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7 of the UK’s best-loved campsites : Travel destinations

Here are thousands of campsites to choose from in the UK, in rural settings that range from panoramic pitches in the Scottish Highlands to wooden pods with decks that jut out over the Lake District’s Windermere.
To help you whittle down the selection, here are the UK’s seven best-loved campsites according to global travellers – promising an invigorating break and the chance to enjoy Britain’s natural beauty up-close.

Orchard Farm Luxury Glamping in Somerset

Enjoy cider brewed from this campsite’s orchard on your pod’s private terrace
Enjoy cider brewed from this campsite’s orchard on your pod’s private terrace
This farm campsite can be found just outside of Glastonbury, a pretty Somerset town that has a lot more going for it than the nearby eponymous festival – namely mythical, medieval monuments, boutiques peddling spiritual wares, and pubs with beer gardens serving local mead. You can pitch your own tent or caravan in the campsite, or guests can ‘camp’ in wooden pods placed around the farm’s apple orchard (one for those who want to get closer to nature but with a little luxury and comfort thrown in). Guests are welcomed with fresh flowers, homemade apple juice and home-brewed cider from the farm’s orchard yield – best enjoyed in dappled sunshine on your pod’s private terrace.

Llethrau Forest & Nature Retreats in Mid Wales

Wake up to the sound of birdsong and wind whistling through the trees at this campsite
Wake up to the sound of birdsong and wind whistling through the trees at this campsite
This remote retreat promises a camping experience where you’ll feel totally immersed in nature, waking up to the sound of birdsong and wind whistling through the trees. There’s a range of accommodation available, from yurts and cottages to huts constructed within the woods, each with large decks that overlook the rolling Welsh hills. Explore the retreat’s four acres of wild gardens and 20 acres of woodland before enjoying a slap-up meal of local produce cooked on your cottage’s Aga and a lantern-lit soak in your hut’s wooden bathroom.

Y Cwt Bach in South Wales

Stay in an inviting wooden cabin with stable doors and rustic exteriors at Y Cwt Bach
Stay in an inviting wooden cabin with stable doors and rustic exteriors at Y Cwt Bach
To witness some of Wales’ most divine countryside, head for a weekend’s camping just outside Cardiff at Y Cwt Bach, a lakeside campsite amid the Black Mountains on Ty Coch Farm. You can pitch tents, park caravans or book one of the resident shepherd’s huts; these inviting wooden cabins have stable doors and rustic exteriors but inside you'll find double beds, antique furniture, embroidered pillows and vases of fresh flowers. Expect welcome bottles of wine, books, board games and tips on great local walks courtesy of the farm’s friendly hosts. You can stroll through meadows that slope down to the river at the foot of the valley, through ancient woodland and orchards, or straight to one of the delightful local pubs. The campsite is also right in the middle of an International Dark Sky Reserve, guaranteeing excellent stargazing.

Morndyke in Yorkshire

Book a painted wooden caravan with a barbecue and firepit in Yorkshire
Book a painted wooden caravan with a barbecue and firepit in Yorkshire
Morndyke is a campsite blessed with bountiful surrounding natural beauty, being located between the bucolic Yorkshire Dales and the hauntingly beautiful North York Moors. It’s not camping in the traditional sense since you’ll be staying in a painted wooden caravan containing double beds, bathrooms and a log-burning stove. Not to mention little touches like a welcome hamper, sheepskin and tartan rugs, and even small, stained glass windows. But sitting around the fire pit that comes with each private outdoor patio, you can roast marshmallows and pretend.

Delny Glamping, Scottish Highlands

Camp amid castles, lighthouses and lochs in the Scottish Highlands
Camp amid castles, lighthouses and lochs in the Scottish Highlands
On the outside, the pods at Delny Glamping resemble J.R.R. Tolkien’s Hobbiton from Lord of the Rings. But stepping through the glass door reveals a modern interior cast in pine, with TVs, kitchens, bathrooms and a large seating area – a welcoming escape having spent a day roaming the environs, which include castles, lighthouses, lochs, the mesmerising Isle of Skye and the coastal village of John o Groats. There’s also the nearby Dalmore distillery for a warming whisky after hiking through the Scottish Highlands. And the cherry on the cake? The resident farm animals, including Pygmy goats, chickens and ducks, which guests are invited to pet and join in on the feedings.

