Walking by the river in Appletreewick

Staying at Mason’s campsite is one of the highlights of our year. Due to Covid last year, this is also Merlin’s first visit! The joy of camping so close to the river, but with great facilities, makes it one of the best sites in the UK.

Setting off on foot from Mason’s campsite, we saw gorgeous woods and river views instantly; you’ll find lots of stone skimming and paddling opportunities there as well.

Walking towards How Gill Farm, we headed through some farmer’s fields which had every different type of stile going. Merlin had lots of fun tackling each one!

Bending round to be greeted by an open expanse and views up to Simon’s Seat, we found that the climb got a bit steeper here. We then veered off up a farm lane to hunt down Brownies.

This was a real find – it offers a gorgeous setting and views, great brownies and coffee too.

We then headed into the woods again and to the stepping stones which are well worth a visit.

Walking the stepping stones having swum them twice already and nearly taken out my Daddy!

We then had lunch in the nearby field, with Merlin fetching the ball on a loop and getting in on a family portrait too!

Heading back to the trail, we curved back round the farm and onto a little road to return to the campsite. We paused at the Craven Arms pub beer garden for a swift refreshment, of course.