UK camping has exploded in the past two years, with 4.5 million Britons camping or caravanning for the first time since the start of the pandemic, according to Mintel. And new research has now revealed 10 of the best secret camping destinations Britain has to offer, with Abereiddy and Havefordwest in Pembrokeshire among the top locations.
To uncover the country’s hidden gems, tire and vehicle service provider ATS Euromaster has researched the best camping destinations that social media is missing, revealing the number of positive reviews on online camping sites with less than five Instagram tags.
These great venues won’t break the bank either, with prices starting at just £8 a night for two adults.
The top rated UK locations that have flown under the social media radar are:
Wareham is a pretty riverside town near the south Dorset coast, 8 miles from Poole. The thriving market town sits at the confluence of the Rivers Frome and Piddle and offers plenty to do.
hidden gem: Trigon Farm is set in a rural field near Wareham, with views of Trigon Manor and arable fields to the left and beyond. It is an ideal site for families, with superb facilities. It is also suitable for dogs.
Price from: £17 per night, for a tent or trailer pitch.
A historic market town on the banks of the River Frome south of the Dorset Downs, Dorchester is a bustling place ideal for sightseeing. Some of the best preserved Roman ruins in the UK are located just minutes from the thriving High Street.
hidden gem: Dewflock Farm is a working farm where people can camp and glamp, just 5 minutes from Dorchester. It is an ideal base for exploring Dorset, including the beautiful beaches nearby.
Price from: £100 per night in a shepherd’s hut.
3. Pass of Winnats, Peak District, Derbyshire
An impressive limestone gorge in the White Peak region of the Peak District, Winnats Pass is a perfect place to camp. The limestone is full of fossils of sea creatures that lived here over 350 million years ago.
Hidden gem: Newfold Farm is a family campsite at the start of the Pennine Way. It’s great for hikers and cyclists. It is also 800 meters from a pub and the train station.
Price from: £20 per night, tent pitch.
4. Truro, Cornwall
Cornwall’s only town, Truro is a foodie destination surrounded by beautiful gardens and rivers. The cathedral city offers the perfect blend of historic charm and modern commerce, while quiet camping amidst unspoiled nature is never far away.
hidden gem: Callestick Camping is a wild, dog-friendly campsite with spectacular views of the Cornish countryside and just 10 minutes drive from the beach.
Price from: £17.50 per night, tent or trailer pitch
5. Abereiddy, Pembrokeshire
Abereiddy, a small hamlet in Wales, is a perfect place to get away from it all and immerse yourself in the beauty of the Pembrokeshire coast.
hidden gem: Eco Caerhys Camping in St Davids offers wild camping on an organic farm on the Pembrokshire coast. It’s a great place for active people, with surfing nearby.
Price from: £30 per night, tent pitch
6. Dodd, Cumbria
A fantastic location to get stunning views of Cumbria’s lovely Lake District, Dodd is a few miles north of Keswick.
hidden gem: Newlands Valley campsite is close to Keswick and Derwentwater. It’s a great place for outdoor enthusiasts, with mountain biking, boating and quad biking offered nearby.
Price from: £23 per night, tent pitch.
7. St Austell, Cornwall
A striking curve of dramatic coastal scenery and an area rich in cultural heritage, St Austell is one of Cornwall’s largest towns, with many wonderful beaches.
hidden gem: East Crinnis Camping in Heronbank is a working farm and wildlife sanctuary half a mile from the Cornish coast with easy access to destinations such as Fowey, Mevagissey and the Eden Project.
Price from: £16 per night, tent pitch
8. Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire
Haverfordwest is the pretty, old county town of Pembrokeshire, steeped in history with a castle and museum, which was once the home of the governor of the prison.
Hidden gem: Three Fields Campground is a spacious site with private washrooms, showers and fire pits at each site, located just 10 minutes from Haverfordwest.
Price from: £26 per night, tourist location
9. Skegness, Lincolnshire
Skegness is a seaside town in the East Lindsey district of Lincolnshire, offering many family attractions.
Hidden Gem: In a rural setting but just two miles from Skegness, Birchwood Fishing and Camping offers fishing on a large lake in the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside.
Price from: £8 per night, tent pitch
10. Chester, Cheshire
Arguably Britain’s richest city in archaeological and architectural treasures, Chester boasts the most comprehensive city walls, oldest hippodrome and largest Roman amphitheater in the UK.
hidden gem: Kings Acre Glamping is located in the heart of the Cheshire countryside, just 10 minutes’ drive from Chester. Barbecues are permitted, with fire pits and professional pizza ovens available for hire.
Price from: £25 per night, tent pitch
And for those looking for a camping getaway, the experts at ATS Euromaster have compiled a list of five things to do with your car before going on a camping holiday:
- Check your tire pressure and tread depth – make sure it’s at the recommended depth. The legal limit is at least 1.6mm on the center three-quarters of the tire.
- Make sure you have a spare tire and know how to change it. You don’t want to be stuck in the middle of the English countryside with no phone signal and a flat tire.
- Check your vehicle’s engine oil and coolant levels and top up if necessary.
- Make sure your battery won’t drain during your trip. If your engine seems sluggish or your lights flicker, it may be low.
- Check your windshield for cracks and make sure the wiper blades are working properly.