Waterside glamping near Hull

Head to Hull for a sandy coastline full of camping spots and walking in the hilly wolds.

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Waterside glamping near Hull guide


Beyond nearby camping, bustling Hull, Yorkshire’s chief seaport on the River Humber, has a pretty old town of cobbled streets, a museum quarter, and international ferry connections to Belgium and the Netherlands. Seaside-lovers relish Hull’s position midway along a sandy seaboard, with East Yorkshire’s beaches leading off in one direction and North Lincolnshire’s beaches in the other. Lesser known is its location at the start/finish of a couple of fantastic long-distance hikes: the Yorkshire Wolds Way (running north) and the Viking Way (running south). North of the city are some of the best campsites near Hull, some on farms and others on the river’s edge.

Where to go

Yorkshire Wolds

These low hills (or wolds) rise out of the surrounding East Yorkshire flat farmland, and you can hike across them from Hull on the 79-mile Yorkshire Wolds Way. Gently undulating, the wolds offer easy hiking and cycling, plus plenty of prehistoric history, including Britain’s tallest standing stone, the Rudston Monolith. You’ll find this area far quieter than the nearby coast, which means there are a number of serene camping spots and farm stays with plenty of space.

East Yorkshire Coast

Running from Spurn Head, just east of Hull, the East Yorkshire coast and its splendid beaches stretch past seaside resorts Withernsea, Hornsea, and Bridlington, then rounds Flamborough Head, home to one of Europe’s most important concentrations of seabirds. It’s a shoreline well-served by caravanning and camping sites, many of which are holiday-maker-focussed and quite large. Smaller, more personal campsites can be found out near Hornsea and Skipsea.

North Lincolnshire Coast

Another big sweep of sand begins across the other side of the Humber Estuary from Hull at Grimsby and runs continuously all the way around to Skegness. Traditional beachside holiday-making is the thing here, and the choice of caravanning and camping sites is huge. Sites tend toward the large and busy along the coast, but there are some hidden gems too, especially inland.

When to go

May is the best all-round month for a Hull holiday—sunshine hours are usually longer than in the June-to-August high season, and rainfall is lower. Swimmers like the seawater temperatures of late August and September, which are the year’s balmiest. May and September are the best hiking months in the wolds, when average daily temperatures hit 16-19°C. Big Hull-area festivals include The Awakening arts celebration in March, August’s Tribfest in Driffield, and the Flamborough Fire Festival in December.

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