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 the 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 up to those looked after by us. From beautiful beaches to breathtaking mountain ranges, our campsites are set in some of the most beautiful locations, ideal for exploring the surrounding countryside.
So why not make your next holiday an outdoor camping adventure? Here are our top picks for the best places to pitch your tent with us:
With space for up to 30 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 from 1 March 2013.
* For more information please call 028 4488 1204.
Wigwams and camping pods
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 you can even enjoy boat rides, tractor rides and sleeping in the great outdoors without the hassle of putting up a tent by staying in one of the new camping pods. These provide comfy, spacious and secure accommodation for up to five people.
* Open from the 1st April to 30th October 2013.
* For more information please call 01909 484758.
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 2013.
* For more information, please call 01558 650809.
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.
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 newly installed solar water panels and composting toilets Highertown is one of the Trust’s 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. Lanhydrock is also close by and as one of the most complete 19th-century country houses in England, it offers the definitive upstairs, downstairs experience.
* Open until late October 2013.
* For more information please call 01208 265211.
Nestling on the banks of the River Ouse overlooking the last working mill on this river, Houghton Mill offers a great place to pitch up your tent. The perfect spot for wildlife enthusiasts, the meadows around the mill are home to many plants and animals. The undergrowth provides cover for mice and voles, while dragonflies and butterflies will dart about in the tall grasses, and near the riverside you might even be lucky enough to spot the unusual Banded Demoiselle. And no stay is complete without a trip to the famous Mill which even featured in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Set over five storeys, the Mill includes lots of hands-on exhibits for all the family and there’s even a chance to buy wheat which is still ground on Sundays and Bank Holidays.
* Open April to November 2013.
* For more information, please call 01480 466716.
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.
An ideal base to explore the Peak District, Upper Booth campsite is situated on a working-hill farm on the National Trust’s High 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 2013.
* Booking in advance is recommended for summer.
* For more information, please call 01433 670250.
Voted the nation’s favourite in ITV’s Britain’s Favourite View, Wasdale campsite lies under England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike. It is situated at the head of the beautiful Wastwater Lake, which is nearly three miles long and almost half a mile long - making Wasdale one of the few campsites in the world that offers such a remote location for setting up camp. And if you’re looking to try something a bit different this year, why not try glamping out in one of the new camping pods? Locally sourced materials provide an attractive, dry and spacious camping area.
* Open all year.
* For more information please call 01539 463862.