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Golden Square Touring and Camping Park

9.4

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General

  • Scenic, spacious site on the edge of the Yorkshire Moors National Park
  • Two playgrounds, indoor play area, bike hire and pitch and putt
  • Award-winning amenities, licensed shop and homemade cakes for sale

Families, couples and even the family dog, get ready to strike gold. Popular Golden Square Touring and Camping Park on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park is an absolute gem of a site – safe, scenic, spacious, well-maintained and with enough to do to keep guests of all sizes busy for days.

Once the kids are persuaded to leave the two outdoor playgrounds, indoor play area, pitch and putt and football field, countryside walks and trails start direct from the park; seaside frolics at Scarborough and surrounds are an hour away, and a sports centre with indoor pool is five minutes’ drive down the road. Those who prefer to take to two wheels can hire bikes on site and ask the Golden Square owners for info on the best cycling and mountain bike trails in the area; there be loads.

Away from the hum of activities, Golden Square has glittering little touches all over: two luxury stone-built and heated toilet and shower blocks – winner of the local Loo of the Year accolade; two disabled/family bathrooms, and an on-site licensed shop selling caravan accessories, toys, games, groceries and essentials like bread and milk (it sells daily newspapers and homemade cakes too; a golden opp for stretching out in the sun, perhaps…).

Pitches are warm, sheltered and kept secluded by specially planted trees, hedges and shrubs; the park has also been designed on three levels so that even in the height of the summer season it doesn’t feel crowded.

And as it’s North Yorkshire, the views at Golden Square are solid gold too: moorland, forest and farm stretching all around and into the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors.

Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award

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9.4

Overall rating based on 113 reviews

 

97% would recommend this site to a friend.

96% would stay here again.

 

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Good site with decent pitches for tents, friendly staff and clean 31/10/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Chanel T. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Children's playground's were very good - they had a smaller one and a larger wooden one so covered all ages with those.
    The licence plate recognition barrier made it really secure and worked on our arrival.
    The location was a plus and there was helpful info about the nearest pubs etc in reception.
    Staff were friendly and helpful at all times so absolutely no complaints there.
    Main toilet block/facilities were very clean and well lit. Heated floors in shower area were working and warm. Liked the addition of the family/disabled bathroom as well as it meant we weren't crammed into a smaller shower cubicle.
    Site was very clean and free from rubbish and debris and was pretty quiet as well after 9pm/before 8am.
    Shop prices were very reasonable and we were more than happy with the cost of the site as well.
    Does have an indoor games area but we didn't go in. And also a mini golf area too. Unsure of costs again as we didnt use.
    Has WiFi on site (but is costly).

    Disliked: 

    Cost of washing machine (£3.00 for a 50 min cycle) and £1+ for tumble dryer use, which although not extortionate was a little pricey after a few loads.
    We did ask for a pitch near to the toilets as we were in a tent with a 4yr old but were sited a good 10min walk to the main block. Not great at 3am! We could have been sited with the tourers which were closer but needed a pitch with drainage due to being in a tent.
    The field that directed you to the dog walk and dog walk itself was full of sheep - no good for a German Shepherd off lead so she was kept strictly on at all times.
    Although we booked with Pitch up and received a call the next day to confirm our booking, on arrival they couldn't find the booking. Staff were very apologetic and couldn't do enough to rectify this - we managed to get it sorted but glad it happened in the off season when the site was quiet.
    Showers worked but the water temperature varied from hot to very hot which weren't suitable for a 4yr olds skin. We ended up in the family bathroom but that was the same. Would shell out the £1 next time and run a bath instead where we could add more cold.
    None of the above were reported to the campsite as we didn't want to make a fuss so perhaps some of these could have been resolved onsite.

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Good site with cleanliness high priority 16/10/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Jack R. Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Clean and quiet site

    Disliked: 

    Having to leave for 12 as 1pm would be better

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Brilliant site, with clean facilities! Lovely pitches! 09/10/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Anne L. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    We had a great time. The staff were friendly and helpful. The site was clean and tidy!! Will be going again!

    Disliked: 

    Nothing

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Excellent site for a visit to North Yorkshire 02/10/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom David A. Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Friendly welcome, lovely views from our pitch, toilet and shower block was clean and warm, location suited us perfectly.

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very welcoming as we booked in, the staff very pleasant ... 29/09/2017

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    very welcoming as we booked in, the staff very pleasant and helpful, the showers and toilets were spotless, the two kids play areas were very good, plenty of water taps through out the site, the pitches were a decent size shop well stocked, will definitely return with the grandkids

    Disliked: 

    nothing

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Clean plentiful facilities, could be signs regarding noise at night 18/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Kirsty L. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Play area
    Bathroom facilities
    Small shop
    Tent pitch area
    Friendly staff
    1 helpful member of staff walked me to my pitch which was very much appreciated

    Disliked: 

    Quite noisy late at night, everyone has fun but when it goes on until 2am it isnt fun anymore, could be signs about to advise people to be more considerate.

