When we took on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge a few weeks ago we stayed at the Holme Farm campsite situated in the village of Horton in Ribblesdale. The village is a popular starting point for the 26 mile walk and the campsite is conveniently located on the opposite side of the road to the path that leads to the first summit of Pen-y-ghent.
The facilities are limited but they are sufficient and fit for purpose. The main car park fills up quickly but there is a second car park located on the other side of the campsite accessed on the same stretch of road just 100 or so yards heading out of the village.
The site overlooks the Horton in Ribblesdale quarry, field upon field of sheep, the final peak of the challenge which is Ingleborough and the path leading from the peak to the finish line in the village. It’s very beautiful.
The site is run by a very helpful and jolly chap who sits in his reception area best described as a pollytunnel shaped hut adorned in many carpets and hundreds of trinkets placed and hug from all angles. There is even 2 pianos and a three pieces sweet in there! He provided a very warm welcome and even lent me a book for the day.
The grassed fields are well maintained and there are plenty of areas suitable for pitching tents. Some grass is left long in areas that are raised or are a little bit rough. The site is very laid back and you can choose your own spot to pitch.
As expected, the midges were out in force in May so repellent is recommended. Raise camp fires are allowed and there are eggs for sale from the reception tunnel; perfect for breakfast before the long hike.
The toilet block is separated into male and female areas, both of which have a single shower which accepts £1 into the meter. The shower is basic but hot and there was enough money left in the meter from the previous person which was handy. Impressively, there are 6 hooks on the back of the door for hanging clothes and towels. The fact there is only one shower for males and one for females lets the site down. I waited until late evening to shower to avoid queuing. The toilets are well stocked with at least 2 toilet rolls per cubicle and I witnessed him cleaning the sinks twice before 7.30am! Many reviews across the internet fault the toilets for being grubby but it really doesn’t bother us. There were cobwebs in the eaves but the toilets themselves were clean.
There’s a mess room in the toilet block with 2 sinks and washing up liquid and sponges are provided.
The landlord emptied all the bins and cleared up any rubbish lying around once most people had left on the Sunday morning. Here’s D handing over our waste to the lawnmower tailor.
The campsite is very popular, especially on weekends, so I recommend booking to avoid disappointment, The landlord will most likely great you on arrival and invite you into the reception tunnel to pay and get tickets to display on your car and tent. My friend arrived at 6.00am and he was up and ready to welcome him in at that time! Bookings are taken over the phone on 01729 860281.
Inevitably, many people returned to the campsite late after celebrating their achievements at the local pubs. There was quite a lot of noise from one group; annoying, but expected.
Overall Holme Farm is the perfect campsite for those taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge and is a beautiful place to return to and relax while overlooking two of Yorkshire’s highest peaks you have just defeated.