We’ve been asking readers here and through Facebook what they look for in their perfect campsite.
We all have different likes and needs – from top-notch facilities to basic and wild, from no dogs and no kids to animal- and child-friendly.
OK, so there are always compromises to make – especially between a beautiful location and decent facilities. The ingredients of the perfect site will also differ for a family or a dog-owner, a pub-goer, a walker or a socialiser – as this snapshot of our comments shows!
- Eunice Mason: Bus or train into town – oh, and no kids
- Jimmy Johnstone: No dogs, no children, no noise. Clean toilets and showers with no extra charge for showers.
- Cherrie Morris: Plenty of dogs, no people, a lake, ocean or mountain. Heaven!
But, here’s the list we’ve arrived at. Below that, you’ll find some suggestions for favourite campsites that fit the bill.
The ingredients of a perfect campsite?
- Howgill Lodge in the Yorkshire Dales has good facilities AND a great countryside location. See more on Dales camping.
- Location, location, location
- Privacy – space between pitches, hedges or trees
- Good free showers – none of that inserting coins malarkey
- Clean toilets
- Recycling facilities
- Fresh drinking water
- Quiet and peace
- Nearby pub, shop or café
- Friendly owners or managers
- Information on the local area
- Kitchen area or a communal space
Over to you….
Alice Parker: No young boy racers doing doughnuts in the car park in the early hours.
Nick Rich: Did everyone forget..reasonable prices?
Mandi Trout and Abi Clayton: Campfires allowed
- A campsite right on the water at Coniston. Pier Cottage is basic but what a location! More on Lake District camping.
Sandi Leir-Shuffrey: A pinned-up OS map so it can be photographed for walking etc (Ed: Brilliant suggestion!)
James Baldwin: Somewhere the temperature is between 75 and 85 degrees.
Buck Aroo Niedersachsen: No caravans.
Richard Hudson: Campsite to use a mower with grass collection, so grass doesn’t get in the showers and all in the tent.
Rosemarie Cragg: Some type of water – sea, lake, river or canal. I’m not fussy.
Jane ‘Major’ Richards: Good dog walking areas.
Pieter Dirk Bruinsma: Absolutely none of that list. No campsite at all, no people, no electric. Just simple off-grid relaxation. I have a camper to get away from being a sheep in the day-to-day drudgery. I’m a shepherd not a sheep! (Ed: If you agree, have a look at our articles on wild camping.)
Lee Brady: Staff with local knowledge. Nothing worse than going to reception and asking a simple question like the nearest vet or hospital and getting the ‘no idea shrug’,
Your campsite favourites
Many thanks to everyone who responded to our call for thoughts and ideas. If you’d like to add your favourites to the list, leave a comment below. There’ll be a camping kit prize whenever we get a great suggestion!