Riverside camping in Yorkshire

Pitch up in Yorkshire for moors, valleys, arresting coastline, and two national parks.

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12 top river, stream, or creek campsites in Yorkshire

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Camping at Cardewlees

37 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Carlisle, England
A welcoming, family-run farm campsite between the Lake District and Hadrian's Wall
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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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Great Haywood Canalside Campsite

8 units · Tents4 acres · Staffordshire, West Midlands
The simplest of canalside campsites with narrowboats chugging past and an award-winning farm shop over the road
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Primrose Cottage Camping

13 units · Motorhomes, Tents8 acres · Chorley, England
A quiet adult-only site (this site does not cater for children), with tents and campervans only, nestled below Healey Nab in the Lancashire Countryside. Rustic and back to basics is what this site is all about. Set amid spectacular countryside, grassy fields, woodland and streams to boot! Well behaved four legged friends are more than welcome. Campfires and good times allowed. *Please note loud music is not allowed.* Flat walks are a plenty along the Leeds and Liverpool canal or maybe a circular walk to white White Coppice might float your boat? For the hill walkers amongst us there is Great Hill and Rivington Pike to climb. Within walking distance or a few minutes drive there is pub at the end of the lane and local shops within the vicinity for those last minute snacks. Chorley town centre is 10 minutes drive away and we are close to the M61 which can take you to the Lake district in less than an hour, Manchester or Blackpool are roughly 30 Minutes away.
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Nearly-wild camping @ Heggs Farm

1 unit · Tent136 acres · Reeth, England
Get back to basics and immerse yourself in the joy of simple outdoor living with a nearly-wild camping experience @ Heggs Farm, Arkengarthdale--part of a collaborative, 200-acre renaturing project, spanning the northern tip of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Stretching from the wooded banks of the Arkle Beck, up to the dizzying heights of Fremington Edge, our undulating, south-facing site is a wonderfully biodiverse and off-the-beaten path spot, offering adventure-loving families and small groups the chance to unplug completely, and get a taste of no-frills camping, the way mother nature intended. What's more, every booking is for exclusive use of the camping area by you and your group, guaranteeing you a truly unique (and undisturbed) experience. NB Due to the undulating nature of the terrain, our site is most suited to tents with a smaller footprint. Why Heggs? Get a taste of 'wild-camping' with a few bare bones facilities: Pitch up where you like, make the most of a private firepit cooking area, and enjoy our compost loo with a view. Our remote, no-frills site is the perfect intro to simple living; yet sits close enough to 'civilisation' to hike out for picnic supplies, and/or a pub meal. Reconnect with nature through wholesome, unplugged activities: Fill your days with poo sticks, pebble skimming, and foraging for kindling. Spend your evenings playing scrabble by torchlight, identifying owl calls, and marvelling at the constellations in our Dark Skies conservation area. No wifi = no distractions. Explore endless routes right from the doorstep: Arkengarthdale is one of the Dales' most beautiful yet undiscovered valleys. Multiple bridleways and footpaths connect Heggs to Reeth (2 miles) and Langthwaite (1.5 miles), running along both sides of the Arkle Beck, and up the slopes of Fremington Edge. Part of the adventure is getting here: Our walk/cycle-in-only camping area is all part of the magic of our tucked-away site. Free bag transfer is available to our farmhouse from the nearest roadside parking spot (20 mins walk); or from the public parking areas in Reeth or Langthwaite (40 mins walk). From the farmhouse, the camping area lies a further 200m along a rough grass track. NB Limited parking for 4WD vehicles is available on site, 7-8mins walk from the camping area along the public footpath. Please note we cannot accept campervans or trailer tents. Every stay plants trees, literally: All profits from nearly-wild camping support our ongoing habitat restoration as part of the Heggs-Castle renaturing cluster. Enjoy the 'feel-good' factor as you roam free across the site and explore our latest woodland creation areas. Find out more at heggscastlecluster.org. What's included/provided with my booking? -Exclusive use of the camping area for you and your group (up to a max of 8 people), including compost loo and firepit with grill. -Access to weatherproof cow byre HQ for storage of camping equipment, including bikes. -1 x wheelbarrow load of firewood, with kindling and natural firelighters (more can be bought on site). -Unlimited potable water in canisters with taps. -Large Ghillie Kettle, firepit cooking utensils and heatproof gloves, biodegradable washing up liquid, washing up bowl, tea towels, first aid kit, fire extinguisher. -Bag transfer from/to the nearest roadside or public parking place on arrival and departure. Please pack everything else you need to sleep, cook (your own portable gas stove and/or charcoal is welcome), eat, and keep yourself and your equipment safe; remembering that you’ll have to carry your own gear for at least the last 200m down to the cow byre...and then beyond to wherever you pitch up! Note too that the site is completely unlit after dark, there are no charging facilities, and phone signal can be spotty. Headtorches, camping lanterns, and portable battery/solar chargers are all strongly recommended. Where can I stock up? Our local businesses would love your support! Award winning bread, cafe-quality ready meals, and Thursday night pizzas can be pre-ordered for collection at Two Dales Bakery; the Bike Centre is known for its incredible cake selection (and excellent rental service); Reeth Post Office sells the usual camping cupboard staples, as well as local milk, cheese and sausages; and Reeth's Friday morning market has all your meat, cheese, and fruit and veg supplies covered. For dining out, there are four pubs within a two-mile hike/cycle: The CB Inn, The Bridge Inn, The Black Bull and The Buck (the only to offer all-day dining 12-8pm). Ramsay’s Fish and Chip Van also visits Reeth between 4-6pm every Friday evening; you’ll find it parked up in Langhorne Drive. Finished reading and not sure it's for you? Search for The Annexe @ Heggs Farm on AirBnB for simple, off-grid living with a few creature comforts e.g. hot running water, a bed and a bath. This can also be booked in tandem with our nearly-wild camping area, subject to availability.
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RHC & Glamping

