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Gordale Scar Camp Site
Gordale Farm
North Yorkshire   (Browse area)
BD23 4DL   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01729 830333

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Pitches: 60
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 127 Reviews
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Date of Visit: September 2016 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: SteveWilson333 1 review from this member

I have visited this campsite many times over a 20 year period. Although, understanderbly it’s sometimes difficult to get onto during peak time.

Myself, my wife and two children [9 and 12] have very much enjoyed each and every visit to this stunning location. Unfortunately it seems both the campsite facilities and the farmer who runs it come in for a lot of criticism.

Yes, the facilities are very basic and there’s a lot of unproccessed recycled material around the toilet area (a somewhat peculiar foible of the owner, but so what!). However, we do not go to this campsite because of the toilet facilities. We go there because it is a privilege to be able to camp in the most stunning, beautifully peaceful location which is not over-run with huge numbers of campers in posh camper vans and tents, packed in cheek by jowl in an overly expensive, sanitised camping “car-park”. The farmer who runs the site [single-handedly it seems] has always been a good natured, fair, straight talking man to me who doesn’t deserve to be insulted.

If you want high-end toilet facilities at eye-watering camping prices, this is not the place for you. However, if you want the privilege of being able to camp, relatively cheaply, in one of the most beautiful locations in the Yorkshire Dales, then this is it. Accept it for what it is.

Tragically, it seems that some criticism may have so upset the owner that he is now determined not to let campers on his site at all going forward, as we found to our cost last weekend. Please do not allow this to happen. If high-end toilet facilities are that important to you then Goredale Scar campsite may not be the place for you. All the better for the rest of who feel a stunning location is more important than a nice toilet.

Date of Visit: July 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Clitheroe 1 review from this member

Without doubt this is one of the best locations in the country. An excellent site, but the facilities and the owner let it down. It was my first stay and probably will be my last. The toilets and washing facilities smell and are unclean. The showers appear to be badly wired and the owner hoards a vast amount of rubbish spoiling the National Park. Most annoying is the owner decides the price and whether he allows you to stay by a lengthy interview. I joked with my partner that I felt like I was being assessed on suitability by the banjo player from deliverance. The site was expensive costing £30 for a tent, two people and a car. I am a respectful camper in my 50's. I was concerned that none of the campers received receipts so we had no proof we had paid, and neither did any other campers. Not sure how he knows who has paid as no names or registration numbers were taken. Not a good system.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Curly16 3 reviews from this member

Great location for Malham Cove, Malham Tarn, Gordale Scar and surrounding areas. Fabulous views.

We didn't book, just turned up on the bank holiday weekend (at 5. 30pm) and there was space.

As previous reviews, the toilets/washroom aren't for the feint hearted. If you want spotless facilities then go somewhere else. The ladies has 3 cubicles gents 2 and a urinal. Slight smell in the ladies but not unbearable, more so in the gents apparently. Open bins under the wash basins and in the toilet cubicles were not emptied the duration of our stay (Sat to Mon). We didn't use the one shower which was unisex 10p and located in the pot wash area so can't comment on that. Based on previous reviews I took some baby wipes instead! There is lots of rubbish around and in them too what the owner has obviously collected over a long period, some of it perhaps with the intention of it being useful for someone else maybe?

Pitches - you can set up where ever takes your fancy. I would avoid the left hand side as you drive in, by the wall next to the road, it was very boggy compared to the rest of the site which seemed well drained when we walked around. You will be sharing the site with sheep so there is a lot of poo I'm afraid.

Other than when we booked in, we didn't speak to the owner but he seemed friendly enough, he spent a long time with a foreign couple next to us telling them all about the area and its history.

We didn't try them but there are a couple of pubs nearby in Malham, looked nice and always busy. Coffee shop in Malham does a lovely all day breakfast. Other than a very small shop in Malham that sold confectionery, crisp, pop newspapers I think, there are no shops nearby that we saw so if you run out of something you'll have to drive to Gargrave.

At the time of our visit, prices were £4 per person, £4 per tent, £3 for cars. No charge for dogs.

We really enjoyed our stay at this site, the basic facilities didn't bother us at all, it's a lovely little site, quiet in the most part given it was a bank holiday and we'll definitely return.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Glet42 2 reviews from this member

Well this campsite blew us away, on one hand we stopped at one of the most beautiful campsites we've ever stopped at and on the other, the word hoarders comes to mind. :) the toilets and showers are something to behold, dirty, uncleaned and messy, but if you can see past that like we did, you would stop here in a heartbeat for the beauty of the location. Cheap as chips. Would definitely stop here again.

Date of Visit: July 2015 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: GAlcock 2 reviews from this member

We stayed here for the first time in our 7meter Van. This site is in a beautiful location and well worth a trip down the narrow lane to get there. To avoid any stress, our advice would be stop at the gate for the campsite, on the left as you get to the bottom of the hill. If the sign directs you to enter by the farmhouse, walk up and ask to enter by the lower gate. We did this and had no problem. The farm entrance would have been very tight. Agree with previous review - best to fill up with water before you get there. Site run by a helpful chap. We were bemused by the recycling system! We will return for location, location, location.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Madinsdale 3 reviews from this member

Excellent location, site owner friendly, facilities a little basic as noted but I knew this. Two hot water washing up sinks. Gents had two loos, not sure on girls as I didn't ask my daughter. One shower, but never saw a queue, as I suspect most will probably not bother here for the odd night.

We camped near the stream which was wonderful. Fantastic access to the scar, the cove and back to Malham via Janet's Foss. Amazing location.

My biggest concern, although may be a plus for others is the lack of a curfew. The campers next to us, although probably thought they were being quiet didn't stop talking until almost 2 in the morning, and also played intermittent music. Also I heard the odd car arrive until well after 10pm. As I said, some may find this a plus, but it does disturb the children and other campers alike.

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