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Amazing stay 18/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Viki H. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Very clean nice place plenty for kids to do

    Disliked: 

    None

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Plot sizes goog, the facilities are clean and well kept ... 11/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Matthew C. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric hardstanding touring pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    Plot sizes goog, the facilities are clean and well kept and there's plenty for the kids on site

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kids loved both play parks, 04/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Gary C. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Electric grass pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
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    kids loved both play parks,

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A great place with clean and working facilities close to Helmsley 04/09/2017

Reviewer's country: United Kingdom Nigel H. Mobile phone icon Confirmed

  • Non-electric grass tent pitch
  • Recommend to friends   Visit again
  • Liked: 

    The toilets and showers
    The views
    The spaciousness.

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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

Drainage hook-up points for tourers

Fully serviced pitches

Hard standings

Motorhome service point

Seasonal pitches

Tourer storage facilities

Water hook-up points for tourers

Rules

Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Nearby leisure

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Leisure/theme park nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing 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

Large (51-200 pitches)

Location

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  • Oswaldkirk Helmsley, North Yorkshire, England, YO62 5YQ
  • Timezone Europe/London GMT (GMT+00:00)   GPS 54.2104°N 1.0754°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Thirsk: Market Place Clock Coach Stop — 10.9 miles
Pickering: Eastgate Coach Stop — 12.4 miles
Malton Bus Station — 12.5 miles
Train stations
Thirsk Rail Station — 12.1 miles
Malton Rail Station — 12.5 miles
Poppleton Rail Station — 16.5 miles
Ferry ports
Transporter Bridge South Side — 26.5 miles
Transporter Bridge North Side — 26.6 miles
Airports
Durham Tees Valley Airport — 25.3 miles

Directions


By car:
Take the A1 and exit at Junction 49 to join the A168. Take the second sign for Thirsk, in order to avoid the town centre and at the roundabout take the A19 south to York. After approximately 3 miles, turn left signposted 'Caravan route Helmsley' and at Coxwold turn left for Ampleforth. Immediately after driving through Ampleforth, take the left-hand fork for Helmsley and you will see us on your left-hand side approximately 1.5 miles down the road.

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

Golden Square Touring and Camping Park is above Ampleforth village which has two village pubs serving meals and snacks (and ale); several more pubs as well as restaurants and cafés are available in the market town of Helmsley a few miles away.

The 110-mile Cleveland Way starts in Helmsley, looping around the North York Moors National Park and ending at Filey via the North Yorkshire and Cleveland Heritage Coast to end at Filey.

Both Ampleforth and Helmsley have public swimming pools – Ampleforth’s indoor at the college sports centre, and Helmsley’s outdoor and open in the summer months. The sports centre also has indoor and outdoor tennis, squash and badminton, with more of the same at several other leisure centres within driving distance.

Outdoors, there are endless opportunities in the 554 square miles of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park: pony trekking across the moors, rock climbing and off-road driving area mere few of the pursuits here to suit all tastes.

If you prefer a more peaceful time, professional fly fishing tuition is to hand close to Golden Square and fishing lakes are at Castle Howard, Terrington and Hovingham; for golf, five courses are within 12 miles including Gilling Castle two miles away, Kirkbymoorside within six; Easingwood ten, and Malton and Thirsk within 12 miles.

Near Ampleforth, Helmsley and around North Yorkshire you’ll also find stately homes, castles and historic houses galore; days out for the kids such as Flamingo Land and Go Ape!, and museums, shopping and first-class foodie establishments in fantastic York about an hour away. Make time for the seaside too: Filey, Bridlington and Whitby are all within easy driving distance of Scarborough and all worth a day trip (each).

Those looking for a bird’s eye view over the moors can pick up a hang-gliding or paragliding lesson from stunning Sutton Bank near Thirsk – don’t get dizzy if it’s your first time; the instructor will be up there with you too.

Must see

  • Duncombe Park (1.9 miles)
  • Rievaulx Terrace & Temples (NT) (3.6 miles)
  • Rievaulx Abbey (3.7 miles)

National Trust

  • Rievaulx Terrace (3.6 miles)
  • Nunnington Hall (4.0 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.

Policies

Permitted arrival/departure time

Camping and touring
Arrive:  1 p.m. –  8 p.m.
Depart:  12 p.m.

Golden Square Touring and Camping Park cancellation policy

No penalties

If you need to cancel or amend your booking, please give as much notice as possible so that someone else has the chance to book. You may wish to buy holiday insurance for cancellations and for your property/injury whilst away.

Please note that your deposit is paid to Pitchup.com and is non-refundable.

Payment

A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now.

The remainder is payable on arrival.

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Please read the park terms and conditions below and the Pitchup.com terms and conditions.

Dogs
Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.

General
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Safety
Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Open fires are prohibited.

Visitors
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.

Additional terms

Water supply is by meter so please use sensibly e.g. no water fights or playing around at water standpipes. Washing of cars, caravans or filling of padding pools not permitted.

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