We all know camping is awesome. And when you consider the ever-increasing stresses and strains of modern life, it’s no wonder UK residents went on 15.2 million camping and caravanning trips during 2017. Taking a campervan road trip promises plenty of enjoyment, not to mention an unbeatable sense of freedom. And when you own a campervan, the fun doesn’t stop there – planning, designing and renovating the space inside will bring you many happy hours, too!
Campervanning offers you the chance to share memorable experiences with family and friends. After all, there’s no better feeling than discovering a new place with your loved ones.
Camping offers a thriftier way to see the sights than spending your hard-earned cash on hotels or other accommodation. And you’ll probably find yourself making friends with the other campervan enthusiasts you’ll meet on your travels.
As with any large financial investment, do your research before you commit to buy one. If you’re not quite ready to part with your money but fancy a taste of the campervan lifestyle, consider hiring a campervan to try before you buy.
Whether you’re a prospective owner or long-term campervanner, consider visiting one of these amazing campsites in the west of England.
From busy and fun-packed to remote and peaceful, there’s a campsite to suit every type of traveller.
Remember, you’ll need to ensure you’re protected against any bumps in the road by arranging campervan insurance before you set off on your adventure.
Camping adventures in the west of England
We all love that moment when the weather forecaster tells us to get ready for a sunny weekend (or even better, Bank Holiday weekend!)
If you’re a campervan owner, that moment is even more satisfying. Grab a few essentials, jump in the van and you can be eating fish and chips by the sea in no time.
Go west to explore the enchanting coastline, quaint villages and the best beaches in the UK, all available right on the doorstep of hundreds of friendly campsites to choose from.
Home Farm Holiday Park – Somerset
Home Farm Holiday Park provides the perfect countryside escape. If you want to relax, laze by the pool on a sun lounger or spend time chilling out in the sauna, steam room or jacuzzi, you can do it here.
The on-site Nite Owl complex hosts plenty of live evening entertainment and is also home to amusement arcades, a family restaurant and kids’ bar, if you’ve got the grandchildren along for the ride. Football crazy? Watch the match live on the big screen or arrange a game of five-a-side at the on-camp football pitch.
Desperate to take a break from the daily grind? Switch off your smartphone and head to Modbury, an ideal base to explore the jaw-dropping beauty of South Devon.
Spend a weekend discovering the bygone charm of delightful Dartmoor with its flowing streams and lush green landscapes. This campsite is sandwiched between the sea and the moors – take a wander along the Coast Path or head to one of the unspoilt small villages nearby. When you’re ready to return to civilisation, drive to nearby Plymouth and check out fantastic shopping, pubs and restaurants.
Modbury is also a brilliant option if you’re travelling with children or grandchildren. Kids can grab an activity booklet and take part in outdoor activities like bug collecting, welly walks and outdoor crafts. If they’re feeling competitive, they’ll love the giant versions of dominoes, hoopla and Connect 4. All of these are activities that are sure to keep them amused, leaving you plenty of time to sit back, relax and enjoy the view.
There are enough on-site distractions here to keep you amused for days. Active visitors can choose from activities like pitch and putt, fishing, badminton and archery. For those seeking a more relaxed break, take a nature walk through the campsite’s 40-acres of impressive parkland or bring your favourite book to read in the gardens.
Younger visitors will delight in meeting the resident pygmy goats, lambs and chickens.
The site enjoys excellent facilities, including three shower and toilet blocks with hairdryers and sockets, a launderette and campers’ kitchen. Dogs are welcome and there’s even a dedicated shower for your furry friend!
After a fun-filled day, refuel with a home-cooked meal in the Courtyard bar or relax with a takeaway from the Lodge. Fancy spending a little time off-site? Wooda Park enjoys a picturesque location, close to the popular coastal resort of Bude. Nearby, you’ll find Boscastle, Tintagel and Port Isaac where ITV’s Doc Martin is filmed – all of which are well worth a visit.
This award-winning campsite is close to Blue-Flag Dawlish Warren beach. It boasts great leisure facilities including indoor and outdoor pools, adventure playground, soft play, a gym, and a sauna.
Visitors can enjoy evening entertainment between March and November or visit one of the nearby pubs if you fancy venturing off-site. You’ll find plenty of activities to try nearby, including horse riding, fishing, tennis and golf.
Campsites that are more out in the wild
This adults-only campsite enjoys an enviable location close to the Jurassic Coast, one of Britain’s most visited destinations. This tranquil site has only nine pitches (only small campervans are allowed). Shared toilet and showering facilities are available. Chill out beside the campfire, go fishing in the large on-site pond or take a short drive to explore nearby Lyme Regis, known as the pearl of Dorset. An easy ten-minute stroll will take you to The Five Bells Inn, which has an excellent summer beer garden.
