From incredible lakes to towering mountains and everything in between, there are plenty of natural landscapes worth exploring in the UK, and we think camping is one of the perfect ways to do it.
There are hundreds of campsites to visit around the UK, but we’ve picked out six of our favourites. Here at Jordans, we love the countryside and now is the perfect time to enjoy some of that fresh rural air!
‘Best for Family’ Campsites
Where: County Antrim - Northern Ireland
Not to be confused with the Glenmore campsite in Scotland, the park is set in an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ in one of the nine Antrim Glens, just between the coastal towns of Ballycastle and Ballintoy.
Spanning a stunning 95 acres with several camping sites available, it’s a great location to pitch up and move around with the kids. Popular activities range from walking, fly fishing and horseback riding to golfing and puffin-watching – there’s plenty for everyone to do and see.
Where: Snowdonia - Wales
If you’re keen to get your kids to put down their gadgets and experience a little more of the ‘real’ camping vibe, you can claim your slice of Welsh tranquillity among the trees at Beddgelert Campsite, where it’s easy to pretend there’s no electricity or running water around (although, of course, you’ll know better!)
With a choice of 195 pitches set among spectacular mountains, a sweeping forest and plenty of that gorgeous countryside air, the vast expanses Snowdonia National Park are an incredible place to spend a more grown-up family camping holiday.
What’s more, in just ten minutes’ drive you’ll be at the foot of the 3,560ft high Snowdon Mountain. Conquer the peak on foot via Watkin Path, or relax on the Snowdon Mountain Railway which takes you all the way to the top!
Where: Scarborough - Northern England
If you want to treat your pooch to a holiday too, the award-winning Crows Nest Caravan Park near Scarborough is the ideal place for your dog enjoy. Dogs are extremely welcome and are even allowed in the conservatory of the lounge bar so you don’t have to leave them behind. Plus, there’s a selection of lovely coastal walks which are ideal for stretching those paws.
What’s more - if you’re someone who fancies the idea of camping but isn’t quite ready to leave behind all the home comforts, this campsite really does have it all. In addition to tents, there’s a selection of motorhome pitches with everything from the most basic amenities to the deluxe – kitted out with TV, DVD Player and Freeview for a bit of extra entertainment!
Where: East Sussex – Southern England
Located on the Manor Estate, there are seven acres of pitching space available – a mix of tents, caravans and motorhomes – and plenty of new facilities to boot. The park is surrounded by tranquil woodland and the area is incredibly dog-friendly, making it the ideal base to explore the local area and further afield.
If you really want to experience the Great Outdoors, why not have a BBQ and enjoy your meals al fresco – weather depending, of course! There’s also the option to do a bit of horse riding, lake fishing, golf, tennis, craft workshops and more.
‘The Real Outdoors’
Where: Isle of Harris - Scotland
Experience true serenity at Horgabost Campsite, located right on the Traigh Niosaboist beach on the beautiful Isle of Harris. White sand, clear waters and a mountainous backdrop make this an idyllic spot to grab some peace and quiet, especially since it’s often quite deserted.
Basic facilities are available at the campsite, but other than that the only amenity you will find is a small beach shop - so be prepared for a real camping experience!
Where: New Forest – Southern England
Where better to experience the real outdoors than surrounded by wildlife in the New Forest? This huge area of southern England is a significant part of the region’s heritage, dating all the way back to 12AD when it was designated as a royal hunting ground for King William I and his noblemen (although it has existed for much longer!)
Aldridge Hill campsite is located just south of the heart of the New Forest, alongside the beautiful Ober Water which offers a lovely walking trail. If you choose to set up camp here, you’ll be truly immersed in almost 150 square miles of heathland and ancient woodlands, with not a hum of electricity, the flush of a toilet, or the trickle of a shower to be heard! It’s a truly unforgettable experience.
Camping Tips and Tricks
To make your camping holidays even more special, why not try one of our top tips? You’ll be surprised how easy it is to make your camping trip truly memorable.
- Fill a plastic bottle with water and shine a torch on it to create the ultimate reading lamp
- Use toothpaste to treat insect bites – the mint will cool your skin while the astringency will help to reduce swelling
- If you’re going for a walk, but aren’t sure of your surroundings, use brightly coloured biodegradable trail marking tape to make sure you can find your way back
- Keep kids busy with a nature scavenger hunt – write a list on a large envelope so they can gather the items inside
- Sage is a great mosquito repellent – wrap up some bundles and place them around your camp fire to heat
Where will you be going camping this year? We’d love to hear your stories and favourite locations. Let us know in the comments below, and happy camping!