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Best of British campsites

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Camping’s revival isn’t just about the money in people’s pockets; there are few better ways to get some fresh air and few more eco-friendly trips. The British campsites below stretch from Scilly to Orkney, taking in New Forest ponies, basket-weaving courses and ancient trails, and are fine options for a summer that’s due some sunshine.

St Martin’s, Isles of Scilly

Scilly may be only a short hop from the mainland, but its islands feel a world away. St Martin’s has sandy beaches, gorgeous cliffs, Britain’s most westerly vineyard and gourmet food. Even better, this popular British campsite is only a short stroll from the awesome white sands.

Visit stmartinscampsite.co.uk for more information.

Roundhill, Hampshire

With access to 220 square miles of thick woodland, not to mention those titular ponies, the New Forest’s best (and most child-friendly) campsite is understandably popular. But its size means it rarely feels crowded, and you can either venture into the woods on your own, or join the rangers’ guided walks and craft sessions.

Visit forestholidays.co.uk for more information

Wapsbourne Manor Farm, East Sussex

It only  opened in 2007, but this idyllic former strawberry farm has already become a  fixture for many campers. Rope swings keep the kids happy, campfires are  encouraged and several fine farm shops are within strolling distance of this  great British campsite.

Visit wowo.co.uk for more information

Shadow Woods, West Sussex

Five  colourful Mongolian yurts sit amongst the trees and sculptures of this  charming, eco-friendly “glampsite”, which offers everything from herb picking  and basket weaving to holistic massages.

Visit woodlandyurting.com for more  information

Three Cliffs Bay, Gower Peninsula

If you  fancy sleeping in the midst of one of the best panoramas in Britain, this  spacious Welsh campsite is your best bet. The pitches overlook a perfect beach,  its sheltered sands encircled by a craggy headland, complete with natural  arches, triangular peaks and a tranquil green valley.

Visit threecliffsbay.com for more  information

Foxholes Castle Camping,  Shropshire

Less than  two miles from the Welsh border, Foxholes is a great base for several walks,  including the Shropshire Way and Offa’s Dyke, although you don’t have to move  from this well-ordered site (based around an eccentric 1930s mansion) to  immerse yourself in the area: the views from the hilltop on which it sits  stretch for almost 360 degrees.

Visit foxholes-castle.co.uk for more  information

Cups of tea with flask in Autumn leaves.

Applecross, Ross-shire

Both the  drive here – either a winding route along the Highlands’ spectacular west coast  or precipitous single-track through a mountain pass – and the lack of mobile  phone reception underline Applecross’s isolation. But that doesn’t mean it’s  unwelcoming: with a family-run pub, a good restaurant, several festivals and  walking and kayaking opportunities, this stunningly wild corner of Scotland is  well worth a visit.

Visit applecross.uk.com/campsite for more information

Comrie Croft Eco Camping, Perthshire

Set in  rolling hills on the Highlands’ edge, Comrie Croft is defined by community  spirit. It’s owned by 50 local residents, allows guests to light campfires and  sleep in hammocks amid the birch trees and runs storytelling circles, campcraft  sessions and musical workshops.

Visit http://www.comriecroft.com for more  information

A tent in the woods at night, with lights swirling around it.

The Barn, Westray, Orkney

You can  camp on Shetland, but the scouring wind will scare off all but the most  resilient camper, meaning that if you want to get right up north, this friendly  British campsite is probably your best bet. Nearby are seastacks, great  populations of seabirds, a castle and a chippie selling all manner of unusual,  boat-fresh fish.

Visit thebarnwestray.co.uk for more  information

 

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