Lower Wensleydale Caravan Club Site

Harmby, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 5NU

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Ideal for ...

  • Cycling
  • Dogs
  • Peaceful stays
  • Walking

Why stay here ...

Lower Wensleydale Club Site is set within the sheltered hollow of a disused quarry that is now overrun with a vast array of wild flowers, mosses and mature trees. This caravan park is based in North Yorkshire, which is managed by The Club on behalf of the owners and offers varied pitching areas, each one guaranteed to bring you that one step closer to the beauty of our country's natural splendours. Ducks and rabbits roam the site freely and a special area is set aside on site for tents - perfect for those looking to camp in Yorkshire. The site is also in the perfect spot to watch the local steam trains pass by.

Leyburn is situated conveniently close to Lower Wensleydale Club Site - it is a thriving market town with a large variety of stalls to browse each Friday. It also boasts regular antique sales and is home to The Little Chocolate Shop where you can tour the factory. Travel a little further afield and you will reach Richmond, the heart of North Yorkshire and a bustling market town. Situated within the Yorkshire Dales National Park is the White Scar Cave, where you can marvel at the natural beauty of the caves whilst enjoying the longest cave tour in Britain. This is also wonderful walking and dog walking country that offers a wealth of superb scenic views and rewarding explorations - so be sure you don't forget to pack your walking boots!

Please note, Site Night Vouchers are not accepted at this site.

Facilities on site ...

  • BBQs allowed: charcoal, gas, electric
  • Disabled facilities: facilities for wheelchair disabled
  • Disabled shower room
  • Dishwashing area
  • Dog walk from site
  • Dog walk on site
  • Drive over waste disposal for motorhomes
  • Electric hook-up
  • Gas
  • Laundry facilities
  • Toilet block
  • TV reception: fair
  • Wi-Fi

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Walking notes:

The Yorkshire Dales National Park is in easy reach, with a range of walking routes for all abilities. Take a 2.2 mile walk from the Aysgarth Falls National Park Centre to Low, Middle and High Force which make up the triple cascade of Aysgarth Falls.

Check out our ViewRanger walk.

Supermarket notes:

There is a large Co-Op in Leyburn, about 1.5 miles from the site. There is no height restriction in the market square car park.

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Directions

Please only use these recommended directions for the final approach and not sat nav, due to unsuitable roads for towing. From East on A684: turn right about 0.75 mile past railway bridge with traffic lights and just before the Pheasant Inn at Harmby. Cross the railway bridge, immediately turn left and follow signs to the site entrance. From West on A684: turn left just past the Pheasant Inn at Harmby; then as above. The route from M6 junction 37 via Sedbergh is not advised, being narrow in places. The immediate approach road to the site is narrow, with steep blind bends (look for traffic mirrors on bends).

Sites key: Club Site

Postcode:
DL8 5NU
GPS:
Lat 54.30849 / Lon -1.80987
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OS field ref:
SE125903
OS map ref:
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Handbook map ref:
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Transport links

  • Bus stop within 1 mile
  • Buses go to: Leyburn and Bedale
  • Daily public Transport within 1 mile
  • Shop within 1 mile

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For me probably the best club site on the network. Very sensible approach to covid without having it rammed down your neck, wardens very okay about it without being anal like some are. Beautiful mature trees. Very peaceful thanks in part to the responsible dog owners that didn't allow their dogs to bark. Some sites are unbearable with barking dogs. Night time was a revelation with good darkness by sensible not over the top lighting. Many sites are lit like a circus. Great 8 mile bike ride from site to Coverbridge, Middleham and up to Leyburn, many great pubs on route. Nice pub at lane entrance for a beer,no food but good atmosphere. I don't understand why some pitches were put so close to one another so as to not allow an awning, I understand fire regs. But this is a club not an outright commercial business out for every penny. I know it is vital to make a profit but given the net worth of the club it is a shame the number of none awning sites could be eradicated by providing more room. Less pitches, give us a bit more room? not possible I know but on future plans perhaps or when carrying out revamps. Make them all awning pitches! would save a lot of faff. Gorgeous site,don't bother going onward to Hawes

