NEW WAVE: Campers at Ocean Pitch in Devon can take in the views over Croyde’s sleepy village
A surfboard atop every campervan, however, alludes to the fact that Ocean Pitch is just such a place, with an unbeatably handy location overlooking Croyde Bay. Unsurprisingly, the campsite has been designed to suit the crowd – there are outside showers for wetsuits, boards for hire and an affi liation with the local surf school – but it’s a great spot for everyday campers too.
There’s an easy, scenic walk along the National Trustowned headland to Baggy Point and beyond lies vast Woolacombe Sands (another popular surf spot).
Croyde itself lends the campsite extra appeal – in summer the pubs, shops and surfer crowd give a vibrancy that rightly crowns the place as Devon’s surfi ng capital.
From £15 per adult/£7.50 per child, self catering. Under-3s not permitted.
Hemscott Hill farm, Northumberland
For the closest of seaside stays, this “almost wild” campsite is set among the sand dunes behind sevenmile-long Druridge beach. Pitches are on fl at and meadowy aprons surrounded by spiky marram grass and sea sponge, while facilities are minimal.
There are cold showers, composting toilets and no electricity, although a 10-minute walk to the farmyard does give access to warmer and more flushable options. Evening campfires are a must, followed by kicking off your flip-flops and crawling into bed, soothed to sleep by the sound of crashing waves.
Bring bikes to make the most of Northumberland’s Coast & Castles cycle route, which runs directly past the site, or hire them in the nearby town of Amble.
From £15 per night, self catering
Celtic camping, Pembrokeshire
Set atop the craggy cliffs overlooking Abereiddy Bay, this farm-turned-campsite has, over the past two decades, transformed from a tiny camping meadow into a full-blown family haven.
Outbuildings have been converted into bunkhouses for larger groups and there are a handful of electrical hook-ups for campervans and caravans.
Bushcraft courses, which include everything from fire lighting to raft building, are available in summer and it’s a 20-minute stroll via the Pembrokeshire Coast Path to Abereiddy Beach.
From £10 per adult/£5 per child, self-catering.
Cleadale Campsite, Isle Of Eigg
Cleadale campsit, Isle of Eigg
From the west coast of the Scottish Highlands, ferries run from Mallaig to this remote and innovative island. Bought by the local community 20 years ago, Eigg has become renowned as a bastion of sustainability, generating its own electricity through solar, wind and hydropower.
At its northern tip, a tiny organic farm plays host to the island’s most wild and well-placed campsite. Below a natural amphitheatre of towering cliffs, pitches look out across a shimmering Hebridean sound to the Isle of Rum’s jagged mountains.
A short stroll away, a white sandy beach awaits, and the nearest shop is less than four miles away.
From £6 per adult, children free, self-catering.
HOT SPOT: Eweleaze Farm offers clifftop campfires
Eweleaze farm, Dorset
This temporary farm campsite – open during school summer holidays only – is probably the largest tent-only campsite in the UK. Over 1,000 people a day share the clifftop location, looking out across Weymouth Bay to the Isle of Portland, but with field after field of space it’s never overcrowded.
Campfires are permitted and the array of food and drink options could compete with many festivals – there’s a juice bar, pizza van, coffee shop, patisserie and crepe stall, among others, plus the original farm shop.
At the foot of the site, a private shingle beach can be reached via steps from the meadows.
The swimmers’ pontoon is a big hit with kids, while longer walks are ideal for fossil hunting.
From £7 per adult/£3.50 per child, self-catering. Under-3s free.
Trwyn Yr Wylfa camping, Conwy
Where the mountains of Snowdonia slip into the Irish Sea, Trwyn Yr Wylfa occupies one of the few flattish strips of tent-friendly grassland.
The new and excellent facilities include wifi, laundry facilities and a communal washing-up area. Penmaenmawr Beach and a good pub are within easy walking distance.
To the south, hills climb away towards Taly Fan mountain and 3,000ft Foel Fras, while more local footpaths offer a three-mile wander to the historic walled city of Conwy and it’s only a half-hour drive to Llanberis and the foot of Snowdon.
From £9 per night, self-catering.
For more information and booking of all campsites visit: coolcamping.com. The new book, Cool Camping: Coast, is out now (£16.95).