British farmers are helping holidaymakers this summer with new pop-up campsites across the UK helping boost staycation destinations.
Simply pick a site and pack up your tent, caravan or camper and a summer down on the farm awaits.Of 2,000 sites across the UK currently listed on pitchup.com, 700 are also working farms including more than 20 added in the past few days alone.
Farm sites typically offer the traditional camping experience with grass pitches, basic facilities and the added attraction of acres of land, spacious settings and fresh produce for sale as well as an insight into a different way of life.
What’s more it’s a great way to boost rural economies and support British farmers who are seizing the opportunity to give holidaymakers a different experience this summer.
Here are some of the best ...
Low Borrowbridge Farm, Cumbria - from £25 for 1 night, up to 4 peopleHead to the Howgill Fells to set up camp next to the river Lune at this upland working farm. The simple and scenic site is easily accessible from the M6 and straddles the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales national parks. Surrounded by excellent walking country, there is also plenty of nature to enjoy closer to home, including local wildlife like otters, red squirrels and rare butterflies. Facilities at the family-friendly site include portaloos and sinks, plus drinking water from a bowser. Book online at pitchup.com site.
Clovelly Fields, Devon - from £17 for 1 night, up to 4 peopleThis is the perfect spot to enjoy sea views, sunshine and great local food. Kick back and relax, gaze out across fields of grazing sheep or take a gentle walk to admire the coastal views across to Saunton Sands. Active types can enjoy days out at the nearly Milky Way Adventure Park, and the North Devon Wake Park with wakeboarding for all abilities, an inflatable aqua park and lakeside clubhouse.Book online at pitchup.com site.
Castle Howard Wild Side Camping, North Yorkshire - from £18 for 1 night, 2 adultsPart-rural, part-regal, the new wild camping site at Castle Howard offers the perfect peaceful spot to pitch up, with one of the grandest country estates just next door. The site itself is simple and peaceful, with plenty of space to roam as well as portaloos and running water on tap. Castle Howard’s Grand Lake is just a short stroll away, to enjoy outdoor pursuits like fishing and boating, and the local farm shop is also within easy walking distance. The Castle also plays host to concert weekends.
Little Thakeham Farm, West Sussex - from £23 for 1 night, up to 6 peopleTucked away on a quiet farm close to the South Downs National Park, enjoy the peace and quiet with almost-wild camping.The site itself is stripped back to rural simplicity with a cosy country pub just a 15-minute stroll away and more choices with shops in the nearby town of Storrington. Take your bike and your walking boots to explore the nearby countryside or drive 20 minutes to Arundel Castle for a heritage fix.
Bowerchalke Pop-Up Campsite, Wiltshire - from £15 for 1 night, 2 adultsClose to Salisbury and Shaftesbury, the family farm is surrounded by countryside. Enjoy the wildlife that thrives in the meadows, hedgerows and nature pond, or take a stroll to Bowerchalke, complete with ancient church and cricket pitch. Guests are welcome to bring barbecues or firepits, with a weekly market in the village to stock up on all your local produce.