Wallace Lane Farm, Cumbria
Perched on a hill on the fringes of the Lake District, this farm is a good base for exploring the North Lakes, while the craggy headlands and wide-open seascapes of the Cumbrian coast are a half-hour drive away. The farm has views over the Irish Sea, Solway Firth and Galloway Hills, and is near the pretty fell village of Caldbeck. You can order Cumbrian sausages, bacon and eggs from the farm and campfires and barbecues are allowed.
£23 per night for two adults, pitchup.com.
Touring options don’t come much more luxurious than Portavadie. Hidden away on the shores of a sea loch on the Cowal peninsula, this sleek resort has views across Loch Fyne and a marina with a fabulous spa and pool complex and waterfront dining. Guests can hire bikes, sign up for kayaking, sailing or fishing trips, hop on a ferry to Tarbert in Kintyre or simply enjoy the walking trails.
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£25 per night for up to five people, portavadie.com.
Celtic Camping, Pembrokeshire
For stupendous sea views, it’s hard to beat this 250-acre clifftop farm on the St Davids Peninsula. Pitches overlook the Irish Sea and you can stride straight out onto the Pembrokeshire Coast Path and hike to Abereiddy’s stunning Blue Lagoon. The pretty harbour of Porthgain, the dinky city of St Davids and blue-flag beach of Whitesands are all a short drive. The farm has its own pebbly cove and campfires are permitted.
From £22.30 per night for up to two people, coolcamping.com.
Wookey Farm, Somerset
You can pet the friendly goats and watch them being milked at this working goat farm that doubles as a campsite. It has compost loos and a dozen grass pitches with electric hook-ups, firepits and outdoor seating, but no showers. Wookey Hole’s famous (and kitsch) caves are walkable, as is England’s smallest city, Wells. There are rope swings over the farm’s stream and the honesty shop stocks the farm’s goats’ cheeses and has fresh coffee in the mornings.
From £20 per night, wookeyfarm.com.
Kilbroney Park, Co Down
This 97-acre holiday park sits in the shadow of the Mourne Mountains and on the shores of vast Carlingford Lough. It’s the starting point for the Mourne Way, an off-road walking path, and mere steps from 4,000-acre Rostrevor Forest, where you can amble among coniferous trees or hurtle down mountain bike trails. The coast is a short hop, and the caravan park has playgrounds, a barbecue area and tennis courts.
From £24.35 per night, bit.ly/kilbroney.
Treamble Valley, Cornwall
Tucked in a wooded valley in Truro, this site is a haven of tranquillity with sea vistas, big pitches and a children’s play area. You can walk to Perranporth’s three-mile golden beach and spectacular coast path, while picture-perfect Holywell Bay and Newquay are also nearby. The onsite shop stocks Cornish goodies, and there’s a visiting fish and chip, pizza and butcher van.
£22.30 per night for up to two people, camc.com.
Westley House Farm, Shropshire
This peaceful, adults-only site is surrounded by rolling hills, and the pitches encircle a large pond where keen anglers can fish for carp, perch, roach and rudd for a small fee. There’s wonderful walking in the nearby Shropshire Hills, or you can meander along the River Severn and explore the winding medieval lanes of Shrewsbury, which is 12 miles away. It has serviced hardstanding pitches, but no loos or showers. Dogs are welcome.
From £16 per night, pitchup.com.
Beech Croft Farm, Derbyshire
Halfway between Buxton and Bakewell in the Peak District, this farm overlooks rolling hills and there are some lovely walks from the site. On wet days, you could tackle the traffic and mud-free Monsal Trail or admire the art collection and lavish décor of Chatsworth House. The farm has a good-value shop, play areas, a dog exercise area and underfloor heating in the shower block. You only pay for the electricity you use.
From £23 per night for two people, beechcroftfarm.co.uk.
68 Degrees West, Brecon Beacons
This glamping site on the northern edge of the national park offers wide-open vistas of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains. Brecon is two miles down the road and has independent shops and cosy pubs, while the literary town of Hay-on-Wye is a half-hour drive. The site has a handful of hardstanding pitches and the shower and toilet blocks were revamped last year. There’s a golf course next door, where you can dine on Fridays and Saturdays.
From £25 per night for up to five people, coolcamping.com.
Burrowhead Holiday Village, Dumfries and Galloway
This remote holiday park sits at the southernmost tip of a peninsula on Scotland’s south-west coast and has sweeping views across to the Isle of Man and Ireland. Burrow Head’s rocky cliffs are best known for their cameo in the 1973 cult film The Wicker Man. An amble along the coast path brings you to the other famous landmark: St Ninian’s Cave, where Scotland’s first saint is said to have prayed.
From £20 per night, burrowheadholidayvillage.co.uk.
Rental companies to get you on your way
- Indie Campers has depots in London and Edinburgh. All its campervans sleep four. indiecampervans.com.
- Bunk Campers has depots in Birmingham, Leeds, Edinburgh, Belfast and London. bunkcampers.com.
- Based in Caerphilly in South Wales, Pronto rents out two to six-berth motorhomes. prontomotorhomes.co.uk.
- Camplify has around 700 privately owned leisure vehicles for hire. camplify.co.uk.
- Camptoo is also a van-sharing site with a huge range of campervans and motorhomes. camptoo.uk.
- Quirky Campers hires out privately owned, converted vans. quirkycampers.com.