Glamping in North Yorkshire: Dale2Swale Glamping review
After months of not venturing much further than the country lanes surrounding our village, it was good to finally hit the road this summer and leave the confines of Hertfordshire. The first stop on our UK road trip was Dale2Swale Glamping in North Yorkshire. If you want proper glamping in Yorkshire with all the trimmings, Dale2Swale Glamping near Richmond ticks lots of boxes.
Dale2Swale luxury glamping in Yorkshire
When I was researching our glamping break in North Yorkshire, I discovered that there are rather a lot of glamping sites in the area. Dale2Swale caught my eye because it offers everything you need for a perfect luxury glamping break. No need to bring sleeping bags, tea towels or anything else for that matter, everything you could possibly need is provided.
Dale2Swale is a new venture by Chris Long on his family’s farm. Opened in August 2019, the glampsite has excellent green credentials: solar-powered electricity (including charging points for devices!), environmentally friendly waste disposal and eco-friendly cleaning products.
Currently there are just two safari tents sitting in a wide open field. There is planning permission for more tents but Chris is reluctant to compromise on the serenity of the place by filling the field with the maximum six which planning allows. Sitting on the veranda, surveying the view, we were inclined to agree with him. Dale2Swale Yorkshire glamping is a very tranquil spot where guests can really kickback and relax.
A look inside the glamping safari tent
Inside each tent there’s a well equipped kitchen with a gas hob and a sink. There’s no fridge but there is a large cool box stocked with packs of ice which kept our food cold (Chris offered to top the ice up during our stay too). There’s also a large wooden kitchen table and chairs. The living room has comfy furniture and a log burner which would make the space wonderfully cosy in cooler weather.
The tents can sleep up to six guests. There’s a double and a twin bedded room plus a cosy little sleeping nook complete with fairy lights, accessed via a step ladder. Our children loved the elevated space: it’s spacious enough to sleep two children or two adults. The bathroom has a proper flushing toilet, a shower and sink with eco-friendly toiletries provided.
Outside the glamping tent
There’s a large decking area outside the tent with side table and chairs, a great place for a morning cuppa. There are views over the surrounding fields and lots of space in front of the tent for a game of footie. There’s also a picnic table and a BBQ which we used on both evenings of our stay.
On our first evening there was an impressive thunder storm, it was wonderful having such a huge expanse of sky in front of us to gaze at. Although there was nothing specifically laid on for the kids, no play area or toys, our children loved their glamping break. They enjoyed tearing about in the big empty field, looking for feathers, discovering interesting rocks and plants, and generally burning off tons of energy.
One of the reasons I love camping is that my children get on better together when they’re outside. Glamping is even better: all of the benefits of camping life but with a comfy bed and cosy duvet at the end of the day (and no trips to the loo with a torch).
Glamping near Richmond, Yorkshire
Located a short drive from the Yorkshire Dales, Dale2Swale is a great base for exploring this beautiful part of the UK. We used Dale2Swale primarily as a place to break our journey from Hertfordshire to Northern Ireland on our UK road trip so we were keen to have a day away from the car as we were only staying there for two nights. We were delighted to discover the network of footpaths directly from the glampsite into the market town of Richmond, around three kilometres away.
Easby Abbey, the River Swale and Richmond
The walk from Dale2Swale to Richond is really lovely with plenty of interesting features along the way to keep small children interested. The highlight is without doubt Easby Abbey, which our kids treated as a marvellous medieval assault course to clamber on. Managed by English Heritage, the ruined abbey is free to enter and great fun to explore.
The rocky River Swale was also popular with our boys, there was plenty of stone throwing and splashing involved while we were there. Part of the footpath into Richmond from the glampsite runs through fields and woodland next to the river.
Richmond is a pleasant market town, with a good range of independent cafes and restaurants as well as a wide selection of shops and a fantastic looking castle (which we didn’t have time to visit unfortunately). We enjoyed a good lunch at the Station Cafe on the edge of town as well as ice creams at one of the cafes in the town centre.
This is not a sponsored post, we paid the full £160 per night rate for our stay at Dale2Swale and it was money well spent.
Have you been glamping in North Yorkshire or elsewhere in the UK? Do you have a favourite site? Let me know in the comments below.
Read about things to do in York with kids if you’re exploring more of this wonderful county.