Much more than just a scenic stop-offpoint when journeying across Yorkshire’s ‘Dales Way’

Kettlewell Camping is situated very much on the way to and from other places – it’s a mere 10 metres from the famous ‘Dales Way’ and 14 miles from the busy market town of Skipton. It would be tempting to think of this site as just a convenient stopover, that is, until you see the views. The flower-rich hay meadows and deep woodlands of the Upper Wharfe Valley surround you, creating a wonderful backdrop and the ideal location to go and explore the great outdoors. The lovely village of Kettlewell itself – a perfect miniature of what a Yorkshire Dales village should be – is only a short walk away, and completes a very agreeable camping picture.

Previously run from Fold Farm, Kettlewell Camping has a new, easier access point from Conistone Road. But that's not the only change - the owners have worked closely with the National Park Authority to produce a new facilities block for 2015 (hot showers and under-floor heating), which is thoughtfully in keeping with the site's natural surroundings, making only a small carbon footprint. The site itself is a wonderfully simple, with just one field and room for around 40 tents. The field is a little undulating in places, but most campers seem to find a flat section of land.

If you fancy the convenience of travelling light, or feel its time for a splurge of hassle-free glamping, then why not treat yourself to one of Kettlewell's furnished bell tents? Each pre-erected tent sleeps four comfortably and comes kitted-out with its own stove to facilitate that all-important morning cup of Yorkshire tea (other brands are available!) There can't be many better ways to start the day as you un-zip your toasty tent and lock eyes upon the surrounding patchwork of greens and browns. Four-legged friends aren’t allowed here, but us lucky humans can enjoy the raised fire-pit and long evenings in the fresh Yorkshire air, whatever the weather.

With its camping field only the throw of a tent peg from one of England’s most idyllic walks, Kettlewell Camping is certainly a site that owes a lot to its enviable location. But that shouldn’t detract from the place itself. This family-run campsite (of three generations) has a welcoming atmosphere, facilities have been improved and the site's impressive eco-credentials even stretch to the hot showers, where hot water is produced with a near carbon neutral wood pellet boiler. So the package is complete; a relaxing space to pitch the tent and a wealth of walks quite literally on your doorstep.


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