Beach campsites in Ainsdale Sand Dunes National Nature Reserve with campfires

Pitch close to one of Britain’s best expanses of sandy beach and dunes.

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12 top beach campsites in Ainsdale Sand Dunes National Nature Reserve with campfires

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Social District

15 units · Tents55 acres · Grizedale, Cumbria, North West England
Lake District camping on the banks of Lake Windermere, with direct access to the water.
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Torrent Walk Campsite and Bunkhouse

65 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents2 acres · Dolgellau, Gwynedd, North Wales
Campfires, mountain views and ample grassy space in the heart of Snowdonia National Park
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£26
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Stanley Villa Farm Fishing& Camping

36 units · Glamping30 acres · Preston, Lancashire, North West England
Lakeside rural tranquility and the 'kiss-me-quick' fun of the seaside – you can have the best of both worlds at Stanley Villa Farm's cute camping pods
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£65
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Bolmynydd Camping Park

41 units · Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Pwllheli, Wales
A dog-friendly campsite on the Llŷn Peninsula with sea and mountain views
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£40
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Graig Wen - Wild Snowdonia Escapes

32 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents45 acres · Gwynedd, North Wales
Succumb to the tranquil hills of Graig Wen. Smart, sustainable and quite simply, lush.
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£22
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Baystone Bank Farm Campsite

47 units · Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Millom, England
Lake District camping on a working farm with a stream to splash in, campfires encouraged and a horse-riding centre on the doorstep
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£25
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Camping at Cardewlees

37 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Carlisle, England
A welcoming, family-run farm campsite between the Lake District and Hadrian's Wall
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Gwerniago Camping Site

5 units · Motorhomes, Tents1 acre · Machynlleth, Powys, Mid Wales
Leave it to your kids’ imagination when it comes to this site. Rocky outcrops and magical valleys. It’s a proper fairytale of a site.
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£15
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Plas yn Llangoed

16 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents3 acres · Anglesey, North Wales
Camping pitches and bell tents on Anglesey Island with views across the Menai Strait to the mountains of Snowdonia
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£38
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Smugglers Cove Boatyard

7 units · Glamping, Tents1 acre · Gwynedd, North Wales
Camping and rustic glamping in a working boatyard with an exceptional waterside location on the Dyfi estuary
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Moss Side Farm Campsite

33 units · Tents4 acres · Cumbria, North West England
Small-scale farm camping in the South Lakes, with campfires, wildlife and fine views
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£25
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Ffosygrafel Isaf Camping

12 units · Glamping, Motorhomes, Tents8 acres · Borth, Wales
We pride ourselves on being an environmentally friendly site with low impact tourism at it's core. Our facilities are hand built using local and reclaimed materials powered by renewable energy. Find us in beautiful mid Wales, close to the sea and the hills. On site we have two solar powered showers, three compost toilets with handwashing basins, a timber framed roundhouse with washing up facilities and charging points. You are welcome to bring your non disposable barbeques however we ask you to use the communal fire pit for you campfire experience (no fires allowed on the pitches). Our site has eight circular pitches for tents (max 6 people per pitch) and three hard standing pitches for campervans (sorry no large motorhomes or caravans due to access limitations). Also on site is a shepherd's hut handcrafted by the owners for a little more luxury. It has it's own spiral shower and compost loo. Well behaved dogs are allowed on the campsite but not in the shepherd's hut. There is a car parking area next to the campsite with trolleys provided to ferry your camping stuff to your pitch.Borth beach and Ynyslas sand dunes and nature reserve are just 3 miles away and the popular Clarach beach is 2.5 miles. You can reach the Wales coastal path by foot in half an hour. Other local attractions include the Dyfi Osprey Project, the bustling market town of Machynlleth (15 miles), Corris Craft Centre, the Vale of Rheidol Steam Railway, Bwlch Nant yr Arian red kite feeding centre and visitor centre. Aberystwyth town (3 miles) has a castle, thriving arts centre, cliff railway with camera obscura at the top, shops, restaurants etc.
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Beach campsites in Ainsdale Sand Dunes National Nature Reserve with campfires guide

Overview

This inviting tract of beach and vegetated dunes forms the central swathe of the Sefton Coast, a long line of sand between Liverpool and Southport. The Ainsdale Sand Dunes NNR, alongside several other reserves, protect the area’s dune grasslands and Corsican pinewoods, which rise behind the beach and offer diverse habitat for endangered creatures like natterjack toad. Caravan campers fare better than those with just tents along the coast thanks to touring parks at Formby and Ainsdale—tent campers should try heading a bit inland for the best bets.

Where to go

Sefton Coast

Reaching from Crossens near Southport 21 miles down to Crosby on the edge of Merseyside, Sefton Coast is one of the UK’s most important sandy coastlines. The unbroken, gold-brown beachfront and epic dunes behind, containing 40% of the nationally rare dune slack habitat, make this area special—and it’s all linked by coastal trail. Camping on the coast is difficult, but small-scale campsites can be found just a short way from the water.

Leeds & Liverpool Canal

This fully navigable 127-mile waterway between Liverpool and Leeds pulls off engineering feats a-plenty—negotiating the steep contours of the Pennines, for example—but just as it provides excellent narrow-boating, walking, and cycling, the canal’s camping possibilities are also impressive. The canal loops to within seven miles east of Ainsdale Sands near Downholland—look out for farm glamping near Lathom for a sleep in a fully furnished bell tent.

Ribble Estuary

North of Crossens and about five miles northeast of Ainsdale Sand Dunes NNR, the sand merges into the marsh and mudflats of the Ribble Estuary, one of England’s largest saltmarshes. Over half the estuary is protected as an NNR, and its south side has the best camping. It’s a brilliant area for wildlife-watching, especially for wildfowl.

West Pennine Moors

A locally popular but nationally little-known chunk of stark moorland, the West Pennine Moors swoop east of Chorley, 25 miles east of Ainsdale Sand Dunes. The handiest parts of this outdoor playground are Anglezarke and Rivington Moors, where two long reservoirs divide the higher ground from the conurbation to the west. The region offers great contrasts with the Ainsdale area’s flat, sandy coastscape, as well as charming campsites with several hiking routes into the wilder terrain beyond.

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