Top places to camp with us

‘Camping at such a beautiful, quiet site is just perfect. My favourite part is the woodland walk to the beach where along the way you can even spot deer roaming around the fields which makes the experience even more special’.
- Jen Tyler, ranger at Highertown Farm campsite, Cornwall.

When it comes to camping, there can be few sites to match the beautiful beaches or breathtaking mountain ranges our campsites are set in - ideal for exploring the surrounding countryside.

Why not make your next holiday an outdoor camping adventure? Here are our top spots for the best places to pitch your tent: 

    Castle Ward, County Down

    With space for up to 28 caravans and plenty of room for tents too, Castle Ward has over 800 acres just waiting to be explored. Overlooking Strangford Lough, make time to marvel at this quirky mid-Georgian mansion, home of the Ward family since the 16th century. Discover the shores of the Strangford Lough, where the water is so clear that it’s possible to spot a grey seal. Or, take in stunning viewpoints on a walk through the winding woodland and parkland with the family. There are even the brand new camping pods to stay in. With sheep wool insulation and heating to keep things cosy, these will make any camping adventures that extra bit special.

    * Open all year
    * For more information please call 028 4488 1204

    We also have camp and caravan sites at Crom, for peace and tranquility under the stars and Springhill, which has a walled garden and parklands full of paths and trails to explore.

    Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

    Situated in the heart of Robin Hood country, Clumber Park is the northern gateway to Sherwood Forest. Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, campers at Clumber will be spoilt for choice. Walkers can enjoy the 4 mile route around the serpentine lake; taking a break on the 18th-century bridge – a perfect place for bird spotting. Cyclists, young and old, can tackle routes through the park, with bike hire available, and sleeping in the great outdoors without the hassle of putting up a tent by staying in one of the camping cabins. These provide comfy, spacious and secure accommodation for up to five people.

    * Open from Easter until 1 Nov 2014
    * For more information please call 01909 506581

    Dolaucothi Gold Mine, Carmarthenshire

    Set in the attractive woodland of the Dolaucothi Estate in South Wales, this twin-level site is right next to the River Cothi. Campers will enjoy getting back to nature with the magical wildflowers and birds, including the rare red kite. The River Cothi is also one of the best spots in the world for sewin (sea trout) fishing, so don’t forget to pack your rod. A visit to the nearby gold mines is another must-do.

    Guided tours reveal the complex of pits left by the Romans nearly 2000 years ago. The story of the mine, which continued work up until 1938, is revealed in the main yard, where 1930s mining machinery and an exhibition bring the history of gold mining to life. And to round off your day there’s the opportunity to even try your own luck at gold panning.

    * Open March to October
    * For more information, please call 01558 650365 or email us
    * Please ask at the Dolaucothi Arms in the village for permission to fish on the River Cothi

    Etherley Farm, Surrey

    This small campsite can be found at the foot of Leith Hill, the highest point in south-east England. Well worth the climb, the hill is crowned by an 18th-century gothic tower, with beautiful views north to London and south to the English Channel. A short distance away, there’s a chance to experience the glamour of the Edwardian upper classes and life in the roaring twenties. Home to Mrs Ronald Greville, Polesden Lacey is complete with all the objects from her celebrated house parties. The grounds include a croquet lawn that can still be played on today and beautiful gardens.

    * For more information please call 01306 621423

    Highertown Farm campsite, Cornwall

    Perfect for beach lovers, the Highertown Farm campsite is a short walk from a secluded beach and set within a stunning coastal landscape that is a site of Special Scientific Interest. With solar water panels, composting toilets and recycling, Highertown is one of our greenest campsites.

    Book lovers will particularly enjoy the scenery and may wish to take the Gribbin Head walk across the coast, which is famed for its association with Daphne du Maurier and the setting for many of her novels. Also within easy reach are the charming coastal villages and towns of Polperro, Fowey and Looe. Find out more about what we do to conserve this glorious landscape and to download our walking trails.

