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5 reasons to pitch your tent in Yorkshire

5 Reasons to Pitch your Tent in Yorkshire

Camping trips are a firm favourite for families across the UK, offering a simple getaway from the busy city life and provide an exciting adventure for adults and children alike.  Yorkshire has a wide range of campsites, of which many are located nearby to some of the most impressive outdoor activities available and whether you are visiting a new or old location, there are many benefits for all involved. Experience being out in the fresh air, reducing stress, staying active and helping improve moods, not to mention enjoying some of the best nights sleep you will ever have!

Yorkshire prides itself on its stunning natural beauty, which attracts campers from all across the UK, and many visit from much further afield too.  With two huge National Parks, several traditional scenic seaside towns, and miles and miles of craggy cliffs and sand ridden beaches, there are so many things to see and do in Yorkshire.

Some of the UK’s best walking trails

Yorkshire is home to two of Britain’s most favoured National Parks; the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors.  It is also home to the very northern part of the Peak District and includes quite a few Areas Of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

These locations are perfect for hikes of all levels, suiting individuals of all abilities, offering gentle strolls or more physically demanding and challenging hill walks.  Not only do the views along these trails provide amazing photo opportunities and the chance to learn about some of the unique history of the areas, but they also provide exciting moments for avid wildlife watchers, a topic that we will touch on in the next point. Check out the best hiking trials in the Yorkshire Dales for some inspiration.. 

Unique Wildlife

There are a total of 17 different habitats recognised within the Yorkshire Dales alone, all of which provide homes to many nationally and internationally important wildlife species.  There are over 150 different species found across the park, many of which are prioritised in terms of conservation, meaning it is unlikely you will see them anywhere else in the UK.  These species include the impressively fast Peregrine falcons (believed to be the fastest animal in the world) and the extremely rare and threatened Red squirrels.

Turning our attention to the marine wildlife found surrounding Yorkshires coastlines, campers have the chance to discover the beauty of Minke whales and Harbour porpoise as well as several ecologically important habitats like kelp forests, rocky shores and chalk reefs.

Quality Campsites

There are campsites spread across Yorkshire to suit all camping preferences and weather.  From glamping to basic pitch and tent, there are sites that cover different locations from farms to forests and rivers to ocean.  Many sites offer the usual tent and caravan pitches as well as glamping wigwams, tipis, bell tents and self-catering accommodation.

Nearly all sites are well equipped with showering and food facilities.

Use our search feature to find your perfect campsite and get away.

In fact according the Camping Sites in Yorkshire, there are over 700 different sites across Yorkshire – so there is at least one if not multiple which will meet your needs.

Beautiful Beaches

It is no surprise that the coastlines of Yorkshire are some of the most visited in the UK.  They are visually pleasing with golden sandy beaches, quaint English seaside towns and beautifully photogenic chalk cliffs.

Scarborough is probably one of the most popular beach resort towns and has two beaches to explore lined with amusements to keep the whole family entertained.

For a beach, slightly quieter and low key, Runswick Bay, Kettleness, Sandsend Beach and Upgang Beach are a must visit.

All offer stunning views of the coastline and plenty of space to enjoy time walking and sunbathing.  Bempton Chalk Cliffs are a favourite of many, offering the chance to experience some of the highest cliffs in Britain and some world famous sea bird colonies.

Local Attractions

Yorkshire is the largest county in the UK and it can be expected that there is an endless list of attractions suitable for the whole family.  For something different, why not pay a visit to the JORVIK Viking Centre where you can travel back to AD960 and explore the gallery through top of the range technology whilst learning about the importance of the international trade in York during the Viking age.

White Scar Cave provides the opportunity to journey into the longest show cave in Britain and experience underground streams, waterfalls and ice age caverns.  Located within the Yorkshire Dales National Park, there is spectacular scenery to take in whilst having a picnic and provides a good opportunity to pop into the local town of Ingleton for a visit afterwards.

Mother Shiptons Cave is certainly worth a visit and is one of England’s oldest visitor attraction, opening first in 1630.  It is home to the birthplace of the UK’s most famous prophetess and provides a lovely picnic area and children’s adventure park.

Alternatively, there is Yorkshire Wildlife Park, based just outside of Doncaster, this park has grown over the last couple of years to be a wonderful place to the kids.

These are just the top 5 reasons to head to Yorkshire, but there are plenty more.

Whats your reason for heading to this great region?


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