Some recommended campsites
1. The new forest
A short 45 minute drive from Portsmouth. A delightful area for walks, nature, and relaxation with some excellent (almost wild) campsites. Makes a perfect long weekend, but enough to do for a week.
1. Ashurst (Forest Camping), near Lyndhurst
Walking distance to two pubs; excellent forest cycle trails, proximity to Lyndhurst !
2. Holmsley (Forest Camping), near Burley
The remoteness and large site; great for forest cycle rides & wild pony spotting
3. Hurst View Lymington
Closeness to the sea; big spacious field; walking distance to a lovely pub; Lymington sailing town vibe
Surround yourself with giant oak trees and enjoy the peace and quiet
2. Dorset, Devon & Cornwall
The West Country is everyone’s favourite, beautiful beaches, coastal walks, pretty villages, relaxed atmosphere and a great range of campsites.
1 Britt Valley camp site West Bay, near Bridport, West Dorset
It’s very close to the river; an easy walk to the pretty fishing village of Westbay and the dramatic Southwest Coast path.
Or alternatively the Bingham Grange campsite is in a similar location to Britt Valley but is Adults only.
2 Steamer Quay Caravan Club Site, Totnes, Devon
Ideally located by the river in the centre of lovely Totnes with its medieval streets and independent shops and cafes. This busy well catered site makes a good base for exploring Dartmoor, South Devon or an overnight stop to Cornwall.
3 Heligan Park, Heligan, Near St Austell, Cornwall
It’s a short walk to one of England’s nicest gardens (The Lost Gardens of Heligan), nearby Mevagissey is a quintessential Cornish touristy fishing village, the campsite is quiet and secluded. Also Eden Project is fairly close by.
4 Henry’s Camping, The Lizard, Cornwall
A real gem, eclectic, arty, basic facilities, a few small walled pitches, in the centre of the village, close to England’s most Southerly point, lovely!
5 Trevelgan Touring Park, St Ives, Cornwall
Lovely farm style campsite a short stroll to the dramatic coastal path or Cornish hills. Nearby St Ives awaits a drive or a good hours walk (daytime only) on the Coastpath. Or, if you want to stay in the centre there is the busy, but well equipped Ayr Holiday Park.
6 Presingol Farm, St Agnes, Cornwall
Matt Likes: Nice quiet site, near to lovely St Agnes and its surfing and tin mines, plus beautiful Chapel Porth beach (at low tide!).
7 Porth Beach Touring Park, Newquay, Cornwall
A great surfers and family campsite right on the beautiful Porth Beach and Headland, nearby lovely walks, a choice of pubs, just a few miles from Watergate Bay and just outside of Newquay, but walkable.
2.8 Trethias Farm Caravan Park, Padstow, Cornwall
A spacious site in stunning remote cliff-top location, metres from Coastpath for stunning walks. A short walk to surfy Constantine Bay and on to beautiful Trevose Head. It takes about 5 hours to walk to Padstow, but well worth it.
9 Headland Caravan Park, Tintagel, Cornwall
It’s all about location, location, minutes from the coast path and Tintagel castle, a stunning ruin; and a stroll to the cute touristy town with a good number of pubs and cafes. Nearby Boscastle is worth seeing too.
10 Upper Lynstone, Bude, Cornwall
This site is close to the town and great surf beaches. Bude has nice beach cafes, it’s quieter and more laid back than other Cornish towns.
11 Hook Farm, Uplyme, Lyme Regis, Dorset
Quiet campsite. Nearby Lyme Regis is a West Country gem, with great independent shops, seafront and pretty Cobb harbour and amazing fossil hunting on the crumbling Jurassic coast (Hannah our web designer also gives this one a thumbs up!).
12 Golden Cap Holiday Park, Seatown, Chiddeock, Dorset
A campsite right on the beach can’t be wrong, with a great pub a few hundred metres away and the South West Coast paths famous Golden Cap cliff (the highest in the South of England).
3. The Best of Sussex by the sea!
There’s plenty to see in our home county, with historic castles, the dramatic coast, sandy beaches and South Downs National Park.
1 Blacklands Farm, Henfield, East Sussex
Lovely carp lake, good pubs nearby.
2 Pleasant Rise Farm, Alfriston, East Sussex
Pretty, spacious and quiet site in cute village with great cream teas. The perfect base for walking or biking the South Downs Way and Friston Forest.
3 Bodiam Boating Station
By the river with Kayaks and craft for hire, high class cafe, fire pits, amazing castle a walk or paddle away, one of the best!
4 WoWo, Chaile, East Sussex
Set in woodland, it’s all a bit hippieish, with random musicians playing, but you can light a fire nearby which can’t be bad. It’s essential to book weekends.
5 Stubcoft farm, Wittering, West Sussex
Wittering and nearby Chichester harbour are so relaxed with a feeling of days gone by. It’s an excellent area for easy cycling, it’s also the surf meca of Sussex with good waves if you’re lucky! Stubcroft farm offers fun but basic eco camping with a good pub close by. Nunnington Farm is a busier alternative in West Wittering village.