Looking for a cheap summer holiday or weekend break? With the August Bank Holiday just around the corner, why not organise a last minute camping trip? A short camping escape can work wonders for de-stressing from your busy schedule offering you the rejuvenation you need. It doesn’t have to be an enormous excursion, you’d be surprised how many fantastic campsites you can find just a short drive from Britain’s main cities! Here are some great suggestions…

1) Treen Farm, Penzance

 

Great for sea views…

If you’re looking for sea views, Treen Farm campsite, UK is the place to go. The friendly campsite is set just a couple of hundred yards from the cliffs offering you beautiful views of the cornish coast. 

There are also walks to two beautiful beaches: Pedn Vounder and Porthcurno. Combine the trip with some lovely beach days where you can do some watersports try out your surfing skills too.

 

The ideal lake setting…

If you like the idea of exploring the Lake District, the Keswick campsite on the shores of Derwentwater is hard to top. Set in the Northern lakes with glorious views overlooking the hills and lake itself. There aren’t many UK camping sites with views like these. Set up your tent, camping chairs and table, and enjoy a picnic or glass of wine while you watch the sun set over Derwentwater – Bliss!

Best for a remote experience…

Although this island is remote, the long journey is worth it and nothing can beat the view you get to experience at this campsite. This hidden gem has been named as Britain’s most scenic campsite and is the only designated camping area on Eigg. The site overlooks the seas towards the impressive mountains of Rum – it’s not surprising the island inspired the Lord of the Rings author’s fantasy landscapes. If you are more of an adventurous type, then you could even try wild camping but be sure to bring the right camping equipment and take your litter home with you, to protect the natural beauty this island has to offer. Those who are into wildlife look out for the wildflowers and arctic-alpines that flourish on the island. Otters can also be seen hunting along the coastline. Seals, dolphins and minke whales have also often been spotted from the coast.

For a waterfall experience…

Set at the foot of the Rhinog Mountains in the heart of Snowdonia is a unique camping experience awaiting you. Set just under two miles from the golden sands of Shell Island is a seven acre campsite within a stone’s throw of the ‘Rhaeadr Nantcol Waterfall’, offering you a back-to-nature experience. Within the campsite you can splash around at the foot of the waterfall and swim in the natural pool – who would have thought you could experience that camping in the UK?!

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For a city escape…

Just a short journey from the capital is Hurley Lock within Berkshire. Hurley Riverside Park is set on an island on the River Thames adding a real sense of adventure to the trip. Those looking to combine camping with a city break, London’s main attractions are only an hour away. During your stay there are also plenty of activities to keep you busy. You can rent canoes and paddle boards, experience the campsite’s very own nature trail or simply enjoy a blissful picnic by the river.

For a ‘glamping’ experience…

If you’re convinced that camping isn’t really your thing, then you probably haven’t tried ‘glamping’ in a luxury yurt. Swap your sleeping bags for wooden beds and mattresses inside a gorgeous (and somewhat decadent) Mongolian Yurt set at Plush Tents Glamping, Sussex. This campsite is an award winning yurt village nestled within the beautiful South Downs National Park. Here you can experience the beauty of nature without having to ‘slum it’ in a tent or forego a hot shower. The communal area includes a wood fired hot tub, bonfire, cosy hammocks and natural play area in peaceful woodland. Release your inner hippie and spend your summer of love at this unique campsite.

 

 

For being in touch with nature…

Top of the woods is all about getting back to nature. This eco friendly site is another top campsite for those wanting to ‘glamp’ and there are plenty of ways you can do it. You can choose anything from a boutique safari lodge to a brand new nature dome or the ‘pioneer camp’ which is a large tent-meets-marquee lodge with a separate kitchen under the canvas. With everything provided, there’s no need to bring your own camping equipment. Just pack everyone in the car and head off to enjoy a carefree camping holiday. The campsite it set in 325 acres of heavenly woodland within the Pembrokeshire National Park. With wild beaches, castles and wildlife just a stone’s throw away, you’ll be sure to find something to please everyone.

 

One for horse lovers…

Camping in Ashurst offers you the true ‘forest’ experience. Set within a charming woodland, surrounded by ancient oak trees and free-roaming ponies, Ashurst campsite offers an extremely picturesque setting for your UK camping holiday. The relaxed site lets you pitch your tent where you like, so you have the choice of being secluded in the forest or camping in open grassland. If you like walking and hiking, then this is your dream place with beautiful routes passing many forms of wildlife and unspoiled scenery.

 

 

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