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High Oaks Grange
For some people, the unknowable “what ifs” of a camping trip are just too much. What if it rains? What if it’s muddy? What if it gets cold at night? If these legitimate concerns are stopping you from booking your next camping or glamping trip – we’ve found just the place: High Oaks Grange in Yorkshire where its pods and wooden lodges all the way. As with all camping trips, if the sun shines… so much the better, but this place makes glamping in the glorious North York Moors an all-weather, all-season possibility, even for the fair-weather campers among us.
If it rains or gets chilly – who cares? You’ll be tucked up inside your futuristic little glamping pod or pitched-roof log cabin. And you won’t get muddy as the grass is manicured and accommodation connected to parking spaces by neat, gravelled pathways. Pods and lodges are en suite so you only have to venture out when you want to, and they have proper beds that are made up for you. They’re not the only thing that’s hotel-style either; there’s a TV, wifi, fluffy towels and toiletries too.
The family-sized pods (there are two) also have cute little bunk beds which, like the tube-shaped pods themselves, have something a little space-aged about them. Families with older kids who want a little more space (of the earthly kind) might prefer the Scandinavian-style lodges. More traditional on the outside, they feature separate bedrooms and yet more mod cons within. Each bed has its own TV (no – that’s not a typo) and the two in the twin room both have a PS4 as well. On the self-catering side, you’ll find everything you need with a kitchenette inside and a barbecue out on the deck.
These high-end lodges and pods are just part of the accommodation on the 60-acre site at High Oaks Grange where there’s a professional sheen to the whole operation. But it’s the location that really makes this place special. On the southern edge of the North York Moors National Park, opportunities for walking and cycling are plentiful and it’s within easy reach of some of the area’s biggest attractions. A ride on the North York Moors Railway is almost obligatory, a day-trip to the seaside at Whitby is a must and the photo opportunity by the streamside thatched roof at Thornton le Dale is too tempting and too close to ignore.
Each unit is en-suite and self-contained with its own bathroom, electricity and water supply. Glamping pods are open plan with the main living area containing: the lounge area with a sofa and a smart TV; the kitchen with a sink, two ringed-gas hob, fridge, kettle, toaster, cooking equipment and cutlery; and the bedroom with a king-sized bed with all bed linen. There is also a wet room with a toilet, basin and shower. The two family pods also have bunk beds. There is WiFi throughout. Outside each pod is a decked area with outdoor seating and a BBQ as well as a bike rack and parking space. The wooden lodges have an open plan living/dining/kitchen area but also have a separate double and twin bedroom. Additional conveniences include a dishwasher, wine cooler, microwave, oven and washer dryer. There is also a Smart TV and a PS4 with every bed as well as a TV in the main living area. Outside, each lodge has a private hot tub in addition to the decked BBQ area.
Glamping families and couples, dogs – yes. Campers, tents, campervans, motorhomes, caravans – no.
High Oaks Grange sits on the edge of the North York Moors National Park (01439 772700) where there’s plenty of cycling, hiking and sightseeing to do. Get your bearings at the Danby visitor centre, a scenic 40-minute drive north or at the Sutton Bank Visitor Centre, 30 minutes’ east. High Oaks Grange is equidistant from the market town of Pickering and the picturesque thatched village of Thornton le Dale. You can walk to both as a public footpath linking them crosses the site. From Pickering, you can hop aboard the heritage trains of the North York Moors Railway (01751 472508) to travel 24 miles across the moors to the seaside town of Whitby or hop on and off at stations along the way. There’s also English Heritage-protected Pickering Castle (01751 474989) and the Beck Isle Museum of rural life (01751 473653). There’s Go Ape (0845 6439215) at Dalby Forest, just 10 minutes’ drive away from site and, for families, Flamingoland (0800 4088840) is about the same distance with its animal park and theme park rides. The coast is within 45 minutes’ drive – choose from historic Whitby, kiss-me-quick Scarborough and pretty Robin Hood’s Bay. The city of York is also around 45-minutes’ drive away with all its historic sites.
Food & Drink
Cedar Barn Farm Shop and Café (01751 475614) is right next door to High Oaks Barn selling and serving home-grown and local produce. You’ll also find local produce for sale at the many markets in the area. Pickering’s market day is Monday with a farmers’ market on the fist Thursday in the month. Both Pickering and Thornton le Dale have a good selection of shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants. Nearby favourites include the family and dog-friendly New Inn (01751 474226) at Thornton le Dale and The White Swan Inn (01751 472288) in Pickering which is recommended for food. The market town of Malton (10 miles away) is known as Yorkshire’s food capital and has many markets, festivals and food businesses. Its regular market day is Saturday.
March–end of December.
From the A169 at Pickering, turn right at the roundabout to take the A170/Eastgate road towards Thornton le Dale. After 1.3 miles High Oaks Grange is on the left.
The nearest train station is at Malton (10 miles away). There are buses which run from Malton to a stop at Pickering Industrial Estate (less than half a mile from the site entrance). Taxis are also available from the station. High Oaks Grange recommend Kappa Kars taxi service (01653 699999) or Station Taxis (01653 696969).
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