Pitch Perfect: The Best Places To Go Camping In The UK This Summer

While it is hoped that campsites can open from the first week of July in England (and perhaps also in Wales), unfortunately, there is as yet no guarantee of this. On the ground, many campsites have put in extra precautions - pitches will be spaced out, numbers of people restricted, hand sanitiser readily available and common areas, in particular shower and toilet blocks, given regular deep cleans. Site: A wonderfully relaxed space where 28 super-spacious pitches are set in five acres of grassy fields and reached along twisty paths cut into the greenery. Each pitch is surrounded by a border of tall tussocky grasses and wild flowers - owner Claire Murray regularly sows new seeds - and is named according to characters from Alice and Wonderland. There are solar USB charging points in reception and sockets for hairdryers in the washing areas. Site: Set over 20 acres in a woodland valley that folds around a spring-fed lake, this is where fashion designer Alice Temperley honeymooned. Pitch your tent with fellow campers in the meadow or, for privacy, in either a clearing among the woodland or in the escarpment above the freshwater lake. Swim, mess about in a boat and even catch a rainbow trout for your campsupper. Site: Zip open your tent and gaze upon the stunning vista of the English Channel, dotted with Looe and St George's Islands - in the evening, sip a glass of wine and watch the fishing boats return. Nearby: The camp site is right on the South West Coast Path - explore the cliff paths to Black Rock beach, Millendreath and the fishing village of Looe with its harbour and narrow lanes. Site: A chilled tents-only space, pitch yours anywhere you like on the two acres of grassy fields on the edge of the Norfolk Broads and soak up the sights and sounds of the countryside. Nearby: Take a short drive to beaches such as Horsey (seal-watching) and Winterton (backed by the dunes of the National Nature Reserve). Site: A stunning location with the peaks of Snowdonia circling around one side and a private beach on the other. At the far end of the large site is the 'Beach Field', right on the beach, with its 16 pitches (seven with electric hook-ups) accessible only to small cars. 'Visitors find the location special with campfires on the beach, toasting marshmallows and watching the sun setting,' say Hugh and Clare Bird-Jones who own the site. No wifi and an unreliable phone signal make it the perfect place to escape the world (yes please!) Site: flat grassy fields set in a woodland valley, the soul-lifting views taking in Kirkby Pool river as it meanders towards the Irish sea. With just 30 pitches (no large groups allowed) and with woodland to explore and streams to dabble in, it's a beautiful laid-back place. Facilities: shower and toilet block, washing up room and communal power points. Each of the 15 tent pitches sits in half an acre and is reached by winding pathways cut into the grass. 'We offer space, peacefulness and an abundance of nature while being close enough some of the best beauty spots on the HeritageCoast,' say owners James and Emma Strachan. Facilities: Three separate male, female and family/ disabled rooms provide a total of five showers and five toilets. Each room has wash basins, hair dryers, mirrors, shelves and electric sockets. There are no permanent sites – simply choose a spot you like and that is suitably distanced and enjoy the wonderful views. Facilities: hot showers, washing cubicles, toilets and drinking water taps. Site: a wonderfully bijou and tranquil space of just 20 pitches over five acres built on the grounds of a Norman castle, hence the surrounding moat. With six converging ley lines, the owners, Sally and Andy Birtwell who also run the adjoining Holycombe Holistic Retreat Centre, have added a stone circle said by dowsers to emit high levels of electro-magnetic energy. Nearby: the campsite is adjacent to Whichford Wood with its many footpaths, and a short distance from many pretty Cotswold villages.