Surfing and camping in England, Scotland and Wales
UK surf, camping and overnight stops
UK surfing today
Autumn is the best time to surf UK breaks and the british coastline is full of surfing gems. There is a substantial surfing community in the UK and surf clubs are not limited to the coasts. From Cornwall in the South to Scotland in the North, most places are no more than a couple of hours drive from the coast. For this reason, surf clubs can be found right across the country.
Surfing and camping in the west of England
The seaview camping guide covers 4 West Country counties, beginning in Somerset following the coast around to Dorset listing 93 camping sites found along the Somerset, Devon, Cornwall and Dorset coastline.
Whitesands Bay in the south of the country cuts into the coast near lands end. Being one of the more consistent swells in Britain, on account of its exposed location, Sennen Cove can hold good-sized waves and may have surf when everywhere else is flat. For those of you interest in big wave surfing, Cribbar on Fistral Beach in Newquay has been known to receive swells, which can drive waves up to around 30-feet high. If it's crowded in Newquay, Watergate Bay is a good option, with two miles of beach at low tide.
Bantham beach near Bigbury picks up more swell than any other south Devon beach and has a variety of peaks depending on the stage of the tide.
Surfing and camping in the England
Saltburn-by-the-Sea is one of the original centres of the north-east surf scene and the locals are friendly despite the busy waves. Good beginner waves can be found either side of the pier.
Scarborough’s South Bay is very friendly spot with enough peaks to spread the crowds. There are larger peaks at the south end keeping beginners in the north end of the bay. The bay does suffer one mile close outs, but there are long rides to be had.
The spots found from Mablethorpe to Skegness south of Sutton on sea, on average, tend to be two to three feet smaller than the spots in Scarborough. Parking is close and these spots are never crowded with only a handful of people at any break.
Skerrys in Withernsea is crowded in the summer and can be both good and bad. There is plenty of parking and the locals are friendly. With fast and long lefts, on good days this place barrels like mad.
South Shields works on a medium swell but it can be flat when theres a fun wave at Tynemouth. If theres a really big swell Whitburn Seaburn is a better option or ask directions to the 'Firing Range' by the Souter Lighthouse and you'll find a super hollow secret spot.
Surfing and camping in the Scotland
The seaview camping guide covers 15 Scottish counties, beginning in Berwickshire in the south, our guide follows the east coast north to Caithness, and then south along west coast to Dumfriesshire, listing 209 camping sites found along the Scottish coastline and it's islands.
One of the centres of the burgeoning Scottish surf scene and thus one of the most popular breaks in Scotland, Pease Bay is considered one of the best waves in Europe with a good beach break and challenging reef for better wave riders.
Right in the North of Scotland near Dunnet Head. Thurso East is a right-hand reef break over a flat, kelp-covered rock shelf, best on a big north-west swell when it may hold surfable waves of triple overhead and more.
Surfing and camping in the Wales
The seaview camping guide covers 8 Welsh counties, beginning in Swansea following the coast north to Denbighshire and the Isle of Anglesey listing 112 camping sites found along the Welsh coastline.
Possibly the most popular surf spot in Wales, Llangennith has beach breaks all the way along its three-mile length, and is always crowded when there's a good swell running. Freshwater West in Pembrokeshire or Fresh to the locals is a huge beach with peaks all along its length. The main beach produces some powerful and often quite large peaks, plus there are a couple of other good breaks in the small bays to the south.
Hell's Mouth in the county of Gwynedd is an impressive four-mile long beach with peaks along its length on a good swell. The better waves tend to be beneath the cliffs at the south-east end of the beach.
More information about camping sites in the above areas is available in the guide, GPS locations, provided amenities, etc. Up to date information is also available on our site regarding any changes to information in this guide