Guest blog from The Helpful Hiker who has provided us with a great blog on the best UK campsites from her and her fellow blogger experiences.
As peak camping season is upon us, I thought it was a good opportunity to put together a list of the best campsites across the UK (and one in France!). I decided the best way to compile my list was to ask my fellow outdoor bloggers for their recommendations, after all, if anyone is going to know a good campsite, it’s going to be a crack squad of bloggers.
Shell from Camping with Style “can’t get enough of the stunning Welsh coastal campsite, Cae Du Farm. Perched on the edge of a cliff, this chilled out, wild feeling camp site affords stunning views of over Cardigan Bay, where we regularly watch dolphins and seals swim by. Not recommended for very young children, campfires are encouraged and this is still our favourite campsite in the UK!”
Elliott from See Outside has opted for Treheli Farm near Abersoch. “Located a few miles away from the crowds of Abersoch and overlooking Hell’s Mouth, Treheli Farm is idyllic. Unspoilt views, relaxed rules and a sense of wild camping makes this site my go-to when surfing at Hells. The facilities are very basic so be prepared!”
David from Potty Adventures has found a gem on the Llyn Peninsula. “We love Aberafon for family camping trips. Sea view pitches, campfires allowed on the beach, mountains to explore behind you and lovely friendly owners.”
Sarah from Kippers and Curtains has gone for the glamping option. “Hale Farm in East Sussex is great. You can pitch your own or glamp in a yurt or shepherd’s hut – they also have a new bell tent village called Canvas and Stars. The farm is beautiful and you can go and feed the animals in the morning, plus a gin van comes to visit some evenings.”
Lizzie from Lizzie Running has a soft spot for one of our favourite campsites, Upper Booth Farm near Edale in the Peak District. “A basic campsite tucked under Kinder Scout with good, clean facilities and fabulous views in every direction. There is loads of space for kids to run around and a stream to play in, plus the Hope Valley has loads to do for outdoorsy families.”
Gareth has provided a couple of choices, including our only foreign entry. First, he chooses Little Meadow in North Devon. “Little Meadow was a great find. Stayed here and loved it. With beautiful cliff top views for stunning sunsets and even during bad weather, it was a great experience. Add in a good coastal walk and it doesn’t get much better.” Secondly, he threw Bot Conan Lodge in Brittany, France into the mix. Look out for his write up coming soon.
Beki from Miss Wheezy has picked out a couple of her favourite campsites and they both look brilliant. Firstly Nunnington Farm in West Wittering, “which is a fantastic place and I would highly recommend it…The campsite is a family business, and has a lovely little farm which every morning offered children the opportunity to go over and feed the animals.” Or if you fancy a little luxury, the log pods at Beanhill Farm in the Forest of Dean offer a great escape. “I’d definitely recommend Beanhill Farm – the owners were friendly and even offer breakfast boxes of supplies, or will cook you a bacon sandwich themselves if you like!”
Lucy from Paddle Pedal Pace was a camping convert after a stay at Haw Wood Farm in Suffolk so it must be good! “The campsite was very peaceful and well maintained, with a luxury toilet and shower block. I was seriously impressed by the facilities! We had a large plot of land with an electric hook up, which was surrounded by meadows.”
Tess also recommends Cwmnanthir Brecon Beacons camping “We wanted a small, quiet campsite that we could chill at after a hard day of activities, and we weren’t disappointed. The campsite is run by a lovely Welsh family who welcomes everyone into what is essentially their back garden to enjoy the beautiful countryside”
Finally, Emma from Bubba Blue and Me loved Warcombe Farm Campsite in Woolacombe. “It’s great for family camping, brilliant shower blocks, great play area, gorgeous sunset and each evening a different themed takeaway joint if you don’t want to cook. They’ll also let you pitch together in a group and there s a lovely walk along to the coast.”
I haven’t actually told you what I think is the best UK campsite. I’ve thought long and hard and, in my mind, there can only be one winner. Coalasnacon Caravan and Campsite is, not only the most beautiful campsite but actually the most stunning place I’ve ever been. The views are extraordinary and it was so laid back. You could pitch wherever you wanted right by the edge of the loch. Just maybe don’t go in the height of summer (unless you want to be eaten by midges!). We’re planning an autumn trip back there soon.
I want to say a massive thank you to all of the bloggers that participated in this post and shared their best campsites and their photos with me. It was great to get some insider tips and make some new discoveries. Hopefully, it has given you some ideas for your next camping trip.
What is your favourite campsite?
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