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Gordale Scar Campsite (Camping Site, Skipton)

The campsite is a 10 minute walk from Malham, 15 mins if you walk via the lovely Janets Foss waterfall
Camping here is very basic but wonderful. The owner, Malcolm, charges £3 per head and £3 per tent.
The site sits at the entrance to the head of the spectacular Gordale Scar and is worth staying at for that alone. Footpaths take you from the site up through the scar or onto the felltop and over to Malham Tarn. If you want something a little more challenging, try walking up the side of the easterly fell and following the scar northwards for a couple of miles to the footpath. It's a difficult walk but I can almost guarantee that you won't meet another soul.
The nearest pub is the Lister arms in Malham, they serve decent grub and the best pint of Thwaites anywhere.
13th June 2009ce

Hollins Farm Campsite (Camping Site, Boot)

A really nice campsite in the heart of Eskdale just a couple of minutes walk from the hamlet of Boot.
Facilities are very clean and the staff are helpful.

The only drawback is that it is quite pricey as they hit you with the non-members of the caravan club supplement.
21st June 2008ce

Boot Inn (Pub, Boot)

Great Pub, friendly staff, good beer, dog friendly.
What more do you need?
21st June 2008ce

Cruachan Farm (Camping Site, Killin)

I agree with Scotty.
A decent, clean and friendly site, thankfully midge-free on my visit.
Be careful on the 'footpath' to the loch, I took a wrong turning and ended up 'muddy-arsing it' over a small cliff edge.
15th August 2007ce

The Bulls Head Inn (Camping Site, Shap)

This is the only place in the Shap area that allows camping.
The campsite is the pub's garden and primarily used by walkers on the coast to coast route.
Facilities are very basic nad they can only accomodate a few small tents so it's worth while booking in advance.
The pub itself is excellent, friendly staff, decent beer, decent grub.
4th July 2007ce

The Dolphin (Pub, Robin Hoods Bay)

Great Pub. Family & dog friendly, lovely grub including an imaginative veggie menu, superb beer and friendly staff.
Folk night upstairs on a Friday
17th April 2007ce

Hooks House Farm (Camping Site, Robin Hoods Bay)

A lovely quiet, family-friendly campsite on a working farm overlooking Robin Hood's Bay.
Friendly folk, good clean facilities.
Ideal for Whitby (10 mins by bus/car), Robin Hoods Bay (10 mins walk through fields), North York Moors in general.
17th April 2007ce

The Captain Cook Inn (Pub, Staithes, Saltburn-By-The-Sea)

Definitely one of the best pubs in North Yorkshire.
If your looking for somewhere to stay in North Yorkshire I'd definitely recommend this pub.
The landlord prides himself on keeping a traditional pub and has transformed this run down boozer into a focus for village life. The pub hosts regular jazz and folk evenings.
The Halloween Beer Festival featured 21 beers and 10 curries.
If your looking for a lively pub with tons of genuine North Yorkshire atmosphere then this is the place.
2nd November 2006ce

The Church House Inn (Pub, Torver)

A lovely country pub.
Friendly staff and locals. Good selection of beers. Food served although I didn't see the menu.
Dogs allowed in the bar.
Tons of character, watch you head on the low beams.
2nd September 2006ce

Scarr Head Farm (Camping Site, Torver)

This is a lovely little intimate campsite. The facilities are basic but clean. The first time I've seen shiney toilet paper for years :-)
They charged me £5 for a camper van for 1 night.
A footpath to Bleaberry Haws runs from just below the campsite.
The site is signposted from the road just before you enter Torver village from the north.
The lovely Church House Inn is just a five minute walk from the site.
2nd September 2006ce

Langcliffe Caravan Park (Camping Site, Settle)

A good base from which to explore the Settle area.
The staff are friendly and the toilets and showers are clean.
The place is over-run with ducks who are definitely not backward in coming forward. They ate my dogs dinner.
24th August 2006ce

Great Langdale Campsite - National Trust (Camping Site, Ambleside)

As Stu says, a decent campsite.
Try to avoid camping too close to the septic tanks as they don't half chuck-up and would put you right off your weetabix.
24th August 2006ce

Staintondale Village Shop (Cafe, Scarborough)

This is a crackin' little shop which crams an awful lot into a tiny space.
The garden cafe is a lovely place to cool down after a hike across the nearby moors or a visit to Ravenscar.
Lovely people, lovely grub, lovely place.
22nd November 2005ce

Beachcomber House (Camping Site, Goswick)

This is a lovely little family friendly campsite nestled in the Northumbrian sand dunes. The facilities are fairly basic but are clean and well looked after. 23rd July 2005ce

The Whitby Museum (Museum, Whitby)

Eclectic is the word for Whitby Museum.
Wander around and notice dusty lumps of rock art on the floor beneath cabinets of beautiful flints and pottery next to fossils, model ships, narwhale tusks, carved jet jewelry etc.
Everywhere you look you find something different, and usually something totally unexpected.
It has the vibe of an eccentric Victorian gentlemans collection. It's a grand place, well worth a visit on a wet weekend.
27th May 2005ce

Dale Bottom Farm (Camping Site, Keswick)

A nice little site, nowt fancy but well kept.

