Top 10 UK counties for camping, according to the AA
2020 saw a huge rise in popularity for camping and glamping, as the Covid-19 crisis meant that overseas summer holidays were off the table. The UK camping renaissance continues into 2021, with the AA publishing its annual guide to the best destinations for al fresco adventures.
If you’re starting to plan your next camping or glamping trip, here are the 10 best counties to focus on:
Unsurprisingly, sun-soaked Cornwall took the top spot in the AA camping guide. Around 86 of the hundreds of fabulous campsites in the area are featured in the latest AA guide – and 13 of these have won Platinum Pennant awards. This includes Globe Vale Holiday Park in Redruth and Hendra
Holiday Park in Newquay, which was crowned ‘AA Holiday Centre of the Year’ in the most recent awards.
Following hot on Cornwall’s heels is neighbour Devon, home of nearly 60 AA-rated campsites. These include Woodland Springs Adult Touring Park in Drewsteignton, Harford Bridge Holiday Park in Tavistock and Dornafield in Newton Abbot.
The third best UK county for camping, according to the AA, is North Yorkshire. There are 46 exceptional AA-rated sites across the region’s dales, moors, market towns and coastal spots, including Riverside Meadows Country Caravan Park in Ripon and Rudding Holiday Park in Harrogate.
Yet another south-western county scoring highly for camping is Dorset, which is also home to the AA’s Campsite of the Year (South West England) – East Fleet Farm Touring Park. Set in a stunning spot on the shores of the Fleet Lagoon in Weymouth, this working organic farm offers family-friendly camping and a fantastic location close to local attractions.
With its Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, beaches and coastlines, and plethora of cultural attractions – it’s easy to see why Somerset is one of the top camping spots in the UK. It has 30 5-star AA rated camping and caravan sites, including Burham-on Sea Holiday Village and Wells Touring Park.
Heading back up north again, we arrive at the mountains, lakes and valleys of beautiful Cumbria. Its Lake District National Park is one of the main attractions for campers, but there are also dozens of fantastic AA-rated campsites – including Castlerigg Hall Caravan & Camping Park in Keswick and Skelwith Fold Caravan Park in Ambleside.
The top spot for camping in Wales is Gwynedd, home of Portmerion Village, Caernarfon Castle and the Welsh Highland Railway. Plus, over 20 AA-rated campsites, including Greenacres Holiday Park in
Norfolk and its Broads, offering over 125 miles of beautiful waterways, comes in at no. 8 on the AA’s list of top camping counties. It’s also where you’ll find the AA Campsite of the Year (Heart of England) – the Clippesby Hall country house estate with camping and touring facilities.
Dumfries & Galloway
Scotland’s entry into the AA’s top UK counties for camping list is Dumfries & Galloway, home of 17 AA-rated sites – including the coastal gem that is Seaward Holiday Park in Kirkcudbright.
This northern county with its rolling countryside, seaside resorts and rich industrial history just about makes it into the AA’s top 10 camping counties. But Lancashire also wins another prize, as the peaceful Charoland Farm touring park in Greenhalgh was named ‘AA Small Campsite of the Year’.