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Top 5 Campsites in the Mountains

Amazing views, crisp, clean air and the promise of adventure – if you love the great outdoors, it’s hard to beat camping in the mountains. Watching the sun go down behind peaks and waking early as the morning mist rises from the summits are surely two of nature’s greatest spectacles. You don’t need to scale the Alps to enjoy majestic mountainscapes, with some stunning mountain campsites found right here in the UK. We talked to Cool Camping’s Amy Woodland to hear about five of the top spots…

Gwerniago Farm, Snowdonia

From £15 per grass pitch

Gwerniago Mountain Campsite

Stays at Gwerniago Farm are as magical as the name sounds. Pitch up at this campsite on the edge of Snowdonia National Park for enchanting views of the Dovey Valley and the chance of seeing red kites and ospreys circling overhead. Nearby Cadair Idris, an 893-metre mountain that’s said to be the seat of a giant, is well worth the hike.

Gwerniago Mountain Campsite

Gwerniago Mountain Campsite

Kids will love the underground adventure at King Arthur’s Labyrinth (15 mins away) or spending the day by the seaside at Borth. Back on site, as dusk falls the magic continues with pony rides and the crackle of campfires.

Caolasnacon, Argyll

From £11 per night

Caolasnacon Mountain Campsite

Surrounded by mountains on the shores of Loch Leven, it would be hard to find a campsite with better views than Caolasnacon. If you like hiking or climbing, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the Mamores Mountains to the north and Glen Coe to the south. And if your legs get tired, give the arms a work out instead by heading out on the loch in a kayak.

Caolasnacon Mountain Campsite

Tents and caravans are welcome and the owners have taken care to blend the site in to its stunning surroundings. With otters in the loch and golden eagles nesting nearby, their efforts have been rewarded.

Baystone Bank Farm, Lake District

Camping pitches from £20 per night

Baystone Bank Farm Campsite

The babbling brook that runs through Baystone Bank Farm is just the gentle wake-up call required for a day’s hiking in the heart of the Lake District.The farm is criss-crossed by footpaths that lead out on to the fells in the region’s south-west including Black and White Combe which dominate the views.

Baystone Bank Farm Campsite

Campers, glampers, caravans and motorhomes are all welcome at this tidy site on a working farm which has hardstanding pitches, electric hook-ups and three pre-erected bell tents too. It’s 10 miles from Coniston Water and just five minutes from the beach.

Camping at Ynysfaen, Brecon Beacons

£10 per person per night

Ynysafaen Campsite

A peerless position within the National Park makes Ynysfaen a cracking base for exploring the Brecon Beacons. For tent campers there’s a refreshingly relaxed ‘pitch-where-you-like’ policy and, with a maximum of just 40 people on site at any one time, it never feels crowded. For glampers, there’s a shepherd’s hut, bell tents, and space for VW campers too. Campfires are allowed and, as the area is a designated Dark Skies Reserve, the stargazing is astonishing. Maps and local information on site will help you find the best walks in the Beacons and the Black Mountains during your stay.

Ynysafaen Campsite

North Lees Campsite, Peak District

Adults £7 per night

North Lees Campsite

 

England’s longest gritstone cliff, Stanage Edge, is within walking distance of North Lees Campsite so it’s no surprise that climbers and hikers are drawn here. The site sits nestled in meadows, surrounded by trees and dry-stone walls in the heart of the Peak District National Park.

North Lees Campsite

The birds, bees and a little stream flowing through the site complete this picture of rural perfection. There’s space for 60 tents with seven additional camping pods. It has basic but ample facilities for all as well as a track at the back of the site, forever tempting you to The Edge and its awesome views.

North Lees Campsite

Feeling inspired? Grab yourself a tent and kit yourself out for your next camping trip this summer.

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Sam is not actually an outdoorsman! ...yet.
 

In fact Sam is actually quite new to this whole outside doors business, is that how you say it?
Sam lived in London for 4 years and claims that the closest he got to green space was when he re-painted his flat.
However, after moving to Japan to live and work as an English teacher Sam had the opportunity (and the time) to explore the length and breadth of the southern most isles of sleepy, rural Kyushu. It was here where the obsession with the great outdoors started. Nothing propels you faster along a trail than the knowledge of a long hot soak in one of Japan’s many Natural hot springs. Sometimes buried deep in the mountains!

On his travels Sam visited the hiking island of Yakushima, skied in Blistering snow in Hokkaido and completed a 3 day trek through the Tu Lan cave system in Cambodia, but more on that later.
 

For now though, Sam is making up for lost time by spending more of it in the great British countryside and exploring the beautiful hikes and trails we have right here on our doorsteps. Sam will be writing for the more lightweight outdoorist, soaking up as much knowledge he can about Modern Bushcraft, Design and Function, Books and much more.

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