Nothing nicer than coming out of your tent on a morning to be greeted by an excellent view of the Castlerigg stones sitting proudly opon a ridge framed by the Skiddaw fells.
It's possible to walk acros the meadows to the stones from the site in about twenty minutes with only one small section touching the main road.

Also nice paths to High & Low Riggs, again with excellent views down over the stones.
26th June 2004ce

Parkfoot Campsite (Camping Site, Pooley Bridge)

Just tried to book in here.
They're starting to get a bit oppressive
They no longer take bookings from 'single sex' parties or father and son groups.
They also slap a £10 'noise deposit' on your ass.
26th June 2004ce

The Sun Inn (Pub, Pooley Bridge)

A great little pub in the middle of Pooley Bridge.
I've been coming to Pooley man & boy for about 35 years and the Sun Inn has always remained constant. Good beer, decent grub, family friendly, live music and some decent craic.
16th September 2003ce

Barn Farm (Camping Site, Birchover)

A Great little campsite.
If your looking for a base from which you can easily mooch around then this is the place. Nine Stones Close, Robin Hoods Stride, Dol Tor, The Andle Stone, Stanton Moor, The 9 Ladies and Rowtor Rocks all all within a mile of this site.
The site is clean and well kept and is only a five minute walk from the pub.
Cost £5 a night...seems fair to me.
18th May 2003ce

The Druid Inn (Pub, Birchover)

Sounds great dunitt?
Do yourself a big favour, don't walk in here on an evening expecting a night at the 'Slaughtered Lamb'.
All of the tables are set, clothes, cutlerey ( no sauce bottles! ) .
There is a bar but only one bar stool and you can't have a fag!
I found the whole experience rather sad.
Stu assures me that the place is magic for a pint on the terrace on a lovely day after a scramble around Rowtor.
18th May 2003ce

The Red Lion (Pub, Birchover)

A friendly traditional country pub.
Have a pint of 9 Ladies & check out the village well in the tap room floor.

"Dear mother, dear mother, the Church is cold,
But the ale-house is healthy and pleasant and warm;
Besides I can tell where I am well used,
Such usage in Heaven will never do well.

But if at the church they would give us some ale,
And a pleasant fire our souls to regale,
We'd sing and we'd pray the livelong day,
Nor ever once wish from church to stray.

Then the parson might preach, and drink and sing,
And we'd be as happy as birds in spring;
And modest Dame Lurch, who is always at church,
Would not have bandy children, nor fasting, nor birch.

And God, like father, rejoicing to see
His children as pleasant and happy as he,
Would have no more quarrel with the devil or the barrel,
But kiss him, and give him both drink and apparel."

The Little Vagabond
William Blake
18th May 2003ce

Dorman Museum (Museum, Middlesbrough)

The Dorman Museum has recently re-opened after a year long refurbishment. The general facility has been much improved and now boasts a cafe and full disability access.
There isn't very much in the way of pre-history. The are a couple of stone and flint axes and a copy of the Roseberry Topping hoard and that's about it really.
As for the rest of the museum, it's for anyone wanting to learn about Middlesbrough's history. There's plenty of interactive stuff, some nice fossils and a lovely collection of Linthorpe pottery.
All in all a visit to the 'Dormans' along with a walk through Albert Park is a good way to spend half a day.
3rd April 2003ce

The Wiltshire Heritage Museum (Museum, Devizes)

A nice little museum with friendly staff.
Kids (big & small) can build their own Stonehenge.
13th January 2003ce

Margrove Park Heritage Centre (Museum, Saltburn By The Sea)

This is a nice little museum that runs lots of hands-on activities for kids.
Nice display of local rock art
Nice cafe
13th January 2003ce

Parkfoot Campsite (Camping Site, Pooley Bridge)

Great campsite especially if you have kids.
Lots of facilities including a clubhouse and bar(Theakstons & Black Sheep), playgrounds, lakeside access for dinghys.
The site is clean and well looked after.
It gets quite busy during the summer.
The site is situated directly beneath the Cockpit Stone Circle (15mins straight up the fell)
10 mins via lakeside path to Pooley Bridge.
30th August 2002ce

The Lord Stones Cafe (Cafe, Stokesley)

This is a nice little cafe built into the moor at the top of Carlton Bank. The architecture of the cafe is in a megalithic bunker style.
It is situated on the Cleveland Way and so is popular with walkers and day trippers alike.
They do hot food with a decent vegetarian selection, they are also licensed so you can get a decent pint of John Smiths. The Beamish stout is only £1.50 a pint.
The food is nice and home cooked, you can get a full dinner for three or four quid.
You can also buy snacks and ice cream.
A two mug pot of tea for one is 75 new pence.
All in all, nice grub, good value, friendly staff and clean toilets.
Check out the owners collection of flints found during the construction of the cafe.
28th April 2002ce

The Red Lion Inn (Pub, Marlborough)

On the surface it seems like a bit of a dear do at 60 quid per night but I would say that is great value for what you get. A lovely thatched english country pub with decent grub, lovely beer, friendly staff, nice comfortable rooms, and the BIGGEST stone circle group in the land all around you. 60 quid to stay in the middle of this sacred landscape is extremely good value in my book. Let's face it, they could charge what they liked and foriegn tourists would pay. There are cheaper alternatives available so its not like anyones excluded. 15th November 2001ce

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