Riverside campingWelcome to the possibilities of glorious riverside camping. Pitch or park up along the banks of some of the UK's best rivers and watch as the water bubbles past, supporting flourishing wildlife as you listen to the sounds of nature flowing around the campsite. You can take a waterside stroll at the riverside campsites below, cast your fishing rod, or sit back and appreciate the brilliant views.
14 Riverside Campsites
The Yar runs through the Sandown Meadows Nature Reserve and alongside our Adgestone Club Site. Fishing is available on site from the 16th June and is completely free of charge.
Visit the river’s source at Kielder Water and the surrounding forest park and have a go at water-skiing, sailing and snorkelling. You can even camp on the banks of the river at our Bellingham Club Site, which also lies within the Northumberland International Dark Sky Park. Lie beneath the night sky and gaze at the starry landscape above.
The Thames flows through Berkshire and Surrey, passing our Chertsey Club Site. Pitch your tent beside the river and take a short train ride to the capital. Alternatively, wander along the Thames Path Nature Trail that runs alongside the campsite. Fishing is available on the campsite from June to March, from 7am until dusk.
Our Clitheroe Club Site sits beside the Ribble and offers a wide variety of activities. Hop in a canoe and paddle through the water, grab your fishing rod and cast your hook or take a dip in your swimming costume.
At Clitheroe, you can relax by this riverside setting or take a meandering walk to the charming Lancashire villages of Waddington or Great Mitton.
Take a day out of your trip to follow the Longdendale Trail, which slaloms for over six miles around the valley of the same name. This valley is home to a chain of six man-made reservoirs on the River Etherhow. Towering peaks reflect on the glistening water, making for some of the most breath-taking views in the Peak District.
Take a leisurely stroll along the Sett Valley Trail, which runs parallel to the river and follows the track-bed of a former railway line between Hayfield and New Mills. Follow the River Kinder, a tributary of the Sett, to Kinder Reservoir. This stretch of water and the surrounding peaks offer some of the most spectacular views in the Peak District.
Our Kendal Club Site is situated in a secluded location, with some pitches overlooking the trickling waters of the River Mint. All campers at the Kendal campsite are given a copy of the “Riverside Ramble”, a popular 45 minute stroll from the site, along both sides of the river.
Kingsbury Water Park
The canal passes the entrance of our Kingsbury Water Park Club Site. The water park neighbours both the canal and campsite and offers a wide array of activities. Try your hand at canoeing or sailing, embark on one of the walking or cycling trails and keep an eye out for a glimpse of the birds and mammals that inhabit the area. From the campsite, walk along the canal to Middleton Hall and RSPB Middleton Lakes.
Follow the mammoth 212 mile Southern Upland Way that passes south of the campsite on its way from Scotland’s east coast to its west. There are also various other walking trails stemming from the campsite. Venture into the isolated wilderness of the Lammermuir Hills for remarkable views of the Southern Uplands.
Our Norwich Club Site is perched beside the river, offering picturesque views, relaxing walks and riverside fishing. The local water sports centre lies just two miles from the campsite, where you can try your hand at windsurfing, sailing or kayaking.
The Cambrian Way runs right past the campsite and eventually leads to Usk Reservoir, a typically dramatic Welsh landscape. Take a riverside stroll and keep an eye out for the otters and grey seals that inhabit the area.
From the 16th June, fishing is available from the campsite and is a picturesque spot to cast your rod. Take a stroll along the riverside and stop for a drink at country pubs. Wander through Paxton Pits Nature Reserve and keep an eye out for a glimpse of swooping birds and playful otters.
Walton on Thames
The river has captured the imagination of several authors and poets, including revered writer John Milton. Step back in time and wander along the riverside from the campsite to the charming village of Hersham.
For the majority of its length, the Wye forms part of the border between England and Wales. During the course of its 134 mile journey, the river passes alongside our Wyeside Club Site, where you can camp on the river’s banks. Embark on a hike, follow a cycling route or cast your rod in the river in the hope of catching a salmon or two.
Riverside camping FAQs
What are some popular riverside campsites in the UK?
Some of our most frequently booked campsites in the UK include:
• Hayfield in the Peak District, which has the River Sett flowing nearby
• Kendal in the Lake District, which has some pitches overlooking the small River Mint which flows into the River Kent
• Walton on Thames which, as the name suggests, sits along several tributaries of the River Thames
• Bellingham, within the Northumberland National Park, is ideal for pretty walks along the North Tyne
• Clitheroe in Lancashire’s glorious Ribble Valley is close to the River Ribble
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What activities can visitors do while camping at a riverside campsite?
Our campsites give you the freedom to explore at your own pace. Whether you’re looking for some rip-roaring outdoor adventures or a quiet break away, our campsites are the perfect places to base your riverside camping holiday around. We’ve put together a variety of handy guides and inspirational holiday blogs in our advice hub to help you plan your break.
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Can I bring my dog to a riverside campsite in the UK?
Yes! All of our Club Sites welcome dogs, and you can enjoy riverside camping with your pooch at no extra cost. Look at campsite facilities to check which dog-friendly extras are available, like dog showers and dedicated walking areas.