Days out for everyone

Spectacular scenery right on our doorstep...

Located in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and bordering the Yorkshire Dales National Park there are countless outdoor activities to experience.

The areas surrounding Calder Farm are perfect for walking, biking, fishing, kayaking, caving, rock climbing and many more activities besides, with Pendle Hill, the Yorkshire three peaks, Gisburn Forest, Stocks Reservoir, Malham Cove and the Pennine Bridleway all close by. There are also many historic towns, charming villages, farm parks, and other visitor attractions to see as well as plenty of wonderful places to eat and drink.

The list below only scratches the surface of what is on offer. You can use the filter buttons below to narrow down your search.

Outdoor Activities

Gisburn Forest

Set in the beautiful Forest of Bowland AONB and with award winning mountain bike trails and miles of walking tracks Gisburn Forest is a fantastic location for a day out. It also has a cafe with a play area for the kids so you can get refreshments after the day's activities.

There are often themed walks such as the Gruffalo trail where you can search for the character boards and, using an interactive app for your phone, see them come to life!

Outdoor Activities

Stocks Reservoir

Stocks Reservoir is the largest fly fishery in the North West of England. It has Four and a half miles of fishable shoreline and 350 acres of open water. Situated at the head of the Hodder Valley in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Stocks has a wild and unspoiled quality and is a great location for walking and bird watching as well as fishing.

Outdoor Activities

Pendle Hill

There are fantastic views of Pendle Hill from the campsite and it can be walked by a number of circular routes. Below the hill are some lovely villages and the area is also famous for the Pendle Witches who went on trial in Lancaster Castle in 1612. Numerous Pendle Witch themed events are run (especially around halloween!) and there are both Pendle Witch Walking and Road Trails to follow.

Trips Out

Settle to Carlisle Railway

"72 miles of scenic splendour"!

The Settle to Carlisle Railway is one of the most scenic and impressive railways in the UK, with viaducts, tunnels and the wild scenery of the North Pennines, Eden Valley and Yorkshire Dales. Although regular trains frequent the line it adds considerably to the experience to do the journey aboard a steam train. For this it is advisable to book tickets ahead as it's very popular indeed!

Outdoor Activities

Pennine Bridleway

Opened in 2012 to provide an alternative to the Pennine Way for horse riders and cyclists, the Pennine Bridleway takes in 205 miles of the Pennines' ancient packhorse routes, drovers roads and newly created bridleways.

It actually passes closer to the campsite than the Pennine Way crossing the A59 at Gisburn before heading up to Settle and the Settle Loop bridleway (a lovely day out in its own right).

Outdoor Activities

Yorkshire Dales

The Yorkshire Dales lie right on our doorstep and emcompass some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK.

There are endless beautiful towns and villages to visit, spectular hills and waterfalls, the famous Yorkshire three peaks, show caves (as well as thousands of other pots and caves to go caving in).

Why not visit the amazing Ribblehead viaduct with Whernside as it's impressive backdrop, or you could take a trip down into the depths of Gaping Gill on May and August bank holidays when the caving club organises winching events.

Further afield you'll find beatiful places like Aysgarth Falls, and there are organised tours around the Wensleydale Creamery and Black Sheep brewery. The list is never-ending!

Historic Buildings

Skipton Castle

Standing at the top of Skipton High Street, Skipton Castle is an incredibly maintained building which is over 900 years old.

Visitors can explore almost every corner of the castle and a comprehensive tour sheet is provided with admission. There is a gift shop and tea room as well as plenty of outdoor areas to have a picnic.

Skipton Castle is open daily from 10am (Sunday from 11am)
Last admission is at 5pm (October - March 4pm)
Closed 23rd, 24th & 25th December

Food and Drink

Coach and Horses, Bolton by Bowland

Sat in the picturesque village of Bolton by Bowland the Coach and Horses is a traditional coaching inn within walking distance of the campsite. It serves great food and drink, and even brews it's own real ales in a microbrewery on the premises.

Outdoor Activities

Pennine Way

The Pennine Way is a 268 mile trail making its way across the Pennines from Edale in Derbyshire through to Kirk Yetholme in the Scottish borders. It passes quite close by the campsite, crossing the A59 at East Marton and heading up towards Gargrave and Malham before heading over Fountains Fell and Pen-y-ghent.

For walkers it offers some super days out amongst some beautiful countryside. The Pennine way is aimed at walkers specifically - for horse riders and cyclists the Pennine Bridleway was opened in 2012 to provide an alternative, which actually passes closer to the campsite near Gisburn (see separate information panel on this page).

Historic Buildings

Clitheroe Castle and Museum

Clitheroe Castle Museum stands high on Castle Hill in the shadow of the Castle keep. The historic landmark of Clitheroe, in the heart of the Ribble Valley offers a day of exploration for all the family. Their galleries will take you on a journey through 350 million years of history, heritage and geology of the local area.

