12,000 miles … that’s the length of the UK’s coastline, according to the Ordnance Survey. If you also throw in our mountain ranges and many national parks, then Britain really does have some magnificent scenery.
It’s no wonder then that many Brits are choosing to holiday at home. With more than 3,000 campsites located around the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, there are plenty to choose from!
Take the trip back across the Irish Sea and on the Pembrokeshirecoast, you will find the UK’s smallest city. Gaining city status in 1995, St Davids, which offers some of the most magnificent coastal scenery in the country, has a population of just 1,600 people. Caerfai makes it onto our list simply due to its location. Stumble across this campsite on top of the headland and simply immerse in the stunning light reflecting off the waves below. Pitching a tent is the most popular choice among visitors, however yurts and cottages are available for those not keen on getting too close to nature. If you’re taking the kids along to St Davids we highly suggest bringing a kite — it will provide hours of unlimited fun.
If it is a camping holiday with the children that you are planning, then look no further than Fisherground in the Lake District. As you drive into the site, both you and the children will soon realise why this was the right place to come. Set deep in the heart of Eskdale, one of Cumbria’s most exquisite valleys, the site has been described as a child’s paradise. A zip wire, Tarzan ropes, and tyre rafts to negotiate through the pond, are just some of the activities the children can enjoy. But, don’t think that this is all about the kids — Fisherground is perfectly located for those seeking a challenge and fancy tackling the National Three Peaks. The King George IV Inn, which is within walking distance off the site, offers traditional homely dishes and of course a hearty stout.
Nestled just off the west coat of Scotland, near the ferry port at Airdrossan, the Isle of Arran, despite being only 20 miles long and 10 miles wide, is awash with natural beauty. Across the globe you will struggle to find somewhere so small that contains such a vast range of forests, sandy beaches, and valleys. Runach Arainn is unlike any other camping experience — the yurts can sleep up to six people, include a wood burner and stove, and offer Wi-Fi. The uniqueness of Runach is that you are experiencing an area of outstanding natural beauty, but with every home comfort you could imagine.
The island caters for every kind of holiday requirement, with challenging hikes and cycles, low valley strolls, or watersport activities for the slightly more adventurous among us. In the evening, relax with a glass of wine at the Stag’s Pavilion before indulging in some luxury seafood cuisine.
Rossharbour Lakeside Paradise
Situated on the shoreline of Lower Lough Erne on Boa Island, Rossharbour is perhaps one of the most peaceful and secluded areas in Northern Ireland — perfect for escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Local attractions include in the Marble Arch Caves and the Legnabrocky Trail, which shot to fame in recent years and has been aptly named on Instagram as the stair way to heaven. The walk, which winds its way through the sweeping hills for approximately 4km, reaches the summit at 550m, offering unrestricted views of the surrounding landscape — remember a bottle of water though. After completing the trek, retreat to one of the many glamping pods or wigwams, where you can relax in your own personal hot tub, before having a barbeque by the water.
The Secret Campsite Lewes
This option is all about you, getting away from it all, and genuinely indulging in utter peace and tranquility. Five miles north of Lewes, in the Sussex countryside, the Secret Campsite, is a tent only venue which places an emphasis on helping you escape from the rat race of nine-to-five. Reconnecting with nature is what this place is all about and the sites surroundings which are effectively untouched enables you to do just that. Wildlife habitats are prevalent throughout the site so don’t be taken aback if you are to witness a deer strolling past during your stay. Reliving your youth is more than possible at SCL with Tree Tents, which featured on George Clarkes Amazing Spaces, available as an accommodation option. Similarly, the owners have planted numerous edible plants around the site, serving up a surprise for those who decide to frequent here.
The United Kingdom is an amazing place and it provides us with countless manmade and natural attractions. The above list, put together by Flogas Gaslight – who supply camping gas light bottles – details five great places to stay, but as noted there are more than 3,000 options — you’ve never been more spoiled for choice.