If you haven’t decided where your campervan will take you for an escape this year, then here are a few suggestions of the best UK campsites by the sea…because you can’t beat waking up to the sight and sound of waves rolling towards the shore.
If you are heading north to Scotland, Dunnet Bay Caravan and Camping Site, just down from the cliffs at Dunnet Head overlooking a long sweeping sandy bay, that is often deserted, may be perfect for you. The white sands are great for playing, kiting and running and there are wonderful facilities making it very family friendly. More white sands aplenty in Inverness-shire at Camusdarach, near the small fishing port of Mallaig where you can get a ferry to the Isles of Skye, Rhum, Eigg, Canna and Muck. This is a 42 pitch site and perfect if you want to really escape from it all. Seal Shore Camping and Touring Site in the Isle of Arran is a well run campsite which slopes to the sea and is reknowned for its opportunities for nature watching including the abundance of sealife.
Head to Northumberland and stay at Beadnell Bay Campsite and its rugged wind battered coastline along from the little fishing harbour of Seahouses. Visit the imposing Bamburgh Castle and take a trip to Holy Island and Lindisfarne. Great for walking, cycling and outdoor pursuits (beware the cold winds though!!).
Lancashire has a vast bay stretching along the northwest coast and you can stay at Gibraltar Farm Campsite to go bird watching at Jenny Brown’s Point or the nearby Leighton Moss RSPB reserve. You could even book a private camp in 10 acres of ancient woodland!
Bryher Campsite on the Isles of Scilly, with view of Tresco and Hangman Island is a sheltered haven and with trips to sandy Green Bay and Rushy Bay, ideal to explore.
Travel down to Land’s End and stay at Treen Farm Campsite, Penzance. Visit the wonderful beaches of Cornwall such as Whitesands Bay or just marvel at the view from the clifftop campsite.
Sightsee in St Ives whilst staying at Ayr Holiday Park and head to Porthmeor Beach to surf or what about Slapton Sands Camping and Caravanning Club in Devon which has a wonderful site with amazing view over Start Bay, close to Dartmouth.
Studland Bay is easily accessible from Burnbake Campsite in Dorset and is close to Swanage and Corfe Castle which are great attractions for families.
In Wales, Trehenlliw Farm in Pembrokeshire is on a wonderful stretch of coast near to Whitesands Bay or if you love nature spotting you could head over to Ramsey Island on a boat to see dolphins or seals, or to St Davids.
If you have a family that love animals, a stay at Cobbs Hill Farm in East Sussex just three miles from Bexhill’s pebbly beach will be ideal.
Head to the North Norfolk coastline and stay at Deepdale Farm and walk the marshes at Morston or to Holkham Beach.
Learn about the 18th Century smuggling history of Robin Hood’s Bay as you stay at Hooks House Farm in North Yorkshire, and search for fossils and in rock pools or walk and cycle for miles.
We are so lucky to have access to most of the 19,491 miles of coastline that make up Great Britain and its islands, and having a campervan to visit it in is even better!