Crow’s Nest is a tale of two campsites. The first is a large holiday park with a bar, café, fish-and-chip shop, indoor swimming pool, and row upon row of static caravans. Not exactly Cool Camping. But venture a little further, and in sharp contrast you’ll find a large tents-only field with panoramic views over the sea and across the Yorkshire Wolds and Vale of Pickering. A children’s playground forms a handy boundary between the two very different areas.
The tent field climbs up and then slopes gently down towards the cliff-top. There’s room for around 200 tents (and the odd campervan) on a pitch-where-you-like basis. As you head up the hill, you’ll spy some secluded areas surrounded by hedges for small groups of tents, and the closer you get to the sea, the quieter and more peaceful the site becomes. Large family groups head for the serviced pitches near the playground, while a mixture of couples, groups, and families are spread across the rest of the site. You can take the path down the cliffs to the shingle beach at Gristhorpe Bay and, if you’re lucky, you might spot members of the local seal colony that live on and around the rocks here.
The Owner SaysThis cliff-top campsite boasts some of North Yorkshire's most breathtaking sea views. Ablutions blocks are on the main site; but there is a covered washing-up station on the camping field. A well-stocked shop joins the other facilities on the main holiday-park site, where you can refreeze cold packs and stock up on the basics. Please be advised x1 tent pitch booked only includes 1 tent.
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Just returned from a trip to this wonderful campsite. The place was busy but well organised with good quality faciliites (both clean and well manitained). The site is excellent for families and surley this is what camping is about. Not for those seeking peace and solitude.
The Family friendly Campsite
Just got back from the Crows Nest Caravan Park and it look likes the secret is out because this place was packed out with families, I managed to pitch my tent on on a gentle slope, the only decent space left for my 6 man tent.
The facilities were very good, clean and well maintained, but as I said packed with families which means lots of children, very loud children, every morning at 5:30am we got a wakeup call by crying babies.
So if you’re looking for a good family campsite with all the facilities to boot Bingo! But if peace and quiet is your thing avoid this place like the plague.