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The Best & Most Unusual Places to Go Camping in Yorkshire

· James Tweddle · Yorkshire

These campsites will knock your socks off.

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Yorkshire is full of incredible camping spots, and we’ve rounded up the best and the most unconventional, all in one place.

Whether you’re looking for picturesque clifftop pitches, panoramic geodomes or Mongolian yurts, you can find an array of amazing places to go camping and glamping in Yorkshire. If you can’t decide which one to go for, we’ve got all the info you could ever need, with prices, facilities and even nearby attractions. So when it comes to your next camping holiday, keep this guide handy and get yours booked in.

Humble Bee Farm

If you want to take a break from the pace of life, escape to Humble Bee Farm. They offer both traditional camping and luxurious glamping, surrounded by picture-perfect wheat fields and grazing cows. You can choose to pitch up in their tranquil, traditional campsite, or pick from yurts, bell tents and wigwam cabins for a bit of extra luxury. Expect underfloor heating, wood-fired hot tubs and even the chance to collect your own hen’s eggs for breakfast. In short, it offers paradise on the Yorkshire Coast.

Humble Bee Farm, Flixton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 3UJ. Accommodation with private bathroom facilities is open now and the site fully re-opens from Monday 17th May 2021. Tent pitches for 2 adults start from £52 for two nights. Yurts start from £190 for two nights. Find out about their safety measures.

Ponden Mill

Ponden Mill

When it comes to picturesque campsites, it doesn’t get much better than Ponden Mill, a Georgian cotton mill on the banks of the River Worth. There are 15 pitches here, so you can choose between a riverside spot or and a shaded escape deeper in the woods. They’re all a stone’s throw from the shower block, loos and water disposal, as well as the Ponden Cafe, which serves up fresh coffee and cake all day. Wildlife fan? Highland cows often come to drink from the river, along with herons, kingfishers and even a rare albino white deer, so keep your camera ready.

Ponden Mill, Ponden Lane, Stanbury, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD22 0HP. Open from Monday 17th May 2021. Tent pitches for 2 adults are £10 per night. Find out about their safety measures.

Camp Katur

Camp Katur

Set in the sprawling 250-acre grounds of Camp Hill’s 18th-century estate, Camp Katur is one of the best campsites Yorkshire has to offer. There’s a whole array of glamping accommodation on offer, from the safari tents and bell tents to dazzling glass unidomes and geodomes. Need even more relaxation? There’s an outdoor hot tub and eco spa on-site to really work out those knots, as well as the Yorkshire Dales National Park just a few miles away for a scenic wander.

Camp Katur, Camp Hill Estate, Stapley Lane, Kirklington, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2LS. Open now. Tents for 2 adults start from £230 for two nights. The Geodome starts at £400 for two nights. Find out about their safety measures.

Yurtshire Fountains

Yurtshire Fountains

Hidden away in the heart of Nidderdale’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty sits Yurtshire Fountains, a cluster of four luxury yurts. There’s no TV, no wifi and no electricity, so you’ll be completely off-the-grid. Each yurt is completely self-contained, with a hot water shower and private toilet. They also have BBQs and an outdoor hot tub, so you can look out over the rolling countryside in comfort. If you want to explore, Ripon’s cathedral, racecourse and shops are just over a mile away.

Yurtshire Fountains, Yew Tree House, Aldfield, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3BE. Open now. Yurts start from £216 for 2 nights for 2 adults. Find out about their safety measures.

Masons Camping and Caravan Site

Masons camping

Want to experience the majesty of Yorkshire Dales National Park? There aren’t many better ways to do it than with a stay at Masons Campsite. Nestled in the heart of the Dales, the site has two camping fields for you to choose from. One is a classic flat pitch with electric hookups, while the other is a plain field, but both have incredible views of the River Wharfe. They also have yurts and safari tents to rent if you’re more of a glamper. This is the perfect base for exploring and you can even do a little fly fishing if you’ve got a license.

Masons Campsite, Appletreewick, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6DD. Open from Monday 17th May 2021. Tent pitches start from £30 per night for 2 adults. Yurts start from £155 per night for 2 adults. Find out about their safety measures.

Little Seed Field

Little Seed Field

Credit: Little Seed Field

Little Seed Field is about as scenic as it gets. Their five luxury cabins are tucked away on a working dairy farm, surrounded by acres of wild heather, rolling countryside and grazing cattle. Even your water will come from a natural spring on the campsite, and it’s so pure you’ll often see deer drinking from it. Fancy a walk? It’s slap bang in the middle of Nidderdale’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so just pick a direction and you’ll be surrounded by incredible views wherever you go.

Little Seed Field, Castiles Farm, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3PU. Open now. Glamping tents start from £85 per night for 2 adults. Find out about their safety measures.

