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Camping in the Yorkshire Dales [2023]: The Best Tips, Campsites and More

As summer approaches, it's the perfect time to pack your camping gear, leave behind the hustle and bustle of daily life and embark on an unforgettable adventure.


Picture yourself waking up to birdsong, surrounded by rolling hills, meandering rivers and charming villages nestled in lush valleys, embarking on exhilarating hikes through rugged trails and discovering hidden waterfalls cascading into crystal clear pools.

Let's explore the best tips, uncover hidden gems and find the perfect campsites for an unforgettable camping experience this summer. Whether you're a seasoned camper or new to the world of sleeping under the stars, our guide will equip you with the knowledge and inspiration you need to make the most of your camping adventure in the Yorkshire Dales.

So grab your gear, pack your sense of adventure and get ready to embark on a summer camping holiday to remember!

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Camping Essentials Checklist: What do you need for a camping trip?

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To ensure a comfortable and safe camping experience, it's essential to pack the right gear and equipment. Here's a checklist of must-have items and some valuable tips to help you pack efficiently:


Choose a tent suitable for your group size and weather conditions. Ensure it's waterproof and sturdy!


Don't forget your sleeping bags, sleeping pads or air mattresses. You'll want plenty of cushioning and insulation for a good night's sleep.


Bring a strong torch, some areas of the campsite can be poorly lit. A lantern also provides a lovely ambient light for your pitch!


  • A reliable camp stove and plenty of fuel.
  • Cookware including pots, pans, utensils and a tin opener.
  • Food storage containers: Keep your food safe from hungry insects and wildlife.
  • Bottled water or a purification system for a clean water supply.


  • Base layers: Moisture-wicking and breathable fabrics for comfort.
  • Insulating layers: Fleece or down jackets to retain warmth.
  • Outer layers: Waterproof and windproof jackets and pants.
  • Extra clothing: Pack extra socks, underwear and a hat.


  • Hiking boots or sturdy shoes to provide ankle support and traction.
  • Extra shoes or sandals to keep your feet comfortable around the campsite.


  • Biodegradable soap and shampoo (use environmentally friendly options!)
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste and floss.
  • Hand sanitiser to keep your hands clean when water is limited.
  • Towes (or packable microfibre towels - quick-drying and space-saving!)


Include essentials like plasters, antiseptic spray, pain relievers and any personal medications.


  • Navigation tools: Map, compass, and GPS.
  • Multi-tool or pocket knife: Handy for various tasks.
  • Fire starting supplies: Waterproof matches or a lighter.
  • Sun protection: Sun cream, sunglasses and a hat.
  • Insect repellent: Keep those pesky bugs at bay.
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Tips for Efficient Packing:

  • Make a checklist of all the items you need to avoid forgetting anything important.
  • Focus on essential items and avoid overpacking.
  • Roll your clothes, don't fold: Rolling clothes saves space and minimises wrinkles!
  • Place frequently used items on top for easy access.
  • Pack heavy items closer to your back in your backpack.
  • Leave room for additional items you might come home with, like souvenirs or unexpected finds.

How do I choose the best camping gear?

Choosing the best camping gear for you is essential for a successful and enjoyable summer camping adventure. To ensure you're making the right choice, there's a few things you'll want to consider:

Assess your needs and the type of camping you plan to do: Will you be doing a lot of backpacking or travelling by car? This will dictate the weight, size and durability of your gear.

Prioritise quality and durability over price. It's easy to be put off by high costs and go for more affordable gear, but investing in reliable equipment will save you from disappointments and replacements down the line. Research product reviews and seek recommendations from experienced campers, and pay attention to features such as waterproofing, ventilation and ease of setup.

Consider the specific requirements for different elements of your gear: is your sleeping bag ideal for the expected temperatures? Is your stove suitable for your cooking needs, and does your tent with enough space for your group? By carefully considering these factors, you'll be well equipped with the best camping gear for a memorable camping holiday.


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How to prepare for a camping trip?

Begin by researching the best campsites in the area and check their availability.

Consider the weather conditions and pack suitable clothing layers, including waterproof outerwear

Don't forget camping essentials like a sturdy tent, sleeping bags, cooking equipment, and a reliable source of light.

Plan your meals and pack non-perishable food items, along with a water filtration system.

