Who wants neighbours when you’re wild camping, anyway? This intimate plot has three camping areas offering 20 or so pitches in total, each with a designated fire pit.
Free; The Secret Garden Touring Park, Cambridgeshire On a summer’s evening at The Secret Garden campsite, flames from the fire pits set off a hazy glow above the meadows, campers sing and play guitars and children excitedly toast marshmallows. But campers are invited to use the communal BBQ area and after a few of the beers brewed onsite at the Mile Tree microbrewery, you might be feeling rather more sociable.
£17 per night, per pitch (one family); Mile Tree Lane, Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, PE13 4TR To book: [email protected]/ 01945585044 uk Lee Valley Campsite, Sewardstone With 26 miles of traffic-free trails for cycling or walking, this campsite offers an escape from the city, while you’re still – technically – in the city.
It lies just south of the 1000-acre River Lee Country Park, boasting rare wildlife and white water rafting, and west of Epping Forest – great for long, rambling walks under the shade of the trees.
Bring your own tent, hire a cocoon – with beds, heating lighting and a kettle – or go all out and get yourself a cabin with a double bed, bunk beds and a sofa.