The outdoor experts at GO Outdoors have compiled a list of campsites to visit with the family, looking at factors such as on-site showers and playgrounds.
Discover the Ultimate Family Camping Adventure in the Yorkshire Dales:
How Stean Gorge
Arguably the most friendly-friendly and popular venue in the Yorkshire Dales, How Stean Gorge has space for 26 pitches. It may not be the largest campsite in the region, but it certainly has plenty of appeal. Campers can easily walk into the Dales and surrounding towns or they can stay on-site and visit the café, shop and activity centre for plenty of entertainment and things to keep the kids occupied.
Located in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, close to the Forest of Bowland, Settle and Ingleton, Dalesbridge campsite is a family-friendly venue open all year round with room for over 100 tents and vehicles. It’s only a short walk into the blissful Dales but if you’re looking for things to do on-site then you can either book as a family or as a group on the well-drained fields. You also have the option of utilising the underfloor-heated toilet and shower units should the weather take a turn while you’re out exploring!
The award-winning Riverside Meadows campsite has everything a camper could possibly need for an enjoyable stay in the Dales – and then some. It doesn’t just have stunning views and space for plenty of tents without feeling packed in; it even offers a bar for residents along with games rooms to keep the kids occupied and hot running water to allow you to get a good wash in the morning or evening. If you simply can’t be disconnected from the outside world there is also Wi-Fi available.
Voted as one of the top 100 campsites in the UK by the Guardian, Masons Campsite is one of the most picturesque sites in the North Yorkshire Dales. Situated in an area of outstanding natural beauty, there is plenty to see and do both on-site and locally, with places of interest including the famous Bolton Abbey within a short walk. With local rivers and pubs, there is plenty to explore nearby so even those not after a long walk or cycle through the region will still find plenty to go in search of.
Offering on-site showers and a playground for children, Wood Nook campsite is another family-friendly location close to the bustling market town of Skipton but just far enough into the Yorkshire countryside to provide plenty of peace and quiet to relax and be at one with nature. Nearby you have popular spots including Malham and Bolton Abbey, while the site itself offers free Wi-Fi, washing facilities and a well-stocked shop for all your essentials.
Knight Stainforth Hall
Open between March and October, Knight Stainforth Hall is located just off the A67 at Stainforth and has space for between 75 and 100 campsites. On-site facilities include as many as 75 electrical hook-up points, a children’s playground and Wi-Fi for residents who just can’t switch off! There are also on-site toilets, showers and laundry facilities for residents to wash their walking or cycling gear after a day in the Dales. The site itself is located just off the A65 at Stainforth on the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales, meaning it’s best to head east to exploremore of beautiful Yorkshire.
Described by The Sunday Times as a “delightful family-run campsite”, Catgill campsite is family-friendly and located within a short distance of some of the most popular locations in the Yorkshire Dales. Great for cyclists, walkers and those just looking for somewhere peaceful to spend a few days, Catgill campsite is on the Chatsworth Estate and even features an on-site shop filled with camping essentials, just in case you run out!
The Swaledale Valley is one of the most beautiful and tranquil parts of the Yorkshire Dales with rolling fields for miles around. Situated within the valley is the wonderful Usha Gap campsite, a family-run venue between the villages of Muker and Thwaite. The campsite itself is set on a working farm meaning that children will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the animals, while many of the key features that attract walkers and cyclists to the region are just a stone’s throw away.
Silloth House Campsite
Silloth House Campsite is a small, picturesque location in the Yorkshire Dales with plenty of space to entertain yourselves. With space for up to 8 tents, this pet-friendly location even has an on-site stream to paddle or swim in, and its own shower, toilet and washing-up facilities so that you can freshen up each day. Within a short walk or bike ride are some of the most popular attractions in the Yorkshire Dales, such as Ingleborough caves, Malham Tarn and the town of Skipton.
The famous Dales Way is just ten metres from Kettlewell Campsite making it one of the most popular and perfectly situated sites in the Yorkshire Dales. A relatively new campsite, it even offers under-floor heating in the toilet and shower blocks so that residents can warm up after a chilly night under the stars or if you may have been caught out by the elements. Skipton, Ilkley and Grassington are all just a walk or cycle away, while Kettlewell Village is a quaint and rural venue with a shop, a pub and a playground for the kids.