Mountaineer opens Bivouac at Druid’s Temple

Bivouac founders Sam and Beth Hardwick with mountaineer Alan Hinkes, centre (S).
Bivouac founders Sam and Beth Hardwick with mountaineer Alan Hinkes, centre (S).

An £800,000 eco-tourism venue has opened at a historic site near Masham.

Mountaineer and film-maker Alan Hinkes OBE officially opened The Bivouac at the Druid’s Temple folly near Ilton, and the site is set to open its doors for the first time on Monday, April 2.

Work began on the development after planning permission was granted in March last year, and after nearly a year of construction work, the holiday destination and cafe at The Bivouac is set to open its doors.

Alan said: “I am delighted to be able to be part of The Bivouac launch, it’s a really exciting concept that will encourage young and old to enjoy the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales.

“It’s also great to find somewhere that welcomes walkers and campers with good facilities to match.”

Founders Sam and Beth Hardwick said they were excited to see the project come together after many years of planning.

The Bivouac is home to a 12-bed Bunk Barn, eight yurts and six luxury woodland shacks, as well as a licensed café and shop which is open throughout the week to day-visitors and resident guests.

The site is close to the route of the 50-mile Ripon Rowel walk and close to popular climbing spots at the Slipstones in Colsterdale.

The project was part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund managed by DEFRA, and 14 jobs have been created.

Environmentally-friendly measures that have been put in place include a wood chip boiler, solar lighting and a ‘greywater’ system.