The best campsites for trailer tents
Here are some of our favourite UK sites for trailer tents and folding campers
Ravenglass Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Within walking distance of the beach, eateries and hostelries at the historic hamlet of Ravenglass, the Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway, Muncaster Castle and the Roman Bathhouse, this has to be the perfect location for exploring coastal Cumbria.
The franchisees have invested heavily in the sort of state-of the art facilities expected at a brand new C&CC site – so expect spotless toilets and showers, plenty of hot water, a site shop and electrical hook-ups. It’s an intimate site, with well-spaced, level pitches separated by trees, where it’s possible to pitch for a week without needing to hit the road again.
Boot, Holmrook, Cumbria CA19 1TH
Another cracking site in the Lake District, Eskdale is situated by the village of Boot on the western fringe of the National Park, and what a walker’s paradise it is. From here you can reach Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak, and stroll around Wastwater, England’s deepest lake. A less ambitious walk follows the valley of the River Esk towards the sea or there is L’al Ratty, the miniature steam train that jogs up Eskdale from Ravenglass. Great for children and adults.
Mendip Heights, Townsend, Priddy Wells, Somerset BA5 3BP
This is a franchised site, not owned by the club itself, but branded as part of the club network. The site is well landscaped, with large open, grassy play areas. There are a number of hardstandings in addition to grass pitches. There’s a basic toilet block with roomy showers that are free. A dog walk caters for the needs of your pet and a small play area, with slide and swings will keep the children suitably occupied.
Trewent Hill, Freshwater East, Pembroke, Pembrokeshire SA71 5LJ
Set amid the stunningly picturesque Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Freshwater East offers more than just the fresh coastal air and warm sunshine.
The site is flanked by trees on one side, with a mixture of grass and hardstanding tiered pitching areas to choose from. A stretch of pristine beach is minutes away and the site is within easy reach of a wealth of attractions. A visit to Barafundle Bay (only accessible by foot) and Broadhaven beaches, taking in Bosherton lily ponds comes highly recommended. Or head in the opposite direction to the popular walled town of Tenby with its colourful harbour, sandy beaches and boat trips to Caldey Island.
Coniston, Cumbria LA21 8LA
This large, rambling 280-pitch site lies a couple of miles north of Coniston and comprises level, well-drained gravelled pitches laid out informally through extensive deciduous woodland in terraced bays extending down almost to the lakeside.
A £1.5 million investment by the Caravan Club has transformed what was a rather rough and ready site in a great location into a superb site with fantastic facilities. There are three new facilities blocks and brand new children’s playgrounds and Coniston village is a five-minute drive away.
LikeClumber Park or Sandringham, this is a family-friendly, all-action site geared up for the more dynamic demands of a younger generation of campers.
Abbey Wood Caravan Club Site
Federation Road, London, SE2 0LS
Few trailer tenters consider the city break option, for a weekend away with a difference, hitching up the trailer and heading for the ‘the smoke’ is a much more cost-effective option than staying in an expensive hotel and if you book now, you might just get a pitch for the Olympics!
Good railway connections mean you can get into Central London in just 35 minutes and nearby Greenwich has its own attractions, including the famous observatory or you can catch river cruises to the Thames Barrier, St. Paul's, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, Greenwich, Hampton Court and Kew.
Dartmoor Barley Meadow Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Barley Meadow is an oasis of green in the rugged moorland landscape, with a warm and welcoming feel and it couldn’t be better placed for exploring the moorland while at the same time offering easy access to the south Devon coast and the popular beaches of Teignmouth, Torquay, Paignton and Dawlish.
The National Park Authority runs regular guided walks throughout the season, and public footpaths wend their way through many of the wooded valleys too. Many other activities are available, including canoeing, climbing, horse riding, fly fishing and golf.
Inverewe Gardens Camping and Caravanning Club Site
This stunning site is one of the real gems in the Club’s network, set in a unique location right at the northwestern tip of Scotland. Make the most of the extra hours of sunlight by watching the otters and seals swim in the waters of Loch Ewe and enjoy a ramble through the hills of Wester Ross rise behind it.
This is a magical part of the world with its own micro-climate and the views are simply astonishing. Poolewe village is a five-minute walk from site and Inverewe Gardens - just a few minutes’ walk from the site - benefit from the warm currents of the Gulfstream, allowing sub-tropical plants to flourish here.
Loch Greshornish, Borve, Arnisort, Edinbane, Portree, Isle of Skye IV51 9PS
Skye is a big, beautiful island whose scenery is world famous and is blessed with a surprisingly good climate, where traffic jams and queues become a distant memory.
Leisure activities in the immediate vicinity include walking, wildlife watching, kayak and windsurfing on the loch, sea fishing and many people use Skye as a base from which to explore the Outer Hebrides.
As an island, many of Skye’s most amazing sights are based on or in the sea. A trip on a glass-bottomed boat will give you a glimpse into the world of seals, otters, shipwrecks, dolphins, kelp forests and even sharks that inhabit nearby waters.
Silverdale, Lancs LA5 0UA
An extensive farm-based site overlooking Morecambe Bay with basic facilities but loads of space to spread out and watch the world go by.
Some pitches are located in a sheltered little wooded valley while others are on more exposed open fields with splendid views out over the sea. Facilities are very basic and it’s in an out-of-the-way location but there’s direct access to the coast in the heart of the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Whether you hide away among the trees or opt for an ocean-facing pitch from which to watch the sun go down over Morecambe Bay, you really are spoiled for choice.
Park Lane, Greetham, Oakham, Rutland LE15 7FN
This well-run site is just a couple of miles off the A1 in the pretty little village of Greetham – around four miles from Rutland Water.
There are plenty of wide open spaces for children to play and a well-equipped adventure playground near the family camping field. Greetham village is blessed with a well-stocked shop and three fine pubs – all of which serve good food and are within comfortable walking distance of the site. Further afield lie the pretty market towns of Oakham (7 miles), Stamford (9 miles) and Uppingham (14 miles), while Rutland Water itself is just 10 minutes’ away.
Whitesands, St Davids, Pembrokeshire, Wales SA62 6PR
Site is made up of 80 well-spaced grass pitches over a couple of paddocks with two facilities blocks. There's a well-stocked supermarket on site which sells a wide variety of food, wines, beers, kids toys and even wetsuits and an added attraction for the children is a collection of miniature farm animals which roam around in the own paddocks immediately adjacent to the pitches.
Fabulous Whitesands beach is around a 10-minute walk away with St David’s a short drive away. It's an incredibly friendly place which attracts an awful lot of repeat business with families booking the same weeks year after year.
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