Coast and Camplight is located in the North York Moors National Park high up above Whitby with panoramic views of Whitby Abbey and the sea beyond. We’re perfectly located for visiting this dramatic and beautiful part of the country being equidistant from Whitby and Robin Hoods Bay, both being about 3.5 miles from us. Below we have listed some suggestions of things you might want to do while you stay with us. Of course you might just want to lie in your hammock, listen to the birds sing and read a book, and that’s perfectly OK too.
If you’ve never visited Whitby before you’re in for a treat! With its Blue Flag beaches, traditional seaside attractions, and ancient cobbled streets, it’s the perfect base for a family glamping holiday. But there’s so much more to discover from the brooding ruin of Whitby Abbey, the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, which in turn has inspired the now bi-annual Goth festival, to the regular ghost walks round the narrow back lanes – this is no ordinary seaside town, there is always something going on! There are lots of great websites to keep you informed on what’s going on in Whitby – The Visit Whitby website is perfect for keeping you informed and covers Robin Hoods Bay and Sandsend as well.
There are two beaches in Whitby itself either side of the Esk – the big main one has 2 miles of beautiful sandy beach, perfect for kids, buckets and spades and sandcastle building. Lifeguards are available in the summer months, so perfect if you’re after a safe swim. The part closest to town is not dog friendly in summer though (May-Sept), so keep that in mind if you have the pooches with you. The other smaller one, Tate Hill Sands is dog friendly all year, and is also where Dracula’s ship the Demeter was supposed to have been shipwrecked! It’s also just above here that you can climb the 199 steps up to Whitby Abbey and where Dracula’s black dog is supposed to have escaped! So definitely worth a visit.
We like Sandsend, which is very close to Whitby and can be a bit quieter – there are lifeguards on duty in particular areas set out for swimming and areas of the beach which are dog friendly so look out for the signs. If fossil hunting is your thing then you need to head to Robin Hoods Bay, which is famous for fossils, and has a picturesque street of cottages, shops and cafes leading down to the beach. Ed claims Robin Hood’s Bay is best seen in a thrashing gale with the sea lashing at the shore where you can imagine the smugglers struggling to get their goods ashore – it’s certainly something to behold!
About 9 miles to the North of Whitby is Runswick Bay, which is said to be one of the most beautiful beaches on the Yorkshire coast! Definitely worth a visit, more fossils to be found and dog friendly all year round.
If you fancy being a bit more adventurous on the beach while you’re here why not get the adrenalin pumping and throw yourself headlong into the North Sea and learn to surf with Whitby Surf School! They have everything you need from fully qualified instructors, to all the surf equipment you could need.
If you’re more working on your inner calm, the lovely Helen at Happy Seal Yoga does regular yoga by the sea classes at both Whitby and Sandsend. It’s absolutely worth getting yourself out of bed for the 7.15am session at Sandsend if you’re here for a mid-week break – yoga as the sun rises over the sea is a magical experience! Also, look out for her sessions on yoga and wild swimming and SUP yoga as well. Helen also offers private outdoor yoga sessions at our site subject to her availability – get in touch if you think that sounds like heaven to you!
We are very lucky to be part of the North York Moors International Dark Skies Reserve, which means this area is officially recognised as one of the best places in the country to see stars! Although as you arrive at our site you can see the lights of Whitby as you walk down to your camp you lose this light and it becomes very dark indeed – perfect for star gazing!
If you want to find out more about the dark skies the North York Moors provide lots of information about being a dark skies area, what it means, and links to events. The two National Park Centres at Sutton Bank and Danby, plus Dalby Observatories in Dalby Forest are Dark Sky Discovery Sites. Dark Sky Discovery is a network of organisations that helps people to enjoy the night sky.
We love walking, and are never happier than when we’re out with the dogs exploring the beautiful surrounding countryside of the North York Moors. All of our tents have Ordnance Survey maps (the old fashioned paper kind) to help you plan your walks. We love a natter about walking and are more than happy to share our favourite routes – catch us in the car park to for ideas for short local walks, which will no doubt involve a lot of arm waving and pointing. All times given are how long it takes us to walk – we’re 40 something with no kids in tow and nice walk to the pub fit rather than running fit – compare yourself to that appropriately! If you’d like a more reliable guide to your walks we can recommend some of these proper trails which run close to the farm:
Walks to food and drink
If there’s anything we like more than walking it’s walking to somewhere that serves nice food and drink. Preferably both. Here are some of our favourites in the local area:
Fish and chips
Fish and chips, well it is Whitby, you’ve got to have fish and chips at least once while you’re here, so it deserves a section all to itself. If you’re from Whitby choosing a chippie is like choosing a football team, you’re loyal for life – so these are our recommendations only, and any other Whitby local will give you entirely different advice!
Why not treat yourself while you’re here? There are some amazing places to eat and drink in Whitby! This is by no means supposed to be an exhaustive list, despite our best attempts we haven’t been everywhere and there are lots of other sites you can use to find good places, these are just some of our favourites!
I don’t know if you’ve gathered by now, but we do like a nice beer. Craft ale is our thing, so take these recommendations with that in mind, there are lots of other places to try but these are our favourites: