Riverside camping near Doncaster

Journey into caves, watch bird-filled skies, and enjoy North East England camping near Doncaster.

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Riverside camping near Doncaster guide

Overview

Nestled in North East England, Doncaster was technically ceded to Scotland thousands of years ago—and never officially returned to England. Besides its captivating history, Doncaster's other claim to fame is the Doncaster Cup—one of the oldest continuing horse races. Nature abounds near Doncasters, as well, for campers who want to get up close and personal with local plants and wildlife. View lions in Yorkshire Wildlife Park, explore caves at Peak District National Park, and watch starlings dip and dive in Potteric Carr Nature Reserve—all under an hour drive from Doncaster. Camping accommodations range from cosy bell tents, holiday parks with full hookups, and dog-friendly wooden pod cabins near each attraction—allowing a comfortable stay for any type of camper.

Where to go

Yorkshire Wildlife Park

Enjoy a safari experience without stepping foot outside of England at family-friendly Yorkshire Wildlife Park, only 15 minutes south of Doncaster. Check out 60 different species of animals, including zebras, tigers, wallabies, and “The Boys”—eight residential polar bears. Book a behind-the-scenes tour or walk through the grounds at your own pace. Stay at a campsite near the entrance offering washrooms, shower facilities, fresh water taps, and pitches for tents and caravans. Or rent a classic bell tent that comes fully furnished with fresh linens.

Peak District National Park

Situated 50 minutes west of Doncaster, Peak District National Park offers dozens of natural caves, making it a popular spot for potholing. Above ground, enjoy 56 kilometres of traffic-free trails for walking and horseback riding, paved roads for cycling, and areas for rock climbing. Although wild camping is not allowed on park-owned land, it is in privately-owned areas with permission. Designated campervan and tent pitches are available within the park in addition to pet-friendly wooden pods equipped with heat, electricity, and covered verandas.

Potteric Carr Nature Reserve

This grassy wetland oasis offers excellent wildlife viewing and nature walking trails. The area stretches over 580 acres and is a haven for migrating birds in spring and autumn. The meadow areas come to life in summer, as well, with insects and butterflies, while dynamic aerial displays from thousands of starlings are viewable in winter. While there are no campgrounds within the reserve, there are private fully-serviced holiday parks, roomy canvas yurts, and rustic tent pitches on wide-open fields available nearby.

When to go

June to late August promises the best weather in Doncaster for outdoor activities like rock climbing and cycling. Summer temperatures range from 20–22°C. Campers can expect cold, wet, and windy weather in winter from November until early March. Birdwatching is available year-round; however campers may want to bring waterproof jackets and warm clothing during the off-season. If horse racing is at the top of the list, plan to visit in September to watch the Doncaster Cup.

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