Ah, camping. Pitching a battered old two-man tent in the mud and then trying to cram a family or four or five inside... Desperate attempts to heat baked beans on a dodgy gas-burner... Queueing for cold showers and running water from a standpipe... We've all been there, right? Well, whilst no-one would want to take away a person's right to have the 'traditional' camping experience, nowadays you can expect a whole lot more from your night under canvas. Whether you want to stay in a caravan or a yurt, or simply a good old fashioned tent, we've got a selection of the best campsites in beautiful, scenic locations across Europe, that offer great facilities coupled with top environmental credentials - see below.
For some more ideas, why not look at our blog post on where to go camping in the Swiss Alps, check out the campsites on the Green Travel List, find out where you can have a sustainable camping holiday in the Mediterranean and have a look at some Autumn camping options (and other great green Autumn holiday ideas).
For a camping experience that's a little more plush, check out some of the best Green Luxury Campsites.
Hostel from £19 pppn; cabin/eco-lodge from £95 per night for 2 people;...
£90 per night. Monday until Friday and Friday until Monday £600 for...
The wing is let as a whole. £850 for a 2 night weekend, £950 for 3 nights...
Weekends from £160, midweek breaks from £145, weeks from £360 Large groups...
£65 per night for two people including breakfast. £400 per week for two...
From £60 a night B&B; 4 bedded bunkroom £50 per night, 2 bedded...
£26 for single room, £46/69 for 2/3 sharing a room, £20 each for groups of...
Yurts - Mid-week (Mon-Fri) £330, Weekend (Fri-Mon) £330, Full week (Fri-...
From £60 a night B&B; 4 bedded bunkroom £50 per night, 2 bedded bunkroom £29 per night; camping £6.50 per night
B&B room costs £75-£85 per double room including breakfast for 2; Camping £12.50-£20 per pitch, Cottages £340-£635 per week
From £12.50 per night for tents to £195 for static caravan hire in low season
Lodge s/b from £ 246, wk from £352 • Pod from £40 pn • Pitch from £10pn
From £229 for weekends, 239 Midweek and 299 full week
Camping from £17 (tent plus two adults and dogs), touring caravans and motorhome from £20 (unit plus 2 adults and dogs).
From £124 per night
Backpacker pitch from £6; extra-large family pitch for four £18-20
From 595 Kr per double room
Pitches from £15; sleeping hut for two (linen provided) £70; B&B double room from £65
Weekends from £160, midweek breaks from £145, weeks from £360 Large groups and events on request
from £18 camping to £90 yurt. All other prices in between.
4 man ten + car £22.50 per night; Walkers/cyclists £9 per night; Small caravan £22.50 per night; Small motorhome £19 per night. Students under 16 £16 per night; Students over 16 £7 per night
From as little as £12 a night if you arrive by public transport
£35/45 single, £70 double/twin, £99 triple and hostel accommodation at £20 - all prices are per night
Pods from £25 per night
£26 for single room, £46/69 for 2/3 sharing a room, £20 each for groups of 8 or more. Under 10 years old £13. Camping: £8 per person over 14 years, £4 for 5-13 year olds.
£65 per night for two people including breakfast. £400 per week for two people including breakfast. Bell tent hire £50 per week, kids under 3 free kids 3-12 years £10 per night
Tent from £6 per night; Caravan from £25; B&B double from £70; Self-catering house from £1,750 per week; 4-bed bunkhouse from £70 per night.
Pitches from £10 for tents or £13 for caravans/campervans
From £22 per night including tent, car, 2 adults and children up to 3 years old during peak season
Seren (smaller yurt)- £80 a night, £210 for 3 nights, £500 for 7 night. Heddwch or Celnnyn (larger yurts)- £90 a night, £270 for 3 nights, £6000 for 7 nights
Caravans: £65-265. Chalets: £72-215. Apartments: £45-190. (all to rent per night)
Camping from £6; bunkhouses from £70 per night (entire bunkhouse); house £17.50 per week (or from £70 per night B&B)
Camping from £5 per person per night; Bunkhouse £15 per person per night or £60/70 for whole building
Pitches from £8
Camping £7 pppn; self-catering £24 pppn; B&B £30 pppn.
