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.
Pitches here are on gravel, with electric hook-up and for tourers and motorhomes only; the park is unable to accept tents. But if you haven’t yet managed to get your own house on four wheels, Otterington has three camping pods available too with all mod cons: sheep wool insulated and double-glazed for warmth in winter, a foil layer under the roof so no sizzling in summer, and even a specially designed roofing material to cut down the noise of heavy rain.
Podders have access to covered washing up areas exclusively for their use, and there’s a heated amenity block with ladies’ and gents’ loos, 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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Arrive:Sun 10 Mar 2013
Depart:Mon 11 Mar 2013
You can now make a booking for up to 30 adults and 30 children on Pitchup.com.
Many sites set a maximum occupancy of 6/8 people per pitch, so try breaking your booking down into smaller groups to generate more results. For example, if you’re a group of 10, enter 5 people in your initial search and then book 2 pitches.
Use the 'Special requests' box on the booking page to ask to be sited together when booking multiple pitches: the campsite or park will try to grant your request.
Large groups: check the listing page for any group restrictions set out in the terms and section titled ‘Please note’.
Large tents/caravans: check the restrictions on unit dimensions to ensure your unit is suitable for the space you will be provided with.
Max. persons: 6x
Dimensions: Max 7.9m x 3.0m (26.0ft x 10.0ft)
Ground type: Gravel
Pup tent and gazebo not permitted.
There are water taps around the site and three chemical emptying points.
Max. persons: 4x
Basic camping pod including an electric radiator, small lamp and electricity supply.
Bring your own air mattresses or camping beds, bedding, bed linen and towels and all your camping equipment.