Britain has some of the most beautiful countryside in Europe, with thousands of miles of walking trails to choose from. Whether you’re a long-distance trekker or more of a casual scenic stroller, a walking holiday is the perfect way to combine a spot of exercise with adventure in the great outdoors and they make a fantastic holiday option for families and pet-owners. There are plenty of campsites close to popular walking spots, but below are three of our favourites picked for their stunning scenery, inspiring walks and great amenities. You can also find an even bigger choice of UK campsites at Out and About Live.
Laneside Farm, Hope Valley, Peak District
This charming campsite is perfectly located for walkers looking to embark on the popular Great Ridge route through the Peak District. A fantastic 8.5 mile trek, the Great Ridge tour takes ramblers from Hope through to Castleton, then onto the famous Mam Tor ridge that offers incredible views of the surrounding area.
The Laneside campsite has the benefit of free hot showers which will certainly be a welcome comfort to soothe aching limbs. Additional facilities include complimentary hairdryers, a very efficient laundry room and onsite store with a good range of camping supplies, plus free Wi-Fi throughout the site – quite the luxury! Well worth a stay if you are keen to sample the delights of the Peak District.
Eskdale Campsite, Cumbria, Lake District
Eskdale campsite is a smart choice for those keen to explore the Lake District and climb the breath-taking Scafell Pike, whose views are said to have inspired Wordsworth himself! Situated in the Eskdale Valley, guests can access the Scafell route directly from the campsite. Confident trekkers can take on the challenging Scafell Pike route (all 14 miles of it), whilst families and more modest walkers will find themselves just as taken with the views of the Great Langdale route or the Wasdale Head trail.
If the snow and cloud prevent you from ascending the mountain then walkers can alternatively spend the day at the equally beautiful Muncaster Fell, or make a 40 minute journey on the La’al Ratty steam train along the gauge to explore the quiet coastal town of Ravenglass. Eskdale has some great onsite amenities including a large shower and toilet block, a children’s play area and a drying room which is extremely useful if you do get caught out in any downpours. The camp store also gets a big thumbs-up as it stocks a wide range of food and equipment, plus a nice selection of very refreshing local beers.
Halse Farm, Somerset, Exmoor National Park
Situated within Exmoor National Park, visitors to Halse Farm campsite are spoilt for choice when it comes to walking routes. The Exmoor landscape offers up some of the most beautiful open countryside in the country, and the Dunkery Beacon offers the most fantastic views over south Wales and across into Devon. The park has plenty of different walking routes, from 2 mile trails onto 12 mile treks, and those staying for a week or more will have enough time to complete the Two Moors Way walk which spans from coast to coast.
The Halse campsite is very peaceful and offers some lovely views of the surrounding moor. Notable amenities include a newly renovated shower block allowing guests to enjoy a free hot shower on their return, a heated toilet block, free Wi-Fi and a launderette. The site also kindly loans walking maps out to guests, donating half of the proceeds to the National Park fund to support their on-going environmental conservation projects.
All of the campsites are family-friendly and allow dogs on site, so if you are considering which walking route to conquer next these three are certainly worth a visit.
Claire is at her happiest travelling around the country finding great campsites and attractions to write about. She often uses Out and About Live when she searches for locations.