Car-freeGlamping holidaysaround the UK
No need to drive to have a glamping holiday in the countryside. Cool Camping has come up with this list of great places to stay that have good public transport links.
1. Whitby Log Cabins, North Yorkshire
This wooded site on the edge of the North York Moors is a couple of miles from Whitby and you can get closer on the Coastliner bus from York or Malton or on the Esk Valley railway. The new Whitby Log Cabins are close to the Cinder Track, a popular walking and cycling route on a disused railway between Whitby and Scarborough.
- How do you get to Whitby Log Cabins without a car? The hosts are happy to pick up guests who arrive by public transport. If you’re travelling light, it’s a pleasant mile’s walk from Ruswarp station on the Esk Valley railway or from the Ruswarp High Street bus stop on the scenic Coastliner 840 bus. From either of these, you can follow the map below to reach the cabins.
- What’s there when you arrive? You won’t need to carry much at all if you stay here. The log cabins are self-contained with a log burner inside and a fire pit or chiminea outside. There are en suite facilities, ready-made-up beds, central heating and cooking facilities. Bedding, towels and washing-up kit are all provided.
- And what can you see and do nearby? The cabins are perfectly placed for people who like walking and cycling. You can follow the Cinder Track and there is normally bike hire at Trailways, just the other side of the little village of Stainscare. From Hawsker, a little further on, you can walk across fields to the coast path and then along the glorious Yorkshire coast to Whitby Abbey. Walking back through town and along the Esk Valley Walk makes a perfect day-long eight mile circuit with lots to see and do along the way.
- And you can reach all the sights along the Coastliner bus route from the bus stop, a mile away in Ruswarp.
2. Hawarden Farm Shop, Flintshire
Two huge wild meadows, with a view of the old castle at Hawarden, are the site for these bell tents and pitches in July and August. Hawarden farm shop does sustainable, seasonal, local food and there are great views of the Welsh countryside.
- How do you get to Hawarden without a car? Hop on bus X4 from Chester railway station to Rake Lane, which just a couple of minutes’ walk away. There are fast trains to Chester station from Leeds, Cardiff, Manchester, Liverpool and beyond. Transport for Wales also runs trains to the local Hawarden station. From there, it’s a 20-minute walk along the lane, past pubs and the castle, to the campsite.
- What’s there when you arrive? There are fire pits to cook on, but Hawarden farm shop is also very handy so there’s no need for campfire cooking unless you want to. There’s a café and restaurant at the farm shop, which sells freshly-baked pastries every morning and the village pub is a short walk away. The bell tents only have camp beds and a lantern (and some of them have a table and chairs outside) so you do need to bring your own bedding.
- And what can you see and do nearby? Hawarden old castle is a medieval motte-and-bailey in a lovely wooded park. There are weekly wild swimming sessions and some great circular walks to be done locally. All the delights of half-timbered Chester are just a bus ride away, including the magnificent Chester Zoo.