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6 Coastal Campsites for Enjoying the Great Outdoors

There's never been a better time to dust off your tent, pack your thirst for adventure and enjoy the Great Outdoors! You'll find a whole host of campsites that offer brilliant activities in the UK, but if you're looking for epic adventures by the sea, these coastal beauties won't disappoint!
SWIM AND SKI : WATERMOUTH COVE HOLIDAY PARK, NORTH DEVON

Not only are you a stone’s throw away from the caves and rocky shores that inspired the children’s author Enid Blyton, this holiday park has its own private beach where a jet-ski safari centre offers adrenaline-fuelled tours of the coast. After you’ve got your fill of fishing, water sports, swimming and kayaking, you can also take a short drive to the surfing meccas of Woolacombe and Croyde.

DIVING IN DEVON: GALMPTON TOURING PARK, SOUTH DEVON

The English Riviera’s sea temperatures aren’t quite as frostbite inducing as other UK shores. So, it only makes sense to set up camp where you can explore this region’s brilliant diving activities. Galmpton Touring Park is a stunning campsite that overlooks the mouth of the River Dart. It’s also a stone’s throw from the best diving territory including Babbacombe Beach and Brixham Breakwater, where you can swim by spectacular marine life and shipwrecks.

THE PARAGLIDER’S HEAVEN: GRANGE FARM, ISLE OF WIGHT

The Isle of Wight is soaked in spectacular scenery. And it doesn’t get more picture-perfect than Grange Farm – a campsite perched above the sandy Brighstone Bay. If marvelling at the island’s white cliffs doesn’t quite do it for you from ground level, Grange recommends two paragliding schools where you can experience a vertiginous flight over those magnificent rocks.

CLIMB THEN CAMP: SWANAGE COASTAL PARK, DORSET

If you fancy yourself as a bit of a climber, hammer the tent pegs into the grounds of Swanage Coastal Park and you’ll have Dorset’s magnificent Jurassic Coast at your feet. Whether you’re keen on traditional or sport climbing, find plenty of abseiling specialists who you can join. Then for something more serene, walk or cycle the coastal trails – they’re pretty spectacular.

SURFER’S PARADISE, CROYDE BAY CAMPSITE, NORTH DEVON

Croyde Bay is of course, home to some of the best British surfing. So it comes as no surprise that avid surf fans pitch up at this campsite right on the UK’s Gold Coast. There’s a renowned surf school on the beach and plenty of surfboard hire available to all campers. You’re so close to the bay, you’ll be riding the waves minutes after your last mouthful of Cornflakes. You might even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of our big wave surfing ambassador, Andrew Cotton.

HIKER’S HOME-FROM-HOME: HOOKS HOUSE FARM, NORTH YORKSHIRE

The Coast to Coast – a 192 mile walk that runs from St Bees in Cumbria to Robin Hood’s Bay in North Yorkshire, is a rambler’s dream. Hooks House Farm is located right at the end of this famous hike, and its stunning views certainly win the wow factor. With seaside towns Whitby and Scarborough all within driving distance, as well as coastal pathways around pretty beaches like Staithes, Sandsend and Runswick Bay, it might even spur you to carry on walking. If you’re not nursing too many blisters, that is.