Car-freeGlamping holidaysaround the UK

No need to drive to have a glamping holiday in the countryside. Cool Camping has come up with this list of great places to stay that have good public transport links.

  • County: around the UK
  • Great for: camping and glamping | family fun | Nature | scenic bus and train | walking | wildlife |
  • Refreshments: picnics, takeaways, local pubs and cafes
  • Please note: researched/updated March 2022. If anything’s changed or you have tips to share, do get in touch: features@goodjourney.org.uk
  1. 3. Daisy Bank, West Yorkshire

    With uninterrupted views and plenty of mod cons, these two- or four-person log cabins are ideal for cyclists and walkers. Daisy Bank Camp is out in the Pennine countryside between Hebden Bridge and Todmorden.

    • How do you get to Daisy Bank without a car? Half-hourly bus 596 runs from right outside Hebden Bridge’s charming railway station (wooded location, piano in the waiting room, great café) and stops near the end of Long Causeway. From the bus stop, it’s a 15-minute stroll along the road (or slightly further by footpath) to the cabins. Alternatively, Sustrans National Route 68 goes right past and there are plenty of other cycling routes in the area, plus bike hire in Hebden Bridge.
    • What’s there when you arrive? With double beds and sofa beds, table and chairs, underfloor heating, a kitchenette and bathroom, each cabin is pretty well equipped. There’s an outdoor seating area too in your own little garden.
    • And what can you see and do nearby? With Hebden Bridge so close by bus (or a three-mile walk), there are plenty of options. As well as great walking routes from the door through the spectacular landscapes nearby, there are buses to picturesque Haworth, canal-side strolls and some great wet weather options too, like Eureka! museum for kids next to Halifax railway station.
    • Price: from £192 for a three nights stay in a cabin sleeping two.
  1. 4. Skoolie Stays, East Sussex

    At Skoolie Stays near Eastbourne, you don’t just take the bus to get there – you sleep on a bus too! For fans of the Magic School Bus stories, it’s unmissable. This solar-powered converted American school bus sits near Beachy Head with its lighthouse and towering cliffs.

    • How do you get to Skoolie Stays without a car? Get the train to Eastbourne and then bus. The regular buses 12, 12A and 12X stop about a mile away. On Sundays, you can catch bus 13X to Beachy Head Road bus stop. From here, it’s a three-minute walk.
    • What’s there when you arrive? A double bed, foldaway bunk beds, a full kitchen and bathroom, log burning stove and USB chargers.
    • And what can you see and do nearby? Camped right on the South Downs, it’s perfect for walks along the Seven Sisters cliffs or a stroll down into Eastbourne to visit the Towner gallery.
    • Price: from £350 for a two night stay in an all-American yellow school bus, sleeping four.
  1. 5. Coxons Farm Glamping, North Yorkshire

    If smart new glamping pods in the green Yorkshire Dales with a pub over the road sounds like just what you’re looking for, head to Coxons Farm in Cracoe near Skipton.

    • How do you get to Coxons without a car? Bus 72 (or Dalesbus 875 on summer Sundays and bank holidays) from Skipton railway station runs speedily to the Devonshire Arms’ bus stop in Cracoe, just two minutes’ walk from the site (and the pub!). On Sundays, the 72 leaves from Skipton’s nearby bus station. The bus journey through the Yorkshire Dales National park is pretty scenic too.
    • What’s there when you arrive? These luxurious pods have en-suite bathrooms, double beds (bed linen included), full-kit kitchenettes, sofa beds for the kids, TVs and WIFI! There’s underfloor heating too and double glazing to keep them snug and warm.
    • And what can you see and do nearby? The main draw for car-free visitors is the choice of adventurous walks from the door: fells, caves, moorland, Winterton reservoir and the 90-mile Dales High Way walking route are all in easy reach. If it’s raining, or for a change of scene, take the bus into Skipton, with its museum and castle, or simply take cover in the little Cracoe café (and did we mention the Devonshire Arms pub is just over the road?)
    • Price? from £240 for a two-night stay in a pod, sleeping four.
  1. 6. Graig Wen, Gwynedd

    With views of the mountainous Snowdonia National Park and the wildlife-rich Mawddach Estuary,  Graig Wen is beautifully located.

    • How do I get there? The lovely Mawddach Trail, from Barmouth to Dolgellau, is a spectacular way to get anywhere. Graig Wen is right beside the trail. You can take the train to the request stop of Morfa Mawddach and walk or cycle 2 miles along the estuary to the campsite. Or, to get to Graig Wen directly by public transport, bus 28 runs four times a day (twice on Sunday) from Fairbourne train station. Ask the driver to drop you off at Graig Wen between Arthog and Penmaenpool.
    • For more car-free adventures in the area, see our car-free guide to Barmouth.
    • Price: tent pitches (May-Sept) from £28 a night (based on up to five people) or the Empress wagon, which sleeps four, from £200 for 2 nights.