The Paddock

UK England North West England Lancashire

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Groups welcome
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
Camping and glamping on a working Lancashire farm within walking distance of the thriving, quirky, foodie former mill town of Ramsbottom

Nothing encapsulates the rivalry between Lancashire and Yorkshire better than the World Black Pudding Throwing Championships, held in the Lancs town of Ramsbottom at the end of every summer. Throwing their black puddings, contestants in the street try to knock Yorkshire puddings from their pride of place on a 20ft perch. Legend has it that the tradition stems from a day during the War of the Roses, when the armies of Lancaster and York ran out of ammunition and threw food at each other instead. Today it’s just one of a number of vibrant festivals that bring this quirky yet understated town to life.

A 15-minute walk from the centre of town – with Ramsbottom’s church spires and old mill chimneys visible amid the green hills of the horizon – The Paddock is an aptly named campsite just outside of town. Accessible (it’s only a mile to the start of the M66) yet simple, this is a classic campsite of old; a flat, grassy meadow set just beyond a series of farm buildings with acres of space, old dry stone walls and a cluster of mature ash and oak trees just beyond the far fence. At night, jam jars with tea lights inside magically illuminate pathways between the ten tent pitches, while bunting adds a colourful splash to the field entrance.

It’s not just tent camping here, though. A trio of bell tents (two small, one slightly larger) host yet more bunting, and are furnished with inflatable beds, while there are also two glamorous yurts (think proper beds, a wood-burner and a private kitchen) and a special glamping pod with roll-up sides so you can enjoy the stars on a clear night. The farm also runs a B&B in their ancient cottage (it dates back beyond the doomsday book) and, of course, remains a working rural enterprise with sheep, cattle and a handful of nosey free-range chicken that will come clucking to your tent door if you leave crumbs around.

During spring the farm is perhaps at its busiest. On a notice board by the shower block you’ll sometimes find a timetable displaying feeding times for any lambs that need bottled help. Along with watching the chickens and petting Ruby, the farm’s friendly donkey, bottle-feeding the lambs provides the perfect way to cap off the farm holiday experience for your kids. Other than that, there are endless walks to be had, traditional markets to visit and cafés to dive into. And that’s just in Ramsbottom alone. Hop on the famous East Lancashire Railway or get back into your car and you’ll find the world is your oyster. Or Lancashire is at least. Don’t cross the border into Yorkshire. It’s nowhere near as good there... Apparently.

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Facilities

A shower block with 2 showers and 2 toilets, plus 2 portaloo-style toilets for busy times. Simple pot washing area with solar hot water. Campfires permitted in firepits and most glamping pitches have a firepit and BBQ included in the booking (others are available to hire; logs, charcoal, kindling, fire lighters and marshmallows for sale). Communal firepit also for use. Books, board games and outdoor games sets to borrow. Plenty of animals on the farm: cats, dogs, hens, sheep, cows, Ruby the donkey and lots of varieties of birds – a list of times for bottle feeing lambs is pinned up in spring. There is also a stable and grazing should you wish to bring your own horse.

Suitable For

Campers, glampers, kids, dogs and horses – yes. Campervans, motorhomes, caravans and large noisy groups – no.

Nearby

For an easy local wander, try the Irwell Sculpture trail, which you can join at the bottom of the lane – a nice walk with huge sculptures along the way. Ramsbottom is the main attraction, though, just a 15-minute walk by footpath and home to glut of excellent pubs, cafés and independent shops. Leaflets and maps are provided in the glamping accommodation. Ramsbottom is also home to the famous East Lancashire Railway (0161 764 7790), where train driving experiences are available as well as simply hopping in a carriage. The town hosts many festivals each year; there's the Chocolate Festival in April, a 1940’s war weekend in May, a mountain biking festival in July, the Head for The Hills music festival and the town Rum Festival in September and, of course, the renowned World Black Pudding Throwing championships also in September. There is also a farmers market once a month and a small town market every Saturday. If you do take the East Lancs Railway, hop off at Rossendale (3 miles) for shops, microbreweries, a museum and also the Rossendale Ski Slope (01706 226457) – children can enjoy an hours tubing there for £7, so really worth a visit. Elsewhere, it's 3½ miles to the town of Bury (and the renowned Bury Market), while Manchester is also within easy day-tripping reach.

