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Moo. Baaa. If you can stop your other half from nattering, these might be the only sounds you hear at lush and hushful Usha Gap Campsite in North Yorkshire. This peaceful place is on a working sheep and cattle farm in the Swaledale Valley, and has campers flocking to it for its calmness and its warm welcome by Philip and Louise, whose family have been farming this land for over 70 years. We think you’ll be mooved too by the views of the surrounding valleys and hills: just have a look at the Usha Gap gallery pics.

The grass pitches at Usha Gap are in two separate areas on the farm, one in a small field next to the beck (see pic 1) and the other in a bigger field beside the farm and looking over Kisdon Hill; Facilities are basic but clean, and include hot showers, loos and a washing-up area. Barbecues and campfires are allowed.

Although Usha Gap is in a shushful location, there’s plenty to rush to around it: walks including the Pennine Way and the Coast to Coast are close by, and the farm is only half a mile from two villages, Muker and Thwaite. Muker has the Farmers Arms pub (‘muddy boots, dogs and families welcome’), and a village shop and tearoom; Thwaite the Kearton Country Hotel with coffee lounge, pub and restaurant. The nearest market town is Hawes, six miles away, and there’s a farm shop within walking distance.

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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

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


Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport


Pub toilets

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area


Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Barbecue provided

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year




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

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby



Medium (26-50 pitches)

Nearby leisure

Cycling nearby

Horse riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby


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  • Usha Gap, Muker, Richmond, North Yorkshire, England, DL11 6DW
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 54.3765°N 2.1532°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
High Green — 21.1 miles
The Angel — 21.1 miles
Bus Station — 24.1 miles
Train stations
Garsdale Rail Station — 8.0 miles
Kirkby Stephen Rail Station — 10.2 miles
Dent Rail Station — 10.7 miles
Ferry ports
Bowness on Windermere Ferry Terminal — 31.1 miles
Durham Tees Valley Airport — 30.5 miles


From Darlington
Leave Darlington and head south-west on the A66; continue for about two miles. The road will merge onto the A1. Continue for approx four miles and take the take the A66/A6108 exit toward Scotch / Corner / Brough / Penrith / Richmond. Continue on the A6108 for about 15 miles. Continue onto the B6270 for approximately six miles. The campsite will be on your right.

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

Nearby market town Richmond has been described as ‘an absolute gem’ by the Rough Guide and we fully agree (and want to go back to Richmond Castle). There are the usual shops, pubs and restaurants to be expected in any big town, but it’s all on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and has an eleventh century castle in its town centre.

There are oodles of other towns and villages within easy reach, such as Reeth with the Swaledale Museum; Hawes for the Wensleydale Cheese Creamery, and Aysgarth with the famous Aysgarth Falls, favourite spot of dale and moor wanderer Wordsworth. Both Aysgarth and Richmond have national park centres crammed with info on what to do in the park, from horse-riding and mountain biking to canoeing and caving.

If you don’t mind a drive for a day trip, there are two other national parks to reach from Usha Gap: the North York Moors National Park is to the east and leads to seaside towns like Scarborough, Whitby and Bridlington, and the Lake District National Park is to the west to see England’s highest mountain and deepest lake.

Sticking closer to home, most folk who come to North Yorkshire want to walk at least a bit of it: both the Pennine Way and the Coast to Coast Path meet at Muker and there are several smaller stretches of both for those who want to do a day walk.

Must see

  • The Bowes Museum (14.9 miles)
  • Barnard Castle (15.5 miles)
  • Richmond Castle (16.8 miles)

National Trust

  • Braithwaite Hall (15.7 miles)
  • Malham Tarn Estate (19.0 miles)

Cycle routes

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

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

  • How much is payable upfront? A 15% transferable deposit is payable when you book, with the balance payable on arrival. Read more
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  • What attractions are near Usha Gap Campsite? Nearby market town Richmond has been described as ‘an absolute gem’ by the Rough Guide and we fully agree (and want to go back to Richmond Castle). There are the usual shops, … Read more
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