A guide to the UK’s coolest campsites

Camping in the UK is quite popular and, as long as the weather is fine, well worth experiencing.

One of the big differences between camping in the UK and camping in Australia is the insects and flora. In the UK, there are nowhere near the number of bugs that bite and the countryside offers a softer feel underfoot than Australia.

Here are some of the coolest campsites to consider, as listed by the UK magazine Wunderlust Travel.

Ayr Holiday Park in St Ives, Cornwall

Stunning views and great facilities make this the perfect camping choice at any time of year. In spring it’s a particularly good site and, if the weather turns nasty there are caravans available. It’s also a short walk to the restaurants of St Ives if you don’t want to use your camp stove.

Dalesbridge in Settle, North Yorkshire

This is another good choice for spring, as there is a bunkhouse with bed and breakfast as well as regular camping spots, known as pitches. The location offers lots of scenic walks and the whole of the western Dales on your doorstep. Local tour companies also offer activities from caving to mountain biking.

Deepdale Farm Backpackers and Camping in Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk

Choose from camping pitches to ready-made yurts and bell tents. The yurts and bell tents are equipped with a cast-iron chimenea for heat, kindling and fuel for the fire, foldaway chairs, a BBQ and a lantern. Deepdale is just a five-minute walk to the nearest pub, from where you can strike out across the marshes or go for long walks across the sands at nearby Holkham Bay.

Hurley Lock in Hurley, Berkshire

Camp on the riverbank at Hurley Lock. Situated in a quiet village backwater on the Thames, it’s easy to get to yet feels very peaceful and exclusive. It’s a small site, spread over several tiny islands in the river and the cosy Old Bell pub is nearby, for pints, sustenance and even emergency shelter should the weather turn foul.

Tom’s Field in Ashley Heath, Dorset

This is a tent-only campsite that opens in early spring. It’s in a lovely rural location yet only just less than five kilometres from the sea. There’s great swimming at nearby Dancing Ledge and gorgeous walks along the clifftops. They have a store onsite and a barn for those windy nights when you’d rather not be in your tent.

Waveney River Centre in St Peter, Norfolk

This is a well-equipped campsite located alongside the River Waveney. You can take a boat or canoe, or just go for a wander or cycle along the reedy banks. There’s an indoor pool, a well-stocked shop, and lots of eating and drinking options.

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