Food & Drink

The Paddock offers "breakfast in a bag", consisting of fresh pastries, a cereal bar, fruit and juice. This is delivered to the tent door at a suitable time. They can also offer BBQ packs that will be ready in your cool box on arrival – sourced locally from Walmsleys Butchers (01706 822269) or Holmes Mill Butchers (01200 401035). nearby. If you're heading elsewhere, the Duckworth Arms (01706 823336) is located at the top of the lane and within easy strolling distance. It's dog friendly, has phone charging available and serves general pub food with a beer garden (great Sunday roast too). For something finer head into Ramsbottom (15 minute walk via the footpaths) where Levanter Tapas (01706 551530) should be high on your list, go healthy at Lolo’s Vegan (01706 821150) or sit round the log fire in Hearth of the Ram (01706 828681).

Opening Times

April–October.

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The Owner Says

Here at The Paddock, we have some of the nicest and quirkiest places to eat and drink, The famous East Lancs Railways, festivals, farmers markets, World Black Pudding championships, Cricket, Football, Crazy traditions and a community made up of some of the nicest people you will ever meet. We have lived on the farm for 20 years and have often had little camping weekends when friends came to visit as its always much more fun than staying in the house and The Paddock is flat, which is somewhat unheard of around here, so perfect for tent camping. We were approached in 2015 by Ramsbottom Festival to host the camping for their weekend event so of course we jumped at the chance, "Eye just up our street" (the words of Grandad Rothwell). We purchased a small toilet and shower block, and well, the rest is history! We opened officially in April 2017 and started with 2 yurts and a bell tent. We had an amazing first year and so much positive feedback form campers and Glampers its been amazing!, we are constantly looking for ways to improve your camping holiday with us and our toilets and showers had a full overhaul in 2017 and we have added 3 more bell tents, a quirky family / group Glamping unit and a hot tub to our collection for the 2018 season. We remind you that this is a working farm: we have sheep, cows, horses, cats, dogs and the odd hen or two so we can't promise a completely quiet stay but we hope that all the animals will be on their best behaviour when you're here! So what are you waiting for? Pack a bag, gather your friends (or come alone) and make some memories.

Accommodation

10 grass tent pitches, 2 luxury yurts, 2 x 4m bell tents, 1 x 5m bell tent and a quirky place for a family of 6 or group to stay.

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Location

Contact The Paddock, The Paddock, Leaches Road, Shuttleworth, Bury, Lancashire BL0 0ND

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Getting There

Exit the M66 at Junction 1 and turn right at the traffic lights. Follow the road passing Park Farm tea rooms on the right and also the Eagle and Child pub on the left (do not turn off this road). You will enter a 40mph zone and you will shortly see the Duckworth Arms (on the right). Just before the Duckworth Arms you will take a left turning opposite the bus stop. This is the Lane down to The Paddock (5mph please) take the next right turning over the motorway bridge and the entrance to The Paddock is at the bottom of the hill on the right.


Reviews

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Rated ★★★★★ over 4 reviews

★★★★★

Luxury in a warm and friendly environment

Just had an amazing long weekend stay at The Paddock in the Polly and Penny pods. The attention to detail is remarkable with every conceivable item you could possibly need for a stress free break included. As well as the two pods you get an undercover kitchen area, a picnic bench, stove, BBQ and firepit and a large Igloo cool box which is refilled with large Ice packs daily. The shower rooms are large and impeccably clean. The owners are extra attententive and there is always someone on hand should you require anything such as charcoal or logs. The views of Ramsbottom and the surrounding hills and Peel Tower are beautiful and you can walk or drive into Ramsbottom centre within minutes. Will definitely be back soon.
Mar 31, 2019 by Dave Pollitt
★★★★★

Great little spot

Great little find close to Ramsbottom, fantastic spot for walkers, even took a ride on a steam train. Clean site with large pitches.
Sep 2, 2018 by Sam
★★★★☆

Good facilities

Nice spot , lovely clamping tents with everything you need. Two nice toilets with showers , and two portaloos. Owners on site a lot
Jul 23, 2018 by Liz
★★★☆☆

Nice friendly site but near a noisy road

The site itself is really nice and pretty well looked after, tents have plenty of space if its really easy to hire fire pits, bbqs etc. Unfortunately the site is very close to a major road which we could hear throughout the night.
May 21, 2018 by Becky

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