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Bolton Abbey Caravan And Motorhome Club Site
Bolton Abbey
North Yorkshire   (Browse area)
BD23 6AN
Tel: 01342 327 490
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Pitches: 57
Open: 17/03/2022 to 03/01/2023

Rating: Average Review Score: 9/10 from 57 Reviews
                9/10 from 57 Reviews

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 Electric Hookups   Hardstanding Pitches   No Fully Serviced Pitches   Show Full Facilities
Who's it for
 Families Welcome   Not Members Only   No Rallies   Not Naturist Site 
 Dogs Welcome   No Dogs Allowed   Groups Welcome 
 Toilet Facilities   Hot Showers   Washing Up   No Bathroom 
 Baby Changing Facilities   Laundry On Site   Drinking Water   Disabled Friendly 
 Chemical Disposal   No Battery Charging   Gas Exchange   Recycling Facilities 
 No Kitchen Facilities   No Freezer / Fridge    Motorhome Point   Wifi Access 
 Shop <10 miles   Bar <10 miles   Restaurant or Cafe or Takeaway <10 miles 
 No Playground   No TV Room   No Games Room   No Evening Ents 
 Fishing <5 miles   No Wild Swimming   No Indoor Pool   No Outdoor Pool 
 No Horse Riding   No Cycle Hire   No Golf   No Tennis 
 No Beach   Watersports <5 miles   No Boat Launch 
Other Features
 No Sea Views   Not Working Farm   No Campfires Allowed 
 No Waterside Pitches   Public Transport <1 mile  Offroad Dog Walk On Site or Direct Access 

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Date of Visit: October 2021  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Jools7890 5 reviews from this member

 We stayed on this site for a couple of nights, testing out a campervan that we'd hired for the weekend.

The site is a bit of a way out from Skipton, further than we'd anticipated, but the scenery is amazing and its far enough away from roads that all you can hear is the local wildlife and the river.

There are rabbits, a field of alpacas close by and when we stayed, two mischievous kittens, who kept going under the van and loitering to see what we were up to.

We sat out and star watched the first night as it was so dark and clear.

The facilities were good - free showers and nice toilets and washrooms. Staff were friendly too and kept everything nice and clean.

All you could ask for from a site. 

Date of Visit: July 2020 Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Coopertroopers 64 reviews from this member

 Lovely site in the grounds of Bolton Abbey - we visited at the start of July when Lockdown easing began. Plentiful walking around the estate, with one way systems in place to ensure social distancing.

Site itself is lovely and peaceful, unless youíre pitched next to the school on a weekday. Usual standards to be expected from CC site.

Understand now why this site is always booked up - will be back when we can get in again ! 

Date of Visit: July 2020  Confirmed Booking Unit:  Motorhome
Nights stayed: 3 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: CJMu 3 reviews from this member

 What a lovely setting! In a peaceful area adjacent to Strid Woods, with numerous walking trails through, or down to the River Wharfe. Gorgeous walks alongside the river to either Barden Bridge or to Bolton Priory.

Lawrence and Yvonne keep the site impeccably clean and tidy. Always at hand with, a friendly smile, willingness to help, to make sure you enjoy your stay as much as possible.

A special place. 

Date of Visit: October 2019 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Tracybutton 2 reviews from this member

 Terrific location for those who like walking, particularly the path from the site which leads down to the Strid. There is a great cafe at the entrance where we enjoyed a lovely cooked breakfast and then afternoon tea another day following an early morning walk. It was a delight.

The site is on two levels. We were on the bottom level where it is quite shaded at one end. That is probably a bonus in the height of summer, but late in the season it is probably a bit better on the higher ground.

Overall the site deserves all the high praise, not least for the beautiful surroundings. 

Date of Visit: July 2019 Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: AMATEUR 10 reviews from this member

 We loved the campsite, we arrived just after 1 pm and had our choice of pitches. The site manager told us the sunniest spots were on the top level, around pitch 50 area, so we chose there.

The toilets and showers were immaculate (although I was a bit irritated by other campers leaving the door wide open allowing insects in). There are only 4 showers, but they were never busy and there are individual washing areas in cubicles.

