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Top British Summer Camping Destinations

The UK camping holiday is an annual mainstay for good reason. Where, and indeed how, else could you wake up looking over the coast, in the shadow of the mountains or depp in a secluded woodland every day? That said, with the variety of campsites now springing up pacross the country, it can be hard to know where to look - so, to help you get on your way, our friends at the National Trust have handpicked their top UK campsites to inspire your next staycation. Bear in mind, though, that they get booked up pretty quickly, so last-minute availability may be limited!

Castle Ward, County Down

With 21 miles of multi-use trails and activities like archery, climbing and canoeing, Castle Ward's 820 acres of woodland, gardens and parkland offers plenty for the whole family to enjoy. There's space in the caravan park for 11 tents, or there are camping pods onsite for those who prefer to stay dry and cosy all year round.


Check it out here.

Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

Pitch your tent in the heart of Robin Hood country at Clumber Park on the edge of Sherwood Forest, and discover the 3,800 acres of parkland, heath and woods set around the magnificent lake. Follow the walking trails and 20 miles of cycle routes, visit the Discovery Centre to find out about the wildlife or take the kids to The Burrw play centre and Woodland Play Park. To stay, you can choose from wigwams, camping pods, the Clumber Park Bunkhouse or the caravan park.

Leith Hill, Surrey

This small campsite can be found at the foot of Leith Hill, the highest point in South East England. Topped with a gothic tower, Leith Hill has views over the surrounding Surrey Hills. Scale the hill and climb the 74 steps to the top of the tower and see if you can spot the London Eye or the English Channel. Have an adventure in the surrounding woodland or visit Leith Hill Place, the childhood home of one England’s finest composers, Vaughan Williams.


Things to see and do at Leith Hill

Hafod Y Llan, Gwynedd

Nestled in the Nant Gwynant Valley at the heart of the Snowdonia National Park, the peaceful and family-friendly Hafod y Llan campsite is ideally placed for exploring the surrounding area. Discover the myths and legends of Dinas Emrys, have a go at kayaking on Llyn Gwynant or follow the Hafod y Llan family farm trail and see what farm animals and wildlife you can spot.


Things to see and do at Craflwyn and Beddgelert

Highertown Farm, Cornwall

An environmentally-friendly campsite, Hightertown Farm in Lansallos is perfectly positioned for exploring the South East Cornwall coast and its picturesque fishing villages, and is a stone’s throw from the South West Coast Path. Go surfing at Sharrow Beach, Whitsund Bay, or swim in the tidal bathing pool at Polperro harbour. Families will also enjoy the beach at East Looe, rockpooling at Portnadler or hunting for geocaches along the coast.


Things to see and do at Lantic Bay and Lansallos

Houghton Mill, Cambridgeshire

Waterclose Meadows campsite on the banks of the River Ouse has views of Houghton Mill, a working 18th-century watermill. There are 15 tent pitches and space for 54 caravans. As well as curious cogs, wheels and machinery to see and play with inside Houghton Mill there’s plenty of outdoor fun from boat rides and riverside picnics to wildlife adventures in the nearby Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve.


Things to see and do at Houghton Mill

Lake District, Cumbria

The Lake District offers an array of fantastic campsites. With so much choice, the National Trust campsites at Wasdale, Great Langdale, Low Wray and Hoathwaite offer access to Lake District highlights including Scafell Pike, Langdale Pikes, Windermere and Coniston Water. Outdoor adventures aren’t in short supply and you’ll also find family fun at Wray Castle and Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s farmhouse. Or why not take a trip across Coniston Water on the Steam Yacht Gondola?


More information including opening dates are on the National Trust’s Lake District campsites website.


There are glamping options available at all four campsites and facilities for campervans.


Things to see and do in the Lake District

Nostell Priory And Parkland, West Yorkshire

Nostell Priory Holiday Park is ideal for families. Right next door to Nostell Priory it’s within easy reach of over 300 acres of parkland and the house itself. There are pitches for six tents, 50 caravans and four motorhomes.


Whether you explore on two feet or two wheels, the parkland and gardens are full of surprises and perfect picnic spots. Youngsters can also test out the adventure playground, hunt for geocaches or have a go at den building.


Things to see and see and do at Nostell Priory

Upper Booth Farm, Derbyshire

Situated on a working hill farm in the Peak District National Park, Upper Booth Farm campsite nestles on the edge of Edale alongside Crowden Brook as it tumbles down from the Kinder Scout plateau.


See another side to the Peak District by discovering the night sky from Mam Tor hill fort, a great spot for stargazing. Geocaching fans can also join in the high-tech treasure hunt across the Dark Peak.


Things to see and do in Kinder, Edale and the Dark Peak


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