Over at Easirent wigan we have available the new ford zefiro motorhome which is 6 berth and the vw California 4 berth campervan so why not book a holiday and try out some of these fabulous coastal campsites.
1. Treen Farm Campsite, Penzance
Just three miles from Land’s End, Treen is also a short walk or drive away from some of Cornwall’s best beaches, including the isolated sands of Pedn Vounder. Sennen is a 10-minute drive away, and White sands Bay is one of the best places to surf. The site sits in a field back from the cliff top, so it’s not too exposed, even in inclement weather. Local attractions include Porthcurno Telegraph Museum for wet days, or the dramatic Minack Theatre, an open-air auditorium cut into the rocks. Facilities include showers, lavatories, and laundry and washing-up area. No pre-bookings are taken.
Where to eat: there is an on-site shop selling local meat, vegetables and bread, along with beach goods and camping gas. This year, cows from the farm will be providing pasteurised organic milk.
Price: from £6 per adult, from £2 per child. Tents from £2 per night, cars £1 each
Contact: 07598 469322; treenfarmcampsite.co.uk
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2. Ayr Holiday Park, St Ives
This site is situated within walking distance of the traditional Cornish fishing port and holiday resort of St Ives. There are really lovely views of the beach, so it’s not surprising that this is a popular spot for surfers who head to Porthmeor Beach for sand, surf and sunsets. Facilities at the site are first-rate, with a children’s play area and games room, a wet room for wetsuits, and plenty of hot water after a day in the sea. Hairdryers, showers and hot water are free.
Where to eat: Blas Burgerworks offers top-quality beef, chicken and more in arty St Ives. Read more on Britain’s best seaside cafes and restaurants.
Price: tent plus two adults £38.25 per night in summer season, extra adult £8.25 per night; child £4 per night. £75 deposit required on booking.
Contact: 01736 795855; ayrholidaypark.co.uk
3. Bay View Farm, Cornwall
The views from this charming site to West Looe on the far side of Hanner Fore, and over the water to St George’s Island, are some of the best in Cornwall. A small site, it’s beautifully run, with a good amenities block and free hot showers and Wi-Fi, and electric hookups (£3). Also available are “camping snugs” – wooden huts for which “you bring everything except the tent”. If the weather turns nasty, the Eden Project is about 10 miles away.
Where to eat: The picturesque fishing village of Polperro, where you can buy fresh fish for your barbecue, is just down the road. Or walk along the coastal path to the beach cafe at Black Rock resort.
Price: pitches from £10 for two adults and two children in winter, £17 in June; from £20 in July; snugs from £35 per night in winter and £50 July-August (sleeping two adults and two children).
Contact: 01503 265922; looebaycaravans.co.uk
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4. Slapton Sands Camping and Caravanning Club, Devon
As well as immaculate facilities and 115 generous pitches on manicured grass, this site also boasts stunning views over Start Bay and a gently relaxed atmosphere. There is a huge shingle beach at Start Bay. Dartmouth is a few miles up the road, from where you can take a boat trip up the river to Totnes. The excellent facilities include lavatories, showers, washbasins, laundry and a children’s playground.
Where to eat: The village of Slapton is just down the road, with a nice pub (the Queens Arms) and a good food shop with local organic food and vegetables.
Price: from £7 pppn
Contact: 01548 580538; campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk
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5. Burnbake Campsite, Dorset
The high number of repeat visitors is testament to the charm of this site, which has 130 pitches, close to the sandy delights of the beaches at Studland Bay, a short drive away and the proximity of excellent cycle paths means it is worth bringing children’s bikes. Corfe Castle and Swanage are just six miles away. Facilities include showers, washing machines, baby-changing facilities and a small shop stocking camping and cooking equipment. No individual pitch bookings are taken except for the spring and August bank holidays, so turn up early.
Where to eat: There’s a good on-site café selling pizza and vegetarian food and the shop sells some local produce, including baker’s goods made nearby by Williams of Wool, meat products from Curtis Butchers in Wareham, milk delivered daily from Swanage Dairy, and Purbeck Ice Cream. Head for a more formal option at Shell Bay Seafood Restaurant, on the shores of Poole Harbour, which has views to Brownsea Island.
Price: basic pitch charge is from £10 per night for one adult with a tent; extra adults from £5, children from £2.
