Which Campsite In Haworth is Best for You?

Wuthering Heights pub campsite

Introduction

There are only three campsites within a mile or two of the village. All three are good choices, but very different and have their own unique character and facilities. Answering which campsite in Haworth is best for you, very much depends on your personal tastes and preferences, but we hope this helps.

Due to the limited areas dedicated for tents at campsites in Haworth, none are suitable for large groups, but are more suited for quiet, relaxing get-aways. Please check their individual websites listed at the foot of our Haworth Accommodation listing for any recent changes.

Wuthering Heights Pub Camping

The Wuthering Heights Inn in Stanbury is a perfect place to enjoy the peace and tranquility of Yorkshire. The campsite nestles in a secluded position behind the pub with fantastic views of farmland down over the Worth Valley.

It only has 4 pitches for tents and has 2 Shepherd huts with log burning stoves for those that enjoy something different and a bit of luxury.

The pub provides traditional hand-pulled ales, wines and spirits and serves a modern British food menu in several casual dining areas; including a beer garden with sheltered benches and tables. During autumn and winter months, the log fires give a very warm, friendly welcome from staff and locals alike.

It’s small site on flat grass with a dry stone wall edging, so it’s perfect for solo travelers or small groups looking for a quiet getaway from the city. It’s adults only and well-behaved dogs are welcome too.

Amenities

  • 4 tent pitches
  • 2 Shepherds Huts
  • Steps from the campsite to the pub and facilities
  • Showers, toilets and utility room with fridge, kettle, drying facilities and hairdryer (£10 deposit required)

Shepherds Huts

Beautifully decorated with a log-burning stove and double bed a pocket sprung mattress and 500 thread count Egyptian cotton bedding for glam camping feel. Both have crockery, cutlery and a thermos flask. You are welcome to bring your own bar-b-q or camping stove, but the pub serves home cooked food – you’re on holiday after all.

Location

The village of Stanbury is located approx 1.5 miles from Haworth and has a prominent position in the village. It is easily accessible from Colne and the M65 to the West and Keighley to the East.

Cost

There are 4 tent pitches available on a first come first served basis and cost £7.50 per person per night.
The charges for Shepherd huts are:
2-3 Nights £65 per night, 4 Nights Plus £55 per night
Dogs are welcome to stay for an extra £20 for the stay.

Our verdict: A tiny campsite with great views at the back of the country pub. What more do you want?

Upwood Holiday Park Camping

Upwood is a large, family-friendly campsite open all year round and a mile away from Haworth. They have everything you need for a comfortable stay: beautiful views, spacious sites with tents, touring caravans, camping pods and even Mongolian Yurts- perfect for any type of traveler.

In the Club House, you’ll find a friendly bar with BT Sports and food served at weekends and during busy holiday periods.

You’ll also find the healing lodge where you can enjoy a range of treatments from a basic massage right through to spiritual healing. Plus there’s also an indoor games room and outdoor play area to keep the kids happy!

Amenities

  • Tent pitches, some with electricity
  • Gravel and tarmac for touring caravans or campervans
  • Function room with bar and food
  • Healing treatments lodge
  • Indoor games room and outdoor play area to keep the kids happy!
  • Shower and toilet block and waste disposal points and full washing facilities

Location

A mile from Haworth, high up on the eastern side of the village and nestled between moor and farmland. Look out for the quarry (worth a visit) and the single wind turbine on top of the hill and you’ll be getting close. Make your way to the main reception in the Club House to sign in.

Cost

£33 for Friday until Sunday in high season, for up to 4 people. Please enquire for full pricing.

Our verdict: All the mod-cons and services you could ever require in a formal campsite setting.

Ponden Mill Camping

Ponden Mill was a Georgian cotton mill set in stunning countryside and has pitches for tents in the narrow woodland strip next to the gentle, meandering river. It also has a larger hard-standing area for caravans.

The mill also has two double rooms to rent on a B&B basis as well as a novel treehouse double room in the corner of the site.

The café in the mill building serves breakfasts to camping guests (pre-booked) as well as sandwiches, coffee, cake and ice cream to walkers.

Amenities

  • 10 tent pitches in 2 areas, some with electricity
  • Area of gravel and tarmac for 5 touring caravans or campervans
  • 2 B&B double rooms
  • Falling Water is a elevated treehouse/room with double bed built above a small waterfall
  • Shower and toilet block and waste disposal point
  • Café serving breakfasts, sandwiches, cakes, coffees and ice-creams.
  • Wedding venue with bar (private hire only)

Location

Ponden is approx. 2 miles from Haworth via the road through the village of Stanbury.

Ponden Mill is easily accessible from Colne and the M65 to the West and Keighley to the East.

If walking to Haworth, this is best done by avoiding the main road and heading towards the reservoir and turning left up the stony footpath and through the trees to the kissing gate at Buckley Green. You can then turn left again and follow the lanes to Stanbury, then onto Haworth.

History of Ponden Mill

The mill was the first textile mills built in the area and was built by the Heaton family of Ponden Hall. They sold the worsted yarn of 40 local spinners who worked in their homes. Worsted was a fine wool used for making pieces of cloth for making suits.

When the price of worsted fell , the Heatons decided to invest in cotton instead and the mill was completed in 1792. Cotton bales were imported from the southern states of the United States and brought by cart from Colne before being spun into yarn and then woven into cloth. Often then cloth would be exported back to the US and other countries across the world.

The mill was powered by a 29 foot diameter, 12 foot wide waterwheel to drive all the machinery. The mill had mixed fortunes over the next 50 years but the Napoleonic wars meant that it was unable to sell its cotton products across Europe. Ponden did supply yarn for British uniforms but that wasn’t enough.

Most cotton mills converted back to Worsted but the Heaton’s were forced to sell the mill. The new owner converted it to steam power, building the engine room and chimney.

Production continued through the latter part of the 19th and early 20th centuries, then in 1937 mains electricity was installed, the water wheel was dismantled and each machine was driven by its own electric motor.

Larger mills grew in larger cities and the decline of these less-productive mills declined. The mill was sold in 1973 and the Ponden Mill retail chain of over 250 shops selling domestic linen products and home furnishings began. the mill became a tourist attraction with thousands of visitors a year, but again negative market forces in 2008 soon led to its closure.

The property remained derelict for 6 years before the current owners bought it and started its pains-taking renovation.

Cost

£10 per tent for 2 People per night and a camper/caravan £15 for 2 people per night.

Our verdict: All the facilities you expect in an intimate, riverside site with lots of character and a stone’s throw from the moor.

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