Ragged Robin Bothy

Malham Tarn, North Yorkshire
The exterior of Ragged Robin and Meadowsweet Bothies, Malham Tarn, North Yorkshire.
The exterior of Ragged Robin and Meadowsweet Bothies, Malham Tarn, North Yorkshire.

At-a-glance details

  • Sleeps 6
  • Bedrooms 1
  • Preferred changeover day Flexible
  • Minimum stay 1 night
  • Number of dogs welcome 2

About Ragged Robin Bothy

New. For a truly rustic getaway, try camping in this seventeenth-century barn in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Ragged Robin Bothy is one of two rustic camping bothies in a converted seventeenth-century two-cell barn and shippon, originally used for housing farm livestock and hay.

Located on the edge of the Malham Tarn National Nature Reserve, its wild and remote location allows you to disconnect from modern life for a few days. Go hiking around the tarn in search of wildlife to photograph or watch the stars as night falls. Discover the magical waterfall of Janet's Foss, which hides amongst the woods near Malham or go further afield to walk the more remote fells of Malham Moor.

Each bothy has its own secure entrance and is separated from the neighbouring bothy by a stone dividing wall. The bothies have high roof eaves, stone whitewashed walls and stone/concrete earth floors. Each bothy has 3 bunkbed platforms (wooden bases only), sleeping 6 people, with a breakfast bar-style seating area.

Toilet and cold-water sink are located in an external outhouse, shared between the 2 bothies. There is no lighting or heating and guests should bring their own bedding mats/airbeds and other camping equipment.


  • Walking
  • Cycling

Enquire and book

Call 0344 335 1296

Opening times

Monday - Friday: 9am - 9pm

Saturday: 9am - 7pm

Sunday: 9am - 1pm

Email bunkhouses@nationaltrust.org.uk

Features and facilities

  • Cot & high chair not available
  • Microwave not available
  • Fridge not available
  • Freezer not available
  • Dishwasher not available
  • Washing machine not available
  • Tumble dryer not available
  • Telephone not available
  • Television not available
  • DVD not available
  • WiFi* not available
  • Open fire / wood burner not available
  • Garden not available
  • BBQ not available


  • Ground floor

    3 bunk beds platforms are provided for guests to put their own mats or air beds on; no mattress, pillows, bedding or linen provided.

    The bothy shares an external toilet, sink and a cold water tap with the neighbouring bothy. These are located in a shed adjoining the bothies.

    There is no heating or lighting in the bothy.

Notes for guests

Heating: No heating provided. 

Bedding/linen: No linen provided.

Facilities: The bothy shares an external toilet, sink and a cold water tap with the neighbouring bothy. These are located in a shed adjoining the bothies.

Parking: 1 parking space is located next to the bothy and extra parking spaces are at end of track near National Trust Estate Office, a few minutes' walk away. The track is stone chipping and tarmac, with steps down into the bothies. There is no lighting so guests will need to bring torches.

Garden: There is no enclosed garden area.

Hazards: The bothy is located on the access track to private residences and the Field Studies Centre, so care should be taken around the bothy and beware of road traffic.

There are steps down into the bothy and steps up to the outside toilet.

The bothy is located in an area of open countryside that is open to everyone at all times and separate private farmland; normal access restrictions apply (eg no dogs or bikes on the nature reserve boardwalk; no access to private farmland). Cattle and sheep may be grazing in the field behind the bothy.

Dog owners should be aware that there is no enclosed garden.

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About the Acorn rating

We have applied a 1-5 Acorn rating to each cottage to be used only as a guide that covers location, style of interior and facilities you may be looking for. The range runs from 1 Acorn at a more basic level through to 5 Acorns at the highest level. Cottage pricing is not judged on the Acorn rating alone and as all our cottages are of an individual nature we recommend that all factors are considered when making your choice.

1 Acorn: simple living accommodation with basic furniture and fixtures fit for purpose, safe and clean. Running water and a WC are provided. There could be some limitations to heating and washing facilities (details of these will be stated clearly on the cottage's webpage). Bedding, linen and towels are supplied (with a few exceptions, which is again clearly stated). Facilities for basic catering and living are provided. Generally a 1 acorn cottage does not have wifi. Examples of a 1 acorn offer include Cartref, Wales and Rosedene, Worcestershire.

2 Acorn: a mid-quality range of furniture and fittings. Bathroom facilities are basic or there may be a high sleeps to bathroom ratio depending on the size of the cottage. Very few 2 acorn cottages have wifi and, similar to a 1 Acorn cottage, the kitchen white goods and washing facilities are basic in their offer. All 2 (and higher) Acorn cottages supply bedding, linen and towels. Examples of a 2 acorn offer include Engine Cottage, Cornwall and High Hallgarth, Cumbria.

3 Acorn: a good, standard offer. Generally it is correctly proportioned for the number of guests but could have a few compromises, for example a small sized kitchen, or a lower bathroom to guest ratio. The variety of white goods available will be better than a 2 Acorn cottage. Examples of a 3 acorn cottage include the Mustard Pot Cottage, Norfolk and Rose Cottage, Isle of Wight.

4 Acorn: these cottage have more premium furniture, fittings and lighting. Additionally it is likely to have added comfort extras. The ratio of bathrooms to guests will be higher, and the bathrooms would be more likely to have separate and spacious showers as opposed to over bath showers. Examples of a 4 Acorn offer include Portland House, Dorset and Stepper View, Cornwall.

5 Acorn: a luxury accommodation offer with very few limiting factors. It is well-equipped and has spacious facilities throughout the cottage. This is the highest offer available. The furniture is of high standard, and has real comfort for modern living. Examples of a 5 Acorn cottage include The Old Rectory, South Wales and West Gate Lodge, Yorkshire.

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