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- 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 purty 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 nineteenth century folly built by local writer William Danby as his 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 obv the best type of café ever. Tick…
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
Under 18s must be accompanied by their parents or legal guardians.
Check availability at Swinton Bivouac…
Party: 2 adults
Many sites set a maximum occupancy of 6/8 people per pitch, so try breaking your booking down into smaller groups to generate more results. For example, if you’re a group of 10, enter 5 people in your initial search and then book 2 pitches.
However, where the pitch or accommodation occupancy allows it, you can make a booking for up to 30 adults and 30 children in one booking.
To book multiple pitches or accommodation, use the 'Special requests' box on the booking page to ask to be sited together. Complete the booking form for the first booking (you can add a password and save your card so that we remember your details). Then click "Make another booking like this" at the top of the confirmation page to make the next booking.
Large groups: check the listing page for any group restrictions set out in the terms and section titled ‘Please note’.
Large tents/caravans: check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit is suitable for the space you will be provided with.
1 bedroom lodge (pet friendly, woodland)
Max. persons: 7 x
Dimensions: 4.0m width x 6.0m length (13.1ft width x 19.7ft length) Calculated area: 24.0m² (258.3ft²)
There is a gas hob/grill for cooking, hot water heated by gas. There is no electricity so bring the torches. A wood burner provides heat.Please bring your own towels.
|Max. persons||7 x|
4.0m width x 6.0m length
(13.1ft width x 19.7ft length)
Calculated area: 24.0m² (258.3ft²)
(1 x shower, 1 x toilet)
Bedroom (1 x double bed, 1 x king sized bed, 3 x single bed)
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Every one Keen to go again, staff extremely helpful, site spotless
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Tents for hire
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Small (11-25 pitches)
Tipis, yurts, or wigwams
- Coach stations
Ripon Bus Station — 9.5 miles
9.5 miles Catterick Coach Stop — 12.6 miles
12.6 miles Thirsk: Market Place Clock Coach Stop — 15.6 miles
- Train stations
Thirsk Rail Station — 14.4 miles
14.4 miles Northallerton Rail Station — 14.6 miles
14.6 miles Harrogate Rail Station — 16.4 miles
- Ferry ports
Transporter Bridge South Side — 33.0 miles
Leeds Bradford International Airport — 23.3 miles
23.3 miles Durham Tees Valley Airport — 24.3 miles
Bivouac Swinton is about five miles west from Masham, about 30 minutes' drive from the A1 and eight miles north of Ripon.
Please note when planning your journey that due to road works on the A1 (M1), guests coming from the south should be aware that the nearest junction is not currently open. The site suggests you come off at Junction 48 and travel to Masham via Ripon. If you are using satnav it probably will not alter the route for you so you may need to deviate from its instructions. Guests coming from the north should take the Masham/Leyburn turning as normal when leaving the A1 at the Bedale junction which is also under construction and subject to diversion.
Once you reach Masham, take the route below as passing places have been provided to aid the journey on the narrow country roads that lead up to our site.
As you approach Masham from the A1(M) or Ripon/Bedale ignore the left-hand fork that is signposted to the town centre and stay on the A6108, skirting round the edge of the town.
Once you pass the Wendsleydale Garage on your right take the second left on to Fearby Rd.
If approaching from Leyburn, turn right onto Fearby Road before you reach the centre of town.
Carry on this road for just under two miles through the village of Fearby and pass the Black Swan pub on your left.
Once you leave the village you will reach Kell Bank Primary School on your left and just before it take a sharp left down the hill.
After you have crossed over a small bridge you will reach a T-junction where you will need to turn right up the hill towards Ilton.
At the top of the hill the road takes a sharp bend to the left, follow it around and continue straight on.
After half a mile turn right signposted to The Bivouac and Druid’s Temple.
As you reach the top of the hill, the road comes to an end. Take the left-hand turn down a rough track to the farmhouse and parking area.
Stay close to your Swinton Bivouac home or flit all over North Yorkshire for historic pads, 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. Drive some distance further south for Harrogate and its spa waters, with Leeds and York also within reasonable driving distance.
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.
King Street in Pateley Bridge is worth a wander down as well for the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty visitor centre and the King Street workshops, with craftspeople including glassblowers, jewellers and textile artists.
- Jervaulx Abbey (4.4 miles)
- Fountains Abbey (8.3 miles)
- Richmond Castle (13.7 miles)
- Braithwaite Hall (5.6 miles)
- Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden (8.3 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Arrive:||3 p.m. –||6 p.m.|
Swinton Bivouac cancellation policy
No refunds within 2 weeks of arrival date.
15 days to 6 weeks: 10% will be refunded.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
Bookings cannot be amended within 14 day(s) of arrival.
If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.
Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Swinton Bivouac will debit the balance from your card 6 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 6 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.
Hired accommodation: £150 damage/cleanliness/bracelet deposit is required on arrival and will be refunded on departure after inspection of your unit should no damage/losses be found.
You can also opt to pay the full amount at the time of your booking.
Payment methods accepted on the parkMaestro