There's a dishwashing area and motorhome service point. The site is wooded and beautifully laid out. You can access all the Bolton Abbey walks - although as other reviewers say, there is a reasonbly steep hill down to the river. The walking along the river is lovely, and Bolton Abbey itself is stunning.

We got a taxi into Skipton one day - the taxi company was recommended by the campsite, and it cost £10. Parking for Bolton Abbey is £10, so its a good idea to walk in from campsite.

There's a narrow archway coming from Bolton Abbey, so if you have a wide unit, you need to take account of this (although the service bus got through - with his mirrors pulled in!). 


Date of Visit: April 2019 Unit:  Campervan
Nights stayed: 2 Travelling as:  Retired couple
Reviewer: Dot P 637 reviews from this member

 We stayed on the upper level along from reception. Bright open pitches with plenty of light - we looked at the lower level and thought it seemed a bit over-shadowed with trees.

We had a non awning pitch but it was plenty big enough - not sure how much difference in price as we still paid £25 a night. The loos and showers do seemed a bit dated, but always clean and the showers were piping hot.

For us it was all about location, campsite entrance is on the Strid footpath network, mile after mile of footpaths through the woods, to the abbey or the village.

From the campsite there is also a wheelchair friendly walk in the woods, well set out with gravel paths.

We did the walk from campsite to the Abbey, there was a small coffee / sandwich van parked up at the children's play area approx 30 minutes from site, then there is the Pavillion cafe about an hour down the path and another cafe at the Abbey.

We found the site expensive but its £10 to park in the car-park next to the campsite, so that taken into consideration a night there isnt too bad. 
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Date of Visit: April 2019 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Nights stayed: 4 Travelling as:  Mature couple
Reviewer: Pixie_Hez 83 reviews from this member

 We have just returned from a four night stay at the Bolton Abbey club site. The approach to the site was quite hairy as there is a narrow bridge as you approach Bolton Abbey. We had a few inches to spare on each side of the caravan, but it took a bit of maneuvering to get through.

The site itself is divided into two areas, the lower area is all awning pitches whereas the upper area has a mixture of awning and non-awning pitches.

We had a non awning pitch which was level from side to side but sloped quite a bit from front to back, so much so that the front of the caravan was right down to almost its lowest point while the rear steadies were extended to their maximum. Most pitches seemed to be like this on the top section of the site.

The toilet and shower facilities were satisfactory and always kept very clean. There were only four toilets and four showers but as cleaning doesnít begin until 11:30 AM there was a more staggered approach to showering in the morning which meant that the four showers were adequate and I never had to queue.

The site itself is on the edge of a wood and you can walk directly from the site into the woods and along the river in both directions.

Turn left along the river and you can pick up the Dales Way which goes to Grassington and beyond (that would be a long walk) or turn right and you can walk along to the ruins at Bolton Abbey which is about 4 miles away. We really enjoyed walking in the woods and had a couple of lovely days out walking to different places.

However, walks from the site are not suitable for those with limited mobility as there is a very very steep hill from the site down to the river, so whilst when you get to the river you can have a nice gentle stroll along the banks, getting up and down to the river from the site is a bit of a climb.

There is a tearoom in the car park right beside the site but we didnít try it so I canít comment, however we did find a great farm shop and restaurant in Skipton called Keelham farm and we went there often to either eat in the restaurant or buy lovely local food from the farm shop to cook at the van. The Devonshire arms is about 5 miles from the site but it was very expensive.

Due to the isolated nature of the site there is no mobile signal at all. I am with Vodafone and my husband is with Virgin which uses the EE signal and neither of us could get any signal on site.

There is also no television signal so you have to plug into the EHU bollard which gives you eight channels, however we found our bollard particularly temperamental and we were only able to get a signal on a couple of occasions during our four days. This doesnít really matter to us as we are not big technology users and we donít watch a lot of TV but it might be a problem for some people who like to stay connected.

Overall, we really enjoyed staying at this site due to the peace and quiet and great walking and we will definitely return in the future. 

