Website: woldfarmcampsite.com | Phone: 01262 850536 | Postcode: YO15 1AT
The first thing that strikes you about Wold Farm is its beautiful remote location. The site is accessed down a half mile gravel track from Bempton Lane that runs past Flamborough. We stopped at the farmhouse-cum-reception and were directed into the 2nd field (Puffin Meadow) where we could pitch wherever we liked within the non-electric part (about 2 thirds of the field) as there are no marked pitches here. We went to the furthest side and set up facing away from the campsite which meant that we looked over the grazing sheep in the neighbouring field and out to sea with a view of Flamborough Head Lighthouse. The views are hard to beat. The beach and sea are not accessible directly from the campsite as it’s located near a clifftop. The fields are fenced and it’s far enough from the cliff edge that it’s safe for children. A path has been made through the farmland to the coastal walk that extends in both directions along the coast.
We visited for the May bank holiday weekend which was the start of school holidays and although the site was busy, the owners hadn’t overbooked so there was plenty of space. The site is spread over a couple of fields with the toilet and shower block at the entrance to the first field. There are only two toilet cubicles and one shower in the gents’ toilets and the same is replicated in the ladies’ although there are a further 2 toilets in the farmhouse that are available between 8am and 6pm. We did have to queue a couple of times though so this is definitely one area where improvements could be made.
Showers and Pricing
The showers are priced at one pound for 6 minutes which seems unnecessary and not very well thought out: The coin machine for the shower is located on the wall next to the sinks (opposite the shower cubicle) and hadn’t been updated for the new-style pound coins. So you end up going into the shower cubicle with your towel and toiletries, undressing, fishing around for the pound coin in a pocket of the clothes you have just removed (careful not to drop it – you really don’t want it to roll away into the toilet cubicle next door), then peer out from behind the shower cubicle door and dart across the floor covering your modesty with a towel, then dash back in to the shower, while trying not to splash water over your hanging clothes because the shower switches on immediately the coin drops. This is all quite visible from outside the block as the outer doors were usually propped open, looking out to the site entrance, bins and parking for reception. And all for quite a lacklustre shower, due to low water pressure. The inconvenience combined with the queues for the single cubicle meant that after the first morning we didn’t shower again until we got home. Are pay-per-use showers really such a money-spinner that the cost can’t just be included in the pitch fee?
Although we did also find it frustrating that not much was included in the pitch fee at this site. They had a very confusing list of additions, seasons and supplements that made it a pain to work out the price of a night’s stay, and even after paying, querying the price and getting some cash back, we weren’t sure if we’d paid the right amount in the end. Unlike a lot of sites, there was no 3-night bank holiday minimum but instead a five pound per night surcharge. We also overheard another family receiving a refund from the owners after a mix-up so it felt almost as if they didn’t understand their own system. They were really friendly and helpful and willing to resolve queries however.
One downside of the great clifftop location is the high winds that blew across the site on 3 of our 4 days. We were fairly well protected in our trailer-tent but we saw a few people struggling with their tents or moving to a more sheltered spot and a couple that we think may have even decided to leave early. We don’t know if this is typical of the area, but it’s worth knowing that if there are winds forecast, they’ll really be felt up here.
On our first day we took a leisurely 2-mile walk from the campsite along the coastal walk to RSPB Bempton Cliffs taking in the views and photographing the nesting puffins which are a big draw to the area in springtime. We were all (himself the most, probably!) very proud of our 2 year old who walked the whole way there with only minimal protests of “need carrying!”, and were relieved when we arrived at the RSPB centre to find a decent café for lunch. Dad then did the walk back to the campsite on his own (in a quarter of the time!) to fetch the car to collect the rest of the family.
Attractions in the area
We spent the rest of our afternoon relaxing at the campsite, as did a lot of families. It was busy and active, but never felt too hectic or noisy later on. On the Sunday we got up, headed straght out at 7am, picked up freshly baked croissants and pastries from the Co-Op in Flamborough and had a clifftop breakfast picnic at the foot of the lighthouse which was a suitably stunning location. There’s a large car park at the lighthouse and a big cafe that was just opening up as we were leaving. We took a short walk along the clifftops and got some great pictures, and there were some walking routes that were clearly signposted.
After returning to the campsite for the children to have a nap, we set off after lunch to Hunmanby Gap, about 9 miles north towards Filey, to spend the afternoon at the beach. The beach is inaccessible by road but there is a large paid car park in a field which overlooks it and it’s just a short walk down past the Beach Cafe from there. We managed it with our lightweight stroller.
Afterwards we looked for a local pub to try for some dinner and found ourselves at the Piebald Inn which was a few miles inland from the Gap. We were unlucky here as they were too busy to fit us in but their menu of 30+ pies looked good. With 2 exhausted sandy, sea-salted and windswept children, we plumped for a takeaway pizza collected from the village and enjoyed at the campsite.
We didn’t stick around long on the Monday after packing up in the rain as the weather had turned.
In terms of location and local amenities, Flamborough has a decent sized co-op, post office, pub (which we didn’t get chance to sample) and a pizza takeaway but not a lot else. The lighthouse up at the head has a decent looking cafe. The site is well located for visiting various coastal destinations including Bridlington, Filey and Scarborough. There are a lot of holiday parks, cottages and sites in the area. We would definitely return to Flamborough, and this site. However we would have hoped to get an electric hookup, particularly for ensuring we could keep the children’s food cool, but they only have a limited number, as they do showers and toilets, which were both drawbacks.