An award winning campsite. York’s Naburn Lock Countryside Caravan Park is a big hit with Grown-Ups. The 30 acre Naburn Lock Caravan Park is a very popular AA4 Gold Pennant Caravan Park. It attracts guests from all over the U.K. and Europe. Naburn Lock is a particularly attractive point along the River Ouse, just four miles south of the city. Its location, in a local area of outstanding natural beauty is adjacent to the river and surrounded by flowering water meadows. This makes it a truly special place for walkers, cyclists, fishermen and tourists.
York Naburn Lock Caravan Park has become a real hit with grown-ups wanting to tour Yorkshire, walk the riverbank, cycle or fish on the park’s own private waters. The park is exclusively for adults and is part of the prestigious Tranquil Parks group, a group of some of the top adult only touring parks in the country. The site has been completely re-landscaped with all new pitches laid to accommodate the larger style of caravans and motorhomes in use today. The park retains its ‘paddock’ layout with hedges separating each group of 8–10 pitches. New electrics have been installed throughout the park and many of its 115 pitches are now fully-serviced. These have fresh water tap and grey waste drain in addition to electric hook-up from the new lighted services bollards.
Guest’s four-legged companions have not been overlooked. 10 acres of meadow are retained as pet exercise fields. Further developments are already afoot. the site has submitted plans to rebuild the facilities building as soon as permitted. The existing facilities building is deceptive though. Its unassuming exterior opens to a toasty warm, scrupulously clean, interior. Everything is functional and there’s no shortage of hot water at any time of day or night. The park’s campsite shop is well stocked with food, drinks, alcohol and camping accessories.
Naburn Village boasts a very fine Inn and restaurant within walking distance, though the nearest shop is York Retail Outlet, five minutes’ drive towards the city. The Retail Outlet is one of York’s premier retail locations and is a P+R terminus for the city centre. York is a fabulous city to visit at any time of the year and the park is blessed with a regular bus service from the park gate. Aside from road buses, the York River Bus service operates from Naburn Lock Wharf on Saturdays and Sundays through the main season with additional sailings during school holidays. For more active guests, there is Sustrans65 cycle route into York which guests can join in Naburn Village, a mile from the park. The park’s website also provides a guide to walking into the city via the former Naburn–Ouse railbridge.
For many guests, Naburn Lock is the reason to book at the caravan park. The complex comprises an impressive tidal weir, river island and two massive ship locks, constructed in 1757 to provide navigation for barges and ships to York City. One of the locks remains operational for leisure craft. It is pure delight to sit on the island watching the natural world go by. Keep your eyes peeled for the multitude of wild life and birds. Even the occasional inquisitive seal visiting from the River Humber. Meanwhile the park’s six fishing pegs are available below the weir. The location is good for bream carp and perch while , salmon landings are common in season.