Being a massive lover of the great outdoors it does surprise me how rarely we actually camp. The ten year old and hubby are not huge fans of a night under canvas, mainly due to the unpredictable British weather. But I still find something temptingly adventurous about it all. This year my best friend of 30 years bought a beautiful VW camper and being well overdue a girlie weekend we decided to go camping near Whitby. Husbands, kids and dogs could all remain safely home. The boring lot!
We opted for Serenity Camping in the charming village on Hinderwell, just outside of Whitby on the North Yorkshire Coast. This wasn’t a part of the UK I had explored before so was super excited to arrive, set up camp and get out exploring.
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On arrival at the site we were greeted by the friendly owner and given all the info needed for our stay. She led us down to our grass pitch and left us to set up camp. I love that staying in the van makes it easy to set up home for the weekend. In no time we were sat tea in hand, nibbles on the go, researching our weekend activities.
Serenity camping operates a quiet policy to suit its name. It’s all about peace and quiet, a place for relaxation rather than a raucous weekend away. We definitely felt this at the end of the day as they operate a quiet time after 10.30pm policy. I think most campers are ready for bed at that point anyway.
Facilities at Serenity Camping, North Yorkshire
This was a brilliant campsite for clean, easy facilities. The toilets and shower block were sparkling clean and we never had to wait too long to use them. Water was always hot and plentiful and there were several hooks so your stuff didn’t have to get wet on the floor. It was quite a walk from our pitch at the bottom of the camp but that only adds to the fun right?!
They have separate family bathrooms and accessible washrooms also a hair drying station. The kitchen area was very well serviced with fridge, freezer, kettle and washing up facilities. If you want to get some washing done during your trip, there are also laundry facilities.
There is also a huge focus on wildlife and the natural environment. They have a sweet little fenced wildlife pond which is a lovely spot to enjoy your morning coffee. we also enjoyed watching the bats fly around as it got dark and spotted a hedgehog on an evening visit to the shower block.
BBQs are allowed on site but open fires are not. You’ll find a safe space to dispose of you BBQ coals near the wildlife pond. The site also places big importance on conserving water and recycling. You’ll find several clearly marked bins around the site.
If you fancy finding somewhere away from your tent to relax, the information cabin has comfy sofas and wifi for you to catch up on your socials. There is also plenty of information about things to do in the local area, restaurants, pubs etc.
Electricity hook ups are available although we didn’t need one for our two night stay.
Is Serenity Camping family friendly?
Serenity camping does allow limited family groups. There were a few children around when we visited and they were all very well behaved. There are no additional facilities for kids although I’m sure they would enjoy the wildlife pond. Due to its quiet policy children need to be supervised at all times, even in the toilets. I’d probably be a little nervous visiting with my 10 year old, worrying she would be too noisy. There are also no bikes or ball games allowed on site. This might not be the campsite for every family.
Where to eat near Serenity Camping
For me camping means being pretty self sufficient. I love cooking in the outdoors, BBQs and bacon sarnies just taste better on a campsite. But if you fancy someone else doing the hard work (and lets face it at times we are just too tired) there are several options near the campsite.
The chippy in Hinderwell village is brilliant. You’ll need to call your order in and collect it when it’s ready. Then its less than a three minute walk back to camp so it will definitely stay warm. Or you could cross the road and head up to Port Mulgrave, find a bench and enjoy dinner with a view.
There are a couple of pubs in Hinderwell village. The Badger Hounds is literally just over the road from the campsite. It serves amazing looking food as is a friendly place to enjoy a post walk drink. You’ll need to book a table for food several days in advance though as it’s a very popular place.
You could also head a little further afield. Whitby has several world famous fish and chips shops and plenty of pubs and restaurants. I also loved the little cafe at neighbouring Runswick Bay which overlooks the waves and is around a half hour walk from the campsite.
Can I bring dogs to Serenity Camping?
Dogs are welcome at this campsite although they must be kept on a lead at all times. Again, this probably isn’t the place for you if your pups are particularly load or boisterous. Make sure you clean up after your dog, there are waste bins near the recycling area.
What is there to do nearby?
Serenity Camping is based in the tiny village of Hinderwell on the North York Moors coastline. It’s about a ten minute walk down to the coast at Port Mulgrave and the start of the magnificent Cleveland Way. Currently you cannot access the beach to see the fishing boats tied up. The metal steps down are unsafe. However there is a rope attached to the cliff for you to hold on to as you scale the rocks down. We didn’t attempt it as we arrived quite late but met some other hikers on their way up. They were pretty exhausted but said it was worth it. At the top here you’ll find a great bench to sit with a drink to gaze out to sea.
Hinderwell is just a 5 minute drive to the beautiful seaside town of Staithes. Which is well worth a trip for its small beach and seaside charm. 5 minutes drive the other way in Runswick Bay which is a lovely little village with a long and sheltered beach. It took us just over half an hour to do this on foot.
During our stay we completed a long section of the Cleveland Way, hiking from Staithes to Whitby which took most of the day. It was an absolutely gorgeous walk, hard on the knees and the lungs but well worth is for the stunning views of the Yorkshire coast. I absolutely recommend giving this a go if you’re staying at Serenity.
If you don’t fancy the hike then it will take you around 15 minutes to drive into Whitby or you could just hop n the X4 bus which stops in Hinderwell village.
Other Camping near Whitby Options
If Serenity camping is booked up for your dates or doesn’t sound quite right for you there are plenty of other options. for somewhere a little closer to Whitby the you could try Runswick Bay Camping and caravan park. It’s family and pet friendly and within walking distance to the beach. We passed it on our hike and it looked absolutely lovely.
Or on the other side of Whitby you could try Middlewood Farm Holiday Park located in Robins Hood Bay. This one looks super family friendly with a children’s adventure play area and plenty of space. Again it’s just a short walk to the beach and even has glamping pods you can hire.
We really did love our stay at Serenity Camping near Whitby. It was surprisingly peaceful and the perfect intro to camping for a novice like me. Now I’ve got the bug I’m sure I’ll be planning many more adventures like this in the future.
Have a look at my post on the best family holidays in the UK for more staycation inspiration.
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