Camping season is finally upon us and we're just as excited as you are to pitch up in the great outdoors. We've asked our friends over at Cool Camping to put together the top five most popular campsites for this year, and they have not let us down! There's no better feeling than getting back to basics, especially on these campsites - let's dive straight in.
Celtic Camping, Pembrokeshire
This cliff-top campsite set just back from the Pembrokeshire coastal path is within walking distance of Aberredi Beach and has good links with local Coasteering companies, who can take you sea kayaking, cliff jumping and swimming in the famous ‘blue lagoon’. What started out as a small campsite some years ago now sprawls across three different meadows, with modern washblock facilities housed inside converted barns. Campfires are permitted and dogs are welcome. Be sure to peg out your tent diligently if wind is forecast as the meadow can be a little exposed.
Fisherground Campsite, Lake District
Like any Lake District campsite, this spacious campsite in the heart of the Eskdale Valley is popular with hikers and mountain bikers here to bag the big peaks but it’s also incredibly family orientated. There’s a small adventure playground, a shallow swimming pond where little’uns can paddle and, best of all, a stream-train station within walking distance of the meadow. You can buy a ticket and chug out to the coast and Muncaster Castle or stay put and enjoy the atmosphere of the campsite, where campfires are welcome and impromptu games of football or cricket are commonplace.
The Old Airfield, New Forest
This brand new campsite in the New Forest opened for the first time this half term and has already proved to be a hit. Set on the site of a former RAF base it’s an intriguing space, with pockets of perfectly flat camping meadow alongside strips of farmers’ crops and open areas of heathland. Pop-up, festival-style facilities include good-quality portable loos and showers, and food trucks visit during the week with a wood-fired pizza station on weekends. Bring bikes to make the most of the New Forest’s car-free cycle trails or head to the beach, a 10-minute drive away.
Cornish Tipi Holidays, Cornwall
Once a working quarry, this wild 20-acre space was given over to nature some years ago and is now an enchanting network of paths, trees and blackberry bushes with a beautiful turquoise lake at the bottom where you can swim from a jetty or paddle around in a canoe. As the name suggests, pre-pitched tipis are available for hire but there are camping pitches too, some in a sociable meadow, others secreted away amongst the shrubs. Despite being off the grid, the campsite boasts a superb café inside a polytunnel and, once you venture beyond, it’s just three miles to the Cornish coast.
Bodiam Camping, East Sussex
In the heart of 1066 country, this spacious family campsite is half an hour from Hastings and 15 minutes from the village of Battle, where William the Conqueror's famous fight actually took place. Historic attractions, however, are available much closer to home. The campsite is within walking distance of famous Bodiam Castle, a moated keep that’s open to visitors and runs family activities in summer. The footpath to the castle follows the banks of the River Rother – canoes and paddleboards are available to hire – and the Kent and East Sussex steam railway line also runs nearby.
Has a feeling of wanderlust come over you?