Camping with Kids – Pexton Moor Farm

Dalby Forest is a great place to explore, ride bikes, and go on a Gruffalo hunt. Having a campsite just by the forest entrance is a great place to stay to let your exploration extend over a number of days. Camping with Kids – Pexton Moor Farm at Dalby Forest

A few days after returning from our stay at Belmont, we headed out for some more nights under canvas at Pexton Moor Farm – Dalby Forest. We have stayed at this campsite about 4 or 5 times over the years. It is a friendly, well-run campsite on a working farm.

Finding Pexton Moor Farm and setting up.

As you go through the lovely village of Thornton-Le-Dale, turn up Whitby Gate. After just over a mile turn left on Dalby Forest Drive, it is signposted to Dalby Forest. As you approach the entrance to the forest, on the left hand side before the barriers is the campsite.

Not only does this campsite provide pitches for camping and caravanning but they also have five lovely glamping pods and a holiday cottage. I am yet to try the glamping pods but they look great.

Pulling in to the campsite, you stop at the office to check-in. It has a hand sanitizing station at the door. Once checked in you will be shown to your pitch. There are both electric and non-electric and some hard standing pitches. The campsite has two areas divided by hedges. The pitch areas are quite spacious and you are asked to keep a metre from the edge of your pitch for social distancing.

Pitch size at Pexton Moor
Ready to set up on our pitch.


There is a very frequently cleaned toilet and shower block, with ladies and gents toilets and showers, with disabled toilets within each block. At the doors to each of the toilets, there are hand-sanitizing points and signs to remind of social distancing. There is a freshwater point, washing up area ( where they ask if you can to take the water and clean back on your pitch) and elsan point.

There are clothes washing facilities at £2.00 a load, and wifi available at £2.00 a night. We used the wifi on one day so J could join his zoom taekwondo session. There are no shop facilities on the site but with the village a couple of miles down the road there is a general store should you need anything.

As the pitches are around the edge of the fields, there is plenty of space for the kids to play, although no ball games are permitted.

Kite Flying on the campsite
Making the most of the windy weather.

Camping at Pexton Moor Farm.

The campsite is well-draining, having stayed there in the sunshine, wind, and rain. just past the toilet block is a farm road where you can walk along to explore the forest. It is also a great place to take the dog for a walk.

Track besides Pexton Moor Campsite

We spent many evenings after dinner exploring the woods from the campsite. It has a lovely calm atmosphere, great for relaxing. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on the lead onsite.

On the walk by the campsite, we found some wild raspberries and strawberries. Spent time building dens looking for wildlife and minibeasts.

Dalby Pexton Moor Trail

Things close by:

  • Explore Dalby Forest, hunt for the Gruffalo and visit the enchanted woods
  • Cycling on the many routes within Dalby Forest
  • Visit Thornton-Le-Dale, a lovely little village 2 miles away
  • Scarborough is 12 miles away.
  • Whitby is 20 miles away.
  • Flamingo Land is 17 miles away

If you want a campsite or glamping pod that has a great atmosphere and clean and well-maintained facilities, right on the doorstep of forest exploring check of Pexton Moor Farm – Dalby Forest.

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