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Holiday in Britain: Best for camping

wimbleball lake_campsite_13_06_12What’s not to love about good old Blighty with its stunning coastline, awe-inspring views and quirky British eccentricities?

Jollydays, York

If a camping trip sounds too much like hard work, then glamping (a catchy amalgamation of ‘glamorous’ and ‘camping’) could well be the answer to your holiday prayers. Jollydays Luxury Camping is situated in north Yorkshire, between the picturesque Howardian Hills and The Wolds, so you can enjoy the beauty of the glorious Dales before returning to the boutique-style camp, safe in the knowledge that your cosy, wood-burning stove-heated tent awaits. This is the ideal getaway if you’re seeking the best of both worlds: the close proximity to nature combined with those all important home comforts – some tents even come complete with dining table, sofa and four-poster bed! Who needs hotels, hey?

Don’t miss: The posh camping three-course supper baskets. To save you trekking to the nearest shop, Jollydays can deliver tasty, locally sourced breakfast and supper baskets (at a small extra cost) direct to your tent.

Wimbleball Lake Campsite, Dulverton, Somerset

Whether you’re looking to get active on land or prefer making a splash in the water, there’s something to suit everyone at Wimbleball Lake campsite. With plenty of space to pitch your tent, this AA three-star site, nestled in the scenic Exmoor National Park, offers panoramic views over the lake that are not to be missed.

The Outdoor + Active centre has a plethora of water sports including sailing, rowing, windsurfing and kayaking – perfect for the outdoor type. Plus, for budding engineers, there’s even the opportunity to build and launch your own craft!

But if you prefer to keep your feet firmly on dry land, then you can explore the Somerset wildlife on a countryside walk or use pedal power to make your way along one of the many dedicated cycle trails. Keen anglers can take advantage of boat and fishing facilities with the chance to catch some of the area’s renowned rainbow trout. An action-packed camping trip awaits.

Don’t miss: The Junior Club, designed for children from eight to 16, which runs every Saturday from 9.30am. Kids can take part in various activities including windsurfing, sailing and kayaking – enough to tire them out.

Woodclose Park, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

If you want some time out from the hectic frenzy of city life, why not escape to the green pastures of Cumbria to recharge your batteries? At Woodclose Park, located just half a mile from the historic market town of Kirkby Lonsdale, you can pitch your caravan or tent right in the middle of this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are a number of hard-standing pitches for touring caravans as well as a secluded camping field and seven fully equipped wooden wigwams. The park is so environmentally friendly that it has been awarded with Gold (the highest accolade) by the David Bellamy Conservation Awards. Only a stone’s throw from fishing and walking facilities, the park even has its own herd of furry alpacas!

Don’t miss: The chance to go mountain biking on one of many trails that offer invigorating rides over the hilly terrain.

This article was first published in at home with Lorraine Kelly in April 2012. [Read the digital edition here]

Photograph: Getty Images

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