Runswick Bay is a small village clutching the slopes of a sweeping bay. Narrow lanes weave through the red-roofed houses, past the thatched coastguard's cottage and down to the pristine sandy beach. At its edges, children armed with colourful nets clamber on the rocks, their crabbing hotspot framed by Lingrow Knowle, a lofty crag towering high above. Buckets fill with captured crustaceans as parents roll up their towels for the steep walk back to their hilltop destination: Runswick Bay Caravan & Camping Park.
This convivial campsite has a mix of glamping, pitches with some hard standings, electric hookups and a spacious tent camping field. The site has a scattering of mains water taps with a well maintained sanitary block in the centre. Its exposed hilltop position is remedied by trees around the border, providing shelter from the wind, while gaps in the greenery reveal breathtaking views inland across the North York Moors.
The campsite is dog friendly, as is the whole of Runswick Bay in general, with a pet-welcoming pub just around the corner that serves tasty grub and local cask ales. From here it’s an easy tumble down the steep lane to the beach – perfect for amateur fossil hunters wandering the Jurassic coastline. Those hoping to leave the car behind can trek the Cleaveland Way north to Staithes where stone houses huddle around a picturesque harbour. Or head south to Whitby – an essential stop for visitors to the North Yorkshire Coast. The latter is a 15 minute drive for those wanting to avoid the day's walk.
Runswick Bay Caravan & Camping Park is certainly a site that owes a lot to its surroundings, but that shouldn’t retract from the splendour of the place itself. Owners Jim and Caroline are wonderfully welcoming, facilities are well maintained and the onsite office is a helpful place to grab a bottle of milk or ask about local attractions. The package is complete: a congenial space to pitch the tent and a wealth of sights on the doorstep.
The campsite owner says
A beautiful campsite on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park in the charming village of Runswick Bay. We are walking distance to the bay, a selection of fantastic British pubs and minutes from the Cleveland Way coastline walk. Glamping at Runswick Bay is amazing! our(Dog friendly) 'Primrose Cottage' the ultimate glamping experience! And now our amazing Beach House....Everything you need for your stay is included: double down quilt, pillows, linens for 2 persons, full dinnerware set, glassware, cutlery, tea and coffee facilities, cooking pot, frying pan, cooking utensils, electricity supply, electric travel kettle, electric stove effect heater,2 single futon beds or double futon, (bedding and towels for children and towels must be provided by yourselves), gas BBQ with fuel, fire-pit with your first night fire basket included (extra fire baskets can be bought from the office), wooden gazebo, wooden picnic table
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