Howe of Torbeg, Aberdeenshire

This tranquil campsite can be found in Scotland's moody Aberdeenshire hills
This tranquil campsite can be found in Scotland's moody Aberdeenshire hills
Waking up and opening your front door to be met with views of Scotland's moody Aberdeenshire hills is sure to get your holiday off to a good start – and that’s before you’ve even left your glamping pod. With only a few of these ‘pods’ dotted around the Howe of Torbeg’s farmland and birch woodland, it’s an incredibly tranquil spot right in the heart of the Cairngorms National Park. Spend the daytime following hiking trails that weave through the forest, rocky glens and past snow-capped mountains, before setting up your pod’s firepit and stove for a night of stargazing – the cabins look out onto a hillside behind which the stars sink as the dark draws in.

Hill Of Oaks, Cumbria

Stay on the shores of Windermere in England's Lake District at Hill Of Oaks
Stay on the shores of Windermere in England's Lake District at Hill Of Oaks
In the middle of England’s Lake DistrictHill of Oaks is a campsite on the shores of Windermere. In a quiet location hidden from the road, various pods and safari tents have been set up facing the lake, some with wooden decks that jut out onto the water. Make the most of the small boat service leaving from the jetty directly outside the house at weekends and taking you to Lakeside Pier, from where steamer cruises and other adventures across Windermere set off. And come home for a snug evening next to the log burner during winter months, or a barbecue on your terrace if you’re visiting in spring or summer.
Article by Booking.com.

22 comments

  1. wow these are all so cute. Loved especially the first camp site.

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  2. That's definitely my kind of camping! I love these cozy little cottages and pods and cabins but have never stayed in one (at least not since I was a child at summer camp). What beautiful campsites, too. I really like the idea of being in the middle of an apple orchard sipping apple cider made on-site. Thanks so much for sharing this!

    Ruth
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    1. I tell you, I also want to experience this treat with my loved one. It will definitely be a great time.

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  3. Wow! I was fully expecting this to be about where to pitch your tent with the best facilities when I saw the title, so this was a very pleasant surprise. So many of them look amazing but the ones in Somerset and the Highlands really caught my eye x

    Sophie
    www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    1. Yes, they captured my mind esp the pod with the whisky structure. Totally amazing.

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  4. I'd love to go camping in the UK. I rarely rent a car but this would be such a great way to see different parts! :]
    // all the best,
    Carmen / Travel Writer

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    1. Yes and it will be total fun and relaxation.

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  5. those camp sites look really soothing and gorgeous!
    xoxo
    style frontier

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    1. Yes and also relaxing and a time to get together and talk with your partner.

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  6. These places look so charming and relaxing! I'm sure it's an amazing experience to stay there for the night.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

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    1. It is sure an amazing experience. I can not wait to start my travel experience proper.

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  7. These sites look amazing! Glamping is on my bucket list of things to do.

    https://www.kathrineeldridge.com

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  8. These are really cool campsites!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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  9. These spots are all perfect for a little weekend camping getaway!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  10. These camping/glamping sites all look amazing, but I especially love those barrel-shaped Delny campsites in Scotland!

    I hope you have a fabulous week!

    Amber

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  11. These camping sites look amazing, I'd love to try them out.

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  12. All of the accommodations look so cute! The first one has to be my favorite, I love how that one looks. But I also really love the view of the last one. Thank you so much for sharing!

    xoxo Simone | https://beautymone.com

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  13. Oh, I adore all the options! There is nothing better than to stay connected close to nature :)
    As that really fills the soul with so much joy :)
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