Howgill Lodge Caravan & Camping Park

UK England North East England North Yorkshire Bolton Abbey

  • Electrical hook-ups
  • Laundry
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Hot Tubs
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
A well-laid out campsite in the Yorkshire Dales with views across the Wharfe Valley

It’s never fun to pitch your tent on a slope. There are plenty of campsites in the mountains with good views but finding a place like Howgill Lodge, which is both tucked into a view-tastic hillside but also perfectly terraced so that your pitch is flat, well, in the Yorkshire Dales, that’s nothing short of a minor miracle.

Near the foot of Simon’s Seat, a 1,600-foot mountain reached via a steep path from the campsite, Howgill Lodge is an ideally-placed ramblers’ campsite with good facilities and ample space. A gravel track leads from the old stone reception building, first past a series of hardstandings and then down through four terraces, each backed by a drystone wall and with picnic benches laid out, ready for the day's campers to arrive. Birch trees and the odd oak break up the space and, at the bottom, the camping area doglegs around to another long, tent-friendly paddock that’s a little more private at quieter times (though a longer walk from the facilities). In summer time, when the trees are green, the sun's out and ivy creeps along the patchwork of drystone walls, it's a layout worthy of the camping version of Capability Brown.

The general ambience here is laid back. Campfires are allowed in firepits, well-behaved dogs are welcome and there’s an easy-going mix of walkers and families. The former come to hike the fells or walk the 80-mile-long Dales Way (which passes 500 yards from the campsite), while the latter might not walk much further than the River Wharfe for a swim (about half a mile; 10 minutes with the kids). Nearby Bolton Abbey, with a magnificent ruined priory and a picture-worthy picnic area reached via stepping stones, is also a great place to spend the day, while young ones will particular enjoy Hesketh Farm Park or a ride on Thomas the Tank Engine, which runs on the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway, 15 minutes’ drive away.

Details

Facilities

Main washblock with toilets, showers, a covered washing-up area, coin-operated washing machine and dryer, plus a couple of smaller toilet blocks so that you’re never too far from a loo. There is also a small shop stocking essentials. Campfires are only permitted in firepits raised off the grass (available for hire). There’s a picnic bench at every pitch.

Suitable For

Everyone! Tents, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, families, groups, dogs...

Nearby

It’s all of about 100 metres from the campsite to the nearest decent footpath, which zig-zags its way up the slope beside the campsite climbing to Simon’s Seat, not especially high at 485 metres (1,591 ft) but a real landmark of the area and rewarding hikers with impressive panoramic views. As a result, it’s a popular walk and the loop from the campsite is around four miles. In the opposite direction, you can easily join the Dales Way, which runs beside the River Wharfe, following an easy route along the valley bottom to Burnsall (around an hours walk) where there’s a good pub and café. On a hot day, there are plenty of good spots along the river for swimming. By car, head south for family attractions – ruined Bolton Abbey Priory, Hesketh Farm Park (01756 710444) and the Bolton Abbey Steam Railway line (along with good tea rooms and ice cream in Bolton Abbey Village). Or head north for more popular mountain climbing routes, such as the hike over the hills to Malham Cove, Gordale Scar and Janet’s Foss.

Food & Drink

The two pubs in Appletreewick (both dog-friendly and serving food) can be reached by following the Dales Way (around 25 minutes walk), which follows the River Wharfe before you turn off and cross a field. The New Inn (01751 720252) has a selection of quirky beers, while the 16th-century Craven Arms (01756 720270) has log fires, gas lamps and stone-flagged floors. The Red Lion (01756 720204) and the Riverbank café (07711 530156) in Burnsall are more like a one-hour walk away, beside the river all the way.

Opening Times

March–November.

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The Owner Says

If you want a peaceful, relaxing and truly back to nature getaway then look no further than Howgill Lodge. Set amongst the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales, in between Bolton Abbey and Burnsall, Howgill offers an idyllic setting for your Yorkshire Dales holiday. Close to the river Wharfe and part of the Duke of Devonshire's Chatsworth Estate, Howgill is a hidden gem nestled in the heart of Wharfedale.

