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- Well-maintained park in the Vale of York
- Near James Herriot and Brontë country in Thirsk and Haworth
- Private fishing lake, nature trails and heated amenities block
Set in the Vale of York near the market town of Thirsk (Darrowby in the James Herriot books), Otterington Park is a place to please all creatures great and small.
Grownups can angle for a spot to land several fishy types at the park’s private one-acre fishing lake, while tiddlers can caper along the nature walks laid on exclusively for Otterington Park fry of all sizes. Then try a tramp along the stream or breaking out the hard-boiled eggs in one of the picnic areas: the park covers 25 acres so even solitary types should be able to find a secluded spot to sink down in.
The site has a heated amenities block with ladies’ and gents’ toilets, shower rooms, a bathroom and disabled facilities. There’s also a parent and baby washroom, launderette and a play area for the tadpoles on site.
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Large groups: check the listing page for any group restrictions set out in the terms and section titled ‘Please note’.
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Excellent site with very clean facilities and friendly staff.
Excellent, clean site. Friendly site. Great location
Good pitch , friendly people, security seemed very good.
Fantastic and warm welcoming site!!
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Tourer storage facilities
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
- Coach stations
Thirsk: Market Place Clock Coach Stop — 5.0 miles
5.0 miles Catterick Coach Stop — 10.5 miles
10.5 miles Ripon Bus Station — 11.2 miles
- Train stations
Northallerton Rail Station — 3.2 miles
3.2 miles Thirsk Rail Station — 4.6 miles
4.6 miles Yarm Rail Station — 14.5 miles
- Ferry ports
Transporter Bridge South Side — 21.9 miles
21.9 miles Transporter Bridge North Side — 22.0 miles
Durham Tees Valley Airport — 15.4 miles
Travelling from the north west: take the A1 southbound from Scotch Corner to the A684 junction at Leeming Bar, signposted for Northallerton. At the large roundabout on the outskirts of Northallerton, take the third exit, signposted Boroughbridge A167. Travel approximately 4 miles to South Otterington. At crossroads in village turn left, signposted to Thornton-le-Moor. The caravan park is on the left approximately half a mile from the junction.
Travelling from the south: turn off the A1 at the A168 Dishforth junction, signposted to Teesside and Thirsk. Travel just over a mile along the A168 and take the minor slip road to left signposted Asenby, Cundall and Helperby. Follow the slip road round to the left, to the main road with a pub called the Crab and Lobster on your right hand side. Keep on that road for half a mile into the village of Topcliffe, and bear right over the River Swale bridge, past the church on your left. Turn left opposite the Angel Inn, signposted to Northallerton. Travel approximately 8 miles along the A167 to South Otterington. Just past Walkers Garage on your right hand side, turn right at the crossroads, signposted to Thornton-le-Moor. The caravan park is on your left, approximately half a mile from the junction.
Travelling from the north east, take the A19 south to the South Kilvington and first Thirsk slip road. At the roundabout, take the second exit, signposted A168 to Northallerton. Travel along A168 for approximately 2 to 3 miles. Take the first turning to the left, signposted Thornton-le-Moor and South Otterington. Follow the road, straight through the village of Thornton-le-Moor, towards South Otterington. Drive over a railway bridge. The caravan park entrance is approximately 100 yards on your right hand side.
Use Otterington Park as a base to explore the Yorkshire moors and dales: there are local rights of way within a short distance of the park and walking maps available from reception.
Brontë and James Herriot country are both nearby for hikes, cycling or horseback cantering; the James Herriot visitor attraction and museum is in nearby Thirsk.
From Northallerton, take a quick train trip to the historic city of York, a must-see for history and culture types with its Minster, medieval city walls and National Rail Museum (even the kids can be persuaded to come along for a day trip once you tell them about the Jorvik Viking Museum).
The spa town of Harrogate is easily reachable too, as is Durham, another must-see with its Norman cathedral and eleventh century castle, both designated as a World Heritage Site. There are Park and Ride schemes at both Durham and York if you’d rather take the car.
The county of Yorkshire is history and heritage rich, with castles, country houses, stately homes and abbeys abounding: Castle Howard, Helmsley Castle, Newby Hall and The Abbey of Byland are only a few of the time-travelling treats on offer.
If you’re more geared towards family fun, oodles of options are in Yorkshire, from play centres in Northallerton to the Sion Birds of Prey Centre in Thirsk. Let the little monkeys swing free at Aerial Extreme on the Camp Hill Estate in Bedale, peer at the meerkats in Thorpe Perrow Gardens, or go loopy at the extreme rides of Flamingo Land.
And no trip to Yorkshire would be complete without a trip to the seaside: scare the kids silly by ghoulishly relating Dracula’s tale to them over fish and chips on the beach at Whitby, cruise along to coastal fishing villages such as Staithes and Runswick Bay, or arrow along to Robin Hood’s Bay just an hour’s drive from Otterington.
The kids can paddle in the beck at the Falling Foss waterfall before behaving very nicely during a cream tea in the acclaimed tea garden at the waterfall’s top, then get scared silly all over again on the Robin Hood’s Bay Ghost Walk telling the story of the bay’s smugglers, sailors, myths and folklore (details from the Robin Hood’s Bay Visitor Centre or Whitby's tourist information centre).
- Rievaulx Abbey (12.5 miles)
- Rievaulx Terrace & Temples (NT) (12.7 miles)
- Jervaulx Abbey (12.8 miles)
- Mount Grace Priory (7.6 miles)
- Rievaulx Terrace (12.7 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||2 p.m. –||8 p.m.|
|Arrive:||2 p.m. –||8 p.m.|
Otterington Park cancellation policy
No refunds within 3 weeks of arrival date.
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.
A 15% non-refundable deposit is payable now. Otterington Park will debit the balance from your card 3 weeks before arrival, or if the arrival date is sooner than 3 weeks then the balance will be taken immediately.
Payment methods accepted on the parkCash