Riverside Campsite Voted Best CS

Members of The Camping and Caravanning Club have voted Riverside Caravan Site near Skipton in North Yorkshire the best Certificated Site for 2021.

There are over 1,300 Certificated Sites across the UK, which are operated exclusively for Club members. They are small, privately run campsites that accommodate up to five caravans or motorhomes and up to ten tents at any one time.

Throughout last year, Club members nominated their favourite Certificated Site in the Club’s Best CS competition.

Votes ran across five categories – 

  • Best Friendly Club Welcome
  • Best Hideaway
  • Best New Site
  • Best Facilities
  • Best CS for Families

Riverside gained the most nominations in the Best Friendly Club welcome and Best CS for Families categories and has been crowned overall winner for 2021.

The campsite, which husband and wife owners Alison and James Naylor set up in 2008 on an area of land that had previously been used for dairy farming, is situated in an idyllic location with 360-degree views. It is a family-friendly site with hardstanding and electric pitches.

Alison and James are beef and sheep farmers, and campers enjoy seeing the animals on-site, especially youngsters.

Alison said:

“We used to be caravanners ourselves and then we thought what else can we do to earn a bit more money. We have plenty of land here so thought, yes, lets set up a campsite! We knew what to expect from camping ourselves having gone caravanning in the past, and the Club was very helpful.

We have 360-degree views here with hills surrounding us. There are two local pubs plus a shop within walking distance and train station with links to Leeds and Skipton. There is a big park in the village plus we have an under eight play area on site.

All of the pitches on site have lovely views towards the rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, a short distance away.”


Prices at the Club’s network of Certificated Sites start from about £10 per night and range from campsites offering basic facilities such as waste, water, and drainage facilities only, through to full-facility campsites with hardstanding pitches and electric hook-ups, modern facilities, and shower blocks.

Other category award winners this year are:

Best New CS: Westfields Camping Site (Siteseeker reference: 132/032)
Best Friendly Club Welcome: Riverside Caravan Site (103/088, CS638)
Best CS for Families: Riverside Caravan Site (103/088, CS638)
Best Hideaway CS: Westfield Farm (028/053, CS238)
Best Facilities CS: Woodview (090/053, CS476)

Darren Whittington, the Club’s Director of Operations, said:

“Since their first season Alison and James have worked so hard to develop Riverside and it is a worthy winner of this year’s Best CS competition. The site has everything you might need for a family camping holiday and the Club has been happy to see how it has developed over the years.”

For more information on the Club Best CS competition and to nominate your favourite CS for an award in next year’s competition visit www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/bestcs.

For more information on Riverside, Certificated Site visit www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/campsites/uk/north-yorkshire/nr-skipton/riversidecaravansite.