Travel: Favourite places to camp in the UK

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I think the sunny Easter Weekend may have us all thinking about Summer options and when it’s that sunny I always start to think about camping so this round up is focused on your Favourite Places to Camp in the UK.

We love a good Camping and Caravan site as you always know the facilities are going to be up to scratch, but we wanted to let you know all about other people’s favourites too.

Enjoy

England

Emma recommends Warcombe Farm campsite in Mortehoe near Woolacombe. Nice showers and toilets, big allocated pitches, and they take family groups where not many do. Plus you can walk to the coast path through the nature reserve from the campsite.

Jade recommends Wild Duck in Great Yarmouth. They love it because there is so much wildlife about, but they have all the amenities of a Haven park, clean shower block, plenty of activities, two pools including slides and daytime and evening entertainment.

Holly suggests we try Hogsdown Farm. The main boxes it ticks for them: is that it’s cheap, there’s always good availability if you’re happy to forgo electric, there’s a playground and it’s on the doorstep of some fabulous days out (Cattle Country World, Berkeley Castle and Slimbridge). 

Lauren Rye thinks the Hare & Hounds campsite should be on your list. Its small and friendly, you’re allowed fire pits and its only a few miles from the gorgeous sandy beaches of Camber Sands!

Jaymee recommends Holmsley where they stayed last year and her boys had a whale of a time! They saw wild ponies every evening and there is so much to do in the New Forest too.  Clare also recommends Holmsley with Camping in the Forest too – a popular  place!

Samantha suggests *almost* wild camping at Birkheads Wild in Gateshead which they loved. They run several family camping weekends over the weekend and they’re ideal for families who wish to dip their toes into wild camping. You learn how to build and cook on a proper campfire and are pretty much left to your own devices (there are loos thankfully). It’s a fabulous place to get in touch with nature.

Mary-Louise and family are ambassadors for the camping and caravanning club so have some great recommendations. Their favourite place to camp though is in Folkestone at their main site there. It is practically on the beach where there are plenty of fossils to be found and really nice walks. You can join in with beach school too from Easter through to the end of summer. The site is clean and safe with spectacular views along the white cliffs.

Erin recommends Catgill Campsite is a fantastic place to camp in Yorkshire. It’s near enough to Bolton Abbey to walk and it’s also right next door to a fantastic farm. The owners are very friendly and the facilities are clean and comfortable. 

Monica suggests the New Forest, Aldridge Hill. No facilities, but such a tranquil site. You really get back to nature. The ponies, the steam running there make for magical memories. 

Jamiee and family love Callow Top and will be back there again this year. It is in the heart of some beautiful Derbyshire locations such as Ashbourne, Buxton and Matlock and its only 20 minutes from Alton Towers.  It has great amenities along with a heated outdoor pool and with some amazing eateries on site which mean you don’t even have to cook while there! 

Scotland

Elizabeth recommends The Shetland Islands – with the right to roam here in Scotland, you can pretty much camp anywhere as long as you leave no trace when you leave. Here on the edge of the world there’s orcas, stunning clifftops, miles of beaches and in the summertime it doesn’t get dark – you’ve all the daylight hours for outdoor playing! 

Jenny and family stayed at the lovely Garden House Campsite that is only 5 miles from Arinagour, the main village, where the ferry docks.  The campsite is within an old walled garden, once part of the Breachacha Castle estate, which is great for camping on and very flat.  The walled garden has a low arch, so larger vehicles (or those with bikes attached to the top!) must be aware of this.  The owners are lovely and very helpful, there is also space for a couple of vehicles outside the walled garden if they are too large to enter into it.

Sam thinks Loch Ness Shores is fantastic. Right on the banks of Loch Ness (where you can build campfires) with its own play park, diner van and bar. The facilities are immaculate. They loved it.

Wales

One of Dabbie’s favourite places is Greenways of Gower camping. Fantastic views of a favourite place, a short walk from a castle for exploring and a short walk on is Oxwich Bay- one of the best beaches on the Gower. 

Pencarnan Farm is a dog and family friendly campsite near St Davids in West Wales. Natalie recommends it because it’s right next to a beautiful quiet cove and has easy access to stunning stretches of the Pembrokeshire Coastal path. There’s a small shop with essentials including both food and beach equipment. You can also hire SUPs and kayaks, which they take down to the beach for you to use. On certain evenings, they sell fabulous pizza from a pizza oven on the campsite. It’s a great spot for wild swimming and a group of sea swimmers set off from there most days. This is the ideal place to get away from it all, disconnect with technology and enjoy family time at the coast. 

LLanystumdwy Camping and Caravanning Club Site is a real favourite with Jane and family it’s located on the Lleyn Peninsula in North Wales, a five minute drive from Criccieth. It is a short walk along quiet country lanes to the village of Llanystumdwy, which has one pub and a museum dedicated to Lloyd George who lived in the village until the age of 16. The site is a great base from which to explore the Lleyn Peninsula and Snowdonia.

Cathy recommends Penhein glamping, just outside Chepstow. Glamping on a 400 acre farm and estate, you’re already getting away from the world by the time you reach the glampsite. A mile or so along the winding driveway, through a field of sheep, and set in a wooded area on the edge of a wild flower meadow, you’ll find the six Persian alachigh tents. Communal areas – a natural playground as soon as you walk in (there are wheelbarrows to take bags from the car park to the tents, as well as for collecting wood) plus a communal tent with more tables and two boxes of games, one indoor, one outdoor.

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Karen Beddow is the Editor of Mini Travellers, a multi award winning Family Travel blog. Karen left her full time role as a commercial litigation solicitor when her three children were then 6 and 5 (twins) to concentrate on her Family Travel blog so that she could spend more time with the children and travel a lot more. From camping to five star resorts, from Welsh beaches to African plains there isn’t many places the Mini Travellers won’t travel and they are determined to enjoy every moment of it. Mini Travellers is all about proving that travelling anywhere with kids is possible.

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