Generations of our family have lived in Wharfedale and we think it's one of the most beautiful valleys in the UK. Having created a successful camping and glamping site at Catgill Farm in Bolton Abbey, we were over the moon to take over Howgill Lodge Campsite which is just 5 miles further into the valley.
With its unique setting amongst the rugged Yorkshire Dales landscape, steeped in character and with so much to offer we instantly fell in love with it and knew our customers would love it too. Howgill is perfect for your next Yorkshire getaway, catering for tents, caravans, campervans and motorhomes, or if you would prefer a touch of luxury, why not treat yourself to a stay in one of our newly renovated luxury timber lodges, each with private hot tub.
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A Hikers Heaven Howgill Lodge is surrounded by countless walks, from challenging hikes to riverside strolls, there is something here for all ages and abilities whether you have two or four legs! If it's a pleasant afternoon stroll, then head along the river to the nearby village of Appletreewick or Burnsall. If hill walking is more your style then take a walk to the top of Simon's Seat and back down through the Valley of Desolation, where you will find some of the most dramatic scenery and landscape Yorkshire has to offer including the must see Posforth Gill waterfall!
Fire Baskets Who doesn't love toasting marshmallows around the campfire? Its one of the best parts of camping! Why not hire one of our fire baskets from reception, these come complete with logs and kindling. If you stay in one of our luxury lodges you will have your own fire pit which includes a built in pizza oven, marshmallow toasting fork and popcorn pan.
A Dream Location for Cyclists Howgill is within easy reach of many popular cycling routes, here you will find parts of the challenging Tour de France and Tour de Yorkshire routes. If you prefer mountain biking, we are also close to many miles of off road cycling, where you can take on the exciting and demanding hills of the Yorkshire Dales. When you get back, feel free to use our campsite bike wash.
Nearby Pub In our local village of Appletreewick you will find not 1, but 2 traditional country pubs! The best way to get to the village is via a lovely 20 minute walk along the banks of the river Wharfe. Both pubs have plenty of outdoor seating and serve good food, fine wine and local beers.
Morning Coffee Shop Our morning coffee shop is not to be missed! Our friendly staff are there with a warm smile, hot barista coffee and freshly baked pastries including croissants and pain au chocolate. We also serve tea and delicious hot chocolate. The perfect way to start your day!
Onsite Shop The car is packed, and everyone clambers excitedly inside, you are finally ready to set off but what have you forgotten? There is always something we forget, but don't worry our small onsite shop is located in our new reception. It sells most basic essentials and is ideal for those forgotten items.
Back to Nature Howgill Lodge is situated in a completely rural position and yet it is within easy reach of many local attractions and places of interest. When you arrive you will find yourself surrounded by nothing but open countryside and traditional Yorkshire scenery. Take yourself back to the days of James Herriot as you look out over the valley at the sheep grazing quietly on the hillside or listen to the only sound of birdsong on the breeze as you rediscover a sense of peace and wellbeing.
Stargazing in the Night Sky Howgill lies in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales which is a designated dark skies area. There is little in the way of light pollution here so sit back and marvel at the beauty of the night sky in a way you have never seen before. Download the free app "Night Sky" to see what constellations and planets are visible during your visit.
Rural Location with much to do Nearby Even though Howgill is set in a rural location it is very close to many visitor attractions and places of interest. Bolton Abbey, Hesketh Farm Park, Billy Bob's Diner and Skipton Castle are all worth a visit. In addition, there are many varied picturesque towns and villages with good opportunities for shopping, eating and drinking. For those wanting to appreciate the countryside; The Strid, Simon's Seat, Valley of Desolation and Aysgarth Falls offer some spectacular scenery. Check out our things to do page for a full list of activities.
Brownie Barn When it comes to eating and drinking, one of the best things about Howgill lodge is that its right next door to the Brownie Barn. With outdoor seating, delicious brownies and scrumptious milkshakes, it's the perfect place for an afternoon or lunchtime treat.
Alpaca Family Our small family of alpacas can be found grazing in the paddocks around the campsite and this is your opportunity to learn about these inquisitive and beautiful animals from a close distance. We are sure you will love them as much as we do!
We are Oliver and Cat, and we live with our three dogs Zara, Luna and Molly. Having lived in the Dales all our lives, we enjoy country life and love being in the great outdoors.
Our journey began in 2014 when we diversified our dairy farm and welcomed our first guests to our brand new campsite at Catgill Farm in Bolton Abbey. It's been an amazing few years during which we have developed the site from a field and a top quality shower block into something really special, including our glamping hideaway. Having just received the "travellers choice" award by TripAdvisor for the second year in a row we are delighted that our customers love it here as much as we do.
In August 2020, in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic, we took over our new site; Howgill Lodge. Now people might think we must be mad in such times of economic uncertainty, but when we saw it, we just fell instantly in love with the place. We were captivated by the beauty of the surroundings and the peace and tranquillity we found sitting in the sun enjoying the wonderful views. Of course, the close proximity to the Brownie Barn right next door had its advantages as did the lovely riverside walk to get a pint at the local pub! With our passion for all things camping, our love of the incredible Yorkshire Dales and our energy for designing and creating beautiful things, we knew immediately that this would be the beginning of our next chapter.
The campsite was previously owned by the Foster family who were here for over 50 years, they created a memorable legacy with an outstanding reputation, just being there we could tell it had such a lovely family feel, which felt similar to the atmosphere we have created at Catgill. We will improve customer service and the overall guest experience at the campsite whilst ensuring our family ethos is retained. In many ways it has been a difficult year; with uncertainty over lockdown restrictions and wondering when we would be able to open, the challenges of introducing appropriate new procedures to keep everyone safe. Also on a more personal level we have had to move our wedding twice, but it's also been a very positive and exciting year; our new Viszla puppy Luna has joined our family and we have welcomed 6 new staff members who have made a great addition to our amazing team. We were also very excited to receive Bronze at the highly competitive White Rose Award ceremony for our achievements at Catgill and we will use our expertise to create something amazing at Howgill.
Our plan is to make Howgill Lodge every bit as special as Catgill and we have already started planning some exciting new features. We are committed to retaining all the original charm, character and family feel of the site, whilst adding our own unique stamp. We have created a new reception area, onsite shop and coffee shop which will serve barista made coffee and fresh pastries. Our timber lodges have been renovated inside and out and now feature private hot tubs and cast-iron fire pits with pizza oven. Follow us on Facebook for our future updates and look out for new glamping options arriving in 2022.
The rural setting, the beautiful surroundings, and the many things to do nearby provide a fantastic and unforgettable holiday experience. People have loved coming to Howgill Lodge over the years and we can't wait to welcome guests old and new to this fantastic location.
We hope to see you soon,
Oliver, Cat, Zara, Molly and Luna