Familiarise yourself with local hiking trails and outdoor activities to make the most of your time in the Dales.

Lastly, prioritise your safety by carrying a first aid kit and informing someone about your camping plans.

With these preparations in place, you're ready to embark on an unforgettable camping trip in the Yorkshire Dales this summer.

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What makes a good camping trip?

First off, being in a beautiful natural setting with breathtaking views is a must, and having good company and a relaxed vibe adds to the fun. Whether it's with friends, family or even solo, the people you're camping with can make or break the experience.

Lastly, it's about embracing the outdoors, disconnecting from the digital world, and just enjoying the simple pleasures like roasting marshmallows or falling asleep under a starry sky.

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Should you go camping if you're a total beginner?

Absolutely! Camping is a wonderful experience for beginners, offering a chance to embrace the great outdoors and embark on a new adventure. It allows you to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and reconnect with nature.

While it may seem intimidating at first, don't hesitate to ask for assistance from experienced campers or park rangers. Remember, everyone starts as a beginner, and camping offers a rewarding journey of exploration and self discovery. So go ahead and give it a try – you may just discover a new passion for outdoor adventures!

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What should you do when camping with kids?

Camping with kids can be a rewarding experience, fostering a love for the outdoors and creating lasting memories for the whole family. When camping with kids, it's important to plan and prepare for their safety and enjoyment.

  • Involve them in the planning process and let them choose some activities or snacks they would like to have during the trip.
  • Pack age-appropriate camping gear and clothing, including comfortable shoes and extra layers to keep them warm.
  • Set up the campsite together and assign them simple tasks to make them feel involved.
  • Create a schedule with a balance of outdoor activities, games, and quiet downtime. Keep them engaged with nature by exploring nearby trails, playing outdoor games and teaching them about wildlife and plants.
  • Ensure their safety by setting clear boundaries, teaching them basic camping rules and supervising them near water or open flames.
  • Pack a variety of healthy snacks and meals they enjoy to keep their energy levels up.
  • Encourage them to disconnect from technology and embrace the natural environment around them.
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What are the best tips for first time camping?

Plan and Prepare: Research your camping destination, make a checklist of essential camping gear, and practice setting up your tent before the trip.

Choose the Right Campsite: Opt for a campsite that suits your comfort level and interests, find out what extra amenities they have, and check campground regulations so you can comply with any restrictions on campfires, pets or noise.

Be Prepared for the Outdoors: Pack essential clothing and footwear for varying weather conditions, bring essentials like sun cream and insect repellent, and learn some basic camping skills like cooking over a stove or storing food properly.

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Choosing the perfect campsite

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How do I choose a camping site?

Choosing a camping site is all about finding the right fit for your style and preferences.

Start by thinking about what you want from your camping trip. Do you prefer a remote wilderness experience or a campground with amenities? Consider the facilities, location, nearby attractions and activities available. Don't forget to check out online reviews or ask fellow campers for recommendations too!

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What are the best areas of the Yorkshire Dales?

First up, you've got to check out the charming market village of Grassington. With its picturesque stone cottages, lovely local walks and traditional pubs, it's got that quintessential Yorkshire Dales vibe you're looking for.

If you're into hiking, head to Buckden Pike for some stunning panoramic views and a good workout. And you can't miss Kettlewell, famous for its beautiful landscapes. Wharfedale is filled with picturesque spots waiting to be explored. So grab your walking boots, soak in the stunning scenery and get ready for a proper Yorkshire adventure!

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How can I make my camping trip feel more like glamping?

If you want to take your camping trip to the next level and give it that glamping touch, why not consider a campsite with an on-site spa and leisure club? It's all about adding a little luxury to your outdoor experience.

Imagine indulging in a relaxing massage, taking a dip in the pool or unwinding in the sauna after a day of hiking. It's like camping with a touch of luxury, and who doesn't love that? So go ahead, treat yourself and elevate your camping trip!

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Long Ashes Park Camping

Immerse yourself in the Yorkshire Dales this summer and embark on an unforgettable camping adventure. Long Ashes Park offers the perfect backdrop for a memorable summer getaway.

In addition to our lodges, en suite rooms and permanent holiday homes, we also welcome campers at Long Ashes Park, with a range of excellent on-site facilities to make your stay more enjoyable.

