Camp Kátur

UK England North East England North Yorkshire Bedale

  • Children’s playground
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Hot Tubs
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Hot tubs
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Glamping holidays with oodles of on-site activities on a vast Yorkshire estate between the Dales and the Moors

Imagine a place where you could take the kids on an outdoorsy holiday and not have to get in the car for the duration of your stay. Somewhere with accommodation, space to roam, plenty of activities and a place to eat out on site. You don’t have to go to a ‘pack ‘em in’ holiday village with rows of identical chalets to experience something like that. You could go to Camp Kátur instead. Here, glamping families stay in bell tents, yurts and geo domes and have 300-acres of Yorkshire woodlands and meadows to explore.

Camp Kátur is midway between the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors National Parks and based on the appropriately-named Camp Hill Estate. While the V word (village) could still be applied to the 31-strong accommodation options on offer, this place is a lot more earthy than it’s big-branded brothers. First opened in 2013, it’s grown organically, developed and changed over time. Most recently, there’s an increasing focus on nature. Gone are the segways of years gone by, now there’s a focus on wildlife walks, bushcraft and nightly campfires.

Glampers stay in one of three areas on site. The Meadow is the closest to camping. All accommodation here is off grid, you bring your own bedding and there are communal facilities for most guests – including handy camp kitchens. There are bell tents, yurts and cute ‘hobbit’ pods, geo domes, safari tents and a log cabin (Bear Lodge). Next up is Hill Farm, a step-up in the luxury stakes as the 10 geo-domes here each have en-suite bathrooms, log burners and lovely stargazing roofs. But, if a shared kitchen is not for you, opt for the geo-domes of Camp Kátur’s third space; Chestnut Hill; the most luxurious of the lot with a hot tub each to boot. For groups, the nearby vast, self-contained Chestnut Lodge, is great for groups as it sleeps up to 18.

The Camp Hill Estate is private but glampers have the run of the place. There are woodland walks and bike trails, a brilliant Woodland Kingdom kids’ play area and swing park which are all for free in addition to the paid-for bushcraft activities. If you don’t fancy going anywhere, you’ll have plenty to do and dinner is taken care of too. There’s a new-in-2021 bar and grill, The Hebridean, within the estate and two pubs within half-a-mile of site. Beyond Camp Hill, it’s less than 15 miles east to reach the Yorkshire Dales or west to reach the Moors. Camp Kátur, which is named after the Icelandic word for 'happy', uses the mantra: Discover Your Outdoor Happiness. Plenty of people will find that here.

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Facilities

Each accommodation is slightly different but all of those in the main glamping area, The Meadow, are off grid. Each has beds but you'll need to bring your own bedding and towels. The safari tents, geo domes and Bear Lodge log cabin in The Meadow have their own cooking equipment and, for everyone else, there's a communal camp kitchen which has gas cookers, hot running water and plenty of pots, pans, crockery and cutlery. There are also shared-use flushing toilets and hot-water showers. At Hill Farm, the 10 geo domes have en-suite bathrooms but share a kitchen, while the two luxury geodomes at Chestnut Hill have their own kitchen, bathroom and a hot tub. All of these come with made-up beds and towels. Chestnut Lodge, in the same area, is similarly kitted out and large enough to sleep 18. This vast site also has spaces and facilities for all to enjoy including a swing park, Woodland Kingdom children’s play area, forest walks and pathways, and a pub, The Hebridean, serving local ales and wholesome food.

Suitable For

Glampers, couples, families, dogs on leads – yes. Campers, campervans, motorhomes, caravans, hen and stag parties – no.

Nearby

There's so much to explore on site that you may not want to leave for the duration of your stay but if you haven't had your fill, the famous North Yorkshire Moors National Park and Yorkshire Dales lie 15 miles to the east and west respectively. Knaresborough is one of the UK's prettiest towns and is just 20 miles from site. With its impressive Victorian viaduct, the crumbling Knaresborough Castle (01423 556188) and the legendary Mother Shipton's Cave (01423 864600), this is a great place to lose the day. If you're visiting in June, be sure to attend the annual Great Knaresborough Bed Race – a quirky local tradition which attracts thousands every year. If shopping is on your agenda head a little further to Harrogate or to Leeds, just 30 odd miles down the A1.

