Heber Farm, Buckden

Along with this review I also document the walk I did. Scroll further down to read the review or stick here for my walk and photos!

Starting at the car park in the village I climbed to the top of Buckden Pike, one hour, 702m. Its boggy most of the year so bare that in mind! Its excellent in nesting season with the constant tweeting of birds. There is a memorial at the top to the Polish plane crash where the only surviver was shown to safety by a fox! I walked down to Kettlewell where I stocked up on the essentials (wine gums and water) and then walked to the top of the opposite hillside, Moor End Fell. Coming back down to Buckden and taking a detour to Hubberholme to look at the church was the highlight for me. Its the most beautiful church I have visited. About 16km, back to the tent where we listened to the neighbouring woodpecker. I love June. Children still at school, not too hot for hiking, birds and flowers abound.  

 Location – 4\5

A very quiet location on the Dales Way route. Its further up the valley than the more popular village of Kettlewell. There is a small shop in the village along with a cafe (which doubles up as a restaurant at night), a pub and a National Trust Barn. More amenities in Kettlewell, four miles. Lots more pubs and restaurants within 10 miles. There is no mobile signal but there is phone box in the village. Walks are endless. Walk the Dales Way, climb Buckden Pike, hike to Littondale or visit the source of the River Wharfe.  

 Greeting

Im not scoring this because I didn’t get one! It took me a while to find the site. After asking two locals I found it. Its not a site as such. Just two fields with a cold tap. I found the farm (over the road) and paid a young boy. Actually, I was greeted, by three Border Collie pups 😁

  
Pitch – 3\5

The fields are not grazed so the grass is long. Great for comfort! I was lucky, I had the whole two fields to myself so I found a flat area but both fields are very bumpy! You can get in with your car which is good if you have lots of things to carry or if you have a camper van.  

 View – 4\5 

The fields are slightly elevated so the views are good. To be fair the hazy weather meant I didn’t see a lot but I know if it were clear I could see right down the valley to Hubberholme. My tent looked up to Kirk Gill Moor.

Noise – 4\5

The fields are just above the car park but that’s quiet. I was the only person camping. It could not have been more quiet in terms of human company! The road to Aysgarth passes by about 500m away so there is a bit of traffic noise but really not an issue. I only notice it because I live in Malham where, after 9pm its truely silent!

Price – 3\5 

Comparing with last week where I paid £3 its expensive at £5! But really I’m splitting hairs. I’m happy they didn’t charge for the dog.

Facilities – 4\5

This scores surprisngly high but really its not down to the owner! Its because the site is right by a picnic and BBQ area and toilets all owned by the National Trust! There is a cold tap and bin. 

Comments 

I heard a cuckoo and woodpecker while eating my tea 😁

I visited on a normal Saturday, weather was dull but warm. Its a Certified Caravan Site so I think if you were to visit on a bank holiday it would have more campers and caravaners. Signage to the site is none exsistant. There should be a price for actually finding it. Perfect. I love a challenge and I love finding secret nuggets like this site.

 

 

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