From beautiful campsites with a view in the UK to beach side pitches in Italy, we've come up with the cream of the camping crop.
Camping Staycation... UK WITH A VIEW
Little Meadow, Devon: Set in a quiet, idyllic hillside spot in North Devon, Little Meadow campsite has been terraced to provide all campers with a flat place to pitch as well as uninterrupted views of Watermouth Bay. The South West Coast Path runs alongside the campsite and the Unesco Biosphere Reserve is down the road at Braunton Burrows. www.littlemeadow.co.uk
Hooks House Farm, Yorkshire: Pitch at this family-run campsite and you'll be rewarded with spectacular views of Robin Hood Bay and surrounding countryside. The site is five miles from Whitby and 20 miles from Scarborough so there's plenty to do close by. www.hookshousefarm.co.uk
Three Cliffs Bay, Wales: Golden sands, a cliffy coastline and green rolling hills set this quiet campsite apart. As well as the stunning panorama, Three Cliffs Bay offers an on site farm shop as well as kitchen and laundry facilities - and the beach is only 10 minutes away. www.threecliffsbay.com
Rhandirmwyn, Camarthenshire: This vast expanse of untouched green hills is ideal for camping. Located in Wales, the heavy rainfall camping site is quiet with a bewitching view that’ll send you into a state of total calmness - what more can one ask for from their camping trip? While the complete lack of phone reception may be a spirit dampener to some, the peace and isolation makes for a perfect vacation from everyday life. Check out Cool Camping to find out more.
Broad Meadow, Cornwall: The small size of Broad Meadow is nothing compared to the beauty of this campsite. Various animals in their natural habitat can be spotted along the bay. With almost no pollution, wheat fields and views of Black Head’s shoreline, Broad Meadow’s peace and tranquility begs you to stay and soak up the beauty. For more information and to make a booking, check out Cool Camping.
Spread your wings... EUROPE AND BEYOND
Riva di Ugento, Italy: There's the option of the beach or the pool at this gloriously located campsite in the south of Italy. Suitable for families and beginner campers in particularl, the site features its own supermarket, restaurant and each tent pitch has a water tap. There are pitches in the dunes for those who don't mind a bit of sand between their toes, and others in shady, wooded areas. www.rivadiugento.it
Le Capeyrou, France: One for fans of Medieval architecture, Le Capeyrou is a stone's throw from the beautiful village of Beynac (home to the ancient Beynac castle) on France's Dordogne river. The whole region (known as five castle valley) is teeming with historic sites, while the campsite itself boasts a pool and bar, and is close by to restaurants. www.campinglecapeyrou.com
Escape the tent... MUSIC FESTIVAL
Camp Bestival: If the idea of spending a lot of time on a campsite fills you with dread, team the tent with a music festival. You get all the fun of camping complete with day long entertainment. Camp Bestival, as the name suggests, puts plenty of emphasis on creating an appealing camping experience that's particularly suited to families. As well as hot showers and plenty of space to pitch your super-sized family tent, Camp Bestival have come up with lots of camping alternatives including camper van hire, yurts, tipis, gypsy caravans and wooden huts called podpads. Musical entertainment comes in the shape of The Human League, Friendly Fires, Calvin Harris and The Fall among others. www.campbestival.co.uk
Too posh to camp... GLAMPING
Featherdown Farm Days: This luxury camping concept takes the effort out of the experience. Purpose built 'tents' are situated on working farms across the country and, in many cases, you can pitch in and help with farm chores. There's invariably an honesty farm shop for fresh goodies and accommodation features all the home comforts: table, chairs, bed with sheets, running water, flushing toilet and wood burning stove. There's still canvas overhead and the countryside at the mouth of the tent to keep things authentic. www.featherdown.co.uk
Ekopod, Bodmin: These low-carbon 'pods' have space for a full-size double bed and come with a decking terrace and wood-fired bath tub. Breakfast is delivered in a hamper to your door - imagine a B&B under canvas! Based in Cornwall, visiting the Ekopod site is the perfect jump off point for exploring Bodmin Moor, Widemouth Bay and the Eden Project. www.canopyandstars.co.uk
Last Updated: June 2010