The best sites for walking
With lockdown gradually easing and the weather starting to warm up, it’s great to be able to get back outdoors exploring on two feet. The flowers and trees starting to bloom, the sun shining down, fresh air in your lungs and some gentle exercise - walking has never been so appealing.
If you’re looking for your next break away to be an active holiday then the sites featured below are the perfect tonic. Whether you’re after a relaxed stroll around pretty villages and country parks, or something more strenuous like hillwalking and long-distance coastal paths, the sites below are all perfect for anyone who enjoys walking.
The park is set in attractive undulating countryside, and there are many quiet villages nearby for you to explore. The area abounds with just about every possible attraction, from ancient buildings to wildlife parks. There are also many activities nearby - golf, fishing, horse riding and punting to name but a few. For those who love to shop, there is the vibrant city of Cambridge. Here you can wander the many historical streets and lanes, where you will find all types of shops and stores. Or stroll alongside the banks of the River Cam, have lunch on the terrace of a riverside pub, or picnic in one of the many parks.
Ballyness Caravan Park is an multi award-winning park on the North Coast of Northern Ireland at Bushmills, with 50 fully serviced hardstand touring pitches for both touring caravans and motorhomes. During the spring and summer, guests can hop onto the Causeway Rambler bus from the park to Carrick-a-rede Rope Bridge via the Giant’s Causeway and on to Portrush and Coleraine. The North Coast also hosts numerous international events throughout the year and you can try your hand at paddleboarding, go on a sea safari or enjoy an award-winning foodie tour.
Bron Derw offers three touring caravan parks set on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park and within four miles of the popular village of Betws-y-Coed, in a secluded and peaceful part of north Wales, surrounded by fields and rolling hills. Sitting on the edge of Snowdonia National Park, it's an ideal base for walkers and cyclists wanting to explore the area. The main family touring park has 20 multi-serviced pitches with 16-amp hook-ups. The second touring park is for adults only and the third area is a Caravan & Motorhome Club CL with just five pitches for members only.
Oakdown is surrounded by the most beautiful scenery and the best way to get out and see it is on foot. Situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the UNESCO World Heritage Jurassic Coast, which is perfect for anyone wanting to explore what Devon and Dorset has to offer. After a good night's sleep at Oakdown, you can set off from site and walk through open fields and woods into the picturesque village of Branscombe, or ramble through Hooken undercliff with spectacular views across to Beer or join up with the South West Coast Path at Weston and walk for miles visiting the towns and villages en-route.
A quiet, quality family campsite nestling amid forest scenery, with visiting foxes and the occasional sika deer and ideal for walks in neighbouring Wareham Forest. The site's quiet park appeal has been accentuated and its facilities are constantly being refined. It has one of the most comprehensive adventure playgrounds anywhere, an outdoor swimming pool with adjacent toddler pool surrounded by palm-tree-fringed sunbathing areas – and it’s surrounded by nature trails, tracks and walking opportunities direct from the campsite. More than half the 200 pitches on this 43-acre campsite are flint-pebble hardstandings, all are larger than average and some are suitable for American RVs.
Waldegraves Holiday Park is situated on beautiful and historic Mersea Island overlooking the sparkling Blackwater estuary. The site is family owned with a private beach and access to boat launching facilities. The park is dog-friendly with plenty of designated exercise space for your pets. There is so much to do at Waldegraves - there's no time to get bored. Alongside the fun packed family entertainment programme, there are activities to suit the whole family including Crazy Golf, FootGolf, Pitch & Putt, Golf Driving Range, Family Games Room, Coarse fishing lakes, and outdoor heated swimming pool (Open May-September).
With its beautiful beachside location and views across to the Isle of Skye and Outer Hebrides, this spacious family friendly site has something for everyone. Situated on the beautiful west coast of the Highlands of Scotland with unsurpassed views of the Isle of Skye and Outer Hebrides. Choose a sheltered spot among the sand dunes or a raised pitch with unrivalled views, this large spacious site has something for everyone. Sands is an ideal base to explore the best of Wester Ross, with the famous Torridon mountains to the south plus many other walks in the area, the world renowned Inverewe Gardens to the north, and wildlife cruises as well as the newly-built museum based in Gairloch itself.
An adult only, award winning five star park, set in rural countryside and well situated for exploring Lincolnshire. Boston is a local market town, just eight miles away, offering shops, supermarkets, pubs and restaurants. Spalding is also within easy reach. For a day at the coast, why not travel just 17 miles to the town of Skegness – nothing blows the cobwebs away like a day at the famously ‘bracing’ beach with a large helping of fish and chips! For the nature lovers, The Wash is just a few miles from Long Acres. Here you can visit the RSPB’s renowned Freiston Shore or Frampton Marshes, and other nature reserves like Gibraltar Point and Snipes Dales.
Kelling Heath is set amongst 300 acres of woodland and rare open heathland in an area of outstanding natural beauty close to the North Norfolk coastline at Weybourne. Enjoy the network of footpaths on park taking you through woodland and heathland as you explore Kelling Heath with a Walking Trails Guide, or venture off park on the many public footpaths for as far as your legs will carry you! Stay in woodland lodges, luxury caravan holiday homes, or bring your own touring caravan or tent. A range of recreational and leisure facilities are available.
An open all year, adults only site with just 45 pitches, set in landscaped gardens, close to Bath and Bristol. This immaculate adults only site consists of a gravelled driveway running around a square-shaped field, with hardstanding and fully-serviced pitches to both sides of the driveway. There's an acre of woodland, next to a dog-walking area. Also nearby is a championship fishing lake that should keep anglers amused, while the towns of Bristol and Bath are both just a short drive away. Scenery lovers will also enjoy the site's setting close to the Mendip Hills and Cheddar Gorge.
A select family site situated next to Horner Water in the heart of the Exmoor National Park. Within walking distance is the pretty village of Porlock. The site offers good facilities, including a heated shower and toilet block, laundry, disabled facilities, dishwashing area, shop and reception. Dogs are welcome and there are numerous country walks from the site into the Exmoor countryside, woodland and moorland. There is also a riding stable on site offering escorted rides for all abilities. Within walking distance is the pretty village of Porlock which has shops, restaurants, three pubs and a visitors centre. The seaside town of Minehead is five miles away.
The Trans Pennine Trail passes just nearby, heading north from Chesterfield towards the main west-east cross country trail - an exciting route for walkers linking the North and Irish seas, passing through the Pennines, alongside rivers and canals and through some of the most historic towns and cities in the North of England. If you fancy something a little less strenuous there are over 20 local doorstep walks and rides – many designed specifically for families, all free and easy to use. Just a short distance over the other side of Sheffield lies the Peak District, with its miles of beautiful rolling countryside with walks passing through some of the most beloved scenery in the country.
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