Set in the beautiful and dramatic North Yorkshire Moors National Park, Ugthorpe Lodge Caravan Park is a quiet site that’s perfect for a base while exploring the national park, the coast and neighbouring Cleveland.
Close to the village of Ugthorpe, five miles from Whitby, this campsite is surrounded by trees, delightful countryside and has lovely views all around, including one of the hilltop Whitby Abbey. The open-plan site is situated around an imposing hunting lodge (actually a hotel and restaurant) that dates back to 1605, and has 20 spacious, level pitches for touring caravans, motorhomes and tents, all with electric hook-up.
Also on site are two new shepherd’s huts, available to hire for glamping holidays, and 70 static caravans (but these are all privately owned holiday homes and not for hire). An additional field provides space for caravan rallies.
It's a fine place to pitch on your motorhome, camping and caravan holidays in Yorkshire.
This is a dog friendly campsite, although your four-legged friends must be kept on a lead and exercised away from the caravan park. The adjacent hotel includes a restaurant plus bar (with a family room within the bar area that allows children to sit with their parents) and the option to purchase takeaway food. An alternative for a meal out is the Black Bull pub in the village of Ugthorpe itself, a traditional Yorkshire stone building with a quirky interior.
Located just off the A171, midway between Whitby and Guisborough, Ugthorpe Lodge Caravan Park is well placed for exploring both towns. Visit Whitby for the best fish and chips in the country (officially, with Quayside winning the National Fish and Chip Shop Award for 2014), and the opportunity to take boat trips along the coast, whether fishing trips with equipment provided, or pleasure tours on an old lifeboat. Climb the steps to Whitby Abbey, owned by English Heritage, to take in the views, explore the world of Captain Cook or imagine the world of Dracula and gothic drama.
You can also pick up the North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway from Whitby for a picturesque, olde world journey through the idyllic countryside of the North Yorkshire Moors. Alternative places to hop on and off include Goathland, once the film set for the long-running TV programme Heartbeat, and Grosmont, where the railway station is the very heart and soul of the village. The journey takes you all the way to Pickering, on the southern edge of the Moors.
Also within striking distance of Ugthorpe Lodge is the charming coastal fishing village of Staithes – indeed its distance makes it a perfect place for a cycle ride from the caravan park. Sit in the small fishing harbour to enjoy a drink at the village pub or a coffee in the tiny gift shop-cum-café. And don’t forget a visit to nearby Great Ayton, from where you can begin a walk to the summit of Roseberry Topping, one of the most recognisable landmarks in the area. A visit to the small Captain Cook Museum within his old school in the village is also a must – as is a trip to neighbouring Suggitt’s for an ice cream. Only vanilla is on offer – but it’s one of the best you’ll taste!
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