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Long Weekend Break

We had been recommended by friends to visit this site so we booked 3 nights and have not been disappointed. Lovely and clean and the social distancing regulations dealt with perfectly. We were on pitch 29 just up from the reception and shower block. This pitch is back to back with pitches 59 and 60 and unfortunately the families on these pitches have let themselves down. They were still sat outside laughing and joking well after 1130 pm on Friday night that we had to go out and ask them to lower the noise. We weren't rude but they were not social distancing but all sat together and we couldn't hear ourselves think or sleep. Had their dog not woke us up at 7.00 am constantly barking then we would not have had to go off to bed early. They just showed no courtesy to anyone else which is a shame. Apart from that Julie and Carl couldn't do enough. We did tell them about our incident, which is the first we have ever had in all the time we've been members of the caravan club, and they are to be praised for the work they've put in.
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Lovely break

An excellent warm welcome from the wardens. Having never visited the site before we drove around before choosing a pitch near the picturesque old lime kilns. Pitches were well spaced and as usual the whole site was immaculate and had a lovely peaceful and quiet country feel . Due to CoVid there was a good system in place which limited users to the facilities. This seemed to be working extremely well and I only had to wait once to use the shower block and even then only for a couple of minutes. Facilities may be a little older than some other Club sites but very clean and plenty of hot water; couldn’t really ask for more . As others have said a 10-15 min walk into Leyburn and plenty of great walking and cycling in the area ( it helps if you like hills). A very good value site we thought and if that may reflect the “ dated facilities “ then actually we thought excellent value and leave as it is rather than increasing the price per night as on other Club sites

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Update overdue!

It's quite a number of years (15 plus) since we last stayed here and having virus restrictions on travel relaxed etc it felt good to be heading back out in our 'van' and to a place we had neglected for too long. The site hasn't changed much at all and is an ideal location for this part of the dale, unfortunately though the facilities on site haven't changed much at all either. Showers are extremely dated although always kept clean and the present protocols seemed to work quite well and not taking away from the usual friendliness and warm welcome from the wardens. The worst aspect is that the motorhome waste point is situated on the fairly narrow exit by the office and with our waste outlet on the drivers side meant holding everyone up! Surely this could be re-sited perhaps by the garage area? I'm sure it must cause considerable frustration to people. So come on - this site deserves some investment! Other than that easy walking into Leyburn on the paved main road (busy traffic) or the more scenic route up the lane and over a couple of fields. Cafe's and pubs now open and generally well observed Covid-19 systems in place. Great walking on Leyburn Shawl and by the River Ure - lots of paths to head out on and enjoy!

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Stunning site

This was a lovely site in a stunning area. We had a wonderful welcome from Ian, Christine and the 2 assistant wardens (sorry can't remember their names) they made us feel like part of a family. The site was immaculate and unlike a lot of sites it didn't feel like a car park, with lots of nooks and crannies to park the caravans in. Gerald the peacock is very friendly and not put off by our very old golden retriever. A previous reviwer said their was nothing for the children to do on site, well thats true but that is one of the things that makes the site special and after all why come here if you can't find enjoyment in the surroundings and educate the children on the ways of the Yorkshire countryside! The Pheasant Inn on the main road as you turn into the track leading to the site, is very welcoming and dog friendly. A traditional old pub no food but a great Yorkshire welcome. Leyburn is so pretty with lots of dog friendly cafes and pubs. Harmby falls was stunning due to the early rain we had had. Wesnsleydale Creameries is a short car ride away while in Leyburn and only a short walk from the site is a chocolate factory and pottery making special teapots. A walk from the site up the hill and you will see the quarry which is a haven for wild life and filled with water, continue along the road across the fields and you will arrive in Leyburn where you have a rest in one of the dog friendly pubs etc. Unfortunately our stay was cut short due to the closure of the site due to Covid-19, but the team made it feel as though they were very disappointed for as well as them. A big clap of thank you because they have to remain there maintaining the site in case they get the all clear to reopen. I hadn't realised that the staff at the site have to pay out of their own money for the sweets ice creams etc at the site shop. Christine and Ian are initially going to be out of pocket due to the closure if the shop doesn't reopen. So next time you are on site buy something and support the site staff. Thank you the magnums on our way home were really welcoming. We certainly will be back. Thank you again.
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01969 623366

Site information

This Club campsite is now open and is following social distancing and safety requirements as set out by the UK government. Our priority is first and foremost the health and safety of our staff, our members, our guests and the local communities. Therefore, we are asking all those guests entering reception areas and shops to wear a face covering, so please remember to bring your own with you.

Only pay 5% VAT. A 12.5% reduction on all published prices will be applied to your booking when you arrive and pay for your stay on site.