“ Address: Low Dalby / Thornton Le Dale / Pickering / North Yorkshire „
Despite the vast information out there about particular sites, and being members of the Camping and Caravanning Club, choosing a campsite can be quite daunting! There are just too many to choose from. My general requirements are for a site which is a relatively easy commute from home or work, for easy access on a Friday night, is small rather than too large, but most importantly has decent showering and toilet facilities and good shelter.
Pexton Moor Farm campsite was recommended to me by my colleague who had visited last year. The campsite itself is on the edge of the beautiful Dalby Forest in North Yorkshire, only another 30 minute drive from the four star hotel which I spend half my week. That is handy information to know if the weather makes a significant change for the worse...
We booked via the telephone and we did not have to pay any deposits up front. The fees for the site were £13 for a pitch for two adults, including electric hook up or £10 without hookup. We thought these were very reasonable, and we opted for the electric hookup option, the first time we had ever done that. We opted for a full three night break, arriving Friday and departing on Monday.
The campsite itself was straightforward to find, accessible from the A1 and just outside the beautifully picturesque village of Thornton le Dale, and close to Pickering, also a very pretty area. In fact we found most of the region to be picture postcard perfect. Checking in at the campsite was straightforward enough - we paid on arrival, although the proprietors were not too insistent on that and were happy to take payment next day if we did not have enough cash on us - they do not take cards.
We had pitch 6. The main campsite could hold about 15 tents or caravans so was relatively small. We were the third to pitch as we had the day off, but by evening the whole place was full and so booking would probably be advisable unless you are going in low season. Our pitch was adequate for our fairly large tent - an Outwell Bear Lake 4 - and enough room to park the Scenic alongside.
The entrance gate to the Dalby Forest is literally next door to the campsite. Entry fee through the forest is £7. Because of the close proximity, the campsite can get extremely busy if there is an act on in the forest. For example, this weekend McFly are playing, and there are 500 bookings at the farm - utilising more of the fields. I am so glad we picked the weekend before, and it is worth checking this before you book if you want a quiet weekend!
The facilities at Pexton Moor are adequate for when there are a small number of campers. There are 3 toilets and 2 showers for each sex, including very good disabled shower/toilet. This does mean you might need a short wait for the shower. I must admit I did like the disabled facility as everything was self contained (and there were no disabled people on the site at the same time as me...) I would not like to be there this weekend with the volume of people expected! I could not get hot water out of the shower one morning but it was reasonable for the rest of the stay. There were no hairdrying facilities that I noticed and I didn't see anyone plug their own in the bathroom facilities so this might be worth checking if you don't opt for electric hook up.
Our tent itself felt to be relatively sheltered as it was backing on to some hedging, and there were other campers behind us. The views across the countryside were fantastic, and as the field was relatively small, there was only one row of tents in front of us - this row did not have electric hookup. The ground itself was excellent, level and well kept and did not get too boggy even despite the fact it rained. The ground was quite hard underneath though - it felt like we were hitting cement a few inches down as we hammered in our tent pegs - and have a few bent ones in the collection now!
There are no other facilities at Pexton, other than a very decent washing up area for pots and pans etc. You can reach the village of Thornton le Dale within a matter of minutes for any food supplies, morning bread and so on, and Pickering itself is only four miles away. In the local villages there are plenty of decent chip shops and pubs if you choose not to go self catering - we did cook on site all three evenings however so didn't sample any of the local fayre although we did pop in the pub in Thornton for a quick drink.
In terms of places to visit, it is easy to reach the coast at Whitby or Scarborough, as well as the North York Moors and the Dalby Forest.
Overall, I recommend this campsite fully. The facilities are adequate, and the location is exceptional, and £39 for a long weekend seems like an excellent cheap way to see a bit more of the UK. Recommended.
The campsite is surrounded with beautiful veiws and woodland.