One man and his dog explore Yorkshire
How to explore the best of Whitby, Bridlington and York's top attractions on a three week caravan road trip
By: Andrew Ditton (and his dog Dougal) | 17 Dec 2018, 1.40pm
Magnificent moors, breathtaking beaches and splendid steam trains – Yorkshire really does have something for everyone. Andrew Ditton and his dog Dougal enjoyed a three-week, seven-stop tour of the fabulous county whilst staying at local Club sites and Certificated Locations. Highlights are taken from the December 2018 Club magazine.
The perfect brunch stop: Falling Foss Tea Gardens, North Yorkshire
The charming seaside resort of Whitby lies about 15 minutes’ drive from the site, offering a wealth of attractions. Top of the list is Whitby Abbey, the remains of a Gothic wonder that inspired Bram Stoker when writing Dracula.
North Yorkshire Moors Club site is the perfect spot to unwind and get into the Yorkshire vibe. It's only a short stroll to the Falling Foss Tea Gardens and waterfall.
Also nearby is the harbour and town, where you’ll find plenty of independent shops and cafés (as well as award-winning chippies). You could also spend a pleasant hour wandering the streets around Robin Hood’s Bay where you can admire the cottages, flowers and sweet little shops.
Cycling heaven on The Cinder Track and through Dalby Forest
For something a little more ‘off-road’, just a 20 minute pedal from The Fox and Rabbit Inn CL near Lockton is Dalby Forest where you can choose from a variety of routes, from the family-friendly to the absolutely bonkers. If you're looking for a middle-of-the-road option, the six-mile Jubilee Blue Trail is excellent fun.
There is a cycle path from Robin Hood’s Bay into Whitby called The Cinder Track that goes through the North York Moors National Park.
Climb the steepest road in England, also known as the Chimney Bank
The Howard, Rosedale Abbey Club site is a little slice of Utopia. Set in a pretty village, there's a friendly pub across the road and two delightful tea shops within 100 yards of the entrance.
Mix all that with a variety of walks affording stunning views and what more could you ask for? Chimney Bank shares the title of ‘steepest road in England’ and makes for a breathtaking walk. You can always cheat and drive up, continuing over beautiful moorland to the ridiculously pretty village of Hutton-le-Hole where there is a charming folk museum and a number of gorgeous cafés.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway - as seen on TV
One not to be missed is the North Yorkshire Moors Railway which has termini at Pickering and Whitby. Consider alighting at Goathland Station to explore the village where the TV drama, Heartbeat, was set.
A visit to the ancient market town of Pickering is a popular day out from both The Howard and our next site – Wykeham Grange CL. The latter offers electric hook-ups and stunning views but you’re probably going to need a vehicle to get to most attractions.
You can also embark on a couple of walks from the village – either to Grosmont Station up the line, or a triangular ramble taking in Mallyan Spout waterfall.
Exploring Sewerby Hall - 50 acres of garden, woodland and a small zoo
Next on our itinerary was the redeveloped Bridlington Club site. The site is popular with motorhomers thanks to the hourly bus service that takes you right into the town where there are amusements and fish n’ chips joints aplenty along with a quaint harbour.
Also within walking distance of the site is Sewerby Hall where you can easily spend the entire day, meandering around the beautiful house, enjoying the 50 acres of garden and woodland or visiting the small zoo. One of the biggest draws in the area is the RSPB reserve at Bempton Cliffs - admission is free to Club members– where you’ll see puffins and the most amazing display of gannets.
Stepping through history; York's old cobbled streets of The Shambles
No trip to Yorkshire would be complete without visiting York. On this particular trip, two bases were used to explore the city: Red House CL – the kind of small site most members dream about – followed by York Beechwood Grange, which is situated next to the park and ride service into the city.
York is home to more attractions per square mile than any other destination in the UK, apparently, but my favourite pastime is to simply wander. You can lose yourself among the overhanging timber-framed buildings of The Shambles and the Museum Gardens, working your way from café to café and delighting in the cosy independent shops.
This tour of Yorkshire lasted three weeks, yet you may still come away feeling like you've barely scratched the surface. The sign of a good holiday is a yearning to return, and with that Andrew says "I’ll be back"!
About the author
Andrew Ditton (and Dougal)
I have been caravanning since I was knee-high to a jockey wheel, originally in a 1969 Thomson Glenmore, and first joined the Club when I was 17. Nowadays you’ll find me with Dougal, my trusty dog, living the dream in a variety of caravans, van conversions, and motorhomes. We tour the length and breadth of Europe on a year-round basis, but my heart is very much in Scotland and especially the beautiful Western Isles. I love the Outer Hebrides so much, I even learned to speak the Gaelic.
Touring is all about freedom, adventure, discovery, and spontaneity. Club Sites are great when I need to relax in the knowledge that I'm going to have everything I need to hand in order to feel safe and comfortable. However, in the warmer months, my preference is to find a quiet and remote CL where I can get back to basics and back to nature.