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.
We loved this simple campsite in a gorgeous setting on a working farm. We found the owners friendly and the facilities were clean - toilets, 2 washing up sinks and two showers (£1 for a shower token). We only had to wait once for a shower.
Cars are only allowed next to your tent when the field is dry which we preferred as it meant it was more spacious and relaxing. Unsurprisingly for August it got busier at the weekend but not overcrowded. This is a quiet campsite (no noise after 11pm) and the vast majority of people observed this.
Malham Cove and Malham village are both a short walk away. We had a delicious meal at the Lister Arms. Lots of lovely walks in the area.
Good farm shop 3 miles away at Airton.
Hopefully we will come back to this lovely campsite soon!
Just returned from a weekend away camping in a tent, 2 adults 2 kids 11 and 14, we arrived late to the campsite but the owner was very helpful and showed us where to pitch and let us reverse our car on to the field so we could be a bit nearer to the tent for unpacking. Toilets are kept lovely and clean, nice touches with air fresheners and flowers, £1 for showers, and plenty of hot water for washing your dishes, lovely flat site, gorgeous scenery, pubs within a few minutes walk, plenty of easy walks to local attractions, loads of space for kids to play and the tents are well spaced out, just wish we could have stayed for longer. Just one warning apart from a shop selling sweets and icecreams in the village that's it, so don't forget anything as nearest village Gargrave is approx 6 miles away down country roads. If you fancy going to Skipton for the day, fantastic castle and pork pie shop on the bridge.
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