Get Yourself Out There – Where To Camp This Summer

Thursday, July 09th, 2020

In our quest to help you #GetYourselfOutThere, we’re sharing the Muddy Matches’ teams favourite spots for walking, camping and just enjoying being outside in the fresh air and countryside. Today we’re turning the spotlight to camping. Many of you, we know, have switched up your holiday plans and are choosing to stay within our own shores rather then jet abroad. And if this is you, why not try camping? Whether you’re a seasoned sleep under the canvas, or a first-time tenter, we think you’re going to love these exquisitely-beautiful camping spots, courtesy of the team here at Muddy Matches HQ.

1. Honiton, Devon

Set in eight acres of mixed broadleaf woodland and eleven acres of meadow, wild camping at The Otter Vale Wild Camping will bring you as close as you can get to nature. Where better to while away a lazy summer afternoon then setting up camp then exploring the local wildlife on the doorstep of your tent or drinking in the views over the Blackdown Hills. Later on, lie back and gaze up at the stars, as these skies are beautifully free of light pollution. For those wanting to adventure, Otter Vale is perfectly placed for excursions to the Jurassic coastline and Dartmoor, whilst visits to the local towns or Exeter and Honiton are very much recommended.

2. Preston-on-Wye, Hereforshire

Picture the scene; you’re sitting by the River Wye, surrounded by apple orchards, as it gently passes by, sipping on a local cider as the sun sets on a warm, balmy, summer’s eve. This is, of course, after a day of canoeing, fishing and wild swimming. For those new to the outdoors life, Byecross Campsite, also has two yurts for a more luxe camping experience. It’s close to Hay on Wye and the Brecon Beacons, too, for some fantastic days out.

3. Edale, Yorkshire

For keen walkers, a trip to Upper Booth Farm is a must as it’s so well placed on the Pennine Way for hours of walking on Kinder Scout and ascending Jacob’s Ladder, as well as gentler afternoons exploring the Hope Valley or Chatsworth. Run by the National Trust, it will be a peaceful experience, too, as the car-park is away from the camping area.

4. Flamborough, Yorkshire

Calling all bird-watchers! A trip to Flamborough Head on the East Yorkshire Coast, famous for its colony of puffins, means that you have to stay at Wold Farm. Just a five minute walk away from Bempton Cliffs where you can be as close as 10 metres to the puffins, and the village of Flamborough also has pubs, shops, fish and chips and a café. The site itself is perched on the cliffs next to the farm, with gorgeous sea views and five stunning beaches to discover.

5. Hickling, Norfolk

If you’re looking for a gentle break in the countryside or a more active getaway with sailing on the Norfolk Broads, you’ll be able to do either or both when you stay at Hickling Campsite. On your doorstep there are 125 miles of navigable waterways on Hickling Broad, and with lots of braziers on site you can cook, BBQ and roast to your heart’s content. We love that the remote location of Norfolk means that light pollution is at a minimum, so as night falls you can feast your eyes on the Milky Way.

6. Sandringham, Norfolk

Still in Norfolk, Pinecones Camping is a superb base for exploring Norfolk’s unspoilt North coast, and the Sandringham Estate too, of course. Within easy reach of Holkham, Hunstanton and Brancaster, this campsite is ideal for families yet isn’t overdeveloped, meaning you’re guaranteed a peaceful stay. We love the option of hiring a camping pod, too.

7. Capel Curig, Snowdonia, North Wales.

Located between Betws-y-coed and Nant Gwynant, Dolgam Campsite, Capel Curig is perfect for families, friends, couples and solo campers with its facilities (a large toilet and shower block) and proximity to several decent pubs. It’s a wonderful base for exploring all of the Snowdonian Mountain Ranges and, if walking isn’t your thing, it makes a great base with its breathtaking views of the surrounding mountain ranges on clear days.

8. Highlands, Scotland

Channel your inner gold-seeker on a stay at Baile an Or (Gaelic for town of gold), sitting by the River Hemsdale in the heart of the Scottish Highlands. Thee site of the Great Sutherland Gold Rush of 1869, you can still try your hand at gold-panning today, whilst on the lookout for local wildlife and salmon fishing too. If these aren’t up your street, take a day trip to Dunrobin Castle, Sutherland or Caithness – with lots of opportunities to play golf, visit remote beaches and surf, or take it easy on a horse ride or bike.

9. Sykeside, The Lake District

Nestled in the heart of the Dovedale Valley, you’ll be blown away by the. majesty and beauty of Sykeside in the Lake District, surrounded by Dove Crag, Hart Crag and Fairfield. For water babies, it’s a short walk to the tranquil shores of Brotherswater and for walkers, you can see all the way to Ambleside. Camping is not just for summer though. We love light, balmy nights but you can even camp there in the heart of winter and try ice-climbing or winter walking. For those who don’t fancy a night under canvas, tuck up one of their comfortable and cosy yurts.

10. Loughrigg Tarn, The Lake District

Continuing our tour of Cumbria, Tarn Foot Farm Campsite is nestled in the divine valley that leads up through Grasmere to Keswick, and is walking distance from Ambleside. Whilst it boasts plumbed toilets but no showers, Loughrigg Tarn, right next to the campsite, is ideal for taking a revitalising wild swimming spot, the perfect substitute for a shower.