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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 quirkiest, all in one place.

Whether you’re after picturesque clifftop sites, 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 pick, we’ve got all the info you could need, with prices, facilities and even nearby attractions. So when it comes to your next camping holiday, keep this guide handy…

Humble Bee Farm

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

Humble Bee Farm, Flixton, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, YO11 3UJ. Tent price for 2 adults starts from £56 for two nights. Yurt price starts from £260 for two nights.

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 at all times of 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. Tent price for 2 adults is £10 per night.

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 standard teepees 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 a few miles away for a scenic wander.

Camp Katur, Camp Hill Estate, Stapley Lane, Kirklington, Bedale, North Yorkshire, DL8 2LS. Tent price for 2 adults starts from £90 for two nights. Minimum 2 night stay.

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 shared 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. Yurt price for 2 adults starts from £212 for 2 nights. Minimum 2 night stay.

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 park, the site has two camping fields for you to choose from. One is a classic flat pitch with electrical hookups, while the other is a plain field, but both have incredible views of the River Wharfe. They also have yurts, safari tents and VW camper vans to rent if you’re more of a glamper. This is the perfect base for exploring, you can even do a little fly fishing if you’ve got a license.

Masons Campsite, Appletreewick, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 6DD. Tent pitches start from £21 per night, yurts from £79.

Little Seed Field

Little Seed Field

Credit: Little Seed Field

Little Seed Field is about as scenic as it gets. Their three 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. Glamping tents for 2 adults start from £65 per night.

The Hideaway @ Baxby Manor

Camping or glamping? At The Hideaway’s picturesque site, there’s no need to choose. You can plump for one of their spacious tent pitches or pick a pod, with hobbit houses and treehouses available. The 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 and often has kingfishers and otters passing by.

The Hideaway @ Baxby Manor, Baxby Manor, Low Street, Husthwaite, York, YO61 4PW. Tent pitches start from £11 per night, glamping huts from £25.

Hooks House Farm

Hooks Farm Camping

A friendly little campsite with panoramic views over Robin Hood 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 included, 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 Hoods Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire, YO22 4PE. Tent pitches start from £8 per adult per night.

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. Tent pitches start from £17.50 per night, glamping pods from £30. Bedding is not provided.

Avocet Glamping

Glamping

Exclusive takes on a whole new meaning at Avocet Glamping, as there’s only a single tent on offer. You’ll be glad you booked ahead when you see what’s included. From the soft mattresses to the wood-burning stove and the outdoor fire pit to keep you warm while you’re sat under the stars, this is glamping at its best. There’s plenty of wildlife to keep you company too – think rabbits, chickens and even the resident Anglo-Nubian dairy goats Maisy and Martha. Fancy exploring nearby? Europe’s largest tidal reedbed is only a short distance away or you can jump in the car to visit Normanby Hall Country Park.

Avocet Glamping, Rosemead, Grange Road, Adlingfleet, East Riding of Yorkshire, DN14 8HT. Minimum 2 night stay. Glamping tent for 2 adults starts from £60 per night. Bedding is not provided.

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. Tent pitches start from £8 per night, yurts from £69.

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 from their 50 grass camping pitches divided 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. Tent pitch for 2 adults is £20 per night.

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 trees and hedges grown between pitches for privacy, as well as two outdoor play areas and even a crazy golf course to try out. 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. Tent pitches start from £19 per night.

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 park, Marfit Head has both grass and hard-standing pitches, so you can stay all year round. There’s even 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. Tent price for 2 adults is £10 per night.

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 round during your stay. The facilities are top notch too, with hot showers, fridges 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. Tent pitches start from £17 per night, glamping lodge from £80. Minimum 2 night stay.

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. Minimum 3 night stay. Glamping cabin for 2 adults starts from £225. Minimum 3 night stay.

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 totally level pitches, so you won’t have to worry about water-logging. But their biggest draw is the sheer variety of facilities on offer. There are the usual showers and shop, 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. Tent pitches start from £18 per night.

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, as well as their own cinema. If you’d prefer a little friendly competition, there are two golf courses too.

Rudding Holiday Park, Follifoot, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 1JH. Tent price for 2 adults starts from £19 per night.

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 20 tent 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. Tent pitches start from £17 per night, glamping pods start from £359. Minimum 3 night stay.

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 fully kitted-out kitchen. 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. Glamping cabin for 2 adults starts from £95 per night.

Cover image credit: Little Seed Field.