Safari tent and cottage from £334 per wk; lodge from £354; camping from £14.50
From £50 per night, based on a minimum of three nights
Pitches from £14; wigwams & hides £19.50 pppn; bunkhouse £15 pppn; cottages from £185 for 2 nights.
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Camping £10 - 20/night; B&B £75 -135; Yurt £70 - 110: Cottages £585 - 665/week
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Pitches from £14.
Yurt mid-week (Mon-Fri) £330, weekend (Fri-Mon) £330, week (Mon-Mon/Fri-Fri) £490, Bell Tents Mid-week £265 weekend £265 week £410
Per cottage per week: min £203 for 2 low season; max £791 for 7 high summer. B&B suite £35 pppn
Pitches from £14, caravans from £48; prices per night. Cottages from £588 per week.
£787.50 to hire
In high season, cottages and yurts cost £85 per night, campsite costs £20 per night.
£37pn Big Chief Wigwam (inc 2 adult) and £42pn Running Water Wigwam (inc 2 adult). Extra: Adult £6pn, Infant (0-3) £foc & Child (4-16) £4pn
Pitches from £6, cottages from £250 per week, bunk from £16
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All rates are bed and breakfast; (2PAX); Dome £117; Crog loft £148, Threepi £86, Nomad £67. Note all accommodation is booked as weekend, midweek or full week only.
Caravan pitches from £21.75 per night; cottages from £320 per week
Adults- £20 per person per night, Children- £15 per person per night, Single Supplement- £4 per person per night. Discount for room rates, see web site, group bookings please phone. Camping £8 for adults, £4 for children.
£7-£55 depending on camping or caravan and dates
bell tents £80, shepherds hut £70, living van £90, pitches £20
Blackberry Wood Camping
A small private woodland 8 miles from Brighton, this 20-pitch campsite is set in quiet Sussex countryside at the foot of the South Downs National Park. If you don’t fancy sleeping under canvas, there is also a variety of other accommodation types on offer – a romantic 1930’s gypsy caravan, a Dutch retro caravan (otherwise known as the ‘bubble’), a bright red double-decker bus, and, perhaps the oddest of all, a converted 1965 helicopter! Facilities are basic, but the site is surrounded by great walking, great local pubs, and peace and tranquillity. Brighton’s seafront is a 25-minute drive.
Old Station Yard
This family-run caravan and camping site is in a pretty, secluded location within walking distance of Masham. There’s a modern heated toilet and shower block and newly opened café, The Goods Shed, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and uses produce from local businesses.
Syke Farm Camping Ground
You'll find the picturesque hamlet of Buttermere tucked away just to the south west of Keswick. You shouldn't come to Syke Farm expecting any form of 'glamping' excess - the park offers a wonderfully back to basics approach (the only place you're likely to find food is the farmhouse, which deals out local eggs and milk. As basic as the facilities might be, this is the ideal location in which to appreciate the true beauty of the Lake District, with plenty of space for kids to run and play, and for parents to relax. You can also head into nearby Buttermere for good local food.
Rushbanks Farm Campsite
Just a short distance along the River Stour from the pretty 15th-century village of Nayland is Rushbanks, the only official campsite in Dedham Vale. It’s a peaceful, family-friendly site with simple facilities and is particularly good for boaters and canoeists as it’s situated by an easily navigable stretch of the river, with several landing stages and good access to and from the water. The site is also ideal for walkers as it has a public footpath crossing the site as well as plenty of options for walks in the local area. The Norman church at Wissington is just a short stroll from the campsite, or you could head down to the historic Anchor Inn pub in Nayland for some good pub food and local ales.
