Camping is a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors together as a family. It gives you the freedom to explore and get close to nature.
One of the most important aspects of camping is choosing the right campsite to suit your circumstances and what type of camping experience you want.
For us, camping isn't about swimming pools or nightly entertainment it's about living outside and connecting with nature. Here are three cool campsites that we have stayed at, each offering a different camping experience that you may want to try.
FForest Fields Camping Site
FForest Fields nestles in a rural valley surrounded by rolling hills. The site spans seven acres set in beautiful countryside in the heart of mid-wales near the town of Builth Wells.
The landscaping is excellent with small streams and trees creating privacy.
Fforest Fields has a lovely laid back family friendly atmosphere.
The streams and bridges are popular with the children, and there are always children happily playing and cycling around the campsite.
With clean top-class facilities, this campsite has everything you need and more for a great camping adventure.
We have stayed at this site on several occasions at different times of the year and always leave wishing we could stay longer.
Dinas is a little gem of a campsite in the foothills of the Rhinog mountains.
You don't stay at this site for its facilities; you stay here to enjoy seeing the children discover the joys of the outdoors and having fun. The simple pleasures of rope swings and an ancient oak woodland (accessible from the campsite) keep the kids busy for hours. A heaven for the kids to run around in, build dens, dam streams and play hide and seek.
The campsite boasts a small lake complete with a canoe that you can hire. You can bring your own inflatable boats too!
There are lots of walks in the area including an impressive climb to Dinas Rock.
We spent a long weekend at this site and never used the car once.
It’s also called the “hideaway in the hill”, and we can see why. This secret little campsite is just waiting to be explored.
Askrigg Camping is a family run basic site set on a working farm in Wensleydale on the edge of the village of Askrigg.
With only a very cool eco-loo, fresh water tap and a sink in a field (no hot water!), Askrigg Camping offer a back-to-basics camping experience.
This campsite is all about living with nature and just enjoying a simple life. With fantastic views, sheep and chickens in the field it's a delightful campsite for children to discover the outside world.
The friendly owner Heather is full of local knowledge and tips to help you get the most out of your stay in Wensleydale.
You can also easily access the village of Askrigg, and the children's play park is just through a gate in the wall. There are also pubs within easy reach if you don't fancy cooking or want a quick bite. The King's Arms has a children's games area (and was also the pub in All Creatures Great and Small).
We visited this campsite recently and nearly had the campsite to ourselves! Askrigg camping is 'proper' camping at its best, a must if you are looking for an adventure in the Yorkshire Dales.
The area is excellent for cycling. Visit Stage 1 Cycles, just down the road in Hawes, if you want to get your family on some bikes and tour the area.