Campsite highlights around the National Parks
There are all kinds of campsites across the National Parks and they all offer something unique to give you a memorable stay. This selection shows the highlights and diversity of campsites around, but use the further information links to find loads more campsites to choose from.
Get back to basics at Court Farm which is a horse-riding and trekking centre as well as perfectly positioned for walking the beacons.
Or have a few more facilities at Pencelli Castle caravan and camping park, with free WiFi and drying room for any wet walking gear!. This site is a Gold level David Bellamy Conservation Award winner.
With cycle routes and hire shops nearby, you can ditch the car at Clippesby Hall in favour of two wheels or a boat to exploor the fens and waterways.
For keen anglers, Reedham Ferry park is on the banks of the River Yare and has its own lake on site!
The Wild Duck Holiday Park has woodland, beaches, an indoor pool and the Broads all on one doorstep
Swing in a hammock amongst the ancinet Caledonian pines in Abernethy Forest at the Lazy Duck bunkhouse and campsite
Pack your skis and head off for the snow at Glemore campsite, close to Britain's largest ski area. In the summer swap your skiwear for beachwear and laze on the sandy shores of Loch Morlich instead.
Have your creature comforts on hand at Higher Longford camping park, which offers free hair dryers after your hot shower, a fully stocked shop and even take-away meals! You'll still be surrounded by wildlife and in walking distance of exploring the moor.
Book early for a riverside pitch along the the River Tavy, at Harford Bridge Holiday park, holders of a Gold level David Bellamy Conservation Award.
Enjoy some outdoor swimming in the river Exe, then light up your BBQ for home grown burgers and sausages at Westernmill Farm. No food miles at all, just a few food meters.
Pitch up near Porlock, with views across the North Somerset coast at Porlock caravan park and campsite, who've had a Gold level David Bellamy Conservation Award since 2000.
The National Trust run three campsites in equally stunning locations in the Lake District;
Wasdale campsite sits under England's highest mountain Scafell Pike, near the shores of Wastwater
Enjoy endless walking routes from the Great Langdale campsite in the shadow of the Langdale Pikes
Wake up to a view along Windermere at Low Wray campsite where you can swap your walking boots for a boat for a day!
Or just pack your sleeping bag and head for the hills for a stay in a Lake District camping barn.
Loch Lomond and the Trossachs
Wake up to a view across Loch Lomond at Cashel camping site before heading off on a walk along the West Highland Way, which could take you all the way to the By the Way campsite and hostel, which has a good supply of blister ointments, plasters and sympathy for sore feet!
Like camping, hate putting up tents? At Holmsley campsite you can hire a pre-erected tent to sleep upto 6 people.
Love open heathland views but also the cover of ancient beachwood trees? Ocknell and Longbeach offer both!
Hollands Wood caravan park and campsite, on the edge of Brockenhurst, are have a Gold level David Bellamy Conservation Award. Hire a bike or join a Forest Ranger activity on site.
North York Moors
Go retro and stay in a classic caravan for a holiday with bohemian chic and eco-credentials at La Rosa campsite where all the vans are recycled treasures.
Take advantage of the pick-up / drop-off service for a luggage-free walk along Hadrian's Wall, at the aptly named Hadian's Wall camping site.
There are three campsites owned by the Peak District National Park Authority;
Stay at the foot of Kinder Scout and listen to lapwings in the sky above you at Fieldhead campsite, which is ideal for walking the Pennine Way or a more relaxing visit to the Moorland Visitor Centre.
Or camp by the pub, at the Royal Oak in Hurdlow.
Enjoy a green getaway by staying at Caerfai Organic Farm, which is powered by renewable energy and lets you watch the cows being milked before they make it into caerphilly or cheddar cheese. The on-site farm shop will make your pic-nics plentiful!
Take your pick from five beautiful beaches within reach of Glan Y Mor campsite. With the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, golfing, fishing, cycling and a surf school nearby, you'll have plenty to keep you busy!
Get lots of space between you and other campers at the biggest campsite in Europe, Shell Island, on the western coast of Snowdonia with views across to the mountains.
Pack you fishing gear and a laptop and head to Cae Gwyn organic farm who own fishing rights on the Afon Eden. Even though they are located in an isolated and tranquil spot, the Wi-Fi hotspot in the farmyard will help you keep in touch with the outside world!
Cae Du campsite, on the banks of the River Glaslyn, is ideal if you're looking for peace and quiet.
Stake a spot at the foot of Snowdon, at Hafod Y Llan, run by the National Trust, who also manage the farm next door! Wake up to the sound of the mountain stream before heading off on a hike.
Gwern Gof Isaf campsite and bunkhouse is set on a beautiful 750acre National Trust farm, with climbing and abseiling available on site.
For those who like to take harnesses and ropes on their holidays, head to Malham Cove campsite and camp beside the beck before climbing the cove.
Or camp in the woods at Wood Nook camp and caravan park, who have a Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award.
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- UK Campsite - listings by category including fires, public transport, forest sites, glamping etc
- Youth Hostels across England and Wales - search for hostels and bunkhouses in England and Wales
- Brecon Beacons - camping on farms - pdf leaflet to local farms that provide camping
- Brecon Beacons - campsites - details of 6 campsites across the Brecon Beacons
- Cairngorms - campsites - details of 14 campsites across the Cairngorms
- Dartmoor - wild camping - where to find the best campsites and wild camping spots
- Exmoor - campsites - details of campsites across Exmoor
- Lake District - campsites - details of the best campsites across the Lake District
- Lake District - camping barns - search for camping barns across the Lake Distirct
- Lake District - camping pods - details of National Trust camping pods at Wastwater and Great Langdale
- Loch Lomond - campsites near the loch - details of 11 campsites around Loch Lomond area
- Loch Lomond - campsites in the Trossachs - details of 13 campsites in the Trossachs area
- New Forest - campsites - details of 10 campsites across the New Forest run by the Forestry Commission
- Northumberland - campsites - details of 20 campsites and bunkhouses across Northumberland
- North York Moors - campsites - details of 12 campsites across the North York Moors
- Peak District - campsites - details of 11 campsites across the Peak District
- Pembrokeshire Coast - campsites - details of 40 campsites around the Pembrokeshire Coast
- Yorkshire Dales - campsites - details of 18 campsites across the Yorkshire Dales
- Snowdonia - campsites - details of 44 campsites across Snowdonia
Guide to good camping
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