It’s Camping Month! What better way to celebrate our favourite way to revel in the countryside than with a rundown of the best places to pitch up in Yorkshire? Here are our picks for the best picnic spots in God’s Own Country:
Ponden Mill, Haworth
Nestled in the Yorkshire countryside between Leeds and Burnley, this picturesque campsite sits as part of the grounds of a Georgian cotton mill. This really is countryside camping at its best. Choose from riverside pitches or set up camp in the adjacent woodland, you’re both out there in the natural world, whilst having all the necessary amenities (including coffee and cake) to hand. There’s wildlife in spades and plenty of exploring to do in the brooding landscapes made famous by the Bronte sisters. All in all, a top camping spot!
(📷: Ponden Mill)
If it’s a one-of-a-kind camping trip that you’re after, Camp Kátur is the campsite for you. Offering ‘off the grid Glamping’ experiences. We’re talking, Safari Tents, Tipis, ‘Hobbit Pods’, ‘Geodomes’, ‘Unidomes’ and even a retro 80’s caravan! There are loads of outdoor activities to get stuck into, or if you’re looking for a more relaxing time, there’s also an outdoor spa and sauna facilities, too. One thing’s for certain, you won’t forget your time at Camp Kátur anytime soon!
(📷: Camp Kátur)
Sticking with the ‘Glamping’ theme again, Yurtshire Fountains offers you a luxury camping experience you’ll find tough to beat. Set against a backdrop of stunning Ripon countryside, you’ll find hand-crafted yurts, equipped with a double bed, hot shower, flushing toilet and your own private hot tub. The site is also free of electricity – that means NO WIFI! So you’ll really be getting away from it all!
(📷: Yurtshire Fountains)
Masons Camping and Caravan Site
This is THE camping spot if you’re looking to explore the Yorkshire Dales. The site itself offers a number of different pitch types, from flat pitches to Glamping, all of which boast amazing views of the River Wharfe. As it’s situated within the National Park itself, all you need to do is grab a map, pack a lunch (soup works well!) and head off to explore – what more could you want?
(📷: Masons Campsite)
For a more relaxed camping trip, Catgill Campsite should definitely be at the top of your list. Situated on the Chatsworth Estate in the incredible grounds of Bolton Abbey, this campsite boasts spectacular views of Wharfe Valley, loads of great outdoorsy activities nearby and an easy-going atmosphere that sets the tone for a truly tranquil time. They also have a new coffee shop offering up barista-made brews and croissants every morning – perfect!
Getting outdoors and embracing the wonderful countryside we have on our doorsteps is made all the sweeter with some delicious soup to hand. The 1st rule of camping is – don’t forget the flask!
(📷: Catgill Campsite)