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Visitor Reviews - Riverside Campsite Malham Cove

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Riverside Campsite Malham Cove
Town Head Farm
North Yorkshire   (Browse area)
BD23 4DJ   See Map                                 Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook
Tel: 01729 830287

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Open: Easter To October

Rating: Average Review Score: 8/10 from 75 Reviews
              8/10 from 75 Reviews

Units accepted:    Tents  No Caravans  No Motorhomes 

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Date of Visit: August 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: NuCampers 7 reviews from this member

Great campsite, fantastic location surrounded by stunning views and walks, really don't understand some of the more negative reviews on here. The owners are BOTH really friendly and chatty, couldn't really do enough or anymore.

Yes there are rules all over the site but I'm sure there's a reason for the rules as it looked like they have Duke of Edinburgh kids camping and if they don't know the rules or haven't been camping before the rules will mainly be aimed at them.

The site is a great base to explore Malham and beyond. It has good working toilets, washing up facilities and 2 showers. Yes the showers are a £1 for 7 minutes but for us that was more than enough time for 2 adults to get showered and it's only a pound!

Malham is fantastic and has 2 great pubs and a lovely cafe. Buck Inn is nice, great selection of ales and food looked decent. Lister's Arms is fantastic, amazing selection of ales and spirits, food is amazing, really really good and is why we didn't try to food in the Buck Inn.

Make sure you take a torch on a night time if walking back from Malham when its dark as the road back is pitch black.

All in all a great stay and will definitely return.

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

Nice little site a few minutes walk from the village, unbeatable location with mostly flat pitches, can access all the local sights and trails on foot. Ideal hikers. Unsuitable for caravans and truck sized campervans. Nice having the stream running alongside the site. Spacious showers and kept very clean, but locked at night. Only two showers so might be overrun at weekends. The token system for a shower was a bit antiquated; would rather have an inclusive tariff. Couldn't find anywhere to refrigerate ice blocks, so our milk went off.

Just be aware that groups of D of E students use the site and usually camp at the far end. We ended up having to move pitch to get a peaceful night.

Other people mention the notices - I tend to agree there's too many so in the end people don't read them. I missed the one about calling at the house. It just needs one simple message. Behave, respect the facilities and your neighbours, or leave. Nice to have the cars away from the tents which avoids disturbance from door slamming etc.

All in all a good place to stay. Would go back again.

Date of Visit: May 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: LisMorris 1 review from this member

This is a charming, well-run campsite in a gorgeous location, literally on the doorstep of Malham and within very easy walking distance of two excellent pubs.

The owners (names redacted due to the review rules) are very friendly, helpful, and always ready for a chat (if you're reading this, Mrs M. , the plant I identified for you was called Ornithogalum, so you might guess who I am!). The facilities consist of a washing up area, an undercover concrete bench area for backpackers who want to cook (I was in a car, but I felt this was a brilliant idea), toilet facilities and a shower block. All of them are impeccable- clean, well-designed and decorated with tubs of flowers and cheerful pennants. The showers, in particular, were the best I've seen in any campsite, hands down. They cost £1 per seven minutes, but was absolutely worth every penny, with big shower rooms divided into a dry and a wet half and even a box for muddy wellies outside!

As others have mentioned, there are signs with rules on them, but they're nothing an experienced camper will not already do instinctively. I suspect they are there for the benefit of DofE walkers who may be camping for the first time and aren't used to the usual camping etiquette. There were two rules that were a little unusual: first, due to the softness of the ground (I didn't even need a mallet), cars are not to be driven off and on the turf repeatedly. There is a gravel carpark if you wish to park away from your tent and make frequent trips. Secondly, frisbee and ball games are forbidden due to previous complaints from campers, which I felt was a shame for family campers. However, there is plenty for children to do because there is lots of space to run around and a little bit of the stream was diverted through the camp and gives them an area to splash about and play in.

This campsite is justifiably popular and books up pretty quickly in the high season, so I recommend booking ahead. They have a policy of always accepting backpackers even when fully booked.

Date of Visit: May 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: XFMGx 4 reviews from this member

Had a lovely bank holiday weekend camping in Malham. The site was lovely and clean and not short of notices telling what you can and can't do! The amount of notices actually made us laugh. There was just me and my son (age 14) and the dog camping. My son had a good time however was a bit disappointed that you weren't allowed ball games, frisbees etc. Also no 3G internet. Nightmare for a 14 year old boy, great for me! There were some wifi spots in the local village, thank heavens! The campsite owners were always knocking about and very helpful. The site is situated at the bottom of the path to Malham cove which is very handy to go exploring. The village is also only 5 minute walk away. The village was very busy with a Malham Safari, local groups made a trail of statues and figures of different animals to find. The village had 2 pubs, both welcomed dogs which was great! I would definitely recommend this site as it is in a perfect location, we didn't move the car all weekend as we could walk to the places we wanted to explore!

Date of Visit: May 2016 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: Dw5110 3 reviews from this member

Stayed here having been disgusted at the facilities and lack of cleanliness at another local site. The owner willingly showed us the facilities before paying up and reassuringly the toilets and shower room were immaculate. The pitches were easily accessible with the car, it being a quiet night anyway. Good access into Malham village and two excellent pubs a short walk away and very close to Malham Cove and other local attractions, we will definitely be back.

Date of Visit: August 2015 Unit:  Tent Rating:
Reviewer: LucyF75 1 review from this member

We have just arrived home after two nights at this incredibly well kept campsite. In total we were 4 adults with 2 tents. The field is split into two, one side where you can park with your tent and the other where you have to leave your car in the car park (due to drainage issues on the field) - we arrived quite late on Friday evening so had to pitch up on this side and carry our tent etc from the car park. It's not a long walk though and no trouble. The site was advertising full when we arrived so I was glad that I'd booked but we did notice that they don't turn away hikers even when full. Even though the site was full the field wasn’t crowded. Quiet time is between 11. 00pm and 6. 00am – an alarm is probably not required as the resident ducks can be quite vocal in the mornings! The toilets and showers were cosy and very clean (you need to buy tokens from the owners for £1 which gives you 7 minutes of shower or 7 minutes of electricity) and the water was hot. We ate both nights in the Lister Arms (5 minutes walk into the village) as we were so impressed with the food and had a lovely walk to Malham Cove and Gordale Scar where we scrambled up the waterfall. We will definitely return!

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