Everything's gone green
Camping and caravanning in the UK are already pretty eco-friendly ways of taking a holiday. You might have to drive, but you probably won't be taking a plane, and when you get to the site, your carbon footprint should be a lot smaller that most other kinds of holiday. Make it even smaller at these eco-friendly AA-rated campsites.
South Penquite Farm, Blisland, Cornwall
This genuine ‘back to nature’ site is situated high on Bodmin Moor on a farm committed to organic agriculture. Learn about conservation, organic farming and the local environment, then explore the fascinating and informative farm trail. Organic home-reared lamb burgers are for sale.
The Quiet Site, Watermillock, Cumbria
A lovely site with stunning views across Ullswater from its terraced pitches, camping pods and comfortable Hobbit Holes. Sustainability is at the heart of the park; solar, biomass and ground source heat energy; zero waste shop; reedbed water treatment; wild meadow walks.
Caerfai Bay Caravan & Tent Park, St Davids, Pembrokeshire
Enjoy magnificent coastal scenery from this delightful site set on an organic farm. Excellent solar-heated showers and toilet facilities, low level lighting to ensure a brilliant night sky, and an excellent farm shop too.
Lordstones Country Park, Chop Gate, North Yorkshire
A privately-owned country park high in the North York Moors with a quality farm shop selling estate produce. There's also a café-restaurant and a small camping-cum-glamping park featuring bell tents, bothy tents, yurts and luxury wooden pods.
Concierge Camping, Chichester, West Sussex
Stunning high-spec park developed with meticulous attention to detail by forward-thinking owners. The impressive state-of-the-art amenity block has solar panels, innovative heat pump technology and sensor showers, plus electric car charging points and a shop selling only local produce.
Fen Farm Caravan Site, Mersea Island, Essex
Set beside the Blackwater Estuary, Fen Farm has a unique atmosphere with a mixed landscape of meadow, woodland and marine shore. All home to wildlife to match each environment. There are two excellent solar-heated toilet blocks, a woodland dog walk, and an electric car charging point.
Runach Arainn, Isle of Arran
Hidden away in a secluded woodland setting, just a 15-minute walk from a lovely beach, this off-grid glamping site offers superb yurts with stylish interiors and private facilities for a truly exceptional stay. Fire pits and outdoor cooking facilities add to the overall charm.
Back of Beyond, St Leonards, Dorset
Quirky, adults-only park set in 30 acres of woodland, a haven for wildlife with peaceful walks. Excellent facilities, shop selling local produce and a secluded glamping area with camping pods, a yurt, two shepherd's huts, and cabins for hire.
The Old Brick Kilns, Barney, Norfolk
The Old Brick Kilns is a secluded and peaceful park that's approached by a quiet country lane. As well as providing a restaurant/bar and a shop, it also prides itself on its conservation credentials. The site's bee-friendly, wildflower friendly and good care is also taken of the surrounding woodland and its wildlife.
Brook Lodge Farm, Cowslip Green, Somerset
Sheltered Mendip Hills setting for this peaceful park run by owners who are keen on preserving the site's environment to increase flora and fauna in the park. Green tourism award winners - wildlife corridor, bat boxes, tree conservation area, and solar water heating.