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7 Best Campsites In The UK For Surfers

Camping is the best way to make a surf trip affordable. We've put together the best campsites for surfers in the UK with The Caravan Club

Camping and surfing in the UK go together like fish and chips. It’s pretty much a perfect match. Whether you are travelling the country in a campervan or looking for a secluded campsite to pitch your tent, choose to camp makes a surf trip so much more affordable.

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If you are looking for a campsite in the UK near a surfing beach, The Caravan Club have an awesome app with some of the best camp spots in the UK for surfers.

With over 30 campsites near Britain’s most popular surfing beaches, The Caravan Club is known for having top notch camping facilities including drying areas for wetsuits and hot powerful showers. So you don’t need to rely on your dad’s ancient camping equipment or wet wipes for a wash.

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FOR ALL ABILITIES: Gwithian, Cornwall

If you are looking for a campsite in the UK with beautiful peeling waves, Gwithian is the one. Photo: iStock

Gwithian beach is a sheltered beach break overlooking the town of St Ives – it’s a great spot for beginners and more experienced surfers alike.

Just around the corner, you’ll find Godrevy, a slightly more exposed wave with long peeling lefts and rights. The paddle out can be pretty epic on big days.

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Only a 10 minute walk from Gwithian beach is Godrevy Park Caravan Club Site, a popular camping ground for surfers wanting to be near the action. The campsite offers views over St Ives Bay and is just a stone’s throw from St Michael’s Mount, worth visiting to explore the ancient castle walls.

A pitch at Godrevy Park Caravan Club campsite starts from £18.70 per person per night.

FOR BEGINNER SURFERS: Saltburn-on-Sea, North Yorkshire

The Caravan Club have over 30 campsites near some of the best surf spots in the UK. Photo:

Saltburn-on-Sea has fairly mellow surf and is the perfect place for beginners catching their first waves.

Saltburn Surf School have been teaching folk to surf since 1983, it is the only surf school approved by Surfing Great Britain on the East Coast.

Set within the North Yorkshire Moors, the North Yorkshire Moors Caravan Club Campsite is within close proximity to the beach. This particularly camping spot also has access to over 1,300 miles of footpaths, if you are into hiking.

A site at the North Yorkshire Moors Caravan Club campsite starts from £13.20 per person per night.

FOR PRO SURFERS: Thurso East, Scotland

Anyone fancy surfing in Scotland? Thurso is one seriously gnarly break when the swell comes through. Photo: John Millard

Thurso East has some of the best waves in Europe. Thurso East is a right-hand reef break over a flat, kelp-covered rock shelf.

It works best on a big north-west swell when waves can be triple overhead or bigger. Thurso is always busy on a good swell and is the perfect spot for expert surfers.

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A short drive from the beach is Dunnet Bay Caravan Club campsite offering a chilled out camp spot to pitch up in after a day in the water.

It is set inside a area of vast natural beauty and offers plenty of opportunity to admire the stunning views from your tent of the northerly most tip of the British mainland.

A pitch at Dunnet Bay Caravan Club campsite starts from £12.30 per person per night.

FOR LONDON SURFERS: Boscombe, Bournemouth, Dorset

Boscombe has a great campsite nearby for surfers, just a two hour drive from central London. Photo: iStock

Boscombe is the home of Europe’s first artificial surf reef which stretches the length of a football pitch.

It is great for surfers who live in London as it is just a two hour drive from the capital – perfect for those who want to escape for a short weekend surf break.

Just 20 minutes from the beach is New Forest Caravan Club Centenary Campsite, set within the New Forest National Park.

Surf gone flat? There are plenty of hiking paths and cycling routes along the surrounding coastline. A pitch at New Forest Caravan Club Centenary campsite starts from £14.90 per person per night.

FOR TUBE RIDING: Porthleven, Cornwall

Setting up camp is one of the best ways to make a surf trip more affordable. Photo: iStock

Porthleven in Cornwall has legendary status amongst British surfers and in the right conditions, Porthleven’s right-hander can provide tubular paradise so attracts a skill level of intermediate and above.

Marazion Caravan Club Campsite is just a short distance from Porthleven beach, a great location for folk looking to get the most out of a surfing getaway. The campsite boasts a lovely parkland feel to it and it is not too far from the neighbouring port of Penzance for restaurants, pubs and a good night out.

Interestingly, Marazion is said to be the warmest place in the country – ideal for campers who don’t like braving the early morning dash to the shower block.

A pitch at Marazion Caravan Club campsite starts from £12.20 per person per night.

FOR THE BEST BEACH: Fistral, Newquay, Cornwall

Camping near Fistral Beach for a dawn surf – what could be better? Photo: iStock

Fistral is Newquay’s iconic beach. It is quite simply one of the most consistent and best surfing beaches in the UK, right at the heart of the UK’s historic surfing hub.

This beautiful beach is west facing, long and sandy and backed by rocks and cliffs. At high tide the beach is shelving which can create a shore break perfect for other types of water sports.

Treamble Valley Caravan Club Campsite is only a 15 minute drive to Fistral Beach. The camping spot is one of the prettiest in Cornwall, set within a 32 acre woodland park with costal views and a beautiful valley backdrop.

Evenings can be spent enjoying the views with a drink and a campsite BBQ. A pitch at Treamble Valley Caravan Club campsite starts from £ 17.20 per person per night.

FOR LONGBOARDERS: Portstewart Strand, Northern Ireland

Portstewart Strand in Northern Ireland . Photo:

On the Causeway Coast, Portstewart Strand is a magnificent beach, bounded by low basalt cliffs creating a fantastic surfing spot.

With a two-mile stretch of golden sand, surfers will have plenty of coastline to catch the perfect wave. Waves are more rolling and less steep making the beach ideal for beginners and longboarders. At low-tide the beach is also popular with kitesurfers.

Drumaheglis Marina and Caravan Park is only a short drive to the beach and the perfect place to set up camp on a surf trip.

The site is not only located close to the beach but is also on the riverside to enjoy other watersports including sailing and canoeing. A pitch at Drumaheglis Marina and Caravan Park starts from £25 per person per night.

To book any of these campsites, please contact The Caravan Club on 01342 779349 or visit

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