Fancy somewhere a little wilder? Chuck a tent in the campervan and head off to the scenic Teign Valley in the Dartmoor National Park. What this small campsite lacks in size, it more than makes up for in charm.
Reminisce about childhood memories of camping in your own back garden as you set up your tent in the grounds of this family home.
The River Teign is less than a mile away and is a fabulous location for wild swimming and fishing. Surrounded by woodland, this campsite offers plenty of pleasant walking and cycling routes to explore.
This environmentally-friendly campsite enjoys a secluded location, bordered by hills and beaches. Boasting unbeatable views of South Devon’s Start Bay, come here to enjoy ‘wild camping with thrills’, close to the town of Salcombe. Aside from the (many!) opportunities to bask in nature and admire the glorious coastline, there are lots of fun activities to try nearby, including paddleboarding, boat hire and pottery painting.
Peaceful and quiet campsites in the west
Looking for a more traditional seaside camping experience? Just a 20-minute walk from the three-mile-long sandy Exmouth beach, this is a superb spot to enjoy Devon’s contrast of coast and countryside.
On-site facilities include a seasonal clubhouse with table football, pool table and beer garden. Split your time between chilling out at the beach and meandering around nearby stately homes.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, why not have a go at kayaking, paddleboarding or windsurfing at Exmouth Watersports? At the end of a busy day, head back to camp and fire up the BBQ for a feast, before visiting the on-site bar for a nightcap. What could be better?
This is a truly unique place to get away from it all. Due to the access track, only VW-style campervans are permitted here.
As the name suggests, this campsite is next to a vineyard, making it a great option for wine connoisseurs (or just those who enjoy a glass or two!). Close to the traditional village of Winkleigh, this campsite offers basic facilities and breath-taking views of Devon and Dartmoor.
The campsite sells eggs, wine, fresh juice, logs and firelighters. Alternatively, you can shop for delicious local delights at the Winkleigh village farmer’s market, held on the first Saturday of each month. Afterwards, head back to camp and join a guided vineyard tour with a tasting session at the winery – what’s not to love?
This family-run site is on the stunning World Heritage Jurassic Coast, just five miles from the seaside town of Weymouth. Modern facilities include toilet blocks with showers, hairdryer/shaving points and washing-up facilities. There is a laundry room and camp shop stocked with all the essentials you might need during your stay.
Spend a peaceful few hours exploring the rock pools of Osmington Bay and searching for fossils on the beach. Go surfing, kayaking or snorkelling at Ringstead Bay, or just relax and soak up the awesome coastal views.
If you fancy a night off from cooking, you can take a walk to one of the fantastic local pubs for dinner and drinks.
Campsites with fewer facilities
Head here for a laid-back camping experience in serene Somerset. Just a short walk from magnificent Cheddar Gorge, this friendly campsite welcomes all, whether you’re staying in a tent, campervan or mobile home.
When it comes to choosing your pitch, there’s plenty of space on the paddocks or the chilled-out meadow next door. Simple facilities are available on site (including toilets and hot showers).
With no restrictions on playing music, kicking a ball or lighting a campfire, this is a brilliant site for good old-fashioned fun.
Want to be at one with nature? Check out this relaxed and spacious site near St Austell. There are no set pitches here, so you can simply pull up in your camper and choose your preferred spot.
There’s plenty of wildlife in the fields, streams and lake, and you can buy duck and chicken eggs to enjoy for breakfast.
Facilities are limited (there’s no clubhouse here) but there are basic toilets and showers. Just a ten-minute drive from the closest beach, this is the perfect base to spend time exploring the Cornish coast.
Go back to basics and enjoy incredible views of St Ives Bay at The Old Stables. Take a five-minute drive to reach the surfing paradise of Gwithian Towans beach, or hire a bike for an invigorating cycle ride along the epic South West Coast Path. If you want to stretch your legs, enjoy a fifteen-minute wander to the village of Connor Downs, where you’ll find a pub serving decent food. A 20-minute drive will take you to Penzance, where you can visit spectacular Mount’s Bay, one of the most beautiful bays in the world.
Ready to start your adventure?
Remember, a mobile home, campervan or recreational vehicle is likely to be bigger than most other road vehicles, making it more likely to be involved in an accident. This means it’s vital to make sure you have the right campervan insurance cover before setting off on an adventure.
Motorhome Protect has a panel of leading UK insurers, enabling us to find insurance cover to suit your individual requirements. The coverage we offer can include:
- Up to 365 days of protection
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- Insurance for up to £150,000 in value
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