Hands, Face, Space Covid Image


How Stean Gorge Campsite, Bunkhouse and Bunk Barn

Lofthouse, Pateley Bridge, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 5SF
How Stean Gorge Campsite, Bunkhouse and Bunk Barn


Add How Stean Gorge Campsite, Bunkhouse and Bunk Barn to your Itinerary


Tel: 01423 755666

How Stean Gorge – a natural wonder - is the perfect place for camping and exploring the Yorkshire Dales. Our 3 star informal campsite is set beside the Gorge with How Stean Beck rippling through it. It’s set in tranquil rolling hills with majestic views of Nidderdale. There is plenty of space in the campsite for playing games on the grassy slopes and having fun. At night, the moon and stars are your only light so please bring a torch!    

With 22 tent pitches, How Stean Gorge is a great place to meet up and spend quality time with family and friends too. You can find breath-taking scenery and plenty of exciting outdoor adventure activities led by our own professional instructors such as abseiling, gorge walking, via ferrata – high wire adventure course, caving and canoeing.

Wildlife watching, heritage and culture, fabulous food and shopping all a stone’s throw away.   Please note: We do not have any electrical hook ups on this camping site because it’s a Site of Special Scientific Interest, however there is a large honesty fridge in the washing up area.

Nothing is more relaxing than camping by a fire in the dark of the night. Fire pits are available at no extra cost around the site and you are welcome to have fires outside your tent – bring your own wood or purchase some at the shop on site. 

We have a shower and toilet block housing 5 hot, family sized showers, 5 toilets and 3 wash basins in both the male and female areas. There is also a washing up area with 3 large deep sinks to wash up in. We do not have any electric points for hairdryers however there are two free hairdryers in both the ladies and the men’s toilets.

Fresh, homemade Yorkshire fare is served within the café. You can choose from an array of hot meals including an all day breakfast, lasagne, scampi, omelette or sausage, bacon, egg and chips.  We also have a choice a lighter snacks including jacket potatoes, baguettes, bacon butties or home made soup.  After a meal try one of our delicious desserts. Our home made Pavlova has been a firm favourite for nearly 40 years now or try How Stean Gorge Ice Cream, made only ½ mile away in Lofthouse.  You can even see the cows that make it from the car park. Flavours include chocolate, vanilla and fruits of the forest.

We also have a selection of irresistible home made cakes including ‘the Jap’ which has also been a firm favourite with customers for nearly 40 years!  The summer opening hours for the café are 10am – 6pm. Last orders for food are taken at 5pm however, we can take group bookings for 10 + people for early evening meals if booked in advance.   

HOW STEAN GORGE – A NATURAL WONDER - 50% off admission price
All campers on our site get 50% off admission to this Visit England Quality Assured Attraction. Explore the Gorge trails and it’s fascinating caves and you can go down as often as you like during your stay. Parts of the Gorge are floodlit at night. Don’t forget to bring your wellies! 

On sunny days you can eat and drink by the children’s play area which is directly adjacent the cafe making it an ideal location to have that well deserved treat whilst being able to watch the children play.

You can pre-order bread, eggs, bacon, sausage or milk from the shop. We also sell toys, souvenirs, maps, books as well as sweets, chocolate, ice cream and ice lollies. How Stean Gorge has it’s own Post Office where you can withdrawn cash, buy stamps, stationary and gift vouchers or pick up some euros.

Free WiFi is available in the restaurant and on the sun terrace. 

As you can appreciate in this stunning but remote location, mobile phone signals are rare if not impossible. However, we have a payphone on site.

TENT HIRE – We’ll even put them up for you!
If you haven’t got a tent but you would love to experience the freedom of camping, we can help!  We have a number of 8-berth troop tents available for hire – 100% waterproof. These tents do not have separate compartments for sleeping there is just one large open space.  The hire cost is £30 per tent per night. Please note: you will be required to pay the usual camping fees per person per night as well as the tent hire.

On site, directly above the facilities building, we have a bunk area to sleep 22 or hire for meetings or away days.  This roof space area is very basic with only camping mats provided. Please bring your own sleeping bags/pillows/camp beds.

Nearby at Scar House Reservoir we have the Bungalow (Bunkhouse 2) available, nestled in a remote hillside of Scar House Reservoir with fabulous unspoilt views across the Yorkshire Dales. This consists of two furnished rooms with continental bunks and will house 24 people. It has a small kitchen and cosy lounge. The toilets are located in a separate building adjacent to the accommodation. These toilets are open to the public and are owned by Yorkshire Water. Hot, family sized shower facilities are available at How Stean Gorge 4 miles away.  This accommodation is in a beautiful quiet location at the head of Nidderdale.

