If you're looking for small, peaceful campsites near Skipton, in North Yorkshire, Seat House Farm CL Caravan Site is for you. Open all year round and part of Seat House Farm, the campsite accepts just five motorhomes or caravans at a time, and no tents. It is a Certificated Location, affiliated to the Caravan Club, so is for members only. This creates an exclusive environment where you can get back to basic camping in a grass field.
There's no play area and the TV reception is bad, so if you have children this may not suit you. If you have a portable satellite dish for your TV, you'll be able to watch your favourite programmes.
The facilities include electric hook-ups, a unisex toilet block with showers, washing-up sinks and a chemical waste disposal point. Dogs are welcome. Take a few torches, because there's no campsite lighting. You'll have uninterrupted views of the starlit night sky, on cloudless nights, instead. This little campsite has won two Caravan Club prizes – Best Farm CL and Best Northern CL of the Year (2007).
Just five miles down the road to the A65 is the large village of Gargrave, where you'll find The Mason's Arms, offering home made food, cask ales, beams and rustic charm near the river, and The Old Swan Inn (16th Century). You can pick up supplies in a small Co-operative supermarket in Gargrave too. Eat out in the Indian takeaway while you're here.
The location could hardly be better for anyone keen to explore the North York Moors, whether on foot, by bicycle or driving. If you're doing the Three Peaks Challenge, whether all in one go or in sections, this is a good location to use as your Yorkshire base camp. You can pick up The Pennine Way here, too.
While you're here, visit Skipton Castle for a glimpse of the history of the Dales, or go fishing for trout at the Kilnsey Park tourist attraction near Kilnsey Crag. Go to Ingleton and follow The Waterfalls Trail, a four-mile circular route to see Swilla Glen, Pecca Falls and bridge, Hollybush Spout, Thornton Force, Breezly Falls, Rival Falls and then Baxenghyll Gorge. Whatever the weather, you must go underground to see the magnificent cathedral-like caves in this part of North Yorkshire. Visit the White Scar Cave at Ingleton, which is the longest show cave in England. Ingleborough Caves near Clapham are also very popular with visitors to the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Visit Grassington and head for the tourist information centre, in the main car park in Hebton Road, in the bustling village centre. Near here at Linton in Craven is a beautiful old pub overlooking the river, The Fountaine Inn, which has 'proper Yorkshire ales', home made food using local produce, log fires, beams and low ceilings. Visit Malham, a charming village in Malhamdale area of the Yorkshire Dales. Here you'll find limestone cliffs, crags and scars, and a natural amphitheatre called Malham Cove. Take a train ride on the Settle to Carlisle Railway.
If you have children and you like animals, visit Hesketh Farm Park or Thornton Hall Farm Country Park (Thornton-in-Craven) for encounters with farm animals, family activities such as the Wizzick Farm Safari guided tour.
We hope you'll enjoy your motorhome and caravan holidays in the North Yorkshire Dales, staying at Seat House Farm CL Caravan Site.
Craven Museum and Galery
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