Pitch up beside the seaside with this selection of sites near the coast

- Words: Claire Tupholme


Ulwell Road, Swanage, Dorset BH19 3DG

T 01929 422823 W ulwellholi­ OPEN 1 March – 7 January PRICE From £18

Ulwell Holiday Park nestles under the Purbeck Hills, close to Swanage and the National Trust’s Studland Bay. The bay is a vast area of sandy beaches and heathland, including a four-mile stretch of golden, sandy beach and views to Old Harry Rocks and the Isle of Wight. The heathland behind the beach is a wildlife haven and home to all six types of British reptiles. The coastal resort of Swanage features a Blue Flag beach, a heritage centre, steam railway and places to eat and drink.

The touring area at Ulwell features hardstandi­ng pitches, some with water and drainage and all with electric hook-up. There are toilets and showers, two laundries, a shop and play area. The on-site bar welcomes dogs and has a family room and outdoor patio area. The restaurant serves lunchtime snacks and a full evening menu. Families will love the indoor heated pool which features a water slide, toddler pool and changing rooms, all free for guests to use.

Set on the cliffs of the North Yorkshire coast, a one-mile walk from the seaside town of Whitby, this site has views of the famous abbey. It’s just a 20-minute walk along the coast path to the abbey ruins.

From there you can continue past St Mary’s Church of Dracula fame, and on into Whitby via the 199 steps which lead you sharply down into the cobbled streets of the old part of the town. In Whitby you can explore the beaches, the Captain Cook Memorial and soak up the Gothic atmosphere.

The site’s pitches are mainly on grass on the clifftop, with a few hardstandi­ngs closer to the facilities and reception area, and most have electric hook-up. There are toilets, showers, a laundry, games room, play area, bar and café, plus a seasonal clubhouse. You can access the golden sands of Saltwick Bay with a short (but steep) walk down from the site.


Cromer Road, West Runton, Norfolk NR27 9QZ

T 01263 823614 W beestonreg­

OPEN 24 March – 30 October

PRICE From £25

Nestled between the costal resorts of Sheringham and Cromer, Beeston Regis

Holiday Park is set in 62 acres with clifftop sea views. There are 40 pitches with views to the sea, serviced by a toilet and shower block, washing up, and a laundry.

You can access the Norfolk Coast Path from site and walk to the seaside village of West Runton in one direction or the town of Sheringham in the other. Sheringham is full of independen­t shops and places to eat. You can enjoy the sandy beaches, take the steam railway to Holt and play golf in the local area. Cromer and its attraction­s are a 10-minute drive away. In this popular resort, you’ll find a Victorian pier, amusements, fish and chip shops and a sandy beach. Other places to visit within an hour’s drive include the city of Norwich and Blakeney, where there’s a National Trust Nature Reserve, unique tidal quayside and seal trips from the harbour.


St Davids, Haverfordw­est, Pembrokesh­ire SA62 6QT

T 01437 720274 W

OPEN 1 March – 7 November

PRICE From £23

Caerfai Bay campsite sits within the Pembrokesh­ire Coast National Park and the Pembrokesh­ire section of the world’s first national coastal path, the 870-mile Wales Coast Path, is adjacent to the site entrance. This provides short walks and longer routes to places like Solva or Whitesands for the more serious walker. Bus routes connect various parts of the coastal path, too.

Stunning sea views are provided from the site, from the headland across to St Brides Bay. You can access the small cove of Caerfai Beach from just outside the site entrance down a fairly steep set of steps. The site consists of three areas, with grass and hardstandi­ng pitches with electric. Facilities include showers, toilets, family washrooms, a laundry, kitchen facilities and WiFi. St Davids, Europe’s smallest city, is a 15-minute walk away with many local shops, places to eat and a superbly preserved cathedral.


Shell Bay, Elie, Fife KY9 1HB T 01333 330283 W OPEN 19 March – 31 October PRICE From £24.75

Elie Holiday Park at Shell Bay is nestled behind a wide expanse of dunes and sweeping sandy beach. From the site you can head to the beach for sandcastle building, rockpoolin­g and seal watching. Or you can walk the coastal path and head into the picturesqu­e harbour town of Elie which is close by, and the sunsets from the lighthouse are not to be missed. Another coastal gem, St Andrews, is just a half-an-hour drive away. Known as the home of golf, there are many golf courses in the area and the historic town has many medieval streets and traditiona­l buildings. There’s plenty on site to do, too – kids will love the Robinson Crusoe Adventure Park and the Smugglers’ Cove Games Room. There’s a bar and restaurant on site, plus a café and takeaway. Pitches on site have hard gravel bases with electric hook-up included. Facilities include toilets, showers, a launderett­e and shop.


The Esplanade, Southport, Merseyside PR8 1RX T 01704 565214 W caravanclu­

OPEN All year PRICE From £23.90

This Club site is just under a mile from the centre of Southport and there’s a National Cycle Network path you can follow if you’d prefer to head into the resort on bikes. The site is also opposite a nature reserve and just over the road from the beach. The Victorian seaside town has a long, sandy beach and a network of paths through dunes. It’s also home to the country’s second-longest pier (you can take the Pier Tram if you want to rest weary feet!), which even spans over the town’s Marine Lake, where you can do water-based activities such as hire pedalos and motorboats. There are also the traditiona­l slot machines, amusements and obligatory fish and chip shops for you to get a real nostalgic seaside feel. In Southport’s town centre, head to historic Lord Street for exclusive shops with impressive architectu­re and vaulted canopies.

The Southport site has hardstandi­ng pitches with electric, plus toilets, showers, a laundry and family washroom.

Saltwick Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO22 4JX T 01947 602664 W
OPEN 1 March – 31 October PRICE From £27
WHITBY HOLIDAY PARK Saltwick Bay, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO22 4JX T 01947 602664 W OPEN 1 March – 31 October PRICE From £27
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