You couldn’t be better placed for exploring everything that the Yorkshire Dales has to offer, including wonderful walks, quaint villages and breathtaking views. Visitors can enjoy use of our luxury spa and leisure club, grab a pizza from Woodland Cafe or enjoy a hearty meal in our traditional pub, The Gamekeeper's Inn, with great food and real ales.



Upgrade your experience

If camping isn't your thing, live it up in a gorgeous glamping pod!

Our Woodland Glamping pods at Long Ashes Park in Yorkshire are perfect for a romantic getaway.

Stay in a pod and you'll be able to enjoy all the leisure facilities that Long Ashes Park has to offer! Our pods include a double bed, sofa, en suite bathroom and kitchenette furnished with a built-in fridge, microwave and kettle for your convenience. The perfect place to stay!

Find out more about our glamping pods or read our handy ultimate guide to glamping in the Yorkshire Dales.

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Exploring the Yorkshire Dales

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Hiking and walking in the Yorkshire Dales

If you're into hiking and immersing yourself in breathtaking landscapes, then the Yorkshire Dales is the place to be for your next camping holiday. The Wharfedale Valley in North Yorkshire offers easy access to a variety of local walks that you can explore.

Check out our guide to the best hikes and walks in the Yorkshire Dales. Happy exploring!


Cycling in North Yorkshire

For all you cycling enthusiasts out there, the Yorkshire Dales is a must-visit on your cycling bucket list. It's a true gem with its picturesque landscapes, charming villages and winding roads. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, you'll find routes that cater to riders of all levels. So hop on your bike and get ready to explore the Yorkshire Dales on two wheels!

Read our ultimate guide to the top cycling routes in the Yorkshire Dales.

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Dog Friendly Holidays in Yorkshire

If you're looking for the perfect getaway with your furry friend, look no further than the Yorkshire Dales. This stunning region offers lots of dog friendly adventures, from dramatic walks through breathtaking landscapes to cozy pubs that welcome your four legged companion. Get ready to create unforgettable memories with your pup!

Read our comprehensive guide to dog-friendly holidays and activities in the Yorkshire Dales.

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And much more

From serene waterfall trails to intriguing historical sites, there's plenty to explore in the Yorkshire Dales. Discover the diverse wonders of the Yorkshire Dales, offering a wide range of activities to cater to every interest. Whether you're seeking outdoor adventures, family friendly entertainment or a glimpse into Yorkshire's rich history, the Yorkshire Dales offers a wide range of activities to cater to everyone.

Read our guide to the top 10 things to do in the Yorkshire Dales


Where to eat & drink

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The Gamekeeper's Inn, Threshfield

If you're craving delicious homemade food in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, The Gamekeeper's Inn in Threshfield, near Grassington, is a hidden gem with mouthwatering seasonal dishes made with fresh local ingredients.

From Curry Night to Steak Night, their exciting and flavourful specialty nights are not to be missed. And let's not forget their famous Sunday carvery that will satisfy even the heartiest appetite!

The Gamekeeper's Inn is also dog friendly, so you and your furry friend can both kick back and unwind after a day of exploring.


Woodland Cafe, Threshfield

The cozy and charming Woodland Cafe in Long Ashes Park offers mouthwatering authentic pizza and pasta that will surely hit the spot. Whether you're in the mood for light bites, irresistible sweet treats or a hearty breakfast to kickstart your day, Woodland Cafe has got you covered.

It's the perfect spot to grab a quick and tasty lunch before setting off on a walk in the Dales, or if you just fancy a catch-up over cake and coffee, Woodland Cafe is the perfect hangout spot.

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The Yorkshire Dales offers a camping experience unlike any other, combining natural beauty, exhilarating outdoor activities and a welcoming community.

From hiking along breathtaking trails to cycling through quaint villages, the Yorkshire Dales provides a playground for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. Whether you seek the thrill of adventure or the peaceful solitude of a luxury campsite, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

As you explore the Yorkshire Dales, be mindful of the delicate ecosystems and wildlife that call this place home. Leave no trace, respect the environment and preserve the natural beauty for generations to come. By doing so, you not only contribute to the preservation of this captivating destination but also ensure that future visitors can enjoy its wonders.

So, pack your tent, lace up your boots, and let the Yorkshire Dales be your gateway to a world of natural beauty, outdoor excitement, and unforgettable moments this summer.

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