Thistledown is a family run farm which has been managed organically since the owners moved there in 1994. Thistledown offers an alternative approach to camping: green values are emphasised, campfires are encouraged, the lower fields are car-free and there are no allotted pitches. Please note: Pre-booking is essential. Camping is available from April to October, but the Elderflower Orchard is not open for all of this period. Tents are from £12 oer night if arriving by foot, bike or public transport
Ladram Bay Holiday Park
Ladram Bay has its own beach and spectacular sea views. There are level grass pitches for tents with electric hook-up or hard-standing for caravans. If the sea views and private beach aren’t enough entertainment there’s a plethora of things to do on site, from an indoor pool to crazy golf and a night-club. The park recycles and re-uses where possible and is working with nearby attractions to offer direct coach travel, thus reducing the number of cars on the road.
Pinewood Holiday Park, Yorkshire, England
Pinewood is a small, family run holiday park, located less than 2 miles from Scarborough town centre, yet with beautiful views of the Yorkshire Wolds. The only Wild West themed holiday park in the UK - with Indian tipis, cowboy camping shacks and Western wagons. Camping peak season from £14 per night for 2 people. Themed accommodation in peak season £70 for up to a family of 4
Middlewood Farm Holiday Park
Whether you’re a camper, caravaner or you fancy trying out a charming little gypsy cabin, this extensive campsite is a fantastic (and wallet-friendly) place for a break between the high windswept moor and the dramatic cliffs and coves of the North Yorkshire Coast. Charming Robin Hood’s Bay and gothic Whitby are on the doorstep, and the site is doing its best to preserve its natural setting – with everything from hedgerow planting to solar powered energy, and extensive use of technology to limit their water use. From £12 per pitch per night (£16 with electric hook-up), 5 person cabins from £40 per night
The Organic Farm Shop
There are lots of different ways to stay on Abbey Home Farm whether you choose a tent, a yurt, the hut, the shepherds hut or the lovely holiday cottage. The shop and cafe are open on Sundays so you can enjoy a homegrown sunday lunch and/or a good browse in the shop as well as long walks on the farm or sightseeing around Cirencester. Bring/come on your own bikes or hire them locally - its not too hilly here! Prices from £12 per night for camping
The nearest train station is Kemble, which is 5 miles from Cirencester.
Bus number 881/855 runs from the station to Cirencester town centre.
Gill Head Farm
Come to Gill Head Farm and, on top of plenty of space for tents and caravans, you'll also find B&B accommodation and six timber camping pods. If you stay in the main camping field you'll be rewarded with fantastic views of Blencathra, a stunning ridge that stretches right down the valley to Keswick. It may be wonderfully secluded, but there's also a range of on-site activities, games and bushcraft courses to keep the kids occupied, as well as a log cabin that boasts a TV lounge and barbeque area. The park is also conveniently close to Ullswater, where you can try your hand at hiking, biking and plenty of other fun stuff.
Tudor Caravan Park
Tudor Caravan Park prides itself on being one of the best located caravan & campsites in Gloucestershire. A quiet country caravan site right alongside the Gloucester-Sharpness canal, an easy 5 minute walk from the world famous Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Centre at Slimbridge. More pertinently, there is an adult only area, and a shower block now open in the Meadow features large showers cubicles, private washing cubicles, combined shower, basin & WC cubicles, baby-changing, full disabled facilities including shower room, indoor washing-up area, & laundry. All this has underfloor heating for the delicate. Voted Cotswolds Caravan Park Of The Year 2014 and awarded a Gold gong - so well done them! From £8 a night
The Hawthornes Self-Catering Lodges & Caravan Site
With luxurious, fully-fitted wooden lodges, a lovely B&B, and a well-placed caravan site, there’s something for every kind of break or holiday at the Hawthornes. Close to pretty Pickering, the Hawthornes is well located for everything the North York Moors have to offer, all meals use home-grown or locally-sourced produce, cyclists and walkers are welcome, and each lodge is equipped with a lovely log burner for cosy evenings up in the Moors! From £580 per week for a lodge, £14 per night for a caravan
Golden Square Camping and Caravanning Park
Fly on a zip wire or play a game of crazy golf, hire a bike or learn how to fly-fish; this camping and caravanning site near the market town of Helmsley is a good choice for families with children of all ages. The site is on three levels, with trees and shrubs screening pitches. There’s a shop selling most essentials as well as homemade bread, cakes and alcohol. As for facilities, heated toilet blocks, showers, launderette and microwave provide home comforts. You can even book a fenced deluxe pitch, with hard-standing and your own lawn with picnic table. Dogs are welcome. From £16.50 per night.
