The Camping & Caravanning Club's Top Campsites for 2016
The camping season is in full swing, and whether you’re a newcomer to this great British pastime, or an old hand, the Camping and Caravanning club can deliver the perfect pitch for you at one of its 108 UK campsites. With over a hundred years’ experience supporting tent campers, you can depend on the Club to help you to make the most of the British outdoors.
If you’re considering camping, getting back to basics, and enjoying timeless experiences with the people that matter the most to you this year, but are undecided on where to go, read on!
The Camping and Caravanning club has chosen its top 10 UK camping destinations, where kids and kids-at-heart can tick off one or more of the 50 activities listed in this year’s Get Kids Outdoors Camping Challenge, which kicked off during Camping and Caravanning Week this year. So get out there, get camping and enjoy the great outdoors this summer!
Best Campsite for Walkers
Wake up to the sun rising over Kinder Scout at Hayfield Club Site, which has a long history of welcoming Duke of Edinburgh’s Award participants on hiking challenges. And it’s no wonder, as the highest point in the Peak District, on Kinder Scout, can be reached by a track leading from the campsite. The walk may be challenging, but the incredible views at the end make it all worthwhile.
Best Campsite for Surfing
Hit the surf at Newquay’s famous Fistral Beach, one of the South West’s most popular destinations for reliable waves, from Tregurrian Club Site. It’s just a five mile walk from the campsite to Fistral along the stunning South West Coast Path, which also takes visitors to the two-mile stretch of golden sand of Watergate Bay in less than thirty minutes (allow extra time for those carrying boards).
Best Campsite for Families
Adgestone campsite on the Isle of Wight has a heated outdoor pool, perfect for families and kids making the most of time spent at this long-time family favourite seaside destination.
Ferries from Southampton depart for the island daily, and the Victorian resort of Sandown can be reached easily. Club membership, from £37 a year, means that families can benefit from discounts of up to 30% on pitch fees, plus discounts on crossings with Wightlink ferries.
If you’re looking to get out camping with the family, read our guide to camping with kids today.
Best Campsite for Nature Lovers
The Moray Firth is a lesser-explored part of Scotland, but its flat beaches and expansive sands present a great opportunity to take in some dolphin watching from your pitch at the Rosemarkie Campsite.
Best Campsites for Young Kids
Play alphabet pebbles or skim a stone on any of the hundreds of beaches along the route of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast. The Club’s Charmouth Campsite is just a short distance inland from the pretty seaside town of Lyme Regis in Dorset.
Paint leaves, have a go at making a bark rubbing or create wild art on a campsite at the edge of a forest in peaceful surroundings, at the Club’s campsites at Delamere Forest in Cheshire or Sandringham in Nottingham. It’s easy and fun to collect fallen leaves to paint on, which can then be traced or copied into a scrap book, an easy way to create lasting holiday memories!
Best Campsite for Anthropologists, Artists & Cultural Historians
Admission to the Ashmolean Museum, the world’s first university museum, is free. The building, which houses a varied collection from Egyptian mummies to contemporary art, plays host to a Storms, Wars & Shipwrecks exhibition in June, with tickets available from £9 each. The Club’s Oxford Campsite is only two miles from Oxford city, with good transport links and a regular bus service to the leafy green space and riverside pubs of central Oxford.
Best Campsite for Aspiring Politicians
The Club’s Chipping Norton campsite is in the heart of the Cotswolds, and within an hour’s drive of Blenheim Palace, birthplace of stalwart parliamentarian and wartime Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. Club members can currently benefit from a 30% discount on all Blenheim Park, Palace and Gardens tickets.
Best Campsites for Londoners
With five campsites within or along the perimiter of the M25, the Club has campers’ needs covered. Each site can be accessed easily from Central London by train or bus. On site, campers can build a den or enjoy taking four-legged friends for a walk. Dogs and other pets go free at all Camping and Caravanning club sites, including Chertsey, a campsite on the River Thames just a 30 minute train ride from London.
The Camping and Caravanning Club
Founded in 1901, the Camping and Caravanning Club is the world’s oldest club for all kinds of campers. And with over 500,000 members (and counting!), it’s the world’s largest camping club too. Whether you’re an experienced camper with all the kit, or new to outdoor living, the Club can help you make the most of the outdoors.