I think camping, like swimming and cycling, is in my DNA. But even though I really like them, I still need to put some boundaries on my enthusiasm (please read here what I dis/like about camping). Last summer, we experienced our first camping as a family of 5, but, we also travelled to a few other places and today I’d like to share my recommendations:
This was our first camping trip we went on as a family of 5! We went to a NT campsite in Cornwall and you can read about our first camping experience here.
There are two little towns next to each other with a few beaches to share: Kingsand and Cawsand, Cornwall. The camp-site, Maker Heights is located on the hill, within a walking distance from the towns (20 minutes on foot). You can walk to the towns via a countryside path and a little wood. We went there for four days and it was the long weekend in May, so on Sunday the campsite was full and it felt a bit over-crowded, but it had a really nice vibe. The campsite was family-friendly, had one of the cleanest toilets (oh yes!), and very nice staff. On top of that, there was a canteen with some delicious food (we tried their savoury buns and they were good!). But the most exciting thing about this campsite were the campfires! You could join one of the communal ones or have your own. We loved our stay!
This place was recommended to us by my dear friend. The campsite, Wall Park, is located in Brixham, Devon. You can reach the town centre in 15 minutes on foot. We went camping for a weekend, but outside season, so it wasn’t so busy and felt rather (positively) quiet. The staff are nice, there is a little café, a bar and a small playground. There are many toilets and showers and also a couple of washing machines and dryers. Within a 20-minute walk, there is a beautiful pebble beach, Breakwater Beach, with some crystal clear water, and a bit further away, a marine swimming pool, Shoalstone Pool. What a choice for sea swimmers!
What I most like about those three campsites is their diversity: you can adapt your stays according to your desires, make them more urban or more wild, slow or active, enjoy walking and/or swimming. How was your summer? Have you been camping, too? Please let me know in the comments below.