Jerusalem Farm

  • Good walks nearby
A car-free riverside campsite at the foot of a small valley
Camping is all about getting closer to nature, so what better place to camp than in a nature reserve. Jerusalem Farm nestled in the picturesque Luddenden Valley, near Halifax, couldn’t be better placed. Luddenden is a steep and narrow valley, an almost-hidden gorge deep in the heart of Pennine Yorkshire. Luddenden Beck, long exploited by local mills for its fast-flowing waters, runs along its base and it is by the banks of this brook that Jerusalem Farm is sited. As a nature reserve, it’s a pristine slice of Pennine perfection, with untouched woods on the surrounding slopes and steep valley walls. For maximum peace and tranquillity, no vehicles are allowed; cars are parked up by reception and equipment carried down to the camping fields. Visitors are also drawn by the exceptional hill-walking to be found in this region, including the Pennine Way and The Calderdale Way (a 50-mile circular walk). You’re likely to spot plenty of wildlife on a stroll: much of this area is protected countryside and an important breeding and nesting area for distinctive birds including the curvy-beaked curlew and the splendid, crested lapwing.You’ll also see red grouse hopping around wherever there’s an abundance of heather. Take the time to visit this often-overlooked jewel of England’s countryside, to scratch beneath the surface, and you’ll find yourself strongly attracted to this wild, understated landscape. The call of nature, so to speak.

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Facilities

There are toilets, a shower, kids’ playground and picnic tables. 

Nearby

York Racecourse (01904 620911) is about an hour away by car.

Food & Drink

You’ll get both at the lovely Cat-I’th-Well. The Cat-I’th-Well (01422 244841) is a great little pub that sells Timothy Taylor’s bitter and, curiously for a pub, free-range eggs. It’s a half-hour walk or a 10-minute drive.

Opening Times

Easter–Sep.

Pitches

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Location

Contact Jerusalem Farm, Jerusalem Farm, Jerusalem Lane, Booth, Halifax HX2 6XB

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Getting There

From the A646 at Luddenden Foot turn up Luddenden Lane at the restaurant. After 1 1/2 miles, turn right towards Booth. Go through the village and after the sharp left-hand bend, Jerusalem Lane is 20 metres on the left. Look out for the campsite on the right. The site is a 10-minute walk from the bus terminus at Booth. Or get the train to Halifax, Sowerby Bridge or Hebden Bridge and get a taxi.

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Rated ★★★★★ over 2 reviews

★★★★★

Great overnight camp

Basic but very clean facilities, clean and well maintauned site with freindly and helpful staff. Great place for me to try new kit out with a very out of the way feel to it site. Lovely walks under the tree canopies where you can spot a variety of wild life including deer (a stag is what I saw). I can see this getting packed as summer comes but when we stopped it was quite with only one other person stopping so it felt like we had the place to ourselves. Will make this a regular place in the early and late part of the season.
Jun 15, 2019 by Simon
★★★★☆

Pretty but Basic

Jerlusalem Farm lies a long way up the Luddenden Valley, a wonderfully secluded spot across a bubbling brook from an enchanted wooded nature reserve. Sat on the Calder way this is a great site for Backpackers and cycle tourists. We stayed mid week in late June.

The site is quite informal with no designated pitches but there are a good number of picnic benches and stone slabs (for Barbecues) are dotted around the site. There are few formal rules apart from no fires which is perhaps surprising for a council owned site. This is a typically steep Pennine valley and so flat pitches are at a bit of a premium but are there to be discovered. When you turn up you decide where to pitch and then the warden will come and collect the site fees either in the early evening or the morning.The site warden was very friendly and knowledgable abou the local area and wildlife. Cars are not allowed down to the camping pitches and all your gear needs to be carried down a quite steep path and of course carried back again at the end of your stay. the car park is locked between eight in the evening and eight in the morning but a key can be obtained from the warden for a £10. 

Toilet facilities are up the slope near the car park, along with one shower but at least the hot water is free. Here is the rub with this site it is very basic, if you are happy to ruff it then you will be fine but if you are used to your creature comforts then this site probably isn't for you. the one major minus point for me was that there was no evidence of any segregated washing up facilities, we ended up washing dishes in the toilet wash basins. We thought this was a bit off especially as the council have listed the mains water in the toilets as non drinking water because of the risk of cross contamination from the toilets, hence dropping a star in my rating.

This aside we thoroughly enjoyed are two nights, we stayed mid week, so we virtually had the site to ourselves, I suspect that things are a bit busier at the weekends. There is a pleasant local pub about twenty minutes walk up the other side of the valley and there is great walking to be had in the local area. There are also s pleasant walks through the nature reserve as well as a small adventure type playground for the kids (as well as the adults provided no one is looking). The Market town of Hebden Bridge is a few minutes drive away and all the facilities of the cities of Bradford and Leeds are within easy striking distance if the weather is inclement.

Jun 28, 2014 by leofric64

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