Thinking of camping in England? Make like a famous sneaker brand and just do it. This is a country that lets you get under its skin as soon as you leave the cities and make for the villages and countryside that England still has in abundance.
Camping in England is like camping in a whole lot of countries at once. The scenery changes from village to coastline to forest to mountain range. That variety is also reflected in the range of campsite options on offer to outdoor enthusiasts in England. Whether you’re looking to camp under the stars or spend time in high end glamping pods, England has got you covered.
So, choose your campsites and get exploring. There is much to see and experience in this ancient land.
Speaking of ancient... Yes, England is fully part of the modern present, but for lovers of the ancient world, England is a treasure trove of gems.
Glastonbury might now make people think of the music festival (and that is a wonderful festival to experience) but the significance of this location dates back all the way to the times of King Arthur. This is not the only place in England that is connected to the Arthurian legend, though the Glastonbury Abbey is reported to be King Arthur’s final resting place. Tintagel in Cornwall also has a strong connection with the legend of King Arthur.
Stonehenge is a well-known, though no less inspiring for its popularity, stone circle. Archaeologists estimate that these stones, situated in Wiltshire, were placed into position between 3000 BC and 2000 BC. Mysterious in itself, but England’s landscape is also dotted with other enigmatic stone formations.
Rollright stones in Oxfordshire date from the Neolithic and Bronze Age and many scholars believe that they played a huge role in England’s medieval period. The Merrivale Stone Rows are close to the B3357 road in Dartmoor. These too date from the Bronze Age but apart from knowing the date these stone circles were formed, the real experience to have in the presence of these relics is to stand near them and just imagine… What stories could their grainy, grey exteriors tell? Legends, myth and folklore are all bound up in these stones that have stood where they are for thousands of years.
For history lovers who like their legends with a little more… shall we say rebellion… following in the trail of Robin Hood is a must! Sherwood Forest is in Nottinghamshire and was established as a hunting preserve for royals in the 10th century. Visitors can stroll through the forest and visit archaeological exhibits that date this part of Nottingham to the Normans.
These are just a few of the historical gems England offers. Many more abound if you go searching for them.
Food, food, glorious food England has a larder, thanks to its beautiful countryside, and has created many beautiful foods out of its bounty. Your tastebuds will be on as much of a trip as you are!
You simply have to try a cider. Whether you’re visiting in summer, or are curled up in front of a fire in a cozy pub during winter, the West Country’s finest offering provides golden bubbles of refreshment. There is a lot of tradition associated with cider in England, with many historical artefacts dating cider production in the West Country to before the Norman times. The apple trees have a very significant role in the identity of this part of the country and some of the best cider is made by Benedictine monks!
Cornish pasties are now famed across the globe but only one place is allowed to call their pasties by this name. And that is the place that invented them. Cornish pasties have been part of England’s menu since the 13th century, though initially they were part of the diet of the wealthy class, and were filled with venison and other rich meats, fruit and gravy. By the 17th century, however, miners and their families had realised the handy convenience of the pasty and adapted it to their own needs. The pasty now became filled with beef, potatoes, swedes and carrots. The pasty now has PGI status (Protected Geographical Indication) and is protected as a national food.
Caseophiles will find themselves in cheese heaven in England. Buxton Blues, Dorset Blue Cheese, Bonchester Cheese… are these names not music to the cheese lover’s ear? They are. And the small producers who make cheese in England produce wedges of art. For a taste sensation second to none, take your tastebuds to the farm shops that sell their cheese wares.
Still looking for an indulgence? Don’t get us started on Cornish clotted cream.
Spectacular scenery England might be a small country but it packs a punch in the scenery stakes. We thought a list of four places of spectacular beauty is the best way to get you started on plotting your adventure.
Situated in South East Cornwall, Polperro is a small harbour town that is sheltered inside a ravine. Although Cornwall is very popular with visitors, this little town still feels off-the-beaten track and we’d encourage you to pop by when you’re on your travels.
The Lake District, Northwest England
An area of spectacular natural beauty, the Lake District is a must for nature lovers. With some of the highest peaks in England, hemming in the lakes, the Lake District is a place where you feel the earth slows down.
Hope Valley, the Peak District
Although the valley gives the appearance of being just one valley, the name of the river that runs through it changes its name several times. And as its name changes, so too does the natural scenery that surrounds it. Visit Derbyshire and see for yourself.
The Jurassic Coast, East Devon to Dorset
Talk about ancient, how about following in the path of the dinosaurs? The Jurassic Coast is a world heritage site and stretches across the southern coast of England. It’s very beautiful and has many coves and beauty spots along its 96 miles.
Festivals and carnivals One of the loveliest advantages of camping in England is the access you’ll have to smaller or off-the-beaten-track festivals and carnivals that are dotted around the country.
Cumbria is the setting of the beautifully named “Words by the Water” festival. Situated in the arresting Lake District, big names in the literary world often speak at this festival, held right on the edge of Derwentwater.
You want to party like 1945? Then get yourself to the Haworth 1940s Weekend. Steam trains, uniformed party goers, jiving and jitterbugging, the Haworth 1940s Weekend is a fundraiser for SSAFA, the armed forces charity. It’s also a great party in West Yorkshire and a brilliant time for anyone who wants to participate.
Winter time sees Wiltshire explode into a crescendo of lights. The Festival of Lights takes place every year at Longleat. This festival is the largest display in Europe of Chinese lanterns. Some of the lanterns themselves are huge, over 20 metres high and 70 metres long.
No matter what floats your boat, you’re bound to find a festival that suits your tastes as you travel the open road.
The final verdict A camping trip in England gives you so much more than spectacular scenery and huge expansive swathes of the outdoors. From ancient myths to festivals that take in the heady days of the 1940s, England offers a trove of experiences for those with an adventurous spirit and is the perfect camping ground for families and people who love exploring.
Camping in England? Just do it.
(Click here to read our essential guide to camping in England.)