North Yorkshire’s stunning camping and glamping sites with hot tubs, log fires and pretty woods ranked among the best in the country
North Yorkshire is a county full of picturesque countryside, with beautiful walks surrounded by lakes and mountains.
It will come as no surprise to residents that many of us choose to vacation in the county at the many beautiful campsites and glamping spots in the surrounding area.
According to The Adventure Index, supplied by Millets, North Yorkshire has the most outdoor activities, from horseback riding to mountain biking trails.
It also has the most campsites, with around 530, 35 more than Cornwall, which comes in second.
Here is the top 8 reviewed by those who have stayed there.
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Catgill Farm, Bolton Abbey
From wooden pods to bell tents, there’s something for everyone here, with even hot tubs and pizza ovens available.
Situated across the Wharfe Valley, Catgill Farm is located on the Duke of Devonshire’s Chatsworth Estate.
It has been hailed by Redbull as one of the UK’s five most spectacular campsites, with the Telegraph also repeating the same.
It is suitable for families with options for an action-packed vacation or a quiet, relaxing break.
Dogs are allowed but on the regular campsite only with a barbecue and pieces of fire also available.
Catgill won Tripadvisor’s Travelers’ Choice award for 2021, with many guests raving about the beautiful stream that runs directly through the campsite.
It is available from £ 12 per night per person with different prices for glamping.
Baxby Mansion, Husthwaite, York
With one of their accommodations listed as Rufus’s Roost, it’s no surprise that it’s quite popular.
From regular camping to RVs, there’s the luxurious Roost, Eco Pods and Hobbit House, plus glamping.
The Hideaway is nestled in the medieval 700-year-old Baxby Manor estate on the edge of the village of Husthwaite, nestled between the Yorkshire Dales and the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors.
Baxby Manor also offers eco-friendly weddings, with the glamping area even appearing on Channel 4’s Four in a bed.
The campsite is kid-friendly, but parents should note the deep pools and disused railway embankment nearby, and be prepared to keep an eye out.
Westgate Carr Farm, Pickering
Located in the Pickering Valley, Westgate Carr Farm is a caravan and RV park that also includes vacation cabin accommodation.
The area falls with the designated Dark Sky Preserve and would have no noise or light pollution.
It even won the award for the best couples campsite in the Northeast region in 2019.
Westgate is for adults only. Dogs are allowed, but they must be kept on a leash at all times.
Customers rave about the “nice and sympathetic” owners, as well as the alpacas and horses that live on site.
Glamping Freespirit, Hall Farm, North York Moors
Guests have been known to see owls, deer and even badgers. It is just ten minutes from the Howardian Hills area of outstanding natural beauty, so the campsite itself is designed to be eco-friendly.
Each site has its own fireplace, barbecue and dishwasher, as well as a private eco-toilet and shower.
There is a choice of bell tents, including Sunflower, Rose and Lilac tents which can all accommodate four people.
The remote locations mean the farm is surrounded by spectacular scenery and plenty of walks.
The site is VisitBritain accredited and if you fancy something more adventurous there is both an amusement park and a theme park nearby.
Alum Glamping House, Whitby
Another eco-friendly campsite, Alum House is close to Robin Hood’s Bay and the village of Goathland, both just 15 minutes away.
Each bell tent has its own king size bed, as well as a wood-burning stove, private shower as well as an outdoor kitchen and mini-fridge.
The bell tents can accommodate four people each, perfect for families and each tent is fully solar powered.
The host is highly commended as guests appreciate the local advice she is able to provide.
There are even hot tubs on-site.
Croisdale Carr is a very unique campsite, which leaves you entirely the accommodation and the wood.
Tiny in nature, there is only one pre-pitched tent, complete with a hammock, fire pit, phone charging, and a private toilet tent.
The woods are yours too with fairy lights surrounding the campsite, perfect for setting the tone for a relaxing stay.
This forest sanctuary spans six acres and just half a mile from the village of Marton cum Grafton, which has a post office, local store and pub with beer garden.
Major tourist destinations are nearby including Ripon just 20 minutes away with York and Harrogate 25 minutes away.
Customers loved receiving text messages from the owners, highlighting the best pubs to visit and places to eat.
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Glamping overlooking the valley, Staintondale
Starting at £ 70 per night for two adults, guests are set for a great stay, choosing between the Swallow and Swift bell tents with teepees and yurts also optional.
Nearby leisure options include canoeing, kayaking, bicycle rental and as it is perfectly located between Scarborough and Whitby there is also a surf school on your doorstep.
Guests comment on the relaxed, quiet location and the spotless accommodation.
The host also lists the area as a walker’s paradise and a haven for wildlife.
Moss Hagg Farm Campsite
Moss Hagg Farm Campground is perfect for families.
Surrounded by woodland walks and bike rides, it is also within walking distance of hot spots like Harewood House and Castle Howard, with easy access to York and the Yorkshire Dales.
Guests love the peaceful atmosphere but also love that for those who want to go out for a drink or go out, it’s not far at all.
If you want to get to the beach it’s still not a million miles away with an hour and 15 minute drive.
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