Embrace nature by camping with the National Trust

Embrace nature by camping with the National Trust

Posted 19th Apr 2016

Have you ever considered sleeping under a starry canopy?

Well there's no reason why you cannot do just that this summer! It's a great opportunity to get closer to nature - and a stay at a National Trust campsite will not only allow you to take part in a whole load of activities, it'll also help the charity to keep looking after the sites.

wasdaleWasdale, Lake District

The remote farming outlet of Wasdale is surrounded by spectacular fells and dramatic natural wilderness. The fells have been an inspiration for moutaineers, climbers and poets for decades and are a brilliant setting for an adventure for everyone. Spend the night in a camping pod that is both simple and spacious, or you could try out a tipi with a wood-burner for a cosy evening. Wasdale campsite is only a stone's throw from Wastwater - this has been voted Britain's favourite view. Located in the quieted West Lakes, it's a good spot if you're a fan of mountain hikes and climbing. You could head to Scafell Pike - England's highest peak - or if you fancied it why not venture out onto Wastwater in a canoe? Wasdale Head Inn is only a short walk from the campsite, providing you with a tasty treat should you get hungry.

Price: Tent pitch: From £17 for two nights, Camping pod: From £70 for two nights, Nordic Tipis: from £100 for two nights (2 adults and 2 children). Call 01539 432733 for more information.

National Trust locations nearby:
- Buttermere Valley

- Borrowdale and Derwentwater

- Sticklebarn and The Langdales

low wrayLow Wray, Lake District

Located on the lakeshore, Low Wray is a tranquil rural retreat which the entire family can enjoy. Conveniently located for access to the Lake District, Wray Castle is also within a ten minute stroll. If that doesn't take your fancy there are a host of other options - head into the hills or take part in one of the man activities for kids in the area. You can also hire bikes and canoes or a bat detector kit, or visit nearby Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s 17th century Farmhouse which will be celebrating her 150th anniversary. Alternatively, cycle to Claife Viewing Station or Allan Bank along newly opened bike routes. Price: Standard Pods: 3 available, (2 adults and 1 child) prices start from £70 for two nights

Family pods: 7 available (2 adults and 3 children) prices start from £80 for two nights

Safari tents: 2 available, either from Monday to Thursday or Friday to Monday, prices start from £250, 7 nights starting Monday or Friday, and prices from £400. For more information, please call 01539 432733 ntlakesholidays.org.uk

National Trust places nearby

- Allan Bank

- Wray Castle

- Hill Top

Crom, County Fermanagh

This will give you the perfect chance to immerse yourself in nature while still enjoying some comforts. Looking over Lough Erne, these pods are a stone's throw from water, making it the perfect spot to relax and watch the sun set. Pods have enough space to fit from two adults to a family of five with two single beds and a lot of floor space. Well equipped with home comforts which will ensure your stay is that bit easier, such as a microwave, kettle and heater along with electric points to keep your phone charged. Price: £45 per night

For more information, please call 028 6773 8118

National Trust places nearby:

- Florence Court

- Castle Coole


Gibside, Tyne and Wear, North East

Would you like to sleep under the stars in a cosy Mongolian yurt? Then Cut Thorn Farm will be just the place for you! West Wood yurt village combines back to nature living without compromising the luxuries you would want on a holiday. Comfortable futon style beds, cosy wood burning stoves, solar lighting and twinkling fairy lights will truly make this camping at its best. Yurt glampers will also get exclusive access to Gibside's parkland and adventure playground once day visitors have gone home.
Price: From £115 for two nights

For more information, please call 07823 334910

National Trust places nearby:

- Cherryburn

- Washington Old Hall

Castle Ward, County Down

Hidden away on Strangford Avenue in the stunning 820-acres of Castle Ward, these camping pods will give you the chance to reconnect with nature. Why not explore trails that will wind their way through atmospheric woodland, gardens and parklands? There will also be the chance to cycle through along these trails too. If you feel particularly adventurous you could also visit Clearsky Adventure Centre, which offers archery lessons, bike hire, laser clay pigeon shooting and kayaking on Strangford Lough and with an eighteenth century mansion on your doorstep it’s the perfect place to spend the weekend. A standard pod sleeps 2 adults and up to one child, and a family pod sleeps 2 adults and three children.

Price: Standard Pod: £38 per night, Family Pod: £48 per night

For more information, please call 028 4488 1204

National Trust places nearby

- Rowallane Garden

- Mount Stewart

Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

How would you feel staying in a wigwam? The wooden camping cabins are equipped with beds and electricity to keep the whole family warm. Set in the beautiful Sherwood Forest, the Clumber wigwams and camping pods are a great way for families to get close and personal with nature without the fuss of putting up your own tent. The nearby Clumber Park Bunkhouse is a converted gardener's cottage, which is situated next to the historic Walled Kitchen Garden - comprising of four interconnecting bedrooms, they can sleep up to 12 and provide simple and comfortable accommodation. Prices: Tent pitch: From £15 per night, Camping Pod: from £47 per night Mon-Thurs, from £62 per night Fri - Sun. Wigwam: from £52 per night Mon-Thurs, from £65 per night Fri – Sun.

For further details about the campsite please call 01909 506581.

Clumber Park Bunkhouse: Sunday – Wednesday £120 per night, Thursday – Saturday £150 per night, minimum 2 night stay

For more information about the bunkhouse, please call 01909 476592.

National Trust places nearby

- The Workhouse

- Hardwick Hall

Images courtesy of National Trust / Paul Harris / John Millar / Chris Lacey / Joe Cornish


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