Some of the best UK locations where you can camp and surf
Waking up to the sound of the surf is the quickest way to tune out from the 9 to 5.
England, with the right weather, is a surfers’ paradise. Honestly! It has a jackpot of world class waves and amazing weather that once experienced fuel a passion for surf that can last a life time.
When you get out into the surf, you are in the wilderness so finding accommodation that matches the earthy mood is tricky. Here’s a guide to where civilisation stops at waterline, where you can experience the great outdoors at budget rates at five locations in the UK. If you’re planning to surfing and taking kids there’s a useful guide here that has all the kiddie tech you need to bring.
The View – sublime views of the Atlantic Ocean
Only a short walk from the campsite, Watergate Bay catches the same swells as Newquay but without the crowds. You can also savour a glamping sandwich with posh fry-up at Jamie Oliver’s overlooking the surf, a campsite butty and then into Newquay for a Rick Stein fish supper. The View Campsite Bostaran, Tregurrian, Newquay TR8 4AE
Hillend – spiritual home of Welsh surfing
You’re not a surfer until you’ve woken up at least once in your life in LLangennith. 3 miles of golden sand at the foot of the campsite with a long sandy walk to the magic cave where Dylan Thomas would dream. Hillend Campsite, Llangennith, Wales SA3 1JD.
Celtic Campsite – paradise in Wales
A rare communion where camper vans and surfers congregate to build a fire and play top trumps with their instagrams of waves. You can hear the ocean only a few minutes walk but you will have to drive your van 10 minutes to Whitsands beach break. Experience a night at this Pembrokeshire campsite and you’ll throw a sickie with the rest of the surfers. PWLL CAEROG FARM, Berea, ST Davids, Pembrokeshire, SA62 6DG
Treyarnon YHA – new wave of YHA hostels
There’s camping, glamping, decent rooms and a barista. 50 metres from the beach, this is the perfect spot for surfers with young kids looking for a child-friendly holiday who love the smell of surfing in the morning. Close to the sheltered Harlyn Bay, a suntrap hiding on the otherside of the headline and escaping the prevailing winds. Padstow, Cornwall, PL28 8JR
Surfer’s Paradise – Croyde’s capital city
This campsite is a lively centre for surfers from all corners of the planet waking up seriously hungover. You can turn up solo and find yourself feeling sick with strangers on the short walk to the beach the next morning. Despite the swarms of beginners this is a pro-wave that snaps boards. Croyde Bay, North Devon, EX33 1NP.