We have researched best places to camp in and around Runswick Bay.
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Runswick Bay is a lovely little beach that sits just north of the North York Moors National Park. The bay is a picturesque seaside village with charming red roofed cottages and breathtaking coastal scenery. It’s up there with some of the Yorkshire coast's most attractive destinations and should not be missed. The beach is sandy and great for long walks, features clusters of rocks for rock pooling and has even been known to throw up a few fossils for those that like a bit of easy archaeology. The bay used to provide anchorage for a fleet of fishing boats that needed to pit stop here between outings, now it's one of Yorkshire’s prettiest beaches.
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If you’re looking for a spectacular seaside destination to visit for the weekend or longer and plan on bringing your camping gear, you’ll find it hard to catch such an idyllic location. In this article we’ll be pointing out the two most popular Runswick Bay Camping sites and looking at their features and facilities. Have a read through these and see if either of these sites ticks all the right boxes for your trip to the seaside.
Runswick Bay Holiday Park
This excellent Runswick Bay camping and caravan is located near the centre of Runswick village and is only 6 miles north of the historical town of Whitby. Never heard of Whitby? This famous harbour town has a fierce reputation for award winning fish and chips, historical buildings and the cliff top Abbey that inspired the original fantasy horror novel, Dracula. Guest can get down to Whitby within minutes by car from the gates of this campsite. It’s an unmissable town that everyone visiting the Yorkshire coast should definitely spend at least a day at.
The Runswick Bay Holiday Park is a family run establishment which means warm smiles and a huge welcome! The park is very dog friendly so feel free to bring along your canine companions for the trip! The park boasts close proximity to a host of handy shops, including a post office, cafes and a collection of restaurants as well as the local pub. If you want to stay within walking distance of Runswick Bay, this is certainly the place for camping in Runswick Bay.
Keen walkers will love the fact that this campsite is just a few minutes walk from The Cleveland Way Walk, which will take hikers on a majestic path along the coastline to savour many of the areas most prized scenery. This is one of the best walks around the bay and will give walkers access to the best high ground sea views of the bay.
The park features 32 pitches that all come with an electric hook-up. Some of the pitches even provide hard standing should you prefer this format.
Phone: +44 1947 840 997
Serenity is a great choice for Runswick Bay camping. Serenity Camping is not as close to the bay as Runswick Bay Holiday Park but it is still within just 1 mile of the sand. It is a little further north which places it slightly closer to the adorable little fishing village of Staithes. If you like visiting charming and old fashioned little seaside communities with bags of character, Staithes is a not to be missed. Whitby is 7 miles from Serenity which conveniently sits right next to a mains bus route that will take you right to the town!
For Runswick Bay camping, Serenity campsite has a real village location feel and is ideally located in close proximity to a local butcher, two warm and welcoming pubs, a great fish & chip shop and post office. There’s a restaurant and a cute little coffee shop right outside the site, so you’ll have all you need for a convenient and comfortable stay.
This Runswick Bay camping site welcomes campers with tents as well as those with mobile camping vans. The pitches are fairly large and offer more space than most seasoned campers would expect. The vast majority of the space is set on grass, but the campsite features a limited number of serviced hard standing pitches for those that need to avoid soft ground. Surrounded by supreme country, the park is an excellent setting to kick back, relax and soak in the fresh sea air. The team that manage the site like to foster a friendly, warm and relaxing environment within the camp, so it's great for families as well as couples.
The facilities at Serenity are kept perfectly clean and in good working order by dedicated staff with a host of areas that have been newly refurbished. The family and disabled washroom and hair drying station are brand new and work to an exceptional standard. Other key facilities include Wi-Fi throughout the camp as well as an information cabin housing staff that are ready to help you find anything you need. The central building offers phone charging points for those that can't live without their tech as well as a campers kitchen equipped with kettles, a fridge, a microwave and washing up sinks. Don't feel like eating out? Everything you need to warm something up is right here!
The Runswick Bay camping site also has the standard laundry facilities that many campers would expect, so it’s an ideal spot for a long stay. One of the more unique features of Serenity is the wildlife pond which is home to a flock of wild ducks, as well as a free range hen. Dogs are welcome here so it's a wonderful place to bring all the family. Walker's won't be disappointed with the miles of picturesque paths that can be entered directly from the camp!
Phone: +44 1947 841 122
There we go! These are the two locations we think would make fabulous places camping in Runswick Bay. Whether you prioritise the facilities on site or the distance to the sands of the bay, both of these Runswick Bay camping sites are perfectly equipped to ensure you enjoy a relaxing and memorable stay.
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