Yurts In Yorkshire Dales, England

Yurts In Yorkshire Dales, UK

Have you fallen into one of life’s ruts? It happens to the best of us. Sometimes, we go through life on auto drive, not even sure what day of the week it is. Weeks roll into months and, one day, you realize it’s time to get off the race track.

If traveling a world away is the goal, then it’s time to look into yurts in Yorkshire Dales, UK. Yurts take glamping to a whole new level. Imagine rustic twinkle lights, a wood burning stove, a hot tub, and the kind of peace that can only be achieved by a getaway that’s far-removed from technology.

Introduction to Yurts


So, what exactly is a yurt? The true definition is a Mongolian-style tent. But, what does that really mean? Basically, it’s a spacious, round tent. Some are even multi-level with stairs!

Yurts have a certain kind of magic because they blend luxurious amenities – from wood-burning stoves and hot tubs – with the great outdoors. Leave your sleeping bags and propane tanks at home. You’re going camping, but on a whole new level.

Yorkshire Dales

Highclere Castle (aka Downton Abbey in the TV series)
Source: Photo by user Gary Bembridge used under CC BY 2.0

Yorkshire Dales is an expansive region of England, about four and a half hours north of London. Like a yurt, it provides a great balance of elegance and quiet. There’s some truly gorgeous scenery here. You’ll definitely want to hike up Three Peaks. There, you’ll take in heather moorlands and distinctive, rolling hills. It also boasts a spray of quaint, storybook villages where you can shop during the day and befriend the local bartenders.

Best of all, if you’re a Downton Abbey fan, then you’ve struck gold. How many times did you hear Mr. Carson or any other member of the household say they were heading into Ripon? Ripon has the distinct privilege of being a member of the local towns and villages in the Dales. We all know that’s where Anna and Mr. Bates were married. Other notable villages include Hawes, Ingleton, Pateley Bridge, Sedbergh, and Skipton.

You can tuck yourself away with a book and a warm cup of tea at night, hike during the day, grab a bite at the local pub, and even sneak a glance at Highclere Castle. If you time your stay right, you can plan to go on one of the scheduled tours that the castle offers throughout the year.

In a moment, we’re going to get into the Yorkshire Dales National Park. That’s where the magic happens. You can find your very own yurt within the park while you dip in and out of your sanctuary to explore storybook towns and Downton​ Abbey magic.

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Yorkshire Dales (8060634035)
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user lee roberts used under CC BY-SA 2.0

You won’t have to go far to find glamping sites, hostels, B&Bs, and hotels within the Dales. Things do get tight, however, if you’re visiting when there’s a big festival going on. So, try to plan ahead and check the Yorkshire Dales official website before getting your hopes set on rolling hills and Highclere glimpses.

Since we’re here for the true yurt experience, you’re going to want to go straight to the source – Yorkshire Yurts, based out of North Yorkshire. They offer everything from a 14 ft yurt (with a standing capacity of 15) to a 50 ft yurt (with a standing capacity of 250).

These guys know what they’re about. Their yurts are handcrafted in the UK with impeccable finishing touches. We’re talking solid oak front doors, a heavy canvas shell, fine bedding, and wood-burning stoves. Candlelight will flicker you into such a relaxed state, you’ll leave a tear stain on the floor when it’s time to leave.

Next, we have Swaledale Yurts. They’re located in the village of Keld. These guys offer private sessions in their large, enclosed hot tub before you settle into the candlelight of your yurt with a nice bottle of wine. There are only five yurts on the property at the moment, so definitely snag one of these ahead of time. Their prices range from £59 to £89 and feature locking front doors, wood burning stoves, cozy beds, and a dining area. They have electric hookups, which means it’s a green light for a mini fridge, a lamp, a tea kettle, a hairdryer, and even an electric heater.

Then, it’s back to Ripon for Yurtshire. These folks offer all the classy touches that balance out a rustic escape with modern convenience. The tap water is safe to drink and you’ll also have a private, full-flushing toilet, a wood burning hot tub, blankets, towels, candles, tea lights, and all the fixings to help you cozy in for a memorable evening.

Alternative Options

Is there a big festival going on when you’re in town or a Highclere Castle tour? Fear not! There are still so many options in Yorkshire Dales to put you on the perimeter of nature and the borderline of heaven.

Peaks and Pods is a nice place to look into. These are luxury pods on a working dairy farm near North Yorkshire. They have three different varieties of pods: gold top, silver top, and green top. The gold tops are their top-shelf pods, complete with a working kitchen, shower, bedding, and your very own hot tub! These start at £120 per night.

Even though the green tops are meant to be a bit lower end, starting at £60 per night, you’re still going to love your stay. You’ll enjoy the working kitchen and the sumptuous bedding. The only difference is that you have to tip-toe to your shower room next door. Otherwise, you’ll enjoy a nice fire pit, a TV, and every other modern amenity.

Other possibilities for your stay are Kingfisher Lakes Glamping in East Yorkshire, Acord Glade York, also in East Yorkshire, Park House in North Yorkshire, Yurtshire Fountains, also in North Yorkshire, and Uppergate Farm in West Yorkshire.

And, of course, don’t forget the ultra-reliability of an Airbnb. Why not stay in a tried and true Yorkshire Dales cottage? With a quick “Yorkshire Dales” search on Airbnb, you’ll be met with a wealth of Superhosts, many offering sweeping views of the Dales.

Yurts In Yorkshire Dales, UK

If you’re looking for a memorable getaway, one that will live in your memory bank forever, then you have to start planning for a stay in one of the many yurts in Yorkshire Dales, UK. How often are you offered such a blend of beauty?

Sometimes, camping can restrict us to one national park or one quaint little campground. Not the Dales! You’re going to have a packed relaxation schedule, including hot tub stints, candlelit nights, soups down at the pub, and ample shopping opportunities across the neighboring towns and villages.

What do you say we join our yurts and embark on the adventure of a lifetime? Heck, we’re only four hours away from London. So, when all’s said and done, the adventure doesn’t have to stop here.

Until we meet under the moonlight of the Dales, I wish you the safest of travels and the happiest of memories.

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Kit Kittelstad is a Freelance Writer who specializes in higher education and lifestyle articles, with a focus on travel pieces. She also serves as an Adjunct Communications Professor at Pace...Read more

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