Date of Visit: June 2018 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: 2discover 3 reviews from this member

 Set in beautiful Wharfedale in woodlands on the Devonshire Estate which includes Bolton Abbey this secluded site is becoming one of our favourites. The site is on 2 levels with the lower smaller level next to the play area. Access is shared with The Strid car park with its very nice cafe next to the site entrance. There are plenty of riverside walks direct from the site to Bolton Abbey, Burnsall, and other local villages. There is a cafe at Bolton Abbey, the expensive Devonshire Arms hotel, plenty of good food pubs and a Spar further afield in Grassington. Nearby Barden Towers has an excellent restaurant offering superb Sunday lunches but other opening is limited. Bus stops outside the site entrance provide a good service up or down the dale making it easy to get about. A great site for dogs and children who like the outdoors. All pitches are hardstandings, none are fully serviced. Being surrounded by woods provides good shelter. There is only cable TV available on the site (so bring a long TV aerial coax cable) and no mobile phone or 4G signal available. Site facilities are the usual C & MC standards and clean and modern. The site is also located in an area often painted by Turner and there is a viewing point he used in a famous painting only yards from the site. 

Date of Visit: November 2017 Unit:  Touring Caravan
Reviewer: Sandgrounder52 12 reviews from this member

 We stayed here at the end of November 2017.

I loved the site. It is located within the Duke of Devonshire's Bolton Abbey estate. Access is interesting (!) requiring a trip through an old stone archway but it actually looks more intimidating than it is. The site benefits from its location in that there are miles of walks directly from the site. Most of the paths on the estate are well maintained (often paved) which makes for easy walking when it is cold, wet and muddy. The estate is well populated with cafes as well. There is one located immediately outside the site, then another a couple of miles down the river at the Cavendish Pavilion. A welcome sight after a brisk couple of miles walking at just above freezing. There is a lovely walk alongside the river for several miles in each direction on both sides.

The abbey itself is fascinating, although the famous stepping stones were under water

The pitch was an adequate size for our Basecamp (5m) with Sunncamp rear awning (total length 7 m). The pitches looked level but, in fact, we needed to level both side to side and back to front. Not excessively so but we would have noticed had we not had a ramp. The pitch next to ours had a bird feeder which we assumed belonged to the site until we saw the couple next door pack it away when we left. It was well visited and I think we may try a bird feeder ourselves. There was also a semi-tame pheasant pair who visited (& loads of ducks). Squirrels also live in some of the large trees on site.

The site is in a clearing within a wooded area. Visiting in November the trees were without leaf which allowed the welcome winter sunshine into the van. It is on 2 levels. Personally, I think the lower level might have been a bit dark.

Facilities were older but perfectly adequate. As always with the C&MHC they were spotlessly clean. Even in the sub zero temperatures we experienced the water in the showers was hot and the block itself was warm.

My husband says the CDP and water points he used were fine.

Skipton is about a 10 / 15 minutes drive away. It has the usual massive Tesco etc but also lots of smaller, interesting shops and restaurants in the town centre.

A little further away, about 8 miles west along the A59, is the Bull at Broughton. We found it in the Michelin Pub guide and had a delicious evening meal there in front of an open fire. Highly recommended.

In summary, I would highly recommend the site. I would definitely revisit at some time. Perhaps when the weather is a bit better when we could tackle some of the open moorland walks at the edge of the estate. 

Date of Visit: November 2017 Unit:  Motorhome
Reviewer: Atkinbrown 49 reviews from this member

 First visit to Bolton Abbey

This is the first time we have stayed at this site. What a gem. Brian and Janet were extremely welcoming and friendly and more than happy to give you all the information needed. The site is in a fantastic position surrounded by woodlands and really well laid out pathways. These provide hours and hours of walking and wonderful views. Plenty of cafes around although we found that most will not allow dogs inside which makes for a very cold and quick lunch sitting outside even with blankets provided. Would highly recommend this site and will be back again early next year, if not for Christmas. A message to Brian and Janet. We hope your dog continues to recover. Thank you for a lovely stay. 

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