A week in Yorkshire! Part 1

We’ve just returned from a week at Sherrif Hutton, Camping and Caravanning Club Site in Yorkshire, YO60 6QG (take a look here).  Although we have been a member of the C&CC for almost 10 years, we’ve avoided booking any of the sites for the past few years due to a poor experience at one of the CS’s (Certificated Sites).  However, for this week we needed a base near York to meet up with friends and we couldn’t book a Caravan and Motorhome Club site.  So we took the plunge and booked here.

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The site has 90 pitches, mixed grass and hard standing and of course takes caravans, motorhomes and tents.  We couldn’t have been made more welcome, the wardens talked us through the layout and recommended a pitch that has sun all day, then walked over and met us to help us get sited.

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We tend to choose hard standing to stop the dogs digging, usually they’re flatter,m the awning doesn’t get muddy and we’re lazy.  There were a few pitches at the top of the site which although level side to side were quite sloping, but the remainder appeared to be flat in all directions.  There is a dog area just before the reception building, but it’s very, very small and although it’s fenced the fencing between it and the field next door (which was full of sheep, lambs and rabbits!) has a wire fence with rather large gauge holes, plenty big enough for Jack and Jess to have managed to get through if we had let them off.  Luckily we noticed the size of the holes and didn’t let them off because Jack Russell’s and rabbits, or jumpy bouncy lambs really aren’t a good mix!

As you enter the site through the barrier (which is opened with a security code) to the left there are 4 Ready Tents, which seemed to be spacious, unfortunately they were all in use so we didn’t get to have a look in.  Really handy if you have friends who don’t actually own a tent/caravan/motorhome.  Next to the Ready Tents was the shower block, with dish washing facilities, a separate parent and child washroom, laundry and chemical disposal point, just next to this was the motorhome point with water fill and waste disposal.  All the bins are located at the site entrance.  The site is a large oval shape, the road runs round with pitches in the middle and on the outside, there’s a children’s play area in the middle.

It was a pleasure to stay here over the past week, given it’s proximity to the road there was minimal traffic noise during the day and none at night.  The site was very well cared for and the reception sells a few bits and bobs if you’re in need.

It was a great base for us, we traveled into York using the Park + Ride from Monks Cross (approx 6 miles from site), it cost £2.90 each for a return ticket and J&J had their first ride on a bus!  In the other direction is Castle Howard if you fancy a visit, we didn’t due to the £11.95 price tag each just for the gardens and with the dogs we wouldn’t have been able to tour the house itself.  There are of course plenty of walks about and we used the iFootpath app on Android (£1.99) to find walks, it’s really useful as it points out how easy or hard each walk is, a boon for a dodgy back that wasn’t up to any grand hikes this week.  We also visited Yorkshire Lavendar unfortunately we weren’t aware that you can’t actually walk round with dogs.  I’ll blog a bit more about our trips, walks and visits in the coming days!

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