Season’s nearly over

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We close our gates to guests on 5th November 2017.

With less than a month to go just a little reminder that we are still open and have an October offer running of 4 nights for the price of 3. If anyone wants to join us for an end of season extended break then please just give us a call on 017683 71717.

We will reopen for 2018 on 2nd March 2018. 

Mountain Pods standing tall

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Our shiny new Mountain Pods are now up and welcoming guests, the newest addition to our portfolio.

These beautiful wooden pods (shaped like Mountains!) can sleep up to 5 people. The comfy benches convert into one big bed (with mattresses) which can sleep 4 plus a single. They are lovely and warm plus they have heating for the chilly nights, they have a fridge, kettle and basic crockery.

They also come with your own picnic bench and BBQ, all you have to bring is your sleeping bags/linen, charcoal, cooking utensils and food!

All the fun of the outdoors and camping with a warm comfy ‘wooden tent’ to snuggle into. Perfect! 

Westmorland Dales Day

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We always say we’re perfectly placed in Kirkby Stephen as it’s only a short drive to the Lake District, The Yorkshire Dales and to the North Pennines – we basically have natural beauty in every direction.

This week the Lake District National Park was officially awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status, which is a pretty prestigious recognition, joining the iconic Taj Mahal, Great Barrier Reef and the Grand Canyon as an internationally acclaimed destination.

Meanwhile on the other side of the M6 the Yorkshire Dales National Park extended it’s boundaries to include the Howgills and much of the area close to Pennine View Park. In fact the boundary wall of the Pennine View is now also the boundary wall to the Yorkshire Dales National Park – so we really are being truthful when we say ‘your gateway to the Yorkshire Dales’.

There has been much discussion as to what to call this new section of the National Park (mainly due to the fact it takes in mostly Cumbrian land and we couldn’t possibly be associated with Yorkshire!). However the powers that be have concluded that the ‘Westmorland Dales’ is the name we shall be proud of – so of course we are having ‘Westmorland Dales Day’ in celebration.

So if you are visiting Kirkby Stephen on 30th July you can look forward to Breakfast at the Masonic Hall, Motoring memories, Artisan & Craft Market, Owl displays, Kirkby Stephen Silver Band, Westmorland Clog Dancers, Afternoon Tea, Cumbria Classic Coaches, Fun Runs and guided walks through Hartley, Kirkby Stephen and Smardale Gill.

More information can be found at

Welcome to the Westmorland Dales! 🙂


Belle Hotel at Pennine View

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We’re thrilled to be able to offer our guests something a little different this summer, as of 16th June 2017 we will be introducing a touch of glamour to our camping fields. are providing us with four of their beautiful belle tents complete with real beds, bedside table, rugs, duvets and bunting. We will ensure each tent has an electric supply, lighting, kettle, it’s own BBQ and picnic bench. All our guests will need to bring is their own cooking equipment, crockery and utensils and towels. All the fun of camping with the added luxury of your tent and bed set up for you.

Let the fun begin…… All we need now is some sunshine!

Belle Hotel

We’re aiming for the top!

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Last summer……before we’d officially taken on Pennine View Park we decided to take a bit of a road trip in a lovely little campervan around North Wales. We visited numerous fantastic caravan sites of all shapes and sizes during our little spying mission, but really we weren’t spying we were just seeing what different offerings were out there, what worked and what didn’t – plus it counted as our summer holiday!

Every site we visited was listed in Practical Caravan’s top 100 sites, we figured we may as well learn from the best. Well now we’re here, we think our little site isn’t half bad so we’re aiming for the top, we want to see Pennine View Park up there in the listed 100. So if you’ve enjoyed your stay with us, we have one small favour to ask – please spare 2 minutes and vote for us using the link below? Come on 2018!

Easter Adventures

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The schools have broken up and the countdown to Easter is on, in fact it’s nearly here! Easter Weekend in Kirkby Stephen is an extra special occasion as it gears up to host the Easter Classic Vehicle Rally. A huge and pristine collection of vintage buses, trucks, wagons, tractors and even a steam engine descend upon our little market town from all over the country. The town becomes a bustling hive of activity with free bus rides, over 250 exhibitors, local crafts and stalls and a Saturday evening road run. It really is a vintage vehicle spectacular which has to be seen to be believed, the event is organised by Cumbria Classic coaches. Stainmore Railway also puts on a good show at Kirkby Stephen East old station with Steam Engines, models, shop and events. Even the Rugby club has teamed up with the Rotary to put on a Beer festival over the weekend with Live Music, real ale and BBQ on the Saturday. We’re all set for a fantastic weekend – let’s hope the weather plays ball too!

New Year, New Season, New Owners

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As many of you know Pennine View Caravan Park has recently changed hands. The park’s previous owners Colin and Sheila Sim along with their daughter Sharron have successfully managed and developed the site since its creation in 1990. After 27 years of hard work, dedication, a whole load of grass mowing, meeting people and making new friends along the way they are finally taking a well earned rest, in their retirement they may even take a summer holiday!

The Park has been taken on by Rachael and Ian Gowing and our son Logan who is keen to help out with everything (he’s only 2 so we’ll see how long that lasts!). We are both native to Kirkby Stephen and glad to be taking on a local business where we can share the beauty of where we are lucky enough to live. We also would like to express huge and sincere thanks to The Sims for creating such a marvellous park and for all their help in the last few months.

We are pleased to say Sharron will still be with us at Pennine View and we’re fairly sure Colin will be bobbing in and out too.

We’re looking forward to welcoming old customers and new and seeing where this new adventure takes us.

On that note – our new season is well and truly up and running, we are open for holiday makers regular and new so come along and say hi!