Best campsites for boat trips
If the perfect holiday for you involves seeing the local area from a boat, then The Camping and Caravanning Club have a great choice of campsites for you. There are lots of sites nestled on the banks of some of the UKs most beautiful rivers and lakes, all waiting for you to explore them!
Cruising on the River Thames was voted the number one UK boating experience by Visit England, and a Thames river boat tour is the ideal way to see the sites of the capital. A tour will take you past the Tower of London, Tower Bridge, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, St. Paul’s Cathedral and Canary Wharf, and is accessible from a number of our campsites.
It isn’t just London that offers great boat trips though, here are our pick of some of the other great boating days out to choose from.
Braithwaite Fold Club Site is just a short walk from the town of Bowness, where there are plenty of boat trips to choose from; whether you want to take a trip over to Ambleside, Lakeside or around the islands, you can do it all from this campsite. There are also some spectacular evening cruises available so that you can enjoy the sun setting over the lakes from the middle of the water. The campsite itself is also on the shores of the lake, so is the perfect setting for watching the boats sail by. Make sure you pick up a voucher from the campsite and you can save 10% off Windermere Lake Cruises (Club Perk #513).
This beautiful 90-pitch campsite is located on the western shores of Loch Lomond in the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, and is the perfect base for a Loch Lomond boat trip. Whether you want to explore the dramatic scenery in the North of the loch with the striking Arklet Waterfalls, or want something adventurous like the rambling cruises that take you to the otherwise inaccessible areas of the loch, there is no shortage of water-based activities to enjoy on a Loch Lomond holiday. In 2013 Cruise Loch Lomond have also launched two new nature cruises - the RSPB Nature Cruise and the National Park Inchcailloch Nature Cruise – where you may spot fallow deer, osprey and even wallabies. Club members can save £1.50 on all Cruise Loch Lomond boat trips and 50p on all ferry trips when presenting their membership card.
For something a little different next holiday, why not try punting on the River Cam? During your punting trip you will pass the seven University Colleges, Kings College Chapel, the Bridge of Sighs and the Mathematical Bridge. You can join group tours or if you fancy something extra special why not hire your own personal chauffeur for the afternoon? Our pretty Cambridge site is situated in Great Shelford, just four miles south of Cambridge so it is within very easy reach of the city. The campsite is also close to the bustling riverside towns of St Ives and St Neots, just in case one days boating wasn’t enough!