We may not always be blessed with the best weather here in the UK, but that doesn’t stop us from embracing nature and pitching our tents up at campsites across the land. So in order to highlight some of the fantastic outdoor experiences we have right here on our doorstep, we’ve launched a competition to find the UK’s best campsite.
Camping has long been a favourite pastime in this country, so whether there’s a special campsite that evokes memories of your childhood, or one which you re-visit time and time again – now is your chance to give it some national recognition!
We’ve searched far and wide for the best campsites in the land, and having narrowed the contenders down to a shortlist of ten, the power now lies in the hands of the voting public.
Voting is now closed and the winner will be named shortly
Blair Castle Caravan Park
For those approaching from the south, Blair Castle Caravan Park in many way acts as the gateway to Scotland’s magnificent Cairngorms National Park. Set amidst the sprawling landscapes of rural Perthshire, this much-loved site offers both static caravan holiday homes and several acres of green space for campers.
Children’s areas and putting greens make for a friendly family environment, whilst a shop, games room and ironing facilities make for a pleasant stay. There’s even a hair and beauty salon on-site for those in need of a quick trim or soothing massage.
Located on Dorset’s spectacular Jurassic Coast, Burnbake Campsite has been a favourite location with campers since the mid-1970s. Surrounded by dense woodland and fields, the 12 acre site operates a ‘turn up and pitch’ policy – meaning you’re free to set up camp wherever you like. With the exception of a few bank holiday weekends, the site doesn’t accept reservations so everything is on a first come, first served basis.
The site is particularly popular with families thanks to its excellent facilities which include showers, baby rooms and laundry rooms. A small café serves hearty breakfasts and dinners, whilst the on-site shop stocks everything from food to camping equipment.
Caolasnacon Caravan & Camping Park
Perched on the banks of Loch Leven in the heart of the Scottish Highlands, Caolasnacon Caravan & Camping Park is truly one of the most spectacular camping locations in the UK. Campers can bring their own tents or hire one of the on-site caravans before exploring the Highland terrain. Glencoe is just a few miles away, whilst the nature trails of Fort William can easily be reached by car.
The site itself is of historical importance, having served as a prisoner of war camp during the First World War. Today, however, it’s best known for its stunning views, friendly staff and excellent facilities.
Clippesby Hall is the ideal base for those looking to explore the very best Norfolk has to offer. The region’s breath-taking coastline and vast national park are within easy reach, whilst the site itself offers everything from cottages, lodges and apartments to ample spaces for tens and caravans.
As well as touring the local area, there’s plenty to keep visitors occupied within the confines of the park. Tennis courts, mini golf and a swimming pool are just some of the facilities on offer, whilst a coffee shops, bar and restaurant will keep you suitably refreshed. The site also proudly boasts a range of top awards for its facilities and conservation policies.
Grange Farm Campsite
Grange Farm is located on a designated area of natural beauty on the Isle of Wight, offering unrestricted views of the English Channel from its clifftop vantage point.
Campers here enjoy easy access to a sandy beach just below the site, as well as shower, toilet and laundrette facilities. Tents, caravans and touring vans are welcome (as well as well-behaved dogs!), whilst custom built ‘camping pods’ are available for hire. These wooden units provide shelter as well as the luxury of a door, but are empty inside – so guests are urged to bring all the usual camping essentials.
Gwern Gof Isaf Campsite
The Gwern Gof Isaf Campsite is located in the heart of Snowdonia, the stunning Welsh mountain region renowned for its outstanding natural beauty and world-class hiking trails.
This intimate campsite is home to two bunkhouses which can sleep up to 20 people between them, whilst the adjoining fields are open to tents and caravans. Climbing and abseiling activities are available on site, as well as toilets, shower facilities and an indoor washing up area.
Hooks House Farm
Hooks House Farm offers visitors a choice of self-catered accommodation in the Hooks House Cottage or a static caravan, as well as ample space for tents, caravans and motorhomes. Best of all, the site is located within the popular Robin Hood’s Bay area and offers easy access to the majestic North Yorkshire Moors and the rest of the mesmerising scenery of the North Yorkshire coast.
The family run campsite offers easy access to local pubs and shops, complete with gorgeous sea views. As well as shower and bathroom facilities, visitors also have access to microwaves, fridges, freezers and electric kettles.
Rushbbanks Farm can be found on the banks of the River Stour in Dedham Vale; a designated Area of Outstanding Beauty. Popular with families, nature lovers and canoeists, this laid back site offers easy access to the nearby village of Nayland and surrounding beauty spots.
Visitors can embark on one or two days guided boating trips along the river (with some tours departing from the site), whilst the charming medieval village of Lavenham is just a short drive away. Facilities include toilets, fresh water taps and outdoor sinks for washing dishes.
The Quiet Site
As the name suggests, The Quiet Site offers campers a haven of peace and tranquillity amidst the gorgeous Lake District countryside. Open all year round, the site lends itself well to hikers keen to explore the nearby mountains, as well as those simply out to enjoy the region’s scenery.
Caravans and motorhomes have designated pitch areas, whilst grassy embankments hold plenty of space for tents. The facilities are second to none and include Wi-Fi, a well-stocked shop, cosy bar and bathrooms. Pre-erected tents, cottages and camping pods are also available – ideal for those keen on a spot of ‘glamping.”
The site has numerous awards to its name, including the Cumbria Holiday Park of the Year 2013.
Cast your vote for the winner of our UK Campsite of the Year Competition using the form below and If that’s inspired to head for the great outdoors and spend a night under canvas, make sure you are fully stocked up on camping essentials.
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UK Campsite of the Year Competition Terms & Conditions
• Only one vote per person. The vote(s) of anyone trying to circumvent this rule will be disqualified.
• Voting is now closed
• The winning campsite will be the one that receives the most votes using the form above.
• The names of nominated clubs may be used in future promotional activity.
• In the event of a tie for 1st place Decathlon reserves the right to use discretion when deciding the winner
• The winning campsite will be notified within 2 weeks of the final competition closing date.
• If Decathlon UK Ltd cannot contact the winner (via the details provided at the date of entry) within a reasonable period of time (to be established at Decathlon’s sole discretion) Decathlon reserves the right to award the campsite of the year with the next highest amount of votes and thereafter until a winner on these terms is found.
• Promoter: Decathlon UK Ltd, Canada Water Retail Park, Surrey Quays Road, London, SE16 2XU. Entrants/winners may be contacted by one of our team members.
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