There’s no greater way of enjoying Britain’s glorious scenery than going camping. After all, by enjoying a camping holiday, you get the thrill of experiencing the great outdoors, a chance to catch up with friends and the opportunity to enjoy a new experience.
Plus, going camping somewhere in the UK is much cheaper than going abroad for a beach holiday. Although you’ll need to buy a tent, some waterproof gear and a pair of walking boots, there’s no need to pay for planes and expensive accommodation. As these Millets reviews confirm, it’s worth paying for good-quality outdoor gear in case it rains, but even if you pay for premium items, you’ll still save hundreds of pounds when compared with a family beach holiday to Spain or somewhere further afield.
But, the question remains, if you’re going camping for your summer holiday this year, where should you go? Well, to help you decide, we’ve put together this guide to the best campsites with a view in the UK.
If you’re really looking to reconnect with nature, then Riversidelakes in Dorset is the place for you. The campsite is completely surrounded by enchanting woodlands, blooming flowers and a picturesque lake.
However, although it feels like you’re in the middle of nowhere here, you’re actually only 20 minutes away from Bournemouth’s beaches. If you’d rather get out and explore England’s beautiful countryside, then you’re also a similar distance away from the New Forest National Park. During your visit, use the New Forest’s route finder to help you plan your trip. It can show you exactly where to visit and which paths to take.
Devon: Little Meadow
The name of this campsite tells you just how peaceful and picturesque life is here. Each camping pitch offers mesmerising views over the Hangman Hills of Exmoor, Combe Martin Bay and the Bristol Channel. On a clear day, you can even see as far as Wales.
Here, you can spend your days wandering along Devon’s glorious coastline or you can explore Exmoor National Park. Whether you’d rather enjoy a relaxing ramble, an adventure packed with discovery or a stargazing experience, Little Meadow has it all.
The Cotswolds: Holycombe
If the traditional camping experience isn’t for you, then you can try glamping at Holycombe. This takes your camping experience to the next level and adds luxurious touches like a double bed or a wood-burning stove.
The campsite itself is located next to Whichford Wood, meaning some of the best walks in the Cotswolds are right outside your tent’s door. If you camp here in summer, expect to see a sea of bluebells. But, if you’re not going until autumn, you’ll be greeted by chestnuts and hazelnuts. Plus, the local wildlife love this area, too, so expect to encounter deer on your travels.
Cumbria: Great Langdale
This campsite sits in the heart of the Lake District in the middle of the Great Langdale Valley. The site is dramatic and you’re surrounded by the impressive Langdale Pikes.
At the campsite, you’re also ideally placed to experience the best of the Lake District. After all, there’s a walking route that takes you all the way to Scafell Pike, which is England’s highest mountain. From the summit, you’ll be greeted by spectacular views across the country. If you’re interested in climbing the mountain, the Three Peaks Partnership can help you plan.
Scottish Highlands: Ardnamurchan
If you’re looking to leave England for your break, then head to Ardnamurchan in the Scottish Highlands. It’s located right on the shoreline to the west of Kilchoan and provides the perfect base for explorers. From here, you can traverse the dramatic volcanic land, admire the seascape, relax on the pristine beaches or spot the local wildlife, birdlife and marine life.
Pick any of these campsites and you’re guaranteed to be mesmerised by the views. Camping is sure to capture your heart, and you may never feel the need to go on a beach holiday ever again!