scar-close300Situated in village of Hudswell, just south of the lovely market town of Richmond, this is an ideal, all year round “Certificated Location” (Caravan Club members only).

There are three areas, one is a big grass field, mainly level. Second is a small grass pitch area with a hardstanding feeder road, great for MotorHomes, as easy to hook into EHU unit while staying on HS area. The third area is an all hard standing gravelled area, not as pretty but good in really wet or snowy weather.

Access is through Richmond, following the route notes carefully.

Watch out for big traffic humps enroute, not a problem at a slow speed though. Wide gates off the road lead into property parking space, and from there owners will meet and help with where to pitch. The grass field can be soft after lots of rain, but as mentioned above choice of other areas is there.

We found the pitches large, especially on the grass field. Just pitch up wherever your cable will reach! Most opt for a spot along the rail fencing though. Services are in the parking area just outside the field – tap, recycle waste bins, and a separate cdp area.

Views are out across towards the North York Moors and up towards the north, with some beautiful sunsets!

A small but well stocked information cabin is at the top of the site. There is a toilet, but we have never used it, preferring our own.

Dog walking from here is very good, as National Trust woodland is adjacent, and there is a quick level walk through fields, or drop down into woodlands to access more extensive walks, riverside and nature reserve.

Richmond town is lovely, with its huge castle, cobbled market square, Green Howard’s Army Museum, and lots of independent and chain shops. We had a lovely afternoon tea in the Black Lion pub just off the market square. Browsing the tiny streets is a very nice way of seeing all the interesting buildings, gardens and shops!

Further afield, you can head out of Hudswell and be straight onto the moors and into the Dales.

The A66 is only a couple of miles away to head over towards Cumbria, and Barnard Castle is an easy day out.

The A1 lies to the East, with plenty to see and do both North and South.

Richmond has a small Coop in the town centre, numerous garages for fuel. Best car park for Motorhomes is down under the the castle not far from bridge. Big spaces, very cheap, and only a short, but a tad steep walk up to castle and town. Parking is available in the market square as well. Best fish and chip shop is at back of Green Howard’s Museum!

We paid £12 for our overnight stay. As well as a good stop heading North or South, the area is easily interesting enough for much longer stays, and we have enjoyed a week in our caravan here. Owners are very friendly.