Top places to camp with us
When it comes to camping, there can be few places to match the beautiful beaches, tranquil watersides, enchanting woodlands and breath-taking peaks our campsites are set among. So why not make your next holiday an outdoor adventure and explore some of this stunning countryside?
We’ve chosen some of our top spots to pitch a tent and camp out in the wild – one of our 50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾ – with activities right on the doorstep including fun for all the family. We’ve also got some top tips for happy campers to help make your trip even more memorable.
With 820 acres of woodland, gardens and parkland to explore on the shores of Strangford Lough, Castle Ward is full of opportunities for fresh air fun. There’s space for 11 tents in the caravan park.
There’s lots to do from enjoying the 21 miles of multi-use trails to having a go at activities including archery, climbing and canoeing. Children can also enjoy the woodland play area and farmyard.
• Open all year
• For more information please call 028 4488 1204
For a glamping experience try the camping pods.
Pitch your tent in the heart of Robin Hood country at Clumber Park on the edge of Sherwood Forest and discover the 3,800 acres of parkland, heath and woods set around the magnificent lake.
Follow the walking trails and 20 miles of cycle routes or visit the Discovery Centre to find out about Clumber’s Park wildlife. There’s also fun for little ones at The Burrow play centre and Woodland Play Park.
• Open all year
• For more information please call 01909 484758
This small campsite can be found at the foot of Leith Hill, the highest point in South East England. Topped with a gothic tower, Leith Hill has views over the surrounding Surrey Hills.
Scale the hill and climb the 74 steps to the top of the tower and see if you can spot the London Eye or the English Channel. Have an adventure in the surrounding woodland or visit Leith Hill Place for trails for all weathers.
• Open April – October (weather permitting)
• For more information please call 01306 621423
Nestled in the Nant Gwynant Valley at the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, the peaceful and family-friendly Hafod y Llan campsite is ideally placed for exploring the surrounding area.
Discover the myths and legends of Dinas Emrys, have a go at kayaking on Llyn Gwynant or follow the Hafod y Llan family farm trail and see what farm animals and wildlife you can spot.
• Open Easter holidays to October half-term (weather depending)
• For more information please call 01766 510129
An environmentally-friendly campsite, Hightertown Farm in Lansallos is perfectly positioned for exploring the South East Cornwall coast and its picturesque fishing villages and is a stone’s throw from the South West Coast Path.
Go surfing at Sharrow Beach, Whitsund Bay, or swim in the tidal bathing pool at Polperro harbour. Families will also enjoy the beach at East Looe, rockpooling at Portnadler or hunting for geocaches along the coast.
• Open 27 March to 30 October 2015
• For more information please call 01208 265211
The Waterclose Meadows campsite on the banks of the River Ouse has views of Houghton Mill, a working 18th-century watermill. There are 15 tent pitches and space for 54 caravans.
As well as curious cogs, wheels and machinery to see and play with inside Houghton Mill there’s plenty of outdoor fun from boat rides and riverside picnics to wildlife adventures in the nearby Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve.
• Open 20 March to 2 November 2015
• For more information please call 01480 466716
Outdoor adventures aren’t in short supply and you’ll also find family fun at Wray Castle and Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s farmhouse. Or why not take a trip across Coniston Water on the Steam Yacht Gondola?
• Wasdale and Great Langdale open all year, Low Wray now open until end of the year, Hoathwaite open 27 March to 20 September 2015
• More information on our Lake District campsites
There are glamping options available at all four campsites and facilities for campervans.
Nostell Priory Holiday Park is ideal for families. Right next door to Nostell Priory it’s within easy reach of over 300 acres of parkland and the house itself. There are pitches for six tents, 50 caravans and four motorhomes.
Whether you explore on two feet or two wheels, the parkland and gardens are full of surprises and perfect picnic spots. Youngsters can also test out the adventure playground, hunt for geocaches or have a go at den building.
• Open 1 March to 31 October
• For more information please call 01924 863938 or visit www.nostellprioryholidaypark.co.uk
Situated on a working hill farm in the Peak District National Park, Upper Booth Farm campsite nestles on the edge of Edale alongside Crowden Brook as it tumbles down from the Kinder Scout plateau.
See another side to the Peak District by discovering the night sky from Mam Tor hill fort, a great spot for stargazing. Geocaching fans can also join in the high-tech treasure hunt across the Dark Peak.
• Open February to November
• For more information please call 01433 670250 or visit www.upperboothcamping.co.uk