"Bargain Break in Barmston" Barmston by tissie
Barmston Travel Guide: 12 reviews and 10 photos
Barmston is on the east coast of Yorkshire, about 30 minutes drive south of Scarborough and only 10 minutes south of Bridlington. From the village of Barmston you have easy access to the attractions of the coast, the moors, the city of York and also Hull, Beverley and Driffield. There is a great variety of accommodation to choose from and plenty to do for any type of holiday - great for quiet and bracing walks with your loved one on a deserted beach or for family fun with young children and plenty to amuse older children too.
The Sun newspaper has a special holiday promotion every so often, to fill up low season places in caravan and chalet holiday parks.
You collect the tokens, send off a cheque for £9.50 per person (based on 4 sharing - there's only two of us so it cost an extortionate £38!!) and a list of dates and locations in order of preference. Eventually you get a letter telling you where you're staying and when.
We didn't want to get involved with long journeys or additional expense (you can choose locations in Europe) and so our choices were in Yorkshire and Dorset for weeks throughout October and November and we were allocated Barmston Beach Holiday Park, beginning 9 October, for 5 days/4 nights in a 4 berth caravan.
It was with some trepidation that we arrived at Barmston Beach Holiday Park - how bad could it be? We have to say we were overwhelmingly impressed! We had a six-berth mobile home (though with six adults I think murder might have been committed, it was great for two) - a double bedroom, two twins (we used one as a dressing room), a shower room with loo and also another loo, a fully equipped kitchen, a very well planned dining area and a great sitting area with television, video, music centre, gas fire.... The park was well maintained and quiet (being out of season). My only complaint was that the vans were very close together - just a parking space for the car between each one. It was a very short walk to the beach - and getting shorter, the erosion on this coast is very dramatic - and the beach was clean and quiet. All in all a great success and we will certainly take advantage of The Sun scheme in the future.
The coast near Barmston is particularly susceptible to erosion because of the make up of the rocks - a boulder clay topped with sandstone. It is believed that the coast here has been eroded by 2.5 miles in the last 2000 years and there is plenty of evidence that this erosion is continuing. The photo here shows the hardstanding for a caravan that used to be part of the Barmston Beach Park - well, if you want a sea view...!! On the beach are many concrete boulders which formed part of the World War II anti-invasion defences. These now appear to be acting as a barrier to the power of the sea and the absorb the strength of the waves before the water hits the cliffs. The cliff top path has been re-routed as it is now perilously close to the edge and the cliffs are badly undercut in places and the road through the village come to an abrupt halt and disappears into mid air. It all goes to illustrate the amazing power of nature and it is this that gives this coast some of its attractions.
- Pros:Dramatic coastline, quiet village, comfortable beds
- Cons:Being reclaimed by the North Sea
- In a nutshell:Typical Yorkshire beauty
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