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7 Reasons To Go Caravanning and Camping In Yorkshire

Monday 22nd July 2019
By Ely Power
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By Ely Power

Discover The White Rose County

It’s no wonder that millions of tourists explore Yorkshire every year, what with its blend of stunning scenery, buzzing cities and postcard-perfect market towns. Whether you spend your day soaking up history on the cobbled streets of York, chilling out by the Bridlington beach huts, or hiking across the Yorkshire Dales, you’ll soon fall in love with this ‘God’s own Country’.

See All The Sights Without Blowing Your Budget

Why not make the most of your time up north? Hire a motorhome, caravan or campervan and you could discover all of its famous attractions and hidden gems without having to fork out a fortune. And believe us when we say there’s no shortage of idyllic caravanning and camping spots in England’s largest county. With a bit of something for everyone, a Yorkshire road trip is the perfect choice for family, friends or couples looking for a classic British adventure.

So without further adieu, read on to discover why camping or caravanning in Yorkshire should be your next staycation!

Get Lost In Fascinating History

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Yorkshire is the place to step back in time. Visit the medieval town of York and really immerse yourself in the historic wonders of its cobbled streets, where every building tells a story. Take in the beauty of York Minster cathedral before wandering through one of the town’s many museums - Don’t miss the Jorvik Centre for a slice of Viking history, York Castle Museum for a lesson on Victorian living, or Sewerby Hall for a dose of Georgian grandeur. Braver visitors can also venture into the fascinating Dungeons or listen to age-old tales on a spooky ghost walk.

And once you’re finally ready to go beyond its city walls, the rest of Yorkshire has unparalleled ties to iconic literature - Delight your inner bookworm with a trip to the moors of Wuthering Heights or Dracula’s Whitby Abbey. And that isn’t the only magnificent ruin to check out. The country boasts an abundance of castles and cathedrals to gawk at, such as Bolton Abbey, Kirkstall Abbey and Sandal Castle to name a few. 

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Marvel At The Incredible Landscapes

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The don’t call it ‘God’s Own Country’ for nothing. Yorkshire is brimming with striking landscapes, so breathtaking views are guaranteed no matter where your road trip takes you. From the sprawling grasslands of the many moors to the rugged white cliffs of Flamborough Head (home to the UK's oldest operating lighthouse), there’s a photo opportunity around every corner. 

So if you love the great outdoors, you’ll be blown away by one of England’s greenest counties. 
Yorkshire proudly brags not one, not two but three National Parks! And each one offers its own adventures, wildlife and scenery. In fact, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to hiking trails, starry nights and beautiful surroundings. 

Visit the North York Moors when summer is drawing to a close and you’ll find vivid bursts of heather as far as the eye can see. Alternatively, head to the Yorkshire Dales in springtime and you’ll see lambs frolicking in wildflower meadows, as well as surging waterfalls and flowing cascades - This national park harbours the majestic Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, the dramatic Hardraw Force and the toppling Aysgarth Falls. Last but not least, don’t miss the quaint villages peppered throughout the Peak District, England’s oldest National Park. And by staying in an RV, you can get up close and personal with all of this natural beauty.

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Wake Up By The Beach
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Believe it or not, the Yorkshire coast is a must-visit all year round! But don’t expect to sunbathe on a fine white stretch by crystal clear water. Rather, Yorkshire’s beaches amaze with their rugged cliffs and dramatic shorelines.

For a lovely family day out, head for Bridlington - A quintessentially British seaside town. With its charming promenade, sandy beaches and old harbour, this little village is full of character and old fashioned entertainment. You’ll find fun for the whole family at the funfair amusements, not to mention the beachfront donkey rides!

If you’d prefer a more peaceful getaway, visit sweeping Runswick Bay. Nestled within the North York Moors National Park, you can set up camp under towering cliffs right on the shore. This camping spot is the perfect base for hunting fossils, exploring rock pools and even swimming (if you can bare an icy dip in the North Sea!). There’s also a quaint little café just a stroll away for when the kids scream for ice cream, and a hilltop pub when you’re craving a pint and a pork pie!

And for those in search of some surf, look no further than Cayton Bay. This shoreside gem is only around the corner from the bustle of Scarborough, yet you’ll feel world’s away. An old favourite amongst wave riders with its nearby surf school, you can wake up to the sound of lapping waves as you camp just seconds from one of Britain’s most beautiful beaches. 

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Feel The Adrenaline Rush

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Speaking of surfing, Yorkshire offers its fair share of outdoor adventures! And its thrill isn’t limited to great breaks... 

