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This is unnervingly impermanent country. Villages around here have flourished, only to find themselves swallowed up by the sea. The fantastically named Ravenser Odd, for instance, which had its own MP and everything, now languishes under the waves a full mile-and-a-half offshore. There’s something reassuringly solid, therefore, about Elmtree’s Grade II-listed brick farmhouse. A small field around the back, its edges pleasingly tousled with hedge bindweed and house-trained nettles, has just enough shelter to make you feel snug without creating a sense of being hemmed in. The loo and shower, meanwhile, are part of the farm buildings, with easy access for campers. 

The straggle of dwellings that makes up the unspoilt village of Holmpton is well worth a slow wander around. It is said to give a very good idea of what coastal settlements of times past would have looked like, and as such has been designated a Conservation Village. To see a number of really striking houses, take the more southerly of the two roads that lead straight out for half a mile to the sea. At the end, a footpath leads to cliffs above a long and (almost always) deserted sandy beach sweeping around to Withernsea, a small town three miles away along a cliff-top path. 

The George and Dragon pub, being so close, serves as a useful annex to one’s tent in bad weather, and rustles up very economical bar meals as well as doing takeaways, particularly welcome after cycling the 46-mile National Byway  loop that passes through the village.

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Just Lovely

Stayed here in September 2013 for a day/night...  Lovely little site, feels like the middle of no where with the luxury of the village pub just staggering distance from the tent! Very peaceful and pretty village.  Would recommend.

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Room for 5 caravans & 5 tents (1 hard standing). 6 electric hook-ups.

On Site

Loos: 1 Unisex. Showers: 1 Unisex (50p – no time limit – pay on departure). Other facilities: Washing-up sink; road bikes for hire (£1.50/hr). Stuff for children: No. Recycling: Everything. Dogs: Under control at all times (horses around). Fires: No open fires; BBQs off ground. Other: No.

Off Site

RAF Holmpton (300 metres) – a huge cold war underground nuclear bunker with café and cheery weapons of mass destruction gallery; 01964 630208. Spurn Head (10 miles) – an extraordinary 3½-mile spit of land shooting out into the Humber Peninsula, owned by Yorkshire Wildlife Trust – thousands of migrant birds and winter visitors land here, making it a magnet for birdwatchers; 01904 659570.

Food & Drink

The George and Dragon, Holmpton (50 metres) – quiz night last Friday of the month; 01964 630478.


All year

The Damage

Backpacker: Up to £10, Couple: Up to £10, Family: Up to £10

Public Transport

Train station: Hull (20 miles) – a terminus for various lines. From Hull take bus no. 76 ( to Withernsea, then hop on no. 71A (same company) to Holmpton.


Beaches  Bicycle routes  Campervans permitted  Caravans permitted  Dogs welcome  Electrical hook-ups  Electricity hook-ups  Good walks  Remote location  Short walk to beach  Showers  Tent pitches