With winter well and truly behind us, we’ll all be busy dusting off our travel guides and getting our campervans ready for the warmer months ahead. If you’re looking for a spot of inspiration when searching for great campervan sites to visit this spring, then give this Motorhome Protect guide a read. It’s full of helpful advice on choosing the right campervan site and 10 great suggestions to get you started.
Whichever part of the country you’re planning on visiting for your next jaunt there’s sure to be a perfect spot nearby. With your campervan insurance sorted and the freedom of the open road ahead, there’s no better time to get planning.
One of the most popular reasons for investing in a campervan is that you’ve got complete flexibility for your holiday plans – you can simply pack up and take off whenever you like! However, when it comes to the best campervan sites you need to book quickly. With excellent facilities and an endless list of activities to do for all ages, all of these campervan sites will fill up fast.
What to look for in a great campervan site
Before we reveal our top 10 list, it’s important to remember that we all have different likes and needs. Some people will only consider sites with top-notch luxury facilities while others believe the more basic the better.
If you’ve got children and dogs in tow then you’ll probably be looking for something different from those searching for ultimate peace and quiet. Just like finding the perfect campervan insurance, you’ll probably be looking for something bespoke rather than a one-size-fits-all arrangement. That’s why so many people look to Motorhome Protect for their insurance cover needs.
Okay, so we know there are always compromises to make in life. For example, many campsites in the wilder and more beautiful locations may not provide the most luxurious facilities. The ingredients of the perfect site may well differ for a single traveller or a couple, a pub-goer, a walker or a mountain biker.
With that in mind, here’s the list we’ve arrived at. You may well disagree, but at least it’s a start.
- Location, location, location
By the beach, in a forest, overlooking the moors, by a lake; the possibilities for the perfect location are limitless. It really does depend on what you want out of the local area. Do you want a cosy pub within easy walking distance? Are you planning on a spot of fishing and need to be near a lake or a river?
As the weather turns warmer, campervan sites can get very busy. How much space will there be between pitches? Are there hedges or trees to shield areas from prying eyes?
- Good free showers
Having a nice hot shower can really set you up for a pleasant night’s rest. A cold-water standpipe and no toilets or showers can start to wear a bit thin after a couple of days.
- Clean toilets
Whatever facilities are on offer need to be clean and well maintained. There’s nothing worse than dirty toilets.
- Recycling facilities
We love getting out into nature but if there aren’t adequate recycling facilities available then the area could soon be spoiled by rubbish.
- Fresh drinking water
A non-negotiable for many campers. Particularly in hot weather.
- Peace and quiet
Essential if you really want to get away from it all. Noisy neighbours can really ruin a good campsite.
From squirrels and birds to bats and badgers, spotting wildlife is a highlight of many camper owners’ spring adventures. But remember, during spring, wildlife can be a lot more active and road accidents are more likely. Make sure you’ve got campervan insurance to protect your home on wheels from damage.
- Nearby pub, shop or café
Every great adventure needs a ready supply of tasty food and drink.
- Wi-Fi access
We’ve written about how to get internet in your campervan before. But having access to Wi-Fi will make life much easier. Although it’s never wise to spend too much time on gadgets when you’ve got all that nature to explore.
- Helpful owners or managers
We all appreciate a friendly smile and a wave in the morning. Owners and managers who really care can make a world of difference to a campervan site. You can’t put a price on such a reliable source of information on the local area.
- Kitchen area or a communal space
Being self-sufficient is a fun part of campervan life but sometimes we all need a bit of company. A kitchen area or communal space is a great place to meet other like-minded campers and make friends along the way.
Read on to find out our favourite campervan sites that fit the bill.
10 top campervan sites just right for spring adventures
- Deepdale Farm, Norfolk
Situated in Burnham Deepdale on the stunning North Norfolk Coast this site was recently ranked as the most talked about in the UK for campervan lovers. It also received a travellers choice award from TripAdvisor in 2021.
And it’s easy to see why. This award-winning, eco-friendly site is part of a working organic farm that offers a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be bored, there’s plenty going on here. Indeed, if you enjoy your spring visit then why not return in September when it holds an annual festival which celebrates music, food and drink?
Our favourite spring time activity in this area is walking out into the wild beauty of the nearby salt marshes on a beautiful morning. Bliss!
