Why Camping is Good for Your Mental Health – Here’s 20 Best Campsites to Help Beat the Blues

Research shows that viewing natural scenery can improve mood and reduce stress – and in January that’s particularly good news because the post-Christmas blues, cold dark nights, and seemingly never-ending weeks until payday are all factors which have led to January being cited as one the gloomiest months of the year.

According to a government study, people who spend more time in nature are significantly more likely to report good health and improved psychological wellbeing, and a recent survey found that a third of Brits felt that camping or caravanning has had a very positive impact on their mental health – and booking that spring break could be the perfect way to lift your spirits now – although many sites increasingly open all year round.

5 reasons why camping is good for your mental wellbeing

According to health experts, camping combats stress and helps improve your mental health.

1. Digital detox
An outdoor adventure allows you to switch off from the daily use of digital gadgets such as your phone, computer etc., instantly providing you with a much needed digital detox.

2. Better sleep
Reducing the amount of time you spend on digital gadgets and electronic devices will ensure you get a better restful sleep pattern. Being away from traffic and the noise of the city will help you to fully switch off and reset your body clock. In fact, the word ‘peace’ has been mentioned in over 19,000 Pitchup reviews so far this year.

3. More exercise

Due to sedentary lifestyles, many of us fail to get the recommended sufficient daily movement. From hiking trails to biking, camping promotes you to engage in frequent physical activity which helps get your heart rate up. Physical exercise is also not just good for the body, but is also good for the mind. Being active releases chemicals in your brain that make you feel good.

4. Relationship building
An outdoor accommodation holiday means less wifi which means more time to spend communicating with your family or friends, thus strengthening your relationships. According to health studies, positive interactions can reduce the risk of depression and anxiety.

5. Connection with nature

Many reports have cited spending time in nature to help with mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.


20 Best Campsites in the UK for Wellness

Brand new research from Pitchup, has revealed the 20 best campsites to boost your mental wellbeing in 2023.

The data was determined by analysing and compiling a list of all reviews on the site that contained words linked to improved mental health and wellbeing.


Campsites Location
Ashton Hall Caravan Park Lancashire, Lancaster
Ash Keys Caravan Park North Yorkshire, Eshton
Sandwich Lakes Kent, Sandwich
Rectory Farm Fishing and Camping Site Norfolk, Hingham
The Old Dairy Farm Caravan and Camping Oxfordshire, Banbury
Painters Farm Caravan Camping Site Kent, Faversham
Tan Aeldroch Farm Gwynedd, Dolwyddelan
Black Barn Farm Norfolk, Salhouse
West End Farm Campsite Gloucestershire, Gloucester
Colemere Caravan Park Shropshire, Ellesmere
Hobby Farm Dorset, Bridport
Grove Farm Caravan Site Norfolk, Wells next the Sea
Beechwood Caravan Park York North Yorkshire, York
Brocklands Farm  Hampshire, Petersfield
Andark Lake Hampshire, Southampton
Glebe Leisure Oxfordshire, Bicester
Pengraig Campsite Isle of Anglesey, Holyhead
Idle Hours Owlsbury Park East Sussex, Crowborough
Pencarnan Farm Caravan and Camping Site Pembrokeshire, Haverfordwest
Farm Fell Campsite Cumbria, Sedbergh


Pitchup reviews of the top wellness campsites.

Everything, the view, the people, the walks, the peace, the quiet. If you want bells and whistles this isn’t the campsite for you. If you want walks on your doorstep, the ability to see every star in the sky at night, a complete feeling of tranquillity then this is definitely the place for you. Priced very reasonably reflects the site’s facilities. No Internet connection…… bliss .”
Pengraig Campsite

Peaceful. Beautiful scenery and walks from site. Lovely large pitches. Very friendly owner. Good location for coast.”
Ashton Hall Caravan Park

“Everything, peace, quiet, tranquillity, spotless facilities, fishing, morning birdsong – incredible.”
Rectory Farm Fishing and Camping Site

Outdoor accommodation specialist Pitchup.com says that low winter moods can be brightened by taking a holiday in the great British countryside.


Dan Yates, founder of Pitchup commented:

There is plenty of research out there which shows a direct correlation between getting outside during daylight hours and state of mind. Being outside is not only good for our physical health but also for our mental health. So many reviews on our website reference how positive and peaceful their stay made them feel, which is testament to the impact this kind of holiday can have.