Park Farm Campsite9.1
Captain Cook fans and Cleveland Way walkers: park your pitch at friendly and family-run Park Farm for a North Yorkshire hiking and history base. It’s on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, with the Cleveland Way a mere field away, and is four miles from Cook’s childhood home of Great Ayton – you can see the Captain Cook moorland monument from the farm, along with seriously stonking views of the Hambleton Hills and Yorkshire Dales.
Park Farm has been a working beef cattle and sheep farm for over sixty years, and the friendly family team here can point you in the right direction for all sorts of North Yorkshire stuff, from local pubs to moorland walks. The farm has tent pitches (pick your own), loos, hot and cold water, and meter showers taking £1 coins. Unlimited car parking (at the farm, not by pitch) is included.
Canine campers are welcome, but please keep them on leads at all times.
Take to your feet to walk the Cleveland Way or the North York Moors, see the North Yorkshire seaside towns of Whitby et al, go surfing at Saltburn or plunge into the watersports of the Tees Barrage International Whitewater Centre – all within an hour at most of Park Farm.
Pick up the Cleveland Way at the village of Kildale for a fifteen mile hike to Saltburn-by-the Sea; once there, there are more walks around the Italian gardens and wooded glens if you’re not too done in, or settle down by the fire in the fifteenth century Ship Inn by the beach – possibly a much more sensible option with sore feet. The Saltburn Cliff Lift, the oldest water-balanced cliff tramway in the country, connects Saltburn-by-the Sea with the pier 120 feet below and runs daily in peak season.
Surfers and wannabes will find a couple of good surf schools and a surf shop at Saltburn, but if your watery pursuits lie in a different direction, make for Stockton on Tees and the Tees Barrage watersports centre, which has whitewater rafting lessons, canoeing, bell boating, sailing and powerboat trips.
Also from Kildale, the Esk Valley Railway takes about an hour to reach the seaside town and Goth haunt of Whitby. As well as its Dracula folklore, Whitby is known for its Captain Cook connections as it’s where Cook moved to from Great Ayton to learn the seafaring trade: take in the tale at the award-winning Captain Cook Memorial Museum at Whitby harbour. Whitby Abbey, set high on a headland overlooking the town, is also a handy stop for history sorts, and has a museum and interactive visitor centre.
From Whitby, go south for more surfing and guided ghost walks at Robin Hood’s Bay, then on to the bigger seaside towns of Scarborough, Bridlington and Filey. More kid-friendly fare can be had at the zoo and fun park of Flamingo Land in Kirby Misperton about 45 minutes’ drive from Park Farm, and there are several other family days out within an easy drive including Go Ape! at Dalby Forest and all the activities and attractions of the North York Moors National Park.
Water quality at nearby bathing waters
Saltburn, Redcar & Cleveland
Sea At Marske Sands, Redcar & Cleveland
Redcar Stray, Redcar & Cleveland
Redcar Granville, Redcar & Cleveland
|Redcar Lifeboat Station
Redcar Lifeboat Station, Redcar & Cleveland
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- The Moors National Park Centre (7.1 miles)
- Captain Cook Birthplace Museum (8.6 miles)
- mima (9.9 miles)
- Ormesby Hall (7.0 miles)
- Mount Grace Priory (11.3 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Ingleby Greenhow Circular Walk via Ingleby Bank
- Gribdale Gate - Hutton Low Cross - Gribdale Gate (1.9 miles)
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- Gribdale Gate - Hutton Low Cross - Gribdale Gate (1.9 miles)
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by pitch
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Indoor pool nearby
Mountain biking nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Tiny (1-10 pitches)
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
Middlesbrough Bus Station — 10.2mi
10.2mi Stockton on Tees: Bridge Rd Coach Stop — 11.6mi
11.6mi Billingham on Tees: Wolviston Rd Coach Stop — 13.5mi
- Train stations
Battersby Rail Station — 0.9mi
0.9mi Kildale Rail Station — 0.9mi
0.9mi Great Ayton Rail Station — 2.4mi
- Ferry ports
Transporter Bridge South Side — 10.3mi
10.3mi Transporter Bridge North Side — 10.3mi
Durham Tees Valley Airport — 14.8mi
From the south
From the A19 take the Stokesley (A172) turn-off. Stay on this road for approximately 8 miles and take the third exit off the roundabout (marked Great Ayton). After about half a mile turn right (signposted Kildale). Follow this road for approximately 5 miles and when you have passed 2 railway bridges take a right turn onto our farm lane. Turn left and go up the hill. If you get to Kildale village you have gone too far!
From the north
From the A19 take the A174 exit and keep left. Take the A172 exit and turn right; follow this for approximately 1.5 miles. At the roundabout take the third exit and go straight over the next roundabout. After approximately half a mile, turn left onto the B1292 (signposted Great Ayton), and at the road end turn right. Follow the road until you go over a bridge and bear left. At the next junction turn left and when you have passed 2 railway bridges, take a right turn onto our farm lane. Turn left and go up the hill. If you get to Kildale village you have gone too far!
We are just one field off the Cleveland Way. Coming from Osmotherley our entrance is signposted before Kildale Village.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and touring|
|Arrive:||3 p.m. –||8 p.m.|
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.
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Payment of balance
Payment on arrival.
Payment methods accepted on the parkBank transfer
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Arrive:Wed 19 Jun 2013
Depart:Thu 20 Jun 2013
You can now make a booking for up to 30 adults and 30 children on Pitchup.com.
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Max. persons: 6x
Dimensions: Max 5.0m x 5.0m (16.4ft x 16.4ft)
Ground type: Grass
Pitch on a slightly sloping grass area.
Gazebos are not permitted.