Unless you’re able to travel to sunnier climates for work, it seems certain that 2021 will be the year of domestic holidays and there’s never been a better time to get acquainted with the joys of camping. Not only can you stay safe by only camping with your own household, but you can also choose to see some of the most beautiful parts of the UK as nature intended.
You won’t miss the creature comforts of hotels or B&Bs if you head to one of these perfectly picturesque campsites that have garnered excellent National Trust reviews:
Dog-friendly, maintained by rangers and offering a huge number of facilities, including showers, toilets, electric hook-up and a child-friendly playground (to name just a few of its amenities!) Highertown campsite is a family camping dream that gives easy access to the stunning Cornish coastline.
As well as tents, campervans, caravans and motorhomes are all permitted on the green fields that are overlooked by a pretty church. The site leads directly to a number of scenic walks and offers a relaxed, easy introduction to holidaying outdoors.
Etherley Farm, Surrey
Part of a working farm, the campsite is a hive of activity and benefits from a glut of fresh produce too. Toilets, showers and washing-up facilities are all on offer here, and you’ll even be allowed to have a small campfire as well.
The on-site shop is a haven of essentials that will keep you well-fed and within a scenic 15-minute walk you’ll find a beloved local pub, The Parrot.
Waterclose Meadows, Cambridgeshire
Unfettered views of the Ouse Valley come as standard at this tranquil campsite that welcomes families, along with furry friends, from all over the UK. As inclusive as it is picturesque, the site is equipped with all the facilities you would expect, while also being disability-accessible and within easy reach of plenty of quaint pubs and handy shops.
Don’t fancy a tent? Tap into the glamping trend with camping pods that can be rented. Here, you can enjoy the beauty of UK woodlands without sacrificing any comfort in the process.
Upper Booth Farm, Derbyshire
Nestled in the beautiful Peak District, Upper Booth Farm is a point of pilgrimage for any keen walkers and lovers of the great outdoors. It’s a faithful representation of what the Peaks are all about, with winding tracks, luscious greenery and bright, fresh air all in abundance.
Spread over two fields, the campsite is suitable for tents and campervans, as well as dogs, which makes perfect sense, given the array of spectacular walks. A short distance away you’ll find Chatsworth house, where you can explore the gardens before heading to a cosy little pub for a traditional ploughman’s lunch – British heritage at its best!
Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire
Once part of Sherwood Forest, Clumber Park takes its history seriously and offers plenty of fun little nods to the tale of Robin Hood, making it a firm favourite with families. The campsite prides itself on being green, clean and needing to be seen in that it is surrounded by the stunning woodland and enclosed perfectly, making for a safe and snug feeling location.
The perfect spot for avid bird spotters, a host of facilities are available to use on-site with bike hire also on offer.
You don’t need sea, sand and tropical temperatures to have a fantastic holiday, as any of these UK campsites will prove. If you’re new to the great outdoors, ease in gently by hiring a glamping pod or taking a campervan and see how ‘back to nature’ you can get over time.