Swin­ton Bivouac

NORTH YORK­SHIRE, ENG­LAND

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WHERE AM I HEAD­ING?

The six Tree Lodges at Swin­ton Bivouac are hid­den within one of the scat­tered stands of for­est on the oth­er­wise open hills of Col­s­terdale, just beyond the eastern limit of York­shire Dales Na­tional Park. It’s part of Swin­ton Park, a 20,000-acre es­tate.

WHAT WILL I FIND THERE?

Each Tree Lodge sleeps up to seven, with two dou­ble beds and three sin­gles. Raised slightly off the ground, the cab­ins have front porches fenced in with art­fully ir­reg­u­lar branches, and con­tain­ing that much-sought-after fea­ture, a ded­i­cated welly-stand. The clap­board in­te­rior has a de­light­fully rus­tic feel, as though a car­pen­ter has con­jured it up out of the sur­round­ing for­est. At the front is a kitch­enette with range and gas hob, and hot wa­ter heated by wood burner. The back of the cabin has a triple split-level sleeping area reached by lad­ders, with bed al­coves that can be cur­tained off – a likely favourite with kids. The lodges are not supplied with elec­tric­ity, so pack a torch along­side your spirit of ad­ven­ture. There’s a shared wood­fired hot-tub on the site, and also a café that’s open for break­fast, lunch and week­end evenings.

WHAT’S OUT­SIDE?

The for­est is home to the Druid’s Tem­ple, a folly in­spired by Stonehenge. The York­shire Dales rise up to the west, while just to the east is the small mar­ket town of Masham, with two brew­eries. (from £184; bivouac.swin­ton­es­tate.com)

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