Weather permitting, the UK is a great camping destination. You can feel as though you’re in the middle of nowhere, but you’ll actually only be a hop and a skip from a pub, shop and B&B if you suddenly come to the conclusion canvas isn’t for you. However, you don’t actually need to stay in a tent – another great bonus of ‘camping’ in the UK – you can stay in surprisingly comfortable fixed caravans kitted out with all the latest mod cons, including wide screen TVs, DVD players and games consoles for when – and we do mean when – the British weather takes a turn for the worst.
Seeing as these camp sites, or more accurately holiday parks, are located all over the UK – pretty much from Land’s End to John O’ Groats – there are hundreds of parks to choose from; so where’s best for us women? Here are there of the best camping destinations in the UK for women.
Isle of Wight
The Isle of Wight feels like another world, completely apart from the UK. Perhaps because you have to actually take a ferry or speedy little hover craft to get there, or perhaps because it’s the sunniest place in the UK, but the Isle of Wight is a little haven of overseas-feeling calm surrounded by a hustling bustling South East England. There are designer shops in Cowes, glorious sand beaches at Sandown and Ventnor, quaint tea rooms and seaside cafes at Luccombe and Shanklin and miles of bridleways, cycle paths and walking tracks criss-crossing the rural centre. Park Resorts have four parks offering Isle of Wight caravan holidays catering to both couples looking for a low-key escape and families seeking fun.
Isle of Wight courtesy of Wherta
The Essex coast
Essex doesn’t have the best reputation – no thanks to TOWIE. However, despite the overuse of fake tan and hair products in some parts of the county, the rest is actually a rural idyll with protected coastlines and lots of amazing pubs and quaint historic shopping centres. Exploring the villages outside Colchester and Ipswich by bike is a wonderful way to wile away an afternoon or head to the beach for some heat – it’s the warmest part of the UK – and some much needed peace and quiet. If you do fancy a night on the dance floor you’re only an hour from central London by train.
OK so the sea is a little brisk and the temperature isn’t quite so high. But the landscape is stunning; from sweeping sandy beaches, historic cities – such as York and Harrogate – and
rugged, wind-swept moors, it’s as romantic as Wuthering Heights and the weather is just as temperamental.