An amazing site, which we fully recommend. The site is an immaculate, working farm with lovely views. The farmers are both friendly and helpful. Despite working round the clock, they have time to help with queries and talk to you about their animals. There is a strict 10pm noise curfew which is understandable as the farmersí house is on the site, there are young children on site and some campers will be off early for a day of cycling
The site is level and extremely well cared for. The ground is easy to knock pegs in and children can cycle around safely. The pods are in one corner and looked clean and cosy. We didn't use the toilet and kitchen block but they were clean and adequate.
There is a barn with an open side so that you can see the cows feeding from the site and you might get to see a calf being born. There are piglets and chickens. There are also lambs which children are able to feed and a badger comes on sight at night, although we didnít get to see it.
Food is available from the farm if you book it in time the evening before. Bacon, sausage and egg butties in homemade bread rolls, scones and meat. Thatís if you can face eating bacon butties after seeing the piglets.
The forest itself is well planned and with a map from the visitors centre you can choose a route which is suitable for your own abilities. There is a bike shop to hire bikes or get bikes fixed, although it did seem quite expensive. We had our own bikes with us. The visitors centre (a mile away) has a wide range of food and drink with a picnic and barbecue areas and a childrenís play area.
Thorton Le Dale is a small, picturesque village about 5 miles from the campsite. It is possible to cycle there although there is a biggish hill in both directions. It has two pubs, serving great food, three coffee shops, a NISA shop, chip shop, pharmacy, newsagent, two churches and a village green. A stream running in front of pretty cottages.
We are booked in for a second weekend soon and next year we are planning on coming for a week to ride the routes again and explore a little further afield.
Friendly owners made you feel welcome upon arrival, the site is flat and well kept. It's situated on a working farm. There was 4/5 glamping pods for those who hate pitching tents or those who prefer heating and electricity!
The site was lovely and quiet, and sited within dalby forest. We took part in the go ape treetop challenge, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
The only thing I could criticise would be the showers. The shower block was cold, although the water was lovely and warm, so getting undressed initially was a shivering challenge.
The push button for the showers was also a bit of a joke. The water flowed for no more than 4 seconds before you had to press the button again. Maybe the owners could look into this issue?
Overall a lovely site, in a great location, especially for mountain bikers wishing to cycle dalby forest, or even anyone wishing to visit the North York moors. Goathland is definitely worth a visit, the steam railway runs there.
Although I rated the child friendliness 5/10, the site is child friendly, but there's nothing on site for them to do. No park or swings etc. However, dalby forest has an amazing play area for children with stream running through it, which would make some fun paddling in warmer weather!
The site is in a great position, quiet and surrounded by forest and fields. We went over half term and as they were busy we were offered the chance to go in the top field with 2 other units (there's room for a few more). This is just a bit further away from the facilities but this suited us fine as it was beautifully quiet (apart from cows mooing but what do you expect in the country?!). The owners were friendly and helpful, the shower was very hot (only niggle was that it's the shortest run per press of the button I've ever come across). Lovely and clean and well looked after. We'll definitely come again.
We have camped here and stayed in a caravan for three years running. Ideal for us and our young family. Set on a farm the children think its fantastic, it's quiet and safe for the children to play. The lady who runs the site gives it her all, her customer skills are of a high standard, you can see she takes pride in all that she does on site.
The home made cakes are priced nicely and taste great, the meat and eggs you can buy is also fab and priced reasonably.
The site is a quiet and they have a noise cut off time which suits us having the children so young.
If you want a relaxing holiday with plenty of outdoor activities this is a great site. We have a trailer that fits on the bike to put the children in so we can bike from the site to park etc. Plenty of walks to suit all.
The facilities are clean and well presented.
Hope to visit again in the summer. This site fills up quite quick so book in advance.
Two adults, two kids (aged 14 & 11) plus dog, Vango Maritsa 700 tent with electric hook up.
The location of this site can be summed up in one word; wow! It is in the middle of Dalby Forest and the added bonus of the site is that you do not have to pay the usual £7/car entrance fee to get in to the forest. Ideal for mountain biking, walking, Go Aping(!), bbqs and relaxing there really is no need to leave the forest. Close by though is the North Yorks Moors Railway for the steam enthusiast, the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors itself and Whitby not too far away if you did fancy a ride out.
Ok, so the facilities are basic but they are clean. Three showers in total (these were heated too, wasn't expecting that!), two toilets and one sink in Ladies, two toilets and one sink in Mens, pot washing area and drying room. The only slight niggle is that there really does need to be at least another sink available; one is not enough with two toilets plus people teeth cleaning etc even though it is a small site. That said, it would definitely not put me off returning!
Paid £7/night/adult, £3/night/child plus £3/night for EHU which was fairly priced.
Great customer service; from booking to leaving. On arrival we reported to the office and was met with a warm welcome by one of the owners who showed us where we could pitch, where things were, what was what etc.
My kids loved this site even though there was no play park etc - this was not needed at all. There was ample room for kids to enjoy frisbee, bat & ball etc. Both of them commented on how much they enjoyed the site.
Overall this has got to be one of the best sites we have stayed at. The location is fantastic, we loved the fact that the owners did not pack the site out and there was plenty of space. The quiet after 10pm rule is adhered to thankfully and the site has a lovely atmosphere.
Hope to return sooner rather than later!
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