Wild Camping Locations Yorkshire Dales Castle Knott

We often camp on the high fells of the Yorkshire Dales instead of those in the Lake District. While the scenery is less epic than that of Lake District, it has a bleak, weathered charm. The fells are also generally much quieter than those of the Lakes and parking is much easier.

Castle Knott is a prime example of a perfect Yorkshire Dales wild camping location. It’s 30 minutes drive from the M6 and parking is a doddle. The route up the hill is straightforward to follow in any weather and the view over the Lune valley and Morecambe Bay is gorgeous.

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  • Start: SD 629 824
  • Finish: SD 656 841
  • Distance: 3.9 km
  • Ascent: 449 m
  • Time: 1 Hour 30 Minutes
  • Camp Altitude: 533m


  • Very quiet fell
  • Small tarn nearby for water
  • Bardon has a lovely pub that does food on an Sunday lunchtime 🙂


  • The Lune Valley
  • Bardon Fell to the south
  • Morecambe Bay across to the Lake District


  • Park in the quiet village of Bardon by the green.