Glamping North York Moors views

Glamping in the North York Moors National Park: 3 day itinerary

I recently set off on an adventure to The North York Moors National Park; the first national park in my new travel project (you can read more about this here!). Despite only being a couple of hours away from home in Leeds, I have only visited the area once before, so it was exciting to be heading somewhere new. Even more exciting was to be spending the weekend glamping at The BOX BNB where shipping containers are designed and converted into the most beautiful luxury glamping accommodation. I have actually only been glamping a few times prior to this, and it’s now my favourite way to enjoy new places, as opposed to considering hotels. With glamping accommodation I find you become immersed in the nature and surroundings and often have a lot more privacy and space. 

* I was kindly invited to come and stay at The Box BNB as a gifted stay, however all words and experiences written here are my own. I have been kindly given a discount code MOLLS15 and this is not an affiliate link or something that benefits me personally, but I am sharing this in case anybody is looking to book their next staycation *

Day 1 - travelling to the North York Moors and summer BBQs

We set off in the afternoon with the intention of arriving at The Box BnB with enough time in the evening to relax, enjoy the scenery and have a barbecue on the terrace. It was a perfect evening for all of this, so a lovely start to the weekend! The drive took us through small country lanes and scenic countryside, and we stopped off at the nearby ‘Whole Hogg’ Farm shop to pick up ingredients for our barbecue in the evening. It was our first BBQ of the summer – always a sign that the weather is beginning to warm up!

Within the accommodation is a projector where you can watch Netflix so we enjoyed a movie night (and even bought some popcorn!). 

 

Other activities to enjoy nearby: 

  • Malton – known as ‘Yorkshire’s Food Capital’ you can explore the town of Malton with many independent shops, cafes and restaurants and look out for the monthly food market
  • Take a journey on the North York Moors Steam Railway
  • Find one of the many hikes nearby – there are several walking books at the accommodation where you can get some inspiration. There are also some public footpaths within walking distance of the accommodation should you just want to go for an evening sunset walk. 

Day 2 - Hiking in the North York Moors and enjoying nature

Our first full day in The North York Moors began with waking up to the first of the summer weather, and opening the curtains to look out over the countryside views. I felt such peace, silence and calm in this location, and although there are three available accommodations near to one another you don’t feel at all overlooked, and very much feel alone in the middle of nature. I was told by the owner that you can often see hares, deer, sheep and other wildlife in the field in front of the accommodation which is definitely worth looking out for! 

Glamping North York Moors at The Box BNB
view of the glamping hut overlooking countryside

We wanted to find a hike nearby to the accommodation and planned ourselves a route only a 15 minute drive north into the national park. The Hole of Horcum walk is a 11km walk which is suitable for most hiking abilities. We started the walk at Levisham Estate Car Park, which is quite high up meaning you can see the whole extent of the walk from the car park. It begins with a wander down into and through a short valley, after which you climb back onto the moorland in a circular route returning to the car park. The scenery was beautiful and we only saw a handful of other walkers, making for a peaceful hike.

Afterwards, we visited the picturesque village of Thornton-le-Dale where we visited the tea rooms and chocolate shop, and picked up a few more things for another barbecue in the evening (because why not?!) and headed back to the Box.

In the evening, after our BBQ, we spent time stargazing on the terrace. The North York Moors is a Dark Sky Reserve (one of only 21 in the world!) which means it is one of the best places in the country for star-gazing due to low light pollution levels – we were lucky to have a clear night while we were there!

Day 3- Dalby Forest and lavender fields

On the last day at The Box BnB we enjoyed a leisurely morning having breakfast overlooking the views before packing up for check-out. This is the kind of accommodation where you don’t feel the need to rush out the door early for the next activity, but where just being there in itself and enjoying the surroundings is a part of the adventure on its own.

We travelled only a 15 minute drive up the road to Dalby Forest, an 8500-acre landscape owned by Forestry England offering many activities including walking trails, cycling routes, children’s activities and a visitor centre / cafe. The landscapes were stunning and reminded me a lot of The Trossachs in Scotland! 

We parked at High Staindale Car Park and walked along the ‘Woodcock Way’ trail, you can find some more trail information and maps here. We found it essential to also have our own way of navigation via GPS map and/or paper map due to the signposting sometimes crossing over with different trails. However, for the most part, the trails were well-trodden and easy to follow. We then walked from the car park just ten minutes to follow the lakeside trail for all the lake views and we also saw many different birds on this little trail. 

Dalby Forest Lakeside Walking Trail

With the rest of the afternoon free we decided to continue on to Yorkshire Lavender, a 40 minute drive from Dalby Forest (although potentially on the way home if you live in the direction of York!). We made a stop at the village of Welburn to enjoy a lunch at ‘Dogh’, a super nice little cafe selling local products as well as food & drink.

Yorkshire Lavender have many different types of lavender and herbs planted in what in summer will be a spectacular landscape of purple. We were a little early for the season, but enjoyed a walk around the plant nursery and shop selling many locally made lavender products. 

We had such a wonderful weekend filled with equal amounts of relaxing and exploring, leaving us with feelings of gratitude for this experience and ready for a busy month ahead. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend paying a visit to the North York Moors National Park and the BOX BNB for the perfect staycation. 

Other locations to visit in the North York Moors National Park:

On my previous visit to the North York Moors I stayed near Robin Hood Bay, a picturesque fishing village on the east coast. Surrounded by steep cliffs, it makes for a unique landscape, similar to that also of Staithes, a village further north along the coastline. 

You can check out my guide for a great coastal hike from Robin Hoods Bay to Whitby

Robin Hood's Bay to Whitby walk
Robin Hood's Bay - only a 45 minute drive from The Box BnB

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