A bit of history

Breaks Fold Farm was originally compulsory purchased by Leeds Corporation (now Yorkshire Water). In 1966 the village of West End was flooded to make way for Thruscross Reservoir. Once a valley buzzing with life and busy yarn industry, its hard to believe as you stroll along the paths. Some remains of the remains of the village can be seen such as the communal sheep dip and during times of drought some of the buildings and walls begin to emerge from the water! The area is steeped in interesting local history.

The farm sits within walking distance of the walks around the reservoir. The footpaths throughout the valley neatly link Thruscross, Fewston and Swinsty Reservoirs together, making for miles of walking in beautiful surroundings.

Richard and Louise are now the 3rd generation to take on the farm, primarily focused on breeding traditional Swaledale and Mule lambs. 2014 saw the addition of a small herd of Dexter cattle with the aim to break into the specialist beef market. Louise also competed on Masterchef in 2017 where she reached the quarter finals – using some lovely Dexter Beef that went down a storm with all the judges.

If you have any questions about the farm or the area, please do ask during your stay.

Our campsite

Breaks Fold Farm is a quiet, traditional Yorkshire hill farm tucked away in the beautiful Washburn Valley, part of the Nidderdale AONB and on the edge of Yorkshire Dales National Park. We overlook the beautiful Thruscross reservoir and have access to excellent walking, cycling, fishing throughout the Washburn Valley. The site is perfect if you wish to enjoy a peaceful, non-commercial experience. 

If you want to explore The Yorkshire Dales, Harrogate or Skipton, we are a perfect base - fabulous views are guaranteed around and about! Our site is basic, clean and traditional. With thirty pitches in 2 fields, with loads of space for everyone. We never over book the site and are constantly looking for ways to improve the facilities.

We have since opening developed and expanded the existing facilities and have now doubled the existing toilets and showers. We are also newly affiliated to The Freedom Camping Club for the 2018 season a free membership club open to all.

Our season is weather dependant but usually runs from the 1st May bank holiday until the end of September/October. If the weather permits we do try to get open for Easter, but sometimes this isn't possible.

We are small family run and extremely proud of our little site.

The pitches are basic grass pitches. There are no electric hookups – This is good old fashioned proper camping.