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Best campsites in the North York Moors National Park

Here are our expert-recommended campsites and attractions in and around the North York Moors National Park

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The North York Moors National Park is a stunning upland park with rugged moorland and dramatic cliff faces. It's a great place to go for a walk, cycle or drive.  The park is home to a variety of wildlife, including roe deer, hares and the elusive pine marten. There are also plenty of bird species to be seen, including raptors such as peregrine falcon and white-tailed eagles.

The Park covers an area of 554 square miles and is situated in the northeast of England. The North York Moors National Park Authority administers the park, and it features rolling moorland, high cliff faces and beautiful valleys.

The park has a wide range of activities available, including hiking, cycling, fishing and camping. The Lyke Wake Walk long-distance trail covers a distance of 40 miles from Scarth Wood Moor to Ravenscar on the coast; arguably the first named Long Distance Path in the country, it was most popular in the 1970s, and 80's when thousands of walkers crossed the moors each year. The park also has many attractive country pubs, making it a great place to spend a day or two.

Top North York Moors Attractions

Roseberry Topping
Roseberry Topping

Attractions include the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, which travels between Pickering and Whitby. The line passes through stunning scenery on its way between these two attractive and historic towns. The landscape of the park was created by the movement of glaciers during the last ice age, and it's home to interesting archaeology and wildlife sites, such as the Sutton Bank Visitor Centre and Castle Howard Arboretum

The coastline from Staithes to Scarborough is also worth a visit, with sandy beaches and rocky headlands. This stretch of coast is part of the Heritage Coast, which is designated as a protected area by Natural England. 

Roseberry Topping in the north of the park is a distinctively shaped sandstone hill that rises to a height of 320 meters. The summit was previously conical in shape until a section collapsed in 1912. It is a popular destination for walkers and can be seen from quite a distance. A moderate level of fitness is required as the path can be steep in places.

7 Top North York Moors Campsites

Best campsites in the North York Moors National Park

North Yorkshire Moors Caravan and Motorhome Club site is set within the relaxing and tranquil surrounds of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, the setting...

The Howard, Rosedale Abbey Caravan and Motorhome Club site is a most attractive, tranquil riverside location in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors National...

A great site in North Yorkshire, Scarborough West Ayton Caravan and Motorhome Club site is attractively set on several levels amongst some gorgeous natural greenery...

Golden Square Caravan & Camping Park is a popular, high quality, family-owned park. An exceptionally attractive caravan park has been created from an old quarry...

Cliff Farm Holidays is a 30-pitch touring caravan site that has spacious, hard standing pitches with 16 amp electric hook up. Every pitch can receive...

With a central location in the Vale of Pickering, Upper Carr is well placed for the many attractions the area has to offer. Part of...

Middlewood Farm is a level park, surrounded by hills and with views of the sea from some of the pitches. A short walk through the...

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