Welcome to Sleningford Watermill Caravan & Camping Park

Sleningford Watermill

Sleningford Watermill Beach

Sleningford Watermill The Island

Sleningford Watermill Race

At Sleningford Watermill there is a stone above the front door of the Millhouse on which the following verse, dated 1773, is inscribed:

O you that bathe in Lordly blysse
Or toil in fortunes giddy sphere
Do not too rashly deem amyss
Of him who bides contented here

We try very hard to preserve this sentiment and hope that all our visitors bide contented here!

Sleningford Watermill opened as a caravan and camping park in 1973, exactly 200 years since the lovely verse was inscribed over the Millhouse door.

Many people return to us year after year because the Park’s natural beauty and relaxing atmosphere provide a haven for people wanting to ‘get away from it all’.

The Park is situated on the A6108, 5 miles north of Ripon and 3 miles south of Masham between the villages of North Stainley and West Tanfield.

At the end of a long driveway, the Park sits alongside the banks of the River Ure which is used by many of our visitors for canoeing, fly-fishing and just generally splashing about!

The Watermill itself is no longer in use but provides a focal point for the Park which has touring pitches for caravans, motorhomes and tents set amongst 14 acres of mature riverside meadow in three distinct areas (The Riverside, The Millhouse Field and The Island).

The careful management of the natural habitat of the Park encourages wild flowers, birds, insects and all manner of creatures to thrive here.

Popular with families, couples, canoeists, anglers, walkers and nature lovers, the Park is an ideal base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors.

Harrogate, York and Leeds with all the attractions they have to offer are within comfortable driving distances.

Ripon has a good selection of shops, banks, restaurants, pubs and places of interest and the smaller market town of Masham also has various attractions (including two breweries!) and a small number of shops around an attractive market place.

Lightwater Valley Theme Park is just a mile or so away and the villages of North Stainley and West Tanfield both have pubs which serve food and drink.

There is a network of local footpaths around the area and the Ripon Rowel walk (a 50 mile circular walk) passes through the Park.

We are a member of the Yorkshire Tourist Board and the Park’s awards include:

  • David Bellamy Conservation Gold Award
  • AA Three Pennants

Sleningford Watermill, North Stainley, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3HQ Tel: 01765 635201
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