Bryony Symes
Staff Writer

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For many caravaners, the ideal site is not too big and not too crowded, offering peace, relaxation and a high level of comfort, says Bryony Symes

1. Bodmin and more

You really can't get much closer to Bodmin Moor's spectacular tors. Stay at Cheesewring Farm Holiday Cottages and Campsite, and whichever one of the five touring pitches you choose, you can be sure of enjoying the peaceful surroundings. Sharp Tor is just to the north and there are ruined mines and quarries nearby. The site has modern toilet and shower facilities, too.

Web www.cheesewringfarm.co.uk

2. Fruity families

Spencers Farm Shop also has a charming five-van CS that nestles in the pick-your-own fruit farm in the heart of Essex, and comes with a whole set of benefits. Polytunnels full of fruit border the camping area and offer visitors enough temptation to prompt you to grab a punnet from the farm shop and start picking! There is a great coffee shop here, too, and a children's play area, sand pit and animals - making this a great family campsite.

Web http://www.spencersfarmshop.com/camping 

3. Cotswold retreat

If you're touring the Cotswolds, you won't find many more picturesque places to stay than Tobacconist Farm Campsite, just outside the tiny town of Minchinhampton. The site is a gently sloping field with spacious pitches and a spotless, modern facilities block. You drive in past various livestock pens, adding to the rural charm, and the pitches have views across open farmland.

Web www.tobacconistfarm.co.uk

4. Bubbly fun

Alongside the Bubblecar Museum in Lincolnshire, you'll find a small campsite. The paddock provides electric hook-ups, while toilets, showers and washing-up sinks are in the converted barn.

Web www.bubblecarmuseum.co.uk 

5. Walkers' paradise

On the edge of the Lake District, The Larches Caravan Park is an adults-only retreat in fantastic walking country. Not only do you have the Lakes, but it's also perfectly situated for visiting the Solway Coast and Hadrian's Wall. Keen hikers will have no end of routes to choose from.

Web www.facebook.com/pg/The-Larches-Caravan-Park

6. Jersey shore

It might be closer to France than mainland Britain, but Daisy Cottage Campsite and Retreat is a brilliant little site. On the lovely island of Jersey, just a few miles from beautiful beaches, the site's Natural Therapies Centre has massage therapists, and morning yoga is available in July and August. The perfect place to unwind!

Web www.daisycottagecampsite.com

7. Boots at the ready

Anyone who is looking to stretch their legs in glorious Snowdonia should put down their steadies at Graig Wen, a charming site that overlooks the Mawddach Estuary. There's miles and miles of walking trails nearby, and the site has newly refurbished showers, a covered washing-up area, and a camp shop that sells all of the essentials - plus local ales.

Web www.graigwen.co.uk 

8. Farm fresh

A short stroll from the village of Sticker, near St Austell, Pleasant Streams Farm Camping has no set pitches - you can choose precisely where you pitch in the generous, peaceful camping fields. With plenty of wildlife, as well as the farm's friendly animals, this is an authentic countryside retreat with simple facilities. You can even buy duck and chicken eggs for a farm-fresh breakfast treat.

Web www.cornwallfarmcamping.co.uk 

9. Paddling by

There's more to Baystone Bank Farm Campsite than the gorgeous Lake District. This charming, friendly site has grass and hardstanding pitches, with a pretty stream that is perfect for paddling. The owners also run the Cumbrian Heavy Horses Riding Centre, so you can saddle up for a guided hack.

Web www.facebook.com/pages/Baystone-Bank-Farm-Campsite

10. Garden glory

Still Acres Touring and Camping Park, in Kent, is an adults-only site with well-kept grounds and immaculate luxury toilet and shower facilities. Stay here and you'll find yourselves perfectly situated for exploring the glorious Garden of England, with nearby paddocks adding to the tranquil environment.

Web www.stillacres.com

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