6 units · Glamping15 acres · Lancashire, North West England
Hi Hipcampers, We are a 15 acre site of hillsides and woodlands, with woodland paths a few beautiful ponds and a small river! We have fabulous views to of the hills to be enjoyed. Theres lots of wildlife here from deer to Canadian geese. We have some stone fire pits for our guests to use foc! We have a games room and lots of children swings and activities.
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Deerstone Glamping

6 units · Glamping82 acres · Lancashire, North West England
Geodesic domes with a sauna and a dome cinema on site in the Lancashire countryside
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Bain View Glamping

3 units · Glamping5 acres · Horncastle, Lincolnshire, East Midlands
A canal-side shepherd's hut near the Lincolnshire Wolds, with an outdoor bathtub, a mini vineyard, and total privacy.
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The Black Swan

3 units · Glamping1 acre · Kirkby Stephen, England
Our three, brand new wood and canvas yurts are nestled in our private, woodland hotel garden beside the beautiful conservation (SSSI) river of Scandal Beck. Just a short drive from The Lake District, The Yorkshire and Durham Dales as well as The Scottish Border, we are perfectly located for you to explore. The yurts themselves are individually decorated with full size furniture, electricity and double beds. The yurts are all located in the garden of The Black Swan Hotel, Ravenstonedale, a multi award-winning hotel, restaurant and bar; recipient of 2 AA Rosettes as well as AA pub of the year for England 2018/19. As part of your stay in our yurts you will receive a full cooked breakfast and buffet option included in the price for 2 people in our hotel restaurant. We like to think of ourselves as a cosy home from home with a relaxed dining atmosphere throughout. We are very dog friendly in the hotel, restaurant, bar and yurts so please bring your furry family members. Our beautiful woodland is also home to red squirrels (which are seen daily), protected, freshwater crayfish in the river, an otter (seen very infrequently but the nemesis of our ducks), 6 Indian runner ducks, free range chickens and our two cockerels! (Dogs are very welcome but are to be kept on a lead whilst in the woodland itself). We are very dog friendly and charge an additional fee of £15 for 1 dog/ £20 for 2 dogs for an additional cleaning fee and for some dog friendly goodies such as poop bags and treats. The price of this yurt is based on an occupancy of 2 people. Any other people who will be staying on the sofa bed will add a charge of £40 per person per night for breakfast and their stay. All yurts come with electrical battery pack, chargeable lanterns, tea/coffee, homemade biscuits, log burning stoves, towels, full breakfast included from the hotel, an outdoor seating area and access to our outdoor toasty warm woodland shower as well as our very cute, wooden toilet cabin. Hairdryers are available in the hotel for your use.
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Derecroft Glamping Luxury Pods

1 unit · Glamping40 acres · Derecroft, England
Super-spacious glamping pods with hot tubs in County Durham
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Fieldhead Campsite

29 units · Glamping, Tents1 acre · Derbyshire, East Midlands
Popular hikers' campsite at the start of the Pennine Way and the foot of Kinder Scout, right next to a small visitor centre
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Sunrise Eco Glamping

8 units · Glamping4 acres · Retford, Nottinghamshire, East Midlands
Small-scale, eco-conscious glamping with plenty of luxuries, set in the Trent Valley
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Riverside camping in Yorkshire guide

Overview

England’s largest county is almost certainly its most diverse too. York sports perhaps the most intriguing history of any place in Britain, but beyond the city, huge heather-clad moors, emerald-coloured dales, and a shoreline of sandy beaches give the area a huge variety of landscapes—and some of the country’s best hiking. Add in river valleys with dramatic waterfalls, undulating farmers’ fields, and wildflower meadows edged by the coast, and you have plenty on your plate as a holiday-maker. Campers gravitate to the two national parks to launch their adventure: the campsite-rich Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors. Whether you fancy a week-long pitch in the Dales, a weekend wandering the Moors, or a cosy glamping getaway on the northeast coast, you'll find a Yorkshire camping site to suit.

