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Trevalgan Touring Park, Cornwall

Trevalgan Touring Park, Cornwall

Campers have three options at this park on Penwith peninsula: non-serviced pitches for basic camping, serviced spots with electricity and fully serviced pitches with taps, waste disposal and extra space. While the site has a large number of caravans alongside the tents, there's ample room for kids to play and easy access from campsite to beach. Nearby Porthminster has safe bathing for youngsters, while Porthmeor is a magnet for surfers. Also, trendy St Ives is only two miles away. Wardley Hill, Norfolk Only in its second year, this unpretentious campsite on the edge of the Norfolk Broads welcomes tents and small campervans. Guests pitch in clearings in the long grass, and recycled washing machine drums can be hired as campfire pits or makeshift barbecues. There are two showers, composting toilets and a fresh-water tap; otherwise the meadow is relatively untouched. Drive to nearby Beccles to rent a canoe and enjoy the Broads waterways. Little Halden Farming Camping, Kent Little Halden Farm only takes 20 tents, so overcrowding is never an issue. Instead, impromptu games of cricket give a distinctly family-oriented feel and evening campfires top off the traditional atmosphere. Facilities are basic but more than adequate - hot showers, toilets and fresh, running water - and minimal human development means there's wildlife aplenty. Rolvenden village is only a 20-minute stroll away, with a fantastic local pub, The Bull, and a well-stocked shop selling the essentials. Oak Grove Retreats, Powys This site sits just 200 yards across a meadow from the river Wye. The touring field (the site was originally just a caravan park) enjoys the best views of the water, while tent campers have access to three separate areas including a semi-wild space. The site is a hotspot for outdoor pursuits, such as mountain-biking, canoeing and kayaking. Ninham Country Holidays, Isle of Wight This is a quiet, rural campsite well placed for exploring the island and last-minute availability is always likely, given its vast size. There's an outdoor family swimming pool and a sports area with volleyball, badminton, boules and table tennis. The seaside towns of Ventnoor and Shanklin are within easy cycling distance. Runswick Bay Camping, North Yorkshire This site offers a mix of camping and caravanning pitches, with a scattering of mains water taps and well-maintained facilities. The exposed hilltop position is protected by trees, while gaps in the greenery reveal views inland across the North York moors. The beach below is fantastic for crabbing, rock pooling and fossil hunting and, next to the Cleveland Way, campers can follow a cliff-top walk to Staithes to the north or Whitby to the south. Faerie Thyme, Carmarthenshire At this adults-only site in south-west Wales there's a choice of where to pitch - in the open camping meadow or in the more secluded woods. Campfires add to the magic, as does a short walk to Mynydd Llangyndeyrn standing stones (credited with being the birthplace of Merlin). Wet-room style bathrooms are spacious and modern. The Pig Place, Oxfordshire A few years ago, the appropriately named Pig Place was little more than an empty, canal-side meadow. Now campers pitch up between animal pens and are encouraged to join the owners at pig-feeding time. Facilities are basic and there are no showers, so it's more suitable for shorter breaks, but being just off the M40 it has fantastic access from all directions and there is a terrific farm shop on site. Embers Camping Stowe, Buckinghamshire Opening for the first time this year, Embers Camping is in the grounds of Stowe, a National Trust property and one of the loveliest landscape gardens in England. It's a tents-only site on a stretch of grass at the estate entrance. There are no electrical hook-ups but solar-powered showers, flushing toilets and a washing-up area are all excellent. With 250 acres and 40 different monuments and temples to explore, campers have little need for the car here. Trail maps are available in the estate's visitor centre. Lochranza, Isle of Arran, Ayrshire The fishing village of Lochranza sits on the shores of a small sea loch, at the northern tip of the 19-mile-long Isle of Arran. The local camping and caravanning site is set back from the village in a spacious clearing, within a short, easy walk of the water's edge. At one end, the site is surrounded by rising hills while, at the other, a nine-hole golf course fills the remaining flat space.

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