You may well be aware that I am a big fan of using the Camping and Caravanning Club Temporary Holiday Sites with my folding camper. Why ? – see my previous blog post describing why I love this cost effective and flexible camping option.
We recently decided to spend a week in the Yorkshire Dales; I wasn’t 100% sure of the location for a holiday with a teenager but the Yorkshire DA THS at Ilkley RUFC sounded a perfect location; close to town and by a river sounded very appealing.
We headed off on Sunday and on arrival the steward seemed a bit stressed, to say the least. The THS was really busy and there were just 3 pitches available. It isn’t often that THS are completely full, and usually if we ring before arrival we are told “Yeah, there’s plenty of room”, but on this occasion a quick call would have made the steward’s life a bit easier.
After we had put up the camper and the awning (full awning, not just the porch awning), we went into town for fish & chips (it’s a tradition). The town really is just a 5 minute walk away, up a slight hill.
Add to this a quiet riverside location, and this THS is really well placed for a holiday. There are activities for children on the parks alongside the river, as well as many restaurants within the town itself for adult campers.
Between 7am and around 10pm campers had access to the toilet and shower facilities at the Rugby Club. One unisex toilet, one disabled toilet, communal female showers, communal male showers, plus a private, lockable referee toilet/shower for both males and females.
Whilst there was occasionally a wait for a loo, I never had to wait for a shower. On the one occasion I used the communal showers, I was alone the whole time.
The pitches themselves were set around the edges of the two rugby pitches. The pitches were well set out, with a marker for each pitch, and were well spaced. Whilst we were there a few rugby training sessions took place, but were on the pitch away from caravans.
Each day at around 6pm the ice-cream van arrived, which proved to be popular.
And as for being a suitable holiday location, well we were kept reasonable busy. We visited Haworth (Bronte country), the nearby town of Skipton, Malham Cove and as we are keen walkers there were numerus walks in the nearby Dales to keep us busy.
All in all, we had a great week in Ilkley and would definitely return. This particular meet has now ended, but the steward assures me that they come every year. One thing though – she has requested that we call ahead, just to make sure that she doesn’t have too many headaches with full pitches !