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The Howard, Rosedale Abbey Club Campsite
Rosedale Abbey, Pickering, North Yorkshire, YO18 8SAView on map
Why stay here ...
The Howard Rosedale Abbey Club Campsite is a most attractive, tranquil riverside location in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, on the edge of Rosedale Abbey and north of Pickering - one of popular North Yorkshire caravan sites. This is very much 'Heartbeat' country and fans of the television show are bound to recognise locations and the atmosphere of the television programme. Farndale Valley is adjacent to the caravan site and here the famous wild daffodils can be enjoyed around Easter time; in mid-August the Rosedale show is another not-to-be-missed event.
You will find the coast is within easy driving distance of the Howard Rosedale Abbey Club Campsite and all the conveniences you could want are available in nearby Pickering, together with the terminus of North Yorkshire Moors Steam Railway. There are also many interesting historic sites to visit in the vicinity, such as the fascinating Jurassic rock formations at National Trust Bridestones, and nearby English Heritage sites, Pickering Castle, Whitby Abbey and Helmsley Castle. For the active, there are extensive opportunities for walking and cycling in the forests close to the caravan park. A short stroll away, the village of Rosedale boasts two lovely pubs and a hotel.
Please note: this site does not have a toilet block.
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Offers available to Club members
Please only use the recommended directions on this website or in your Sites Directory and Handbook for the final approach and not sat nav, as alternative roads are unsuitable roads for towing.
Use following route only: caravans are not allowed on A170 Sutton Bank. Follow caravan advisory route. Turn right off A170 (Pickering - Thirsk) in about 2.25 miles into Wrelton village (signposted Cropton, Hartoft, Rosedale); care required in 2.5 miles at Cropton village (steep gradient and humpback bridge); continue following signposts Rosedale. The site is on the left on the outskirts of Rosedale village opposite Coach House public house.
- YO18 8SA
- Lat 54.35222 / Lon -0.88579
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- Buses go to: There is one bus a week on a Monday into Pickering
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OK, we do read reviews so let's look at some of the issues: - the road past the site is a minor road, and has very light traffic; we saw two HGVs and one cement mixer in three days; the noisiest noise was the occasional rattle of the sheep farmers' trailers. The place is so quiet that all we heard was birdsong 99.9% of the time, and we found it very peaceful, although to be fair we took a pitch on the side away from the road.
- phone signal: zero, and zero for miles around too. There is a club wifi hotspot outside the reception area, so you have to sit on the becnh by the birdfeeder if you are doing anything long winded. The wardens have chivvied the Club to install full wifi for all the site but it's hurry up and wait. The local pubs all have free wifi in any case, so that's a pleasure to sample great beers and catch up on the world. I'm from the generation where you used to have to walk to a phonebox to stay in touch, so 21st century problems like this are not an issue.
The wardens were lovely - we pitched on the beck side of the site, put our van facing the beck, rabbits everywhere, a Dipper in the stream, and song birds galore. We basically had a 10 metre grass lawn in front of us up to where the beck fence is - that's bigger than our garden.
The facilities were spotless and well maintained. The drive in from the A170 isn't too hard but there are some narrower sections, bumpy roads, steepish little dips and rises, and a couple of interesting corners. As a novice tower, I just took my time. The village has three good pubs, two cafes, and a small shop. It's idyllic, and you could almost think you were back in the twenties. However in the Easter holidays it did seem like a good idea to book a table in the pubs if you wanted to eat.
Over a three night stay, we visited Thornton-le-Dale, Pickering castle, Rievaulx Abbey, Helmsley town, and Helmsley Castle, and drove through Hetton-le-Hole where there is an intriguing folk museum we will have to visit next time we stay. Nice site - we hope to visit again!
Two stars for family friendliness only on the basis there are no playgrounds, ropeswings, etc - just like campsites were when I was a kid - so not a criticism of the site at all, just info for campers with kids if you need a bit more from a site.
Site contact details
- 01751 417842