spotless whatever time we used them and the family who run it couldn't be more helpful. There is a small shop with useful items and the firepit was a boon as it did get cooler at night. The views are to die for and the peace and quiet amazing. Can you tell we had a good time? Highly recommended!
Jul 13, 2016 by Mel

Not quite what was expected

We stayed at Catgill at the beginning of June and chose the site on the basis of the Cool Camping listing, which talks about 30-50 pitches and it being a walker's haven.  The reality was over 100 tents across two fields, the majority occupied by families with young children.  The site itself reflects the review - clean modern facilities, great views, friendly owners, firepit loan - but the sheer numbers mean this is a very noisy, squashed in, cramped and busy space and there was a lot of pressure on the facilities.  If you are looking for quiet and peaceful, it may be worth checking with the owners how many are expected when you'll be there.  Or alternatively, if you've a young family, you may find it ideal.  As part of a couple looking for a chilled out walking break in the beautiful Dales, it really wasn't what we were hoping for.

Jun 13, 2016 by Susan_J

Response from Catgill Farm Camping & Glamping

Thank you for taking the time to post a review of our site, we are sorry that you were disappointed by your stay at Catgill. The site is very popular with families and couples alike so can quite busy during school holidays as there is so much to do in the local area for families with children. We try to create a balance by controlling the number of tents we allow whilst trying not to disappoint anyone who wants to stay with us. In contrast the site is usually very peaceful during term time especially during the week. We hope you will return to give us another try and take advantage of our fabulous local walks and our beautiful countryside.


Good site poorly managed

Went for a 3 day break with my son, told upon arrival I could pitch up anywhere. The camping field is on a slope with the main level area at the bottom of the field (opposite end to the facilities which were clean and tidy). First night was ok, second day/night more campers arrived and the bottom of the field became congested, some campers were very noisy, playing football around tents and hitting some cars and drinking alcohol. Partying and arguing went on until after midnight, with some children in adjacent tent laughing and giggling until 11.30pm. A vehicle drove across the field behind our tent at 1.00am. We were awoken again at 04.30 am by the children in the next tent. We packed up 1 day early and left for home to peace and quiet. All of this was against a backdrop of 3 large noisy tractors in the adjacent field gathering hay and creating dust until 10pm. The site is accessible down a single track road about half a mile long with passing places, this lane was also used by these tractors to offload their hay as quickly as possible. The site rules are on a board at right at the entrance gate which no one stops to read or follow. The site owner says he gives everyone a yellow card upon arrival with the rules which should be displayed in the vehicle windscreen. We were not given anything when we checked in neither did we see any vehicle with yellow cards, he also said we were lucky that the tractors stopped at 10pm as some farmers carry on through the night. We offered a complimentary stay as compensation for the trouble caused, I declined.

Jun 12, 2016 by Expertadvice

Response from Catgill Farm Camping & Glamping

We are very sorry to hear that you have not had a good experience at Catgill, we aim to provide a relaxed atmosphere and we have put a lot of thought into our rules and regulations. A yellow card should be given to every camper upon arrival to display in their windscreen and we encourage our guests to read the rules on the back. We check the site at regular intervals during busy periods to make sure guests pitch their tents sensibly and we regulate the number of tents we allow. We also patrol the site at night during the quiet time to address any excessive noise and to remind people to be considerate. Catgill is situated in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales and the stunning location and outstanding views are all part of that rural setting. We are surrounded by working farms and our local farmers have to work extremely hard. We are very sorry that you were disturbed by the adjacent farmer but we hope that you will appreciate that there is usually a limited window for collecting and baling hay due to our unpredictable weather conditions. Our offer of a complementary stay remains and we hope you will come and give us another try.


Overcrowded and slopey

We recently stayed at Catgill and found it to be far too busy. It is advertised on this and other sites as having 30 pitches...the weekend we were there there were over 120 tents all crammed into two fields that simply aren't big enough.  This left no room for children to play safely and the campers had to speak to each other to ensure cars could get off site safely as there is no marked track.  I would guess there are about 30 flat pitches, all the others are on such big slopes that you slide down the tent in your sleep.  The grass is also very rough in some areas with the roots of small shrubs sticking out which led to splinters. Due to the number of people, there were almost constant queues for the showers, toilets and washing up area and they ran out of hot water for most of Sunday morning.  Camping here felt like being at a busy music festival - fine if that's what you are expecting, but not if you are used to camping in sites where a sensible capacity is set and adhered to.

Such a shame as this could be a lovely site - the views are great, the facilities are new and were kept spotlessly clean despite the volume of people and Bolton abbey is wonderful.  

