Published: 27th JUNE 2019

Camping and cycling adventures on the National Cycle Network

These nine great campsites are conveniently located near the National Cycle Network, perfect for a cycling and camping combo. Why not use them as a base for exploring, or somewhere to stop off and relax on your adventure?

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Best for yurts and teepees

The Strawberry Line is mainly traffic-free and passes marshes and cider apple orchards around Yatton, steep wooded valleys, and a tunnel through the Mendips to historic Axbridge and the spectacular Cheddar Gorge. On arriving, head to Cheddar Petruth Paddocks and stay in a yurt.

Best for camping pods

The South Coast Promenades route provides a great opportunity for a traffic-free ride along the seafront to Saltdean or Worthing - the perfect place to stop off and enjoy an ice-cream or some tasty fish and chips with a sea view. Stay at the Brighton Caravan Club Site in one of their fun camping pods for a warm and cosy night's sleep. Please note there is an on-road section of the route at Shoreham Harbour where you should take care.

Best for woodland adventures

The New Forest Ride is six miles each way and takes you on a lovely tour of the New Forest, travelling from the pretty village of Brockenhurst to the Forestry Commission’s Holmsley Campsite. It also offers direct access to forest walks and safe cycling tracks, ideal for exploring local nature with the whole family. Please do take care as some sections of this route have a rough surface.

Friends Sitting By Canal

Gather your friends, hop on your bikes and spend time together at one of these campsites.

Best for urban camping

London's Docklands and Lea Valley is a 26-mile ride starting at the Greenwich Maritime World Heritage site, past the Isle of Dogs and onto the Lea Valley Regional Park. Here you’ll find the Lee Valley Camping and Caravan Site, a peaceful site with great facilities.

Best for riverside life

The Peregrine Path straddles the Wales/England border, following the River Wye from the historic town of Monmouth in southeast Wales to Goodrich in Herefordshire. Carry on to Symonds Yat West and you'll find the Sterrett's Caravan and Camping Park, a tranquil and rural setting to pitch your tent.

Best for a summer sunset

The Hebridean Way is a remote and wild route through the awe-inspiring landscape of the Outer Hebrides. After a day of windswept riding, the beachside Horgabost Campsite is a welcome rest spot for the night with wonderful views over the castaway island of Taransay.

Kids On Mountain Bikes cheering

Camping is a fun and exciting experience for the whole family.

Best for caravanning

If canvas isn't your thing then the Caravan Club has lots of brilliant sites across the UK. The York Rowntree Park site is right on the York to Naburn route - a stunning 10-mile, largely traffic-free route perfect for families. You can even spot the brilliant model solar system on your way. Follow the signs for National Route 65 as you leave the campsite.

Best for camping in a National Park

Pencelli Castle Campsite is in the heart of the Brecon Beacons and is a perfect base to explore the area. The Brecon to Monmouthshire Canal towpath runs right along the edge of the site, a 12-mile gem of a route that's traffic-free and provides a stunning green corridor away from the built-up areas it passes through.

Best for beach views

The Coast and Castles North long-distance route from Edinburgh to Aberdeen hugs the spectacular North Sea coastline for much of its 172 miles. Halfway between Aberdeen and Dundee, the rural Miltonhaven Seaside Caravan Park and Campsite at St Cyrus provides the perfect overnight stop with fantastic sea views over the pebbled beach.

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