Nestled in the hills of the North Yorkshire Dales and running along the banks of the beautiful river Ribble, near Settle, Knight Stainforth Hall Caravan and Camping Park is the perfect rural getaway.
It’s been in the Maudsley family for three generations and with the recent addition of a beautiful stone built restaurant, cafe bar, reception and shop which sits overlooking the site and the rolling Yorkshire countryside, it really is worth a visit.
Set in the small village of Little Stainforth, the market town of Settle is a nice walk away, either along the river or on the country tracks. But there really is no reason to leave the campsite, where you can relax and take in the magnificent scenery.
But for those who do want to go off and explore, there are plenty of walks, activities and sights to see throughout the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
We were at Knight Stainforth to film our customer videos and received the warmest of welcomes from owner Paul, his brother Chris, and their young family.
First impressions count, and with its relaxed atmosphere, easy going staff, absolutely stunning location, we knew we were on to a winner for our backdrop. But, the best was yet to come – the ‘piece de resistance’ was the mouth-watering food, with meats reared and supplied by local farmer, who also happens to be Paul’s other brother! Not only is the food at the on-site ‘Knights Table’ restaurant delicious – it’s very reasonably priced too, and can all be washed down with a local brew of beer or tea. In fact there’s a whole menu dedicated to tea!
It really is a family affair and it was lovely to sit and talk to Paul about how his grandparents diversified from farming into tourism in the 1920s by setting up a summer camp for a scout group. In fact next year they’ll be celebrating their 90th anniversary – which I’m sure pyrotechnic Paul will have big plans for!
We made new friends during our short stay and so did our two children. Here’s what our two young visitors had to say about the campsite…
Emily, aged eight, said: “I would recommend Knights Stainforth because there are lots of friendly people; there’s a tidy little gift shop, a lovely playful park, and for an extra touch there’s a wonderful restaurant and cafe which serves mouthwatering, homemade meals.”
Her 10-year-old sister Isabel would also recommend the campsite for its “tender meats and range of marvellous and crazy teas!” She was also impressed to hear how head of the Scouts’ Association Bear Grylls had jumped into the nearby fast flowing river!
“I’m sure that if you were to visit Knight Stainforth you wouldn’t be let down by the helpful and friendly staff, the children’s play area, handy little shop – where you can stock up on all the essentials you’ll need when you’re staying at this warm and welcoming campsite – which has plenty to explore around it.”
Fishing is available on site as long as you have a valid licence and in early October salmon can be seen jumping up the river! Other facilities at the site include a games and TV room, children’s play and ball game areas and an information room with brochures and maps of nearby activities.
Knight Stainforth’s touring park is open from March 1st to October 31st and has 100 pitches for caravans, motorhomes and tents – 75 have an electrical hook-up.
There are also 60 fully serviced holiday homes which all have unique views of the surrounding countryside. The holiday park is open from March 1st to January 14th.
For more information or to make a booking call 01729 822200, email [email protected] or visit www.knightstainforth.co.uk. Use the code ‘CARAVANGUARD’ to get your discount.