Upper Booth Farm and Campsite
Sleep under the stars at Upper Booth Farm, set amidst stunning scenery on the Pennine Way (which actually passes through the farmyard!). The farm was the first LEAF farm (Linking Environment And Farming) in Derbyshire. Upper Booth is farmed with conservation in mind and, being part of the National Trust's High Peak Estate, aims to maintain the landscape and its features and encourage wildlife. There are leisurely valley bottom walks or more challenging routes for the more adventurous. Campers can buy locally produced ice cream at weekends.
Edale Railway is the closest station to the site. From there, it is just a 25 minute walk to the campsite. Should you wish to arrange a taxi to transport you from the station, a list of local firms can be found at TrainTaxi.
It’s all about the water: this site, managed by the South West Lakes Trust, is set alongside its eponymous mere, and is the perfect spot for windsurfing, kayaking, sailing and rowing, with courses and craft for hire at the Outdoor + Active Centre. The lake also tempts anglers – it’s stocked with rainbow trout – and there are also ample opportunities for hiking and cycling in this south-eastern corner of the national park. Facilities are good – it’s garnered three AA stars – but it’s the commitment to conservation, demonstrated through long-term biodiversity projects, that really stands out. Standard pitch plus two adults from £13; premium pitch (hardstanding and/or with electric hook-up) plus two adults from £17.
The nearest railway station is Bishop's Lydeard. From there, you can take a taxi to the lake. A list of local cab firms is available at TrainTaxi. Route 3 on the National Cycle Network is nearby.
Halse Farm Caravan & Camping Site
Exmoor may be one of the country’s smallest national parks, but it hosts a mouthwatering ensemble of animals. Start your wildlife-watching on one of the varied hiking routes that spider out from this working livestock farm, perched just a mile from the chocolate-box-cute village of Winsford – grab one of the six laminated circular-trail maps provided by the site to traverse woodland, moorland and riverside, with opportunities to spot red and roe deer, wild Exmoor ponies, buzzards, red kites, hares and hedgehogs (which you’ll likely see bumbling among the tents). The site, a long-standing holder of a David Bellamy Conservation Award, is great for kids, too, who can watch lambing and shearing. Tent, campervan or caravan plus two people from £16/£13 with/without hook-up.
The closest railway station is Tiverton Parkway. From there, you can arrange a taxi to take you to the campsite. A list of local taxi firms available from the railway station can be seen at TrainTaxi.
Castle Howard Lakeside Holiday Park
Next to a lake, surrounded by mature trees, this camping and caravanning site on the Castle Howard estate is a peaceful spot from which to explore the Howardian Hills, named after the 18th century castle’s owners. The emphasis is on quiet, self-contained enjoyment, befitting the landed gentry. While there are all facilities: toilet and shower blocks, washing machines, hair-dryers and electric hook-up, there’s no shop or café on site and certainly no amusement arcades or disco. Set up the bridge table, pour a G&T and enjoy the rural setting. You may end up buying one of the permanent holiday caravans.
Originally built in 1907, this spacious, dog-friendly campsite is set right on the edge of the stunning Yorkshire Dales National Park and is perfectly situated for the Three Peaks, Ingleton waterfalls, caves and a huge variety of different walks. You’ll find essentials like bread and milk for sale in the reception area, or if you have a hankering for some local produce, then head for the local organic farm shop just two miles down the road. There is wide range of accommodation on offer at Dalesbridge, from the two camping fields (one of which is set aside for groups) to bunk houses and guests can also stay in the main house which sleeps up to 15, either self catered or with B&B.
Acacia Farm Camping and Touring
A warm welcome from the Robinson family awaits you at this five-acre campsite and caravan park, which overlooks the gorgeous Mendip countryside. There are large grassy pitches for campers, electric hook ups for caravaners, and a log cabin with log burner if glamping’s more your thing. You’re surrounded on all sides by rolling countryside; bring the dog. Guests arriving on two wheels or two feet get a discounted tariff and bikes are free to borrow. Tents £14; caravans £13.50; prices per night.
