224 pages, colour photos
This stylish and inspiring book contains all the information campers need to make the most of the wonderful waterside locations throughout the UK and Ireland. Covering all kinds of camping (caravan, campsite and wild), Camping by the Waterside starts by showing how to plan your trip, what gear to take and how to get stuck into all the fantastic water-based activities on offer, such as sailing, kayaking, angling, surfing and wild swimming. Tip boxes, top 10 features and gorgeous photos combine to give readers all the knowledge and inspiration they need to get out there, whether they're on their own, part of a family or with a group of friends.
The main part of Camping by the Waterside is organised by region, but also searchable by activity. Each region has an overview, and within it the best sites to visit, with useful information (best times of year to go, activities on offer, facilities, cost), advice on most attractive pitches, contact details and photos. There is a huge variety of sites here, all with something unique to offer, and helpful maps plot each one clearly.
With a Foreword by One Man and his Campervan's Martin Dorey, this is the essential guidebook for all campers, showing how it really is possible to pitch up in paradise.
"Stephen has taken the hard work out of locating your own pitch in paradise. And when I say paradise I don't mean just a hop, skip and a jump away – I mean right there. Once the waves or the fish or the rays have been caught, you can pop the kettle on, cook up your catch or just take it easy, right there at the very edge, where the sea meets the land, where it matters. These are the places that make you go 'wow'!"
– Martin Dorey, presenter of One Man and his Campervan
"The best campsites are by the water. The best place to find them is in this book. This is an indispensable guide for lovers of camping and watersports."
– John Kelly, Song of the Paddle
"Camping by the Waterside helps to plan the perfect trip, to locations that tick all the boxes. It's already shown me a few places I'd like to explore."
– Elton Murphy, anglersnet.co.uk
"Flick through this book, grab your board and your tent, and go explore our spectacular coastlines."
– Campaigns Director, Surfers Against Sewage, Andy Cummins
"There's something very calming about pitching by water, so we were pleased to come across a new book that will help you to find the best spots to do just that."
– Practical Caravan
"This guide by award-winning journalist Stephen Neale [...] will inspire even die-hard non-campers and is perfect for families."
– *Book of the Week*, Daily Mail
"With glorious introductions to each section covering popular watersports and common-sense camping advice, it's a book to return to. In fact, I'll be using it to plan my next camping adventure!"
"An appealing guide aimed at families and those who love the outdoors."
– Scotland Outdoors
"Tip boxes, plotted maps, enticing photography and succinct summaries of the best water-based activities around you pitch – featuring sailing, kayaking and wild swimming – will have you packing your poles just a few pages in."
– Coast Magazine
"this stylish book includes everything you'll need to make the most of Britain's many wonderful waterside camping locations."
"Not only a guide to campsites around Britain and Ireland, this book is also a 5-year labour of love on everything camping that's near water."
– The lifeboat
"It provides everything you need to know, from explaining the sport and equipment you'll need to the best sites for fishing, kayaking, sailing, wild swimming and many other activities."
– Practical Caravan
"This is a book that will attract paddlers to some of the best campsites"
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Stephen Neale is a journalist and freelance travel and business writer. He is also obsessed with camping, walking, boats and fishing. 'I can't explain why I'm so drawn to water, but if I see a river, canal, lake or beach, I just have to navigate it.'