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Best UK Campsite’s For a Good Night’s Sleep

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In 2021, domestic camping and caravanning trips increased by a whopping 71%, reaching an estimated 16.4 million, with experts believing that this trend will continue throughout 2022. With such a large increase in first-time campers, it may come as no surprise that the UK searched for camping tips a staggering 173,000 times each year according to search trend data. 

With so many first time campers opting to camp, Beds Divans decided to provide a guide on how to get a good night’s sleep whilst camping, as well as the best camping spots to visit in the UK for a good night’s sleep.

The Best UK Campsites for a Good Night’s Sleep (According to Science)

In order to determine which UK campsites were best for a good night’s sleep, Beds Divans looked at three climate factors that have been scientifically proven to help improve sleep quality. The following factors are rainfall, sunlight hours and temperature.

According to research, when it rains, the air is filled with water vapour, which lowers the air pressure and reduces the quantity of oxygen content in the air. The decrease in oxygen content in the air makes us feel a little more relaxed and sleepy. Additionally, the Rain can be remarkably soothing and relaxing for those trying to sleep with its rhythmic and quiet sound.

In terms of the optimum temperature for sleep, studies have shown that your body’s temperature decreases, so a cool room around 18.3°C, will help you get into sleep and keep it throughout the night. 

The third climate factor Beds Divans analysed was sunlight hours. According to a study led by Monash University, exposure to natural outdoor light during the daytime can improve the quality of a person’s sleep, reduce their risk of insomnia, as well improve their overall mood.

With these three climate factors in mind, Beds Divans based the results on weighted rankings between the campsite with the highest recorded rainfall (mm), temperature (°C) and most sunlight hours. 

The Results:

In search of a campsite that guarantees a good night’s sleep? Here is a breakdown of the top 3 camping spots you should keep on your radar this April:

Results Table: Best UK Campsite for a Good Night's Sleep

In search of a campsite that guarantees a good night’s sleep? Here is a breakdown of the top 3 camping spots you should keep on your radar this April:

(1) Old Oaks Touring Park and Glamping

                                                       (Image source – www.theoldoaks.co.uk)

Campsite Overview:

In first place is Old Oaks Touring Park and Glamping. Situated in Wick, Glastonbury, this lovely campsite is nestled in the heart of the Somerset countryside and offers spacious landscaped pitches, stunning views and pristine facilities. On TripAdvisor, the campsite has a 5-star rating for location, cleanliness, service and value for money. There’s a reason this campsite ranks first on our list and that’s because over 1,033 travellers rated their experience with the campsite as “excellent”. 

A Good Night’s Sleep at Old Oak’s Touring Park & Glamping:

If you are looking for a good night’s sleep, then this campsite may be the place for you. During the day, you’ll have plenty of choices of beautiful walking routes to tire yourself out on. Taking a walk around Glastonbury will give you a taste of its many myths and legends – the region is deeply linked to King Arthur, as well as its world-renown music festival. 

Additionally, in April the campsite and surrounding areas have an average of 13.9 hours of natural sunlight, which is over 6% above the national average. By getting so much natural sunlight, you can help your body’s circadian rhythm, allowing you to feel alert during the day and sleep better at night.

Key Information about the campsite:

Hours of sunlight in April: 13.9 hours

Max April temperatures: 13.93 C 

Average April rainfall: 51.49 mm

Facilities: 5* 

Pet Friendly: Yes

Best Walking routes nearby:

Check out the amazing walking routes Glastonbury has to offer. 

(2) Bales Ash Campsite 

(Image source – www.tripadvisor.co.uk)

Campsite Overview:

In second place is Bales Ash Campsite. Situated in High Bickington, the campsite sits above the Taw Valley in beautiful North Devon countryside with views across to Exmoor and provides a complete escape from the pace of modern life. 

On TripAdvisor, Bales Ash Campsite has a 5-star rating for location, cleanliness, service and value for money. Additionally, over 96% of its campers rated their experience as “excellent”. 

A Good Night’s Sleep at Ash Bales Campsite Farm:

This campsite is ideal for those who are seeking a good night’s sleep. The campsite’s surrounding area, High Bickington, has an impressive range of beautiful walking routes along the countryside which trace this region’s incredibly deep international history and heritage.

