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On the banks of a river, with open views over the Yorkshire Dales and lots of space for games, with a pair of great pubs nearby

In the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, by the banks of the Wharfe, down the road from two good pubs – Masons is so good that even the owners still camp here. When their favourite campsite in the Yorkshire Dales came up for sale, Georgie and Grant bought Masons and set about scrubbing up an already popular site. Today it’s about as good as they come.

You no longer have to walk a mile to the nearest shop, since their onsite 1968 Airstream office sells essential food and camping items and the Coffee & Bread Shed serves barista coffee, fresh croissants, baguettes and more. When it comes to the actual camping, there is heaps of space to pitch in the two main fields; plus they have a handful of yurts and safari tents you can rent and a couple of classic VW campervans to hire, with pre-pitched awnings outside.

The flat camping fields have plenty of space for kite-flying and ball games, and lots of families bring lilos and dinghies. Both fields are backed by the wide and mainly shallow River Wharfe that runs south-east out of the national park. Try your hand at fly-fishing from the large, flat stones while the kids happily pass the time paddling around and jumping in and out of the water.  The onsite chickens and ducks are popular with younger children too, while the neighboring, hilly fields are all speckled with sheep.

Although the site has beautiful views of its own, Grant says that most campers make straight for the steep slope over the road for an even better vista. Footpaths lead directly out into the hills and, from the bottom of the site, along the river to Burnsall, which is a popular picnicking and swimming spot. Appletreewick and Barden Bridge, are just a short jaunt away too, both with excellent, family-friendly country pubs housed in typical, old, Yorkshire-stone buildings.

The campsite owner says

Our site is perfectly situated in the picturesque village of Appletreewick in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales surrounded by the natural beauty of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. This camping and caravanning site is the perfect place for you to explore the Yorkshire Dales. With the River Wharfe running alongside it provides popular easy walking to nearby villages Bolton Abbey, Burnsall, Linton, Grassington all of which is a small part of the Dalesway footpath. For those looking for more of a relaxing break you can simply watch the world go by paddling in the River or perhaps a cheeky drink at the two country pubs within 2 minutes walking distance. If this sounds just the ticket for a camping and caravanning trip please browse through the information on our new website, which now includes an online booking facility – and we look forward to welcoming you to our delightful spot. For more information please visit www.masonscampsite.co.uk

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