The nearest railway station is Highbridge & Burnham-on-Sea. From there it is advisable to arrange a taxi to take you the short distance to the campsite. A list of local cab firms is available at TrainTaxi. The local area is easily accessible by bicycle; local routes include Routes 33 and 26 on the National Cycle Network.
Oakdown Holiday Park
With a David Bellamy gold award for its conservation work, this camping and caravan site is setting a fine example. The Franks family have owned Oakdown for nearly forty years; they have landscaped the Devon meadow into a tree- and shrub-filled site, where there’s not only peace and seclusion for campers and caravanners among the groves, but habitats for wildlife too. There are no regimented rows of pitches here, it’s all organic curves. There are static caravans and chalets to rent, a 9-hole golf course, smart coffee shop and children’s playgrounds. No wonder it’s the AA’s highest rated campsite in East Devon.
This family run B&B with 3 bedrooms at Old Farm is based in the farmhouse which dates back to the 15th Century. A working farm, the family breed sheep, cattle and their very own Glamrock pigs (half Gloucestershire Old Spot, quarter Hampshire and quarter Duroc) as well as producing cereals to sell and hay and silage to feed to the stock over the winter months. The Farm Shop sells home reared meats and free range eggs. They also run a small campsite in one of the fields next to the farm which can host 5 caravans and 5 tents at any one time. B&B from £50, camping from £10 a night
La Rosa Campsite, Whitby, North Yorkshire
La Rosa is by no means posh nor glamorous camping. The 20 acre site is specifically designed to be low impact and environmentally aware in this area of outstanding beauty. The accomodation, although in vintage caravans, is still very much camping and at times the British weather means it can be cold if you don't bring suitable clothing. The campsite is very rural with the beautiful nature around you. If you are not used to camping or have very young children you may find the site facilities very basic. If you love wild environments and quirky people and have a true sense of adventure you will love it! £60 per van per night (£56 if arriving by public transport.) including bedding, gas, candles & fire wood. 50% deposit required for group bookings.
Beetham Holiday Homes
This static caravan park (for live-in holiday homes) offers something rather unique. Owner Craig Russell was brought up with a deep appreciation of nature and runs the park with a real commitment to conservation. Half of the land – a mixture of wild flower meadows, wet meadows, coppiced woodland and ancient woodland on the north eastern side of the AONB – is managed with wildlife in mind and over the years it has become rich with orchids, hedgerow birds and rare moths and butterflies. Each holiday home is surrounded by hedges (several kilometres in total), which provide a refuge for birdlife and hedge-loving plants such as lily of the valley, bluebells, primroses and cowslips.
Take the train to Carnforth Railway Station, and from there take the 555 bus to Milnthorpe. Both Routs 6 & 90 on the National Cycle Network pass by Beetham.
Family run since 1919, this impressive campsite presents breathtaking forest right on your doorstep. There’s a superb range of quality accommodation, from rustic woodland lodges and static holiday homes to Ready Tents and tepees, plus fully-serviced touring pitches – all hidden away under the treetops. Guests can walk, cycle, horse-ride, kayak, fish and even ice skate nearby and there's a comprehensive programme of activities for children. The site also boasts a restaurant, traditional English pub and supermarket.
Camping in the Forest
Welcome to year-round caravan and camping holidays where good times come naturally! With a choice of 16 stunning camping and caravanning sites set amongst the woodlands of the Forestry Commission, you’re certain to find your perfect pitch. Whether it’s a truly natural experience you’re looking for or a range of onsite facilities, we have the perfect match for you. Relax under a lush green canopy or on an awe-inspiring heathland clearing; watch the world drift by at the shore of a loch or stream or try that exciting forest activity you’ve always wondered about.
Our sites make a great base for exploring the local area. A Camping in the Forest Holiday is about getting away from it all; whether you choose a completely natural back-to-basics environment or a beautiful setting with all your creature comforts, the choice is yours. Whatever you choose; our sites are the perfect place to reacquaint yourself with the simple joys of nature.