Food & Drink

The Camp Hill Estate has its very own pub! The Hebridean Bar & Grill (01677 988483), run by Chef Adrian Orford, is at the heart of the estate, serving (among other things) handpicked Yorkshire Cask Ales from local breweries including Black Sheep, Wensleydale and Theakstons alongside a menu of dishes made with fresh ingredients from the estate's Hill Farm and Walled Kitchen Garden. There are also two pubs within a half-mile walk of the estate: the Fox and Hounds in Carthorpe and the Black Horse (01609 749010) in Kirklington. For campsite supplies, the nearest shops are in Bedale, five miles away.

Open

March–October.

The Owner Says

31 lavish glamping stays beautifully placed across 300 acres of outstanding natural beauty full of wildflower meadows and ancient forests.

Nestled within the beautiful landscape of the Camp Hill Estate and at the gateway to the Yorkshire Moors, Camp Kátur is a Glamping experience in North Yorkshire like no other. Now with 3 separate sites, each with its own character and amenities, Camp Kátur is the place to come for your own dose of eco-therapy:

The Meadow is our off-grid, back to nature site with a quirky range of accommodation, all bespoke and custom to suit your needs. We have Yurts, Safari tents, Pods and clear Unidomes, everything to make your family adventure one to remember.

Hill Farm is the place for our Stargazing Geodomes, each aligned to the heavens and with views over the Vale of Mowbray. With log burners and electricity, these Geodomes are a delightful addition and new to 2021.

Chestnut Hill has pride of place on Camp Kátur. 2 of the highest quality, luxurious Geodomes sit atop our old knoll with pristine views over our wildlife hotspot. Aside these domes sits our Lodge, perfect for large groups of families looking to reconnect amidst the woods.

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Location

Contact Camp Kátur, Camp Kátur, The Camphill Estate, Kirklington, Bedale, North Yorkshire DL8 2LS

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Getting There

From the south, exit the A1 at junction 50, signposted for the A61 Ripon/Thirsk. Take the second exit at the roundabout onto the road that runs parallel to the A1 and at the second roundabout take the first exit towards Masham. The Camp Hill Estate should be signposted from here. After half a mile turn right towards Kirklington. Pass through Kirklington and The Camp Hill Estate is on the left after less than a mile. From the north leave the A1 at Leeming Bar signposted for A684 Bedale/Northallerton. Follow the A684 to Bedale then turn left on to the B6285. Go through Exelby, Burneston and Carthorpe. Camp Hill is half way between the villages Carthorpe and Kirklington on the right.

The closest train station is eight miles away in Thirsk. From there, you would need to book a taxi for the last part of the journey.

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Starry Starry Night!

We were attending a wedding at Camp Katur so we booked one of the big safari tents, Jabbah, for two nights. The safari tents are at the top of the field so on a cold clear night you see the most wonderful night sky from the verandah. And it was v v cold when we were there. Despite being early October the temp was minus - and there was a heavy frost and to be honest it was cold under the canvas. Luckily there is a little stove with logs, kindling and firelighters but in cold weather you will need to buy more either from the wardens who live at the entrance to the glamping field or from one of the nearby towns. We used three loads of logs and kindling. Also luckily there were some hot water bottles there - and they were essential! There were some spare blankets but I'd advise taking lots of warm bedding. The beds themselves were comfy The tent is well supplied with candles and tea lights but we found our head torches really useful and we also brought and wind up lantern with us - I'd suggest you do the same.. The safari tents have a little wooden bathroom built alongside so you wont need to trail across the field to the public facilities. On our first morning we discovered the toilet was blocked but were able to get in touch with a maintenance man who sorted it out pretty quickly. There is very little phone reception here and the site is off grid so come prepared! If you need to charge a phone you'll need to bring one of those charge packs with you. The best thing from my point of you was the parliament of owls which seemed to be in session in the branches above the tent late on our second night! I'd certainly go again but probably when it was a bit warmer!
Dec 28, 2018 by Janet

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