We visited this site for a weekend in late June 2012 after a week of terrible weather and with more rain forecast during our stay. Friends had looked shocked that we we hadn’t cancelled our trip and as we made our way over the Humber Bridge with the wipers struggling to keep the windscreen clear, we began to question whether we’d made the right decision.

Nearby Withernsea

The camping area is a small secluded field behind a row of farm cottages. When we arrived we parked up outside and knocked on the door of the end cottage to be greeted by a lady who walked us around the back to show us the site and point out the shower/toilet facilities. The site really is small with space for no more than half a dozen pitches and with a few electric hook-ups along the far edge. It’s concrete hard-standing as you pull off the lane and then becomes grass, with trees lining the far edge, and a fence to one side separating it from the farm. We were advised that as the ground was so wet we would be better off sticking to the concrete, but I’ve always thought that “camping” on hard-standing is a bit too much like just sleeping overnight in a carpark so I gingerly backed the ‘van onto the grass.

We elected not to bother with the awning as we didn’t fancy getting drenched while putting it up so we spent the weekend moving our cooking gear, sleeping bags and clothes from rear-seat, to roof space to front-seat to make space where we needed it, but we coped fairly well.

Across the road from Elm Tree Farm is the local pub so once we’d hooked up the electric and filled our water bottle we headed over the road for a pint and a bite to eat. The food was pretty good, the service was friendly and as the pub is about the only business in the village it felt like a real hub for the locals with everybody chatting with everybody else. Plus it was dry and warm, which was a bonus. After dinner we had a brief walk out of the village and set off along the coast road but after about 15 minutes, in fading light and with no street lights, pavements or torch we decided to return back to the van and a bottle of red.

On Saturday we woke to a much brighter day so after showering we set about planning our day. The facilities on site are located in one end of the main farm building occupied by the owners. There’s a washing up area, one shower room and a separate toilet all situated together and a (locked) stable door on one wall leads through to the owners kitchen.

After breakfast we made the short drive down to Spurn Point, parked up on the verge and walked to Spurn Head along an old road and down the beach. There are some great views from Spurn Head, and I think there’s also a café but it was either closed, or had closed down when we visited.

In the afternoon we travelled past Holmpton and on to Withernsea which I’d describe as your typical English seaside resort… by that I mean it’s a bit run-down and has seen better days but there’s a few shops there if you need to stock up on supplies.

Headland walk from the campsite

Spurn Head Lighthouse

Sunday would be our last day at the site, so we got up, packed away and went for a walk from the site to the coast. It’s a short walk of no more than 10 minutes to the cliff-tops which you can walk along in either direction although it didn’t look like you could get down to the beach below. We walked a short way, but as the ground was so wet and there was plenty of evidence of several sections of the cliff edge having already slid into the sea we decided not to risk walking too far!

If you’re looking for a small secluded site where you wont be disturbed then I’d recommend Elm Tree Farm. The facilities are basic and might put some people off but we found them to be adequate. There’s not really anything to keep children entertained (either on site, nor in the immediate surrounding area) and the nearest shops and sights are a (short) drive away, but that suited us just fine. As I turned the van onto the lane out of the village I tried hard to hide my relief that we hadn’t sunk into the wet ground and were easily able to drive away without damaging the pitch.

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