Camping in the UK is one of the best ways to spend a summer holiday.
Sunshine, nature, time in the countryside or by the coast (along with a strong chance of rain to spice things up) make for an exciting UK adventure. If you’re looking for the best places to go camping in the UK, this is the blog post for you!
With the rising use of campervans and van conversions, summer camping in the UK is becoming more and more popular.
Even without a van, pitching a tent up at a campsite in the UK is still a great way to spend a weekend in friends and feel close to nature, something that many of us have been unable to do during the pandemic.
If you and your best friend are looking for another weekend of memories, camping in the UK is guaranteed to give you exactly that. If you’ve done the camping vibes with your bestie, check out 35 bucket list adventures to go on with your best friend here.
But back to camping…
With so many beautiful places to visit in the UK, stunning National Parks in the UK and walks and hikes in the UK, summer is a great time to enjoy the (hopefully!) better weather and spend some more time outside.
Whilst there are many gorgeous Airbnbs in the UK and so many glamping options, nothing quite beats the team-building exercises that occur when you have to pitch your own tent and navigate your way to the bathrooms with just your phone light to guide you.
Gosh, I’m excited as I write this. In this blog post, I’m going to share with you some of the most beautiful camping spots in the UK to consider, alongside some of the gems I’ve found over the years for you to try!
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Where to hire campervans in the UK…
There are lots of companies that rent out campervans in the UK, so it can be hard to choose who to go with. A few companies that I can recommend are:
I rented a vintage VW camper for a road trip in Cornwall from the Cornwall Camper Company and the van and the service were absolutely amazing!
Where to book campsites in the UK…
There are lots and lots of ways to book campsites in the UK. Good old Google is the best bet. Type in your location e.g. campsites in Surrey and away you go!
I personally prefer booking directly with the campsite as it generally works out better for them and often cheaper, but sites such as ‘cool camping UK’ and ‘campsites.co.uk’ have a huge range of campsites available for you to look at – great for shopping around a bit before you decide.
You can also download the Park4night app where people recommend campsites and places to pull up your camper van / motorhome.
Top tips for camping in the UK...
- Leave no trace
In the UK, you need to check with the private landowner before you park up off of a campsite or pitch up a tent. Part of responsible van life is respecting the rules!
- Embrace a low waste approach to your trip, and if you do have waste, recycle what you can and dispose of the rest appropriately.
The best places to go camping in the UK...
Oh and a great little secret spot with ocean views? Try The Old Coastguards campsite next to Pendeen Lighthouse.
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4. The Lake District
5. Devon: Dartmoor & Exmoor National Parks
Dartmoor is one of the only places you can go wild camping in the UK, or backpack camping. Dartmoor is famous for its byelaws that allow you to ‘backpack camp’. This means that in certain areas you can wild camp in a small tent that you can carry (backpack size), at least 100m away from the road, for one or two nights. You cannot wild camp in a large tent or vehicle, and you must leave no trace. See the areas you can camp in here.
6. Peak District
7. South Downs National Park
The South Downs is one of the UK’s Areas of Outstanding Beauty, and it sure is beautiful.
Endless green landscapes, rolling hills and stunning views make this a wonderful, nature-filled UK weekend away. From hiking, to walking llamas, from foraging to kayaking… there’s so much to do in the South Downs, so you won’t get bored. The South Downs are a personal favourite and definitely one of the best places to go camping in the UK.
If you’re wondering where to stay in the South Downs with a campervan and looking to go camping in South Downs National Park, albeit basic in terms of amenities we stayed at Gee’s Campsite which is walking distance from the ocean and is family fun with world-class hospitality. Definitely recommend.
8. Yorkshire Dales and coastline
9. Seven Sisters
The Seven Sisters cliffs are one of the best day trips from London, but why not turn that into a camping adventure!? There are campsites within the Seven Sisters country park, so extend your trip here.
These 7 chalk cliffs are one of the most beautiful sights in the UK, and the area has been well preserved by the National Trust. With views of the rolling hills in England, as well as the dramatic cliff edge and stunning water, you’ll be blown away by this beautiful place to visit in England.
Walking along to the top of cliffs and then ending up on the beach is one of the best walks in England, too.
10. Gower Peninsula
When I took my campervan to the Gower, we stayed at Pitton Cross Caravan Park (open all year round with views of the ocean!). Perfect for beachfront camping in the UK!
Looking at Pinterest and Instagram, I think this is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Wales. It’s home to the UK’s only coastal National Park, making it a popular destination for anyone who loves the outdoors, and also perfect for anyone looking for beachfront camping in the UK! You can make a holiday out of hiking the famous coastal path and taking a dip in the sea at one of the many picturesque Pembrokeshire beaches.
12. Snowdonia National Park
13. Scottish Highlands
In terms of camping, one of the best things about camping in Scotland is that wild camping is completely legal! So if you’re looking for places to go freedom camping or wild camping in the UK, head to the Highlands for a true immersion into nature and away from technology!
14. The Causeway Coast
If you’re looking at going camping in Northern Ireland and you want to turn your adventure into a road trip too, look no further! The Causeway Coast road trip route starts in Belfast and goes round the coastline for 200 miles, past all the famous landmarks and finishes up in Derry-Londonderry. There are loads of campsites on the Causeway Coast, including some that overlook the Giant’s Causeway! Why wouldn’t you want to go camping in the UK with a view of this ancient, legendary landmark and some of the best views in Northern Ireland!? I cannot wait to do this route in my van!
Have you been camping in the UK?
Where are your favourite campsites in the UK? I’d love to know!
Love as always and happy adventuring,
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