If you want to bring music to play out in the open please book with another campsite to avoid disappointment as no music is to be played on this site unless using headphones or similar due to campers in the past consistently pushing the limits of when to be quiet. We have learned over the years that this has caused more issues than anything else – just enjoy the sounds of the wildlife and people having fun.

We welcome group bookings space permitting. However please read our campsite rules before booking. We do not tolerate rowdy behaviour for the good of all fellow campers.

This year, we have reduced the number of camping pitches available to allow our campers to have more space to enjoy this special location and improve your holiday experience.


Opening Times

Opening (1 Feb 2021 - 30 Nov 2021)

* During the summer school holidays the café is open for breakfast from 9am on Saturdays and Sundays.


  • 3 Visit England Stars Holiday, Touring & Camping Park
3 Visit England Stars Holiday, Touring & Camping Park

Search What's Nearby

Product Type
Within miles

What's Nearby

  1. Ashfield House

    Ashfield House

    Add Ashfield House to your Itinerary

    The Holiday Apartment Sleeps 2/4 people In two acres of garden with views, peacefull…

    6.26 miles away
  2. Swinton Bivouac

    Swinton Bivouac

    Add Swinton Bivouac to your Itinerary

    At Swinton Bivouac they love all things luxurious and rustic, sustainable and thoughtful.…

    6.28 miles away
  3. Lavender Cottage, Pateley Bridge

    Lavender Cottage, Pateley Bridge

    Add Lavender Cottage, Pateley Bridge to your Itinerary

    Lavender Cottage is a converted barn in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales with its own…

    6.98 miles away
  1. Swinton Park Hotel, near Masham

    Swinton Park Hotel

    Add Swinton Park Hotel to your Itinerary

    A luxury castle hotel in the Yorkshire Dales, with fine dining, cookery school, spa and…

    8.35 miles away
  2. Helme Pasture Lodges & Cottages

    Helme Pasture Lodges & Cottages

    Add Helme Pasture Lodges & Cottages to your Itinerary

    Farmhouse Cottages and Scandinavian lodges for short breaks and longer stays within…

    9.65 miles away
  3. Holme Grange Farm

    Holme Grange Farm

    Add Holme Grange Farm to your Itinerary

    The Wheelhouse is a unique Bed and Breakfast property. It is a newly converted ground…

    9.92 miles away
  4. The Sawley Arms, Country pub with rooms.

    The Sawley Arms, Country pub with rooms.

    Add The Sawley Arms, Country pub with rooms. to your Itinerary

    We are a traditional English country inn priding ourselves on serving freshly cooked and…

    10.28 miles away
  5. Manor House Farm Caravan Park

    Manor House Farm Caravan Park

    Add Manor House Farm Caravan Park to your Itinerary

    The site is situated in an area of outstanding beauty in Nidderdale, being 12 miles from…

    11.19 miles away
  6. High Winsley Farm

    High Winsley Farm

    Add High Winsley Farm to your Itinerary

    High Winsley Farm is a stone-built property set in peaceful scenic countryside, 1 miles…

    11.39 miles away
  7. Whitefields holiday cottage

    Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Holiday Cottages

    Add Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Holiday Cottages to your Itinerary

    Planning on staying at Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal Holiday Cottages?...If so, you…

    11.69 miles away
  8. Holly Beck Stables

    Holly Beck Stables

    Add Holly Beck Stables to your Itinerary

    A perfect blend of town and country, Holly Beck Stables is a romantic bolthole.  This…

    12.23 miles away
  9. The Station Hotel

    The Station Hotel

    Add The Station Hotel to your Itinerary

    Planning on staying at the amazing Station Hotel in Harrogate?...If so, you have come to…

    12.69 miles away
  10. Cold Cotes Luxury Accommodation

    Cold Cotes Luxury Accommodation

    Add Cold Cotes Luxury Accommodation to your Itinerary

    Cold Cotes, a collection of warm and welcoming luxury accommodation in a delightful rural…

    12.88 miles away
  11. Yorkshire Hussar Inn & Caravan Park

    Yorkshire Hussar Inn & Caravan Park

    Add Yorkshire Hussar Inn & Caravan Park to your Itinerary

    A delightful secluded Caravan Park attractively situated to the rear of the Village Pub…

    13.21 miles away
  12. Riverside Lodges

    Riverside Lodges

    Add Riverside Lodges to your Itinerary

    Riverside Lodges, is a small exclusive holiday retreat set on the banks of the River Ure…

    13.77 miles away
  13. Sophie's Bed and Breakfast

    Sophie's Bed and Breakfast

    Add Sophie's Bed and Breakfast to your Itinerary

    Sophie’s Bed and Breakfast, Café & Bistro in Hampsthwaite offers the perfect resting…

    13.79 miles away
Previous Next

Now featuring traveller reviews from TripAdvisor.