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NEW WAVE: Campers at Ocean Pitch in Devon can take within the views over Croyde’s sleepy village

A surfboard atop each campervan, nonetheless, alludes to the truth that Ocean Pitch is simply such a spot, with an unbeatably useful location overlooking Croyde Bay. Unsurprisingly, the campsite has been designed to go well with the gang – there are outdoors showers for wetsuits, boards for rent and an affi liation with the native surf faculty – however it’s an important spot for on a regular basis campers too.

There’s a straightforward, scenic stroll alongside the Nationwide Trustowned headland to Dishevelled Level and past lies huge Woolacombe Sands (one other fashionable surf spot).

Croyde itself lends the campsite additional enchantment – in summer season the pubs, retailers and surfer crowd give a vibrancy that rightly crowns the place as Devon’s surfi ng capital.

From £15 per grownup/£7.50 per youngster, self catering. Beneath-3s not permitted.

Hemscott Hill farm, Northumberland

For the closest of seaside stays, this “nearly wild” campsite is ready among the many sand dunes behind sevenmile-long Druridge seaside. Pitches are on fl at and meadowy aprons surrounded by spiky marram grass and sea sponge, whereas amenities are minimal.

There are chilly showers, composting bogs and no electrical energy, though a 10-minute stroll to the farmyard does give entry to hotter and extra flushable choices. Night campfires are a should, adopted by kicking off your flip-flops and crawling into mattress, soothed to sleep by the sound of crashing waves.

Carry bikes to take advantage of Northumberland’s Coast & Castles cycle route, which runs straight previous the positioning, or rent them within the close by city of Amble.

From £15 per evening, self catering

Celtic tenting, Pembrokeshire 

Set atop the craggy cliffs overlooking Abereiddy Bay, this farm-turned-campsite has, over the previous twenty years, remodeled from a tiny tenting meadow right into a full-blown household haven.

Outbuildings have been transformed into bunkhouses for bigger teams and there are a handful of electrical hook-ups for campervans and caravans.

Bushcraft programs, which embrace all the pieces from hearth lighting to raft constructing, can be found in summer season and it’s a 20-minute stroll through the Pembrokeshire Coast Path to Abereiddy Seashore. 

From £10 per grownup/£5 per youngster, self-catering.

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Cleadale Campsite, Isle Of Eigg

Cleadale campsit, Isle of Eigg

From the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, ferries run from Mallaig to this distant and progressive island. Purchased by the local people 20 years in the past, Eigg has turn into famend as a bastion of sustainability, producing its personal electrical energy by way of photo voltaic, wind and hydropower.

At its northern tip, a tiny natural farm performs host to the island’s most wild and well-placed campsite. Beneath a pure amphitheatre of towering cliffs, pitches look out throughout a shimmering Hebridean sound to the Isle of Rum’s jagged mountains.

A brief stroll away, a white sandy seaside awaits, and the closest store is lower than 4 miles away. 

From £6 per grownup, kids free, self-catering.

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HOT SPOT: Eweleaze Farm affords clifftop campfires

Eweleaze farm, Dorset

This short-term farm campsite – open throughout faculty summer season holidays solely – might be the most important tent-only campsite within the UK. Over 1,000 individuals a day share the clifftop location, searching throughout Weymouth Bay to the Isle of Portland, however with area after area of house it’s by no means overcrowded.

Campfires are permitted and the array of foods and drinks choices might compete with many festivals – there’s a juice bar, pizza van, espresso store, patisserie and crepe stall, amongst others, plus the unique farm store.

On the foot of the positioning, a personal shingle seaside may be reached through steps from the meadows.

The swimmers’ pontoon is a giant hit with youngsters, whereas longer walks are perfect for fossil searching. 

From £7 per grownup/£three.50 per youngster, self-catering. Beneath-3s free.

Trwyn Yr Wylfa tenting, Conwy

The place the mountains of Snowdonia slip into the Irish Sea, Trwyn Yr Wylfa occupies one of many few flattish strips of tent-friendly grassland.

The brand new and wonderful amenities embrace wifi, laundry amenities and a communal washing-up space. Penmaenmawr Seashore and an excellent pub are inside straightforward strolling distance.

To the south, hills climb away in the direction of Taly Fan mountain and three,000ft Foel Fras, whereas extra native footpaths supply a three-mile wander to the historic walled metropolis of Conwy and it’s solely a half-hour drive to Llanberis and the foot of Snowdon.

From £9 per evening, self-catering. 

For extra data and reserving of all campsites go to: coolcamping.com. The brand new e book, Cool Tenting: Coast, is out now (£16.95).



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