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From city to coast - Britain’s best glamping and camping spots

Fforest Coast Dome in the Welsh countryside, credit Fforest Coast

From a magical treehouse escape, to an eco-quest on one of Scotland’s islands, Britain’s camping scene is making its mark. Unearth your sense of adventure as you explore from coast to city and everywhere in between, with quirky stays accompanied by relaxing activities and glowing firepits. So, whether you’re grabbing some marshmallows for toasting, or getting a buzz from our city hubs, discover the places across Britain where you can pitch up, hunker down and chill-out.

Immersive experiences

Churning up the off-grid glamping scene, Teesdale Cheesemakers offers a sustainable stay in the heart of a working dairy farm. Located on the fringes of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), dip into dairy tours, cheese making days and a journey through iconic cheese boards with a tasting and pairing session. Or in Warwickshire, bask under the forest canopy with a spot of mindful forest bathing, just a stone’s throw from Wolford Wood Cabins and Camping. Set in over 200 acres of ancient woodlands, expect a wild escape filled with bug hunting tours, bush craft workshops and butterfly safaris.

Alternatively, look to Scotland’s islands for a remote and soulful escape. On the Isle of Skye, get stuck into voluntourism, where you’ll work alongside locals and organisations to maintain and repair pathways, plant trees and leave a lasting legacy. For an overnight stay, try Skye Eco Bells Glamping, an eco-friendly camping spot with a communal social kitchen and sweeping coastal views – look out for its re-wilding project that’s turning farm land back into natural habitat.

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Teesdale Cheesemakers

Sustainable glamping in the wild

Hidden in the Cotswolds, uncover a world of cosy shepherd huts, quirky tepees and steamy hot tubs at Wild Carrot. Through climate-friendly initiatives, from tree planting to exploring the estate by bike, get back out into nature at this eco-friendly spot. Or choose to get the adrenaline-pumping on a fast-paced motorised skateboarding adventure through the woodlands.

Venture off grid at The Huts in the Hills – providing minimal environmental impact stays, you’ll get the chance to dip into the Brecon Beacons and explore the area by foot, by bike or even by horseback. Look to the night skies for cosmic displays in the heart of the National Park’s Dark Sky Reserve, or take to the River Wye or Usk for a canoeing paddling adventure.

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Wild Carrot

Hit the coast

People walking along the coastline from a stay at Fforest Coast

Step into domes and log cabins at Fforest Coast in Wales for an idyllic escape. Get cosy at the converted dairy farm, complete with a cedar barrel sauna and glowing firepits, before switching-off in the picturesque rural location, just a short walk from the sandy shores of Penbryn Beach. Spot fluffy seal pups at the beach from August to December, and as the nights draw in, enjoy striking starry skies as the area is recognised as a Dark Skies Discovery Site.

Pod it up at Flamborough Glamping and Vineyard for a stay in a natural oasis on the edge of East Yorkshire. A short distance from five beaches, explore the rock formations at dog-friendly South Landing beach, spy nesting seabirds at Thornwick Bay, or go fossil hunting at Danes Dyke.

 

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Fforest Coast

The city buzz

Looking to escape the hustle and bustle of a city break without missing out on the action? Then look no further than a camping stay on the fringes of Britain’s capitals. London’s Lee Valley Sewardstone campsite is less than 40 minutes from the city centre and provides Peaky Pods and tent pitches. Travel just north of the site to discover thrill-seeking adventures at the Lee Valley White Water Centre, including the opportunity to paddle in the wake of Olympians.

Find your wild side in Edinburgh’s natural surrounds. Pitch up at Pentland Hills Regional Park, located south-west of the city, for an escape filled with walking and cycling, as there’s 100km of pathways to pick from. Or choose to saddle up on a pony trek. Offering experiences for absolute beginners through to seasoned riders, Exmoor Pony Trekking run hacks between September and May. Wild camping is also permitted in Scotland, providing that you leave no trace, offering a chance to venture further off-the-beaten-track.

Travel 30 minutes outside of Cardiff for a taste of the Welsh countryside and adrenaline-fuelled adventure at Port Talbot’s Red Rock Wild Camping site. Bringing a real slice of the action to South Wales, you’ll get the chance to take to the treetops with Go Ape, or hit the waves at Porthcawl’s surf school. 

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Lee Valley Campsite

Quirky stays

Aerial view of Shorefield Holidays Limited Treehouses, including a hot tub on the exterior terrace

Think airstreams, bell tents and Landpods in one of Cornwall’s most iconic locations – the Eden Project. From wood burners, to eco-friendly solar lighting and BBQ firepits, YHA’s accommodation packs the punch for a unique stay in England. Soar above the Eden Project’s biomes on a zip wire, step back in time on an underwater discovery at the nearby Shipwreck Treasure Museum, or get a taste for the award-winning hops of St Austell Brewery.

Alternatively, live out your fairy-tale fantasies at Shorefield Country Park. Among the secluded Hampshire woodland, discover luxury treehouses where you can take a hot tub dip and tuck into freshly baked pizzas from your very own outdoor oven. Built with sustainability in mind, walk or cycle the grounds before relaxing at the luxurious Reflections Day Spa.

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YHA Eden Project
26 Aug 2022(last updated)

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