Swinton Bivouac

From £106 For 1 night, 7 adults 1 review
Meadow yurt field (credit to Lissa Alexandra) (added by manager 09 Sep 2022)
Exterior view (added by manager 09 sep 2022)
In the woodland (added by manager 07 sep 2016)
Tree lodge verandah (added by manager 07 sep 2016)

  • Luxury site with upcycled features in the Yorkshire Dales
  • Three miles from the market town of Masham
  • Hot tub, café, craft workshops and regular activities
Well. You might not know where to start with the top options abounding at luxury sustainable site Swinton Bivouac near Masham in the Yorkshire Dales. Outdoor hot tub – tick. Carefully crafted woodland and hillside accommodation so pretty it'll likely make your eyes water – tick. Meals delivered direct to the door – tick tick and another, very big, tick. All these ticky things are on the bivouac’s rustic site in the Swinton Park Estate, 20,000 acres of spectacular scenery in the Yorkshire Dales, running from the River Ure and market town of Masham in Wensleydale up to the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It's close to the fably odd Druids’ Temple too, a well-known local landmark and 19th-century folly built by local writer William Danby as his (somewhat optimistic) answer to Stonehenge. Swinton Bivouac’s café also deserves a huge tick: it has a family den underneath leading to a walled garden, views down to the valley from the patio, and is open late on Friday and Saturday nights for meals and drinks. And the sign leading to it says ‘muddy boots welcome’, which is obviously the best type of café ever. Tick…

Site type

Rent a tent 7
Lodges, cabins, pods or huts 6
Open now
Please note
  • Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
  • No cars/motorbikes by the pitch/unit. All cars must be parked in the designated area.
  • Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.

Languages spoken


Open from Fri, 9 Feb to

Pitch types & availability



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I’ve been traveling a lot since I was a kid and this…

Overall 10/10
Location 8
Value for money 8
Accommodation 10
Facilities / Activities 4
Customer service 6
Child friendliness 6
Cleanliness 10
Wifi 2
Anonymous The reviewer booked through Pitchup.com

1 bedroom lodge (hot tub, pet friendly, woodland)

Liked: I’ve been traveling a lot since I was a kid and this was one of the best places I’ve been to. When I think of a lodge in the woods this place is exactly what comes in mind. It’s everything I’ve ever dreamed of. The place was extremely clean and tidy. I liked the welcoming gifts on our arrival, such a nice treat. The fairy lights around the beds gave a nice touch to the coziness of the place. I liked the fact that we had to light the fire on our own as it makes the experience much more realistic. The lodge we stayed at was facing the sunrise which was extremely beautiful to wake up to. The hot tub was perfect for the cold weather we arrived at. One thing I was worried about was the bathroom, but it was totally the opposite of what I expected, it’s modernly decorated in a quirky way, although 7 girls shared the bathroom it still smelled good at the end of the stay because of all the good smelling lavender in the bathroom. It’s a great getaway place to spend with family and friends, don’t forget to grab some board games to make the night even more memorable!

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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Hot tub

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

TV room

Take away



Amenities on site

Bath available

Car parking by pitch/unit

Composting toilet

Disabled facilities

Dog park

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Portable toilet

Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area


Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year




Gastronomic delight



Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven


Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Electric car charging point(s)

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Dog walk nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Shop nearby


Small (11-25 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby


Swinton Bivouac

High Knowle

Knowle Lane



North Yorkshire





Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)



Nearest transport

9.4 mi Bus Station Stand 1
12.6 mi The Angel
12.6 mi High Green
14.4 mi Thirsk Rail Station
14.6 mi Northallerton Rail Station
16.4 mi Harrogate Rail Station
23.3 mi Leeds Bradford International Airport
24.3 mi Durham Tees Valley Airport

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

Stay close to your Swinton Bivouac home or flit all over North Yorkshire for historic estates, moor walks, seaside towns, gardens, gorges, Yorkshire teas and market towns. Start off at Druids Folly with a picnic and a walk into the surrounding woodland and o’er the moors, or explore some of the rivers, moorland and dales of the nearby Swinton Park estate. Masham, a market town known for its annual sheep fair and its two breweries, is about five miles to the west; hire a bike here if you’d prefer to get around by pedal. Within a half-hour walk you’ll reach the villages of Ilton, Fearby and Healey, and an eight-mile drive will bring you to the ancient cathedral city of Ripon; both Ripon Cathedral and Ripon Racecourse are hits with travellers of all types. Swinton Bivouac is between the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors national parks: you might drive yourself slightly bonkers trying to fit in one trip all the things you can do here, but if you’re pushed for time top picks are Wordsworth favourite the Aysgarth Falls; dinner on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway; a summer boat trip at Castle Howard and exploring the White Scar Caves and Stump Cross Caverns. The Stump Cross Caverns are at the town of Pateley Bridge, which has the officially most old (and maybe most tasty) sweet shop in England in its High Street; the 53 miles of the Nidderdale Way start out from Pateley Bridge too to walk off all the bonbons.

Must see

Jervaulx Abbey 4.4 mi

Fountains Abbey 8.3 mi

Richmond Castle 13.7 mi

Easby Abbey (EH) 14.2 mi

RHS Garden Harlow Carr 16.5 mi

National Trust

Braithwaite Hall 5.6 mi

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden 8.3 mi

Brimham Rocks 8.7 mi

Moulton Hall 15.5 mi

Malham Tarn Estate 19.5 mi

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.



Masham, the River Ure and the River Burn 3.1 mi


Cover Bridge - Thornton Steward - Jervaulx - Cover Bridge 5.7 mi


Local events

  • Great Yorkshire Show (Tuesday 9 July 2024 – Tuesday 9 July 2024)

    Harrogate, North Yorkshire 17.8 mi

  • Harrogate Spring Flower Show (Thursday 25 April 2024 – Thursday 25 April 2024)

    Harrogate, North Yorkshire 17.8 mi

  • Harrogate Autumn Flower Show (Friday 13 September 2024 – Friday 13 September 2024)

    Ripon, North Yorkshire 18.5 mi

  • Festival of Thrift (Saturday 21 September 2024 – Saturday 21 September 2024)

    Stockton-on-Tees, Co. Durham 24.8 mi

  • Leeds Festival (Wednesday 21 August 2024 – Wednesday 21 August 2024)

    Wetherby, West Yorkshire 27 mi

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Want to know more about camping in North Yorkshire?

  • Does Swinton Bivouac have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Swinton Bivouac dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Swinton Bivouac? Stay close to your Swinton Bivouac home or flit all over North Yorkshire for historic estates, moor walks, seaside towns, gardens, gorges, Yorkshire teas and market towns. Start off at Druids Folly … Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Swinton Bivouac?
    On-site accommodation
    Arrive:  3 p.m. –  6 p.m.
    Depart by:  10 a.m.
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  • How much does it cost to stay at Swinton Bivouac? From £106 (for 1 night, 4 people) - prices may change depending on your dates and party.