Contact: 01929 480570; burnbake.com
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6. Trehenlliw Farm, Pembrokeshire
This charmingly basic site sits in 115 acres of farmland used for sheep and breeding cattle, framed by Carnllidid and Penberi mountains. This area of coast is studded with fantastic, sandy beaches, and the popular surfing beach, Whitesands Bay, is just a mile down the road. You can also take a boat to Ramsey Island for some seal and dolphin spotting, but if you want a break from the sea, you can walk to the exquisite tiny city of St David’s, with its beautiful cathedral, in about 10 minutes. The pretty basic facilities on site include shower blocks, free hot water and washing-up sinks.
Where to eat: there are independent food shops aplenty in St David’s, including a deli, butcher and a grocery store, CK’s. Cwtch* restaurant (01437 720491; cwtchrestaurant.co.uk) is good for something a little more formal, serving modern classics including smoked mackerel pate and Welsh ribeye steak.
Price: about £10 per pitch
Contact: 01437 721601; coolcamping.co.uk
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7. Dale Hill Farm, Pembrokeshire
Overlooking the mouth of the Pembrokeshire Heritage Coast, this site consists of a basic field with a rocky outcrop behind and a great view over the Milford Haven estuary. Children will enjoy crabbing on the pontoon, and you can also take boat trips to the island nature reserves of Skomer and Skokholm. Teenagers might enjoy surfing at West Dale, and the area is also popular with divers. The location of the site on the Pembrokeshire Heritage Coast means that there are a huge number of lovely local beaches nearby, and some good cliff walks as well. There’s a basic amenities block with lavatories, showers and a washing-up room with a fridge-freezer.
Where to eat: The Griffin Inn in Dale (01646 636227;griffininndale.co.uk) is a real pub serving real ales and fresh fish landed in the village.
Price: £10 per tent, motorhome or caravan
Contact: 01646 636359; facebook.com/DaleHillFarm
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8. Shell Island, Gwynedd
A peninsula of sand dunes and grass on Snowdonia’s coast makes up this magical spot, which has 300 acres dedicated to camping, supposedly making it Europe’s largest site. There are lots of great spots to choose from: cliff-top pitches with stunning views, sheltered fields close to the extensive facilities and romantic pockets of space among the dunes. There are even a few pitches level with the seashore, though all are close to the huge beach. Facilities include a reception area with supermarket, restaurant, pub, shop, free hot showers and a laundry, as well as 35 water points, 22 fire extinguisher points and over four miles of roads and tracks across the Island. There are also three flats available to rent. No caravans or single sex groups.
Where to eat: there is a tavern bar selling local beer for £2.50 a pint, a snack bar, and a restaurant in a converted barn, which serves a popular Sunday roast.
Price: adult from £6.25 per night; child from £2.50 per night in low season; £7.25 and £3 in high season respectively
Contact: 01341 241453; shellisland.co.uk
Grange Farm is perched on tall cliffs behind the sandy beach at Brighstone
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9. Grange Farm, Isle of Wight
This site is perched on tall cliffs behind the sandy beach at Brighstone, and the flat camping field goes all the way to the edge. In high winds the site is a little exposed, but the panoramic views across the ocean and the easy scramble down to the beach, 100 yards away, more than compensate. There are also camping pods that were designed and built on site. The basic facilities include free hot showers, lavatories and washing-up facilities in a heated block, as well as slot-operated washing machines and hairdryers.There’slay area with trains, a hay-cart, and a rope-bridge to keep young children happy, and a small area for football and cricket, and you might spot the odd alpaca. There is also a small shop for basic provisions.
Where to eat: the village of Brighstone is three-quarters of a mile away and pubs, including the Three Bishops (01983 740226;threebishopspub.com) and a tea room.
Price: from £14.50 per night for a standard pitch (two adults with a car and tent/motorvan/caravan) up to £22.50 per night in high season (summer and May); child from £2.50 extra
Contact: 01983 740296; grangefarmholidays.com
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10. Cobbs Hill Farm, East Sussex
The adventure playground and a good selection of animals, including rabbits, goats, horses and guinea pigs, mean that children love this site, which is just three miles away from the old-fashioned seaside resort of Bexhill. There’s a pretty pebbly beach, and some fuggy tea rooms. For water action, visit Bexhill Sailing Club, where you can have boating lessons.