A car-free riverside campsite at the foot of a small valleyCamping is all about getting closer to nature, so what better place to camp than in a nature reserve. Jerusalem Farm nestled in the picturesque Luddenden Valley, near Halifax, couldn’t be better placed. Luddenden is a steep and narrow valley, an almost-hidden gorge deep in the heart of Pennine Yorkshire. Luddenden Beck, long exploited by local mills for its fast-flowing waters, runs along its base and it is by the banks of this brook that Jerusalem Farm is sited. As a nature reserve, it’s a pristine slice of Pennine perfection, with untouched woods on the surrounding slopes and steep valley walls. For maximum peace and tranquillity, no vehicles are allowed; cars are parked up by reception and equipment carried down to the camping fields. Visitors are also drawn by the exceptional hill-walking to be found in this region, including the Pennine Way and The Calderdale Way (a 50-mile circular walk). You’re likely to spot plenty of wildlife on a stroll: much of this area is protected countryside and an important breeding and nesting area for distinctive birds including the curvy-beaked curlew and the splendid, crested lapwing.You’ll also see red grouse hopping around wherever there’s an abundance of heather. Take the time to visit this often-overlooked jewel of England’s countryside, to scratch beneath the surface, and you’ll find yourself strongly attracted to this wild, understated landscape. The call of nature, so to speak.
FacilitiesThere are toilets, a shower, kids’ playground and picnic tables.
York Racecourse (01904 620911) is about an hour away by car.
Food & DrinkYou’ll get both at the lovely Cat-I’th-Well. The Cat-I’th-Well (01422 244841) is a great little pub that sells Timothy Taylor’s bitter and, curiously for a pub, free-range eggs. It’s a half-hour walk or a 10-minute drive.
From the A646 at Luddenden Foot turn up Luddenden Lane at the restaurant. After 1 1/2 miles, turn right towards Booth. Go through the village and after the sharp left-hand bend, Jerusalem Lane is 20 metres on the left. Look out for the campsite on the right. The site is a 10-minute walk from the bus terminus at Booth. Or get the train to Halifax, Sowerby Bridge or Hebden Bridge and get a taxi.
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