Explore Britain's best campsites

Posted on 07/07/2016

The Telegraph have rounded up their choices for the 25 coolest campsites in Britain, so in the spirit of the great British summer we’ve found some of the best routes nearby to help you discover even more of the area. So pitch your tent, put on your walking boots and get exploring with ViewRanger!


Route1Campsite: Fox Wood Camping, West Sussex
Route: Shippards Chine (£)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 9.38 miles
By Walking World

Perfect for a day trip to the Isle of Wight, this peaceful walk takes you through pretty landscapes owned by the National Trust. With medieval historic landmarks including the Long Stone on Mottistone Common, there’s plenty for all the family to look around and learn from.

Best for: Historians

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Campsite: Grange Farm Brighstone Bay, Isle of Wight
Route: Brigthstone to Niton (FREE)
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 8.17 miles
By Isle of Wight Walking Festival

Starting just a short distance from the campsite, this route gives stunning views of the impressive Whale Chine along the coastline of the Isle of Wight, plus there are plenty of historic landmarks on the top of the cliffs to keep an eye out for. With footpaths throughout it makes for an easy stroll.

Best for: View lovers

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Campsite: Treen Farm, Cornwall 
Route: Treen and the Minack Theatre (£)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 4.06 miles
By Walking World

A short drive from the campsite, this walk will take you along the breath-taking blue waters of Cornwall in the secluded area of Treen. This route has a mixture of rural and coastline scenery with stops at the Minack Theatre and the Submarine Telegraph Museum.

Best for: Peace and quiet searchers

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Campsite: Mausdale, Argyll
Route: West Port Beach (Machrihanish Bay) (£)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 2.75 miles
By Walkhighlands

A short coastal drive away, this route is solely along the sandy beaches of Machrihanish with impressive sights of the dunes in the backdrop. Although a short route, you have the option to add on some extra miles along the shore line if you want more sea views.

Best for: Beach lovers

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Route5Campsite: Ocean Pitch Campsite, Devon
Route: Potters Hill to Woolacombe walk, Devon (FREE)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 2.54 miles
By National Trust

After a short journey to the start point, this walk begins with an uphill climb with stunning floral surroundings, heading towards the top of Potters Hill for gorgeous views of Devon. Come back along the coast for a pleasant cool down.

Best for: Up-hill climbers

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Campsite: Samlesbury Hall, Lancashire
Route: Preston to Hawes and back (Motor biking) (FREE)
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 114.88 miles
By Frank Todd

A motor biking route through the Yorkshire Dales National Park climbing a massive 1900 ft in total! With a mixture of surfaces and remarkable scenery, this is a big change to the normal commute.

Best for: Motor Biking

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Campsite: Abbey Home Farm, Gloucestershire
Route: Slad, Gloucestershire (FREE)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 5.01 miles
By BBC Countryfile magazine

A short trip across the Cotswolds AONB takes you to the home of poet and author Laurie Lee in this pretty Cotswold valley. It’s perfect for some peace and quiet and inspiration, following landmarks that formed a part of Laurie Lee’s time and taking you though woodland full of life, including the chance to see some great spotted woodpeckers.

Best for: Poetry fans 

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Campsite: Ten Acres Wineyard, Devon
Route: Iddesleigh, Devon (FREE)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 4.29 miles
By BBC Countryfile Magazine

Take a trip to the village that inspired Michael Morpurgo to write the hit novel War Horse. This route takes you through the famous novel landmarks so you can fully experience the story, not forgetting a stop off at the pub where it all began for a refreshing drink.

Best for: Keen readers

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Campsite: Cleadale Campsite, Isle of Eigg
Route: Singing Sands, Cleadale (£)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 2.31 miles
By Walking Highlands

Either walk this route or hire bikes at the pier and take a cycle along the sands of Eigg. This gives great views of Rum over the waters, providing a short escape on the shoreline. it then loops back round to the war memorial.

Best for: Calm walkers

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Route10Campsite: North Lees, Derbyshire
Route: Hathersage, Peak District National Park (FREE)
Difficulty: Medium
Length: 6.91 miles
By National Parks

Take a short journey from the campsite to the town of Hathersage, where this route covers some of the highest and wildest areas of the National Park. Let this route take you to the western side of Stanage Ridge - the views of deep purple heather during the summer and autumn months are stunning to see and capture a shot of.

Best for: Wild walkers

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