5 out-of-the-city campsites
Pack up your tent pegs and guide ropes, as it’s time to go camping.
Camping has had somewhat of a renaissance in recent years with more and more of us venturing out in to the great outdoors to spend a night under the stars. What’s more, with even better clothing and equipment now available, the experience can be a very pleasurable one without you having to compromise on some of your creature comforts!
We’ve pulled together a list of campsites along our route that you should definitely consider. Each one offers something slightly different so we’ve highlighted who these are most suited to.
The Hideaway at Baxton Manor, York
Nearest LNER station: York
You might have camped, but have you ever glamped? Glamping adventures are growing in popularity as campers ditch the traditional tent for a yurt, pod, hut or, in this case, an eco-pod or treehouse!
The Hideaway is a fantastic site that offers a range of different accommodation options that are equipped to a high standard.
A self-proclaimed ‘relax and unwind’ site, they are located close to the Howardian Hills meaning you have an abundance of great walks and cycle routes at your disposal.
This is very much the place for camping, campfires, and escaping to the countryside.
Pitches are sheltered, level and spacious and many include electric hook ups for tents and campervans.
There are areas reserved for adults and also areas where the whole family can stay - the best of both worlds, amongst a total of 40 pitches.
Best for: The quirky camper
This is the place to create great memories with a wide range of unique lodgings that capture the imagination.
How to get there
If you're meeting friends in York, you could car share the final part of your journey. Otherwise, there's a bus that takes from you York station to Husthwaite just a 15 minute walk from the campsite.
Loch Ness Shores, Inverness
Nearest LNER station: Inverness
Sometimes the longest journeys offer the greatest rewards, and we think that’s definitely true of this incredible campsite in the north of Scotland. Situated on the shores of the world-famous Loch Ness, the campsite offers panoramic views of the surrounding mountains.
The area itself has so much more to offer than just the legend of the Loch Ness monster, with historic sites like the magnificent Urquhart Castle, the charming town Fort Augustus and the village of Drumnadrochit all nearby.
If you needed further motivation, then the site is one of a few places around Loch Ness where you can get direct access to the shoreline. In fact, from Easter to the end of October motor boats and kayaks are available for hire.
Best for: The Nessie hunters
With so much to discover, you just need to head north to explore the awe-inspiring landscape and perhaps catch a glimpse of the mythical creature.
How to get there
From Inverness, the number 16 bus takes you into the village of Foyers. It's a short walk from the bus stop to the campsite.
Shephard’s Rest, Berwick Upon Tweed
Nearest LNER station: Berwick-upon-Tweed
The farm-based ‘Shephard’s Rest’ campsite is perfect for those who love the outdoor life and want to unwind with just the sounds of wildlife and farm animals as a backdrop.
Located in the Scottish Borders, just outside Berwick-upon Tweed, this family-run farm and campsite is the perfect base from which to enjoy the beautiful region with its magnificent coastline, fantastic walking routes and local attractions.
The campsite is well equipped with toilet and washing facilities, yet surrounded by an abundance of wildlife. Whilst guests are welcome to join the hosts to meet the animals living on the farm and even collect eggs from the free-range chickens.
What’s more, with no light pollution, the campsite offers stargazing opportunities to enjoy as you settle in for the night.
Best for: The wildlife lover
The working farm offers a wonderfully relaxing atmosphere with open views of the countryside and rolling hills beyond.
How to get there
This journey requires two buses which will drop you at Sandy Lane, just an 8 minute walk from the site.
Bainland Lodge Park, Lincolnshire
Nearest LNER station: Lincoln
If you’re unwilling to sacrifice certain luxuries on your camping trip then Bainland Lodge just outside Lincoln might be the perfect spot for you!
Boasting a plethora of different lodges, glamping tents and huts, you’ll definitely find accommodation to suit your taste. Many of the lodges have their own private hot tub and fantastic facilities to help you enjoy the outdoors in style. What’s more, they even deliver direct from the farm shop to your lodge!
For a day trip out, you’ll find the beautiful spa town of Woodhall Spa right on your doorstep, whilst the historic city of Lincoln is only 30 minutes down the road. Slightly further afield, the beach at Anderby Creek is perfect if you want to enjoy a quiet, relaxing afternoon by the sea.
Best for: Creatures of Comfort
Everything is catered for, leaving you to just relax – we’re sure you can manage that!
How to get there
The number 60 and 260 will take you from Berwick station.
Masons Campsite, Skipton
Nearest LNER station: Skipton
Located in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, Masons Campsite is surrounded by beautiful landscape on the banks of the River Wharfe. With plenty of things to do and places to eat, Masons is the perfect base from which to hike, adventure or relax.
The campsite is a short distance from the quaint villages of Grassington and Burnsall and only a few miles along the river from the historic site of Bolton Abbey. A particular highlight is the walk to the top of Simon’s Seat, where you can enjoy uninterrupted views of the campsite and valley below.
There are a range of on-site amenities, including toilet and washing facilities, a shop selling food and camping essentials, a Coffee and Bread Shed serving barista coffee and freshly-baked pastries, WiFi and fire pit hire.
If you want to embrace the countryside whilst still enjoying some home comforts, Masons also offers yurts and safari tents. Equipped with fairy lights, warm blankets, separate cooking areas and toasty log burners, these glamping options are sure to make your stay in the Yorkshire Dales extra special.
Best for: The adventurer
Spend the day exploring the breathtaking landscape of the Yorkshire Dales before returning to base to relax and unwind by the River Wharfe.
How to get there
This journey requires two buses which will drop you at Rinhams, just a 1 minute walk from the site.