9 Find the perfect pitch
Posted: 19 June 2009
by William Gray
for choice in Britain when it comes
to family-friendly campsites. One of my favourites includes Low Wray, Cumbria, a beautiful site on the
quiet western shore of Windermere. Low Wray offers the ultimate camping idyll – your tent pitched next to a lake,
and views across fell and water (tel: 01539 463 862 or visit www.ntlakescampsites.org.uk
The facilities at Pencarnan Farm, Pembrokeshire are nothing to shout about (a basic shop and washroom and that’s it), but what you do get is Porthsele – a sandy cove nuzzled against cliffs right below the campsite. Wriggle
from your sleeping bag first thing in the morning and you could be rock-pooling or sea kayaking before breakfast. Open
all year round, prices start from
£8 per adult and £4 per child per night (tel: 01437 720580; www.pembrokeshire-camping.co.uk).
Another superb family campsite is Glenmore Caravan Park and Campsite, which is situated in the heart of
the Cairngorms. Open all year round, Glenmore has washrooms with piped-in radio and a host of on-site activities – choose from forest safaris, orienteering and bat spotting. Loch Morlich Watersports and the Cairngorm Reindeer Centre are within walking distance of the campsite Prices start from £14 per night for a family of three (tel: 0845 130 8226; www.forestholidays.co.uk).
Although situated in the shadow of Mount Snowdon, the Ty’n yr Onnen Caravan & Camping Park, Snowdonia is a site where you’re more likely to see children hurling frisbees than hardened hillwalkers heading for Snowdon (although there is a path to the mountain from the campsite). Connoisseurs of the molten marshmallow will appreciate the liberal policy on campfires, while various cute-and-cuddlies (such as donkeys and lambs) will keep children of all ages happy. Open from April to October, prices start from £15 per night for a family of three (tel: 01286 650281 or visit www.tyn-yr-onnen.co.uk
With heather-blushed moorland, a stream tumbling over rocks into cool pools and ponies grazing in riverside meadows, the Cloud Farm Campsite, north Devon sits pretty in the middle of Doone Valley in Exmoor. You can pitch your tent right next to the effervescent Badgworthy Water. Perfect for a hot summer’s day, children will quite happily while away an entire afternoon netting water bugs, race sticks through the rapids or cool off with a dip in one of the natural pools. Prices start at £5.50 per adult and £4 per child (tel: 01598 741234 or visit www.doonevalleyholidays.co.uk).
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