Six of our favourite coastal camping spots in the UK

Here are our top picks.

1 - Slapton Sands Campsite, Devon

Only a 10-minute walk from the vast shingle beach of Slapton Sands, this campsite is in one of the most picturesque camping spots in the UK - the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You’ll find all the modern amenities you need for a relaxing, stress-free holiday, such as washing machines, a children’s play area, and ample pitching space for your tents. Alternatively, you can hire glamping accommodation at Slapton Sands Ready Camp if you'd prefer a few extra luxuries.

Just a 5-minute drive away is the Slapton Ley Nature Reserve, which is England's largest natural lake and a haven for otters, badgers, dormice and bats. If you're a history buff, you'll have to visit Dartmouth Castle, a stunning 14th-century landmark just a 30-minute car journey away. Guarding the Dart Estuary for more than six centuries, it’s a great place to enjoy some traditional West Country cream tea, after which you could head up to the gun tower for a wonderful view of the estuary.

2 - Centenary Way Camping and Caravan Park, North Yorkshire

Minutes from a beautiful sandy beach, the Centenary Way Camping and Caravan Park in North Yorkshire is a spacious, rural site with a delightful Fairy Tea Garden for snacks and refreshments. If you’re looking for peace and quiet, and good old Yorkshire hospitality, this definitely ranks among the best camping spots in the UK.

You'll all find all the facilities you'd expect of a 21st-century campsite, from electrical hook-ups to washing up areas and children's playgrounds. The site is also just a 15-minute walk to the popular holiday resort of Filey, known for its attractive Edwardian landmarks and excellent golden sandy beach. In summer, you might even spot a porpoise swimming in the water just off the shore!

3 - Whitefield Forest Touring Park, The Isle of Wight

On the Isle of Wight, a favoured summer retreat for Queen Victoria, Whitefield Forest Touring Park is in a scenic woodland with stunning views of the coast. This 5-star, award-winning family site includes modern amenities like washing machines, irons and privacy cubicles - and as you explore the woods you may be lucky enough to spot the rare red squirrel.

The site is only a 10-minute car journey from the seaside town of Ryde, which has one of the largest piers in the country and a particularly impressive sandy beach.

4 - Cliff House Holiday Park, Suffolk

In a beautiful rural location next to the Suffolk coast, Cliff House Holiday Park offers over 120 camping and touring caravan pitches with washing facilities and shower blocks.

Spend the day in the pleasant fishing village and resort of Aldeburgh, which is probably most noted for its music festival. Or explore the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with its vast shingle beaches and extensive cycling routes.

5 - Golden Cap Holiday Park, Dorset

One of the most beautiful camping spots in the UK, this family-run site overlooks the spectacular Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You’ll find a wide choice of luxury lodges, premier camping pods and pitching space for tents and caravans, all just a few hundred yards from the beach. Expect modern conveniences like BBQ facilities, shower and toilet blocks, and electric hook-ups for a comfortable family holiday.

The Golden Cap Holiday Park is a 15-minute drive from the popular family seaside resort of Lyme Regis, best known for being the home of the Dinosaurland Fossil Museum (which kids will love).

6 - Cardigan Bay Club Site, Wales

Only a 10-minute journey from the beach by car, this picturesque campsite has a great choice of Ready Camp glamping tents, although you're welcome to bring your own tents instead. You'll find plenty of family friendly facilities such as a children's play area, electric hook ups, and a good deal of open space for football and other games.

The Cardigan Bay Club Site is only a 10-minute car journey from New Quay Beach, a secluded sandy bay that's ideal for bathing thanks to its sheltered location. The sea near this unspoilt port is also famous for its bottlenose dolphins, which are best observed between June and October.