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Lakeside luxury in East Yorkshire where wildlife abounds

Sometimes it takes a fresh pair of eyes to point out something that’s been staring you in the face all along. Such was the case at the Lee family’s potato farm in East Yorkshire. The land here, once mined for it’s fine gravel that runs in a 10-mile seam towards Hull, is today a patchwork of rich, fertile fields, sewn together by greening hedgerows and spotted with pools of water that have flooded the old gravel pits. Yet it wasn’t until friends visited that the idea of sharing the place with fellow nature lovers was struck. And thus Kingfisher Lakes glamping site was born.

Set between two large lakes (owner's Philip and Jo's favourite walking spot), there’s no special prize for guessing how this glamping site got its name. The place is a wonder for wildlife. Resident kingfishers can be spotted by the quietest of campers and herons sometimes appear on the water's edge, if you’re lucky. The glamping accommodation is even named after some of the residents here, with the Dragon Fly Safari Tent in honour of the colourful creatures that dance around the lakes.

In terms of what’s on offer, the glamping area, located just off of a quiet country lane and surrounded by mature willow trees, is well equipped and ideal for groups and families. Comprised of a couple of safari tents and yurts, each abode comes complete with proper beds, warming wood-burning stoves and lighting inside. Each also has access to a covered cooking area and there’s a central, wooden lodge where the toilets, showers and washing-up area are found. Firepits are available to hire for marshmallow melting sessions in the evening, usually accompanied by beer from the local brewery, a nice addition to the Kingfisher Lakes Welcome Hampers you can buy.

While the area is popular with walkers – paths lead directly from the glamping site entrance and deer are often spotted in the neighbouring fields – it’s still the lake that’s most rewarding. You can borrow two person kayaks, for a paddle on the waters, and fishing rods are available to hire if you don’t have your own. During the school holidays, meanwhile, farmer Phil is happy to take little ones for a tour of the farm, where they can learn about the potato growing cycle and discover how they end up at fish and chip shops far and wide. In fact, you’ll find some of the country's finest chippys in nearby Hull and Scarborough – two ideal day tripping destinations, each less than an hour away. A day at the seaside and a research trip all rolled into one!

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The campsite owner says

We are a family-run site and eager for others to experience the special location we have on our working potato farm. You will find us bang in between two lakes and just off a country lane, giving you endless options for walks, bike rides, kayaking, fishing or just simply watching the sunset over the fields and the moonlight shimmering on the water.


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