When it comes to the great outdoors, very few experiences can actually bring you closer to nature than that of camping. For centuries the human race has been camping in some form or another, often due to the fact that they simply had no alternative. In this day and age however, we do have an alternative, and we choose to camp because we enjoy the entire experience. People camp in locations all over our stunning planet, sometimes in the harshest and most extreme environments. Explorers for instance, choose to traverse the harshest and most difficult terrain, in order to discover new sights and locations, or to simply push the human body out of its normal comfort levels, to extremes it has never experienced before. Take captain Scott for instance, he led expeditions across the Antarctic, where every night, he and his team were forced to camp in freezing conditions, with nothing more than a little material to protect them from the extreme cold outside. If all of that sounds a little too hardcore and extreme for many of you, then never fear, because generally, camping is done in safe, comfortable conditions, and it often proves to be an extremely pleasant and enjoyable experience indeed. If you happen to love the great outdoors, and can find little finer than sleeping rough under the stars, then this article is for you, as we’ll be providing you with four of the best campsite destinations in all of the United Kingdom. So, without any further ado, let’s get started.
The Peak District in Derbyshire – Derbyshire, widely considered to be the smaller cousin of Yorkshire, arguably features the best countryside in all of the UK, and going up against locations like North Yorkshire and the Lake District, that is a very impressive feat indeed. Despite which, many consider this to be true, and no matter what, the Peak District is certainly one of the most stunning camping locations in the entire UK. The peaks has it all; Flat countryside, hilly countryside, lakes, rivers, dams, forests, quarries, moors, etc, etc. The Derwent valley for instance, is especially popular amongst keen campers, due to the fact that it features Ladybower reservoir. This huge reservoir is surrounded by lush trees and countryside, as well as natural wildlife and beauty spots, and during the summer months especially, the entire area sees a huge influx of keen campers and hikers.
Scotland – Due to the fact that much of the countryside in Scotland is dominated by mountains, hills, moors, trees, grass, fields, streams, and lochs, it should come as no surprise to hear that every single year, thousands upon thousands of keen campers head up, north of the border, to bonny Scotland to set up camp and truly make the most of their time out in the great outdoors. The weather is Scotland can sometimes be pretty rough, but many argue that, that is what makes camping in Scotland so enjoyable. As there is so much countryside there, when it comes to actually choosing a specific location to set up camp, you’ll be spoilt for choice. One spot in particular, which was voted as one of the top 3 camp sites in the UK back in 2013, is the Milton of Fonab caravan site, located in Perth and Kinross Scotland.
The Lake District – Camping is all about nature and the great outdoors. It’s about getting in touch with nature, and there are few places in the world that allow you to do so, better than the Lake District, Cumbria. The great lakes feature woodland, with the entire surroundings seemingly dominated by huge mountains, looking down surveying the countryside for miles upon miles. Lakes, rivers, estuaries and streams are the main attraction however, as the name probably suggests. Campers and hikers absolutely love this part of the UK, obviously due to the fact that the surrounding are so naturally beautiful and majestic looking. If you do decide to camp in the Lake District, and you happen to have a spare £22,000 laying around, then perhaps you would care to sample the world’s most expensive dessert, which was recently unveiled in the area. If not however, then a pack of teacakes, toasted over an open fire and lathered with butter should do the same job instead.
Snowdonia – If you’re looking for natural beauty, with a little element of fear and apprehension in the background, then Snowdonia is the place for you. This Welsh location is ideal for camping enthusiasts with a real passion for the great outdoors. There is an abundance of extreme adventure sports on offer in the area, including climbing, kayaking, and abseiling. The Snowdonia national park, is a mountain and coastal region of North Wales, and is widely considered to be one of the wettest places in the entire United Kingdom, so make sure you pack your waterproofs.