The Camping and Caravanning Club announces Certificated Site of the Year

James and Alison Naylor with their award

The Camping and Caravanning Club has awarded Riverside Caravan Site near Skipton in North Yorkshire the best Certificated Site (CS) for 2021.

Just one of the 1,300 CSs across the UK, Riverside gained the accolade based on votes cast by Camping and Caravanning Club members throughout the year.

Voters are encouraged to name their candidates for best friendly Club welcome, best hideaway, best new site, best facilities, and best CS for families.

Riverside gained more votes in the best friendly Club welcome and best CS for families categories, making it the overall winner for 2021.

The site was originally set up in 2008 by husband and wife team James and Alison Naylor on an area that had previously been used for dairy farming.

It boasts hardstanding and electric pitches, as well as 360-degree views of the Yorkshire Dales’ rolling hills in an idyllic location.

Ms Naylor 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, let’s set up a campsite! We knew what to expect from camping ourselves having gone caravanning in the past, and the Club was very helpful.”

There are two local pubs within walking distance of the site, as well as a shop, giving those staying at Riverside the chance to park up and head off on foot to find a meal.

CSs are smaller sites than traditional holiday parks and offer room for just five caravans or motorhomes and ten tents at a time.

The price of staying at one of the Club’s network of CSs can be as low as £10 per night. Some CSs offer only the most basic of features such as waste, water and drainage facilities.

Others are more sophisticated with hardstanding pitches and electric hook-ups, modern amenities and shower blocks for caravanners and motorhomes to use.