Perfect pitch: These are the prettiest campsites in the UK

Family camping by the sea with dramatic sky at sunset, Chiba, Japan
Into the wild... make your home in a beautiful spot (with permission!) (Getty Images)

With UK camping bookings up 500 per cent, it can be difficult to find the perfect spot to pitch your tent. Luckily, consumer spending experts Money.co.uk have been canvas-ing opinion and using Instagram to gather information, revealing the most picturesque campsites in the country. 

Here's the top ten, ready to inspire your next outdoor adventure...

Lusty Glaze Beach Glamping, Cornwall

The idyllic beachfront glamping at Lusty Beach (Credit: Lusty Beach)
The idyllic beachfront glamping at Lusty Beach (Credit: Lusty Beach)

If you've always fancied the idea of sleeping on the beach, listening to the sound of the surf and the call of the gulls, this is the way to do it in style.

These Cornish bell tents, pitched onto the totally private sand with panoramic views, are designed with a 'Robinson Crusoe meets luxurious hotel' feel. You will be pampered in style, and can take part in sunrise yoga classes or romantic dinners on the water's edge. Be aware, however, that there is no glamping available to book now until 2022. It's camping...but not as you know it!

Three Cliffs Bay Holiday Park, Gower

You could wake up to this beautiful view over Three Cliffs Bay on the Gower Peninsula (Getty Images)
You could wake up to this beautiful view over Three Cliffs Bay on the Gower Peninsula (Getty Images)

You can book a tent pitch with a sea-view at this dog and family friendly holiday park, located on the Wales Coastal Path on the beautiful Gower Peninsula. 

If you don't fancy faffing around with tent pegs there are also glamping options available, and you can use the luxurious bathroom block - camping has come a long way from the cold showers of our youth. 

Loch Tay Highland Lodges and Glamping, Perthshire

Loch Tay Highland lodges offers upmarket glamping in a serene setting (Getty Images)
Loch Tay Highland lodges offers upmarket glamping in a serene setting (Getty Images)

If you love the back-to-nature vibe but you're not up for quitting your creature comforts, this one's for you. 

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Surrounded by peaceful green fields and quiet forests, but an easy drive from both Edinburgh and Glasgow, this Scottish holiday park offers luxurious glamping accommodation in the form of cosy wooden pods, quirky hideouts and geodomes - some of which come with hot tubs. Sign us up, stat.

Eweleaze Farm, Dorset

Eweleaze Farm is convenient for visiting the pretty town of Weymouth (Getty Images)
Eweleaze Farm is convenient for visiting the pretty town of Weymouth (Getty Images)

You get the use of a private beach at this secluded, idyllic farm campsite, set in an area of outstanding natural beauty near Weymouth in Dorset.

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The site covers several spacious fields, giving any kids (or big kids) plenty of room to to run around and enjoy themselves. There are also dozens of fabulous, wholesome facilities - from a farm shop and pizza van to a hay bale play area and animal petting.

Blackberry Wood, East Sussex

Countryside landscape on the way to Seven Sisters White Chalk Cliff in South Downs National Park, East Sussex, Eastbourne, England, United Kingdom
Explore the South Downs National Park from the Blackberry Wood campsite (Getty Images)

Kids will go crazy for this eco-friendly, family-run campsite at the foot of the South Downs, where you can stay in a higgledy treehouse, a red bus and even a fire engine! 

Campers, however, can choose between two fabulous options - either pitching tents in the secluded glades at the heart of Blackberry Wood, or (in the summer only) opting for 'Blackberry Wood On The Wildside', sleeping either in woodland clearings or an open meadow. 

Bryher Campsite, Isles of Scilly

You could pitch up at this idyllic spot on the Isles of Scilly (Image: Bryher Camp Site)
You could pitch up at this idyllic spot on the Isles of Scilly (Image: Bryher Camp Site)

You can truly get away from it all at this lovely campsite nestled between two hills, a stone's throw from a white sandy beach on the tiny island of Bryher - the smallest inhabited island in the Scillonian archipelago, located off the Cornish coast.

Either bring your own tent or rent a comfortable, fully kitted out bell tent. 

Campden Yurts, Cotswolds

Camp in style near pretty Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire (Getty Images)
Camp in style near pretty Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire (Getty Images)

Enjoy a slice of the good life at this home-from-home glamping campsite on the outskirts of the quaint old market town of Chipping Campden, in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 

A sustainable, friendly site with just two yurts, the five acre smallholding has been in the same family for over 45 years. 

Elmley Nature Reserve, Kent

Elmley RSPB reserve, Kent, August 2009
Elmley RSPB reserve (Getty Images)

Located on the Isle of Sheppey, off the Kent Coast, Elmley is the only National Nature Reserve in England that you can spend the night inside. 

What's more, you won't be roughing it - the beautiful, wild 3000-acre reserve instead offers an array of truly boutique glamping options, from Bell Tents to Shepherd Huts. If this is what re-wilding looks like, consider us on board. 

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