Powis Arms campsite, Shropshire
The Powis Arms Grade II Listed Inn and attached campsite is situated in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is a short walk from the Georgian country estate of Walcot Hall, home to one of Britain’s finest arboretums. Hikers stopping at this small town won’t need a car: it’s an hour’s walk to the quaint town of Bishop’s Castle, and longer trails into the Shropshire Hills lead to the Iron Age fort of Bury Ditches and the ruins of Clun Castle. The Balken pub is a short walk from the tents – welcome after a day’s jogging – and serves pub food made with Shropshire ingredients. Campers can order a cooked breakfast for the next morning.
Pitches from £7.50 per night, coolcamping.com
Winshields campsite, Northumberland
This simple farmer’s camp runs along the Roman military road (built c. AD 162 and now known as B6318) in Northumberland National Park. It’s popular with hikers tackling the long-distance Hadrian’s Wall trail, with campsites just under the wall. The Roman fort ruins of Vindolanda and Sycamore Gap are a 45-minute walk away. A 10 minute stroll down the road is Twice Brewed Inn, a micro-organic brewery offering tours, seasonal pub grub and stargazing nights making the most of its location in Northumberland’s international Dark Sky Park.
Pitches from £10 pp P nightwinshieldscampsite.co.uk
Ermine Farm, Isle of Wight
This quiet, dog-friendly campground reopened in 2021 with upgraded facilities, including disabled washrooms and a barn shop full of local produce. And its location near the westernmost point of the island is exceptional. It’s a short walk from the Tennyson Monument and the Tennyson Trail, which climbs the white chalk cliffs over the headland to the Needles and down to Freshwater Bay. Opposite the campground entrance, the Camra rated Highdown Inn is the perfect country pub with a wood paneled bar, daily blackboard specials featuring local seafood and a sun-drenched beer garden.
Parking space for two £22 per nightstovesfarm.com
Dark Skies Camping, Carmarthenshire
A certified member of the Greener Camping Club, this Welsh eco-site prides itself on being an unplugged natural paradise – that means no on-site cars, spotty cell phone signal and a true wilderness feel. Open for camping in May and July/August, it offers space to spread out with just 10 sites on four acres of wildflower meadow in a secluded fold between the Cambrian Mountains and the Brecon Beacons. Both are known for their dark skies, so the chances of seeing the Milky Way from a campfire are high. There is also mountain biking, hiking and wild swimming in lakes and streams. Foodie Neuadd Fawr Arms, with its barrel-strewn beer garden, is a five-minute walk away.
Pitches £33 a night for two, five-Night minimumdarkskiescamping.wales
Great Langdale Campsite, Lake District
The Langdale Pikes are among the most dramatic peaks in the lochs, meaning spectacular views from this award-winning National Trust campsite in their foothills. To preserve the area’s natural beauty, cars are required to park off-site. There are 120 tent sites and newly renovated toilet and shower blocks, as well as a shop and drying room for hikers. After a morning foray into the fells or a hike up Scafell Pike, the reward is a pint in the bar at Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, a 10-minute walk away. The fell facing terrace of Wainwrights’ Inn is an hour’s walk east in the village of Chapel Stile.
parking space £32 per person for two nightstwo night min, nationaltrust.org.uk
Deepdale Camping, Norfolk
The salt marsh veins of the north Norfolk coast stretch to the front door of this award winning campsite in the village of Burnham Deepdale. The facility is powered by 100% renewable energy and has 85 pitches spread over six paddocks on an organic farm. Holkham Beach and the Norfolk Coast AONB are a short drive east, and there are two pubs in Brancaster Staithe, a 10-minute walk west along the Norfolk Coast Path. The closest is The White Horse, with local seafood and seating overlooking the marshland. Further in the village is Jolly Sailors, an 18th-century pub with a microbrewery, summer loungers and outside service from a cluster of garden beach huts.
pitches £17 p one night, deepdalebackpackers.co.uk
Limeburners Arms campsite, South Downs
This family-friendly location near Billingshurst is an ideal base for exploring the South Downs National Park. It is a 10-minute drive from RSPB Pulborough Brooks Nature Reserve and the South Downs Way is just a little further. The campsite is set in tree lined grounds behind the 17th century Fuller’s pub and beer garden. The South Downs is also wine country, now home to more than 50 vineyards. Wineries worth visiting include Nyetimber and Stopham.
Pitches from £35 a night for fourminimum two nights Friday and Saturday, pitchup.com
Masons Campsite, Yorkshire Dales
Scattered along the banks of the Wharfe at the foot of the village of Appletreewick, Masons attracts walkers and summertime boaters. The 80 mile Dales Way passes by the site and there are easy day walks following the river south to the estate of Bolton Abbey or north to the lively village of Burnsall. Campers can order morning pastries and fresh bread for collection from the on-site shed café. By late afternoon, the village lane fills with campers heading up the hill to Appletreewick’s two old inns, the Craven Arms and the New Inn, for a coveted table overlooking Simon’s Seat.
Pitches from £30 for twomasonscampsite.co.uk
Bridge Inn, Herefordshire
Drinkers are spoiled for choice in this pretty spot in the Herefordshire hills. There’s the Bridge Inn itself, an award-winning pub serving local cider, but also Black Mountains Botanicals gin distillery and a coffee roastery, all in the small village of Michaelchurch Escley. The camping fields are situated on either side of the tree lined Escley Brook and the surrounding farmland and orchards offer excellent walking opportunities direct from the tent. Hay-on-Wye and the cathedral city of Hereford with its medieval Mappa Mundi are half an hour’s drive away.
Adult £10, children under 12 £5thebridgeinnmichaelchurch.co.uk
Ten Acres Vineyard Camping, Devon
Halfway between the north Devon coast and Dartmoor National Park, Ten Acres is an unassuming campsite with just 10 basic pitches, a single shower and two composting toilets. Enjoy the view of the vines or go into the hammock-strewn woodland area. There are winery tours with tastings on Tuesday and Saturday afternoons (£10pp). The campsite’s Devon Wine Shack offers local cider, apple juice from the vineyard’s orchard and a sparkling wine – a Ten Acres specialty. A 20-minute walk away, in the thatched village of Winkleigh, is the excellent Kings Arms pub.
Acosts £9 per nightchildren £4.50, tenacresvineyardcamping.co.uk