- Monkton Wyld Holiday Park, Dorset
There were smiles all around at the recent Dorset Tourism Awards 2022. The idyllic Monkton Wyld Holiday Park took home a Gold Award in the Camping & Caravanning Park of the Year category. Monkton Wyld is part of the Premier Parks group and a really high quality site.
Close to the village of Charmouth and historic harbour town of Lyme Regis the area ranks highly for natural beauty. The centre of the World Heritage Jurassic Coastline, we’ve got an excellent guide to the area if you want some pointers.
The site is popular with dog owners and has truly excellent facilities. Indeed, the site even received a Diamond Award, the highest possible accolade, at the Loo of the Year Awards for 2020 to 2022.
For more of the best motorhome and campervan campsites in Dorset read this Motorhome Protect guide.
- Ayr Holiday Park, Cornwall
For those on the hunt for some early sun then heading into the far south west this spring is a great idea. If you love water sports, then catching some waves in laid back Cornwall can’t be beaten.
Ayr Holiday Park is a marvellous place to make your Cornish base at this time of year. You’ll find this low-key campsite on the cliffs overlooking the sea and the arty town of St. Ives.
It has everything you need for a comfy stay, including electrical hook-ups, hardstanding, both indoor and outdoor showers (for those sandy wetsuits), a kids playground and Wi-Fi. There are even plans to install a new swimming pool and restaurant on site.
When you’re done surfing and have finished your delicious plate of fish and chips (or fresh Cornish pasty) then be sure to check out the Tate St Ives before you leave. The perfect way to add some artistic inspiration to your spring break.
- Cotswolds Camping at Holycombe, Warwickshire
Sites don’t come much quieter than this. A designated ‘quiet campsite’, Cotswolds Camping is only suitable for adults and children over 12. And there’s a strict ‘no groups’ policy, too. There’s probably no better place for a calming and relaxing retreat far away from the 21st Century hustle and bustle.
Cotswolds Camping is a chilled-out place set in the grounds of Holycombe Holistic Retreat Centre. It comes complete with hot showers, toilets and a fully equipped kitchen.
Be warned, despite its tranquil location you might need to bring ear-plugs if you’re likely to be disturbed by the nearby sound of church bells!
If you’re looking for a bit more action then there’s plenty to explore nearby in the glorious Cotswolds. Travelling around Britain’s most historic towns and villages in your campervan can bring the risk of the odd bump, as roads can be narrow. If you have campervan insurance from Motorhome Protect then any problems should be sorted quickly.
While you’re considering campervan insurance be sure to check out our guide to campervan trips to the Cotswolds. From motor sports enthusiasts and outdoorsy types to foodies and culture vultures, there really is something for everyone in this beautiful part of the world.
- Top of the Woods, Pembrokeshire
At number one in Time Out guide’s list of the UK’s best campsites, Top of the Woods in Pembrokeshire is all about getting back to nature. With activities from surfing and wild swimming to dolphin watching and stargazing the only question is, will you have time to fit it all in?
If you fancy a night away from your beloved campervan then they have lots of other glamping options to choose from. We love their brand-new nature domes!
- Three Cliffs Bay, Gower
Voted a winner by Guardian readers, this Five Star Visit Wales-rated holiday park near Swansea looks out over a sheltered lagoon. It’s got rocky crags and huge sand dunes that are well worth a scramble. The site borders the Wales Coastal Path and is simply perfect for a family holiday with its range of facilities and natural surroundings. As well as jaw-dropping sea views, the site is just a short walk from the beach. Who’s up for a morning swim? It’s sure to put a spring in your step!
- Eye Kettleby Lakes, Leicestershire
This family run, luxury site is located on the outskirts of Melton Mowbray in 150 acres of rolling countryside. A peaceful location with plenty of walking and cycling opportunities nearby. You’ll also find a clubhouse and tearoom, a calendar of regular events and nine coarse fishing lakes.
It recently won a bronze award in the Camping, Glamping and Holiday Park of the Year category at the Visit England Awards for Excellence. Don’t forget to pop into Melton Mowbray for a prize-winning pork pie while you’re at it.
- Catgill Farm Camping and Glamping, Yorkshire
Wedged between the Lake District and the North York Moors, the Yorkshire Dales are a stunning place to visit at any time of year. The family run Catgill Farm in the historic and beautiful village of Bolton Abbey is the perfect base from which to explore further.
There are several easily accessible hiking routes nearby including a section of the Dales Way footpath, so you’re never short of something to do. There’s an on-site coffee shop and the sumptuous Devonshire Arms pub is just a 15-minute walk away along a country path. The perfect location for a drink and a bite to eat on a warm spring evening.
