Summer is just around the corner, and what better way to enjoy the season than by camping along the beautiful UK coast? With sandy beaches and uninterrupted views of the sea, coastal camping offers the perfect opportunity to relax, explore, and reconnect with nature.
Whether you’re looking for a seaside escape, a family-friendly adventure, or a peaceful camping experience, the British coastline has it all. So, if you’ve recently bought a campervan from us, or you’ve planned to hire a campervan with us, keep reading as we share our top 10 most beautiful coastal camping spots you need to visit this summer.
Discover the beauty of coastal camping
When it comes to camping, nothing beats the beauty and tranquillity of coastal campsites. The UK coastline is teeming with hidden camping spots that offer stunning views and many of these are located within Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), which means you’ll be surrounded by stunning scenery and diverse wildlife. From the rugged coastlines of Cornwall, to the sandy shores of Pembrokeshire, there is something for every nature lover and beach enthusiast.
Our top 10 coastal camping spots
If you’re ready to park up your trusty campervan, here are our top 10 coastal camping spots you need to visit this summer.
1. The Scenic Seashores of Cornwall
Cornwall is known for its stunning coastline, picturesque seaside towns, and sandy beaches. A trip to Cornwall offers a unique opportunity to explore the region’s natural beauty, from its dramatic cliffs to its crystal-clear waters. The area is home to some of the best coastal campsites in the UK, offering a range of amenities and facilities for campers.
Treveague campsite offers a peaceful and dog-friendly experience in an AONB and has easy access to three beaches. If you prefer to go off-grid, Penwith Heritage Coast offers just a handful of first-come-first-served pitches, that is surrounded by a spacious 12-acre woodland where you have access to water, composting toilets and showers. Or why not enjoy a stunning view of the bay at Kennack Sands while camping at Chy Carne Holiday Park.
In addition to its stunning coastline, Cornwall offers a wealth of activities and attractions. From scenic coastal walks to exploring charming villages like Padstow and St Ives, there is something for everyone in Cornwall. Be sure to also visit the historical site of Tintagel Castle which has links to the legend of King Arthur.
2. The Majestic Shores of Devon
Devon is another area that boasts stunning coastal scenery, sandy beaches, and charming seaside towns. Camping in Devon allows you to truly immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the region, with campsites located all along its coastlines. With many of the coastal camping spots situated in AONB, it provides campers with the perfect backdrop for a peaceful camping trip.
Featuring an award-winning on-site food truck and the option to hire surf gear, Ocean Pitch campsite provides an idyllic camping experience, just steps away from North Devon’s finest beach, Croyde Bay. If you’re bringing the whole family, then Watermouth Valley Camping Park is just for you, with breathtaking sea views and access to sandy beaches via cliff steps.
During your trip to Devon, be sure to discover the delightful seaside towns of Exmouth, Salcombe and Dartmouth. You can also enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, like hiking, surfing and cycling whilst out and about. If you’re a nature enthusiast, the area features unique wildlife and bird watching opportunities that you can immerse yourself in.
3. The Nostalgic Norfolk Coast
Norfolk offers a unique blend of countryside and coast and provides the perfect opportunity to explore both with a plethora of campsites nestled in the heart of nature. The Norfolk coast is truly a camper’s paradise, with its stunning views, peaceful atmosphere, and diverse wildlife, like otters for example.
Located close to the golden beach of Holm-next-the-Sea, Norfolk Coast Path Camping & Glamping is the perfect spot to get away from it all and enjoy the peace and quiet of the area. Hunstanton campsite also offers camping and glamping options, as well as incredible views of the sea, which makes it the ideal choice for families. Wherever you choose, you can experience truly breathtaking sunsets and just enjoy the serenity of the coast and countryside.
Norfolk is full of sights to explore, including a range of captivating coastal villages and towns like Cromer, Sheringham, Wells-next-the-Sea and Blakeney to name a few. Filled with coastal footpaths that are perfect for walkers and hikers, Norfolk is home to the Norfolk Broads which features a unique network of rivers and broads to explore.
4. The Enchanting East Yorkshire
Featuring a diverse coastline of beaches and sand dunes, East Yorkshire is an enchanting region, which features a whole host of campsites that are located all along the coastline and are close to popular destinations like Fraisthorpe Beach and Hornsea.
Some of East Yorkshire’s most popular coastal camping spots include Mill Farm Country Park, Skipsea Sands Holiday Park and Wold Farm Caravan and Camping Site all of which offer unique accommodation options. As well as this, these campsites are within proximity of popular attractions like the RSPB Bempton Cliffs making them the perfect spot for bird watching enthusiasts.
In addition to its stunning coastline and seabird colonies, East Yorkshire offers a range of activities and attractions to enjoy during your camping trip such as exploring the picturesque towns of Bridlington and Filey, visiting historical landmarks like Burton Agnes Hall or enjoying water sports in Staithes and Robin Hood’s Bay.
5. Picturesque Pembrokeshire
Located in southwest Wales, Pembrokeshire is known for its quaint coastline and plays host to a number of coastal camping spots that are close to popular attractions. With plenty of amenities and facilities available for campers, it’s no wonder why people flock to this area for a memorable trip.
Whitesands Camping is located right next to Whitesands beach, which is known for its great surfing opportunities. If you prefer to just take in the beautiful sights of the coastline, Celtic Camping is perfect for you due to its direct access to the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path (stretching a whopping 186 miles!), which includes stunning views of the Irish Sea.