Where to go

York

It’s almost impossible not to include York, Yorkshire’s beguiling capital, in your camping trip. This is an ancient walled stunner of a city arranged around one of England’s grandest cathedrals, with intriguing Viking heritage alongside a network of narrow medieval streets. The fertile, river-bisected Vale of York encircling the city bestows on the city some surprisingly varied camping possibilities. Closer to the centre, caravanners have the biggest choice of sites, but northeast of York there are some excellent countrified campsites.

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Britain’s third-biggest national park forms a large part of an impressive spread of protected countryside stretching from Lancashire to the Scottish border. Yorkshire Dales National Park is made up of lofty, exposed moorland distinguished by the lush and diverse dales, or valleys, that divide it. Swaledale, Wensleydale, Ribblesdale, Silverdale…even the names sound idyllic, and with dry-stone walls, isolated farms, and wildflower meadows, the Dales don’t disappoint. Skipton, Settle (both with train stations), and Kirkby Lonsdale are key gateways. Hiking hotspot Malham, with a visitor centre and spectacular nearby rock formations, is also a good introduction for campers keen to discover what the park offers.

North York Moors National Park

The county’s other national park squeezes into North Yorkshire, encompassing one of England’s largest expanses of heather moorland. Hugging lower elevations than the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors National Park nevertheless can feel just as wild with a mixture of heather moorland and woodland edged by a fantastic coastline of cliffs, beaches, and picturesque villages. The Cleveland Hills bulk up the park’s west, while the east side (the best area to camp) takes in a seaboard of mighty cliffs and deep coves, including the picturesque fishing villages of Staithes and Robin Hood’s Bay. The long-distance Cleveland Way National Trail runs around three sides of the park. After days exploring, settle down outside your tent to enjoy the stars overhead—Sutton Bank, Danby, and Dalby have been recognised as Dark Sky Discovery Sites.

East Yorkshire Coast

Kicking off east of Hull, the East Yorkshire coast with its dashing tracts of sandy beach stretches past traditional seaside resorts like Hornsea, Bridlington, and Filey—perfect for a seaside day with fish and chips, bucket and spades, and ice creams. The coast then rounds Flamborough Head, hosting one of Europe’s most important concentrations of seabirds, and continues to Scarborough, Britain’s first seaside resort. If you like the idea of wandering harbour towns with cobbled streets, look for campsites near Robin Hood Bay, Whitby, and Staithes. For wilder areas, try camping near Spurn Head, a wildlife-rich expanse of sand managed by the Yorkshire Wildlife Trust. It’s a coastline well-served by large caravanning and camping sites, though smaller outfitters can also be found.

Nidderdale AONB

Yorkshire’s next-largest area of protected countryside after the national parks extends off the southeast corner of the Yorkshire Dales. Spanning from just beyond Leeds north to Masham, its 233-square-mile area offers more of the same valley-divided moorland that the Dales has. The AONB also boasts iconic beauty spots such as Brimham Rocks’ wondrous rock formations, stunning ruined abbeys and historic market towns. Campers should start in Nidderdale valley itself: there is a great site near the enchanting How Stean Gorge.

Top Towns to Visit in Yorkshire

For many, the moors and dales of the national parks in Yorkshire are reason enough to visit, but there are plenty more landmarks within this mighty county that you might like to take a peek at while in the area.

  • The historic city of York is a top destination for sightseeing with eclectic treasures from its Roman walls to its famous gothic cathedral, York Minster.
  • The famous minster in the market town of Beverley has a still thriving market between its medieval buildings.
  • Malton, on the River Derwent, maintains its reputation as a market town by hosting a monthly food market that has helped seal the town’s reputation as a foodie hotspot.
  • Yorkshire’s industrial past is remembered in the UNESCO-protected town of Saltaire, which has a converted wool mill at its heart.
  • On the coast, must-see spots include picturesque Whitby with its ruined abbey, said to have been the inspiration for Dracula, and seaside Scarborough for kiss-me-quick entertainment with amusement arcades and sandy beaches.

Top towns in and near Yorkshire

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