Named after my Dad, Mr Malcolm's Marvellous Camping Field is a small off-grid campsite FOR TENTS ONLY in the picturesque Esk Valley, near Whitby, North Yorkshire. Come and give your mind a rest. Sit back and let it wander as you ponder the magical view.

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Mr Malcolm’s welcomes campers aged 12+. We're sorry but no children under 12 or pets are allowed.

The camping field features a large general area or there are 5 individual flat pitches on the hillside, positioned to provide some privacy and make the most of the gorgeous views. See the 'Map' in the Gallery below for site layout and pitch information.

You will find full terms and conditions of booking at the bottom of the page (below the map).



Are hot water and showers available?

There is hot (gas) water to showers and washing area and composting toilets.

Are fires permitted?

Although we don't allow open fires by your tent, there is a large communal campfire pit for every one to use.

How close are we to the Coast to Coast route?

Walking the Coast To Coast? We can be reached via a small diversion from Wainwright’s original route, just after passing through Grosmont (we are two miles from the level crossing in the centre of the village). If you’re happy to complete the journey by following the diversion, you can re-join Wainwright’s path via a bridleway, before entering Littlebeck. Alternatively it is approximately a mile and a half back to the original route.

How far is it to nearby attractions?

Mr M’s is ideally situated to give access to both the fabulous North Yorkshire Coastline and the magnificent scenery of the North York Moors national park. Whitby itself is 5 miles away, Grosmont (where the NYMR heritage railway is based) is two miles inland, whist the nearest village, Sleights is only a mile away (we regularly walk to the pub there). Also within easy reach are Sandsend, Robin Hoods Bay, Staithes, the Hole of Horcum, Dalby Forest (Go Ape and numerous walks & purpose built mountain bike tracks), Goathland (home of Heartbeat, Hogsmead Station and the Mallyan Spout), Littlebeck (with the lovely Falling Loss waterfall and tea room), Beck Hole (with the captivating Birch Hall Inn) to name but a few.

Is the site accessible by public transport?

Yes, the Arriva 96 service between Whitby and Lealholm directly passes the site and can be hailed at the bottom of our drive. The Arriva 95 service runs regularly from Sleights to Whitby. There is also the Coastliner 840 bus service from York and Leeds to Whitby that stops in Sleights village a mile from us (War Memorial stop) and Northern Rail provide links from Middlesbrough to Whitby that stop at both Grosmont and Sleights (our neighbouring villages).

Are there taxi services nearby?

Yes there are several taxi companies based in Whitby that will serve the site. It is advisable to pre book in busy periods.

Are cars / Vans allowed next to the pitches?

We have a dedicated parking area for all motor vehicles next to the camping field. The tent is king at Mr M’s, so motor vehicles aren't allowed at the pitches themselves, but the parking area is very close by and we provide wheelbarrows to move your camp essentials to your chosen plot.

Are Campervans, Caravans or Trailer Tents permitted on site?

Mr Malcolm's camping is a haven for traditional tent camping within the beautiful North York Moors national park, this means that we don’t accept any motorised or trailer based campers on site. It is permissible to park such vehicles in the parking area, but only if camping in a tent in the main field. camping in the parking area is not allowed.

What does "off grid" mean at Mr Malcolm's?

The camping field has been intentionally created to be low impact within its environment and to encourage wildlife in the surrounding area. Off grid refers specifically to there being no mains electricity in the camping area (all lighting is solar), it also means that toilets are of the composting variety - nothing goes to waste!

Are pets allowed on site?

As the site is designed in such a way to promote wildlife, unfortunately pets are not permitted in order for the local furry and feathered friends to enjoy as safe and natural an environment as possible.

Is music permitted on site?

The site is primarily aimed at tent campers who want to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Esk Valley countryside & wildlife. But, so long as its volume is kept to a minimum and is not disturbing other campers then, yes music is permitted. The site is quiet between 11pm and 7am though, so music is not permitted during these hours.

Are Campfires permitted?

We have a communal camp fire in a large re-purposed digger bucket that anyone can use, we even sell dry logs (with kindling and a fire lighter) to burn in it. Individual fires are not allowed anywhere other than at the communal fire in order to protect the grass. At extremely dry times the North York Moors national park issues a fire risk alert and at these times we may have to restrict use of the campfire.

Can I cook at my pitch?

Yes absolutely, but please take care not to burn the grass with cooking flames or to scald it with hot water or pan bottoms. We provide bricks for you to raise any cooking equipment off the ground.

Are barbecues permitted?

Yes absolutely, gas or charcoal barbecues are permitted, so long as they are raised well off the ground and are not left unattended to avoid risk of burning the grass. At extremely dry times the North York Moors national park issues a fire risk alert and at these times we may have to restrict use of barbecues.

