Raydale Barn, Busk Lane, Marsett Lane, Stalling Busk, Leyburn, North Yorks DL8 3DH
Call Heather Hodgson on 01969 422145
OverviewRaydale Barn, tucked away off the beaten track with limited vehicular access, lies between Stalling Busk and Marsett, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is within walking distance of Lake Semerwater for fishing & canoeing and The Stake & Bishopdale for walkers. Groups of up to 16 will relish the remoteness and freedom this unique and magical accommodation provides. With no electricity, but with gas for cooking, hot water & refrigeration and a wood burner for heat, the barn transports you back to a bygone era. Nature is your only neighbour and the star filled skies your night time viewing. A 3G signal is available at the top of the barn's 2.5 acre field, which is yours during your stay. The barn is very well equipped with a large downstairs communal cooking/dining/sofa area & accessible WC. Upstairs there are two large rooms of sleeping platforms (each sleeping 8) plus two shower rooms and 2 separate WCs. BYO bedding, a torch & candles. Dogs welcome for sole use bookings only, please be sure to advise. Provisions, meals, fishing licenses, luggage transfer, help with route planning and a guide for the day can all be provided. A fantastic place to stay for walkers, cyclists, runners, and families with lots of trails, bridleways and waterfalls close by. Camping for up to 6 tents by arrangement. Stag and hen parties by arrangement.
Beds & Rooms:16: 2x8 + camping
Open:Spring, Summer & Autumn
Price per night:£10pp, £5pp for under 16s. Min stay 2 nights at £75pn.
Booking:Email your preferred dates and group size to check availability. Deposit/full payment required to secure booking. Please advise if stag/hen party.
Directions:Please do not use SatNav. Extensive directions will be sent on booking.
Public Transport:Nearest bus stop is at Bainbridge, however The Little White Bus can be booked to take people from Garsdale train station, they can also be booked for other excursions & trips. Details at http://www.littlewhitebus.co.uk/
Walks:Long Distance Walks
This accommodation allows dogs by arrangement, is in a National Park and is available to individuals. It is on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award page, the Three Peaks, the Hostels that welcome stag and hen parties map, the Hostels with Camping map and the camping barn map.
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Charities and Youth Groups
July 24th 2019
As part of our ethos we offer free nights and reduced rates to charities, youth and community groups.
As Raydale Barn sits in its own 2.5 acre field – you’ll have access to the field, as it’s perfect for wide-games, small tents and or orienteering etc. This makes it ideal to use the barn for showers, toilets and leaders accommodation, utilising the field for camping, DofE, and other adventure pursuits. Get in touch to see what we are able to offer your group.
In front of the barn, there’s a temporary seating and bbq area – the bbq is situated in the entrance hall, along with the seating benches. These must be brought back inside at the end of your stay, or during poor weather.
July 22nd 2019
Semerwater is the second largest natural lake in North Yorkshire, after Malham Tarn. Semerwater is half a mile long, covers 100 acres and lies in Raydale, opposite England’s shortest river the River Bain.
Raydale camping barn is a handy base to explore the area. Semerwater is ideal for those who want to canoe, windsurfer, yacht or fish. Alternatively there are loads of footpaths in and around the area, to take in its beauty.
According to an old legend, Semerwater was once occupied by a prosperous city. One night an old man (or in some versions, an angel in disguise) came down to the city, in search of food and drink. He went from door to door, and at each house he was turned away. Finally, he came to the hovel of a poor couple just outside the town; the couple took him in and treated him with great kindness.
When the stranger was about to leave, he turned to face the town and uttered the curse:
“Semerwater rise, and Semerwater sink, And swallow the town all save this house, Where they gave me food and drink.”
An alternative version as told by locals;
“Semerwater rise, Semerwater sink, drown all the people In the village except for this house which gave me meat”. And as soon as this was said, the waters of the lake rose up and flooded the village, drowning the proud inhabitants and leaving only the hovel of the poor couple on the hillside unscathed
Far from the Madding Crowd
March 7th 2019
Not in Hardy country but North Yorks you’ll find a real gem of a camping barn. Well off the beaten track with limited vehicular access it’s the perfect place to escape to for groups of up to 16 (more if some want to camp).
Full of contradicitons, Raydale Barn is remote and off grid, but cosy and comfortable with gas for cooking and hot water and a large log burner. Miles from civilisation and tarmac it is surrounded by footpaths and bridleways and trails. Treat yourself, your friends and family to a day or two far from your madding crowd!