I’m sure that we are not the only ones getting excited at the prospect of the first camping trip of the year.
But despite the lighter evenings camping in Spring can be a be something of a challenge when the temperature starts to drop as soon as the sun goes down. It certainly helps if you can have a cosy campfire to gather around when it starts getting chilly.
Here we list some fantastic campsites that allow fires from all corners of the country, some of which are open all year round for the really intrepid.
1. Abbey Home Farm, Gloucester
Eco camping in a beautiful woodland glade on a working organic farm. Yurts open Easter to October, open field camping all year round. An open fire communal cooking area is a real bonus for outdoor gourmets.
2. Coombe View Farm, Seaton, Devon
A beautiful rustic site with sea views on the edge of the Jurassic coast in East Devon. One for animal lovers with plenty of farmyard creatures and even a herd of native Exmoor ponies.
3. Yellow Wood Bush Camp, Herefordshire
If you think tents are for sissies then this site may be for you. String up your tarpaulin, rub some sticks together to start a fire and channel your inner Ray Mears at this rustic woodland site whose owner also runs bush craft courses on site.
4. Fisherground Campsite, Eskdale, Cumbria
In one of the wildest corners of the country this is the site for those that really want to get away from it all. A paradise for adventurous kids and camp fires are not just tolerated, they are actually encouraged!
5. Rocks East, Ashwicke Wiltshire
Set in a 100-acre wood but only 5 miles from the bustling city of Bath, this is a great option for those that like to sample a bit of shopping and café culture during the day and then chill out around a campfire in the evening.
6. Masons, Appletreewick, Yorkshire Dales
A river runs through it! Picture your perfect campsite and this might just be it. On the banks of the River Wharfe, this little gem has something for everyone, from its free-range camping field to luxury riverside yurts that even have their own log burners. We are booking our next holiday already!
7. Four Winds Lakeland Tipis
No need to erect a tent in the dark after a long drive when you stay here. You will be staying in one of only six permanent tipis at this intimate site close to the shores of Lake Windemere.
8. Swiss Farm, Henley-on-Thames
Campsites with fires? In the stockbroker belt? Henley may be the domain of the genteel rowing set, but this wonderful big site gets rave reviews from everyday folk that love its picturesque location, onsite butcher, and excellent BBQ facilities.
9. Shell Island nr Llanbedr North Wales
Set on a 45-acre peninsula on the wild Snowdonia coastline, this unique campsite is only connected to the mainland by a long narrow causeway. Go Robinson Crusoe for the weekend and build the bonfire of your dreams in the dunes or on the nearby beach.
10. Glenbrittle, Isle of Skye
You get remote and then you need to go quite a bit further to get to Glenbrittle, but it is certainly worth it. Set on the edge of a gorgeous white sand beach you can collect mussels yourself and then cook them on a campfire on the beach. You certainly don’t get to do that in Brighton!
There you have it – campsites with campfires, BBQ pits and even yurts with log burners. We hope that you will be inspired to get out in the great outdoors this Spring, whatever the temperature.