Ten Most Inspirational UK Camping Spots
If you’re thinking about staying in the UK for your holiday this year, and want to make the most of our country’s beautiful landscapes and countryside, camping is a cost effective option that brings memorable and unique experiences. Choosing the right place to stay is important, particularly for families, and you don’t have to be tied down to one location. To help you get started, we’ve put together a list of our 10 favourite and most inspirational places to camp!
But before you pack the car and head off to experience the great outdoors, bear in mind that having the right camping equipment is important, and can make a big difference to the success of the holiday. Tents come in all shapes and sizes, so make sure you choose the right one for your trip. For a traditional family camping holiday, having enough space to cook, sit down and eat comfortably should be high on the list, and don’t forget the all-important accessories such as a good lantern, the right stove and comfy camping chairs. Although our weather seems to be improving, particularly in the early months of the year, it’s always worth packing some good waterproofs, and a few base layers that you can pull out when the evenings turn chilly.
In no particular order, the sites we’ve chosen have been selected from across the UK for either stunning natural location, or top class facilities and amenities, or both. So depending on what you want from your trip there should be something for everyone.
Sea Barn Farm, The Jurassic Coast, Dorset
This family-oriented site is set in a 140 acre park with panoramic views of the Fleet Lagoon, which is a protected nature reserve. The shore is 500 metres away, and with good amenities this spot is great for families, cyclists and walkers. It’s got permanent showers, a play area and nearby West Fleet Farm has a bar and heated swimming pool, so plenty to do on the site itself.
Beacon Cottage, St Agnes, Cornwall
Situated between St Ives and Newquay, this farm site has spectacular and coast views, and is only a few hundred yards from the sea.
There are plenty of little coves and beaches around for you to explore, and traditional Cornish pubs that offer great food and dangerously good scrumpy.
Burrowhayes Farm, Exmoor, Somerset
Situated in the Horner valley in the heart of Exmoor National Park, the scenery surrounding this camp site epitomises the natural beauty of the UK. Great facilities, great surrounding walks and activities make this family run site a perfect place to stay and relax.
Bosworth Water Trust, Market Bosworth, Warwickshire
On the edge of a large lake, this site is great for families. Canoeing and windsurfing are available on site and form part of the agenda for their ‘kids clubs and activities days’. The facilities are good, and if you’re into watersports and fishing then you’ve got it all on the doorstep. Or tent porch.
Gwern Gof Isaf, Snowdonia, Wales
One for the walkers and hikers, this spot is nestled in the heart of Snowdonia’s mountains. Scenery from the site is spectacular, National Mountaineering Centre is only 3 miles away and climbing and abseiling are available on site.
Fieldhead Campsite, Edale, Peak District
Edale is a small village in the Peaks, with a couple of great pubs and not much else. For a couple who want to get away from the hustle and bustle there is no nicer spot. With good modern facilities, the pitches are spread over six fields with no vehicle access, and there are lots of surrounding walks of varying difficulty.
Shell Island, Gwynedd, North Wales
This is camping on a grand scale. One of the largest sites in Europe, Shell Island is great for families or groups. The site stretches across 300 acres with access to beaches and extensive sand dunes on all sides.
Fell Foot Wood, Windermere, The Lake District
Not one for the families, but this site is an idyllic place for those who are looking for a secluded, beautiful spot with little or no modern interference. Overlooking Lake Windermere, the stunning scenery of the Lake District is all around and the secluded pitching spots are tranquil and private.
Beinglas Farm, Loch Lomond, Scotland
2 miles North of Loch Lomond, this site offers static wigwams as well as pitching sites. So if you’re looking for a little bit of luxury during your camping trip it’s a good option. Throw in the stunning Scottish scenery combined with the beauty of Loch Lomond, and it’s a winner.
Loch Tay Highland Lodges, Loch Tay, Scotland
Armed with its own marina, a choice of camping, wigwams and heated wooden tipis, Highland Lodges on Loch Tay combines watersports fun for the kids with walking and mountain biking trips for the adults. All of this and a beautiful location in the Scottish highlands adds up to a great holiday for the outdoor enthusiast.