We have asked our Ambassadors to share their favorite camping spots across the UK.
I have many camping spot favourites all around the world from the Sahara to the Andes, but I really enjoy being at home in the Lake District - particularly in the Borrowdale Valley at Chapel House Farm. The views are stunning at all times of year, and all the walking, climbing and swimming in close proximity means you are spoilt for choice. I have fond memories of being taken there as a child and staring at the stars for hours on end because there is very little light pollution, and as i grew up I enjoyed some great pubs in close proximity too!
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Picking just a short list of my favourite camp spots in Scotland is tough as we are spoilt for choice. I have picked the following three for variety.
Firstly in the Scottish Borders, near Jedburgh we love Ruberslaw Wild Wood Camping, set within a walled garden with superb facilities and woodland trails. Here we use family stand alone tents like the Joro 600XL, as the pitches are a walk from the car park.
As a family we also love Carry Farm near Tighnabruaich, camping on the beach overlooking Bute with a sailing school on hand if that appeals. Here we use our California campervan with awning tent like the Galli lll.
Lastly, there is a range of amazing wild camp spots along the Three Lochs Way in Loch Lomond National park, accessed by a forestry track. This is the most ‘wild’ of this selection, with no facilities, but very accessible from central Scotland and a proper escape to the wilds. You can drive to these camp spots, but I usually cycle in, camping with the ultralight Hydrogen tent.
Laura from the Hiking Household
This is a really easy choice for us – Parkfoot Holiday Park, Ullswater.
Why? It is safe, close to home, set in the most stunning location and has spotless toilets, showers, an onsite restaurant, shop, and a play park for the children to enjoy. I am yet to find a campsite that has such great family-friendly facilities. We would never, at this stage, stay anywhere other than a campsite that has electricity and family-friendly facilities. As a family when we head off for a weekend of camping we look for a spot for the children to enjoy, while they are so young the priority really needs to be on them. They need a warm shower, or a family park to enjoy and make new friends. They love that Parkfoot is set on the banks of Ullswater, in the heart of the Lakes, as do we.
Wild Camping in Scotland
One of our favourite campsite is Holmevalley Camping a Caravan Park near Holmfirth in West Yorkshire. As you may be aware Holmfirth is the location for the famous BBC TV series Last of the summer wine, and this makes it a much-loved tourist attraction, but we love it for our camping adventures and we have had so many memorable trips here We love this site for many reasons, but one of the key attractions to this Campsite is definitely the location and setting. The campsite is set in in a Valley and surrounded by woodland, the walks are amazing and the wildlife is just as amazing too with Foxes, deer, badgers, and tawny owls to name just a few species, we love walking the surrounding locations and taking in the sights and spotting wildlife as we go.
I’ve lots of favourite spots in my home county of Cumbria to pitch a tent and enjoy nature but it would be remiss of me to share such locations as that goes against the spirit of wild camping! After all, it’s best we respect, protect and enjoy along with leaving no trace and most of all be adventurous.
A special area for me is Upper Eskdale in West Cumbria. It’s little visited by the masses as it’s hard to reach and features challenging terrain. You’ll need to be confident with a map and compass but the rewards are great.
Upper Eskdale whatever the time of year offers food for the soul in abundance. Many of England’s highest peaks tower above and around you. Huge towers of shattered rock that are remnants of an extinct volcano formed millions of years ago.
Best of all, after a night or two of exploring the area's waterfalls or spectacular views you can drop down to the beautiful valley of Eskdale and enjoy locally sourced food and ales in cosy pubs with oak beams and roaring fires.
Especially, so in winter as that’s my favourite time of year to explore Upper Eskdale as the sun sets about the land and casts a fabulous orange glow upon the fells and reminds you of the geological violent and turbulent past of the area.
And if you're still struggling with camping ideas check out the Camping and Caravan Club, they have over 2,500 campsites across the UK. You won't be disappointed.