Check out our guide to the Coolest Camping on the North Yorkshire Coast.
North Yorkshire, thanks to the rugged North Yorkshire Moors and the region’s stunning coastal bays, is a fantastic destination for camping. Dramatic coastlines, wild moorlands and walking trails combine to offer the perfect opportunity to ‘get away from it all’ and back to nature.
Families, couples and solo travellers will be pleased to know that there is plenty of choice when it comes to the type of campsite you choose – from varied facilities to varied locations, you are sure to find one to suit you for your next holiday or short break to wonderful North Yorkshire!
Campsites in and around Whitby
Set in 10 acres of North Yorkshire Moors, York House Caravan Park caters for caravans and motor homes as well as tents. With level, grassed pitches, the park also provides community BBQs and patio area as well as laundry facilities for campers and boasts its own cafe and licensed restaurant.
Great for walkers, you can reach Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay, Ravenscar and Scarborough via the old railway line which is just half a mile from the campsite itself. Especially great for families, there is plenty to do and see in the surrounding area, or you can choose to simply enjoy the serenity away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. The campsite also allows your well-behaved pets to camp with you!
Campsites in Runswick Bay
Runswick Bay is a fantastic little village less than 9 miles north of Whitby and is particularly great for families thanks to the host of activities available along the coast as well as in the village itself. The children and dog-friendly Runswick Bay Caravan & Camping Park boasts a spacious camping field with room for 45 tents and treats its visitors to breathtaking views inland across the North Yorks Moors. Within stumbling distance of the Jurassic coastline itself, campers can enjoy rock pooling and fossil hunting to their hearts content.
It also offers ‘glamping’ facilities in the form of ‘The Boat House’ and ‘Primrose Cottage’ for those seeking the campsite experience but with an elevated level of comfort.
Alternatively, the peaceful and welcoming Serenity Camping offers, as the name suggests, a tranquil camping experience for visitors to Runswick Bay. Just one mile from the sandy beach itself, a mile from the seaside town of Staithes and seven miles from Whitby, you could easily spend a long weekend or over a week here exploring all the area has to offer.
The site is dog-friendly, however asks that they be kept on a lead. There is no cycling on the site itself and Serenity Camping operates a ‘Peaceful Camping Policy’ for the enjoyment of all of its guests. Nature-lovers will be happy to see the efforts that this campsite has made to stay in tune with its natural surroundings and you are sure to meet their wild ducks and free-range chickens as they roam about during your stay! A true countryside experience.
Camping along the Cleveland Way
If you are planning to walk the Cleveland Way National Trail, either in its entirety or just in part, there are numerous campsites located along the way, enabling you to rest your weary feet at the end of an exciting day of walking.
Broadings Farm, a working sheep farm situated on the edge of the North York Moors, is just one mile from the centre of Whitby and offers 50 pitches for tents. The views here are stunning – you can see right across the Esk Valley – and you are close to all of the attractions that the award-winning town of Whitby has to offer.
Manor House Farm is a fabulously peaceful old dairy farm with no on-site bar or shop, that is renowned for offering tranquil camping facilities. Located within a few minutes’ walk of the Cleveland Way, walkers can take their time walking north towards Whitby and beyond, or down towards Robin Hood’s Bay. Also close by is the disused railway between Whitby and Scarborough known as the Cinder Track. This is great for cycling and you can hire a bike locally to enjoy this interesting route at your leisure.
Robin Hood’s Bay Campsites
Another fantastic location for camping near Whitby is Robin Hood’s Bay – home to sandy, family-friendly beaches, coastal walks, countryside cycle paths and plenty of activities for both couples and families to enjoy. Situated just above the bay is the Bay Ness Farm campsite offering gorgeous panoramic views of the sea and coastline. This ‘back to basics’ site offers an authentic camping experience and a relaxed atmosphere. You can walk to the bay and its local shops and tea rooms in a picturesque 30 minutes.
The larger Middlewood Farm Holiday Park also offers camping facilities for tents in Robin Hood’s Bay, but as a touring park is also much busier – featuring a children’s adventure play park as well as a grassed area for games, and an on-site takeaway! You can walk through the site’s own nature reserve to Robin Hood’s Bay and beach in just ten minutes, while the local pub and pizzeria are just five minutes’ walk.
Camping in Comfort – Glamping sites near Whitby
If you are looking for the ultimate in luxury camping, why not consider ‘glamping’? Growing in popularity glamping allows you to get back to nature and enjoy the outdoors, without the hassle of having to pitch a tent, and with additional comforts such as ‘real’ beds, heating and, sometimes, private toilet facilities.
Falcon Forest Glamping is located on the edge of the North Yorks Moors, in between Whitby and Scarborough. It boasts 11 modern, wooden glamping ‘pods’, each with their own electricity and heating.
Set amidst stunning countryside and coastal scenery you can choose to enjoy evenings in the on-site Falcon Inn Public House or venture into the pretty village of Cloughton.
Each comfy pod is insulated with sheep wool making it nice and snug and you can also hire disposable BBQs for that true camping experience. Dogs are more than welcome to camp in style with you here too!
Middlewood Farm mentioned above, also offers a variety of glamping options including their unique ‘gypsy pods’, while Grouse Hill Wigwams, just outside Whitby, offers fabulous Wigwam Cabins – heated timber cabins providing the ideal alternative to pricey hotels or cumbersome tents!
Camping with a twist
If tents or glamping pods aren’t quite up your street or you are looking for something a little different, consider a trip to Humble Bee Farm. This working farm close to Whitby, Scarborough and Filey offers unique Bell Tents, Tipis and Nomadic Yurts for camping within its nature-filled fields, complete with cows, sheep and crops!
Whichever style of camping you choose, it’s hard to find a better location than the North Yorkshire Moors and coast, with fascinating and colourful towns and villages, as well as a host of healthy outdoor activities for you and the family to enjoy…
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