We have just returned from a 16-day stay at this wonderful site in an ideal location within the North York Moors. The Howard has basic facilities and this was what we were after as we have on-board toilet and shower. The site is very clean and kept very tidy by the wardens Martin and Sally who are clearly proud of their site. We received a very friendly welcome from the relief wardens, Sandra and Terry and received great help from Terry when I had a problem with the caravan electrics. Martin and Sally the site wardens were very friendly and whilst we were on a trip out from the site we received a call from Sally notifying us of a serious road traffic collision that had closed the main route in and out of the site allowing us to divert over the moors on our return.
The pitches are level and well spaced. There is some traffic noise from the road that is adjacent to the site. This starts about 5am and continued until late evening, probably because of the exceptional weather during our stay. For children there are no play facilities on site (hence the lower marking in the category’god for families’) but for me this site is about exploring the wonderful North York Moors and given that this site is within the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, it is an ideal location.
There is no mobile signal on site and very limited wi-fi access on-site available only at one hot spot by the reception. To be fair this is stated on the site web-page. This was a disadvantage as in the evenings we like to research places that we have visited or seen during our trips out and this we were were unable to do. The club should consider investing in wi-fi.
Locally there is a small store and Post Office in the village where basic needs such as bread and milk are available as well as a sandwich shop and cafe. The local pub also does a limited take-away meals service. Nearest supermarkets are about eight or so miles away in Pickering.
There are some lovely places to visit nearby such as Chimney Bank, Rieveaux Abbey the villages of Hutton-le-Hole with the Ryedale Folk Museum, Goathland, Grosmont and to Whitby Abbey with lots of little villages and hamlets across the moors. The North York Moors Railway can be boarded for a trip through the Eskdale Valkey to Whitby. Well worth a trip, although a little expensive. Discount vouchers are available at the site entrance.
One criticism, not of the site or the wardens but of some dog owners who walked their dogs across vacant grass pitches and allowed their dogs to wee or do their business where others could erect their awnings or have children playing. There is no designated dog-walking area.
All in all, a wonderful site with great wardens. We will, without hesitation return in the future. Hopefully wi-if will be available by then.