The Best Campsites in Yorkshire, UK

Outdoor lovers should head for the beautiful Yorkshire countryside
Outdoor lovers should head for the beautiful Yorkshire countryside | © idp yorkshire collection / Alamy Stock Photo
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27 July 2020

There is nothing quite like the Yorkshire countryside. Rolling hills, hidden valleys and even a waterfall or two – there is a wealth of natural beauty on offer. If you are looking to extend your stay in the wilderness, why not camp? Here are some of the most picturesque campsites that the county has to offer.

Camp Katur


Situated among the 101 hectares (250 acres) of the historic Camphill estate, Camp Katur is perfect for a weekend getaway. Although you would not be able to pitch your own tent, Camp Katur offers plenty of outdoor accommodation, including intimate cabins and airy yurts – there is something for all tastes. If you’re not content to relax in the open air, the campsite has plenty of activities, with water zorbing, zip wires and quad biking all available to guests.

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The Hideaway at Baxby Manor

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The Hideaway at Baxby Manor most certainly lives up to its name. Nestled down a country path on the outskirts of the pretty village of Husthwaite, the campsite is not accessible for larger motorhomes and prioritises the peace and quiet of the Yorkshire countryside. Surrounded by extensive countryside, the Hideaway is perfect for those wanting to get away from their busy city lives.

Scarborough Camping

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Set on the North Yorkshire coast, the Scarborough camping site has over 250 pitches on site. The nearby Dalby Forest is a perfect spot for those wanting a brisk woodland walk or a challenging cycling trail. Just a little to the north of Scarborough, the campsite is well situated for those wanting to explore the popular seaside town.

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  • Kingfisher Lakes

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    Another popular glamping spot on the list, the Kingfisher Lakes campsite is sheltered between two of the area’s most picturesque lakes. Named after a frequent visitor to the area, the campsite has a great selection of wildlife just on its doorstep, and has both kayaks and fishing equipment available to hire for guests. The site is just a short trip from Hull, the 2017 City of Culture and a great destination for a day trip out of the countryside.

    Usha Gap

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    Located in the northern reaches of the Yorkshire Dales, Usha Gap has the most jaw-dropping scenery of any campsite on this list. Based in the grounds of a centuries-old, yet still active farm, Usha Gap is the perfect getaway from those wanting to escape the trappings of contemporary life. Be sure to take advantage of one of the fantastic nearby walking trails to make the most of your experience in the great Yorkshire expanse.

    Masons Campsite

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    Surrounded by sheep-strewn hills, Masons Campsite is a fantastic choice for families. The large campsite has loads of room for activities with the kids and with the steady River Wharfe running just nearby, you’ll never been short of something to do. If you fancy experiencing some of the local pastimes, there are a number of authentic Yorkshire pubs just a stone’s throw from the campsite, perfect for a proper pint.

    These recommendations were updated on July 27, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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