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Clapham Caravan Park Giffords Certificated Location
North Yorkshire   (Browse area)
Tel: 01524 251277
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Pitches: 5 CAMC Members Only
Open: 01/02/2024 to 30/11/2024

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 4 Reviews
                9/10 from 4 Reviews

 No Tents   Caravan Pitches   Motorhome Pitches   Small Campervans 
 No Glamping Units   Holiday Homes for Hire   No Statics for Sale   No Seasonal Pitches 
 Electric Hookups   Hardstanding Pitches   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Club Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   No Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 No Baby Changing   No Laundry   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   No Gas Exchange   No Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge   No Motorhome Point   No Wifi Access 
 Shop <1 mile   Bar <1 mile   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <1 mile 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 No Fishing   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   Cycle Hire <5 miles   Golf <5 miles   No Tennis 
 No Beach   No Watersports   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <5 miles  No Dog Walk 

This is a Caravan and Motorhome Club Certificated Location, which accepts just five caravans or motorhomes and is for Club Members only.


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Date of Visit: November 2022 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Jondy376 62 reviews from this member

 We stayed 3 nights at Giffords caravan park and absolutely loved it, The site is well maintained, with hard standing and some full service pitches with Easy access, only about a mile from the A65.

The location is great for walking and exploring the area by car. The views are amazing, we also enjoyed seeing the odd train which the Station is just a couple of fields away, you can hear the trains but not too bad and only hourly.

When we return to this site we'd like to catch the train to settle then walking back to the site. Also passing traffic noise is minimal.

On the Sunday we had a beautiful 10 mile walk with stunning views to Elaine's Tearoom at Feizor for sunday lunch which we both really enjoyed.

We also had a walk around Ingleton, I was a surprised at the size of the village, the old buildings are beautiful. Anyone who enjoys really good fish and chips we highly recommend Ingleton chippy.

Hopefully we will return again this year 

Date of Visit: May 2017 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: PilgrimPhil 86 reviews from this member

 We stayed for 4 nights at Giffords at the end of May 2017.

We concur with the previous two reviews a super CL, all hardstanding with EHU close by and front row views of Ingleborough [in the foreground] & Pen-y-Ghent [in the distance].

One review states that there is a pot wash in the open barn but that is actually the Chemical Disposal Point and I think the wood blocks were the owners firewood!

The site is actually on the border of the Yorkshire Dales & the Forest of Bowland and thus you have access to two different areas.

One minus point [which is really no fault of the site] is that it is about 1. 5 miles south of Clapham village itself. Thus, if walking into the Yorkshire Dales and not wanting to move the motorhome, you needed to add on 3 miles to your intended walk distance!

Clapham has a community shop & pub, so you are well served with refreshments post walk.

Overall a great site with friendly & obliging owners. 

Date of Visit: June 2013 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: CL Pitcher 2 reviews from this member

 Positives: Lovely location, some pitches with great views, site well equipped and tidy, and friendly helpful owners.

Minor Negatives: A relatively small/compact CL, limited grass to pitch awnings, and rather tight entrance to site.

Overall: Situated between the South Yorkshire Dales and the Forest of Bowland, an ideal base for walkers, cavers, and cyclists. Well worth a visit especially if you are seeking a peaceful site in beautiful rolling countryside. 

Date of Visit: June 2012 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Cwdc56768 8 reviews from this member

 Sshhh don't tell anyone about this CL situated on a farm- I don't want it fully booked that I can't get back in!

Situated on Clapham Moor on the northern edge of the Forest of Bowland, from where, whichever pitch you use, all you can see across the Wenning valley is Ingleborough to the North West and Pen Y Ghent to the North East. Bliss. The River Wenning is well below the site and flows close to Clapham Station which has the odd steam train or two passing through from Carnforth to join the Settle to Carlisle line or onward for the York to Scarborough run. Great start to my Tuesday morning seeing the steam train, in what appeared to be the old LMS livery, trundle along at 9am.