Comment from the campsite owner:

Dear Catz,

Thanks for your review. Catgill is a relatively new site and we have been overwhelmed by its popularity. We tried to accommodate everyone over the bank holiday weekend but we agree with you the site was too busy. Although we have a relatively large number of flat pitches there are some on a slight slope, however, in our experience people often prefer the slightly sloping pitches to the 
flat ones. We do not allocate pitches because we usually find that campers like to choose their own although we do ask that people pitch and park considerately. 
We monitor the site regularly to check that exit routes are clear and that everyone can get in and out safely. We have a fantastic area at the bottom of the site where there is a small stream surrounded by trees providing a natural and safe environment where children can play. Our staff were on site all weekend and spent a considerable time talking to guests ensuring they were happy and having a good time. We are aware that there was a short time on Sunday morning when the showers ran out of hot water due to a technical fault with the new upgraded water system. Although we have decided to decrease the capacity next year most people had a fabulous time and many came to thank us for a great weekend, as you say the showers are new and were kept spotless, the views are breath-taking and Bolton Abbey is amazing.

Sep 2, 2015 by Catz

Peaceful campsite

We have just returned from a long weekend at Catgill- what a fantastic location. The campsite is family friendly, and the views are amazing. The facilities are well maintained, and clean. There are some great village pubs nearby, and The Fleece at Addingham is fantastic- thanks for the recommendation Oliver! We took our dog with us, and this was no problem.

Aug 5, 2014 by SophieJK

wet weekend

Found the site to have the air of welcome, facilities were kept clean and tidy, fellow campers were pleasant and considerate, impressed as to the design and lay out, the location was perfect....  then the sun came out!

Aug 4, 2014 by buttons


Just returned from 2 nights stay at Catgill site. The setting is lovely, with great views, and very good new washing up facilities and toilet blocks. However, none of the facilities were cleaned at all, for the whole of our stay. By the final morning the showers (2 in each block) were quite unpleasant to use, and the washbasins very dirty. This was after only 9 tents on the first night we were there, and 15 on the second night. This weekend according to the owner, there will be 87 tents! This site has a lot going for it but cleanliness is vital. I have seen other reviews regarding lack of cleanliness and the site has only been in operation for a couple of months.

Jul 24, 2014 by Kaz

Response from Catgill Farm Camping & Glamping

Kaz, Thank you for posting this review, we are a new site and are still learning so we welcome constructive criticism. We have been overwhelmed by the success of the campsite, which has been more or less fully booked every weekend, in fact many campers have been so impressed that they have already returned. 

We are very sorry you were disappointed with the standard of cleanliness in our shower block; we believe your experience may have been due to additional work being carried out ironically to improve ease of cleanliness! Our facilities have been built to a high standard and designed with ease of cleaning in mind. They are checked on a regular basis and we employ a professional cleaning service in order to maintain the high standards we expect to provide for our campers. 

On arrival we always try to encourage guests to talk about their experiences and to report any problems, as there is always someone on site. If you had come to us during your stay we would have been able to rectify the problem immediately. 

We are confident that our shower block is maintained to a high standard and both comments we have received: to provide a mop and bucket and to check the toilet rolls more often have now been addressed. We intend to keep a much closer eye on the condition of the shower block following your comments and we hope you will be prepared to return to our beautiful site in the future. 


Helpful owners

The owners of this campsite were extremely helpful when I needed to access my emails and sort out some urgent admin. They were so accommodating and let me use their computer - I was so grateful to them.

Tip top customer service. 
Jul 23, 2014 by Auz


We are seasoned campers of 25 yrs plus, this a great site and given its only been open 7 weeks the owner is doing a great job. Lovely shower block, to make it perfect it needs a little attention to detail on cleaning but the owner was happy to take the feedback. Sockets for haidryers /phones etc and plenty of hot water and great showers! Washing up room is light and airy with a fridge freezer for campers, plenty of sinks.

Camping field is large with a slope leading to a level section with no formal pitches so you can set up wherever you like, soft ground for pegs, very relaxed atmosphere in stunning scenery. 

Would recommend highly and will be visiting again this summer

Jul 19, 2014 by Fingerinthewind


Loved this campsite, peaceful relaxing and family orientated.

But... The toilet block could do with being checked on a little more often as twice on different days ,  I went in and there was no loo paper in any of the loos - which I think is pretty bad, there is only 2 showers so expect a bit of a queue on a morning unless you are early birds which we are.

On the whole apart form the shoer block definitely to be recommended , also loved the fire pits too.

Jul 13, 2014 by H


Lovely views, quiet site with good facilites.  Near Hesketh farm, Bolton Abbey and the Yorkshire Dales ice cream farm so great for children. Once checked in we didn't see anyone working there but knew they were there.  We'll definitely be going back. I stayed here with my children (2 and 4) for one night. 

May 28, 2014 by Hazel

Definitely recommended

Campsites are simple things. A field, some toilets and a standpipe at it’s most basic. Some places, however, go the extra steps to make weekends memorable. The latter can be said of Catgill campsite. From the warm welcome on arrival to the arranging the beautiful weather on the day we left, the owners really went out of their way to make our weekend. Joking aside; as seasoned campers, we totally recommend this place. Set in amazing countryside with stunning views from the camping field, this place has everything you’d need for a perfect weekend. The fire pits to hire are a brilliant touch. The environs have loads to offer for all the family, plus some incredible restaurants if you fancied a more sophisticated evening. It’s worth checking out the Farm Shop in Crackoe, which although it a bit of a drive is worth the journey. We’re definitely going back and urge you to try this place too. 

May 27, 2014 by howiemartinez

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