NEARLY WILD CAMPING

Want to warm up to the wild camping experience with the next best thing? Jonathan Knight, editor of new guide Cool Camping Britain highlights a selection of his favourite remote and rugged UK campsites

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TAN AELDROCH FARM, CONWY, WALES (pictured)

Just a few miles along the River Lledr from Betws-y-Coed in Snowdonia, Tan Aeldroch is as close to wild camping as you can get and still within a stone’s throw of an A road. The large meadow is accessed across a bridge – it’s a bit marshy in places but sheep do a good job of keeping the grass well mown while the surrounding stone walls provide shelter. Facilities-wise, there are flush loos and a standpipe, along with warming fire pits dotted around for anyone to use. Multiple footpaths on the doorstep make it a superb Snowdonia base-camp.

Adult £5; child £3 | Tan Aeldroch Farm, Pont-y-Pant, Dolwyddelan, Conwy LL25 0LZ | 01517 287639

 CLEADALE, ISLE OF EIGG, SCOTLAND

With the insolent snub nose of An Sgurr towering over the harbour, the Isle of Eigg has a strikingly isolated appearance. But it’s only after rattling up the road to a cluster of crofts in the northern corner that it can truly be appreciated. At the bottom of a vast and curving cliff, Cleadale Campsite is as wild as its setting. The pitches aren’t the flattest and the dishwashing sink is outdoors, but a newly built shower and loo add some practicality to proceedings. Good supplies are essential - as the only shop on Eigg is on the other side of the island.

£6 per adult per night; under 16’s free | Cleadale Campsite, 13 Cleadale, Isle of Eigg, Scotland PH42 4RL | 01687 482480

 CHAPEL HOUSE FARM, LAKE DISTRICT, ENGLAND

Situated at the point where the Stonethwaite and Derwent Valleys join forces to form Borrowdale, Chapel House Farm Campsite is a simple place, consisting of a single open field. Cars are not allowed on the meadow itself, adding to the authentic feel, and there’s a bus stop outside the site with regular services to Keswick and over Honister Pass to Buttermere. The facilities (toilets, showers and a couple of outside washing-up sinks) are pretty crude and only the showers (50p) have hot water, but they normally suffice and encourage a slightly more ‘family-friendly’ campsite feel.

Adult £6; child £3 per night | Chapel House Farm, Stonethwaite, Borrowdale, Keswick, Cumbria CA12 5XG | 01768 777256

 SKRINKLE BAY, PEMBROKESHIRE, WALES

It was a dramatic moment in 2014 when Skrinkle Bay introduced a cold shower and flush loo to their campsite, until then there had been nothing but a tap. Situated among the caravan park scattered coastline of Pembrokeshire, this utterly basic, back-to-nature site is a world apart from its neighbours - none of which are in sight from its wind-blown platform overlooking the sea. At one side, the field dips away to form a sheltered area for those who don’t want to risk the campfire blowing out and, in the same corner, a coastal path can be joined to reach a private-feeling shingle beach, safe for wild swimming on calm days.

£10 per tent per night | Skrinkle Bay Campsite, Manorbier, Tenby, Pembrokeshire | 01834 871005


BADGELLS WOOD, KENT, ENGLAND