From train to shop: 10 great UK campsites you can get to by public transport |  camping holidays

From train to shop: 10 great UK campsites you can get to by public transport | camping holidays

Bert’s orchard, Llŷn Peninsula

Twenty camping pitches and two safari tents are set amongst wildflower meadows on a 200-hectare farm outside the small village of Trefor, on the north coast of the Llŷn Area of ​​Outstanding Natural Beauty. There’s a tree house and rope swings for the kids, while the big draw for adults is its seasonal garden restaurant for breakfast and lunch daily, and dinner six nights a week (drinks and cocktails are garnished with herbs from the garden). There is a private pebble beach and you can hire paddle boards and kayaks from the nearby sandy beaches of Porth Iago or Aberdaron. Take the 30 bus from Caernarfon or Pwllheli to Ganolfan, from where you’ll walk just over half a mile down the lane to the site.
Adults from £22 per night, children from £10two nights minimum, bertskg.com

Nearly Wild Campsite Lee Valley, Hertfordshire

A 17-course site set amongst the green spaces of the 4,000-hectare Lee Valley Park on the Essex-Hertfordshire border. Choose from 12 riverside or five forest plots with basic amenities, including a composting toilet, cold water tap and solar-powered lights. Take the train to Broxbourne, from where it’s a 10-minute walk to the camp. You can also cycle 17 miles along the River Lee Navigation Towpath from London.
releases of £22 per nightvisitleevalley.org.uk

Small estate in Guilden Gate, Hertfordshire

guild gate

Choose between a renovated yurt and campervan in a copse forest or the ‘Secret Garden’ accessed through an oak gate at this site less than an hour by train from London and just 15 minutes from Cambridge. The owners offer their own box scheme of seasonal vegetables (asparagus and rhubarb in May, cabbages and leeks in December), along with fruit, herbs, mushrooms, honey, and eggs. Take the train to Royston, then the 17 bus to Park View, from where it’s a five-minute walk to the smallholding.
two nights of £250, guildengate.com

Brook Lodge Farm, Bristol

With buses running from Bristol to the entrance, it’s easy to get to this campsite and caravan park without a car. In the historic hamlet of Cowslip Green, the farm dates back to the 1730’s and is a beautiful spot with a creek winding through the grassy park, many mature trees and an abundance of wildlife. There are also many conservation initiatives, from bat boxes to building wildlife corridors. Close to the Mendip Hills, the area is great for walking, bird watching and biking.
Pitches from £10 a night, plus £4 adults, £3 children, brooklodgefarm.com

Tapnell Farm, Isle of Wight

Tom's Eco Lodge - eco pod - exterior

Safari tents, log cabins, ecopods and “modulogs” (capsules built from logs for groups of up to six) are found in this innovative agricultural park in the northwest of the island, where facilities include a restaurant, bar, bike rental and Slide and slide water park with huge free fall drops. Take the ferry from Lymington to Yarmouth, then the Southern Vectis 27 bus to the farm.
From £360 up to eight for two nights. Two night cycling getaway for two of £350 in it ecologicalpod, or £500 at Modulog or Dome including luggage transfer (by electric cargo bike) from the ferry at Yarmouth and bike hire from Yarmouth and vice versa (additional electric bikes £50), tapnellfarm.com

Ty Du Farm, Llanelli

This is a car-free, back-to-nature camp on a small, wildlife-friendly farm with just five pitches and a twenty-foot imperial bell tent (seating eight people), where the owners, members of the Greener Camping Club, encourage children to explore the woods and collect firewood. Walking and biking trails on gentle paths lead to Furnace Pond, Swiss Valley Reservoir and local beaches. Take bus L2 or 128 from Llanelli to Felinfoel, from where it’s a 20-minute walk to the site.
releases of £15 plus £5pp per night (kids free),glampingcampingtydufarm.co.uk

Craig Wen, Gwynedd

Graig Wen Camping and Cabins Wild Snowdonia Escapes www.graigwen.co.uk

Plot in over 40 acres of car-free protected clearings and secluded meadows, or head to the top of a cliff overlooking the Mawddach Estuary in the southern part of Snowdonia National Park. It is a basic site (composting toilets, hot shower trailer and drinking water taps) and is 600 meters from the Mawddach trail below the foothills of Cadair Idris, ideal for cycling along the old railway that runs from Dolgellau to Barmouth on the coast. Take the 28 bus from Fairbourne train station, ask to get off at Graig Wen between Arthog and Penmaenpool.
Pitches from £twenty one nightgraigwen.es

Vallette, Channel Islands

A family campsite on the eastern side of the island of Sark, looking towards France (between Guernsey and Jersey), where you can swim in the nearby bay of Grève de la Ville with views of Alderney. The site is basic, but there is a block of showers, toilets and bathrooms, and you can also rent a pre-pitched tent or pods for three or four. Sark is car-free – take the ferry there (several departures a day in summer from Poole or Portsmouth, changing at Guernsey), then tractor to site.
Adults £11 per nightkids 5 pounds sterling; capsules from £39sercq.com

The Lazy Duck, Cairngorms

The Lazy Duck, Cairngorms The Duck House

New owners Phil and Sarah are breathing new life into this well-established glamping site in the Cairngorms National Park. There’s a pre-pitched safari tent (sleeps six), three secluded cabins, and a bunkhouse with wood-burning hot tubs and a sauna, plus yoga and massages in the wellness studio. Phil does guided mountain biking in the nearby Abernethy Forest. From Aviemore or Inverness, the 37 bus stops at Nethy Bridge; ask for the Causar Refuge stop from where it is a five-minute walk to the site.
safari tent from £348 for a three-night or four-night weekend Monday to Friday for 2 adults and 2 children, lazyduck.co.uk

Abbey Home Farm, Cotswolds

A family-friendly organic farm camp near Cirencester where you can camp in a car-free field with basic amenities (compost toilets, cold water taps and hot gas showers) and views of Cotswold farmland, or stay in a yurt camp (good for groups), shepherd’s hut or stone hut. It’s a five-minute walk through the woods to the on-site farm cafe and shop, and there are farm walks, tours, and activities for kids. Take the 881/855 bus from Kemble train station to Cirencester, from where it’s a 40-minute walk along the farm’s trails or a 10-minute bike ride to the campsite.
Adults £8, kids £4, theorganicfarmshop.es

Richard Hammond, author of The Green Traveler (Pavilion, £18.99). Order a copy for £16.52 at guardianbookshop.com

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