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Visitor Reviews - Gordale Scar Camp Site

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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

Facilities:  (Key)

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Pitches: 60
Open: Open All Year

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 115 Reviews
              8/10 from 115 Reviews

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Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Sueal 3 reviews from this member

Stayed two nights at this site in our campervan, the site is ideally situated within a 20 min walk of Malham village, which has two pubs, one of which is a hotel as well I think it was called the lister arms, the food was fantastic and a brilliant atmosphere. As we have a dog it was a bonus that we were allowed inside.

The camping area was fantastic with a stream running through it. The scenery was lovely and great views. Now the downside, the toilets and one shower were absolutely disgusting, we are seasoned campers and have camped on some basic sites, and have just put up with the lesser type of facilities, but this site is in a league of its own.

The toilets and I shower is situated at the entrance, which is a farm house, the guy who collects the money seems to stay in this static van which should be condemned by health and safety, as should the toilets, shower etc it the outside area is just a rubbish tip and the facilities were filthy dirty, you have to see it to believe the owners could be so poor at hygiene and cleanliness.

We would give this site a high rating if it had clean facilities and they got rid of the plies and piles of junk etc outside the toilets.

Date of Visit: September 2014 Unit:  Touring Caravan Rating:
Reviewer: Russell wheeler 1 review from this member

Good points -

Wonderful view, fantastic location, excellent base for walking, Malham etc.

Bad -

Toilets and showers - dirty, smelly - not recommended

You would think such a busy site (has been full due to the recent exposure on the tv), that the owner could put a little back and clean/update the toilet block.

Field - Overgrazed and full of sheep poo - We had a party with 5 kids, they ended up covered in the stuff. Needs less sheep ! Won't be re-visiting.


Drinking water was tinged green, we boiled before use.

Also steep hill to site. Do not take a caravan unless you are experienced.

Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: DanDi 3 reviews from this member

Excellent location, stunning views, well worth the visit.

Toilet/Shower block leaves a lot to be desired, unclean, bins in the toilets open and full, only emptied on the Sunday morning. Only one shower to be shared between both men and women, old, dirty and a stiff drink needed before use!

We had tried several times to book, only getting an answer machine message but no call back. Eventually after trying unsuccessfully to speak to someone we managed to get a mobile number to text to which we received a reply. After speaking with other campers, they said they just turned up and hoped for the best.

Gordale Scar is beautiful. Just along the footpath is Janet Foss which is stunning, carry along the footpath to Malham village which is picturesque.

Definitely worth another visit, as there is so much to see. We will go back despite the shoddy cleaning facilities.

Date of Visit: June 2014 Unit:  Campervan Rating:
Reviewer: Mikey1304 1 review from this member

Stunning. No frills needed, the idyllic location wholly compensates for any inadequacies with the washing and toilet facilities. There are no defined pitches, just choose a spot you fancy - lots of level grassland at your disposal. Friendly owner.

Well served by footpaths; from the campsite it is 15 minutes ambling to Gordale Scar, the same to Janet's Foss and 45 minutes fairly gentle climbing to the top of Malham Cove.

Very highly recommended.

Date of Visit: May 2014 Unit:  Motorhome Rating:
Reviewer: Mec1 6 reviews from this member

This has to be the best situation you can imagine. Camped on a green field with a stream running through it, and a fantastic view of Gordale scar just a couple of hundred yards away.

Facilities are basic. Actual toilets and showers were clean. The rooms are bizarre, with piles of old paint tins, toothbrushes, discarded cup a soups and washing up brushes.

You know what though, I like it that way. It's run by a good honest Yorkshireman. It wouldn't be the same if it had a corporate reception desk in the front.

Date of Visit: April 2014 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Newnatjj 12 reviews from this member

Two adults, two kids (aged 14 & 11) plus dog, Vango EOS 550xl tent.

Wow! The location! This site has been on my wishlist before I'd even thought about buying a tent. If there was one word used to describe Gordale Scar it would be stunning.

The 'site' is on the grass on the lead up to Gordale Scar, a few minutes walk from Janet's Foss, however it is about as basic as camping gets with loos, shower and washing up facilities. No set pitches; take your pick of wherever you fancy.

Okay, so the facilities are not the best in the world, but, I coped and they were not as bad as I'd feared. On saying that, we were the only campers other than a campervan on site so I could imagine they have the potential to be a different story during busy months. Two toilets and three sinks in ladies, same again in gents, plus a washing up area with a shower to use. Yes, there is lots of stuff. everywhere. But that is only once you're through the gate leading to the ladies, gents, washing up area & shower; we couldn't see this 'stuff' from anywhere near where we were pitched. Plus, did I mention the location?! There looked to be a couple of EHU points close to the farm house & facilities, but we didn't use it so can't comment.

Lots of places to walk/visit in the surrounding area. We didn't use our car from when we arrived until we left. Lovely walk to Malham Cove, Tarn, village, round to Janet's Foss then back up to Gordale Scar.

Lots of sheep on site so you might want to keep that in mind if you have a dog.

Paid £17/night for 2 adults, 2 kids, dog, car & tent; you're definitely paying for the location, not the facilities!

Will definitely return.

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