With winter finally coming to an end in the UK, many of us have been looking forward to warmer weather, lighter nights and a few extra hours of sunshine. With just a couple of colder months left, a beach break abroad is no doubt looking like an attractive option – but what about something a little closer to home?
A recent study revealed that over 92% of us choose to take a staycation at least once a year, meaning that the UK is top of the travel wish list for many Brits. With beautiful countryside, various walking trails and even a beach or two, the UK is a hotspot for campers. So, if you’re looking for a little holiday inspiration, we’ve assembled this guide to the best camping holiday destinations on our own shores:
I. North Yorkshire: Hooks House Farm, Robin Hoods Bay
Those of you looking to get away from it all will enjoy the peaceful tranquillity of the North Yorkshire countryside. Hooks House Farm boasts a high hill location looking over sloping grassy fields that lead to a breath-taking sea view. Located in the beautiful county of North Yorkshire, this campsite is the perfect starting point for those looking to take on the coast-to-coast walk across the Yorkshire Dales, North York Moors and the Lake District before finishing on the Cumbrian coast.
There is a small pebble beach close to the site, where you can fish in the small rock pools. Of course, you can also enjoy the sea waves in the summer months by taking a swim, or a little paddle
II. Argyll: Caolasnacon, Kinlochleven
Caolasnacon offers some of the most beautiful views in the Scottish highlands. Offering the opportunity to pitch your tent right by the water makes it a perfect spot for water activities, such as canoeing and kayaking, and of course, provides a constant soundtrack of lapping waves.
Wildlife lovers will find themselves in their element here. Otters find habitat in the Loch, whilst golden eagles fly above. The site provides a unique opportunity for campers to get away from bustling life and enjoy the natural scenery that the Highlands offer.
III. Cornwall: Bay View Farm
If it’s warm weather and sandy beaches you’re after, look no further than Cornwall! Home to a selection of sandy beaches and sheltered coves, you’ll feel like you’ve travelled to a whole different continent! The beautiful Bay View Farm campsite overlooks the sandy Looe Bay, making it an ideal place to visit with your partner. Try an outdoor picnic for two with a view!
If you travel a little further, the quaint fishing town of Polperro is close by with its selection of fudge shops, tea rooms and art galleries. You can even go shopping for a fresh catch of the day to cook on your BBQ that evening.
IV. The Lake District: Baysbrown Farm, Great Langdale
The Lake District is the most popular camping spot in the UK – and for good reason. This peaceful site lies below the rocks of Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and the Langdale pikes – a site that boasts some of the stunning views that the Lake District is known for. Visit the lake-free valley of Great Langdale for some escapism away from the mayhem of everyday life. The bridle pathways through the valley part the way for some fabulous bike rides that showcase the views of the famous peaks.
What to take camping in summer:
The obvious items that every camper should include in their checklist are:
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping pad
- Cooking utensils
- Camping chairs
- Insect repellent
- A torch
You should also consider your choice of vehicle when planning a trip away. SUVs and family estate cars, such as the Ford Focus ST Estate, are ideal for camping – providing plenty of room for all your equipment. You’ll require quite a lot of equipment when you go on a camping vacation, especially if you plan for outdoor activities whilst you are there, such as canoeing, mountain biking and hiking. You’ll need plenty of space to pack everything you need into your car. We therefore recommend adding a bike rack onto your vehicle for safe transportation of your bikes, or any other outdoor equipment.