Although I don’t get the chance to do it all that often, I love camping. Over the years, I’ve taken quite a few camping trips in the UK, although so far I’ve only really covered the South of England. To celebrate the launch of their awesome new book, The Ultimate Guide to Camping, and their fab new tent range, Halfords have asked me to share my fondest camping memories – so I’m taking a little trip down memory lane to look back at some of my best UK holidays in the great outdoors…
Back when I was a dorky, awkward teenager, my school ran bi-annual weekend trips to Dartmoor, and these were the absolute highlight of my school years. Dartmoor is a fantastic place for camping, a place so wild and rugged it looks like a film set. I love it’s wide swathes of heather-filled moorlands, the rich green pine forests with their carpets of ferns, and the towering tors topped with hunks of wind-smoothed granite. This is the perfect place to escape in nature, and enjoy the best of Britain’s great outdoors!
When I was an older and slightly less dorky teenager at university, a group of friends and I headed to a campsite (an 18-30s campsite I’m embarrassed to add!) not far from Newquay in Cornwall for a long weekend. Cornwall is another absolutely stunning place to camp in the UK, with some amazing beaches, great surf, and Newquay itself also has great nightlife, giving the best of both worlds!
The New Forest, Hampshire
The New Forest is simply one of my favourite places in the whole of England. At anytime of year, the place is beautiful, but it’s especially gorgeous in Autumn, when the leaves of the forests turn golden and rust red. I’ve only camped here once – on a random and last minute adventure with my friend Ruth – but I’ve visited dozens of times. This is an ideal place for walking, hiking, and cycling, thanks to it’s great network of (mostly flat) trails, and there are some lovely villages, like Lyndhurst, to stop for pub lunches or afternoon tea.
Halfords sent me a copy of their UK Camping Guide, and it’s a really nice little guide packed with some great information. With destination guides for some of the most popular camping locations in the UK, plus lots of helpful camping tips and even some great campsite recipes, there’s plenty of useful information. Click here to download your free copy of the guide – and start planning your next adventure!
This post was brought to you in collaboration with Halfords. As always, all words and opinions are my own.