Grouse Hill campsite is hidden at the end of a long drive that’s accessed from behind The Flask pub on the A171. We approached from Scarborough and didn’t see any signs for the campsite, although if you miss it (or if you’re approaching from Whitby) there’ another entrance road that is signed.
For such an out-of-the-way site, security is high with an automatic barrier on the entrance and doors to the toilets/showers and washing up area kept locked. We arrived and were given a friendly welcome by the owners in the site office which also houses a small shop stocked with camping essentials and food basics.
On our first evening we decided to walk back along the long drive to sample the food at The Flask rather than cook for ourselves and we were pleased with the friendly atmosphere, traditional home-cooked pub food and very generous portions!
Grouse Hill is on the larger end of the scale in terms of the sites we’ve visited of late – their website says they have 175 pitches, and it tends to be occupied by a lot of touring caravans and large motorhomes (as a quick look at the photos on their site will confirm). Perhaps this is the effect of having good access directly from a main road. There’s an area at the bottom of the site dedicated to tent pitches though. The site looks like it may have been set in a former quarry, as it has been landscaped into a series of terraces so that each row of pitches has an unobscured view which prevents you feeling too hemmed in. We were pitched on one of the top terraces so looked out over the tops of the caravans below and had a view through their television aerials and satellite dishes.
Although it’s a large site, it seemed fairly quiet as many of the caravans look like they have long-term pitches and were unoccupied during our stay. Having said that, on the Saturday evening we retreated back inside the van earlier than usual due to the unwelcome sounds of the opening night of a new series of XFactor blaring out from the tents and caravans below. There’s access from the bottom of the site out onto the moors. We took advice from the reception on a route to take but found it to be a bit overgrown and didn’t manage to find a well trodden path.
Beyond the campsite, the view is taken up by the purple heather covering the hills of the North Yorkshire Moors. It’s well situated for a trip to Whitby, a short 15 minute drive to the North, or Scarborough, 20 minutes South. We did both, and found Whitby regatta in full swing on the day we visited so it was even busier than normal. Robin Hood’s Bay is also a lovely location and only 5 miles from the site so is well worth a visit (but beware of the extremely steep hill down to the bay – it’s hard work on foot, and best avoided in a campervan!).