Coastal Campsites to visit this Summer
As an island nation, the UK has many beautiful coastal areas with different characteristics, so there is always somewhere to spend a holiday by the sea in your motorhome. With so many more people now preferring staycations to travelling overseas, here are a few of the best coastal campsites in Britain.
Ayr Holiday Park, St Ives
This Cornish site has panoramic views over St Ives Bay and Porthmeor Beach. Situated just a short walk away from the traditional fishing port of St Ives, this is a family-friendly site with plenty of facilities, including a children’s play area and games room. Surfers will appreciate the free hot showers and the wet room, where they can leave their wetsuits after spending an active day. There are also many attractions close to the site, with many visitors enjoying boat trips or days on one of the nearby beaches, making this one of Cornwall’s top motorhome destinations.
Burnbake Campsite, Dorset
For people based in Hampshire this is ideal for motorhome holidays, as it is not too far to travel, even just for a weekend. Close to the lovely sandy beach at Studland Bay, this site offers all the facilities you might need. In addition to washing machines, baby changing facilities and showers, there is an on-site café and a shop. There are many cycle paths in the area, and the resorts of Corfe Castle and Swanage are only six miles from the site.
Shell Island, Gwynedd
If you would like to visit North Wales, this site on the Snowdonia coast is one of Europe’s largest. You will see tents, caravans, new motorhomes and older campervans all parked on this vast area, and there are also flats and chalets to rent. There is a restaurant, supermarket, shop and pub all on-site. Other facilities include free hot showers, a launderette, arcade and games room. However, the site’s proximity to a massive beach and the wonderful views you get from the cliff top pitches are what really attract visitors to Shell Island.
Grange Farm, Isle of Wight
A short ferry ride takes you over the Solent to the Isle of Wight, and this site at Brighstone is less commercialised than many coastal motorhome destinations. Situated on tall cliffs, the field can be rather exposed in high winds, but it has beautiful views over the sea and the beach is just 100 yards away if you do not mind a scramble. As well as the basic facilities on the site, you’ll find a play area for children. And it’s a working farm, so there are plenty of friendly animals to see, including goats, pigs, alpacas, a donkey and poultry. The small shop supplies basic provisions, and there are free hot showers and coin-operated washing machines and hair dryers.
High Sand Creek Campsite, Norfolk
The miles of salt marshes around this north Norfolk site make it ideal for a romantic break or an opportunity for walkers or birdwatchers to pursue their hobbies. The actual site just has the basic facilities you need, but there are many activities for all the family to enjoy in the area. You can watch for seals, go for a sail or just have a picnic on one of the local beaches. The North Norfolk Coastal Path runs through nearby Stiffkey.