As the economy continues to tighten its squeeze on the nation’s finances, many people are now looking for cheaper alternatives for their holidays. Lots of families have discovered the joy of camping, and also the savings that a camping holiday can make. Fortunately, the UK has some wonderful camping destinations, all featuring a large variety of scenery and activities. Whether you like hills, lakes, beaches or forest; the chances are you can reach your ideal location with just a few hours of motorway driving.
If you’ve never been camping before, but like the idea of discovering some of Britain then we thought we’d help you out a little bit by listing some of the most popular camping destinations in the country. Be warned though, that in the high season these areas can get very busy indeed so you’ll probably need to book your pitch in advance.
The Lake District
Situated at the top western corner of England, the Lake District features some of the UK’s most stunning scenery. As the name suggests, the area is chock a block full of green hills and beautiful large lakes such as the famous Lake Windermere. Stretching to an amazing 10.5 miles long and 1 mile wide, it is England’s largest natural lake. Visitors can take advantage of many of the attractions on offer including sailing, wind surfing and much more. There are numerous campsites in the area with various levels of facilities. Many of these campsites have been designed to cater for families, so you should easily be able to find the perfect campsite for you.
The New Forest
The New Forest sits on the south coast of England and is positioned between the Cities of Southampton and Bournemouth. The area has become well known for camping holidays, and as such there are a huge amount of campsites to choose from. One of the best things about the new forest is the wild horses roaming freely around both the woods and the campsites. Try not to leave you food outside the tent as you may wake up to find you’ve made a new friend! There is also a great amount of activities to choose from including a visit to the national motor museum, or an afternoon spent learning about wildlife at one of the forests many animal centres.
Devon and Cornwall
The West Country is an extremely popular destination for many families, seeking the perfect mix of beaches and family fun. If you’re looking for a beach camping holiday, then Devon and Cornwall probably offer the best choice for you. Both counties feature miles upon mile of sandy beaches, famed for surfing and water sports. Popular towns and resorts include Newquay and Falmouth, but campsites can be easily found throughout the counties. Getting to the area is extremely easy via train, car or even plane. Once there you can spend your time enjoying the beaches or visiting attractions such as Lands End or the Eden Centre.