Camping meets

The Mountain Activity Section Northern Area organises camping meets from spring through autumn in Yorkshire, Cumbria and Lancashire. Sometimes you’ll find us in northern Wales and Scotland too. Our meets are open to all Camping and Caravanning Club members.

Green field sites

Crag Hill Farm, Horton in Ribblesdale, camp site for MAS northern Area
Crag Hill Farm, Horton in Ribblesdale, camp site for MAS northern Area

A meet (or a rally) is between 1-5 days of camping on a ‘pop-up’ site. For MAS Northern meets, this is usually on a green field with a beautiful countryside view and in a good walking area. This could be a farmer’s field, on a rally field alongside a 5-van site (often the C&CC clubs Certificated Sites and the Caravan and Motorhome Club’s CL sites), on a small campsite, or on a hardstanding lot (in the wet and muddy winter months).

Basic facilities

We offer basic and inexpensive camping. This means that at every meet you will have the following facilities:

  • Fresh water (that you can drink)
  • Elsan (chemical toilet waste disposal area)
  • Grey waste disposal area (your washing up and showering water).
Caravans and motorhomes at Leyburn for Mountain Activity Section Festival of Walking and Cycling
Caravans and motorhomes at Leyburn Festival of Walking and Cycling

Most of our camping meets require you to bring your own sanitation:

  • your own chemical toilet
  • personal washing facilities
  • your washing-up facilities.

Occasionally (but not often), our sites will have limited electric hook-up (EHU), toilets or showers. We welcome caravans, motorhomes/campervans, trailer tents and tents.

How much energy will I need?

Most MAS Northern campers use their gas, leisure battery and solar panel to power their camping units during a meet.  Not everyone uses a solar panel and a summer long weekend camping is achievable with just a good leisure battery (and low energy consumption).

Camping site stewards

MAS Northern Area stewards have a great sense of humour
MAS Northern Area stewards have a great sense of humour

Our meets are hosted by volunteer stewards who are also Camping and Caravanning Club members. They are in charge of the meet. When you arrive, stop at the Stewards. They will welcome you, ask to see your C&CC membership cards, take your cash payment, show you where things are and tell you where to park (often you can choose your spot but sometimes a steward may have to ask you to camp in a specific spot if it’s a busy meet or if there are areas that are unsuitable for your camping unit).

Prices

Our prices are often less than £10 per unit per night for 2 adults and children up to 18. A unit is your camping accommodation. We welcome tents, caravans, motorhomes, trailer tents and folding caravans. If we are on hardstanding or an area unsuitable for tent pegs, this will be advertised.

Just turn up (usually!)

You do not need to book for most of MAS Northern meets. You can get home from work, from walking the dog, or rolling out of bed and decide that you’d like to go. Sometimes, ringing the steward beforehand is a good idea just in case plans have had to change. Or check our Facebook page.

Camp site times

The start and end times of a camping meet will be advertised. It is usually late afternoon. But, you can arrive anytime on any day, as long as it’s sociable – and best to advise the steward beforehand if you might be arriving in the dark. You can also leave anytime of day, unlike most commercial campsites.

You do not need to book for most of our meets but it is often best to ring the meet steward before you set off – just to check that things haven’t changed! Or you can check for updates on our Facebook group too.

If you like the look of one of our meets (they’re in superb countryside locations), pop along.

If you are not already a Camping and Caravanning Club member, you can join here.