A Camping Road Trip Idea - Dales & Gardens of Yorkshire

Camping road trips, whether you are tent camping in your car, or heading off in a motorhome or with your caravan, can give you the freedom to really get to know an area. The Yorkshire Dales are a beautiful part of the world. If you love nature and green spaces then this could be the perfect short camping road trip for you. On this short route you will take in the natural beauty of the Yorkshire dales and the managed beauty of some of the best open gardens in the area in a loop from the transport hub and vibrant city of Leeds:

York Gate Garden

Small, yet perfectly formed, this garden, inspired by Hidcote and other such gardens of the time, has a series of exquisite garden rooms. By the early 1980s, this was considered one of the best small gardens in the world. It was created by the late Robin Spencer.

Harewood House

This famous garden, the work of the renowned landscape architect 'Capability' Brown, is the nest stop on your tour. Amongst the many highlights, the grand Italian terrace and parterre stand out, as do the extensive walled gardens, the rose garden, and the Himalayan Garden opened by Alan Titchmarsh.

Parceval Hall Gardens

Heading west and then north into the Yorkshire Dales, you should next make your way to Parceval Hall Gardens, passing Bolton Abbey on the way. The 16 acres of formal and woodland gardens here were laid out by the late Sir William Milner from 1927 onwards. Be sure not to miss the old apple orchard with many heritage varieties and the well-stocked herb garden.

Constable Burton Hall Garden

From Parceval Hall Gardens you will be able to make your way north through the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, passing through Grassington, Kettlewell etc. on your way to the next garden on this tour, Constable Burton Hall Garden, near Leyburn. This extensive romantic garden is surrounded by 18th Century parkland.

Thorp Perrow Arboretum

At this stunning arboretum at the base of the Yorkshire Dales you will find 100 acres of woodland comprising trees from around the world. Some of the specimens here date back to the Mediaeval period. This collection, one of the top collections in Northern England, is not to be missed.

Fountains Abbey

Skirting through the eastern fridges of the Yorkshire Dales, make your way south to famous Fountains Abbey. The gardens here have elegant features such as ornamental lakes, avenues, temples and cascades. The landscape here includes the ruins of the abbey, along with the Elizabethan Fountains Hall and a mediaeval deer park. These landscape gardens are a World Heritage site and one of the best examples of such a landscape found anywhere in the world.

Harlow Carr & Valley Gardens, Harrogate

Before returning to Leeds, you will stop in at the genteel market town of Harrogate. There you can see the Valley Gardens, Grade II listed, where there are a greater number of mineral springs than any other known location. Your final stop is the RHS Garden nearby, at Harlow Carr, where the extensive kitchen gardens are a particular delight.