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The beautiful village of Kettlewell, is set in a steep, narrow part of the dale, where the old coach road over Park Rash Pass, from Middleham and Coverdale, joins Wharfedale.

The village sits under the slopes of Great Whernside on one side of the valley, and Knipe Scar on the other.

A beck flows through the center of the village, and joins into the river Wharfe, that runs alongside Kettlewell in the valley bottom.

 Kettlewell village is only a 5 minute walk from the campsite, where you'll find 3 pubs with restaurants, a deli, bistro, a well stocked shop, garage and launderette.

The area is famous for its dry stone walls and isolated stone barns, which are a conspicuous feature of this part of the dales.

Wharfedale is a Fabulous area for a relaxing break, where one can enjoy the stunning scenery, or for the more adventurous among you, explore the area by walking or cycling around the dales.


3.5 miles down the dale is Kilnsey Trekking Centre. Open 7 days a week. They offer pony treks, horse rides and riding tuition. Suitable for able and disabled riders; beginners, intermediate and advanced. 1 hour rides or full day rides.

More information can be found on their website:



Kilnsey Park Estate fly fishery and trout farm is also just 5 minutes drive down the dale. There are two spring fed lakes appoximately an acre in size that offer fishing all year round except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

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The Dales Way follows the river from Kettlewell to Buckden, and is suitable for most abilities. There are high level routes with spectacular views towards the other Dales peaks such as Pen Y Ghent and Ingleborough. Not forgetting Great Whernside, which is also within walking distance from the village.

Spring time is especially beautiful if you like flowers, with an abundance of wild primroses, bluebells and cowslips.


For the climbers amongst you, we are fortunate enough to boast Yorkshires Big Three limestone crags. Kilnsey Crag, Gordale and Malham. Kilnesy Crag being only 3 miles down the dale. This being an absolute titan that dominates the landscape, with a main overhang making climbing accessible on a wet day.


Wharfe Camp Kettlewell, being central to the area, provides the opportunity for visiting all of the other dales and many local attractions. 


  • Kettlewell - Famous for its part in the Calendar Girl movie, and its annual Scarecrow Festival. Central for visiting many local attractions. 

  • Grassington - 7 miles (Dickensian festival, 1940's weekend, Music festival. The new serious of All Creatures Great and Small is also filmed here.) 

  • Malham Tarn - 14 miles

  • Malham Cove - 13 miles ( filming location for Harry Potter)

  • Goredale Scar - 15 miles (16 million year-old limestone gorge)

  • Aysgarth Falls - 14 miles

  • Wenslydale Creamery Hawes - 15 miles (cheese Factory)

  • Bolton Abbey - 15 miles

  • The Strid Ancient Woodland - 14 miles

  • Fountains Abbey - 20 miles

  • Brimham Rocks - 17 miles

  • Fobidden Corner - 13 miles

  • Skipton - 14 miles

  • Harrogate Spa Town - 30 miles

  • Richmond Market Town - 29 miles

  • York - 50 miles

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