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- Spacious and peaceful eco-friendly site with scenic countryside views
- A 10-minute drive from Ripon and 40 minutes from York
- A 20-minute drive to Lightwater Valley; Europe's longest rollercoaster
Travelling up hills, down dales and across moors? Settle in for hols and pitstops at Venus Campsite, a family-friendly site less than five minutes’ drive from the A1 and 10 minutes from the North Yorkshire city of Ripon.
Whether sticking around for lengthy stays or taking an overnight pause on travels north or south, this is a top spot to pitch up at. Handily placed between the Yorkshire Dales (35 minutes' drive) and North York Moors (20 minutes) national parks, the site’s a good pick for ramblers, bikers, hikers and riders, and urbanites will be well-placed too with Ripon and York (40 minutes) within easy reach.
The site’s eco credentials should appeal to environmental warriors and worriers too: it’s a recognised eco-friendly site, with plenty of green space to roam about in for guests, recycling facilities for sorting the detritus of getaways, and energy coming from renewables.
Feeling hungry or thirsty? A handful of country pubs serve food within about 10 minutes' drive, lots more options can be tried in Thirsk (15 minutes away) and Ripon, and glasses can be raised at the Black Sheep Brewery within 20 minutes. For self-catered stays, there’s a small grocery store five minutes away, and bigger supermarkets in Thirsk.
Please note that this is a back to basics campsite with simple facilities of flushing toilets and free hot showers – if you're in the market for luxuries like underfloor heating you'll probably need to look elsewhere.
Group bookings of 3 or more units (e.g. tent, caravan, motorhome or accommodation hire) travelling together are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
Guests under the age of 16 are not allowed on site.
Group bookings of 3 or more adults are not permitted (couples and immediate family members excepted).
A cable measuring at least 10 metres is needed for the electric hook-ups.
Discount cards and gift vouchers cannot be applied to bookings made via Pitchup.com.
No bachelor/bachelorette parties permitted via Pitchup.com.
Single-sex bookings of 3 or more people (couples and immediate family members excepted) are not permitted via Pitchup.com.
Commercial vehicles (vehicles used for work-related purposes, carrying goods or fare-paying passengers) and sign-written vehicles are not permitted on site.
Bookings must not consist of more than 1 different households.
At least one of the party members must be aged 18 or over.
Guests are advised to bring a good quality torch with them as parts of the campground are unlit.
The campground/park caters for families (immediate members) and couples only - bookings from all other forms of groups are not accepted.
Toilet rolls are not provided, please bring your own.
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Fully-serviced concrete and grass touring site
Max. persons: 4 x
One Caravan or Motorhome or Campervan allowed per site
Site size : Min 10.0m width x 8.0m depth (32.8ft width x 26.2ft depth) Calculated area: 80.0m² (861.1ft²)
Ground type: Concrete and grass
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Relaxing atmosphere owners were very helpful and kept the site …
Size of pitch was very good and plenty of space …
Quiet, accessible, clean, level pitches.
From the manager...
Excellent quiet well run very clean site .
Excellent site and lovely owners
Friendliness of owner. Very good sized pitches. Accessibility to A1 …
Disinfectant sprays and wipes provided
Hand sanitising stations
More frequent emptying of bins
Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Car parking by site/unit
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Commercial vehicles allowed
No dogs allowed
Jumbo tent sites
Tipis, yurts, or wigwams
Electric car charging point(s)
Gas cylinders available
No drinkable water point
No hot water
No running water
Convenience store nearby
Dog walk nearby
Small (11-25 sites)
Leisure/theme park nearby
Touring and motorhomes
Caravan storage facilities
Drainage hook-up points for caravans
Motorhome service point
Water hook-up points for caravans
- Coach stations
Bus Station Stand 1
— 8.0 kilometres
8.0 kilometres Market Place — 8.5 kilometres
8.5 kilometres Bus Stn Stand A — 21.3 kilometres
- Train stations
Thirsk Rail Station
— 6.6 kilometres
6.6 kilometres Northallerton Rail Station — 14.9 kilometres
14.9 kilometres Knaresborough Rail Station — 21.2 kilometres
- Ferry ports
Transporter Bridge South Side
— 45.3 kilometres
45.3 kilometres Transporter Bridge North Side — 45.5 kilometres
Durham Tees Valley Airport
— 34.7 kilometres
34.7 kilometres Leeds Bradford International Airport — 39.0 kilometres
Follow the A61 from the A1 to the village of Baldersby; the site is on the left near the 30mph signs.
History buffs will be well looked after hereabouts, with plenty to entertain, starting 25 minutes’ drive away at Mother Shipton’s Cave, England’s oldest tourist attraction. Plenty of stately manors are nearby too, with Newby Hall and Ripley Castle within 25 minutes, Beningbrough Hall and Garden 35 minutes from base, and the spectacular (and famed) Castle Howard within 50 minutes.
If history is preferred with an urban slant, head first to Thirsk (15 minutes) to explore the James Herriot museum, then travel on to Ripon’s cathedral and museums (10 minutes), Knaresborough’s castle and scenic viaduct (20 minutes), York’s minster, Jorvik Viking Centre and Shambles (40 minutes), and Durham’s castle, cathedral and museums (55 minutes).
Open-air time is highly recommended nearby too. Explores around the Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors national parks are, of course, a must, but not at the expense of visiting the Howardian Hills (25 minutes), the balancing Brimham Rocks (30 minutes), or the stunning gardens at Studley Royal (20 minutes) and Harlow Carr (35 minutes).
Adrenaline seekers, meanwhile, should make immediate tracks to Lightwater Valley, 20 minutes away, where in addition to pedaloes, toboggans and traditional fairground rides, Europe’s longest rollercoaster – the Ultimate – awaits. If that’s got juices pumping for more, it takes an hour to get to Flamingo Land to zip along rides in the theme park or meet animals at the zoo.
- Fountains Abbey (11.8 kilometres)
- Jervaulx Abbey (19.5 kilometres)
- Rievaulx Abbey (23.2 kilometres)
- Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden (11.8 kilometres)
- Brimham Rocks (19.8 kilometres)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
Permitted arrival/departure time
|Camping and caravan|
|Arrive:||1 p.m. –||6 p.m.|
|Depart by:||11 a.m.|
|Arrive:||1 p.m. –||6 p.m.|
|Depart by:||11 a.m.|
Venus Campsite cancellation policy
Balance refunds: no penalties
The campground/park is not liable for any refund in the event of force majeure.
No refunds/discounts for inclement weather, late arrivals or early departures.
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.
Deposit transferable during COVID-19.
The remainder is payable direct to Venus Campsite on arrival.
Payment methods accepted on the parkCash
Terms and conditionsSite booking terms and conditions
- How much is payable upfront? A 15% transferable deposit is payable when you book, with the balance payable on arrival. Read more
- Does Venus Campsite have a swimming pool? No View all features
- Is Venus Campsite dog friendly? No View all features
- What attractions are near Venus Campsite? History buffs will be well looked after hereabouts, with plenty to entertain, starting 25 minutes’ drive away at Mother Shipton’s Cave, England’s oldest tourist attraction. Plenty of stately manors are nearby too, … Read more
- When can I check in and check out of Venus Campsite?
Camping and touring Arrive: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Depart by: 11 a.m. On-site accommodation Arrive: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Depart by: 11 a.m.
- How much does it cost to stay at Venus Campsite? From $52.20 (for 1 night, 2 adults) - prices may change depending on your dates and party. Check prices and availability