Lower Wensleydale Club Campsite

Harmby, Leyburn, North Yorkshire, DL8 5NU

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Ideal for ...

  • Cycling
  • Dogs
  • Peaceful stays
  • Walking

Why stay here ...

Lower Wensleydale Club Campsite 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 based in North Yorkshire 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 Campsite - 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.

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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
Plan a route to this site
OS field ref:
SE125903
OS map ref:
99
Handbook map ref:
H10

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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Lovely but!

Lower Wensleydale Club Campsite
Just over a mile east of Leyburn. Good, polite, efficient check-in. Absolutely stunning position in a very peaceful area. They have their own ‘wild’ Peacock, Gerald. A pearl for a relaxing stay and still within easy reach of interesting places. Would probably say it was the most beautiful, tranquil site I have ever stayed at. Amazing lay out, well maintained. Watch out for sticky sap (actually honeydew) from the trees though. Despite my enthusiasm for this site, the last few hours turned out rather disappointedly. A friend had problems disconnecting the lead from the electric bollard. We tried to contact the warden; office was closed and no reply on their mobile emergency number. Found one cleaning in the toilet block. He could not disconnect the lead either and tried to blame my friend’s lead or usage, despite the site had a history of problems with the bollards, especially the old type bollards, which was the type my friend had used. Electricians had been on site for several days to sort out the electrics. The warden even had the cheek to threaten my friend that if anything was wrong with my friend’s connections, they would charge £ 1,000 for the bollard. This could then in turn be claimed on my friend’s insurance. This threat despite their obvious history of electrical problems, which the warden was well aware of and actually did refer to. As we had to leave on this day, my friend had to leave the hook-up cable, and buy a new one (£ 45.-). Another friend would be coming this way a few days later, hence we requested to pick up the cable, so my friend at least could have it back. The warden refused to hand it over, as something was wrong. This smells of exploiting the situation to own benefit to make a few bucks. I sincerely hope and expect the CAMC management will look into this incident and report back.

Machbuster

Reviewed on 26/05/2022 15:47

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A Gem of a Site

Lower Wensleydale Club Campsite
Beautiful wooded site built into an old quarry with tiered pitches. Reminded us of Coniston Coppice but on a small scale. The kilns are still there and lit up at night. Very natural, non-pretentious site. We had a huge pitch with no other vans or MHs around us. Lots of rabbits which were a joy to watch when they were feeding. Many birds too and there is an added bonus of Gerald the peacock. He is quite vocal at dawn and dusk, but for us this just added to the charm of the site. He can often be found roosting in the trees adjacent to the shower block. The entry road is single track but shouldn't pose a problem if you keep your speed down and look well ahead (there are also mirrors to help). Don't get there before 1 pm, which is arrival time. Departure is at 11 am so if you stick to the rules you shouldn't meet anyone on the road. Once you're on-site if you're planning to go out and about by car make sure you're off-site before 1 pm so you don't meet new arrivals. The wardens, Kath and Eddie, along with the assistant wardens, Janice and Peter, are very professional and very helpful. When we arrived Kath was very kind to walk with me to show the available pitches. They all go about their business in an unobtrusive manner but are always ready to help when needed. Good selection of things in the Reception shop plus OS maps etc. The shower block is clean and has plenty showers, loos, wash basins and hot water, plus a couple of hair dryers. It might not be bang up to date but does the job very respectably and is well maintained. You can walk into Leyburn along a permissive way past the cottage which then takes you onto the main road from Wensley to Leyburn. It's only about a mile. There is a lovely 4.5 mile circular walk up from Campbell's shop over the Leyburn Shawl (there is a longer 8 mile walk too). Instructions can be found in Reception. Great views over to Middleham Moor, Pen Hill and towards Castle Bolton. Leyburn has a large, well stocked Co-op. Most parking in Leyburn runs on an honesty system and recommended donation is £2. We ate Sunday lunch at The Three Horseshoes in Wensley (where there is also a candle factory and waterfall). The food was very, very good and very reasonably priced. Choice of topside of beef or pork loin with the most amazing Yorkshire puddings, lots of roast potatoes, mash, great selection of perfectly cooked veggies and plenty of meat. One of the best Sunday lunches we've had in a long time. Booking recommended and is dog friendly. Just outside the site, across from The Pheasant Inn, is the pretty Harmby waterfall. The pub is charming, no food and just accepts cash but very welcoming and friendly. Middleham Castle is well worth a visit if you like history as is the Church of St Mary and St Alkelda. We will definitely be back and so will our neighbours who recommended the site to us.

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Reviewed on 22/05/2022 18:51

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Nice site but needs a refresh

Lower Wensleydale Club Campsite
A nice, wooded location in a quarry on different levels. Small pitches, rather close together and, for us, a bit of a stretch to the nearest EHU. Toilets and shower block are rather old fashioned- no separate mens’ wash cubicles, no bench or stool in showers - but spotlessly clean. Dedicated, fenced dog exercise area - good! No drive-over grey waste for campervan/motorhomes. A longish walk into Leyburn along the road (path closed). Fish and chip shop in Leyburn (Fryer Tuck) not the best. Overall OK for an overnight stop but wouldn’t hurry back.

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Nice site, well maintained but in need of an update

Lower Wensleydale Club Campsite
Access is via quite along narrow road (note the three corner road mirrors that you should check whilst driving down/up). It is a quiet location but the pitches are quite small and close together. We were last here in 2014 and the facilities have not been updated since then. It could probably do with a re-vamp. However, the wardens do a very good job of maintaining what they have and the shared stuff is clean and tidy. Was quite happy with the set-up overall but this site wouldn't rate in the top 10 of our CAMH sites. We may return as part of a tour but wouldn't necessarily plan to go there on a solo trip (esp when York & Knaresborough are so close).

Huw Edwards

Reviewed on 27/04/2022 16:13

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Beautiful Hidden Gem

Lower Wensleydale Club Campsite
we have just had a 2 night stay here and what a beautiful peacefull site, very very quiet and hidden from general view, quite a steep narrow road to access the camp but the check in and leave hours compensate for the narrow entrance so shouldnt be any issues. we pitched on number 54 on the balcony area and had plenty of room, the site is full of wildlife with plenty of birds and rabbits around, gerald the resident peacock can also be seen around the site. the facilities block is a little dated in comparison to some of the other sites in the club, but still very clean and useable indeed, reception has a small shop for essentials if needed, everyone on site was very friendly here. we will definately return here again, and anyone who finds the site not good enough , then maybe camping isnt for them.

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Before you travel

Ahead of your arrival onsite, please check our Before you travel webpage (camc.com/beforeyoutravel) for key information about roadworks or diversions and any site works that may be underway.

With our campsites busier than ever right now, we'd really appreciate your support with a few things to help everyone have a safe and enjoyable stay. Please be mindful of site arrival times (as they do vary), keep children and pets close by and within sight, and ensure you keep your speed below 5mph. Thank you!

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