Is there shelter on site if the weather becomes inclement?

Yes, there is a large sturdy open fronted communal building with views across the beautiful Esk Valley to shelter or relax in if the weather isn’t ideal. There is a picnic table and hammock chairs inside for your comfort.

Is cooking permitted in the shelter?

Yes, so long as you are considerate to other campers who may be using the space at the same time.

Is drinking water available?

Yes, all of the water points provide drinking water.

Are there washing facilities on site?

Yes, there are (gas powered) hot water showers and sinks with hot and cold water in the covered facilities block.

Are portable chemical toilets permitted?

As the site is off grid with, no mains sewage, and no chemical disposal points, chemical toilets are not permitted. The site is compact though, so you’re never far from the facilities building.

Is it possible to book private pitches?

Yes, we have 5 private pitches of varying sizes in addition to the general camping area. These pitches are all named and are positioned on higher ground, each with a slightly different view or degree of shade (please check the site map in the 'gallery'). Sizes would accommodate anything from one small tent to two or three large tents.

Where are the private pitches located?

They are located further up the valley side, in the same field with excellent views over the valley and towards Whitby. They are accessed along mown paths, up through the long grass and are nicely away from each other and the general camping area, though still only a brief walk from the facilities. (see site map in the 'gallery', which also details private pitch dimensions and there are photos of the pitches, and views from each)

Why do you allow some of the grass to grow so long?

Long grass encourages a broad diversity of wildlife, we’ve seen bird, moth and butterfly numbers increase noticeably since we started taking this approach. The long grass also adds colour to the site and makes the private pitches more private still.

Is there Wi-Fi available?

We have free guest Wi-Fi in and around our reception building though not at the pitches themselves.

What is the mobile phone signal like on site?

As ever, that depends on your network carrier, but mostly, yes there is a good signal on site.

How can I charge my mobile devices?

As we don’t have mains electricity on site, facilities are limited. However, we do have some solar powered USB charge points sited in the communal covered area. These are limited in number and first come first served. By all means bring your own small solar charger or battery bank to keep your devices charged.

Are there electric car charge points available?

As we are off grid, unfortunately not. However there are a growing number of chargers nearby in Whitby.

What is the maximum group size allowed on site?

We allow groups of up to 7 adults (and children of 12 years of age and over), but not larger due to the small overall size of the site. We may consider whole site bookings if you have a larger group in mind, please contact us to discuss - Stag & Hen parties are not permitted however.

Are other facilities available on site?

Yes, there is a small shop that sells some camp essentials (such as logs, charcoal, matches, milk, snacks, soft drinks, tea and Nespresso coffees), as well as items to rent, such as gas camp stoves, single air beds and cool boxes. There is also information on local attractions, walks, bus services etc available.

What are the shop opening hours?

The shop is open from 8:30 to 10:00am and then from 3pm to 7pm daily.

What are your check in and check out times?

All new arrivals should check in at reception between 3pm and 7pm daily, please don't arrive outside these hours. Check out is by 11am on departure day, tents should be packed away by this time please.

Please be aware that Mr Malcolm’s is purposefully off-grid. We cannot provide electrical hook-ups or chemical toilet disposal. Cars are parked in the car park next to the field and wheelbarrows are provided to transport your equipment to your chosen camping spot. Individual campfires aren't allowed however there is a large communal campfire - a perfect spot to watch sunset.


From £15 per tent up to 5m with 1 person + £6 per each additional person, per night

All GENERAL CAMPING pitches are priced for one tent with one person. Tents over 5m incur a surcharge (add in 'Extras'). - MR ANTHONY, MR MALCOLM, MR GODFREY and MR EDMUND pitches are also priced for one tent and one person per night, however no over 5m surcharge is payable. - MR WILLIAM pitch is also priced for one tent and one person but larger than a 5m tent will not fit.- If you want other tents to join you on a hillside pitch you need to check which hillside pitches will fit more than one tent (detailed on the map in the gallery) then book a general tent pitch for each further tent. Those extra tents can then join you on the hillside pitch (up to number of tents specified on map in gallery). Larger than 5 metre tents in the GENERAL CAMPING area are an additional £5 per night and can be added in 'Extras' when you make your online booking (see 'Search and Book online' above). - Maximum of 5 people per tent.- An additional charge of of £6 per night will be made for gazebos/awnings or event shelters (add in 'Extras'). Gazebos/awnings/event shelters must be pitched next to your tent and cannot take up a separate pitch. All tents/gazebos/awnings/event shelters must be pitched on the mown grass areas and not on the meadowgrass conservation areas. See Ts & Cs below for further info.



Want to know more about Mr Malcolm’s Marvellous Camping Field? Just use the form below to send us a message, or call us on 07445 027516.