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Scarborough campsites – my top 3

Scarborough coastline
Scarborough coastline

Scarborough campsites – campsite 1

Scarborough campsites – my top 3. They are the Scarborough Camping and Caravanning Club site, the Camping & Caravanning club site at Filey, and the Row Brow Farm campsite.

Dolly and I stayed for 3 nights at the Scarborough Camping and Caravanning Club site.  Set high up just above the town, it’s a great location for walking to the sea and the town, and close to lovely coastal walking routes.

So far, as a novice campervan traveller, I haven’t joined either the Camping and Caravanning Club or the Caravan and  Motorhome Club.  I gather that both Clubs offer great benefits and experiences for their members, as well as well-run campsites – particularly for families.

I’m an independent traveller and I’m keen to experience all types of campsites at this early stage of my Dolly adventures.  And that includes Club sites and non-Club sites. So, for the time being, I’m prepared to pay non-membership rates at the Club sites (which can be quite high).

Scarborough C&C club camp site

The Scarborough CCC site is huge!  On arrival, I booked in at reception, and was shown to an empty field….yay!…. by a man on a scooter.  Yes, the site is so big that it takes a ‘man on a scooter’ to show newcomers where to pitch.  I was joined by one other camper later on, and for the 3 days I was there, it was just the 2 of us. Nice.

There is everything campers need on this campsite.  There are at least 4 shower/toilet blocks, all kept very clean and functioning well, and there’s a well-stocked shop at the reception building.  And, a short 5 minute walk away, a family-friendly pub offering great value pub meals.  And free wifi.

Was it my kind of ‘Scarborough and campervan’ campsite?  It was great for bedding down in Dolly each night. I was out and about most days anyway – staff were friendly and helpful, and the facilities were excellent.  More than that?  Perhaps not.

Filey campsite – campsite 2

Next campsite was the Centenary Way Camping and Caravanning site at Filey, just south along the coast from Scarborough.

Another biggish site, very well kept, and a charming reception hut just next to the owners’ house.  There’s a lovely footpath from the site that takes walkers down into Filey a short distance away, great for dog walking too (I gathered).

Morning wake up view
My view from the Centenary Way campsite at Filey

I had a pitch just next to the entrance, with this beautiful countryside view.  The pitches were quite close to eachother, with not much ‘tree’ protection (at least not where I was), and I did feel a bit exposed to neighbouring caravanners.  However, once cosied up in Dolly, I could easily shut out the world.

The toilet/shower block was fairly small, and there was a continual queue for the shower (in the evening).  Clean though and lovely hot water.

I used the washing machine too, but had to ask reception for change.

Again, a great site for families staying for longer visits enjoying the pretty Filey beaches, and good for an overnight stop too. 

Scarborough campsites top 3 – campsite 3

My final Scarborough camping experience with Dolly the Caddy Camper was at the Row Brow Farm campsite (home of Dotty the Donkey), a short distance from Scarborough town centre. I had read both good and not so good reviews of the site, so no sure what to expect.

I was greeted by a rough and ready looking man (who I later discovered is the owner of the campsite) who put me on the right track on the road to the campsite a way up the hill.

On the phone earlier, I had been told to drive into the campsite and find a spot in the campsite field on the left.  As I found the campsite, I did as I was told, and drove into the field.  A small, slightly overgrown field, next to a pond, with electrical points dotted around.

How did I know it was the right field?

There were two other campers there – a young couple with a small tent, and a VW campervan.  Dolly felt at home straightaway.

On further investigation, I found the Ladies – one single toilet and a washbasin.  And I assume it was the same for the Gents.  I was told that the showers were further up the hill – I didn’t investigate.

Row Brow Farm campsite
Row Brow Farm campsite

This was quiet, peaceful, basic (yet functional and clean), and had a lovely, rural, farmyard feel.

Quacking ducks woke me, and I was lulled to sleep by Kylie Minogue.  She was performing at a concert at Scarborough’s open-air theatre close-by. Lucky me!

No wifi at this one though, and no sign of Dotty the Donkey.

I met the owner again (and his wife) just as I was about to leave.  They were very relaxed about the pitch fee, and, best of all, it was only £12.

Scarborough and campervans – 3 very different campsites

So there you have it. Scarborough campsites – my top 3.  I would recommend all 3 for very different reasons, as mentioned above.

There are certain things though that I know I’ll be looking out for in the future. Campsites with views, campsites with trees, and campsites ‘off the beaten track’.

So much to see and so much to learn!

Love Sarah and Dolly

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