Wensleydale High Summer Camp
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Join Rob for a camping weekend in the Yorkshire Dales. Some famous Falls are on our doorstep (if a tent can have a doorstep). One of the country's best preserved medieval castles is within walking distance. The hills are gorgeous. The campsite is attached to a great hotel and pub with real ales and outstanding food. We have exclusive use of the campsite.
We'll gather on Friday evening, and have a walk or two lined up for Saturday, and a shorter option for Sunday before we all leave.
There are some things you should know before you book, as set out on the hotel website:
"Our camping facilities are very basic, but clean and cute… in fact there are two toilets and two showers built inside little sheds, but campers also have access to toilets in the pub during busier periods from morning until night. You will have easy access to the bar with great beers and wines and lovely food, but there are drawbacks (for some!).
We don’t have a shop, (but there's a new and very good one at the garage up the road, only a 10 minute walk away) and we don’t have a laundry! Also, the church bells ring on the hour, every hour, with a reminder that you are still alive every 15 minutes! The birds sing at alarming volume, and occasionally a sheep might bleat - but your rabbit neighbours will be quiet and charming. If this sort of noise worries you, then Aysgarth Falls Hotel Campsite, probably isn’t for you…" Just bring earplugs!!!!!
Finally, you might wonder why there's a pic of my mum on the web page. As we gather on Friday evening, it will be exactly 1 year since she died. She always loved my stories of OutdoorLads adventures, and our earliest family holidays were camping, so how fitting it is to mark 1 year on an ODL camp. 😊😊 Cheers, mum and dad.
Dogs are welcome, when kept under control and with owners who clean up!
Caravans, Motorhomes, Campervans: There is a dedicated hardstanding area for these, but pitches must be booked through the OutdoorLads office on email@example.com and there is an additional cost of £12 per night, so £24 in total.
All photos, courtesy of the Aysgarth Falls Hotel, with kind permission of Bea, the lovely owner.
What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Gaiters: recommended for wet weather or boggy conditions
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Gloves: Windproof, or better still, waterproof gloves are the best choice, bring a spare pair if expecting rain
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
You should bring your own food for camping unless you prefer to eat pub dinners (which are excellent!) Bring lunches for walks, and drinks for the campsite, or partake in the fine ales on offer in the bar / beer garden.