Top five campsites for different occasions

If you love to go camping, but struggle to find the best sites for embracing the British countryside your way, our top five campsites for different occasions could be the solution

7th August 2013
Portmeirion: built by Clough Williams-Ellis
Top backpacking spot
Hayles Fruit Farm, Winchcombe, Gloucestershire
 
This small campsite, situated on the edge of the Hayles Fruit Farm, is a rural heaven. Affiliated to the Camping and Caravan Club, the site boasts a peaceful and tranquil environment, where the only disturbance is from the resident roe and muntjac deer, and foxes. Its position on the Cotswold Way makes it great for backpackers, but if you prefer to live in comfort, caravan pitches are available with electric hook-ups. A toilet and shower block is available to use and a farm shop and tearoom restaurant make the campsite a comfortable space to stay while on your travels.
 
Top fishing spot
Kingsmead Centre, Cullompton, Devon
 
This family-run site sits on the banks of two scenic fishing lakes, exclusive to the campsite’s residents. The site covers 8 acres of mixed woodland and the lakes are home to many specimen size fish including bream, carp, tench, roach, chub and perch. A new toilet and shower block are to be installed this year and new stock has recently been added to the lake. When you are tired out from your day’s fishing, the Merry Harriers pub is just up the road.
 
Top sea life spot
Seal Shore Camping, Kildonan, Ayrshire
 
Seal shore camping is a coast-side plot, situated on the southern most point of Arran on its own private beach. With majestic views out to sea, an abundance of wildlife roams the land around the site. Seals, gannets, basking sharks and porpoise - the coastline is thriving with interesting and exciting creatures. The site owner is a registered fisherman and catches crab and lobster, available to campers, with permits for loch fishing also available throughout your stay.
 
Top campfire spot
Tamar Valley Tipis, Callington, Cornwall
 
Located on the Devon-Cornwall border at Deer Park Farm, this secluded glade in the Tamar Valley is a quirky spot for those who enjoy camping with a difference. The tipis on site are of Sioux design and have been made by Nomadics Tipis Makers, who worked on the film Dances With Wolves. Decorated with traditional Native American artwork, they create a striking setting in which to light a campfire, sing songs and enjoy the surrounding nature. Birds, deer, rabbits, butterflies, bats, badgers and otters surround the site and if you have a love for the countryside and conservation this site is ideal.
 
Top climbing spot
Cae Du Campsite, Beddgelert, Snowdonia
 
This peaceful caravan and camping spot, sits at the edge of Beddgelert in north Wales. The 30-acres boasts stunning mountain scenery and is an ideal location for exploring the mountainous region. On the banks of the River Glaslyn, it is at the heart of the serene Snowdonia National Park. There are plenty of attractions within walking distance of the site. These include castles such as Caernarfon and Criccieth, the quaint Portmeirion Italian-style village and steam railways, including the Snowdon Mountain Railway, Welsh Highland Railway and Ffestiniog Railway.


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