The Hideaway @ Baxby Manor

Camping or glamping? There’s no need to choose at The Hideaway’s picturesque site. You can plump for one of their spacious tent pitches or pick a pod, with hobbit houses and treehouses available. This 110-acre Yorkshire campsite is fiercely eco-friendly, with hedgerow conservation projects and solar lights galore. If you really want to get closer to nature, they even offer an isolated area just for tents called The Sanctuary. Just beside the stream, it’s completely off-the-grid, adults-only and often has kingfishers and otters passing by.

The Hideaway @ Baxby Manor, Baxby Manor, Low Street, Husthwaite, York, YO61 4PW. Open from Friday 21st May 2021. Tent pitches start from £35 per night, glamping huts from £120 for two nights. Find out about their safety measures.

Hooks House Farm

Hooks Farm Camping

A friendly little campsite with panoramic views over Robin Hood’s Bay – if that sounds like your bag, you’ll love Hooks House Farm. Each pitch overlooks the coast, with a microwave, fridge and kettle all available, as well as showers and loos. If you want to get out and about, this working farm is just a short walk from the seashore, but you can also jump in the car for a quick jaunt to Whitby, where you’ll find the best fish and chips around. Of course, you can always stay at camp and BBQ under the stars.

Hooks House Farm, Robin Hood’s Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4PE. Open from Monday 17th May 2021. Tent pitches start from £9 per adult per night. Find out about their safety measures.

Woodhouse Farm

Camping pod

Woodhouse Farm Holiday Park has the all-in-one Yorkshire camping experience nailed, with a choice of camping and glamping pods on their 50-acre Nidderdale site. Campers can go for hard stands or grass pitches, while glampers have eight timber pods to pick from, all insulated with sheep’s wool. Bored? Not a chance! With two fishing lakes, a children’s play area, bars and a restaurant on-site, the whole family will be kept entertained. And you’ll have all the modern luxuries too, because they’ve got a laundrette, showers and a grocery shop.

Woodhouse Farm Holiday Park, Woodhouse Farm, Winksley, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3PG. Open from Monday 17th May 2021. Tent pitches start from £35 for two nights, glamping pods from £60 for two nights. Find out about their safety measures.

Swaledale Yurts

Swaledale Yurts

Whether you’re after a walking break, a luxurious weekend or a romantic getaway, Swaledale Yurts is the place to be. Their five authentic Mongolian glamping yurts are nestled on the banks of the River Swale alongside their campsite, so there are spectacular views as far as the eye can see. They come with locking front doors, real beds, comfy sofas and a wood-burning stove. Need to switch off? The whole site is off-the-grid, which means no pesky phone signal. While you’re here, you can book their large hot tub or visit their private 30-foot waterfall. Well-behaved pooches are allowed too, so it’s a slice of Yorkshire paradise for the whole family.

Swaledale Yurts, Park House, Keld, North Yorkshire, DL11 6DZ. Open now. Tent pitches start from £10 per night per person. Yurts start from £99 for two people a night. Find out about their safety measures.

Catgill Campsite

Catgill Campsite

If it’s a relaxing stay you’re after, look no further than Catgill Campsite, a slice of rural heaven just a short hop from Bolton Abbey. Take your pick of their grassy camping pitches enclosed by stone walls, as sheep graze in the rolling meadow. In the morning, why not take the family to the natural playground or pop along to the on-site coffee shop for a brew and a croissant? Skipton is only a short distance if you need to do some shopping or you can visit the Yorkshire Dales National Park for a scenic wander.

Catgill Campsite, Catgill Farm, Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire, BD23 6HA. Accommodation with private bathroom facilities is open now and the site fully re-opens from Monday 17th May 2021. Tent pitches start from £12 per night per person. Find out about their safety measures.

Golden Square Caravan Park

Golden Square Caravan Park is all about location, location, location. Hidden away in the south-east corner of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, it’s been built on three levels to make sure you can always get a scenic view of the moors from your tent. It’s ideal for families with two outdoor play areas and even a crazy golf course to try out – you can even bring your dog. If you’re heading out for the day, there’s Helmsley Castle, the National Birds of Prey Centre and National Trust Nunnington Hall all just a short drive away.

Golden Square Caravan Park, Oswaldkirk, Helmsley, York, North Yorkshire, YO62 5YQ. Open now. Tent pitches start from £20 per night. Find out about their safety measures.

Marfit Head Farm

Marfit Farm

If you’re planning to see the sights of the North York Moors National Park, make a beeline for Marfit Head Farm, a family-run working dairy farm perfectly placed between moorland and coast. Unlike many other campsites in the area, Marfit Head has both grass and hard-standing pitches, so you can stay all year round. There’s hot water showers, loos and even an adventure playground for the little ones. When you feel like exploring, the farm is right in the heart of lush heather moorland for a scenic walk, and it’s a 10-minute drive to Goathland village, home of Heartbeat and plenty of pubs.

