UK camp sites

Cliff House, Dunwich
This is a fabulous location on the cliff top above the pebble beach. Steps lead down to the deserted beach where we've enjoyed our morning coffee while still in our pyjamas. Walk north towards Southwold or south to Aldeburgh - there's two great days out almost on your doorstep. Plus this is Adnams country so enjoy the local real ales.

Cwmdu Campsite, Brecon Beacons
Lovely little independent campsite in the Black Mountains in Wales. I like this site for it's mountain views and rural location. There are a tonne of walks you can take but my favourite thing to do is walk or cycle along the Brecon to Monmouth canal, stopping in a pub or two en-route. The site feels a little back to basics, but this is what camping should be like.

Eskdale Campsite, Lake District
Truly an away-from-it-all campsite in a remote part of the Lake District. Boasting two great pubs in the village itself and another a short walk away. Exploring the hills by foot is the order of the day including Skafell and Skafell Pike.

A simple field on the edge of the mudflats of the north Norfolk coast with pitches delineated by mown strips in the grass. Good facilities block in the centre of the site, but it's the location that really appeals with the North Norfolk Coastal Path running east/west right from the gate and Wells-next-the-Sea a pleasant stroll away. Stiffkey's pub, the Red Lion is a good old-fashioned British pub and only ten minutes walk from site. 

Housedean Farm, Brighton
A gem of a site that pitches you in the the rural setting of the South Downs, but is in cycling distance of Brighton. We always liked visiting Brighton but not its nearest campsite, a Caravan and Motorhome Club site, so we were delighted when this small farm campsite showed up on the radar. Great facilities but many sloping pitches - leveling blocks are a must.

Hurley Riverside Park, River Thames
Although this is a large campsite with a highly-organised feel to it, it also remains intimate with its several small camping fields. Close to the Thames for river walks towards Marlow or Henley. Fabulous facilities and a bargain price if you stay off peak.

North Lees Campsite, Peak DistrictA no-frills campsite run by the Peak District National Park. Tent campers plus two pitches suitable for small campervans. No electric hookups. Rustic facilities. You'll share the camping field with a few sheep. With the Peak District on your doorstep you're spoiled for choice with fantastic hikes. Twenty minutes walk through fields to Hathersage village with pubs, cafes, supermarkets and outdoor stores.

Quiet Site, Lake District
All the beauty of the Lake District and with possibly the best and most homely campsite bar in the world. Great for walks, bike rides and mountain hikes.

Tom's Field, New Forest
Simple camping in a field in the New Forest. Just 50 pitches and open only at weekends. No electric, but toilets, dishwashing area and hot showers. Great views, an adults only area, ten minutes walk to a pub. A mobile shop visits from 8-9am with fresh croissants and pain au chocolat. A back-to-basics site that still somehow has it all.

Town Farm, Ivinghoe
A simple campsite high on a hill overlooking the Vale of Aylesbury and with uninterrupted views of Ivinghoe Beacon. Fabulous for walks and cycling. The off-grid pitches have the better views as the electric hook-ups are around the buildings at the centre of the working farm. Don't miss coffee and cake (or a full English breakfast) at the nearby National Trust Ashridge Estate's Brownlow Cafe.

No frills ecological campsite in the Waveney Valley. You'll struggle to spot the hill or the valley but this is a lovely natural site where tent pitches are nestled into mown areas among long grass and campervan pitches are similarly arranged. Campfires are allowed and the facilities are adequate and nicely looked after

Whittlingham Broad Campsite, Norwich
A simple campsite with a hippy vibe, nestling on the Norfolk Broads. Two fields, one with yurts and for touring tents and one for tents and campervans. Ideally suited for walks around the nearby lakes and villages and just 45 minutes walk into Norwich city centre with its market, shopping streets and castle.
France camp sites

Camping Campita
If you're visiting Corsica the coast might be the obvious choice but you can avoid full-to-bursting campsites and resorts by heading into the mountains. Camping Campita borders the river Golo and you can camp along its banks or in the shade of trees. Facilities are adequate, but it was paddling and swimming in the clear waters of the river with views of the surrounding valley mountains that endeared this lovely little campsite to me. A good base for hiking, or catch the train from the little town next door.

Champ du Moulin
Ideally located for winter skiing, if you visit this site in the winter you'll pitch in the snow. The valley in which it is situated doesn't get any sun during the winter months, but five minutes away is the cable car to whisk you up to Les 2 Alpes, a thriving ski resort where I've only experienced the bluest skies and gained a glowing winter tan. The campsite offers 6 or 10amp electricity, bread in the morning, a quiet bar and restaurant, 30 minutes per day use of the sauna, and the warm toilet and shower facilities make up the spacious ground floor of a big house along with the dishwashing and laundry facilities and useful drying room. Locally there are well-signed walks through breathtaking scenery, a picturesque village, and ease of access to the larger ski resort above should you desire. 