Get Even Closer…
Many of our sites have a dedicated Forest Ranger, who will share their experience and passion for nature with you. Whether you’d like to observe the local wildlife in the peaceful serenity of dusk or learn how to survive in the very depths of the Forest, there’s something for everyone. There’s even an activity tailored to our younger explorers to open their minds to the wonders of the Forest environment. To find out more about getting closer to nature go online.
Brook Lodge Farm
Hidden in the historic hamlet of Cowslip Green, Brook Lodge is a peaceful, sheltered site with a strong environmental conscience. Bordered by a stream on one side, it is surrounded by wild flowers and wildlife and a labyrinth of country lanes making it a haven for bird watchers, cyclists and walkers. Their impressive eco efforts include solar-heated hot water for the showers, a strict recycling policy, and an annual tree-planting programme - this lead to them being awarded Gold by the Green Business Scheme Award.
The nearest railway station is Yatton. A list of local taxi firms who can collect you from the station is available at TrainTaxi. The local area is easily accesible by bicycle. Routes 26 and 410 on the National Cycle Network run nearby.
Offering proper ‘Five Go Wild’ camping in the heart of the national park, Westermill Farm is the epitome of the rural idyll, its four camping meadows rolling down to the River Exe amid tree-lined hills. Hungry? Try the 200-hectare farm’s own free-range beef, lamb or pork, with local bread, milk and eggs also up for grabs. Itching for activities? Splash or fish in the river, or lace up those boots and hike on the central moor. Six Scandinavian-style self-catering cottages are also tucked away on site, where the emphasis on working with nature has garnered a David Bellamy Conservation Award. Adults £6.50 per night for camping.
The closest railway station is Umberleigh, which is 17 miles away. From the station, you can arrange a cab to take you to the site. A list of local firms is available at TrainTaxi. To cycle, follow Route 277 on the National Cycle Network to Simonsbath, which is the next town.
Green Hill Farm
Hidden in 52 acres of countryside and heathland, this quiet, family-run campsite has its own direct access to the New Forest Nation Park via a wonderful wooded pathway. The site welcomes caravans, motor homes and tents. The area is a haven for wildlife; on the two lakes you’ll see geese, ducks and moorhens, with deer, squirrels and rabbits are also regular visitors. It’s a great place to explore on foot, bike or on horse back.
There’s a traditional caravan and camping park at Studfold in Upper Nidderdale – or you could opt for a spot of ‘glamping’ and bag yourself one of the new camping ‘pods’. The wooden pods offer beds for two, have lights, heating and even a kettle! The camping facilities here are top-notch, the scenery simply beautiful and the location just right for exploring Nidderdale and the Yorkshire Dales. Studfold has an award-winning adventure nature trail too – fantastic for families.
Bell tents at Cliff House Holiday Parks
This fabulous collection of luxury bell tents are a new offering from the five star Cliff House Holiday site, set in a beautiful cliff top location with its own private beach access. The tents themselves are raised up on their own individual decks and come fully equipped with a double bed, two single futons and bedding, a wood-effect fire, lights, a mini fridge and cooking equipment. There are also Eurotents available, eight self-catering options from cottages to log cabins, as well as 120 pitches for campers and tourers. The holiday park is adjacent to the Minsmere Bird Reserve and surrounded by acres of National Trust heath land and woodland, which you can explore on foot or with one of the bikes available for hire at the campsite reception. In the evening, head for the buzzing bar and restaurant, The 12 Lost Churches, named after the twelve churches that once formed part of the historic city Medieval City of Dunwich which later fell into the sea.
Ninham Country Holidays
This family-run holiday park may have an outdoor pool, games room and laundry but it’s definitely no Butlins. Surrounded by 120 acres of woodland, fields and farmland, and only a mile and a half from Shanklin, the site has two nicely spaced camping areas, two self-catering properties and a clutch of mobile homes to rent. Quieter than some campsites, with an appreciation of local wildlife, it’s also going progressively greener; it recently switched its electricity to a green energy supplier and they offer a fabulous discount for cyclists & walkers - If you arrive on foot or by byke, you pay no pitch fee for the duration of your stay (paying only per person).
