Places to stay by the water

Fancy a watery break? Discover our range of campsites, outdoor centres and holiday cottages, all within a throw of the water’s edge. Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway for two or a group adventure holiday, we’ve got plenty of options.

East of England

The Brancaster Millennium Activity Centre is perfect if you’re looking for somewhere for a group to stay. Positioned on the beautiful North Norfolk coast, the centre is at the heart of the Brancaster Estate, which is famous for its shellfish. It’s a great spot for watersports including sailing and kayaking.

North West England

If you’re looking for a simple, scenic camping break, Hoathwaite Campsite is the one for you. Pitch your tent near the shore of Coniston Water and then head off for a day of walking or cycling.

Low Wray and Fell Foot are our two campsites on England’s largest lake, Windermere. If you’re not a happy camper, book one of our holiday cottages instead. Low Strawberry Gardens and High Strawberry Gardens are just 10 metres from the western shore of Windermere.

South West England

If you’re keen to brave the elements, you’re welcome to enjoy a night of wild camping at Tremayne Quay, Cornwall (as long as you leave no trace of your stay).

If you’d prefer somewhere a little more homely, book one of our holiday cottages. Powders has its own private quay on the edge of the Helford River and Frenchman’s Creek, while Penarvon Cabin perches above Penarvon Cove.

Stay at Quay holiday cottage and you’ll be right on the edge of the River Fal, with your own private quay.

There are three cottages to choose from at Fowey Estuary, all within easy access of the quay - Pont Creek, The Farm House and Mohun.

Have you explored the original adventure island? Book our group accommodation or camp on Brownsea Island, Purbeck. We welcome Scout, Guide, school, youth and community groups. Enjoy launching off the island to explore Poole Harbour and Purbeck.

Northern Ireland

Stay at Castle Ward and you’ll be just a short distance from the shores of Strangford Lough and rugged south east coast of Northern Ireland.

If you’d like a wild camping experience, you can paddle to Salt Island bothy on Strangford Lough, and enjoy the (very basic) accommodation in this beautiful position. The bothy can sleep up to eight people.

Or you could pitch your tent on the shore of Lough Erne, at our family-friendly campsite at Crom.


Stackpole is an adventure-lover’s paradise! There’s a great choice of outdoor activities, from coasteering and kayaking to geocaching and bushcraft, fishing and surf camps to hiking and environmental study. Find a holiday cottage to stay in or book a group break at our eco award-winning Stackpole Outdoor Learning Centre.