Wildlife-watching campsites near Leeds

Find big-city vibes mere miles away from rolling countryside.

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White House Farm Campsite, Wardlow

60 units · Motorhomes, Tents4 acres · Wardlow, England
What a little Derbyshire gem: back to basics Whitehouse Farm Campsite is a simple site in a most scenic setting five minutes’ drive from the pretty village of Tideswell. The site’s central location in the Peak District National Park means it’s a top spot for those who want to ramble or ride bikes – several circular trails leave from Tideswell and the traffic-free Monsal Trail is a five-minute drive away. And there’s plenty more activity if you require it too, as activity centres nearby can sort you out days of horse riding, abseiling, climbing and caving. All this activity isn’t mandatory, of course – this is an equally fine location for days pottering off to local pubs, pigging out on pudding in Bakewell or taking a leisurely stroll around the Chatsworth Estate, 20 minutes away. And if even that’s too much, you’d be welcome to spend some time loafing about on site: there’s heaps of space here, and as facilities have been kept quite minimal (just showers and toilets) there should be a good serving of peace and quiet to go with it all. Guests are welcome to light up a barbecue or campfire for cookouts and keeping warm; Tideswell’s the place for supermarket supplies, and it’s also handily got a fish and chip shop and a couple of pubs for days when your firelighting skills aren't up to much.
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White Peak Camping

15 units · Motorhomes, Tents2 acres · Buxton, Derbyshire, East Midlands
Camping on a Peak District farm near the Monsal Trail
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Breaks Fold Farm Glamping & Camping

14 units · Glamping, Tents2 acres · Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire, North East England
Camping in Nidderdale with excellent facilities, dogs and campfires welcome, and views over Thruscross Reservoir.
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Masons Campsite

27 units · Motorhomes1 acre · Skipton Bd23 6 Dd, England
On the banks of a river, with open views over the Yorkshire Dales and lots of space for games, with a pair of great pubs nearby
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Stanley Villa Farm Fishing Camping

34 units · Glamping30 acres · Preston, Lancashire, North West England
Lakeside rural tranquility and the 'kiss-me-quick' fun of the seaside – you can have the best of both worlds at Stanley Villa Farm's cute camping pods
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Dobella Lane Farm Certificated Site

9 units · Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Dobella La Goole, England
A small dog-friendly campsite in the Vale of York that's open all year
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Farsyde Farm

15 units · Motorhomes, Tents3 acres · Whitby, North Yorkshire, North East England
A small farm campsite with sea views, close to Robin Hood’s Bay
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Peaks and Pods

5 units · Glamping1 acre · North Yorkshire, North East England
Luxury pods with extra special touches, sandwiched between the Forest of Bowland and the Yorkshire Dales National Park
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Through the Kissing Gate

25 units · Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · North Yorkshire, North East England
Back-to-basics camping with campfires close to World Heritage-listed Studley Park near Ripon
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Woodman's Huts

3 units · Glamping1 acre · Cumbria, North West England
Beautiful handmade shepherd's huts in the heart of the picturesque South Lakes
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Kestrel Lodge Camping

10 units · Tents4 acres · Keswick, Cumbria, North West England
A family-friendly Lake District campsite, nestled between the quiet shores of Bassenthwaite Lake and the beautiful Cumbrian fells
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The White Lodge

5 units · Motorhomes, Tents10 acres · Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, West Midlands
A traditional campsite close to Staffordshire’s canals, river, and stately homes.
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Wildlife-watching campsites near Leeds guide

Overview

About midway between London and Edinburgh, in West Yorkshire, Leeds is a large city, with lots of high-rise buildings and one of the busiest railway stations in the UK. It's also a major hub of education–with five universities–and, as a result, has a thriving nightlife scene. Museums abound, from the large multidisciplinary Leeds City Museum to the Thackray Museum, which covers the history of medicine. As Leeds is an urban hub, you’ll need to head out from the city to find camping, but there is a long-distance footpath—the Leeds Country Way—that travels the rural outskirts of the city.

Where to go

North York Moors National Park

About an hour's drive northeast of Leeds, North York Moors National Park is particularly popular among walkers, with roughly 1,400 miles of public footpaths and plenty of room for cycling and equestrian pursuits. It's also an International Dark Sky Reserve, making it a brilliant destination for stargazing. One way to explore the park is by hopping aboard the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, which runs from Pickering to Whitby, calling at a number of remote spots along the way.

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Head north and you'll soon find yourself at Yorkshire Dales National Park, a massive expanse of protected land, the vast majority of which is privately owned. The park is a fantastic place for walking, with miles of footpaths, many of which are wheelchair-friendly, as well as lakes, rivers, and waterfalls. Popular activities include fell running (running up hills), rock climbing, caving, kayaking, and mountain biking.

Peak District National Park

Encompassing around 555 square miles of protected land, Peak District National Park draws throngs of visitors with its walking and cycling paths and abundance of flora and fauna. Guided ranger-led walks take place throughout the year and focus on everything from navigation training to learning about birdsong.

When to go

The best time to visit Leeds and the natural areas around it is between June and August, when temperatures are at their highest and there's generally less rainfall. Leeds really comes to life in the summertime, with all sorts of outdoor concerts and festivals. Spring is also a great time to visit, particularly if you plan to visit some of the national parks in the area, which fill with colourful blooms during the season.

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