A night’s camping at How Stean Gorge

Checking the weather forecast on a Monday for the coming weekend it was looking great. So we booked a short trip to a campsite at How Stean Gorge in North Yorkshire. It was only a 40 minute or so drive away and our camping equipment was already packed up and ready to go so we decided to go for it. It’s the only campsite near where we live that not only allows firepits but also allows you to book just one night at weekends.

The drive there is pretty beautiful. Meander through Pateley Bridge and head out on the nothern road along the edge of Gouthwaite reservoir towards Lofthouse, remembering to slow down for the many cyclists and horses you’ll pass on the way. We spotted a Little owl on one of the dry stone walls, tucking in to some roadkill for his lunch.

View from How Stean Gorge campsite

View from the campsite.

How Stean Gorge is signposted but it’s eassy to over shoot the turning off the road. There’s also a place called Studfold Farm which has bigger signs and is right next door. Basically you drive into Studfold, then continue over a little stone bridge and turn right immediately. Up a steepish hill and the entrance to the gorge is directly in front.

How Stean gorge is not just a campsite it’s also a place of natural beauty with it’s limestone rock formations, gushing river channels, caves and tunnels. They have an activity centre based there too that offers abseiling, a via ferrata trek, bouldering and canoeing or kayaking.

View from How Stean Gorge campsite

The weather turned slightly.

How Stean Gorge

Looking down from the bridge.

The drive into the campsite is over a bridge spanning the gorge. You can look down through the planks and it’s quite a long way down!

Building a fire

Getting the firepit started.

Great shaped Firepit     PACMAT Enojoying a glass or two in the evening    Ewes or ladies loos

Nice touches at the facilities.

The next day dawned bright and sunny and we donned our hard hats and descended through the wardrobe down the the gorge itself. There was a team of folk bouldering through the water and it looked like great fun. Maybe next time.

Adventuring through the gorge

 

Low Greenside campsite – Camping as it used to be

Last weekend was our first camping trip of this year, and only the second time we’d used our new Vango tent. Deciding to go for a couple of nights at short notice, even at this time of year it proved tricky to find a campsite that met with our strict prerequisites for camping, distance to travel for a short trip and interesting countryside to explore. I fired off several emails to likely looking places and settled on Low Greenside Campsite at Ravenstonedale in Cumbria. Five miles south of Kirkby Stephen it is far enough away for us to feel like we’re in a different place to home, but not too far for a short weekend break. Just dodge the colourful macaws on your way through Kirkby, (yes really) and it’s basically a field on a small farm surrounded by the Pennines on one side and the Lake District on the other. Camping as it used to be.

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Tents were set up when we arrived on Friday evening and we toasted marshmallows around the fire. And kept warm as the sun went down at the same time as the temperature dropped below zero.

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During the night we were woken by the cold, as well as a nosy lamb pawing (hoofing?) at our tent. But the morning dawned sunny and it sooned warmed us up again.

The next morning after the bacon butties and cups of tea we set off for a ramble to Smardale Gill and the nature reserve.

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Spring showed it’s face in the flowers.

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And fun was had when we returned to the campsite.  IMG_2330

Thoroughly recommend this campsite if you’re looking for space, beautiful scenery, campfires and camping as it used to be.