A summer under canvas has never sounded so appealing but campsites are booking up fast. Here is a selection of small coastal pitches to try
On the shore of the Dyfi estuary, Smugglers Cove’s three secluded pitches are some of the most fortunately situated in the country. Across the sands and water sits the RSPB’s Ynys-hir nature reserve (as seen on BBC’s Springwatch), home to lapwings, redshanks and, most dramatically of all, ospreys. A beached boat called The Boy John provides a communal area for campers or funky glamping accommodation. And if you can bear to leave, the beach at Aberdyfi and dunes beyond are magnificent.
• From £20 for a two-person tent (maximum 5 people per pitch); hoping to open from early August, smugglerscove.info