My list — aka The List — of things I have to see (and see again) in Britain grows ever longer. As does my need for time off, so I can zigzag merrily around the land ticking off many attractions. This may take some time.
Most happily – once I arrange the year off – this can be done on the glorious cheap at British campsites near attractions, taking my tent, or travelling light by booking a caravan or glamping accommodation like a camping pod, yurt or gypsy caravan. Which leaves more room for souvenirs.
Here are 5 of my favourite British attractions/areas with nearby campsites:
Stonehenge: The famous stones are an essential part of any trip to or around Britain, and they’re close to oodles of day trips too — south to the New Forest; Glastonbury; Somerset for more history at Cheddar Gorge; and the city of Bath. At least a month required around here then.
Pitching up: Stonehenge Caravan Park is the nearest campsite to the stones and is open all year round, has wifi and allows campfires. Luxury camping pods with heating, electric and a mini kitchen start from £40 pn, with tent and campervan pitches from £9—13.
The Eden Project and Cornwall: Opened in 2003, the Eden Project is one of Cornwall’s most famous attractions. And as it’s Cornwall, there’s scope for weeks of hiking around the coast and onto Bodmin Moor, checking out National Trust properties and old tin mines, and going to another famous Cornwall attraction near Eden, the Lost Gardens of Heligan.
Pitching up: Court Farm Caravan and Camping Holidays is a friendly park about five miles from the Eden Project and Heligan, with tent, touring caravan and motorhome pitches from £9—11. It’s at St Austell, where the Clay Trail begins, and Newquay — a great surfing spot — is about 12 miles away.
The Lake District: For wandering Wordsworth-like, dreamily composing poems and messing around in boats, the Lake District is the top spot to be. It’s the biggest national park in England and Wales and the most visited – people clearly have excellent taste.
Pitching up: Hillcroft at Penrith is a camping pod park overlooking Lake Ullswater and has family pods from £30 per night. There’s a huge play area for kids and big kids, and the park has a licensed shop and launderette.
North Yorkshire: I’m not quite sure where to start with North Yorkshire, which has a whole List to itself. Whitby Abbey probably, being a Dracula fan, but then there’s snapping the 200,000 seabirds at Bempton Cliffs and sampling seafood at nearby Scarborough. And that’s even before going inland (new List needed) to the North York Moors National Park and pottering around gorgeous and historic York.
Crows Nest Caravan Park at Scarborough has a heated indoor pool, play area and lounge bar; tent pitches overlooking Gristhorpe Bay start from £15 per night with no size restrictions and hardstanding electric pitches for caravans and motorhomes from £20—25. Crows Nest also has a heated deluxe caravan for hire, sleeping up to six from £61 per night.
Edinburgh: Britain’s second most-visited city is crammed with many weeks’ of reasons to take time off. Edinburgh Castle and the National Museum of Scotland, the highlights of my first forays into Edinburgh, are still on the List for future visits, but there’s also the National Gallery, the People’s Story and Gullane Beach for surfers 20 minutes’ drive out of the city.
Pitching up: Avoiding city hotel prices on holiday is always a plus, as is a campsite with a Jacuzzi. Harvieston Huts is ten miles from Edinburgh and has wooden insulated ‘Kocoons’ in the grounds of a country mansion estate, from £40 per night.
I think it’s time to make the List digital.
Laura Canning is the content manager and editor for Pitchup.com