Bert’s vegetable garden, Llŷn Peninsula
Twenty campsites and two safari tents sit amongst wildflower meadows on a 200 hectare farm outside the small village of Trefor on the north coast of Llŷn Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There’s a treehouse and swings for kids, while the big draw for adults is its seasonal vegetable 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 shingle beach and you can hire paddleboards and kayaks at the nearby sandy beaches of Porth Iago or Aberdaron. Take the 30 bus from Caernarfon or Pwllheli to Ganolfan, from where it’s just over half a mile on foot to reach the site.
Adults from £22 a night, children from £10minimum two nights, bertskg.com
Almost Wild Campsite in Lee Valley, Hertfordshire
A site with 17 pitches among the green spaces of 4,000 hectares Lee Valley Park on the Essex-Hertfordshire border. Choose from 12 riverside or five wooded sites with basic amenities including compost toilets, cold water tap, and solar-powered lights. Take the train to Broxbourne, from where it’s a 10 minute walk to the campsite. You can also cycle 17 miles along the River Lee Navigation Towpath from London.
Pitches from £22 per person per night, visitleevalley.org.uk
Guilden Gate Smallholding, Hertfordshire
Choose between a yurt and a refurbished campervan in a copse grove or in 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 basket of seasonal vegetables (asparagus and rhubarb in May, cabbage and leeks in December), as well as 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 reach the smallholding.
two nights of £250, guildengate.co.uk
Brook Lodge Farm, Bristol
With buses running from Bristol to the entrance, this campsite and caravan park is easily accessible without a car. In the historic hamlet of Cowslip Green, the farmhouse dates back to the 1730s and is a beautiful location with a stream meandering through the grassy grounds, many mature trees and abundant wildlife. Many conservation initiatives are also in place, from bat boxes to the construction of wildlife corridors. Close to the Mendip Hills, the area is ideal for walking, bird watching and cycling.
Pitches from £10 a night, plus £4 adults, £3 children, brooklodgefarm.com
Tapnell Farm, Isle of Wight
Safari tents, wooden cabins, ecopods and “modulogs” (pods built of logs for groups of up to six people) are found at this innovative agricultural park in the northwest of the island, where on-site facilities include a restaurant, bar, bike rentals, and slip-n-slide water park with huge free-falling drops. Take the ferry from Lymington to Yarmouth and then the Southern Vectis 27 bus to the farm.
Since £360 up to eight for two nights. Two night bike break for two from £350 in the ecopod, or £500 in the Modulog or Dome, including luggage transfer (by e-cargo bike) from the ferry to Yarmouth and bike rental from Yarmouth and back (additional e-bikes £50), tapnellfarm.com
Ty Du Farm, Llanelli
This is a back-to-nature, car-free campsite on a small wildlife-friendly farm with just five pitches and a seven-metre imperial bell tent (sleeps up to eight people), where the owners, members of the Greener Camping Club, encourage children to explore the woods and collect firewood. Walks and bike rides on gentle tracks lead to Furnace Pond, Swiss Valley Reservoir and local beaches. Take the L2 or 128 bus from Llanelli to Felinfoel, from where it’s a 20 minute walk to the site.
Pitches from £15 plus £5 per person per night (kids free), glampingcampingtydufarm.co.uk
Craig Wen, Gwynedd
Settle into over 16 acres of sheltered glades and secluded car-free meadows, or climb high on a cliff overlooking the Mawddach Estuary in the southern part of Snowdonia National Park. It’s a basic site (compost toilets, hot shower and drinking water taps) and 600m from the Mawddach trail under the foothills of Cadair Idris – ideal for cycling along the old railway line that runs from Dolgellau at Barmouth on the coast. Take bus 28 from Fairbourne station, ask to get off at Graig Wen between Arthog and Penmaenpool.
Pitches from £20 a night, graigwen.co.uk
Valletta, Channel Islands
A family campsite on the east coast of the island of Sark (between Guernsey and Jersey), facing France, where you can swim in the nearby bay of La Grève de la Ville with a view of Alderney. The site is basic, but there is a block of showers, toilets and washrooms and you can also hire a pre-pitched tent or pods for three or four. Sark is car-free – take the ferry (several departures a day in summer from Poole or Portsmouth, changing in Guernsey) and then the tractor to the site.
Adults £11 a nightchildren £5; pods from £39, sarcq.com
The Lazy Duck, Cairngorms
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 off-grid cabins and a dormitory with hot tubs and wood-fired sauna, plus yoga and massage in the wellness studio. Phil organizes guided mountain bike rides in nearby Abernethy Forest. From Aviemore or Inverness, bus 37 stops at Nethy Bridge; ask for the Causar Shelter stop from where it is a five minute walk from 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 run organic farm campsite 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 over Cotswold farmland, or stay in a yurt camp (good for groups), shepherd’s hut or stone house. It’s a five-minute walk through the woods to the site farm shop and cafe, and there are farm walks, tours and activities for children. Take the 881/855 bus from Kemble station to Cirencester, from where it’s a 40 minute walk along farm paths or a 10 minute bike ride to the campsite.
Adults £8, children £4, theorganicfarmshop.co.uk