Access to the site from the A65 is along a minor road of decent width for your van and any vehicles coming the other way. Phone up before you set off and if there is to be space the owners will let you in at anytime, even long before the traditional 12 o'clock start time. Just pull into the site, find your pitch, set up and then go and pay. No hassle

The site is on a hill so that each of the six hard standing pitches can facilitate wonderful views with your van looking northerly to two of Yorkshire's Three Peaks. The three pitches at the front are best used with the van going in forwards. A motor mover is very helpful especially for reversing the van out at the end of your stay. Slightly up hill but the van is easily levelled with just one standard levelling ramp.

Each pitch has electric hook up providing up to 16amps and (Bonus for a CL) a TV hook up point so take your TV cable with you. Water is provided from a point at the entrance to the CL. Waste disposal is at the same spot - so, not far to walk. This location also has the bins where recycling is encouraged

There is just the one loo, situated behind the farm house. This is in an old outbuilding and comprises of one toilet and hand basin. Anticipating that this 'outside loo' would be in keeping with the traditions of outside loos I remember from the 1950s I was pleasantly surprised at just how clean and modern looking it was, with whitewashed walls and a modern toilet. Not a spider or cobweb in sight! It is cleaned everyday (twice)and has a towel for hand drying which is changed every day.

There are no showers but we always use the van shower anyway so that didn't bother us.

The open barn has a pot washing facility along with a wide range of leaflets about the area and its attractions etc. It also has no end of blocks of wood if you have forgotten your levellers. Now there is a service many a site could pick up on. Very handy having this barn to clean the water and waste hogs away fro mthe rain at the end of our stay before loading them into the van

The minor road to the site should be travelled south down into the actual Forest of Bowland. Just before you get to the top of the Moor stop and look back. Stunning views over Clapham Moor to the majestic setting of Ingleborough and Pen Y Ghent. Yorkshire at its best and green for as far as the eye can see. Mainly sheep farming so none of your yellow fields full of rape. Just a beautiful traditional English countryside view.

The Forest of Bowland has numerous walks but if you want to cycle then head to Cocklet Hill. The locations for walks/cycle ways in the Forest have been deliberately segregated to avoid conflict between ramblers and cyclist. What a good idea.

From Clapham village, on the northern side of the A65, about a mile-ish from the site, you can walk up to Ingleborough cave through Clapham Wood. This is a toll footpath (never heard of one!) and you buy a 60p ticket from a car park ticket machine. Then you pay to get into the caves. Miss them out and just carry on up Clapham Drive, through Trow Gill to Gaping Gill and onward up to the top of Ingleborough. Turn right and walk along Simon Fell Breast and wander round until you hit Long Lane and back into the village. Now there's a day out. There are also any number of circular walks directly from the site. For the one that goes through Hardacre Wood you will need your walking boots. Can be a tad boggy underfoot. Take Explorer Maps OL41 and OL2 for this area

On our fourth day the heavens opened and the River Wenning quickly broke its bank and flooded the hay meadow below the site. It also flooded the only road to the site such that cars were unable to get through. Thinking that we may need to book another few nights until the flood abated, we were told by the site owners that the river generally goes down as quickly as it floods. Sure enough the next morning the floods had gone. The site is probably around 40 feet above the river so you won't get flooded!

Clapham has a village store where you can most things but if you want a wider choice then Settle is about six miles away (plenty of excellent walking around that area). Just sit outside the Naked Man cafe, in the sunshine, with your latte, and watch the world go by. No rush - no worries. If you drive up to Kirby Lonsdale you must pop into the cheese shop. Not just a brilliant array of cheeses but also locally brewed ale. I feel a good evening coming on.

If you have children, then, once they have visted the caves (if they can walk that far) their entertainment is over - unless they enjoy walking all day. The site does not really have facilities for children. I think its more a spot for us mature(!) walkers. My overall rating of 10 out of 10 reflects my own views of what I want from a site.

Just a simply wonderful CL ideally located, with fabulous views, peace, curlews and wonderful walks. If you want the family along but don't have room in your van there are three statics available for hire right next to the CL site.  

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