Offering electric and non-electric pitches, we can accommodate tents motorhomes and caravans and for those wanting a more luxurious stay our beautiful holiday caravans are equipped with everything you need for a stress-free break and include a private log fuelled hot tub. Whatever you choose, you will be sure of a warm welcome and outstanding views over the rolling hills of the Wharfe valley.

Howgill Lodge offers the perfect destination in a completely rural setting yet within easy reach of nearby attractions, there is always plenty to do, including a beautiful 20 minute riverside walk to a traditional Yorkshire pub.

Here you can expect stunning scenery and a traditional warm Yorkshire welcome. We can't wait for you to visit!

Pitches

Around 50 pitches for tents and caravans, with plans afoot for pods and bell tents to be added for glampers in 2021.

Single axle caravan with electric

All-weather with electricity Sleeps 6 10 Available
Gravel pitches with 10 amp electric hook up, suitable for tourers, motorhomes and campervans.

EHU Gravel Pitch for Motorhomes & Campervans

All-weather with electricity Sleeps 8 3 Available
Gravel pitches with 10 amp electric hook up, suitable for motorhomes and campervans. Price includes 2 adults

Electric Grass Pitch - up to 5m x 7m

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 8 2 Available
Grass pitches suitable for tents, trailer tents and campervans. Price includes 2 adults and 2 children.

Electric Grass Pitch - up to 7m x 7.5m

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 8 4 Available
Grass pitches suitable for Tents and Trailer tents. Price includes 2 adults and 2 children.

Electric Grass Pitch - up to 7.5m x 7.5m

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 8 3 Available
Grass pitches suitable for Tents and Trailer tents. Price includes 2 adults and 2 children.

Non Electric Grass Pitch - up to 5m x 6m

Grass pitch Sleeps 8
Grass pitches suitable for tents. Price includes 2 adults.

Electric Grass Pitch - up to 6m x 6m

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 8
Grass pitches suitable for Campervans, Tents and Trailer tents. Price includes 2 adults.

Electric Grass Pitch - up to 5m x 6m

Grass pitch with electricity Sleeps 8
Grass pitches suitable for Campervans, Tents and Trailer tents. Price includes 2 adults.

Non Electric Grass Pitch - up to 7.5m x 4m

Grass pitch Sleeps 8 3 Available
Grass pitches suitable for tents. Price includes 2 adults.

Non Electric Grass Pitch up to 3m x 3m

Grass pitch Sleeps 8
Grass pitch suitable for tents. Price includes 2 adults.

Non Electric Grass Pitch - up to 7m x 7.5m

Grass pitch Sleeps 8
Grass pitches suitable for tents. Price includes 2 adults and 2 children.

Non Electric Grass Pitch - up to 6m x 6m

Grass pitch Sleeps 8 7 Available
Grass pitches suitable for tents. Price includes 2 adults.

Non Electric Grass Pitch - up to 7.5m x 7.5m

Grass pitch Sleeps 8 2 Available
Grass pitches suitable for tents. Price includes 2 adults and 2 children.

Non Electric Grass Pitch - up to 5m x 7m

Grass pitch Sleeps 8 2 Available
Grass pitches suitable for Tents and Trailer tents. Price includes 2 adults and 2 children.

Self catered caravans with private hot tubs

Lodge Sleeps 4 4 Available
The ultimate luxury caravans with amazing views and everything you need for a relaxing getaway

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Location

Contact Howgill Lodge Caravan & Camping Park, Barden, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 6DJ

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Getting There

From the A59 at Bolton Abbey Roundabout, take the B6160, signposted 'Burnsall'. Continue through Bolton Abbey, under the arch and, about three miles later, you will reach Barden. Barden Tower, an old ruin, is on your right. Turn right, now signposted 'Appletreewick' and go down over the bridge. A mile later, just on the bend by the phone box, turn right onto Howgill Lane. Continue past the farm and you'll reach the campsite.

Beware: SatNav's have a tendency to take you off the A59 early and direct you along a very narrow road. Do not turn off the A59 until the roundabout at Bolton Abbey.

Dales buses run between Skipton/ Ilkley (both of which have train stations) and Grassington. Ask for the Howgill Farm bus stop.

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