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Spen House Camping and Caravan Site

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Does evening entertainment on a camping holiday leave you knock-kneed at the very thought? Do rowdy clubhouses make you want to flee in the opposite direction? Have some Spen-did peace while staying close to the action by pitching up at this bucolic base in the North Yorkshire countryside instead.

Spen House Caravan and Camping Site is a peaceable park in rural surroundings, but is easy to get to from the A1(M) motorway is and eight miles from posh and popular spa town Harrogate. The big smokes of Leeds and York are within half an hour’s drive, and we bet bright kids will shine at Lightwater Theme Park just 15 minutes away…

This is a back to base-ics park for those who don’t fancy on-site clubhouses, swimming pools or restaurants on their North Yorkshire hol, just a quiet farm site with loads of space to roll up at with tent, tourer or motorhome and roll away from on convenient outings each day. Pitches are a mix of hardstanding and grass with optional electric hook-up, and non-electric grass pitches for tents around three acres of field; dogs are allowed for free if they’re well-behaved and kept on leads.

Amenities include a loo and shower block with hairdryer and shaver sockets, a ladies-only shower, a washing-up area and a fridge/freezer for guests’ use; battery charging is available free of charge. The Spen House team also has a stack of brochures, maps and local knowledge/suggestions for walks, bike rides, horse rides, wildlife watching and North Yorkshire climbing in the local area and in the nearby North York Moors and Yorkshire Dales national park. If you fancy fishing, Jim at the Spen House tackle shop in Boroughbridge two miles from base will sort you out with day licenses, bait and all you need to know about the area’s angling hotspots.

Secure supplies at the Morrisons supermarket a mile away and meals at the White Swan pub within walking distance at Spen House’s local village of Minskip (many more pubs are conveniently placed around the local footpaths and bridleways to start or finish a hike or hack). Boroughbridge is well supplied with independent shops, pubs, cafés and restaurants.


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Features

Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment

Fishing

Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away

Tennis

TV room

Watersports

Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access

Launderette

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area

Wifi

Utilities

Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Hard standings

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Themes

Budget/backpacker

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby

Type

Farm

Medium (26-50 pitches)

Location

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  • Minskip Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, England, YO51 9JF
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 54.0763°N 1.4084°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Knaresborough Bus Station — 5.3 miles
Ripon Bus Station — 6.2 miles
Harrogate Bus Station — 7.8 miles
Train stations
Knaresborough Rail Station — 5.3 miles
Cattal Rail Station — 6.5 miles
Starbeck Rail Station — 6.5 miles
Ferry ports
Transporter Bridge South Side — 35.8 miles
Airports
Leeds Bradford International Airport — 17.6 miles

Directions


From the A1 northbound, take Junction 48 signposted Boroughbridge and Ripon. Go left off the slip road onto the A6055, signposted Knaresborough and Minskip. At the roundabout follow the signs for Minskip village. Look out for the signpost for Spen House on your right. Enter the gates and continue forward, the site is the first paddock you get to.

From the A1 southbound, take Junction 48 for Boroughbridge and Ripon. Go left off the slip road and take the A6055 signed Knaresborough and Minskip. Go past two roundabouts into the village 250 yards off the motorway. Look out for the signpost for Spen House. Enter the gates and continue forward. The site is the first paddock you get to.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

First up, it would be diabolical to spend time around Boroughbridge and not go to weave around the Devil’s Arrows, three Bronze Age menhirs just off the A1 (there were thought to have been four, but one was probably pilfered during the eighteenth century to build a bridge. Tsk.) They include the second highest menhir in the UK at over 22 feet tall; the highest, Rudston Monolith at over 25 feet, is at Rudston about an hour and a half to the east. The ‘Stonehenge of the North’, the three Thornborough henges, are about 20 minutes’ drive to Boroughbridge’s north-west.

Next up, basing yourself at Spen House puts you in a niftily handy spot to take in pretty much any of the highlights of North Yorkshire including stately homes and historical houses, city museums and coastal walks, statement gardens and hill walks among nature reserves and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty… Riding stables are nearby at Knaresborough and Harrogate to canter around the local countryside, with a heap more hacks available around both of North Yorkshire’s national parks and the Nidderdale AONB.

Two of North Yorkshire’s/the country’s best known gardens are less than 15 minutes’ drive away: the RHS Garden Harlow Carr at Harrogate and the really rather super Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden near Ripon, with a Georgian water garden, Cistercian abbey and medieval deer park to wander around – follow the follies trail around the gardens for some of their best views.

The award-winning gardens of Newby Hall with adventure garden for children are also about 15 minutes’ drive from Spen House, but if crumbling piles are more your thing, have a day out at the Norman fortress of Knaresborough Castle and its museum with items from its Tudor court on the upper storey. Some time can then be spent below decks at Knaresborough’s Mother Shipton's Cave and petrifying well and its family-friendly museum, two adventure playgrounds and quiz trail.

Must see

  • Fountains Abbey (7.5 miles)
  • Beningbrough Hall (8.9 miles)
  • RHS Garden Harlow Carr (9.3 miles)

National Trust

  • Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden (7.5 miles)
  • Beningbrough Hall and Gardens (8.9 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.

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