Additionally, in April the campsite and surrounding areas have an average of 13.35 hours of natural sunlight during the day, meaning you’ll have plenty of time to soak up the sun whilst outdoors. Being exposed to so much natural sunlight helps your body’s circadian rhythm, allowing you to remain alert during the day and sleep better at night.

Key Information about the campsite:

Hours of sunlight in April: 13.35 hours

Max April temperatures: 14.68 °C

Average April rainfall: 55.28 mm

Facilities: 5* 

Pet Friendly: Yes

Best Walking routes nearby:

Check out the amazing walking routes High Brickigton has to offer.

(3) Watermouth Valley Camping Park

(Image Source – www.tripadvisor.co.uk)

Campsite Overview:

In third place is​​ Watermouth Valley Camping Park. Situated in Berrynarbor, this campsite should be on the radar for those who love long walks or hikes along the coas with beautiful sceneries. On TripAdvisor, Watermouth Valley Camping Park has an impressive 5-star rating for location, cleanliness, service and value for money. Additionally, over 197 of its campers rated their experience as “excellent”. 

A Good Night’s Sleep at Watermouth Valley Camping Park:

The campsite offers excellent sleeping conditions for those seeking a good night’s sleep. As mentioned above, this campsite is situated in the heart of the Berrynabor coast, meaning you will never be short on walking routes with incredible sceneries to tire yourself out on.

Additionally, in April the campsite and surrounding areas have an average of 13.8 hours of natural sunlight during the day, so you can enjoy the sun outdoors all day long. The high levels of natural sunlight help you maintain a healthy circadian rhythm, which helps you to remain alert during the day and sleep better at night.

Key Information about the campsite:

Hours of sunlight in April: 13.8 hours

Max April temperatures: 13.68 C 

Average April rainfall: 55.28 mm

Facilities: 5* 

Best Walking routes nearby:

Check out the amazing walking routes Berrynabor has to offer.

Top Tips on getting a good night’s sleep whilst camping:

(1) Always plan for bad weather

Even if the weather forecast is set for clear skies and no rain, things can change in a short period of time. With this in mind, make sure you pack waterproof clothing, towels and some spare clothes to change into if the weather makes a turn for the worse. 

Additionally, at night temperatures can fall, so packing warm sleepwear is a good idea, as you won’t wake up due to feeling cold.

(2) Choose the right air bed 

Choosing the right air bed can be the difference between waking up refreshed or waking up exhausted, so choose wisely. When looking to find the perfect air bed, it’s important to take into consideration the material of the air bed as it can impact the bed’s durability. Generally speaking, most modern air beds are made from a material called PVC, or vinyl as it is commonly known as. A thicker PVC layer makes an airbed more durable, meaning you’ll spend less money over time replacing it.

A second matter that should be considered when choosing an air mattress is its size. Like traditional mattresses, air mattresses are available in a variety of sizes. Despite this, they can sometimes feel a bit smaller than a standard mattress. We highly recommend sizing up when you buy an air mattress if you have the extra space.

Finally, it is always a good idea to read previous customer reviews about the air mattress you are considering buying. In addition to providing users with an insight into what to expect, it also addresses issues that users have with their air beds.

(3) Avoid placing the tent in direct sunlight 

While it may be tempting to pitch your tent in a sunny and picturesque spot, over a period of time there is a risk that your tent will overheat, making it uncomfortable to sleep in. Instead, choose your tent’s location wisely and opt for a shaded spot. During the warmer months, you’ll be grateful for a nice cool tent. Additionally, opting for a cotton tent instead of polyester will also help to keep your tent cooler over the summer months

Methodology:

In order to determine which was the best campsite in the UK, a range of factors were considered, including overall star ratings, each campsite’s facility ratings, and climate data.

The list of UK campsites used within the study is based on data listed on Camping & Caravanning Club. In order to narrow down the results, only campsites with a 4.5 or higher star rating and over 100+ customer reviews were considered. With this list, Beds Divans then analysed facility ratings on TripAdvisor, which rated the campsite’s location, cleanliness, service and value for money. 

Finally, after taking each campsite’s facility rating into consideration, Beds Divans analysed climate data from The Met Office to determine which of these campsites had the best camping climate during the month of April. Climate factors included the campsite with the most sunlight hours, most rainfall and highest temperature. The final results table is based on the weighted ranking of all of the factors listed above.

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