Many campers now demand more than just a miserable pitch on a plain grass field, and there are plenty of outstanding campsites out there if you seek them out – whether you prefer to pitch a traditional tent somewhere a bit different, or fancy a luxurious' glamping 'trip under the stars. To avoid over-crowded, mediocre campsites, check out our pick of five great places to camp in Britain:
1. Cloud Farm – Oare, Lynton, Devon Nestled in a very picturesque hamlet, Cloud Farm lets you pitch your tent on a strip along the river or, for a quieter spot and more space, in a larger field on the hill. You can go pony trekking from the site, enjoy countless walks over Exmoor right from your tent door, and enjoy a cozy camp fire in the evening.
Tel: 01598 741278
2. La Rosa Campsite Extraordinaire – Murk Esk Cottage, Goathland, Whitby Stay in one of nine cozy, themed gypsy caravans in North Yorkshire and you're treated to an overdose of kitsch and old-fashioned fun. Lanterns take the place of electricity, wood burning stoves keep guests warm, and the surrounding countryside offers beautiful views and a whole host of tourist attractions such as the Hogwarts railway station featured in the Harry Potter films.
Tel: 01947 606981
3. Riversidelakes – Slough Lane, Horton, Wimborne, Dorset As its name suggests, this campsite is an idyllic place to kick back and relax by the lake – of which there are three on site. Pitches are separated by tall, wild grasses, giving campers a good deal of privacy, and the place is popular with groups who can book out a whole cluster of pitches and enjoy swimming in the lake, fishing, or exploring the woodlands.
Tel: 01202 821212
4. Cozy Under Canvas – Dolbedwyn, Newchurch, Kington, Powys Over in Wales, animal-loving glampers can enjoy luxury tipi accommodation at Cozy Under Canvas, feed their vegetable leftovers to the resident pigs, and collect eggs laid by the ducks and chickens. This woodland retreat is no ordinary campsite, and its Scandinavian Sami-design tipis come at quite a price – but at least you'll be secure in the knowledge that you'll be warm and dry whatever the Welsh weather brings.
Tel: 01497 851603
5. Mandinam Shepherd's Hut – Llangadog, Carmarthenshire Stay in a shepherd's hut or a gypsy caravan nestled in 450 acres of remote Welsh farmland and you can enjoy bags of seclusion, wonderful views and charming, if compact, accommodation.
The two options are quite a distance from one another, and both are beautifully furnished and offer plenty of privacy – but if you choose the gypsy caravan you can also enjoy an outdoor hot tub under the stars …
Tel: 01550 777368