We might not be able to head out and explore just yet, but that doesn’t mean we can’t plan ahead to a more ‘normal’ time. And with ‘staycations’ set to absolutely boom this year following the pandemic, what better place to enjoy than our home, God’s Own Country?
With so many beauty spots to see, we’d be fools not to utilise what’s right on our doorstep – and it’s our duty support the local businesses that need us much more than Ryanair do. So, without further ado, here are some of the best luxury camping spots Yorkshire has to offer… But be warned, the views might just take your breath away.
Peaks and Pods, Settle
Doing what it says on the tin, Peaks and Pods provides views of the peaks, with luxury Pod accommodation. And while you’ll definitely find yourself looking out over the secluded countryside, you won’t be short of amenities. The Pods are so well thought-out, you’ll be able to treat yourself to a comfy night’s sleep in a proper bed, take a nice hot shower, and for those who can’t live without a cuppa, you’ll be able to enjoy the luxury of your own kitchenette. Not only that, but there’s private luxury hot tubs, swinging cocoon seats overlooking Yorkshire’s beauty and fire bowls with wood so you can relax outside taking it all in.
Nearby there’s plenty to see and do, ideally located on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, the Forest of Bowland and the beautiful Ribble Valley. Head out on a walk in the Dales, or explore the little towns surrounding such as Settle, Clapham, Malham and Clitheroe. You’ll be sure to find a good chippy while you’re out and about, and maybe even a homely little pub serving up some great brews. For those who love to cycle, there’s a number of great routes to try out during your stay, including Gisburn Forest, the Way of the Roses and, of course, Pennine Cycle Way. Prices start at just £80, and you can luxury Yorkshire camping awaits.
Catgill Farm, Bolton Abbey
I don’t think there’s anything more appealing than camping at one of Yorkshire’s most beautiful, historical sites, and Catgill Farm really ticks all the boxes for those looking for an itinery-packed weekend. Nestled in the truly stunning Dales nearby to Bolton Abbey, the site has a lot of offer guests, with a number of attractions to explore during your stay. Try out the ever-luxury Devonshire Arms, check out the Fountain Monument, visit traditional towns such as Grassington and Skipton – the possibilities are pretty much endless.
Back at the campsite, which was traditionally a dairy farm, there’s a number of accommodation options to choose from – so those who prefer a more “hotel-like” experience can rest assured there’s a place they’ll be comfortable. There’s Timber Pods with electricity, a bathroom, a fully-equipped kitchen, and luxuries such as hot tubs and fire pits with pizza ovens, as well as Bell Tents kitted out with wood burners, wash rooms, hots tubs and fire pits, and the main campsite that those who prefer to stay in their own tents or campers can utilise for just £12pp. Find out more here.
Copper Beech Glade, nr Harrogate
An extra special camping occasion, Copper Beech Glade offers a pretty unique experience, with three traditional gypsy caravans kitted out with double beds for extra comfort. If you’re worried about the amenities, there’s a shared cabin nearby where you can shower and use the kitchen facilities. Additionally, guests can enjoy an outdoor kitchen with a BBQ, the fire pit with all the cooking essentials for campfire grub, and a selection of games for a cosy evening experience with your loved ones.
Nearby you’ll find Harrogate, Ripon, Knaresborough and Pateley Bridge to explore, with a number of highlights such as Ripon Cathedral, Knaresborough Castle and Betty’s in Harrogate that are all well worth the visit. If that wasn’t enough already, Literature fans can also head out to Haworth (aka Bronte Country), where you can find the inspiration for many of their classics, including Wuthering Heights. Find out more about this luxury Yorkshire camping spot here.
Camp Katur, Bedale
Beautiful Bedale has a lot to offer guests looking for the perfect break away from their usual, busy lives – and Camp Katur compliments that idea perfectly. Described as “off-the-grid” camping, guests can an enjoy quite the array of camping options, from wood cabins and bell tents, to stargazing domes and teepees. The stargazing domes work similarly to your typical bell tent, however, offer beautiful views of the skies above, allowing you to really switch off and be at one with nature. There’s a log burner for warmth, a toilet and shower closeby, and facilities such as a large clay pizza oven, an outdoor BBQ and fire pit and fire baskets provided to each humble abode. While the domes are definitely the real stars of the show, the Pods and cabins are perfect for those who want their creature comforts while they’re away, with one tent even including a free-standing bath. We know, the epitome of luxury.
On site, guests can take part in a Yoga retreat, outdoor assault courses, clay pigeon shooting and even ride about in off-road buggies, as well as head out to explore Bedale itself, or venture a little further afield to Ripon, Harrogate and Richmond. There’s two pubs within one mile of the site, so you won’t be forced to miss out on your weekend pints, either. Find out more here.
Humblebee Farm, Scarborough
Set by the Yorkshire coast, this dog-friendly retreat is brilliant for those looking for a local beach getaway – and the Pod cabins are absolutely beautiful. Each kitted out with en-suites, cosy double beds, and of course, outdoor BBQs, there’s a number of scaled up or scaled down options to choose from – with some Pods coming equipped with private hot tubs. Fancy, huh? Elsewhere on site, you can stay in Nomadic Yurts that have been decorated with the cosiest essentials for your stay, and there’s also the option of renting a luxury cottage that’s essentially a home away from home, making it one of the best luxury camping spots in Yorkshire.
The campsite is perfect for both couples and families, with a farm walk on site where you can see the hens, pigs, sheep and cows. Close by, guests can also explore traditional seaside towns such as Scarborough, Whitby and Filey, as well as the historical town of York and the famous North Yorkshire Moors Railway. Find out more here.