This is the first time I've stayed in a bunkhouse (or been on a walking weekend to be honest) and I have to say i was pleasantly surprised. It was a very spacious room with 6 beds (in bunk bed style) around the edge along with a table, kitchen, seating area and our own bathroom. It was all very clean and well kept and while not the most attractive looking accommodation from the outside it was perfect for the needs of our group - 12 work colleagues on an impromptu get-away.
Although we had our shower and bathroom in the bunkhouse i preferred to use the communal facilities as there was more separation between the toilet and shower and less chance of soaking all your clothes. Some of these facilities are a little tired and have clearly been very well used but it's clean and functional and better than several of the camp sites I've stayed at before. The water also seemed to be warmer there too. The kitchen was very well equipped.
The site is very well maintained and there's lots of plots for camping/caravans too. The staff were super friendly and helpful and we were able to hire a BBQ for our last night which let us make the most of the gorgeous weather. The weather turned the next day and I can honestly say that staying in a bunkhouse (eg a building) rather than being under canvas was very much appreciated,
The location is perfect - very close to a wide variety of walks including Ingleborough, one of the Yorkshire dales' three peaks, and easy to find by car (less than an hour off the M6) It's situated just outside a lovely little village called Austwick where there was a great pub (The Game Cock) with a gastro-pub type food and a general convenience store. You can also buy essentials on site too.
I'd definitely go back - great value, beautiful location, friendly staff and good facilities. All you need for an outdoorsy-adventure.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Group bookings for up to 40 people or individual Bunkhouse bookings are a great accommodation offer that gives you all the views and delights of camping, but with your own toilet and shower, plus electricity, a bed and heating! Ideal for large groups, school groups, D of E groups, friends or family bookings. The Dalesbridge Bunk Houses offer both individual and group self catering accommodation here in the Yorkshire Dales, Forest of Bowland area. They are positioned with an open and sunny aspect, overlooking the nearby fells and limestone crags. There is ample hard standing outside the bunkhouses - useful for loading and unloading. Vehicles may be left here overnight, allowing easy access for when you want to get out and take the 'Three Peaks Challenge', explore Settle, the Ingleton Waterfalls, Caves and nearby attractions. Here at Dalesbridge we have four 6-bed Bunk Houses and four 4-bed Bunk Houses, each adjoining the other. Each of the Bunk Houses has its own individual shower and toilet. Utilising all the Bunk Houses will provide accommodation for up to 40 people, in compact well equipped units. Ideal for large groups who may also want to take advantage of our function facilities. The 6-bed units have a kitchen area with a free standing cooker with oven, fridge, separate washing-up sink and en-suite shower and toilet. All crockery, cutlery and cooking pots are provided. There is a seating area in each of the rooms, where you can relax and dine. The 4-bed units have en-suite shower and toilet as well as toasters, kettles and microwaves; perfect for the smaller group or family bookings. Groups and individuals normally bring their own sleeping bags or bedding, however bedding packs and towels can be hired if required.Camping is also available for groups and individuals, some pitches have electric hookup and all are flat and well drained. There is ample hot water in the modern showers with undercover wash up areas. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Dalesbridge Bunkhouses & Campsite Austwick, Yorkshire