Opening times:
3 Apr to 5 Nov - Monday to Sunday 11:00 - 16:00
6 Nov to 11 Feb - Monday and Tuesday 12:00 - 16:00, Friday to Sunday 12:00 - 16:00
12 Feb to 31 Mar - Monday to Sunday 12:00 - 16:00

Trips Out

Canal Boat Trips

Guided canal tours and canal boat hire from Skipton.

Take a guided boat trip with commentry from award winning comedian Dave Spikey mixing canal history with humour, or hire your own canal boat for the day and watch the Yorkshire Dales slowly slip by.

Food and Drink

Spread Eagle, Sawley

The Spread Eagle in Sawley, a former coaching inn, is situated in a lovely spot by the river opposite the ruins of Sawley Abbey. It offers a cosy bar area and great food and drink. Certainly well worth a visit, and only a short drive or bike ride away from the campsite.

Historic Buildings

Bolton Abbey

Bolton Abbey takes its name from the ruins of the 12th-century Augustinian monastery now known as Bolton Priory, which closed in the 1539 Dissolution of the Monasteries ordered by King Henry VIII.

Besides looking round the priory itself, there are many beautiful walks across the estate including around Strid Wood and the Strid itself. There are also the 60 stepping stones across the river (for those brave enough), Barden Tower and the Lound Oak, a 600 year old oak tree. The grounds make a beautiful place to take a picnic.

Family Fun

Billy Bobs Ice Cream Parlour

Billy Bob's combines an ice cream parlour with a 50's American diner and both outdoor and indoor play areas. Fun for all the family!

Outdoor Activities

Ingleton Waterfalls

The Ingleton waterfalls walk in the Yorkshire Dales is one of the most spectacular waterfall and woodland walks in the UK! The walk is 4.3 miles long (7km) and is easy to follow. It passes Pecca Falls, Hollybush Spout, Thornton Force, Beezley Falls, Rival Falls, Baxenghyll Gorge and Snow Falls. The trail leads through ancient oak woodland and typical Yorkshire Dales scenery via these stunning waterfalls and other geological features.

There is a charge to enter the walk, which goes to help with the upkeep of the paths as most is on private land.

Family Fun

Thornton Hall Farm Park

Experience hands on animal encounters on this traditional working farm, take a ride on the 4 x 4 Adventure Experience and relax in the country tearoom while the little ones burn off the remainder of their energy in the fun filled Wizzick Play Barn.

Local Towns and Villages


A lovely, bustling market town on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales national park. Enjoy the beautiful surrounding hills where there are many great walks or take a shorter (but steep) circular walk around the Castleberg above the town. When you're finished the town has a number of nice cafes and pubs to relax in. Aside from the scenery there are many great independent shops, entertainment at the Victoria Hall and of course it is also the start of the famous Settle to Carlisle railway line.

Food and Drink

Clitheroe Market

Clitheroe is a historic market town that has held a regular market since the Norman Conquest in the 12th century. If fresh, locally sourced and exceptional food is important to you, then Clitheroe Market could just be the place to visit. It is fast gaining a reputation as being a leader in the next generation of markets – places where they key words are artisan, community and sustainability.

Trips Out

Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

Breathe in the evocative smells of a real steam railway, while your eyes and ears thrill to the puffing and hissing of the steam engine. Settle back in beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages and enjoy a unique view of some of Yorkshire’s finest countryside … or hop off at Holywell Halt and just watch the trains go by!

There are also many specia events such as 1940’s Weekend, Branchline Weekend, Santa Specials, Goods Trains Days, Halloween Specials throughout the year. Even Thomas the Tank Engine and friends have been known to turn up on occasions!

Outdoor Activities

Yorkshire Three Peaks

The famous Yorkshire Three Peaks route takes on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, usually in this order, and in under 12 hours. The Pen-y-ghent Cafe has typically been the starting point of the the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Walk for many people over the years. The café operates a clock-in/out system to time, and aid the safety of walkers.

Please note: If you clock in at the cafe but don't complete the walk or make it back the cafe for any reason please ensure that you let them know - they will wait until after closing time for those who have clocked in!

Of course, all three peaks can equally be enjoyed as great walks in their own right and you may well appreciate taking the extra time to enjoy them in this way.

Food and Drink

Inn at Whitewell

The Inn at Whitewell is an old fashioned rural inn serving excellent food and drink and offering a relaxed and friendly service. The building itself is absolutely spectacular and well worth a trip out, especially as the surrounding villages and countryside are lovely too!

Food and Drink

Holmes Mill, Clitheroe

Based in the heart of Clitheroe, Holmes Mill is a unique celebration of Lancashire food, drink and entertainment. Featuring a beer hall, hotel, food hall and much more, this former textiles mill is the perfect place to indulge, unwind and explore.

Historic Buildings

Sawley Abbey

Just a few miles from the campsite Sawley Abbey, the remains of a Cistercian abbey founded in 1148, is worth the short journey to have a look around with a few interesting features still clearly visible.

