UK campsites within walking distance of a good family beach.

(49 Posts)
loubielou31 Sun 02-Dec-12 22:41:27

We have a camper van and so for our main holiday it is handy if we can walk to the beach rather that having to pack everything up to drive there.
We have four children from 3 - 12 so the walk can't be too long and the beach needs to be suitable for children.

Last year we stayed at Gwithian Farm fairly near St Ives in Cornwall and I completely recommend it. It's in a perfect location for our needs, the site is really well run, no entertainment or bar etc but the chip van comes twice a week and a bakery van in the mornings. The only negative thing I can think of is the site is a bit windy.

We would very happily go there again but I like the idea of visiting some other places too.

I know that it's early but I also know the good places book up very quickly.

defineme Sun 02-Dec-12 22:47:01

There's a campsite next to Wells by the Sea in Norfolk-not a particularly attractive site, but the beach is pretty glorious (have stayed there all day many times)-can't remember the name, but it's the only one directly behind the beach.

WidowWadman Sun 02-Dec-12 22:55:28

http://www.newgalecampingsite.co.uk/

Campsite is nothing special amenities wise - toilets, showerblock, but all I really need, and you can't get much closer to the beach than that.

cosysocks Brazil Sun 02-Dec-12 22:58:01

Magic cove in porth Morgan in Cornwall. Not a fancy site but amazing beach, just next to local bus stop, walking distance of cafe, shop &pub. Want to go back but it's a long drive from north east.

cosysocks Brazil Sun 02-Dec-12 22:58:44

Sorry porth mawgan.

HeffalumpsAndWoozles Sun 02-Dec-12 23:10:30

We stay at Crossroads Farm in Cubert, Cornwall and recommend it to anyone who asks. Very simple site but no need for any extras as Cubert village is a five minute walk away with shop, chippy & pub/restaurants and the beach at Holywell Bay a 15 minute walk down the hill (although coming home again up hill is a teeny bit tiring there are another couple of good pubs on the way up!). There's also Holywell Bay Fun Park about half way down the hill which is fab for the kids too.

HeffalumpsAndWoozles Sun 02-Dec-12 23:13:21
loubielou31 Sun 02-Dec-12 23:17:24

Thank you, I'll look at all those. I wasn't expecting replies straight away, I'm glad it's not just me on the camping thread in December.
I don't know if it's clear from the op but the lack of "entertainment" is a good thing. I do however need ehu if we're going for a week or two.

jellybeans Sun 02-Dec-12 23:17:26

There are several nice ones in Morfa Bychan, Wales. Down near black rock sands beach.

Piffpaffpoff Sun 02-Dec-12 23:22:06

If you can take the drive to Scotland this is a lovely new-ish site that we stayed at last year. Stunning beach 2 minutes away.

cece Sun 02-Dec-12 23:25:37

Pentewen Sands is on the beach but it has entertainment.

cece Sun 02-Dec-12 23:26:54

I also noticed a couple of campsites near to the beach in Polzeath. Not sure what they are called though.

cece Sun 02-Dec-12 23:28:04

Polzeath but no idea what it is like.

loubielou31 Sun 02-Dec-12 23:28:28

cosysocks Magic cove is already full for the School summer half term and long Summer Holidays!

noteventhebestdrummer Sun 02-Dec-12 23:39:27

These sound great! Now, where's a good place to buy a camper van?

Blu Tue 04-Dec-12 21:22:50

The campsite that DefineMe mentions at Wells on the N Norfolk coast is called Pinewoods. And Wells is indeed a most fabulous beach, with gorgeous woods and walks behind. There is a little train or a walk on to Wells Quay and into the town, or beach and walks, and you can also hire the famous Wells Beach huts by the week or day from the campsite.

SandWitch Thu 06-Dec-12 14:11:25

I second Pentewan Sands we had a lovely (but wet!) holiday there this year.

Beach is large and safe and the pool was great too.

Megandavids Fri 14-Dec-12 14:14:13

Nicholaston Farm in the Gower is where I go every year. A great family campsite a two minute walk to the beach through the woods and dunes. Also in the summer you can go strawberry picking and there is a small cafe as well.

Milliways Tue 09-Apr-13 19:47:25

I kept this thread bookmarked as we have a Motorhome and like to walk or cycle to beach/pubs/towns. Thanks everyone for their recommendations - I definately want to try a few of these - especially Nicholaston Farm and some of the cornwall sites.

We have just booked to go to Golden Cap, after almost booking it's sister park Highlands end as both right on the Dorset coast, but we will save Highlands end for the summer. Golden cap has no club facilities etc - just a visiting fish and chip van and a pub, and only 100m from the coast.

Hope it warms up soom.

Any more recommendations out there?

serin Thu 11-Apr-13 23:00:07

Mother Iveys bay

Milliways Fri 12-Apr-13 16:25:56

Thanks- my Brother and family go there smile

derektheladyhamster Fri 12-Apr-13 16:31:02

There is a campsite in Charmouth, Dorset, which is right on the beach. All pitches have EHU and the shower block is the cleanest I've seen.

2006hildy Fri 12-Apr-13 16:57:16

What is EHU?

If they are booked up already does that mean they are more expensive than average prices?

Has anybody got any more Dorset coast recommendations?

I like this thread

nizzy99 Fri 12-Apr-13 18:10:13

EHU is Electric Hookup and yes they are slightly more expensive normally £3 a night ISP for electricity but sometimes well worthwhile.

nizzy99 Fri 12-Apr-13 18:10:45

£3 a night ish*

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