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The A-Z of Town Camping

The A-Z of Town Camping

Fancy basing your camping or touring holiday around a vibrant, independent town? There are plenty to choose from across the UK: proud, independent communities oozing history and culture. These towns have thankfully managed to retain their personality and charm against the tide of colonisation by national and international brands.Hooray! It is still possible to feel that you're visiting a place that is like no other on the planet. 

At Campsite Chatter we've created a new camping specialism for those who like to complement countryside with community, so why not browse our A-Z of Town Camping to find your perfect pitch nearby one of the UK's most treasured historic or market towns? Visit farmers' markets, antiques fairs and specialist shops that reflect the particular roots and production of the local environment; tantalise your tastebuds in the local deli and assemble a picnic to take to a local garden, park or a river-side meadow; delve into the history of the town, visiting churches, abbeys, town halls, museums and castles. Staying near one of these independent towns won't be like popping into a nameless, faceless place to quickly restock!

If you're a tourer and like to be away for Christmas, enter the festivities of these towns by staying nearby and taking part in late-night shopping and carols in the town square! 

Choose a Bridport Campsite for the Best of Both Worlds

Bridport in Dorset is a lively market town with a noticeably alternative character. If you like to immerse yourself in the ebb and flow of the rhythms of a town, then the bustle of Bridport's many markets will chime a chord with you.

Street life is alive and kicking in Bridport with markets taking place across the town on Wednesday and Saturday mornings; browse for vintage, retro and re-purposed items and find yourself a treasure! 

Time your stay with the Bridport Vintage and Antique market on the last Sunday of every summer month for collectables or with the Farmers Market held on the second Saturday of the month in the Arts Centre ground.

Bridport's alternative food and arts scene, with a distinct focus on sustainability, provides much interest for the visitor: the Arts Centre is a hub for local events and the town's yearly Food Festival is widely celebrated. 

Of course, the best bit about camping near Bridport is the proximity to the stunning Jurassic Coastline: 'tis only a mile's stroll or cycle to lovely West Bay, where a plate of mussels and a locally brewed beer can be enjoyed with your toes in buried in the pebbles.

  Freshwater Beach Holiday Park, Bridport, Dorset.
Freshwater Beach Holiday Park, Bridport, Dorset.

Camping in Shropshire

Arguably the prettiest town in the UK, Ludlow in Shropshire looks like the set of a fairytale. Characteristically medieval black and white buildings front the historic streets, with a skyline of church spires, castle turrets and clusters of mature trees... all framed by the beautiful Welsh Marches. 

These Ludlow Campsites offer fabulous access to the energy of this friendly town as well as to the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on its doorstep. 

Immerse yourself in 1000 years of history by exploring Ludlow Castle which broods at the centre of the town, its magnificent turrets and towers overlooking the jumble of streets lining the hillsides below.

Exploring Ludlow's many independent, specialists shops or perhaps visiting a tea-room or two for a slice of something delicious will while away a morning or afternoon, before returning to your home-from-home back at your chosen campsite.

  Whitcliffe Camp Site, Ludlow, Shropshire
Whitcliffe Camp Site, Ludlow, Shropshire

Camping at Hebden Bridge

Hebden Bridge Camping is a picture-perfect affair, with meandering river, hillside streets, colourful barges and ivy-clad buildings giving way to the beauty of the West Yorkshire countryside.

This proud town wears its history on its sleeve, the vestiges of the wool industry having influenced the structure and architecture of the town over centuries. 

Hebden Bridge Camping, West Yorkshire
Hebden Bridge Camping, West Yorkshire
  Use the town as a base from which to explore the stunning beauty of the Calderdale area of the Pennines. 

Return from your rambles (or more serious fell-side challenges, if you're that way inclined!) and relax in one of the Hebden Bridge's pubs over a plate of great local food and a jar or two of the local brew.

The town's many quirky independent shops are worth a browse and a walk along the picturesque Rochdale Canal is a must. 

You can even take a horse-drawn barge trip if you feel like taking to the water!

A Peak District Gem

Castleton is a honeypot for visitors to the Peak District, seemingly vulnerable nestled as it is in the huge expanse of hills and fells surrounding it.

A great base for all things outdoors, this picturesque town is also a genuine hub for local life with farmer's markets and local hostelries offering both welcome and flavour.

Stay at one of these Castleton Campsites and fall in love with this appealing town. It's preserved history is written across the community's winding streets, stone cottages and of course in the ruined medieval Peveril Castle that overlooks the settlement.

Delve into the history of Castleton and discover its important place in the story of salt transportation from Cheshire to Sheffield which generated its wealth or step back far further by exploring the network of caves and caverns with evidence of ice-age settlers hotly debated by experts.
  Upper Booth, near Castleton, Peak District 
Upper Booth, near Castleton, Peak District

If we haven't featured a town you'd like to explore whilst camping or caravanning, then why not visit our site and do a search? 

Use our Find a campsite searches to identify the campsites nearby the town you're itching to delve into. Simply enter your pitch type and the name of the town you want to visit, before using the 'show on map' and 'refine search' buttons to find your perfect pitch.

By , Campsite Chatter.