Get there by bus: Bus route 2 and 3. Nearest stop: Shanklin Bus Station.
Cheddar Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Hidden deep in walking country, this friendly 90-pitch campsite makes a great launch pad for a variety of attractions in the Mendips - Cheddar, Wells and Glastonbury are all close, and you’ve got mile upon mile of walking and cycling routes on your doorstep. Great facilities, easygoing smiley staff and good pubs within walking distance, and the onsite shop sells all sorts, including fresh bread and warm croissants every morning. There’s also a great farm shop a five-minute stroll, selling everything you could possibly want for your sizzling summer barbeque.
The nearest railway station is Yatton, which is 10 miles away. If you wish to organise a taxi from the station to the campsite, a list of local firms is available at TrainTaxi. Route 3 (West Country Way) on the National Cycle Network goes directly through Priddy.
Bag yourself a pitch at the highest point and you’re guaranteed sea views, but no matter where you set up tent on this gently hilly site, the views over surrounding countryside are superb. The Cors Dyfi reserve is just a few minutes’ walk, although the campsite has it’s own community of feathered friends and a hide for ultra keen twitchers. There’s also a well-stocked fishing pool and children’s playground. Tents from £7.50 per night.
A 17th century Manor House overlooking the River Ribble, with five fully equipped campsites, each with their own unique landscaping. Waddow is within easy reach of some beautiful trails within the Lancashire countryside, the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales, and makes a great base for groups who want to get active in the great outdoors. Abseiling, archery, canoeing, climbing are just some of the activities that can be arranged, and there is also catered and self-catered indoor accommodation available in the main hall.
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Bucklegrove started out life as a tearooms in the 1940s. These days, tables and chairs have made way for beautifully-manicured camping pitches with mature trees and shrubs, but you can still grab drinks and snacks from the family-friendly bar onsite. If your idea of camping is a little less orderly, there’s a summer camping meadow – no pitches, no electric hook ups, just turn up and grab a spot – plenty of space and stunning views across the Cheddar valley.
Take the train to Weston-super-Mare Railway Station, and then the 126 bus directly to Bucklegrove Caravan Park. Also nearby are Routes 3 and 26 on the National Cycle Network.
Spring Barn Farm
The Carr family have been at Spring Barn for nearly 100 years; they now have a mix of visitor attractions including a farm shop, a restaurant, and a car-free campsite located just below a beautiful maze field. There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained on the farm, from the indoor play area to tracker and trailer rides, and Brighton is just a 20-minute drive. Campers can stock up on goodies from the farm shop or, if you want to give the billycans a rest, a camper’s breakfast is available with produce from the farm. The farm has a strong environmental ethos too: it strongly supports the local community, sources all produce and products from Sussex, and the owners are now investing in solar panels to provide power for the campsite.
The Hideaway at Baxby Manor
If you appreciate the quiet life and would rather listen to the dawn chorus from your tent than stay in a caravan hooked up to electricity and play crazy golf, this small, off-the-beaten track campsite is for you. Winners of a gold award in the prestigious David Bellamy Conservation Awards, there are just 40 pitches on this six-acre site bounded by a stream. Campfires are allowed; noise is not. If you fancy glamping, there are four-person wooden eco-pods or canvas bell tents. Lanterns, barbecues and other basics are provided but bring your own bedding. Heat for the swish wood-cabin toilet and shower block comes from a biomass boiler and waste is recycled. From £18 per night.
A wonderful campsite overlooking Fellside cottage in Eskdale. One of the biggest draws of this particular campsite is the pond, which is a fantastic place for children to play while still under the watchful eye of parents. This isn't the only thing kids have to look forward to - there's also an adventure playground that boasts everything from zip wires and climbing frames to tyre-rope swings. The site is also located alongside the route of the Ravenglass and Eskdale steam railway line, which is a great way to get around if you're using public transport!