Set adjacent to an ancient wood of special scientific interest and the pretty River Wharfe, the beautiful little Strid Wood site (which has 57 hard standing pitches) positively teems with wildlife.
The site entrance is quite narrow which may explain the request for no arrivals before 1 pm and all departures by 11 am.
We arrived on Friday afternoon ready for the bank holiday weekend, not having visited the site before.
We were told that Bolton Abbey was a lovely place to visit with plenty to do. That is so right! We only scratched the surface on our three-night stay.
Approach to the site is on a windy, narrow, bouncy road. The arch is tight, but by taking it slowly, it is no problem at all.
We missed the campsite, however, as we were looking for the usual Caravan Club sign which is not there. We were not the only people to do this, as on a walk later we saw two other caravans turning around to return to the site. Our pitch (number 24) was not far from the facility block backing onto woods.
The site is laid out amongst trees in a one-way loop, with one large cul-de-sac down a small hill. There is one, very clean facilities block with very hot showers. There is also an information shed and dog walk.
Whilst we were there we visited Grassington and Skipton (Ed. – Skipton has the most amazing castle – well worth a visit) and a couple of small villages off the beaten track. One of these, Appletreewick, had a very nice pub selling real ale and food and providing loads of interesting, local historical information. The pub also sported a very accurate weather stone! Perhaps they should lend it to the BBC.
We also tried our hand at geocaching in the area, which again led us to some lovely little spots off the beaten track. If you haven’t tried it give it a go. It’s great fun for all the family.
Wildlife on site was one of the highlights of the weekend; bird species seen and identified were blackbird, pheasant, mallard (by the score), mandarin ducks, song thrush, great tit, coal tit, blue tit, chaffinch, greenfinch, siskin, nuthatch, robin and goldfinch. We also heard woodpeckers but never saw the elusive little tappers. Gray squirrels are in abundance here but sadly, no reds.
The biggest thrill of all was walking along the dog walk on our evening stroll and seeing two small deer.
A big thank you goes to fellow Caravan Talk member Loothapub and his family, for the invite for evening drinks and their subsequent hospitality. We all had a great evening; I hope we didn’t stay too long! We certainly slept well after our liquid refreshment.
So, would we go back to Strid Wood? You bet we would. We did so much but we didn’t even go to Bolton Abbey, which is top of the list for our next stay. (Ed. – There is a spectacular river walk past the stunning Abbey itself.)
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