Marfit Head Farm, Saltersgate, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 7NR. They’re open for self-contained accommodation now and will fully reopen on Monday 12th July 2021. Tent pitches start from £10 per night for 2 adults. Find out about their safety measures.

Butt Farm Campsite

Butt Farm

There’s a lot more to Butt Farm Campsite than first meets the eye. Not only is it a working farm, with cows grazing all over, but it’s also home to a crucial piece of history – a World War Two gun emplacement on site. Known as H31, it was built beside the River Humber to fight off enemy planes. Currently earmarked to be restored by Historic England, you’re welcome to walk around it during your stay. The facilities are top-notch too, with hot showers, bike storage and fire pits available for campers, along with a handmade oak glamping lodge if you fancy a touch of luxury.

Butt Farm, Victoria Road, Beverley, Hull, East Yorkshire, HU17 8PJ. Glamping lodge open now, with the rest of the site to fully reopen from Monday 17th May 2021. Tent pitches start from £19 per night for 2 people. Glamping lodge starts from £75 for 2 people. Find out about their safety measures.

Skipwith Station

Skipworth Station

When it comes to a unique glamping holiday, Skipwith Station really takes the biscuit. Forget yurts and teepees, this rural Yorkshire campsite sits on the path of the old Derwent Valley Light Railway, so your accommodation is refurbished train carriages. There are three to choose from, fitted out with all mod cons – we’re talking ensuite bathrooms, dishwashers and even a hot tub. Right next to the Skipwith Common National Nature Reserve and just south of York, you won’t be short of a picturesque walk either.

Skipwith Station, North Duffield, North Yorkshire, YO8 5DE. Open now. Glamping cabin for 2 adults starts from £315 for three nights. Find out about their safety measures.

Ripley Caravan Park

Ripley Caravan

Tucked away between Harrogate and Knaresborough is Ripley Caravan Park and it offers one of North Yorkshire’s best camping spots. Packed with lush greenery and electric hook-up points, the whole site is landscaped for level, spacious caravan pitches. But their biggest draw is the sheer variety of facilities on offer. There are the usual showers and shops, as well as a football pitch, volleyball court, adventure playground and even an indoor heated swimming pool. And if that isn’t enough, you can sit by their private pond and feed the ducks for the ultimate therapeutic relaxation.

Ripley Caravan Park, Ripley, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 3AU. Open now for caravan pitches only. Caravan pitches start from £20 per night. Find out about their safety measures.

Rudding Holiday Park

Rudding Holiday Park

If you’re going camping in Yorkshire with the family, Rudding Holiday Park has everything you could possibly want. Their grass pitches come in two sizes and are just a stone’s throw from the shower block, all with a 10-amp hook-up point and coin-operated washing machines to boot. Once the tent’s up, chill out in the outdoor heated swimming pool or treat yourself with a visit to the spa. Bringing the kids? They have a family pub on-site and if you’re up for a little friendly competition, there are two golf courses.

Rudding Holiday Park, Follifoot, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1JH. Open now. Tent price for 2 adults starts from £20.50 per night. Find out about their safety measures.

Bainbridge Ings

Bainbridge Ings

Just half a mile from the Pennine Way, Bainbridge Ings is slap bang in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales, which means there’s panoramic countryside as far as the eye can see. The site caters to both campers and glampers. They have 30 caravan pitches on their grassy hillbank if you want to keep it simple, but you can also stay in one of their quirky open-plan timber pods, which come complete with a hob, fridge and private shower. Want even more luxury? Get your very own outdoor hot tub with their VIP glamping pods. If you can tear yourself away from the luxurious comfort, the stunning Hardraw Force Waterfall is only a short walk or you can take the 30-minute drive to the Peak District.

Bainbridge Ings, Hawes, North Yorkshire, DL8 3NU. Open now. Caravan pitches start from £22 per night. Glamping pods start from around £409 for two nights. Find out about their safety measures.

Dragonfly Lodge

Dragonfly Lodge

As exclusive as they come, Dragonfly Lodge is a single hand-built glamping cabin that just screams romantic getaway. A secluded oasis of countryside, it has everything you could need for a weekend in, from a feather-soft bespoke bed to a kitchenette. Warm your feet by the log burner, cook a fresh pizza in the brick-built pizza oven or watch the wildlife around your private pond, the choice is yours. Fancy a drive through Yorkshire? The seaside town of Bridlington is just 4.5 miles away or you can cycle to Scarborough for a day on the coast.

Dragonfly Lodge, Grindale, Bridlington, East Riding of Yorkshire, YO16 4XY. Open now. Glamping cabin for 2 adults starts from £125 per night. Find out about their safety measures.

Cover image credit: Little Seed Field.