Open - March to October
Current fees - Contact site for details
This delightfully peaceful family owned site is set on the outskirts of Filey just a 15-minute walk from the town and the beach, and caters for caravans, motorhomes and tents. Access is off the A1039 down a private un-named lane which takes you right into the site, and the reception/shop is just by the entrance. The site itself is level, very well kept and well set out, with decent-sized pitches separated into different areas by 'islands' of bushes, shrubs and small trees. Most of the pitches are gravel hardstanding (even for tents, so take a footprint groundsheet) and the majority have hookups, though down at the bottom end of the site is a separate small non-electric camping field. This is surrounded by trees and looks out over open fields, so should certainly be very quiet.
The small shop within reception really only sells the basics, but for anything more there's a Tesco just a few minutes drive away in town. The toilet block is in the centre of the site, and although the toilets and showers couldn’t be described as 'luxurious' they are spotlessly clean and well maintained. The addition of piped music and a small plant on the shelf above the wash basins just gives a little added extra. Handsoap is provided in dispensers above the wash basins, and showers are coin-operated, 50p for about 10 minutes, though you need to be aware that the water can get quite hot and there is no way of regulating the temperature. Also in the toilet block is the laundry room with a washing machine, dryer, and a free-to-use freezer for ice blocks. Round one end of the block are the waste water, chemical disposal point and waste bins, and round the other end is a covered washing up area, with 5 sinks complete with washing up bowls and dish drainers.
There's a children's play area on the far side of the site which has swings, a slide, climbing frame and a roundabout, enough to keep younger kids happy for a while; at the bottom end of the play area, and adjacent to the camping field, is a good-sized playing field with plenty of room for more than one game of football. Between the play area and the main body of the site is the dog walk - it’s not a very long dog walk, but there are three different paths winding between the bushes so it should keep most dogs happy. And if you want to take your dog for a longer walk, then just by the site entrance is a path which leads past the golf course in the direction of the beach. A very pleasant 10 minute walk will take you to Glen Gardens, and following the path down the wooded ravine will take you down to the beach.
Filey itself is a nice little town - the beach is lovely, and there’s a nice promenade with gift shops, cafes, a paddling pool, crazy golf, amusements, and a slipway called Coble Landing where all the brightly coloured fishing boats are kept. A walk through Glen Gardens and Crescent Gardens will bring you to the town which, although not a big place, provides all the shops, pubs and eateries you need. On the cliff top at the far side of the town is a country park where you can park your car and walk right out along the top of the headland. This area is very popular with dog walkers and bird watchers, and at the end of the headland is The Brigg, a rocky outcrop which is a very popular place for fishing. You do have to watch the tide if you go out there though, or you could find yourself stranded - the local lifeboat goes out on average twice a week to rescue people who have got stuck when the tide comes in. At the bottom end of the country park, near to the entrance, is a small cafe which does light meals and snacks, and a good mug of milky coffee.
For days out away from the site then Scarborough, with its castle, Peasholm Park, great beaches and many cafes and amusements, is just 7 miles to the north while Bridlington, with its harbour and large promenade funfair, is 10 miles to the south. About eight miles north of Scarborough is the lovely town of Whitby with its abbey overlooking the harbour, and between Scarborough and Whitby is the picturesque little fishing village of Robin Hood's Bay. A half-hour drive inland from Centenary Way will take you to Heartbeat country and the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
It would be very hard to make any criticisms about Centenary Way as it’s such a lovely place in a lovely area, but there is one point - there is no lighting on the site and once it goes dark it is really dark, so you will need a torch for any night time trips to the toilet block. Apart from that this is a great site - I've stayed there twice so far and would have no hesitation in returning again and again.