July 20, 2017 at 7:01 PM
With summer here and the school holidays looming, many of us are starting to think about getting away to the seaside for a day. Of course, the benefit of owning a camper van or motorhome is that you are not restricted to a day trip and can go where you want for as long as you want.
With that in mind, we have chosen our five favourite coastal campsites. North or south, secluded or full of family activities, there is sure to be something to appeal to everyone in the following shortlist.
Think of the seaside and you think of Blackpool. There is a choice of sites in the area, but if you are a Caravan Club member, you can’t go wrong with Blackpool South. It has hard standing pitches and all the facilities you would expect from a top club site.
Once you have pitched up, you are ready to tie a hanky to your head and enjoy all the fun of Britain’s most famous seaside resort, complete with donkey rides, deck chairs and more ice cream kiosks than you can count. Visit after 30 August and you can even see the famous illuminations!
From one extreme to another, if you prefer your coastline wild and secluded, you can’t do much better than Dunstan Hill site near Embleton Bay. Stroll along the vast, sandy beach and you will come across a line of 40 beach bungalows nestled in the dunes.
Keep walking and you’ll soon come upon the ominous Dunstanburgh Castle looming out of nowhere. After a good long walk, what better way to spend the evening than with a pint of ale and a home cooked meal at The Ship in Low Newton?
The Norfolk coast has an atmosphere and character all of its own, and if you have never explored it, now is the time to do so. Pinewoods Holiday Park is an ideal base, situated on an expanse of coast between Wells and Holkham.
This is a particularly good spot for dog lovers, as there are numerous walks and dog-friendly pubs and cafes to check out with your four-legged friend.
The Cornish coast is famed for its spectacular scenery, and it does not get much more special than Pentewan Sands. Book early to secure one of the beachside pitches, and the waves crashing on the glorious sandy beach will lull you to sleep at night.
The site has all the facilities you could possibly imagine, including a supermarket, a choice of bars and restaurants and even two swimming pools. It really is its own little oasis.
For something a little different, why not take the ferry from Holyhead or Liverpool and head across to Dublin? From there, it is just a 130-mile drive to Galway on the spectacular west coast. Salthill Caravan Park is bordered on three sides by Galway Bay and has all the necessary facilities. A shop and pub are a few minutes walk away, and there are frequent buses into the town centre.