A real undiscovered gem of a campsite in the French countryside. In the garden of a grand country manor you can rock up in your campervan or pitch your tent. The estate stretches to the river that runs behind where you'll find a treehouse and swings, picnic tables and a fire pit to sit around. Take bikes (or borrow some from the campsite) to explore the countryside and nearby villages, or just spend lazy days in the grass! Don't miss the bakery in Broût-Vernet. See our YouTube video review

We have loved every one of the uttopia campsites we've stayed at and I'd now happily book a site just because it bears the name. The sites are simple but well cared for with great facilities and competitive prices. Each one is situated in an area well worth exploring. I've particularly enjoyed the Millau Gorge and Île d'Oléron.

Moulin de la Geneste
Quirky campsite in the Limousin countryside with spacious pitches and a magical maze of pathways where you'll discover a lake, stream, musical instruments, games and petting zoo. A visit to nearby Uzerche with its turretted fortifications is a must.
Aire de camping cars

This aire, in a small village near to Dijon, consists of eight spaces outside a municipal campsite. It's in a quiet wooded area and very peaceful. There is a toilet nearby. Electricity is included in the €5 per night fee that will be collected from you in the morning.

Ferme de l'Horloge
Quiet aire on a farm just 15 minutes from Calais. Owner collects €6 fee. Some pitches have electricity at additional cost. You can see the white cliffs of Dover from here but it can get windy.

This is the closest village aire we've found to Calais. Seven hard standing pitches with stunning views of an area called the 'Seven Valleys'. Full motorhome service point operated with tokens. Immaculate facilities block including two showers and two toilets (showers €3 for 12 minutes). Sink and tap. Owner collects €8 fee each evening. Cockerels in next field might wake earlier than you!

Four hard standing places just off a minor road through a small village. Toilets adjacent. Four and a half hours south of Calais. Great for exploring the chateaux nearby

Gizeux is a lovely quiet village and the aire consists of gravelled hardstandings for ten vehicles. Privacy hedges separate the plots. There are trees on three sides and the quiet village road on the other. There are public toilets next door. There's no charge to stay overnight, but you need tokens if you want drinking water

Privately owned aire on three spacious terraced fields next to a small outdoor restaurant. Ten euros per night with a water tap available. The big selling point of this site is the adjacent wild swimming spot. Hidden our of site but accessed by steps immediately beside the property is a river with deep pools filled by cascading waterfalls above.

Lac de Thorenc
Spacious aire with adjacent toilets. Near to a quiet lake with bar and restaurant. Around an hour's drive to Nice and so a great spot if you've an early ferry to catch.

Saint Imoges
Conveniently located not far from the A26 near Reims, it's great stop on the way to or from Calais. Several hard-standing pitches located next to a school and lake. It's a quiet area and there's always been a couple of other motorhomes for piece of mind.

Saint Langlis
A touch over six hours from Calais and perfect if you're heading for Bordeaux. Ten free parking spots in a quiet aire just outside a town and next to a fishing lake.

Saint Michel Mont Mercure
The site is a very large gravelled area, serviced by clean water supply and motorhome brown waste disposal. It's the stunning view that is the winner here. Perched atop the hill, the highest in the Vendée at 285m above sea level, you can see for miles around over a lake, green countryside, villages and castles.

Spacious and free aire by the river and overlooking the beautiful town of Uzerche. Public toilets are located on site. Leave yourself plenty of time to explore the town and don't miss La Graffeterie.


Large aire on the outskirts of town. Just of the motorway, 3.5 hours from Calais. Plenty of spaces and quiet. Water and electricity on coin-operated pillars.

Camping Lac de Joux
A smallish campsite located close to and with views of a beautiful lake high in the Swiss mountains. Operates an honesty system outside of peak season so you can pitch up and post your site fees through a letterbox.

Camping Panorama Del Chianti
A compact campsite in the Tuscan hills with a very warm welcome. There are a range of pitch sizes on tiered terraces with views across the valley below. If you're getting about on foot you'll find walking options very limited, so good for a short stay. If you have a car then there are oodles of things to do locally including visiting Florence.

Camping Village Il Collaccio
The facilities at this camping and glamping village are second to none. Two open-air swimming pools are spread across the site that is so large as to never feel cramped even in the height of summer. Great walks around the local countryside.


Camping Cala Llevado
A huge campsite that feels more intimate than its size would dictate. Perched on a cliff top overlooking four fabulous beaches and within walking distance of the lovely town of Tossa de Mar. There are some wonderful hikes to be had along the coast or just laze on the sun on one of the intimate beaches.

Camping La Fresneda
A little mountain hideaway with 20 or so pitches and welcoming and thoughtful hosts. The surrounding hills are a walker or cyclist's paradise and you'll never be short of ideas for days out thanks to a comprehensive binder of local information that's yours to keep during your stay.


  1. Hello. This is Ruth from @anniethevan. I love this map. Such a great idea to put all your recommendations in one place. Reading through them all. We actually stayed in a farmhouse in Chianti as we were meeting our family after a 12 week trip, but those campsites in Tuscany look good, and how beautiful is Florence? Literally overdosed on culture, great food and wine. Will look through the UK ones too as we will be back in the UK after taking a 6-8 week trip back from Barcelona via North Italy, Austria and Germany this summer.


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