Bolton Abbey Estate Caravan Site

River Wharfe in Bolton Abbey Estate

Photo take by Aiden Dawson

A caravan site that is owned by the Caravan And Motorhome Club and belongs to The Bolton Abbey Estate. Bolton Abbey is a hotspot for tourism and family days out. It is situated in the Yorkshire Dales and is a 20 minute drive from Skipton.

Bolton Abbey covers a vast amount of land which includes the woodland and the River Wharfe winding through it. Most of Wharfedale is owned by the Estate owner. The main attractions in the area include the Bolton Abbey, which is a 12th-Century little monastery or priory with its ruins scattered across its grounds.

The caravan site is situated just up the road from the Abbey (just a couple of minutes drive). You can also walk from the caravan site to the Abbey through the woods along the riverside, following different options of footpaths. It would take around 20 minutes to walk.

There is also a campsite just outside the area too, and it is about a 10 minute walk or a few minutes drive down the lane.

Why You Should Stay at This Caravan Site at Bolton Abbey Estate

There are so many reasons why it would be worth staying here for a getaway break or holiday in the Yorkshire Dales.

The Caravan Site Facilities

Staying at this caravan site is definitely a pleasant experience for all family members. The site is quite large and it is fairly quiet. It is surrounded by woodland, so you are quite close to the forestry wildlife.

  • There is a café onsite, near the visitor centre near the front entrance of the site.
  • There is also a shop for buying essentials too, right next to the check in reception area.
  • The caravan site offers a variety of electric and non-electric pitches, as well as grassy and hard surface pitches. People can stay in tents in certain parts of the site, and there are also static trailers and luxury camping pods.
  • Toilet facilities including men’s and women’s toilets, and a disabled toilet.
  • Showers in the toilet block.
  • Washing up sinks at the toilet block.
  • The visitor centre is located at the top of the site near the entrance where there is also the café.
  • People can also store their caravans on the site as they have storage facilities too, this ideal for people who frequently stay at this site.

 Things To Do and Places to Visit

  • Skipton. A major hotspot in the Yorkshire Dales for tourism, and there is something for everyone in the family to do and see- from the famous canals where you can take a ride on one of the canal boats, to the Skipton Castle which sits right opposite the marketplace. Skipton is around 15-20 minutes drive from the caravan site.
  • Bolton Abbey. Bolton Abbey  is a few minutes drive down the road from the site. Bolton Abbey is a 12th-Century building resembling a monastery or priory with ruins covering a large grounds. Visitors can walk around and even go inside the priory to admire and learn about the history of the Abbey, it is also a peaceful refuge and is great for mindfulness.
    The Stepping Stones at Bolton Abbey Estate

    Photo of Stepping Stones take by Aiden Dawson

  • The Stepping Stones. Also included in the Bolton Abbey Estate is the great Stepping Stones which cross the River Wharfe, a stimulating challenge for kids and adults alike to cross the river.
  • Strid Woods. The vast woodland known as Strid Woods offers copious footpath trails for decent walks. The caravan site is just at the top end of these woods, people can actually walk from the caravan site to the Abbey and it would take about 20 minutes.
  • Bolton Coffee Shop. There is also the café on the way to the Abbey where is there is also a children’s play area. The coffee shop offers both indoor and outdoor seating, a varied selection of snacks and drinks and is just 5 minutes from Bolton Abbey.
  • Simon Seat. A decent mountain hike that is right on the doorstep to the site, takes you through the Strid Woods, across the moors and up the famous Simon Seat at the top.


Bolton Abbey Estate Caravan Holiday Park is designed with all customer’s needs and requirements counted for. The main points of accessibility to note include:

  • Option of hard, gravelled pitch surfaces or grassy pitch surfaces for pitching you caravan. Some people may prefer softer ground, while harder ground is less uneven.
  • Option of electric and non-electric pitches. Most visitors prefer access to electricity.
  • Option to either bring your own caravan or hire a trailer to stay in. Not everyone can afford to buy and own a caravan and keep it looked after, so hiring a static trailer of booking a camping pod is a good option in this case.
  • Option to store your own caravan on the site. This is a good idea for those who have stayed there and want to come back more often, to save them having to hitch and unhitch their caravan every time. This is also convenient for people who don’t have any space to keep their caravan where they live at home.
  • Toilet facilities that include disabled toilets. The toilet block is located in the centre of the site so it is not too far a walk from all of the pitches.
  • Throughout the site, the road surface is tarmac and very flat and even, but their are some inclined bits. It is generally easy for wheelchairs to move around on.
  • The check-in reception is near the front of the site, where people arriving have plenty of space to pull in while they check in without blocking the way for other vehicles leaving/entering the site. There aren’t any big steps so wheelchairs can easily get in and out of the shop and reception.
  • The cafe is located opposite the entrance with it’s own parking spaces.
  • Wi-Fi is available but visitors have to pay for it.
  • There isn’t ideal phone reception in the area, but people can walk up to the main road just outside the site to get a signal.
  • There are plenty of walks on the site, people can set off on walks from the site to Bolton Abbey and even on bigger walks such as Simon Seat.
  • Dog-friendly. All visitors can bring dogs to stay in the site. There are loads of places to take dogs for walks and exercise.
  • The site overall is big and spacious. Each pitch is divided and spaced out so people have their own space. The caravan site is generally quiet and their is no loud bars onsite, making it ideal for people who prefer quiet evenings.

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Q Are barbecues/campfires allowed on this site?

Yes, barbecues, charcoal, gas and electric are allowed. Just ensure any campfires are kept small and under control.

Q Is the WiFi available on this site?

Unfortunately, there isn't a very good reception for mobile phone signal given the nature of the location, however there is a small fee required to access the WiFi code for internet.

Q Do you have to be a member of the Caravan & Motorhome Club to stay here/

No, you do not need to be. All non-members are welcome to stay at this site. Find out more about the perks of being a member here at:

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