Pexton Moor Farm, Dalby Forest, Pickering, North Yorkshire

Website: dalby-forest.co.uk/camping-dalby-forest.htm | Phone: 01751 460294 | Postcode: YO18 7LU

Our weekend at Pexton Moor Farm campsite marked our first camping trip without the Mazda Bongo campervan,  This was a test run with our new Camp-let Concorde trailer tent (click here to read about our reasons for the change). This was also likely to be our first and last camping trip of the year – we have not managed to fit in as many camping breaks as usual this year.

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Goodbye Bongo, Hello Concorde!

Well, after 7 years of campervan ownership, it is with some regret that we are announcing here that we have sold the ’van. After a lot of consideration, taking into account several factors, we concluded that ultimately, the campervan didn’t work for us any longer and we needed a better solution. Contrary to what we originally thought, that solution is not a new ’van, but instead a trailer tent. So, the campervan may have gone, but the camping will continue, as will this site!

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Holme Valley Camping and Caravan Park, Holmfirth, Kirklees, West Yorkshire

Website: holmevalleycamping.com| Phone: 01484 665819 | Postcode: HD9 7TD

Our pitch

Our pitch

Our trip to Holme Valley Camping was a bit of a last minute unplanned getaway – but isn’t that the beauty of owning a campervan? We loaded up the van and set off on Friday night after work. The drive was only about 50 minutes, even at campervan pace. Although we arrived fairly late on Friday evening (8pm), the site was very accommodating about late check-ins – in fact, there were 3 other campers checking in when we arrived. Due to our late booking we weren’t able to secure a pitch with electric hookup, but the non electric prices are incredibly good value (£14 for a campervan pitch, with awning and up to two people, at the time of writing this review).

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Orchard Camping, Penistone, South Yorkshire

Website: orchard-camping.co.uk| Phone: 01226 762889 | Postcode: S36 7EY

View from site

View from site

This was another 2-night weekend camping trip that we booked just a few days before. The site, close to Penistone is around an hour away from home so was close enough that we could pack the van and head off after a full day’s work and still arrive in time to setup camp before dark. This site is small. Really small. We drove straight past it (twice) when we first arrived. The only giveaway is an Orchard Camping banner tied to the wall next to the gate, but that was obscured by a camper’s car when we arrived.

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The Hideaway, Baxby Manor, Husthwaite, York

Website: thehideawayatbaxbymanor.co.uk | Phone: 01347 666079 | Postcode: YO61 4PW

Our pitch

Our pitch

This was our first trip as a family with our 6 month old son. It’s also the earliest in the year that we’ve camped so for both of those reasons we didn’t want to gamble on campsite facilities this time. We played safe with a campsite that looked like it had great facilities and also came with solid reviews from all the usual websites. Comfort comes with a price though and The Hideaway was probably the most expensive we’ve ever stayed at, but we hoped it would be worth it.

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