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Best campsites in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Here are our expert-recommended campsites and attractions in and around the Yorkshire Dales National Park

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There are plenty of places to visit in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, including Kilnsey Crag and Grassington, both of which offer scenic walks with fantastic views. Historic Skipton, Settle and Ingleton in the South and Masham and Ripon in the North are all excellent places to stay while you're in the area.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is a stunningly beautiful area of England. It's a great place to visit if you're looking for an outdoor adventure with plenty of scenic views. It covers an area of around 840 square miles and is home to a wide range of different geological features, including limestone cliffs, dramatic river valleys and rugged moorlands.

Malham Cove is a popular spot in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The dramatic limestone cliffs rise to a height of 80 metres and provide stunning views of the surrounding countryside. Nearby Goredale Scar is a dramatic cleft in the rocks which terminates in a difficult and often wet scramble to the limestone plateau above.

The Yorkshire Three Peaks walking route covers a distance of 24 miles and the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. If you're looking for a challenging walking holiday, the Yorkshire Dales National Park is definitely worth considering.

Top Yorkshire Dales Attractions

Limestone pavement above Malham Cove
Limestone pavement above Malham Cove

The historic Settle to Carlisle railway journey is a must-do for travellers in the area. The trip takes passengers through stunning scenery, including rolling hills and deep valleys. The journey also passes through villages and small towns, giving visitors a glimpse of life in the area and a chance to experience its unique culture. Saved from closure both in the 1960s (due to the deteriorating condition of the famous Ribblehead Viaduct) and again in the 1980s (following falling passenger numbers due to the closure of many of the smaller stations and diversion of mainline trains) 

Much of the area's underlying geology is limestone, and caves (along with pavementsclints and grykes) are common. Among the most famous are the show caves at Stump Cross, Ingleborough and White Scar, one of the longest show caves in the country. More natural caves include Gaping Gill, with its 98-meter drop and Long Churn Cave, with its famous 'Cheesepress' squeeze.

Top 10 Yorkshire Dales Campsites

Best campsites in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Formerly known as Bainbridge Camping & Caravan Site, Bainbridge Ings Country Park is situated in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, just outside...

This secluded family park on a former working farm, is only six miles from Ripon and about four from the World Heritage site of Fountains...

Howgill Lodge is a traditional family park set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales with 20 seasonal pitches but no touring pitches. Arranged on...

Bolton Abbey Estate Caravan and Motorhome Club site is, as always, of a high standard and situated in a quiet rural location north of Bolton...

Wood Nook is a family run park in the heart of Wharfedale, part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The site includes six acres of...

The CAMC sites set the bar high for facilities and location and the Wharfedale site is no exception. Located about 2 miles from Grassington in...

In a very attractive setting, this park is located in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, the whole area a paradise for hill-walking, fishing and...

Street Head is a no frills, simple site next door to the local hostelry and with marvellous views. There are 50 privately owned holiday homes...

Lowther Hill is a small, friendly site which is set in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales with stunning 360 degrees of uninterrupted, panoramic views. There is...

Lower Wensleydale Caravan and Motorhome Club site is set within the sheltered hollow of a disused quarry that is now overrun with a vast array...

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