Shell island campsite, Wales

5 stunning UK campsites to try in 2020

Author: Adventure Travel X Regatta

There’s something about the simplicity of camping that helps to offset the stresses of modern-day life, and it’s a great way to get away with family or friends without the burden of costly flights and accommodation. Getting back to nature is what it’s all about, and whether you like the blissful solitude of waking to light streaming through your tent, or like to get the whole family involved, there’s plenty of incredible UK campsites to stay at.

Need some inspiration? Don’t worry, we’re here to help. To do so, we’ve roped in the folks at British brand Regatta Great Outdoors to get their take on the most incredible UK campsites, and the ones you need to be adding to your list this summer.

Of course, when embarking on such adventures, you’ll need reliable kit that won’t break the bank, and that’s exactly what Regatta intends to provide through its extensive camping range. For now though, sit back and get planning…

Cleadale Campsite, Isle of Eigg

A view from the Isle of Eigg over to the Isle of Rum, near Cleadale Campsite
Photo: Anne Burgess

The views from Cleadale Campsite are just about as spectacular as it gets. If you’re looking for a beautiful, remote little spot that’s verging on wild camping, then this is for you. It may be a bit of a schlep to get there, but there’s always the chance that you’ll spot orcas or dolphins on the ferry over, so while the journey may be long, it’s also pretty magical.

This place is so blissfully off the beaten track that it even inspired JRR Tolkien, as it’s thought some chapters of Lord of the Rings were dreamt up in this very spot. Switch off, get your adventure fix, and explore the beauty of the island at your own pace.

Downshay Farm, Dorset

The old harry rocks can be reached from downshay farm, one of the best UK campsites

This perfectly picturesque working farm is ideally situated within hopping distance of the eastern reaches of the spectacular Jurassic Coast and vast swathes of sandy beaches that make up Studland Bay. Step back in time on the old steam locomotive that puffs along, connecting nearby Swanage to Norden, or explore Corfe Castle, perched up on the hill overlooking the campsite.

It’s also the perfect base to explore the spectacular formations of the Jurassic Coast, such as Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and Old Harry Rocks.  There’s enough toilets and showers to go around, and a hot shower is included in the price, no tokens required.

Hooks House Farm, Yorkshire

A view of Robin Hoods Bay from Hoos House Farm, best UK campsites

Nestled on the North Yorkshire coast, this campsite offers beautiful views of the delightfully-named Robin Hoods Bay, which also marks the eastern end of Wainwright’s coast-to-coast walk. The beach itself is ideal for rock pooling, crabbing and a menagerie of other quintessential summer activities, while a nearby disused railway track makes for a picturesque ramble from Scarborough to Whitby (or vice versa).

The campsite is well maintained and has everything you need for a comfortable stay, including toilets and showers, plus a sink, kettle, microwave, fridge and freezer for your culinary needs. A delightful summer adventure awaits.

Bay View Farm, Cornwall

a View of Looe Bay, Cornwall
Photo: Tony Atkin

This campsite does exactly what it says on the tin and offers sensational views over Looe Bay, a stunning little corner of Cornwall that provides the setting for the perfect British summer holiday. The campsite offers a full range of facilities including showers and toilets, as well as a coin-operated laundry room and free WiFi onsite.

A stunning coastal path can be found just beyond the campsites entrance, leading either to Looe, Polperro and Millendreath Beach in one direction and along to Bodigga Cliff, Seaton and Downderry in the other. You can also access the South West Coast Path from here, meaning you really are spoilt for choice with stunning sea views and top notch hiking.

Shell Island, Gwynedd, Wales

Shell island campsite, Wales
Photo: Facebook/Shell Island

Bridging the gap between the beautifully unspoilt beaches of North Wales and the soaring peaks of Snowdonia National Park, you’ll find the perfect little spot to pitch your tent at Shell Island campsite. Right on the coast, with uninterrupted views to the sea and with all the campsite facilities you could possibly ever want or need, Shell Island is spread over a whopping 450 acres, meaning you won’t be tripping over somebody else’s guy lines every time you need to go to the loo. Bring the whole family and find your own little corner to make camp, and then lace up your hiking boots and head for the hills.

What to take

Not been camping before, or need to update your gear? Not to worry. Much-loved British outdoor brand Regatta has everything you need for an incredible trip, from tents and camping furniture to waterproofs and wellies.

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