Nothing quite beats camping by the water, taking a swim in the evening light and enjoying a glass of wine as the otter cub gamble under the willows… Then in the morning you can leap out of your tent and leap into the pool, wash away the sleepy dust and feel revitalised for the day.
Here are a few of our favourite river and lake side camping spots. We’d love to hear about yours, so add them to the comments or upload them as places onto the community map.
Stowford Manor on the Somerset Frome is 400m upstream the UK’s last remaining river swimming club on the Frome at Farleigh Hungerford. Great cream teas too.
Cloud Farm straddles a gushing stream with a little pool 20minutes upstream through the woods at Badgworthy Pool in Exmoor Loorna Doone country.
Clifton Hampden on the Thames was famous as a boating hang out for Jerome K. Jerome and his messing-about-on-the-river buddies. There are miles of riverside here with some good beaches.
The Suffolk Waveney was where Roger Deakin used to swim. Its a beautiful river up and down stream of Bungay and the Outney Common campsite gives access to the best streteches (though has a few too many caravans)
Wastdale Head campsite is run by the National Trust in the Lake Disitrict. It’s popular but lovely and is right on the shores of one of Britian most stunning swimming lakes, Wastwater, with views up to Scafell Pike.
There’s a great riverside campsite alongside Langstrath Beck and just 5 minutes from the legendary Galleny Force pools and only 20 minutes from Blackmoss pot where there is a deep pot and a cliff to jump from.
Other good places are Hurely Island (Thames), Loughrigg Tarn (Lakes) and Appletreewick (Yorkshire Dales). Try searching doing a keyworkd search (box at top of page) to find them.
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