At the moment, travelling throughout Europe, much like the rest of the world, is a bit tricky. However, the desire to pack your bags and explore the great outdoors remains. Fortunately, there are still plenty of exceptional sights to see in your own backyard. So, residents of the UK: why not ditch the passports and plan a camping staycation exploring the breath-taking views and cultural marvels that makes your home country so great?
The UK is one of the best places to spend a staycation in all of Europe. The UK’s four countries (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) each have their own unique history, climate, culture, terrain and natural wonders. And what better way to truly explore these than by camping? Whether you’re after a city break or camping by the sea, pitching at family-friendly campsites or adult-only campsites, adventuring along top hiking trails or unwinding at top glamping locations, rest assured that there’s a holiday park for you. Here are four top reasons to spend your next staycation camping in the UK:
The renowned beaches
The UK is known far and wide for its stunning variety of coastlines. Camping around the gorgeous island that is Northern Ireland is particularly exceptional. The country is full of near-perfect beaches as far as the eye can see. Ballyness Caravan Park sits near the edge of the Irish Sea, set against vibrant woodlands close to village cafes, shops and the Old Bushmills Distillery. This area is also close to where Game of Thrones was filmed, thus making it a very popular spot for tourists and family activities. In England, Cornwall, Devon and Dorset are all must-visits for beach-lovers. Cornwall is well-known for its hidden coves, sandy beaches and endless water sport opportunities. You can experience all these from ideally located sites such as Tower Parks Caravan and Camping in Penzance, a stone’s throw from award-winning beaches such as Sennen Cove and Porthcurno. Golden Cap Holiday Park, perched on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, is a prime spot for sun-worshippers looking to bask along the water’s edge. Swimming, boating, fishing and other water sport activities are typically available all year-round. Even the Lake District offers campers the chance to dip their toes in the refreshing Irish sea after a long day of hiking. Situated amongst rolling hills and nearby dozens of ribbon lakes and waterways, there are prime opportunities for adventure in, on or around the water. Low Moor Camping and Caravan Park is a great example of a space that caters for all types of camper: families, adults, large groups and glampers. Best of all, charming towns like Kendal, Keswick and Ambleside are a stone’s throw away.
Who said camping and a city break can’t go together?! We’d argue that if anything, they compliment each other perfectly; enjoy a busy day of visiting metropolitan attractions in the city hub before retiring to a campsite and unwinding amongst the nature. It’s an added bonus that campsites are often a much cheaper alternative to hotels, especially in major cities. The UK has plenty to offer if you’re after a city break – and where better to start than in the capital city of London? Here you’ll find endless options for entertainment. Spend the days exploring art galleries, history museums, extensive shopping districts and independent markets, or trying local specialities such as the infamous salt beef bagels found in Brick Lane. London sightseers should book a stay at Lee Valley Caravan Park, which offers a wide variety of camping and glamping options. Surrounded by lush greenery and wildlife, walking and cycling trails, country parks and a riverside pub, you won’t believe that you’re a mere half-hour train away from central London! Meanwhile in Edinburgh, campers can combine their stay in nature with visiting impressive castles, shopping on historic highstreets, admiring Gothic architecture, and trying the country’s national dish – Haggis – at Michelin star restaurants, all against a backdrop of bagpipe music. And whatever you do, don’t miss the renowned Edinburgh Fringe festival! You can even camp in the heart of all the action at Edinburgh Festival Camping, a site located in the city’s Royal Highland Centre that showcases several Fringe performances.
Believe it or not, the UK is also home to a number of beautiful mountains that can be hiked, climbed or cycled up. Adventurous campers looking for a challenge would be well advised to check out the northern town of Whitestone, east of Aberdeen, which sits in the Scottish Highlands. Feughside Caravan Park is a great seasonal location for caravanning and camping, pitching a tent and exploring the nearby hiking trails. Another ideally located site is the Bunchrew Caravan and Camping Site near Inverness, which features access to country trails, mountain hikes and river swims. Eager hikers in England should make sure to visit Scafell Pike in the heart of the Lake District, the country’s largest mountain from the top of which you can enjoy views breath-taking of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Meanwhile Mount Snowdon, the largest peak in Wales, provides great opportunities for camping and exploring alike, especially for adventurous backpackers eager to tour Snowdonia National Park. This mountain is one of the UK’s most popular climbs, partly because it is accessible to climbers and hikers of all levels, including families with children! Unwind around a campfire after your adventure at nearby campsites like Bryn Gloch Campsite and Tyddyn Llwyn Holiday Park, both of which are family-friendly and well-equipped.
The historic towns and villages
The four countries that make up the UK are teeming with historic towns and picturesque villages. As charming towns and villages go, the Cotswolds offer some of the greatest examples of old-world architectural beauty and history. Castle Combe in Wiltshire is thought to be one of the prettiest villages in the whole country due to its cobbled streets, picture-perfect Cotswold stonewall cottages and surrounding greenery. It is also home to one of the oldest medieval clocks in use. Another must-visit in the Cotswolds in Bibury, a village rich in both history and nature, so quintessentially English that one of it’s streets (Arlington Row) is depicted in each and every British passport. Make sure to drop it at one of the many tea rooms for the full experience! Further afield is the charming village of Hawkshead nestled in the heart of the Lake District, beloved by authors such as William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter. You can explore the area’s medieval history through its ruins, admire the higgledy-piggledy cottages and refresh yourselves at one of the many quaint pubs. Camping in Scotland is also a treat for those who love to explore craggy mountainsides, majestic lochs, and quaint villages. Located on the edge of the impressive Loch Lomond, the Gaelic village of Luss makes for a particularly idyllic day trip. The village has been populated since medieval times and is filled with historical monuments and 19th century architecture to discover. Lomond Woods Holiday Park is a great site to enjoy this popular tourist destination from.
The UK has an abundance of distinctive landscapes and terrains ripe for exploring. The New Forest, located deep in the heart of South East England, is one of the best places to experience proper camping thanks to the lush vegetation, sweeping landscapes, wild horses and the availability of every imaginable type of outdoor activity. Along the edge of the forest, campsites like Westwood Caravan Park near Ipswich, Gate House Wood Touring Camp near the Isle of Sheppey, and Sandy Balls offer direct access to charming heathland and nature trails. The open wetlands and enchanted waterways of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads are also a prime example the UK’s multifaceted beauty. The Broads National Park is the largest protected wetlands in Britain and is home to a rich tapestry of wildlife and biodiversity that can be explored by boat, kayak, bike and foot. Meanwhile in the Midland’s Peak District, campers can explore the moors of the Dark Peak and the valleys and gorges of the White Peak. Hiking, hillwalking cycling, climbing are all highly popular pursuits in this area due to the extensive networks of scenic trails and footpaths. Those after an invigorating challenge can take on the iconic Pennine Way footpath stretching from Edgale all the way to the national park’s northern boundary, described by The Ramblers as “one of Britain’s best known and toughest”!
Whatever it is you’re after in a staycation, rest assured that camping in the UK has you covered. Fall in love again with the greenery, the coastlines, the rich history, the culture and most of all, the views. Feeling inspired? Browse CampInn’s campsites in the UK today.
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