The Best Campites near London
We love London but we also love nature and getting out the rat-race for a weekend or longer. London is surrounded by countryside and once you get out the M25 the home counties offer you endless opportunities to pack up the tent or the camper and unwind for the weekend. Just beyond you have the coastlines of Suffolk, Kent, Essex, West and East Sussex all within a couple of hours drive (depending on when you set out of course). You can find campsites on our partner site JETCAMP
Best Stopover to the South Coast – Longacres Caravan and Campsite, Lingfield (20 mins from Junction 6 M25)
The campsite caters for all guests (including dogs) with several Glamping pods, 4 bell tents, a tent area and many electric hooks up for RV’s. The facilities for showers (50p neede) and clothes/dish washing are new and kept very clean. There is nothing neighbouring the camping area so you are literally surrounded by the Surrey countryside and best of at the bottom of the campsite is a walkway / path which leads you on a number of lovely countryside walks.
Staff are extemely helpful and there is even a Cocktail / Burger Bar that comes during the Summer period. There is a wonderful 15th Century Mill and now a local pub situation on a lake called the Wiremill which is most definatelty worth a stroll for breakfast (from 8am), lunch or dinner. The town of Lingfield (and it’s famous racecourse) is 1.3km away with mainline trains into London Victoria.
Best Sea Views Campsite – Folkestone (60 mins from Junction 2, M25)
Folkestone Club Site is a popular, cliff-top campsite with birdwatchers, sea anglers and Channel hoppers. Run by the Caravan and Camping Club it’s worth joining up to get discounts of up to 30% on all their sites. The Folkestone Club Site is ideally located whether you’re holidaying in Kent or taking a day trip to France by Channel Tunnel. The campsite enjoys a dramatic cliff-top position with stunning views of the sea and the chalky cliffs of the Dover.
It’s is a small secluded site, with very clean facilities and friendly staff. Ideally situated, being very close to the M20, and once on site a short walk along the beach into town. My only advice would be to select your pitch carefully, as they vary quite a lot. The best pitches have beautiful views looking over the sea and you are near to Canterbury and Eastbourne for days out.
Best Campsite for sandy beaches – http://www.hareandhoundsrye.co.uk/ (90 mins from South London)
Formerly a pub, the Hare & Hounds is set in idyllic countryside situated just outside historic Rye (2 miles). It makes the perfect base for exploring 1066 country, the stunning sandy beach at Camber sands and the surrounding areas. Rye harbour and it’s nature reserves are wonderful trips out and the beaches are fabulous.
The beautiful Bed & Breakfast accommodation is open all year round, and camping for Tents and Campervans is available April – September. The owners are super friendly and kind and we can see why they have such great reviews on Google! For a quiet campsite in the countryside and to explore the best coastline this is the one.
Best Campsite for Anglers – Gabriels Fishery, Edenbridge 20 mins from Junction 6, M25
Our main campsite is next to the duck pond and has plenty of grass pitches alongside three hard standing pitches. There is a children’s play trail you can wander along and follow the windy path through the wonderful woodland.
ind the wobbly bridge and test your balance, gaze up at the tall totem pole, find the fairy ring and make a wish, use the mud kitchen to cook up a “treat”. Let the kids imaginations run wild! Onsite fishery complex boasting 5 well stocked and beautifull lakes and 1 1/4 miles of the River Eden when the season is open. Bait can be purchased on site.
Use us a base to visit the local attractions such as Hever Castle, Penshurst Place, a large selection of National Trust properties and in indoor soft plays, to name a few, just a short distance away. We have mobile fire pits available to borrow should you wish to have an open fire. With the estate being flat, take the chance to explore the surroundings using the public footpaths available.
Best Campsite for getting away from it all – New House Farm, Chichester 70 mins from Junction 6, M25
New House Farm is a camping site offering a scenic setting in the beautiful South Downs National Park, in East Dean, just 7 miles north of the cathedral city of Chichester. Ideally placed for visits to the city, south coast and walking and cycling enthusiasts, Goodwood Racecourse is also close by for exhibitors or spectators. The campsite is very basic with no electric hook ups but with great views of the stars!
There are also grass pitches for tents, available. Well maintained toilets are available. Dogs are allowed, with many wonderful walks straight from the site around the surrounding fields and countryside.
There are many interesting places to visit just a few miles from the site including Weald and Downland Living Museum and West Dean Botanical Gardens. Chichester has many restaurants, shops and pubs and there is also the impressive cathedral.
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