Little North Field Glamping

UK England North East England North Yorkshire Harrogate

  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • Individual toilets for glamping accommodation
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Short walk to pub
  • Good walks nearby
  • Short walk to the pub
  • Walking
Luxury safari tent glamping within striking distance of North Yorkshire's most historic attractions

The Wray family seemed destined to set up a glamping site. Catherine and Tim worked in the catering and events industry for years, so they know a thing or two about high-end hospitality, but they also used to take breaks from it all by going camping in Yorkshire with the kids. Now they’ve combined the two and left the rush of their former careers to set up a small, boutique safari tent site six miles north of Harrogate. And, in the summer of 2020 it finally opened, under the historic name they found hand-written in the deeds, ‘Little North Field’.

There are just three luxury safari tents at Little North Field, allowing an acre of space for each. Inside they’re uniquely furnished, with hedgehog-themed hot water bottles in The Hedgehog Hideaway, for example, and a foxy doormat and fox-themed pillows in The Fox’s Den. Fundamentally, however, you can expect similar things in each: Two separate bedrooms (one king-sized, one with a double bed and an additional single bunk), an en-suite bathroom, a well-equipped little kitchen and a dining and chill-out area with a log-burning stove. There’s oodles of space for families and the sheltered veranda at the front of the tent is an ideal place to kick back when the sun’s out and the barbecue is going.

The glamping site’s location is very much undiscovered. You’ve probably never heard of the village of Bishop Thornton before and with popular national parks dotting this part of England – its 25 minutes to the Yorkshire Dales and 30 minutes to the North York Moors – you can be forgiven. But this quiet space in between is ideal for lesser-known walking routes and real local country pubs – particularly in the height of tourist season – while many of North Yorkshire’s most historic attractions are still within striking distance. It’s just two mils to Ripley Castle, for example, and three miles to Fountains Abbey, the riverside ruins of a medieval abbey surrounded by spectacular landscaped gardens. If the weather’s rainy you can explore the nooks and crannies of nearby Harrogate and when the sun’s out you can hike the hills around sparkling Gouthwaite Reservoir. You should, of course, make it back in time for a campfire. The quiet calm of Little North Field in the evening is a match for any night out elsewhere. And, indeed, that relaxing feel is the very reason the Wray’s wanted to open a glamping site in the first place.

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Facilities

Each tent features two separate bedrooms, including a king size bed in one and a double bed with single bunk above in the other. There's an en-suite washroom, with a shower, flushing loo and sink. In the main, open plan part of the tent, there's a well-equipped kitchen area with a fridge, microwave, hob, sink and work surfaces, plus a toasty wood-burning stove that heats the entire space. There's a sofa, plus a dining table and chairs, and outdoor seating on the veranda. There's also a firepit and BBQ for al fresco cooking.

Suitable For

Glampers and well-behaved dogs – yes. Tents, campervans and caravans – no.

Nearby

Near the picturesque village of Ripley, Little North Field finds itself in the middle of a golden triangle of heritage sites, which are all well within a half-hour drive. To the north this includes the magnificent ruins of Fountains Abbey (01765 608888), plus the National Trust-owned Brimham Rocks area (01423 780688), 400 acres of moorland featuring unique rock formations that look like carefully placed sculptures (there's also a kiosk and shop). To the south, meanwhile, is riverside Ripley and privately owned Ripley Castle (01423 770152; open for events and tours of the house and grounds in summer). Beyond that lies the town of Harrogate and, a little east, Knareseborough, as well as RHS Garden Harlow Carr (01423 565418). For good walks, head into the Nidderdale AONB for hikes around Patley Bridge and Gouthwaite Reservoir or sections of the Nidderdale Way, or walk some of the 50-mile Ripon Rowel Challenge route.

