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Smart sorts: avoid the bigger resorts of the North Yorkshire coastline and run to Runswick Bay Caravan Park instead, where you’ll be secluded in peace and quiet in a top location overlooking the bay and cottages of Runswick. The sheltered beach is a few minutes’ walk from the park, and guests are in prime position to reach other North Yorkshire seaside spots like Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay – there be reasons why campers return to this park year after year…
The park is family-owned and has tent pitches set in an area surrounded by trees to keep coastline wind at bay, with access to newly refurbished showers and loos, disabled facilities and a launderette. There’s a wooded play area for the kids and lots of open space for bikes.
For fuel, you can buy milk, bacon and eggs on site; the Runswick Bay Hotel is at the entrance of the park for reasonably priced meals, and there are pubs and cafés a stroll away at Runswick village.
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Filthy Dirty Campsite
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
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Surf school nearby
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
- Coach stations
Whitby: Bus Station Station Square — 6.6 miles
6.6 miles Goathland (N Yorks): Village Centre Bus Stop — 9.5 miles
9.5 miles Cloughton (N Yorks): High Street Coach Stop — 18.6 miles
- Train stations
Lealholm Rail Station — 5.9 miles
5.9 miles Sleights Rail Station — 6.4 miles
6.4 miles Whitby Rail Station — 6.6 miles
- Ferry ports
Transporter Bridge North Side — 19.3 miles
19.3 miles Transporter Bridge South Side — 19.3 miles
Durham Tees Valley Airport — 27.3 miles
Travel north out of Whitby, through Sandsend towards Runswick Bay on the A174, and follow the signs to Runswick Bay. Turn right into Ellerby Lane and at the end of the road, turn left onto Hinderwell Lane.
Caution: Do not turn right towards the bay, but travel for about 100 yards and the campsite is on your left.
Follow the A1053 towards Saltburn-by-the-Sea, then follow the A174 towards Hinderwell. Follow the high street and then turn left into Runswick Lane. The campsite is located after a mile on the left.
The park overlooks Runswick Bay, where there’s a small sandy beach with rock pools at either end of the bay, set in front of Runswick village. Surfers can ride the waves at Saltburn-by-the-Sea north of the park, or go south to Robin Hood’s Bay, where there’s also a museum in the Old Coastguard Station, a guided ghost walk covering the smuggling and legends of the area, and the old fishermen’s church St Stephen’s overlooking the bay.
Just before Robin Hood’s Bay, the seaside town of Whitby is famed for its Dracula folklore – this is where the toothy one landed in Britain in Bram Stoker’s novel – and is also known for the Captain Cook Memorial Museum, where Cook learned the ropes before setting out as a seaman. Whitby Abbey, which Dracula bounded up to in the novel (transforming into an energetic dog probably helped), is on a headland overlooking the town and has a museum, visitor centre and grassy picnic spots with views over the coast.
Going south from Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay, Scarborough, Filey and Bridlington are all easily accessible for day trips, or go inland to Sneaton Forest to see the Falling Foss Waterfall and have another picnic on the Hermitage, a huge carved-out boulder with two stone wishing chairs on top. Dalby Forest, to the south of the North York Moors National Park, has bike and walking trails, play areas and the zip wires and tree top adventuring at Go Ape!
The 110-mile route of the Cleveland Way is adjacent to Runswick Bay Caravan Park and connects with several other long-distance routes including the Coast to Coast walk which finishes up at Robin Hood’s Bay.
Or there’s moor walking at the North York Moors National Park, where the adventurous can also try rock climbing, off-road driving, geocaching and watersports; there are activity centres dotted all over the national park, including a field centre with abseiling and canoeing at Whitby, bushcraft and orienteering at Saltburn-by-the-Sea and caving and raft-building at Thirsk.
- Whitby Abbey (6.7 miles)
- The Moors National Park Centre (7.5 miles)
- Dalby Forest Visitor Centre (18.2 miles)
- Yorkshire Coast (14.1 miles)
- Bridestones, Crosscliff and Blakey Topping (16.8 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.