Wyresdale Park Feather Down Farms

UK England North West England Lancashire Lancaster

  • Extra toilets/showers
  • Deep cleaning of shared facilities
  • Deep clean between glamping guests
  • "We're Good To Go" accredited
  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Hot Tubs
  • Campfires Allowed
  • Hot tubs
  • Good walks nearby
  • Walking
Lakeside safari tents on the edge of the Forest of Bowland

Situated on the western slopes of the Forest of Bowland, Wyresdale Park is a tranquil pocket of mixed woodland, grazed pasture, upland fell and lakes. At its heart lies a patchwork of beautiful gardens and historic buildings, dotted amongst overgrown paths, giant redwoods and hidden lakes. Wild deer roam free and inquisitive peacocks wander the pathways. It feels like a truly forgotten land, and yet it's nestled conveniently close to the M6.

The estate was bought by the Whewell family in the late 1960s, and they have painstakingly worked on restoring the buildings ever since, although the land has remained relatively untouched for 200 years. The area is studded with the archaeology of the past and hunting, farming, fishing and walking are all still very much a part of life today. One of the family's latest innovations was to turn an unspoilt corner of the estate into a boutique glamping destination with the help of Feather Down.

This mini-chain of boutique glamping sites champion off-grid stays in roomy safari tents (which they aptly describe as tented cottages). Lit only by candles and oil lamps the accommodation, provided by Feather Down, is invariably rustic and homely – with well-stocked kitchens, lovely log burners and cute kids’ cupboard bedrooms as particular highlights. Each of the five tents here has an en-suite flushing loo, a private shower cabin and, if you want it, a hot tub. But beyond the accommodation, every Feather Down site is unique with the day-to-day management in the hands of site owners and activities specific to setting.

Here, it's a particularly good one with safari tents idyllically pitched by a lake and a fell rising up from within the estate. You can stay right here and easily idle away days; paddling, wild swimming, gently lapping the lake in a hired row boat or walking up Nicky Nook Fell. It's all a bit Swallows and Amazons; the landscape like the Lake District in miniature and, incidentally, the real deal is not so far away. The shores of Windermere are a 45-minute drive and the Forest of Bowland is even closer.



Each family-sized safari tent has three rooms: a double bedroom, a bunk room and the main living space within which is a cute cupboard bed suitable for younger children. The living space also has a fully-equipped kitchen, a wood-burning stove, dining area and a sofa and each tent has a private en-suite, flushing toilet. There is running cold water to both the hand basin and the kitchen sink. A private hot-water shower is not quite en suite, but private and just outside your tent. There is also a sheltered veranda outside with two deck chairs, a picnic table and outdoor cooking area with a barbecue. There is a hot tub outside each tent (available to use at an extra cost, bookable in advance). There are also boats to hire and a number of activities on site.

Suitable For

Glampers only, couples, families, well-behaved dogs on leads – yes. Campervans, caravans, tents – no.


If you like to walk, head out on the estate's five-mile circular walk that takes in Nicky Nook Fell and Grizedale Valley for the views to the Irish Sea and the Lake District. And if that sounds a little too taxing, you can hire a wooden rowing boat and spend your day floating lazily on the 15-acre lake that's right outside your tent. It's also great for a paddle (in the shallow southern end where the tents are set up) or a proper swim (at the northern end). Venturing out of the estate, the Forest of Bowland offers 312 square miles of wild, magnificent landscape spanning rural Lancashire and adjacent Yorkshire. It's also home to the Wild Boar Park (01995 61075) 16 miles from Wyresdale Park, where children can feed deer, llamas, goats and lambs. Morecambe Bay on the west coast is 15 miles from the glamping site and The Lake District National Park is a 45-minute drive away.

Food & Drink

The estate's Apple Store Café, can be found a walk away in the shelter of the walled garden and makes a perfect spot for afternoon tea. Alternatively, it's a short walk (half a mile) into Scorton village where The Priory (01524 791255) cafe and restaurant and The Barn offer pleasant places to refuel after a day cycling through the Forest of Bowland. For campsite supplies, head for Garstang three miles away. It has supermarkets. including the recommended Booths, and a weekly market every Thursday selling an abundance of local cheeses and fresh organic produce. If you're out exploring The Forest of Bowland, make sure you plan a stop for the award-winning, quality local food that's served at the Inn at Whitewell (01200 448222), on the banks of the River Hodder – an eccentric stone inn reputed to have inspired Tolkein.



Family Friendly

Very much so

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The Owner Says

Wyresdale Park is every child’s idea of paradise. There are so many activities on offer that you and your little ones will be kept entertained for hours! Nearby Wyresdale lake is the perfect place to boat, paddle and swimming. In the evening you can relax in the hot tub and soak up the Lancashire country air, all in the setting of this gorgeous country estate.

Wyresdale Park absolutely feels as though it could be the original setting for Swallows and Amazons. There are hidden coves for hammocks and campfires, acres of glorious countryside in a lakeside location, where kids and adults alike can completely unwind. Kids can relax and entertain themselves with fold-out camp beds, tables, chairs, games, and a rope swing. Just a mile away, you will find Old Holly Farm, an excellent petting zoo, play barn and working farm. The estate also serves as a gateway to the unspoiled charm of The Forest of Bowland Area of National Beauty.

Social Distancing Measures

All available accommodations will have private facilities. Our tents will be carefully cleaned, disinfected, and ventilated for you prior to your arrival.

If you or a family member are feeling sick or have been confirmed, we ask you to contact our booking office as soon as possible and for you to not come to our location. We will rebook your stay to another date.

Arrival and departure times have been amended for an extra cleaning routine

When you arrive at the farm, please send only one person to report to the farmer/host.

During your stay, outside visitors will not be allowed.

The pizza evening has been adapted or cancelled

The farm tour has been adapted or cancelled


Five safari tents, each sleeping a family of six.

Canvas Lodge With Private Outdoor Shower

Safari tent Sleeps 6 2 Available
Sleeps 6. If you’re a nature lover, there is nothing quite sensational as showering in the midst of nature. Located right next to your tent is where you will find our wooden, rustic private outdoor shower.

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Contact Wyresdale Park, Wyresdale Park Estate, Scorton, Lancashire PR3 1BA

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Getting There

From the north:
Take the M6 heading south and exit at junction 33. Join the A6 south, and turn left after four miles towards Scorton. In the centre of Scorton turn right and then left, driving through the village centre, and up Snowhill Lane. Follow the lane for one mile then follow the signs for Country House Hideout and Apple Store Cafe at the crossroads. Once you're on the estate you'll see signs for Feather Down and Wyresdale Park.

From the south:
Take the M6 heading north and exit at junction 32, leading onto the M55. Exit the M55 at junction 1 and take the A6 north for 8 miles, through Billsborrow and Garstang. Once past Garstang, take the right turn signposted for Scorton. At Scorton village, take a right turn up Snowhill Lane and follow the lane for one mile then follow the signs to the Country House Hideout and Apple Store Cafe at the crossroads. Once you're on the estate you'll see signs for Feather Down and Wyresdale Park.

The closest train station is in Lancaster, 10 miles from Wyresdale Park. From there, buses which run south to Preston stop in Scorton, about a mile from the site.


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