10 best UK camping hotspots… as voted for by YOU!
As the weather hots up, there’s no better time to embrace the great outdoors and get a few camping trips in the diary. So, we hope the five lucky winners of our recent Camping Giveaway are delighted with their sleek new Task P36 torches – one of our ultimate camping essentials.
Thanks so much for all your entries – we loved hearing about your favourite camping hotspots and discovering the wide range of beautiful staycation destinations, right here on our doorstep. In fact, we loved all your suggestions so much, we’ve decided to share the top 10 best UK camping hotspots… as voted for by YOU! Get those tents at the ready…
1. Pembrokeshire, Wales
Pembrokeshire has more award-winning beaches, coastal walks and sumptuous countryside than any happy camper could wish for. Base your stay at Trehenlliw Farm campsite, near the popular city of St Davids and you’ll be perfectly placed to explore the magnificent Pembrokeshire coastline. It’s a working farm, so time your visit right and you might also encounter some adorable lambs.
2. Bakewell, Peak District
The charming market town of Bakewell is one of the prettiest attractions in the magnificent Peak District. A stay at the well-equipped Greenhills Holiday Park places you just a short stroll from the town as well as a stone’s throw away from some of the most breathtaking scenery in the country.
3. The Lake District
It’s not surprising that England’s largest National Park has made our final cut, with its magical landscapes of verdant peaks and shimmering lakes. Tucked away down a narrow country lane, Eskdale campsite offers a secluded escape right in the heart of the Lakes, with top facilities and a fully-stocked shop – so you won’t have to worry if you forget your toothbrush!
Golden beaches, sandstone cliffs and scenic sea views draw countless visitors to Devon when the sun comes out. Bay View Farmers is a small, family-run campsite only a few minutes from the beautiful Woolacombe. With stunning views over the North Devon landscape and clean, well-equipped facilities, families will be spoilt for choice on things to see and do here. Oh, and dogs are welcome too!
5. Bath, Somerset
Historical Bath makes an ideal day trip for the cultural camper – and luckily the surrounding Somerset countryside is postcard-perfect for setting up camp. The aptly named Pitchperfect Camping offers a relaxed environment for all the family with excellent facilities and plenty of all-important play equipment for younger children.
6. North Coast 500 route, Scotland
Combine camping with the North Coast 500 – Scotland’s answer to Route 66 – and experience the sublime scenery of north western coastal Scotland. Take a breather on one of the UK’s top road trips with a pit stop at Applecross Campsite, a small, family-run operation with plenty of space for tents, motor homes and caravans.
7. The Norfolk Broads
Get up close and personal with Mother Nature in the Norfolk Broads, where boating, fishing, nature reserves and historic villages all clamour for your attention. Set in beautiful woodland, Wild Duck Holiday Park near Great Yarmouth offers everything you need for a leisurely family holiday.
8. North Devon
If dramatic cliffs, wild seas and biodiverse sand dunes sound like your cup of tea, North Devon will tick all your boxes. Tuck yourself away amongst 500 acres of rolling countryside at Stowford Farm Meadows touring caravan site, where enchanting views and plenty of family friendly activities await.
9. The New Forest
The New Forest is known for its brilliant forest trails, native ponies and communities of resident deer. Hollands Woods Campsite, set in 22 hectares of sun-dappled oak woodland, offers a fairy-tale family experience within easy reach of picnic sites, country walks and bustling Brockenhurst Village.
10. Polzeath, Cornwall
If you do love to be beside the seaside, head to the beach resort of Polzeath with its enticing bay and majestic cliff-top views. Camping & CaravanSite Lundynant is a small country campsite with a direct footpath down to the neighbouring sandy beach, and a proud 85% return rate amongst their contented camping community.
And don’t forget…
Whether you use your tablet for snapping family photos, torch for when the sun goes down, your smartphone to research local activities, or its GPS tracker to plot out a walking route, it’s likely you’ll be bringing these along with you on your next camping adventure. Don’t get caught out: keep your tech topped up with a robust GP PowerBank (a compact, portable one for the day and a more heavyweight PowerBank for overnight charges) and you can enjoy the call of the wild without running out of power.