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Feb 17 2014 Posted by Samantha Marsh

Whether it’s bird watching, stargazing, or adventure sports, more people than ever before are combining a holiday with their hobby.

Outdoor accommodation specialist Pitchup.com has an extensive range of over 5,000 holiday parks and campsites, many of which are ideally suited for people who want to spend time doing their favourite pursuit.

For example:

Fishing

Loch Tay Highland Lodges, Perthshire, Scotland

Fishing enthusiasts can hire a boat on Loch Tay to catch trout or salmon to cook at camp later. The site can arrange fishing permits and accommodation is in a choice of cabins, wigwams and yurts. There’s a friendly sitting room where guests can compare fishy tales and the on-site Boathouse restaurant, which is recommended regardless of how successful the day’s fishing has been.

Price: From £40 per night per person in a pod.

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Cycling

 West Stow Pods, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk

West Stow Pods are ideally situated for scenic cycle paths: long-distance bike routes around King’s Forest or Newmarket, as well as mountain biking around Thetford or Brandon Country Park. The pods have outdoor decking and a barbecue area outside, while inside there’s a double bed, sofa bed, wet room with toilet and shower, kitchenette and flat screen Freeview TV with DVD player.

Price: From £65 per night for people in a mega family pod.

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Bird watching

Higher Moor Farm Campsite, Weymouth, Dorset

Higher Moor Farm Campsite is five minutes away from the RSPB reserve Radipole Lake, which has regular events, family activities and a visitor centre. The site is home to many bird species including bittern, bearded tit, little egret, pochard and sedge warbler. There’s also the popular Studland Beach & Nature Reserve along the coast at Swanage where visitors can spot birds, wildlife and wild flowers and a mute swan colony at Abbotsbury Swannery.

Price: From £249 for four nights, for four people, in a luxury five-metre bell tent. Grass pitches are also available, from £11 per night.

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Astronomy

PoSHHuts, Hexham, Northumberland

Northumberland National Park was awarded Dark Sky Park status in December 2013 and is now Europe's largest, and nearby Kielder Observatory has regular events for the astronomically inclined. PoSHHuts, Hexham, are posh shepherd’s huts offering a prime stargazing spot right outside the door. These luxury huts offer the perfect place to stargaze in style.  They are outdoorsy enough for visitors to feel like they are in the heart of the action yet luxury enough to keep visitors warm and cosy.  The huts feature kingsized beds, chandeliers, woodburning stove, designer kitchen and an en-suite shower.  

Price: From £100 per night for two people.

 

Ghost hunting

Moorlands Caravan Park, Oldham, Lancashire

Fans of TV’s Most Haunted will recall presenter Yvette Fielding deemed the episode filmed at Pendle Hill the scariest she ever made. Visitors to the region may get a chill down their spine delving into witchcraft, mysterious deaths and hangings. They’ll soon warm up in the heated pods at Moorlands Caravan Park, 20 miles away.

Price: From £30 per night in a pod for up to four.

 

Walking

The Quiet Site, Penrith, Cumbria

The Quiet Site has pods and pitches with magnificent views of Ullswater, which is popular among hikers and walkers.  The site is within easy reach of some of the Lake District’s most famous fells including Skiddaw, Helvelyn and Scafell Pike. The site also has a children’s playground and soft play area, as well as a pub.

Price: Pods from £35 per night for up to four people; grass and hardstanding pitches from £16 per night for two people; bell tents from £40 per night for up to four people.

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Adrenaline/outdoor adventure 

North Lodge, Pembrokeshire

The 186-mile Pembrokeshire Coastal Path has plenty to tempt adrenaline junkies, including walking and hiking, clifftop expeditions, golfing, sailing, windsurfing, coasteering, sea kayaking, sea fishing and horse riding. North Lodge is a spacious site which limits numbers to prevent overcrowding.  Pitches are laid out across 4.5 acres of grassland, just 10 minutes from the beaches and coastline.  An insulated log cabin provides year round accommodation and comes fully equipped with furniture and fittings.  Guests just need to bring sleeping bags and towels.  The cabin can sleep up to five people.

Price: Cabin costs from £40 per night or for true campers there is also the option of tent and touring pitches from just £15 per night.

 

Motorcycling

Lee Wick Cottages and Camping, Essex

Many searches on the Pitchup.com website are for motorcycle-friendly sites, and Lee Wick Cottages and Camping is one that fits the bill. It’s a farm and stables with holiday cottages, camping and glamping options, as well as a fishing reservoir.

The mega pods are amongst the most popular choices of accommodation and feature a double bed, toilet, iPod dock, barbecue and kitchen.

Price: Pods cost from £50 per night for up to four people.

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Dan Yates, founder of Pitchup.com said: “Brits love their hobbies and many people combine going on holiday with their favourite pastime. Pitchup.com features over 5,000 holiday parks and campsites, many of which are an ideal base for people to partake in their favourite hobby.

“The Pitchup.com search facility makes it easy to find a suitable place to stay, because it allows searches along criteria such as ‘horse riding’, ‘fishing’ or ‘cycle routes’. And, if anyone is looking for inspiration, our regular blog has plenty of suggestions of the best places to stay for people with particular hobbies, such as spooky places for ghost hunters or quiet hideouts for nature lovers.”

For more information visit http://www.pitchup.com

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Notes to editors

Founded in 2009 by former lastminute.com man, Dan Yates, multi-award winning Pitchup.com is a free guide to all types of outdoor accommodation in the UK, Ireland and France. The site provides users with a simple platform in which they can search and book an outdoor holiday with total ease. The customer experience from landing on the home page through to booking a holiday can be completed in as little as four pages. The site also goes beyond traditional searches by allowing users to search for accommodation based on more than 80 criteria, such as adults only and campfires allowed, and view nearby events, Good Pub Guide pubs and VisitBritain attractions. Users can also search on the offers page to find the best deals available. Pitchup.com features over 5,000 UK wide camping and caravanning sites/parks with France recently added into the equation. It enables users to search for all types of parks and sites from the major brands right through to one off campsites and unique outdoor accommodation options, which may not have previously had a web presence.