Spotlight on the UK - Our Ultimate Global Camping Guide
This month we are kicking off our guide to camping all around the world, a simple 2 minute read to tell you all you need to know. Places we have been to and some of our amazing community members also. We are taking suggestions for the Winter guide now also. Get in touch.
At the end of the month, we will share this in a handy to use guide to store wherever you need it.
The UK is full of incredible landscapes, from stunning mountains and beautiful beaches to rolling green hills and winding river valleys. Camping is a brilliant way to explore the Great British outdoors and enjoy nature at its best.
There are several different types of campsites in the UK, from remote wild campsites to massive holiday parks and everything in between. Smaller campsites will have fewer facilities but can be more chilled out and might offer beautiful or unusual locations. Bigger holiday parks offer a huge range of facilities, activities and entertainment and can be very convenient and fun for families.
Things to consider before camping in the UK
- Summer can be very pleasant with temperatures averaging 18°C (64°F) and often into the low 20s. In recent years London has experienced heatwaves with temperatures well above 30°C (86°F).
- Rain is rare but the climate can be unpredictable all the same so pack for all climates
- Wild camping isn’t allowed in England, Wales or Northern Ireland. You can only wild camp with the permission of the landowner or at a designated campsite/holiday park.
- July and August are the most popular months for camping. Reserve your camping spot ahead of time: https://www.campsites.co.uk
Tips for Camping in the UK
- Daylight - Always arrive during daylight if you are putting a tent up the first time.
- Be Prepared - Most importantly, be prepared. If you are going out in the sun make sure you carry sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent and even a light jacket to contend with the unpredictable changes.
- Insulate - Insulation works not only in the cold to help keep you warm but also in the heat to help keep you cool. This is why Crua’s range of insulated tents are truly all-season products.
- Sleeping bag - In the UK it gets very chilly some nights, so a good quality sleeping bag can make the difference between a great camping experience or a disaster
Places to visit in the UK
- Catgill Campsite, North Yorkshire - With around 50 grass pitches, all offering views of rolling hills where you can go walking, it’s also close to Bolton Abbey where you can explore the riverside paths. https://catgillcampsite.co.uk
- The Real Campsite at Park Farm, Oxfordshire - Right in the middle of nowhere style of camping, you’ll be blessed with gorgeous views of the Oxfordshire countryside, sheep, cows and nature at its best. https://www.therealcampsite.co.uk
- Ten Acres Vineyard, Devon - Open from May, long with guided tours of the vineyard, winery and tastings, the pitches are close to the small village of Winkleigh where you can enjoy a pint in the local pub and stock up on essentials. http://tenacresvineyardcamping.co.uk/wp/camping
- Lepe Beach, New Forest - Lepe Beach Campsite is a traditional camping field that offers nothing flashy but, instead, focuses on doing the basics well – in fact, very well. Facilities are immaculately kept, pitches are flat, well-maintained and campfires are permitted with pits available to hire and wood for purchase. https://coolcamping.com/campsites/uk/england/south-east-england/hampshire/beaulieu/441-lepe-beach-campsite
- Trwyn Yr Wylfa, Conwy - With mountains to one side and a seascape to the other, this Conwy coast campsite takes some beating in the location leagues. https://coolcamping.com/campsites/uk/wales/north-wales/conwy/3673-trwyn-yr-wylfa-camping