    New in 2014, we are trialling electric hook-ups in the low seasons. There will be eight hook-ups around the site, available on a first come, first served basis - £2.50 extra per night to pay on site.

    * Open until late October 2014
    * For more information please call 01208 265211

    Houghton Mill, Cambridgeshire

    Nestling on the banks of the River Great Ouse with fantastic views of the historic working mill, Houghton Mill campsite offers a great place to pitch your tent.

    A tranquil site to come and unwind with lovely walks around the picturesque meadows of the Ouse valley, Set on the edge of the delightful twin villages of Houghton and Wyton with pubs and village shop an easy stroll away you can either enjoy the delightful surroundings or use the site as a base to explore the historic city of Cambridge a short ride away on the Guided busway.

    No stay would be complete without a visit to the famous Mill which dates back to the 10th century and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. A family friendly place with lots of hands on stuff don’t miss the chance to experience the atmosphere as the building comes to life to mill the award winning Houghton wholemeal flour.

    * Open April to November
    * For more information, please call 01480 466716

    Lake District, Cumbria

    Our four Lake District campsites are set in beautiful locations at Great Langdale, Low Wray, Wasdale and Hoathwaite, and offer an enticing range of camping and glamping options in the heart of the national park.

    Great Langdale is a perfect base for those looking for outdoor adventure, lying at the head of Great Langdale valley below the high fells of the Crinkle Crag, Bow Fell and the Langdale Pikes.

    Low Wray campsite nestles on the western shoreline of Lake Windermere and is an ideal location for families who want to combine outdoor activities with visits to local attractions.

    Wasdale offers a wilder, more remote feel and is a haven for fell walkers. The campsite provides easy access to the highest peaks in the Lakes including Great Gable, Yewbarrow and Scafell Pike, the daddy of them all.

    Hoathwaite is our ‘back to basics’ campsite for those looking for a simpler camping experience with more rudimentary facilities. The campsite sits in a stunning location running down to the lakeshore of Coniston Water.

    Nostell Priory and Parkland, West Yorkshire

    This magical woodland holiday park is perfect for families, with pitches for fifty touring caravans, three motor homes and ten tents. There’s also a small shop and play area on site. With this being an ideal place to discover the Priory, it’s beautiful grounds and also over 300 acres of parkland, you’ll be spoilt for choice for something to do on this holiday. Whether it be a lakeside walk, playing a game of croquet on the lawn or discovering the new children’s adventure playground, there will be lots to enjoy for the whole family.

    * Open from mid February to mid January every year - advanced booking is advisable
    * For more information please call 01924 863938

    Prattshayes, Exmouth

    Tucked away a mile or so from the beaches at Exmouth, is the small and friendly campsite and bunkhouse at Prattshayes. Set amongst fields and the building of the old farmhouse this is a peaceful place to stay that welcomes back families, walkers and small groups year after year.

    The site is run by Campsite Warden, Mary Marsden. Facilities include:
    *Toilets (including 1 disabled)
    *Free hot showers with hairdryers
    *Fridge, freezer and barbecue area
    *Small shop
    *To book, please call 01395 276626.

    We also have a campsite at Teneriffe Farm, on the Lizard just south of Mullion on the edge of the Lizard National Nature Reserve.

    Upper Booth Farm, Derbyshire

    An ideal base to explore the Peak District, Upper Booth campsite is situated on a working-hill farm on the Dark Peak Estate, in the heart of the national park. Perfect for walkers, there are both places for leisurely strolls or more challenging routes available, with campers also being able find out more about the sustainable land management of the farm from the Helliwell family.

    Nearby, visitors can find the Longshaw Estate, offering scenic views of the Derwent Valley and Peak District. Also close by is the beautiful house and parkland of Lyme Park, filled with fascinating stories from the past.

    * Open from February to November
    * Booking in advance is recommended for summer
    * For more information, please call 01433 670250

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