Pembrokeshire coast in Wales
Camping and caravanning are big in 2012, as the recession and an increased media focus on the UK (thanks in part to the Olympics), put emphasis on local, affordable holidays with close family and friends.
Not only are websites and holiday parks like Park Resorts enjoying renewed interest in caravans for sale in the UK, the British and European wild travelling scene is also finding a crossover occurring between luxury, urban commodities and wild, rural settings, through trends such as glamping.
Top for families:
Arthur's Field, Treloan, Cornwall
Located on the Roseland Peninsula, Arthur's Field has long been one of the UK's best-loved, and most well-known, family campsites (it's on the award-winning Guardian Travel site's Top 10 family campsites ). And its experience and popularity make it an enduring, and safe, choice for parents with kids. With the possibility of pitching up yourself with a tent or caravan, or renting a mobile home or 'snug' (pretty tight; the Guardian's visitor reckons a couple and one child maximum!), you've got options for your accommodation. There are also several beautiful and quiet beaches within walking distance, and the chance to get involved with looking after the farm animals, and participating in workshops on site.
Best for couples:
Camus More, Kilmuir, Skye
A remote, remote spot that will take you away from mobile reception, internet, and families. This campsite is extremely basic but its views across the Little Minch to the outlying islands make it breathtaking; and with stunning walks, the chance of spotting a golden eagle, and some lovely sunsets in a very under-the-radar surrounding, this is an ideal spot for you and a loved one.
Best for adventure:
There is a wealth of excellent adventuring campsites to choose from in the UK, from excellent off-road cycling in Grizedale in Cumbria to a climber's haven in the Peak Distric with North Lees campsite, but Fforest in West Wales has the philosophy as well as the views. Its policy of 'active relaxation' includes sea kayaking, 'coasteering' (scrambling along the cliffs with hands and feet (exhilarating and view-worthy if you can tear your eyes from the rocks!), as well as tree climbing. Adults who go here tend to have even more fun than their kids!