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Camping & Glamping – Top UK Destinations

July 20, 2020

Since the travel restrictions have lifted, we know that some people will be rushing to get on a plane, whereas others will want to stay within the UK (for the time being, anyway!)

What we like about camping, is that you are still able to get your break whilst maintaining social distancing. Plus, taking your own camping equipment also means that you’re not staying in the same sheets someone else was sleeping in the night before, so you are able to ensure you are in control of any extra hygiene or safety precautions you may want to take.

If you aren’t any good with tent pegs and a mallet, we’ve also included some amazing glamping locations that will take care of all of it for you.

 Cornish Tipi Holidays

Cornwall is an obvious destination choice for those wanting to stay within UK borders, but accommodation often comes with a hefty price tag. If you want to get off the grid, disconnect from your tech and reconnect with nature and your friends or family, this hidden gem in the heart of Cornwall is the place for you.

With a beautiful meadow ready to set up in alongside other campers, as well as more secluded spots if you’d prefer, this site gives you the option to bring your own equipment or to hire a North American Tipi to spend your break in.

Source: Cornish Tipi Holidays

You can go swimming, fishing and canoeing on the stunning nearby lake as well as enjoy the fire pits in the evening (great for marshmallows, if you, like us, have a sweet tooth!).

The nearest train station is 18 miles away and a 40-minute taxi ride from the station if you’d rather not drive, or don’t drive.

You are super close to the beach, where you can take surfing lessons or go sea-kayaking, or buy fresh fish and scallops to cook on the campfire. Further afield are some stunning walks including the Cornwall Coastal Footpath and the Saints’ Way.

There is also an onsite café for breakfast and lunch, or some lovely homemade cakes should you not want to venture too far. Otherwise, there are restaurants not too far away in the local town. However, with the option to cook from your tipi with the grill provided as well as the fire pit outside, the sky is the limit.

For more information and to book in, click here.

Woodland Plush Tents Glamping

An eco-friendly site based in Chichester, you can either bring your own camper van or hire one of the many yurts available at this destination!

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Source: Plush Tents Glamping

The Yurts are heated, with a wood-burning stove lit by staff who then help you to keep it maintained as well as hammocks, BBQ, tea & coffee readily available and an outdoor fire pit. You can also order luxury hampers for breakfast, lunch or dinner that can be delivered directly to your yurt – what more could you need?

The beach is only a short distance away and you can take in the beautiful scenes of Chichester by wandering around the historic town. Visit Fishbourne Roman Palace, Kingley Vale or even take a look around Goodwood motor circuit.

The site also encourages guests to join in, with a communal bonfire in the evening.

Unfortunately, the wood-fired hot tub and the big communal yurt are not currently open due to coronavirus, but as guidelines continue to change, this may update so keep an eye on the website.

For more information and to book in, click here.

Lazy Duck

Nestled in the lovely Cairngorms National Park just a short trip from Aviemore, Lazy Duck is the brain child of the Dean family.

The Lazy Duck, The Cairngorms, romantic log cabins in Scotland
Source: The Lazy Duck

With the option of camping or staying in their stunning eco lodges, your cosy countryside escape isn’t far away.

There’s a large amount of choice for where to stay; from a waterside lodge on the bank of the ducks nests, perfect for wildlife spotting, a woodman’s hut in the pine forest, a lookout bunkhouse with indoor and outdoor space or a homestead complete with a flock of hens that you can feed and benefit from their laid eggs.

There are also wellbeing options such as the woodfired hot tub (not currently available due to coronavirus, but keep an eye on the site for updates) an infra-red sauna, yoga sessions and massages. You are also close to skiing activities, water-sports, mountain-biking, pony-trekking and more. Depending when you choose to visit you could also stumble across Highland Games, which feature more than your average sports day.

For more information and to book in, click here.

Top of the Woods

Enjoy being submerged in nature and the slower pace of life here in Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, right by Cardigan Bay.

Source: Top of the Woods

This is the ultimate destination for camping and glamping fans with options including: your own camper van, safari lodges, nature domes, bell tents and a stunning meadow for you to camp in.

There is a communal fire pit as there is with a lot of these places, along with a hammock garden, meadow games, ‘Hide & Seek’ willow garden, the Dutch barn for shelter, and all-important charging stations.

Food and drink options on-site are almost limitless, with pizza, Asian, seafood, stew nights and breakfasts available throughout the year as well as many cafes, bistros and restaurants nearby.

If you are an animal lover, you will enjoy seeing lizards, bats, badgers, otters and birds as well as the camp cats and dog, chickens and Kune Kune pigs which you can feed upon request.

You are also close to the beach so think water sports, walking and cycling, in addition to, dolphin watching, coasteering and much more!

For more information and to book in, click here.

Low Wray

Situated on the shoreline of Lake Windemere in the Lake District, Low Wray offers standard camping for tents and vans, as well as camping pods, safari tents and tree tents.

Source: National Trust, Low Wray

Low Wray are offering discounts for guests that arrive on foot, by bike, bus or by water. Just keep your tickets and show them at reception to get the discount.

There is a shop on-site and woodfired pizza is available on certain days of the week. There are two pubs with restaurant areas within 2 miles of the site, but booking ahead is recommended as these destinations get busy quickly!  

If you are into mountain biking there are great tracks such as Claife Heights and nearby Grizedale Forest, which are easily accessible from the campsite. If walking is more your thing, there are tracks nearby leading over Claife Heights towards Sawrey, the home of Beatrix Potter.

There are no fires allowed on this site as it is a National Trust site, but BBQ’s are allowed as long as they are above ground, so you can still have the camping marshmallow experience.

For more information and to book in, click here.

For other amazing camping and glamping sites to visit, check out these websites for some inspiration:

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