TOP 10 CAMPSITES BY LAKE – 2015

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Lake camping – a Top 10

 

In no particular order, here are 10 lake campsites worth a visit in 2013.


1) Smeatons Lakes Touring Park, Newark, Nottinghamshire, NG23 6ED, 01636 605088

PITCHES: Lakeside views available

PARTICULARLY popular with anglers who fish the four lakes for carp and pike. Next to the River Trent, caravans, motor homes and tents are accepted on this 82-acre campsite. Newark – with its castle, air museum and markets – is just a mile away from the lakes and camping ground. Nearby Sherwood Forest offers good walking and hiking. Showers, toilets and washing-up facilities. Of the 130 pitches, 100 have electric connections. Open all year.

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2) Skegness Water Leisure Park Lakes, Walls Lane, Ingoldmells, Skegness, Lincolnshire, PE25 1JF, 01754 899400

LAKESIDE: Pitches on the water

PITCHES are available right next to the lakes, which provide fishing and cable skiing. Electric hook-ups should be booked at least one month in advance. A campsite pub/restaurant, cafeteria, food shop and coffee shop are available.

Playground, toilet blocks and shower/washing facilities. Laundry facilities operate on a token system. Dogs allowed but must be kept on a lead. Caravans and tents accepted on the camping ground by the lake.

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3) Lakeside Adult Touring Caravan Park, Bielby, York, York, YO42 4JP, 01759 318100

LAKE: Course fishing and camping

THE EMPHASIS here is on peace, quiet and lots of fishing. Camping at the side of a six-acre manmade lake containing carp, roach, rudd, chub and perch. Close to the city of York, the campsite is close to the Yorkshire Downs and the West Coast.
Open all year, with toilets, showers, washing up/laundry facilities and a chemical disposal point. Dogs are permitted, but under 16s are not.

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4) Coniston Hall Camping Site, Lake Coniston, Haws Bank, Coniston, Cumbria, LA21 8AS, 01539 441223

JETTY: Across the lake towards Coniston Hall

FISH, swim or canoe from March to October on the edge of Lake Coniston. Tents and motor homes only on the campsite. Bring a good camping mallet because the ground lakeside is a bit rocky. Toilets, showers, washing up areas and laundry facilities. Shop is available onsite. Children and dogs are permitted.

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5) White Cross Bay, Lake Windermere, Ambleside Road, Windermere, LA23 1LF, 015394 43937

BAY: Windermere from WhiteCross - Chris Poole

UPMARKET camping on Lake Windermere. White Cross Bay, at the very heart of the Lake District, offers heated indoor swimming pool, sauna, gym, shop, a la carte restaurant and cocktail bar. Watersports are available on the lake. The campsite includes electric hook-ups, showers, toilets, washing up and laundry facilities and chemical waste disposal. A playground is available for children and dogs are welcome. Caravans and motor homes accepted on the camping ground, but not tents. Statics can be rented or bought.

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6) Hill of Oaks, Tower Wood, Lake Windermere, Cumbria, LA12 8NR, 015395 31578

PICTHES: Camp on England's largest lake

A UNIQUE campsite set in woodland offering access to a mile of lake shore and its own island. Campers can swim or paddle to Wildcat Island when water on Lake Windermere is low.
Nature walks and a safe play area are available. An campsite shop sells locally produced goods and every day essentials. Toilets, showers and washing up and laundry facilities are provided. Dogs are allowed but must be kept on leads. No camping tents.

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7) Ullswater Caravan and Marine Park, Watermillock, Cumbria, CA11 0LR, 01768 486666

SCENE: - On the banks of Ullswater - Bay Photographic

SITUATED in the middle of the Ullswater Valley, with magnificent views of the lake. The camping is peaceful and secluded, allowing customers to relax and unwind. Also boasts some of the best rambling and mountain-biking terrain in the region. The campsite’s own private marina gives access to the lake.  Tents, caravans and motor homes are accepted and statics are available for rental or sale. The site offers electric hook-ups, showers, toilets and washing up facilities. A TV room, games room and playground offer ample entertainment for children and watersports are available on the lake.

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Bunree Caravan Club Site, Onich, Fort William, Highland, PH33 6SE, 01855 821283

STUNNING: Camp on the water's edge of Loch Linnhe

THE CAMPSITE is on the shores of Loch Linnhe. Park right at the lake edge. Mountains behind the loch make for a spectacular view. Fishing and watersports are available. Ben Nevis is nearby. Electric hook-ups, toilets, showers, washing up and laundry facilities. There is a playground for children and an campsite shop. No tents for camping.

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9) Wig Bay Holiday Park, Loch Ryan, Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway, DG9 0PS, 01776 853233

FISH OR SURF: Campsite on the western shores of Loch Ryan

SHELTERED by the northern hills of the Rhinns peninsula on Loch Ryan. Hill walking, tennis, fishing, golf and windsurfing available. There’s also an indoor swimming pool and a children’s play area on the camping ground. Electric hook-ups and gas refills are available and the campsite includes toilets, showers, washing up and laundry facilities and chemical waste disposal.

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10) Lakeside Caravan Park, Llangorse Lake, Brecon, Powys, LD3 7TR, 01874 658226

SPORT: Canoe, sail, fish or row

NEXT to the lake in the Brecon Beacons, this campsite is in the middle of the national park, surrounded by woodland, greenery and mountains. Llangorse Lake, the largest natural lake in South Wales, is renowned for its pike fishing.  Watersports include canoeing, rowing and waterskiing. Dinghies and pedalos can also be hired. The campsite includes toilets and shower blocks, laundry and washing up facilities and a chemical disposal point. A play area will keep the kids occupied. The camping accepts tents, caravans, motor homes and rallies. Hook-ups are available, as are gas refills. The site includes a bar, eatery and shop. Dogs are welcome.

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