About two miles north of Settle in North Yorkshire, you will find Knight Stainforth Hall Caravan & Camping Park. Run by brothers Paul and Chris Maudsley, this campsite offers discounts for durational stays and out-of season visits. In addition, there is a holiday cottage, five minutes from the site, in Stainforth. It sleeps five people so for anyone arriving with friends and family without a caravan, tent or motorhome, they can still holiday together.
This campsite has 39 hardstanding pitches, and caravans, motorhomes, trailer tents and tents are all welcome to pitch here. Seasonal pitches are offered and there are static caravans available to hire, too. Facilities on site include showers and toilets, a chemical toilet disposal point, a motorhome service point, a laundry, a dishwashing area, a shop, a children's play area, a TV and games room, Wi-Fi, battery charging and cool block freezing. This is also a dog friendly campsite, however there is a small charge if you want to bring your four-legged friend. Please ensure your dogs are kept under control at all times and owners must clean up after their pets.
The site is well presented with pitches in rows on gently sloping, terraced ground. The location is lovely, in the tiny village of Little Stainforth. It takes little effort to reach the site, just trundle along a (perfectly wide) back road from the village. Be sure to approach via Stackhouse Lane in Settle, not via Stainforth. Hills rise up behind and at the bottom of this east-facing campsite is the River Ribble and woodland. Consequently, fishing is available on site, costing anywhere between £2.50 and £15 depending on your age and how long you want to fish for.
Below the pitches, the Maudsleys have planted new woodland with over 5000 trees, created a wetland area close to the river and also provided a large dog exercise area. It all looks very picturesque but nothing more so than the natural beauty of the river at this spot – with a three-stage waterfall where, in the autumn, you can watch the salmon leap upstream.
This is the perfect campsite from which to explore the Yorkshire Dales National Park, as you're pitched in the southern reaches of this wonderful region. Networks of footpaths for walkers, trails for cyclists and bridleways for horse riders criss-cross the Dales, so there are plenty of ways to discover the area. There are routes for visitors of all ages and abilities, and some are there for you to enjoy unaided, others with knowledgeable local guides. In fact, the Dales makes a super holiday destination if you like getting active. Here you can go fell running, mountain biking, caving, pony trekking, geocaching, orienteering, canoeing, windsurfing, sailing, paragliding, rock climbing and more.
If you've pitched at Knight Stainforth Hall Caravan and Camping Park on your motorhome, camping and caravan holidays in North Yorkshire, you're also only about an hour from the south eastern edge of the Lake District – Kendal is about an hour away, Windermere about a 60- to 80-minute drive from site.
Games and TV room
Stainforth is the ideal center to base a Dales activity holiday, while many locals have been drawn to the area as a place to live and benefit from a healthy active lifestyle.
The Limestone Country & Three Peaks of the Yorkshire Dales National Park offer some of the best upland walking in the British Isles, while Malham Cove, Goredale and the Ribble Valley offer breathtaking scenery without the exertion of walking the higher fells.
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