As well as the unrivalled beach views, Pembrokeshire is perfect for visiting historic sites such as St David’s Cathedral, Pembroke Castle and Carew Castle. You can also immerse yourself in the local food and drink scene, from fresh delicious seafood to traditional Welsh delicacies.
6. The Wonders of Glamorgan
Glamorgan, located in South Wales, offers a mix of stunning coastline, sandy beaches, and breathtaking views. Whether you’re looking to relax on the beach, explore local attractions, or simply take in the beauty of your surroundings, camping in Glamorgan is sure to leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Many campsites in the area provide visitors with a range of amenities including showers, laundry facilities and nearby-by restaurants and one of the most popular coastal camping spots in Glamorgan is Southerndown. Heritage Coast campsite is situated just on the outskirts of this village and sits mid-way of the unsung Glamorgan Heritage Coast.
As well as taking a stroll along this beautiful heritage coast, be sure to pay a visit to the golden sands of Porthcawl and take a trip to heritage sites such as Cardiff Castle and St Fagans National Museum to learn about the region’s rich history.
7. The Wonderful Conwy Coast
In the North of Wales is the Conwy coast which offers stunning views and a rich cultural heritage. This area provides the perfect opportunity to explore this wonderful region, and with so many campsites located along the coastline that are within easy reach of popular attractions, it’s a place you should definitely be visiting this summer.
Camping in Conwy is a unique experience with its historic castles and picturesque quay. Trwyn Yr Wylfa campsite in particular provides campers with sublime views of Anglesey, Puffin Island, Llandudno and Carneddau mountains. So if you want to soak up the natural beauty of North Wales, Conwy is the place to be.
As mentioned, Conwy is rich with mediaeval history and features one of the best-preserved mediaeval castles in Europe and so is certainly worth a visit. Whilst you’re exploring the traditional streets of this stunning town, take a stroll along the Conwy Quay to enjoy views of the marina and estuary. Bodnant Garden is also another great way to submerge yourself in the beauty of North Wales.
8. The Highlands’ Hidden Treasures
The Scottish Highlands will provide you with a unique opportunity to explore hidden treasures in the scenic coast and countryside. Surrounded in natural beauty and tranquillity, camping in the Highlands is the idyllic setting for a peaceful getaway.
There are a plethora of coastal camping spots in the Scottish Highlands that will allow you to enjoy all of the majestic mountains and stunning lochs the area has to offer. Muasdale Holiday Park offers truly breathtaking views of the Isle of Islay, Isle of Jura and Isle of Gigha, and is known for its abundant birdlife and seal sightings. Kilchoan, which is located near Ardnamurchan campsite, gives campers the opportunity to take a trip and climb the lighthouse at Ardnamurchan Point for some truly stunning views.
When you plan a camping trip to the Scottish Highlands, there are a few must-visit sights to explore such as the impressive natural landscapes of the Old Man of Storr and the Fairy Pools on the Isle of Skye. Taking a tour of one of many Highland Whiskey Distilleries is also a must to immerse yourself in the rich history of whiskey making.
9. The Sandy Shores of Northumberland
Northumberland is home to a range of coastal camping spots that are situated in an AONB. Located in the North East of England, the Northumberland Coast Area is a campers paradise thanks to its natural beauty and unique features.
Springhill Farm Holiday Accommodation has been dubbed as one of Northumberlands most scenic sites thanks to its rolling views of the sea and Farne Islands. If you fancy waking up to views of the magnificent Bamburgh Castle, Fowberry Farm camping is the ideal spot for you. The Barn at Beal is a lovely family-run campsite that is situated in an AONB and in close proximity to Lindisfarne (a.k.a Holy Island).
Northumberland is filled with scenic beaches and sand dunes that should be on your list of beaches to visit. Some of the most popular beaches include Embleton Bay, which also includes stunning views of Dunstanburgh Castle, Beadnell Bay and Alnmouth beach to name a few.
10. The Suffolk Charm
Suffolk, which is located on the east coast of England, offers a unique camping experience thanks to its vibrant coastal culture. With coastal camping spots dotted all around its coastline, you’ll be spoilt for choice with your options.
The Hollies Kessingland is a family-friendly camping spot with Great Yarmouth and other popular local attractions only a short drive away. Cliff House Holiday Park is situated on the idyllic Suffolk Heritage Coast, on the cliff top and with direct access to the beach. If you’re looking for a little bit of luxury and seclusion, Pigs in Blankets campsite overlooks the quaint seaside town of Southwold and offers campers a relaxing and peaceful stay in Suffolk.
As well as taking a stroll along the Suffolk Heritage Coast, there are plenty of historical landmarks to visit where you can learn about Suffolks rich history. Sutton Hoo is a hauntingly beautiful burial ground that is dubbed as one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. Be sure to uncover the stories at Framlingham Castle’s interactive exhibition with the whole family too.
Ready for your seaside escape?
As you can see, coastal camping offers an incredible opportunity to connect with nature, unwind in stunning surroundings and enjoy a coastal destination that’s filled with unique charm.
So, if you’re feeling inspired to take a camping trip to the UK coast this summer, get in touch with us today. We have a huge variety of campervans for sale right now, or if you want to test the waters first, why not hire a campervan with us this season? Whatever you choose, you’re sure to have an unforgettable coastal experience in your campervan!