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Buckden Camping, Skipton, North Yorkshire

Website: buckdencamping.co.uk/ | Phone: 01756 760304 | Postcode: BD23 5JA

At the end of the July heatwave we headed to the small village of Buckden near Skipton and the relatively small Buckden Camping site on a working farm. Joining us were 4 other families totalling 10 adults and 10 children for our largest group camping trip yet. We loaded up the car and hitched up the trailer in scorching heat, and set off for the drive of just over an hour to Buckden. On arrival we setup camp in stifling humidity just before the heavens opened and we spent the rest of the weekend dressed from head to toe in waterproofs. Read on to find out whether our spirits were dampened!

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Dafarn Rhos, Lligwy Beach, Moelfre, Anglesey

Website: lligwybeachcampsite.co.uk | Phone: 01248 410 607 | Postcode: LL72 8NN

We spent Early May Bank Holiday at Dafarn Rhos campsite on Anglesey. A well maintained family-friendly site with direct access to the beach. It’s conveniently located quite close to where you’ll arrive from the mainland but well placed for exploring the island. Read on to find out more about the campsite and our recommendations for places to visit.

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Chateau de Galinée, Saint-Cast-le-Guildo, Brittany

Website: chateaudegalinee.fr | Phone: (0033) 02 96 41 10 56 | Postcode: 22380

Our first camping trip abroad! Some said we were crazy to attempt this with a 2-year-old and a 10-month-old, but we put a lot more planning into this trip than into most of our shorter UK breaks (perhaps too much planning because by the time we were ready to book everything our preferred ferry crossings were all full!). Read on to find out whether our first foray onto the continent with a trailer-tent was a success and whether we’ll be attempting it again…

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Bridge Villa, Wallingford, Oxfordshire

Website: bridgevilla.co.uk | Phone: 01491 836860 | Postcode: OX10 8HB

For a weekend of camping with friends we chose Bridge Villa for its convenient location between the two families. We took the Friday off work and travelled down during the day. After an uneventful journey, the last few miles after leaving the M40 took us through some rural picturesque Oxfordshire villages. Unusually for most campsites, at Bridge Villa you just turn off the main road and you’re straight into the site among the pitches. There’s no long single track driveway winding through fields to approach the site, here you stay right in the heart of the village.

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Wold Farm, Flamborough, East Yorkshire

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.

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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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