Well, after a ten or more years break from camping, my partner and I decided we would attempt to book at this camp site for the August Bank Holiday, from the Saturday through to the Tuesday morning. On arrival, we were greeted by Mrs. Moon, who kindly instructed us as to where we could pitch, leave the car, and informed us of the facilities that were available. This was a very spur of the moment booking, last minute, so we didn't have a lot of choice, but after the short break, hot showers, clean toilets and food preparation and cleaning areas, as well as the superb location, I cannot recommend this campsite enough. Both Mr. & Mrs. Moon made us feel most welcome, friendly and could not do enough to make sure our stay was a good one. Albeit the weather was changeable, it didn't taint our stay in this great location. If anyone is thinking of camping at Malham Cove, stay here and you won't regret it.
Wonderful campsite, clean and well kept. There are lots of rules but if you camp regularly then you do most of them anyway:- respect the area, keep noise levels down, try not to damage the ground, etc.
No hook up on site but we knew before we arrived, not very happy with the charges but all sites seemed to have jumped on this band wagon, why charge per person and per vehicle, you have to use a vehicle to get there, where are the good old days when you arrived at a site and the pitch cost 'this much', not how many of you are there, plus a vehicle, plus a tent/camper (more if you have a dog or kids). Just another way to squeeze a couple more quid from you, but it seems to be the new way generally.
All said the site and owners were lovely, Mr Owner is a typical Yorkshire farmer ('nuff said), Mrs Owner is lovely.
My wife and I have just returned from this lovely campsite and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The site is in a near-perfect location with breath-talking panoramic views of dales – utterly awe-inspiring. Malham village is a mere 5-minute stroll away - where you will find a couple of pubs, a small shop and a quaint little teashop (The old barn Café) - we ate here and the food was piping hot and delicious.
The campsite is small and basic, but well maintained and, most importantly, the showers are immaculate. This is a must for me. The showers cost £1 for seven minutes and likewise there is an electrical socket for shavers, hair dryer etc. Which is also £1 for seven minutes (£8. 50 an hour). Personally, I feel that £1 for seven minutes electricity is extortionate. Unfortunately there are no hook-up facilities and so they have you by the short n’ cuely's.
There is limited parking permitted next to pitches, so be prepared to have to hand-ball your gear across the field. We had to do this and it was an absolute pain in the neck. The owners don’t miss a trick either – they’re watching everything. I found that…let’s call him Mr. Farmer, was hard work, too. I tried engaging in conversation with him, and all that I got back was a few grunts and the occasional yes or no – evidently he’s wasn't the stimulating conversationalist that I was expecting lol!
There was an abundance of “RULES” plastered all over the place. It reminded me a little bit of the 80’s film: Lost Boys. The bit at Grandpa’s house, when Grandpa says: 'Rules! (Frantically), we got some rules around here' - LMAO! There’s far too to mention, but you get the gist?
With the above said, I would definitely visit again one day – even if it does have far too many RULES!
We stayed at Town Head over the May bank holiday weekend.
Booking: we did not book in advance, yet the owners were able to accommodate our needs and gave us a good pitch.
Location: unbeatable for Malham Cove. Some gnarly (/fun) roads on the approach to Malham if you're in a minibus or bigger.
Arrival: You pay by knocking on the farmhouse door - sometimes they take a while to answer. Sufficient parking at 3pm but it was full by 8pm.
Facilities: Very nice toilets which are kept very clean. Perhaps too few, though. The showers are nice too but you have to go back to the farmhouse (if they're in) to buy tokens - £1 for 7 minutes (inc warm-up time).
Night: We got back at 10. 30pm and the only audible sound was the river. Silence throughout the night led to a really good night's sleep.
Value: We brought two one-man tents and were charged per person and per tent and per vehicle which came to £10. 50 each for the night. This was pretty steep as we could have stayed in the youth hostel for a couple of quid more - particularly when you consider that showers cost more still.
We paid £18 for two people, a small tent and a car. A shower is one pound extra. Good views from the campsite, excellent position for walking from the site to Malham Cove (1/2 mile) and Gordale Scar. A quiet road next to the site, with traffic forced by bends to drive slowly. Hot and cold water in the pleasant washrooms and covered washing area. It's a beautifully clean and tidy site, with lots of level parts. Grass about 5 cm length throughout the field. We enjoyed the field to ourselves on a Monday, and were grateful for a latest decamp time of 12. 00.
We had a great time here, recommend this site, and would like to thank the owners.
Oh yes, we enjoyed a pint of Theakstons Old Peculiar at the closest pub about eight minutes walk away.
Don't be afraid to give the owner a ring if the weather is fair before Easter. If the ground is dry, the campsite is open.
It's expensive, £9. 00 per adult and £1. 00 for a 7 minute shower token, but the location is superb. It is a clean, tidy and well maintained site with level pitching. Being a working farm you will hear tractors early on in the day. I had the place to myself all week but returned on the last Saturday to find the place full of D. Of E. Kids. I think this is to be encouraged but if it's not your thing you may want to check bookings first.
Two pubs a stroll away, both OK. The butcher in Settle (Drake and Macefield) makes the best pies going and the black pudding and smoked bacon will set you up for the day. The walk round to Janet's Foss, up Gordale Scar and back over to Malham Cove to watch the peregrins makes the best evening stroll going (2 to 3 hrs).
Malham gets very busy at weekends but this is still one of my favourite campsites.
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