Website: holmevalleycamping.com| Phone: 01484 665819 | Postcode: HD9 7TD
Our trip to Holme Valley Camping was a bit of a last minute unplanned getaway – but isn’t that the beauty of owning a campervan? We loaded up the van and set off on Friday night after work. The drive was only about 50 minutes, even at campervan pace. Although we arrived fairly late on Friday evening (8pm), the site was very accommodating about late check-ins – in fact, there were 3 other campers checking in when we arrived. Due to our late booking we weren’t able to secure a pitch with electric hookup, but the non electric prices are incredibly good value (£14 for a campervan pitch, with awning and up to two people, at the time of writing this review).
The site is accessed down a (fairly steep) winding lane that leads from the main road. Once on-site most of the camping pitches are on flat ground. There are 3 camping fields to choose from: one is reserved for season holders, one is designated an “ultra quiet” field and the third, where we stayed, is a mix of electric and non-electric pitches and is open to tents, caravans and campervans. The site is much, much bigger than we had expected based on the description and photos on the website. The map doesn’t show the separate fields or number of pitches and the photos show just a few pitches dotted around a secluded lake. The field that we pitched in didn’t have an amenities block so was a reasonable walk. The site doesn’t have marked pitches so we were told to just find a space somewhere – as the main field was already quite full (due to school holidays), we chose to go in the furthest field and picked a quiet spot which backed onto a stream. Because the pitches aren’t formally laid out, the busy field was a bit of a maze of tents and cars to navigate around on trips to the showers and toilets.
There were two blocks of on-site facilities, with one new block catering for the two largest fields, but we felt that this could do with a few more toilets. There were only 3 cubicles and the toilet rolls had completely run out by early evening on both days that we stayed. Also, there are complex door codes on each of the toilets which we question the need for given the seclusion of the site. On the positive side, we never queued for showers and we could have hired a family bathroom for a 45 minute session had we wanted to. There was also a small shop on-site.
Perhaps due to the school holidays, a number of (paid-for) activities had been laid on throughout Saturday including archery sessions and an evening hogroast. These seemed popular but we chose to venture off-site to check-out the attractive Holmfirth scenery. We had been provided at check-in with several detailed and useful maps for accessing local pubs and the town via public footpaths. These came in useful as otherwise we would have probably ended up following the main road. As it was we took a scenic route through the local woods.
We found the town of Holmfirth to be lovely with lots of good pubs, food options and plenty of walks into the moors straight from the town centre. We can definitely recommend the Nook Brewhouse, which has its own brewery and we will be keeping an eye out for their beers in future.
On the Saturday evening we took a walk in the opposite direction on the hunt for dinner. We chose the Traveller’s Rest which was more restaurant than pub, but also passed a couple of others that the campsite had recommended including The Rock Inn which looked okay from the outside and is a bit closer to the campsite.
We found this campsite very busy and quite different from our usual choice. However we did enjoy our stay and a regular camper here (who visits every year for the Huddersfield Food Festival) told us that it is not usually as busy. In fact, by the time that we left on Sunday, the site was almost empty. We also stopped off at the food festival on the way home and would recommend it as a good family-friendly day.