Yorkshire Dales National Park
Yorkshire Dales National Park Location
This beautiful landscape of gently tumbling countryside and wide open valleys covers over 683 square miles in the north of England, straddling the central Pennines in Yorkshire and Cumbria.
The limestone cliffs or clints and gorges (grykes) characterise the picturesque upland scenery along with dry-stone walls, barns and a scattering of stone villages. These cliffs and gorges provide the perfect playground for pot holers and cavers. Under expert guidance you can experience the excitement of caving at every level – if you dare.
Water is an important feature of the landscape. In Wensleydale for example, you’ll find the stepped Aysgarth Falls and the highest single-drop waterfall in England, Hardraw Force.
Wild flower rich hay meadows dominate the Dale bottoms, the lush pastures of the moorlands providing the habitat for many rare plants and birds. Look out for black grouse, yellow wagtail and red squirrel.
Several walking routes cross the park, including the Dales Way, The Ribble Way and the Pennine Way. The area is rich in cultural associations too, Wuthering Heights, Emmerdale, Robin Hood – Prince of Thieves and All Creatures Great and Small were filmed here.
Barnard Castle Club Site lies at the north eastern edge of the National Park.
Things to do from the campsite
Walks from the site are plentiful in all directions. The Walney to Wear cycleway passes Barnard Castle campssite and Raygill Farm, nextdoor offers pony trekking. The market town of Barnard Castle or ‘Barney’ is a couple of miles walk. There are plenty of walks from the town, including one along the river. The antique shops here provide an excellent way to wile away an afternoon.
Head south from Barnard Castle campsite to Deepale. The 4x4 Off Road Centre here offers clay pigeon shooting and pony trekking. There’s fishing at Balderhead and Hury reservoirs to the west of the campsite.
Teesdale Thrash, May Day Bank Holiday. Appleby Horse Fair in June.
Places to visit
Barnard Castle for its views over the Tees Gorge and sensory garden, Bowes Museum – a fabulous collection of over 15,000 artefacts. West of the site the Balderhead, Blackton and Hury reservoirs offer stunning scenery and numerous walks. Head south to the heart of Wensleydale . Here you’ll find Bolton Castle, a well preserved medieval fortress with fantastic views over the National Park. Enjoy the Falconry Experience, Wild Boar Park, Medieval Archery Demonstrations and Bee Keeping display and the castle’s Wensleydale and local rare breed sheep. Wensleydale is, of course, famous for its cheese. You can discover the art of Wensleydale cheesemaking at the Wensleydale Creamery Visitor Centre, Hawes. To find out about the area’s countryside life visit the Dales Countryside Museum and National Park Centre also in Hawes. Head east to Aysgarth Falls and National Park Centre. The iconic 24 arch Ribbleshead viaduct rises 32 metres above Batty Moor and is a photographers delight and forms part of the 72-mile Settle to Carlise Railway, 35 miles of which lie within the National Park.
The attractions of The Lakes can be reached from Barnard Castle campsite. Barnard Castle town hosts a farmers’ market every first Saturday of the month.