Food & Drink

It takes all of about two minutes to walk to the Chequers Inn (01423 771544) at Bishop Thornton. This hotel and restaurant is mainly laid out for dining, with a good carvery on Sundays, but there is a bar at the front for casual drinkers with a single handpull serving Ossett Yorkshire Blonde. There is a pool table near the bar area. For a pint elsewhere, try the recently refurbished and simply named Inn at South Stainley (01423 779060), located between Harrogate and Ripon, or try the family-friendly Guy Fawkes Arms (01423 868400), a welcoming country pub in the beautiful village of Scotton, owned and run by two local families. The terrace at the Grantley Arms (01765 620227) is also a top option when the weather is good, while those visiting Ripley Castle should have a pint in The Boar’s Head (01423 771888), which is part of the estate. For a lighter bite, Stanley’s Independent coffee house and kitchen (07387 317638) is the place to go for great coffee, Oliver’s Pantry (01765 600548) is a quirky café just off the Market Square in Ripon (with a particularly staggering array of loose tea), while in Harrogate, historic Betty's (01423 814070) steals all the headlines but Baltzersen’s (01423 202363) is a top café alternative that offers you the best Yorkshire sourced ingredients prepared with Scandinavian and Nordic flare.

Opening Times

April–November.

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The Owner Says

Enjoy the best of the beautiful Yorkshire countryside from the comfort of our luxurious canvas safari tents. Set within the paddock of our family home a small bespoke site an ideal place to reconnect with family friends and nature.

Please note that some building works on a barn conversion beside Little North Field so there will be noise during weekdays.

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Accommodation

Three luxury safari tents in a three-acre meadow.

Hedgehog Hideaway

Safari tent Sleeps 5
Charming, unique canvas lodges perfectly equipped to fulfil your ultimate relaxing escape in the beautiful backdrop of rural Bishop Thornton.

Owls Hollow

Safari tent Sleeps 5
Charming, unique canvas lodges perfectly equipped to fulfil your ultimate relaxing escape in the beautiful backdrop of rural Bishop Thornton.

The Foxes Den

Safari tent Sleeps 5
Charming, unique canvas lodges perfectly equipped to fulfil your ultimate relaxing escape in the beautiful backdrop of rural Bishop Thornton.

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Location

Contact Little North Field Glamping, Fountains Road, Harrogate, North Yorkshire HG3 3JN

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Getting There

From Harrogate: Follow the A61 towards Ripon for three and a half miles, passing through Killinghall. At the roundabout take the second exit, continuing on the A61. At the second roundabout, take the second exit, signposted 'Patley Bridge/Bishop Thornton B6165'. After four miles, turn right onto Fountains Road, signposted 'Bishop Thornton/Fountains Abbey'. Continue to follow road for one-and-three-quarter miles. Go straight over at the crossroads and Little North Field is located on right, after the Chequers Inn.

From the A1M: Leave at J47 for Harrogate/ Knaresborough (exit signposted A59 Harrogate/Knaresborough). At the next roundabout, go straight ahead. After two miles, at the second roundabout, take the third exit signposted 'A59'. Continue along this road for around two miles, passing through Knaresborough High Street. Approaching the first mini roundabout, take the first exit left and immediately take the right hand lane and take the second exit at the second mini roundabout signposted 'Ripley/ Ripon A61'. Follow the road for four miles. At the roundabout, take the third exit signposted 'Ripon A61'. After 300 metres, at next roundabout, take the second exit, signposted 'Pately Bridge/Bishop Thornton B6165'. After half a mile, take a right-hand turn on to Fountains Road, signposted 'Bishop Thornton'. After two miles, continue straight on through the crossroads, passing the Chequers pub on the left-hand side. Immediately indicate right and Little North Field is situated 100 metres on the right through the wooden gated entrance.

From Skipton: Head East towards the A6131. Exit the roundabout onto the A6131. Turn right onto A59 / A65. At the roundabout, take the second exit and remain on the A59. At the roundabout take the second exit and stay on the A59. At the next roundabout take the first exit onto Otley Rd/B6161. Turn left onto Ripon Rd/A61. At the roundabout take the second exit and stay on Ripon/A61. At the roundabout, continue straight onto the B6165. Turn right onto Fountains Abbey Road. Passing the Chequers Pub on the left hand side, immediately indicate right Little North Field is situated 100 metres on the right through the wooden gated entrance.

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