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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.
An award winning ablutions block sits on the edge of the camping field, featuring ladies and gents facilities, family shower rooms, a disabled shower room, pot wash and laundry. There’s a well-stocked shop along with other facilities in the main holiday-park. About 12 electric hook-ups near the play area. No campfires
Tents, 1 or 2 campervans, dogs – yes.
Bookings are accepted for families and couples only. Crows Nest does not accept same or majority gender parties.
The North Yorkshire Coast boasts a multitude of great days out. The Cleveland Way runs along the cliff-top in front of the site and takes you into Filey (around 21/2 miles) in one direction, and Scarborough (5 miles) in the other.
Food & Drink
The restaurant at the Copper Horse (01723 862029) in Seamer has a theatrical theme and award-winning food. For great fish and chips we have a takeaway on the park or head to Inghams (01723 513320) on Belle Vue Street in Filey.
March – October.
Family FriendlySwimming pool, games room, playground... there's no denying the family-friendly functionality of this cliff-top campsite but it's the location by Gristhorpe Bay and the tumbling footpath down to the beach that make it a real winner.
Contact Crows Nest, Crows Nest Caravan Park, Gristhorpe, Filey, North Yorkshire YO14 9PS
Crows Nest is situated just off the main Scarborough to Filey coast road (A165), five miles south of Scarborough and two and a half miles north of Filey.How to Find Us by Car
From the North (Whitby) — Take the A171 road to Scarborough then join the A165 signposted to Filey. After 5 miles you will come to a roundabout with a Jet petrol station on the corner, turn left at this roundabout. We are then the second caravan park on the left.
From the North (Thirsk) — Take the A170 road to Scarborough then join the B1261 to Gristhorpe. Follow this road to the end, you will come to a roundabout with a Jet petrol station on the corner, go straight on at this roundabout. We are then the second caravan park on the left.
Please be aware that Touring Caravans are prohibited at Sutton Bank.
From the South — Take the M18 to the M62 (east) to Howden. Follow the A164 to Bridlington, then join the A165 road to Scarborough. Two and a half miles north of Filey you will come to a roundabout with a Jet petrol station on the corner, turn right at this roundabout. We are then the second caravan park on the left.
From the West — Take the A64 road to Scarborough (via York). After a series of roundabouts turn right at the roundabout with a McDonalds restaurant on the corner, follow this road until you meet the B1261. Turn right here signposted towards Filey. Follow this road to the end, you will come to a roundabout with a Jet petrol station on the corner, go straight on at this roundabout. We are then the second caravan park on the left.
By Train - the nearest station is Filey, however the majority of trains to the area arrive in Scarborough.
By Bus - the 120 service runs between Scarborough and Bridlington. The nearest bus stop is just at the bottom of the lane.
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Rated ★★★★☆ over 10 reviews
Poor site management
Really fantastic setting and very clean.
Perfect setting for a camping trip
Fun fun fun
Overcrowded and disappointing
A mile from the beach
except the fantastic view, completely disappointed !
Views views views
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.