The jagged coastline is a coasteering dream, with nooks and crannies perfect for climbing - Adrenaline junkies will have the time of their lives as they explore rocky cliffs above the crashing waves. And if you’re new to this thrilling activity, Scarborough Surf School provides coasteering sessions throughout the year. Whether you’re after a quick test run or a long, tricky route, their professional instructors will teach you the ropes (quite literally). Alternatively, head to Skydive GB just outside of Bridlington for a birds-eye view of the spectacular Yorkshire coast!

And away from the shore, you’ll find all sorts of inland activities to get your blood pumping. Take your pick from tons of mountain biking tracks for all levels of riders - Dalby Forest even has a trail that’s ridden at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup! And if four-wheel vehicles are more your thing, visit the arena at Stunt Drive Experience. Here, you can hop in a BMW, MINI or Z3 and get a taste of some truly daring driving (with the help of an experienced trainer, of course).

When it’s all said and done, return to your camping spot for a relaxing night under the stars before your next escapade.

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Attend Heaps Of Exciting Events

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To get the most out of your Yorkshire road trip, coincide your holiday with one of the many local festivals and tournaments! If you’ve got a competitive streak, plan your visit around sporting events like the Tour de Yorkshire or Scarborough Cricket Festival for some fun spectating opportunities. 

For those of us who aren’t that into sports, there are a variety of cultural festivities to choose from. Foodies will be in their element at the annual York Food & Drink Festival, a renowned tradition in the world of Yorkshire cuisine. Every September, you can enjoy markets with all sorts of delicacies, sampling stalls, and exciting bars! And for an affair bursting with blooms and blossoms, head to the bi-annual Harrogate Flower Shows along with its 100,000 visitors every year - This prestigious Flower Show is the largest of its kind! And in June, head to Sheffield for the UK’s biggest and best documentary festival, which showcases over 150 international documentaries, as well as creative sessions and artsy parties. 

And why attend only one? With an RV, you can say goodbye to festival FOMO with the freedom to travel all over the county, just as you wish.

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Check Out The Thriving Cities and Quaint Market Towns

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For a fix of cosmopolitan life complete with independent boutiques, quirky music venues and cool galleries, drive straight to Leeds. This industrial centre turned creative hub is packed with talented young people, creating a unique energy with its buzzing food and art scenes. Anyone with taste buds needs to make a beeline for Belgrave Music Hall’s scrumptious street food, while music lovers can’t miss a gig at the Brudenell Social Club. Then head back for a peaceful night’s sleep at one of the campgrounds just outside of town.

And if you’d prefer to wander through charming villages, you’ve come to the right county.  Yorkshire is teeming with quaint old towns that hold local farmer’s markets, vintage pop ups and food fairs every day of the week. Stroll around the oldest market in Yorkshire at Barnsley, sample the delicious bites on offer at Malton’s food market or explore the beautiful market hall in Kirkgate. But places don’t get more British than Skipton. Its cobbled alleys and medieval pubs are home to the UK's politest locals, as well as the country’s once highest-rated outdoor market. To experience Skipton at its finest, check it out on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Saturday, when the market is in full swing.

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Treat Yourself To A Mouth-Watering Feast

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Let’s be real: Everybody loves a Sunday roast. And where better to wolf down one of its key ingredients - the glorious Yorkshire pudding - than in the county it was invented in? Yorkshire is renowned for its hearty food, so enjoying a feast in one of the many cosy pubs is an absolute must for any visitor. The great news is that pretty much any village in Yorkshire is home to at least one traditional pub serving up tasty food and locally brewed pints. In the summertime, dine outside in the sunshine, and when winter rolls in, snuggle up for a warming meal by the fire. 

For a wholesome feed at the highest pub in England, park up for the night at the Tan Hill Inn, which sits right in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Otherwise, follow your coastal walk with a fresh feast (Think chicken kiev and sticky toffee pudding) at the Old Stone Inn before camping at the Cote Ghyll Caravan And Camping Park. Or if you simply can’t forego the deliciousness of a steak and ale pie, head to the Lister Arms by Town Head Farm. Basically, you’ll find glorious grub across the county! And if that’s no reason in itself to visit Yorkshire, we don’t know what is.

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Ready For Your Yorkshire Adventure?

By now, you’re probably rearing to go camping in Yorkshire and experience its natural beauty, rich heritage and thriving culture all for yourself! With a motorhome, campervan or caravan, you’ll have the freedom and flexibility to explore this county to your heart’s content - All while sticking to your budget. Simply sign up with Camplify to start planning your dream road trip today!

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