Runswick Bay Caravan and Camping Park

UK England North East England North Yorkshire Staithes

A welcoming site above the quiet coastal village of Runswick Bay where a sheltered beach and excellent coastal walks back onto the North York Moors National Park

Runswick Bay is a small village clutching the slopes of a sweeping bay. Narrow lanes weave through the red-roofed houses, past the thatched coastguard's cottage and down to the pristine sandy beach. At its edges, children armed with colourful nets clamber on the rocks, their crabbing hotspot framed by Lingrow Knowle, a lofty crag towering high above. Buckets fill with captured crustaceans as parents roll up their towels for the steep walk back to their hilltop destination: Runswick Bay Caravan & Camping Park.

This convivial campsite has a mix of glamping, pitches with some hard standings, electric hookups and a spacious tent camping field. The site has a scattering of mains water taps with a well maintained sanitary block in the centre. Its exposed hilltop position is remedied by trees around the border, providing shelter from the wind, while gaps in the greenery reveal breathtaking views inland across the North York Moors.

The campsite is dog friendly, as is the whole of Runswick Bay in general, with a pet-welcoming pub just around the corner that serves tasty grub and local cask ales. From here it’s an easy tumble down the steep lane to the beach – perfect for amateur fossil hunters wandering the Jurassic coastline. Those hoping to leave the car behind can trek the Cleaveland Way north to Staithes where stone houses huddle around a picturesque harbour. Or head south to Whitby – an essential stop for visitors to the North Yorkshire Coast. The latter is a 15 minute drive for those wanting to avoid the day's walk.

Runswick Bay Caravan & Camping Park is certainly a site that owes a lot to its surroundings, but that shouldn’t retract from the splendour of the place itself. Owners Jim and Caroline are wonderfully welcoming, facilities are well maintained and the onsite office is a helpful place to grab a bottle of milk or ask about local attractions. The package is complete: a congenial space to pitch the tent and a wealth of sights on the doorstep.

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The Owner Says

A beautiful campsite on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park in the charming village of Runswick Bay. We are walking distance to the bay, a selection of fantastic British pubs and minutes from the Cleveland Way coastline walk. Glamping at Runswick Bay is amazing!  our(Dog friendly) 'Primrose Cottage' the ultimate glamping experience! And now our amazing Beach House.... Also our beautiful BELL TENT { Only sleeps 2} can sleep 2 kids, (BRING YOUR OWN BED'S BEDDING FOR TENT for children }

Everything you need for your stay is included: double down quilt, pillows, linens for 2 persons, full dinnerware set, glassware, cutlery,  tea and coffee facilities, cooking pot, frying pan, cooking utensils, electricity supply, electric travel kettle, electric stove effect heater,2 single futon beds or double futon, (bedding and towels for children and towels must be provided by yourselves), gas BBQ with fuel, fire-pit with your first night fire basket included (extra fire baskets can be bought from the office), wooden gazebo, wooden picnic table


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Nice small site, good location

The site is nice and small which makes for a hood sade place for yound chdren to play. Great location - short walk to to beach (although it’s a very steep hill!). Not far from staithes which has lots to offer - the vintage tea rooms are fantastic and there is a good chip shop at the top of the hill. The site itself had good, clean amenities, and the beach house cabin we stayed in is well equipped. TV inside helpful for rainy afternoon.
Sep 1, 2018 by Jess


Lovely site, good location, but no better than many others we’ve stayed at in this area. Unfortunately we took a chance and arrived without prior booking so we weren’t aware of the price. We arrived late afternoon, the office was closed, no phone number. Instructions or information evident, so we just parked up. The office temainrd closed all evening and was still closed when we left to go walking mid morning. Had it been open and we’d have known the price we’d have only stayed one night! For one small campervan, two adults, two dogs, with electric hook up, two nights was £58! Out of season, 27th June, midweek. Outrageous! It’s cheaper than this in the most popular areas in the Lakes! Lovely place, but certainly far too expensive,there are sites around here, as nice, and cheaper, we just came on spec. What a shame, a lovely spot but not worth these charges.
Jun 19, 2018 by Jane Snee

Favourite Place

Runswick Bay Caravan & Camping Park is my very favourite camp site and I have visited plenty.  Caroline and Jim are excellent hosts and nothing is too much for them.  The camp site is tended with loving care and always immaculate.  The sights around Runswick are fantastic and not to be missed, plenty to see and do, great meals in the local pubs. I recommend Runswick Caravan & Camping Site to all my friends, my only wish is that I could visit them every week but work commitments do not allow but I am going back there soon and cannot wait.  Had a great relaxing holiday there last year, even though I was not well during my stay they really looked after my husband and I. Cannot recommend them enough it is a fabulous camp site.

Jun 27, 2014 by Irene Durant
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