For younger campers there’s a natural playground with a tiny stream running through it. You could also book a trip on the Bolton Abbey steam train from the village. Or head next-door to Hesketh Farm for tractor rides and animal feeding.
- Ardnamurchan Campsite, Argyll
While Scotland offers endless opportunities for wild camping, sometimes you might want a few more luxuries than the great outdoors has to offer. So, if you find yourself in need of a warm welcome and some home comforts then look no further than Ardnamurchan Campsite.
The most westerly campsite in the whole of mainland Britain, it overlooks a stunning sea loch and offers a great range of simple comforts. Brilliant sea views, free hot showers, free Wi-Fi, direct access to the shoreline, and dog-friendly. What more could you ask for?
Ardnamurchan is the perfect place to disconnect, relax and discover the fabulous Scottish Highlands. Did we mention you can spot otters, seals, golden and white-tailed eagles, porpoises and herds of red deer nearby?
- Camus Moore, Isle of Skye
There are few more romantic places to park up than the remote, wild and breathtakingly beautiful Isle of Skye. The island can get busy in the spring but this quiet campsite is sure to get you away from the crowds.
The site is basic, but what do you expect in such a remote landscape? Just sit back and watch the sunset each evening over the sea.
Where to look for your very own perfect campervan site
As you can see there’s a wide range of campervan sites on offer throughout the UK. But if none of our top 10 takes your fancy, or they’re already booked up, then here are a few tried-and-tested methods to find the perfect campervan spot.
- Use an app or website
Nowadays there seems to be a handy app or website for pretty much anything, and finding a campervan pitch is no exception. With 60,000 locations to choose from, the Park4Night app is a great little tool to have on your phone when you’re on the move and need a place to stop.
If you’re in the UK or even heading over to the continent then Search For Sites is a good alternative. While it isn’t as comprehensive it does have good functionality and is useful for planning ahead. Planning a trip to Europe will inevitably require you to consider campervan insurance. Give Motorhome Protect a call to check your coverage before you leave.
- Join a Facebook group
Campervan fans are a friendly bunch and there are plenty of Facebook groups obsessed with everything to do with the van life dream. Here’s just a brief selection to help you find a site.
Campervan overnight parking is a private UK-based group with over 120,000 members. Simply join up and post a request for recommendations. Or just use the search function to find previous recommendations.
If you are specifically looking for more secluded or wild camping spots, then try this group. It has 30,000 members and now includes pub stops and campsites.
- Join a club
There are lots of reasons to join a campervan club in the UK, but one of the main ones is getting access to their extensive network of sites and locations. The Caravan and Motorhome Club and the Camping & Caravanning Club are the two main clubs that are worth joining. Better yet, joining one of these might result in a discount on your campervan insurance.
And have you tried Brit Stops? This directory has a list of over 900 country pubs, farm shops, vineyards, breweries, and other interesting locations which offer a free park-up for campervans. Many people wouldn’t leave home without it!
- Ask someone you trust, like Motorhome Protect
Well, we have just given you our top 10 must-visit campervan campsites! If none of those got your motor running then just try asking other owners for their recommendations. Many of them have done lots of travelling around the UK and will know just the right places to go to suit a campervan like yours.
Whatever option you go for, it’s always essential to be a responsible campervan owner. And that means getting the right campervan insurance to cover you in any eventuality.
Don’t leave home without campervan insurance
To plan a successful spring break, there are a few essentials to remember before you set off. As well as a spot of spring cleaning and vehicle maintenance you’ll also want to check all your documentation is up to date. From MOT certificates and campervan insurance to your driving licence and passport, it’s no good finding out that documents have expired when you’re already on the road.
Whatever adventures you’ve got planned, our specialist team here at Motorhome Protect will make sure your cherished camper is covered should the unexpected happen. Insurance cover arranged by us can come with a range of benefits including:
- Cover for up to 365 days a year which can include foreign travel
- Cover to complete a self-build conversion
- Offers if you’re a member of a club
- Unlimited EU cover
- Up to £3,500 of cover for your camping personal effects
- Value up to £120,000
Get a quick campervan insurance quote from Motorhome Protect today.
Policy benefits, features and discounts offered may very between insurance schemes or cover selected and are subject to underwriting criteria. Information contained within this article is accurate at the time of publishing but may be subject to change.