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Crows Nest Caravan And Camping Park

The Basics

Whats Smart?: Coastal views, pint of Guinness available on site, well maintained facilities
Caters For: Tents, Caravans, Tourers
Costs: Min: £15 for 4 persons max (additional cost's for more), tent/tourer pitch Max: £30 (high-season)
Dogs allowed: Yes
Disabilty friendly: Yes
On site: Toilets(also disabled), washing up area, bar, chip shop, dog area, kids playground, indoor swimming pool, laundrette, games room, wifi and conservatory area.

Crows Nest Caravan and camping park was the first campsite in Filey I decided to pitch a tent up after visiting a fair few others beforehand.

Crows Nest offers a fantastic cliff view of the coast and has all the amenities needed to satisfy most peoples needs.

What's Smart On Site?

Crows Nest seems to have found a good balance between good old basic tent camping and the huge caravan sites.

Whilst they have a bar, a chippy, and a shop it's not overcrowded with commercial stuff but caters for families that need more than just a place to pitch a tent, very well.

Dog's have to be kept on a lead at all times including Tess ( my dog) that hates it. Theres also a dog walking area...

A simple bar and lounge that sells a decent Guinness. A pool table and entertainment is available.

Unfortunately I didn't get to try their fish "n" chips because it was only open on a Saturday and closed. In the main season it should be open daily and school holidays.

The kiddies playground is at the beginning of the tent camping area after the Caravans, near the wash-rooms which is worth noting if you want to book a pitch where you can keep an eye on the kids.

The camp site supermarket is OK and sells what you would expect a site shop to sell to stock up on necessary items. The nearest Tesco store is around 2.7 miles away if you need a larger choice of supplies.

This is one fast route to the rocky bay. Me and Tess the dog went this way but please do find out if it's suitable for you from reception before you try to climb down it. The Cliff rocks are falling all the time.

Once you get down the rocky cliff (see image to the left) you arrive at the bottom of the bay, about here. No human in sight and it has a bit of a "spooky" feeling about it.

Where You Can Pitch

There are pitches available that are close to the bathrooms, toilets, playground and laundrette. If you want to be closer to the coastal side where I pitched up you have to walk about 100 metres to the amenities, however, it's out the way and feels more like real camping there and the views make it well worth it.

If you do pitch closer to the coast be aware that can get cold and quite windy. Setting up closer to the edge of the site will give you extra wind protection.Tip: Bring a good wind breaker, especially for cooking.

You may have to search to find ground that is even for pitching a tent. Just remember to pitch your tent with your head towards the highest point and legs at the lowest.

Off Site

Crows Nest Caravan and camping park is a fair distance from Filey Town (11 Miles), nevertheless, its worth a morning or afternoon visit for shopping or to walk the sea front with ice cream.

Head into reception when you arrive and pick up the information leaflets the site provides that can give you plenty of ideas about things to do.

What’s The Verdict?

This was the best campsite overall I visited in the Filey area and my No 1 choice. The cliff views are great, all the amenities are well maintained and there's enough to keep a family happy without to much distraction from enjoying the outdoors.

The only negative is the cost if under 4 people are camping in the main season or school holidays. £15 for one or two people a night is ok but "£30 is way to much" which is a little under the cost of a B/B.

sunrise at the campsite

Sunrise 4.30am at Crows nest. On a clear summers night you may only see 3 hours of darkness.

the coastal view

The all important coastal view from the bottom section of the campsite. It's great to camp here, however, for those that do not like wind you will need to pitch closer to the left or right hand sides, next to the hedges.

On The map

Booking And Contact Info

You can book a stay at this site by completing the contact form on the web site or telephoning. Booking early within the high-season is advisable to avoid disappointment.

Website: Address: Crow's Nest Caravan Park, Gristhorpe, Filey, North Yorkshire, YO14 9PS. Tel: (+44) 01723 582206

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