LOVE LEEDS: 5 STAYCATION SPOTS FOR SUMMER 2016
Holiday-goers looking for a double whammy of lush countryside access and vibrant city living will love Leeds. Every year, visitors from across Britain and abroad make their pilgrimage to this West Yorkshire gem in search of cultural salvation and unforgettable sights - and whether you’re travelling by plane, train or automobile, you’ll find somewhere great to stay.
A camper’s paradise, the area surrounding Leeds is home to a range of top-notch campsites, caravan parks and glamping hot spots - and today, we’re taking a look at a handful of fantastic local sites with convenient access to this bustling metropolis.
Moor Lodge Holiday Park
Located in the quaint village of Bardsey, you’ll find Moor Lodge Holiday Park - which boasts an excellent central location, not far from nearby hotspots including York, Scarborough and the Yorkshire Dales National Park. With spacious touring and camping areas, as well as a select number of hard-standing service pitches, this holiday park caters to all campers! And with nearby attractions including 10 local golf courses, Roundhay Park’s Tropical World and Leeds’ shopping district, you’ll have easy access to tons of one-of-a-kind experiences.
Clarion Lodge Wigwams
A stone’s throw from the characterful market town of Otley, visitors flock to Clarion Lodge every year for a taste of Leeds’ local glamping scene. This family-friendly camping destination gives guests an opportunity to explore the breathtaking rural landscape that surrounds the River Wharfe and experience the comfort and warmth of their Wigwam cabins. Riverside Park and Chevin Forest Park offer unmissable walking opportunities nearby - while Otley hosts street markets and farmers’ markets all year round.
If you’re looking for a rugged camping experience, West Yorkshire’s Ponden Mill is the place to be. This area is home to an array of weird and wonderful wildlife - from kingfishers and peacocks to albino deer and even the rare lamprey (affectionately known as the vampire bat of the fish world). With two touring and camping areas available at Ponden, all pitches are substantial in size and within 100 metres of on-site facilities - and as the Mill is located just outside Haworth, it’s less than an hour’s drive to the heart of Leeds.
Humble Bee Farm
On the Yorkshire Coast sits Scarborough - one of the world’s first seaside resorts - giving visitors access to award-winning sandy beaches, a vibrant arts community and boutique shopping experiences galore. Nestled in the heart of Scarborough, you’ll find Humble Bee Farm - an impossibly charming family-run farm ideal for glamping getaways and not too far for a day trip to Leeds (for an extra slice of local culture). Perfectly situated for exploring Yorkshire’s Wolds and Moors, Humble Bee Farm welcomes tourers and campervans - giving every guest an opportunity to meet the ‘farmyard gang’.
Glenfield Caravan Park
Not far from Moor Lodge Holiday Park, Glenfield Caravan Park offers another camping option for visitors to the region - just 8 miles from both Leeds and Harrogate. The secluded park is surrounded by picture-perfect scenery and boasts 30 hard standings for tourers and motorhomes, meaning you’ll have immediate access to some of the region’s most unbelievable sights. Just 3 miles away, you can visit Emmerdale’s fantastic film set for an exclusive tour - and Leeds’ exhaustive menu of activities, attractions and dining options is a short drive from the park when you’re ready to trade rural landscapes for the city experience.
Whether you’re in it for the culture or the country living, Leeds has something for everyone - and when you’re ready to call it a day after exploring this much-loved Yorkshire gem, you’re guaranteed to find somewhere comfortable and convenient to camp.
Author bio: Tori Atkinson is a travel blogger for Pegasus Caravan Finance, giving campers across the UK access to caravanning tips, travel-focused how-tos and destination inspiration for their next trip.