Trip To Ulleskelf (Near York)
The weather forecast was unbelievably good for April so we decided to set off with the caravan for 4 nights. The forecast was best for the middle of the country (not the coasts) so we tried booking a Caravan and Motorhome Club site. We tried York, Knaresborough and other sites in North Yorkshire but, they were all booked up.
We found a small site set in the lovely countryside called White Stone near Ulleskelf which held around 30 caravans. The pitch sizes were OK and easy to park on. There was a small toilet block which was adequate, although the showers cost £1 per timed shower which in our opinion was a bit excessive considering the facilities – there was no plug socket or hairdryer. Jane tended to use the fab shower in the Elddis caravan which was far superior to the site shower.
The site was about a mile outside Ulleskelf - a lovely small pretty village in the Selby district of North Yorkshire, four miles from Tadcaster on the River Wharfe. It is served by Ulleskelf railway station. It has one public house (the Ulleskelf Arms) and one shop (Post Office/general store). Apparently an episode of A Touch of Frost, entitled 'Mind Games', starring David Jason and Keith Barron, was filmed in the village in 2008.
We visited the local pub 3 times, once to have our Sunday lunch which was fabulous. We also caught the train to York which cost less than £10 for 2 of us return. There are around 4 trains per day which stop at Ulleskelf which go to York and it was a very pleasant easy journey.
Trip To Haworth
We recently took the Caravan to a site between Haworth and Denholme called Upwood Park. We stayed there for 3 nights as Steve’s son was playing a gig in Victoria Hall in Keighley and we wanted to see his band play.
It is a fabulous site on top of the Bronte moors with extensive views. The site has touring caravans, static caravans, heated pods, yurts and tents. The toilet block was good – and fab showers for 50p. There are indoor and outdoor children’s play areas and a games room.
There is a pub/clubhouse which opens 4 times per week and we had a fabulous reasonably priced meal there on the night we arrived. There is entertainment on a Saturday evening which we missed as we were in Keighley.
Steve’s daughter joined us for the night we went to the gig and stayed in a tent on our pitch. The pitches were a generous size and easy to park on.
We enjoyed the site so much we stayed for an extra 2 nights and Jane’s 16 month old grandson joined us. It was a lovely family weekend. While we were there we went to the Oxenhope train station and Haworth station to see the steam trains and visited the railway museum.