In spring 1536 Sawley surrendered during Henry VIII’s Suppression of the Monasteries. It was restored during the Pilgrimage of Grace under a new abbot, William Trafford but the rebellion failed and Trafford was hanged at Lancaster in March 1537. Subsequently all the high-quality stone was taken and reused in neighbouring farms and cottages, and many of the abbey buildings disappeared. During the 20th century the site was taken into the care of the state, cleared of debris and conserved.

Entry is free and it is open daily, 10am-5pm April to October, and 10am-4pm November to March. Closed over Christmas and New Year.

Historic Buildings

Towneley Hall

Towneley Hall is a historic house, art gallery and museum located in 400 acres of beautiful parkland. The hall, which dates from the 14th Century, contains fine period rooms decorated with oil paintings and sculptures. The museum houses an eclectic collection including an Egyptian mummy, the Whalley Abbey vestments, Lancashire-made oak furniture, Pilkington Pottery and the Towneley Bear! The art gallery boasts a collection of oil paintings including works by Sir Lawrence Alma Tadema, John William Waterhouse and Johan Zoffany.

Open Saturday to Thursday 12–5pm (last entry 4pm). Closed on Fridays.

Local Towns and Villages

Bolton by Bowland

Bolton-by-Bowland is just a short walk frm the campsite. It is a tranquil and charming little village with two village greens. The smaller green contains the remains of a 13th Century stone cross and old stocks. The village was recorded as Bodeton in the Domesday Book, meaning bow in the river.

Outdoor Activities


Gordale is a limestone gorge about 1 mile away from Malham. With sides over 100m tall it is a dramatic sight. Walking up the gorge requires a short scramble of about 10 metres up the waterfall, which is not advisable in winter but perfectly possible for competent walkers in the summer months.

A circular walk is possible from Malham via Janet's Foss, a pretty waterfall further downstream from Gordale, then through Gordale itself before heading over to the limestone pavement at the top of Malham Cove. From there you can descend the steps down Malham cove and back into Malham.

Historic Buildings

Browsholme Hall

Browsholme Hall, pronounced ‘Brewzum’, lies in the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire and has, since 1507, been the home of the Parker Family.

A unique historic house, not least for its romantic picturesque gardens and remarkable antiquarian collection of possessions, accumulated over fourteen generations of continuous occupation by the family.

Outdoor Activites

Oxenber Wood and Bluebells

Oxenber Woods is designated a Site Of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and can be walked as a wonderful circular route from Austwick. In the Spring the forest erupts with flowers such as bluebells, primroses, purple orchids and cowslips, although the best time to visit is May when there are dazzling displays of bluebells stretching across the forest floor and the fields beyond.

Food and Drink

Courtyard Dairy, Settle

The award winning Courtyard Dairy in Settle stocks and supplies a carefully chosen range of unusual and exquisite farmhouse cheeses, selected direct from individual farms. Their awards include 2013 World Cheese Awards Cheesemonger of the Year.

Alongside the shop and maturing room, they also have a cosy café and a small museum which tells the story of farmhouse cheese and its history.

Outdoor Activities

Malham Cove and Tarn

Malham Cove is an 80 metre (260ft) high, gently curving cliff of limestone which has amazed visitors for centuries. It has been eroded backwards from the line of the Middle Craven Fault by the action of water and ice over millions of years. Today, the cove challenges climbers and also protects a pair of nesting peregrine falcons which can be viewed during the summer months. A good footpath leads from the village to the cove and around 400 steps lead up to the impressive limestone pavement on top.

Malham Tarn is 1.5 miles north of the Cove. There is parking available there and a footpath leads down to Malham Cove. Malham Tarn is a glacial lake and one of only eight upland alkaline lakes in Europe. Its geology, flora and fauna have led to it being listed under a number of conservation designations.

Historic Buildings

Samlesbury Hall

A fabulous half-timbered black and white medieval house built in 1325 as a family home, the Hall is beautifully maintained for the enjoyment of visitors today. The Hall is open to the public every day, except Saturdays and occasional Fridays, when it is closed for weddings (see opening hours link below). In addition to the well preserved manor house and gardens, there is also a gallery, museum and a wide-ranging programme of year-round events and activities.

Entry is free and there are also free guided tours available on Sundays. Open Sunday to Friday 10am – 4pm.

Trips Out

Trough of Bowland

The Trough of Bowland is a valley and high pass within in the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Reaching 968 ft (295 m) above sea level at the head of the valley, it provides the most direct (and scenic) link between Lancaster and Dunsop Bridge and then onwards to Clitheroe. It was the route taken by the Pendle witches to their trial at Lancaster Castle in 1612.

The trough winds through some particularly unspoilt landscape with beautiful villages along the way and is popular with walkers and cyclists, although it is nowhere near as busy as the neighbouring Yorkshire Dales or the Lake District.