For us as dog owners we walk daily around our local area, the lengths varying depending on our schedule for the day. But when we travel in Ruby the VW Campervan, and Bluebell and Daisy the Motorhome, Ruby’s predecessors, part of the appeal for us is travelling to a new area and trying out new and longer walks. We are also for the second year in a row taking part in the Walk 1000 Miles challenge. Last year we exceeded 1000 miles and this year are set to do the same.
I read somewhere that one of the most popular activities for campers is walking, so it’s no surprise that when it comes to booking a break away we take into account the location of the campsite and whether we can walk from the site without having to drive. We like to try to avoid moving Ruby off the site once pitched up, so campsites that have footpaths directly from the door so to speak are of huge appeal to us.
To celebrate National Walking Month, Keith and I put together our top ten Campsite with Walk combinations.
Gillside Campsite could not be better located for the path up to Helvellyn and Striding edge- the path actually runs though the campsite road. It’s right at the foot of the mountain and most importantly has a pub 5 minutes walk which is perfect for post walk celebrations!
The Wasdale Head Campsite is a National Trust Campsite and is in a spectacular location. It’s not far to the main Scafell path, and also has the wonderful Wasdale Head Inn close by too. England’s deepest lake, Wastwater, is also a short walk away. This is true walkers country and you easily have a week or more here walking new paths everyday.
Herding Hill Farm is one of the nicest campsites we’ve stayed on (albeit one of the more expensive). Location wise is was fabulous, a short walk to one of the best sections of the impressive wall and also a lovely gorge walk down into nearby Haltwhistle too (where we had the best sausage roll ever!)
4. Walk: Norfolk’s Coast Path whilst staying at
The whole of Norfolk’s Coast Path is just lovely to walk on, and we literally could not decide which campsite was our favourite as they all offer different aspects. Flint House offers a sea view, Happisburgh lighthouse within walking distance but has basic facilities. Foxhills has a lovely pub and is within walking distance of charming Sheringham along the coastal path. Deepdale has amazing facilities, but is pricey. It’s in a village with two fabulous dog friendly pubs and the walk to Wells Next Sea is brilliant too. The whole of North Norfolk is connected via a very regular and dog friendly bus service so a linear walk along the coastal path is very easy. Also I would say North Norfolk is one of the t dog friendly places there is!
Foxhills blog post Here
Deepdale Blog post Here
We visited the Yorkshire Moors on our first trip in Bluebell back in 2012 and fell head over heels. I have a confession to make here, we cannot for the life of us remember where we stayed, it was near to Levisham and the Hole of Horcum walk. So, I’ve consulted Google and UKCampsite and listed a campsite which comes up top for that area (and walkable to The Hole of Horcum). Think we are overdue another visit. Another cool walk in this area takes in Brimham Rocks
6. Walk: Abereiddy Coast Line through the Blue Lagoon to Porthgain whilst staying at Camping and Caravanning St David’s Club site
This walk was a real highlight of our Wales trip. As you can see the weather helped. Don’t forget to pack your cossie if you fancy a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon and some change for Pembrokeshire Ice-cream in Porthgain.
I know, I know, we’ve already got 2 in the Lake District and 1 in Cumbria. But we couldn’t talk about walking from your Campervan without including this gem of a site. In fact we’d go as far as saying this is probably the most picturesque campsite in England if you like mountainous scenery. Situated down a long single track road at the head of the textbook U shaped valley – this really is the most wonderful place to stay if you’re after walks from your van.
8. Thames Valley Path walk whilst staying at
We still haven’t completed the Thames Valley Path, but the sections that we have done, we have thoroughly enjoyed. Quaint English riverside villages and east walking on the tow path make this easy and enjoyable walking. We really enjoyed our stays at both the above campsites and look forward to walking more of the TVP when we can
9. Walk: Sandringham and Wolfreton whilst staying at Caravan and Motorhome Sandringham Estate Club site
We’ve actually done this walk a couple of times now, and each time got bowled over by Wolfreton Station – the former Royal Station. It’s a nice walk through our lovely Norfolk Countryside and of course takes in the Queen’s Estate of Sandringham. At the time we were members of the Camping and Caravan Club so stayed on their club site, but if your members of the Caravan and Camping Club then their Club site is near enough next door. Perfect for a weekend retreat, and if you haven’t visited Sandringham House, it’s well worth a visit – you get to see much more than Balmoral!
This walk was on my bucket list for ages. We finally ticked it off in February 2019 and it as just terrific. The site is right on the Pennine way and The pub in Dufton (opposite the campsite) served the pest post walk meal I can remember eating!
So there we have our favourite Campsite walks. But as we all know the UK is a beautiful and varied land, and so we know we’ve missed ones off the list, or have perhaps not done them ourselves. So we ask you, whats your favourite walk from a campsite? Comment below – we’d love to hear from you.
Until Next Time
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