The best UK campsites for caravan and motorhome adventures

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The best UK campsites for caravan and motorhome adventures

Are you dreaming about the perfect pitch for your motorhome or caravan this spring and summer? Here are some campsite recommendations from around the UK to inspire you

 From stunning coastal campsites to peaceful retreats in the heart of national parks, the UK is spoilt for choice when it comes to campsites.

Whether you’re looking for an action-packed family holiday, a laid-back break for two, or the perfect base for sightseeing, here’s our selection of 10 great campsites that you can park and pitch up in. For even more inspiration, did you know that the Boundless Camping & Caravanning Group organises rallies around the UK, and occasionally in Europe, too? These are great opportunities to try recommended campsites and meet fellow members.

Whitemead Forest Park, Gloucestershire – an all-weather, family favourite

 Relax outside a glamping pod 

There’s plenty to do at Whitemead Forest Park come rain or shine, making it a top choice for family breaks in the Forest of Dean. Around the site you’ll find nature walks and cycle trails, while further afield there’s family attractions like the Cotswolds Motoring Museum, Clearwell Caves, and Go Ape.

And if the great British weather fails you, there’s an enticing programme of activities in the indoor pool, plus the site hosts craft workshops and even teddy bear-making parties. You can expect even more fun in the school holidays, too.

Whitemead’s on-site benefits don’t stop there. It has a stylish bar serving food from breakfast to dinner time, as well as takeaways you can enjoy back at your own van. And if you do get the chance for some me time, there’s a sauna and gym.

Caravan and motorhome pitches come with electricity and are set in picturesque woodland glades. If this sounds like your kind of campsite then there’s even better news; Boundless members can save up to 20% when booking.

Find out more about Whitemead Forest Park

Haven Perran Sands, Cornwall – perfect for outdoor-loving families

Perranporth beach cornwall

One of many Cornish campsites families should have on their bucket list is Haven Perran Sands Holiday Park near Perranporth. A large holiday park with entertainment, an outdoor activity centre and a swimming complex complete with lazy river and flumes.

If you want to catch a wave, this holiday park has direct access to Perran Sands, an ideal spot for lovers of surfing. Pack a beach bag and take an ambling walk down a zig-zagging path to reach the RNLI-patrolled shoreline. A bonus for families with pets is that this sandy beach is dog-friendly all year round.
The campsite’s grass and hard-standing pitches are nestled in among sand dunes at the top of the cliff, giving children plenty of space to explore. And if you have the energy to head off site, you’ll find popular attractions like Newquay Zoo, Healey’s Cyder Farm and Camel Creek Adventure Park a short drive away, or you could hop on the bus to Newquay and Truro.

Find out more about Haven Perran Sands – and if you’re a Boundless member, you can save up to 20% on a Haven Holidays break

Ashbourne Woods, Devon – perfect for a taste of wild camping

Asbourne Woods is a back-to-nature campsite that offers a unique forest camping experience on the edge of Dartmoor National Park in south Devon. Choose to sleep among the trees under canvas, in a camping pod or park up on one of the gravel pitches suitable for campervans and caravans. With 68 acres of woodland to explore there is plenty of room to roam and get back to nature. In the evenings sit around the firepit and relax with friends and family.

The vibrant market towns of Totnes and Buckfastleigh are nearby, and you can choose from miles of walking trails within the National Park, with Ivybridge just a short drive from the campsite. 

Facilities include a toilet and shower block, electric hook-ups, washing up and laundry machines. 

Find out more about Ashbourne Woods

The Garden Caravan Site, Norfolk – a charming hideaway for couples

Norfolk broads windmill

This adults-only campsite combines peace and tranquility with a wonderful location great for exploring the Norfolk coast, Broads and countryside.

Pitches are set out in the carefully manicured walled garden of Barmer Hall, making it a unique and beautiful place to stay. Facilities include a small shower block and honesty shop where you can pick up essential supplies like fresh eggs and cold drinks.

Close by you’ll find the royal estate of Sandringham as well as several heritage steam railways and the historic market town of Kings Lynn with all the beauty of the Norfolk Broads just an hour’s drive away.

Find out more about The Garden Caravan Site

Waterfoot Park, Lake District – a picturesque stay in the heart of the national park

Stone building overlooking lake

Pitch up near one of the most spectacular lakes in England, Ullswater at Waterfoot Park which offers touring caravan and motorhome pitches, plus a large campsite for tents and camping pods.
It’s ideally located for exploring the National Park with Ullswater lake and the peaks of Scafell Pike and Helvellyn nearby. 

Facilities include a shower and toilet block, washing and laundry areas, and a bar – very handy if you fancy grabbing a drink after a long day sightseeing. 

Find out more about Waterfoot Park 

Stonehenge Campsite, Wiltshire – ideal for sightseeing and fireside conversation

stonehenge aerial

If seeing historic sites is a must during your caravan or motorhome adventures, then you’ll love Stonehenge Campsite. This independent site is the closest place to pitch to the iconic World Heritage Site, which is only five miles away. 

Staying here you’re also within an hour’s drive of Avebury, Old Sarum and the gothic cathedral city of Salisbury. The campsite comes with excellent hard standing pitches or a grass field where you can gather around one of the two campfires with friends. There’s also a small shop for topping up on essential supplies and the site wardens are experts on where to find the best local farm produce.

The site’s small toilet block appears basic from the outside but is surprisingly modern once you step through the door. There’s a small charge for the hot showers but, with all proceeds going to the local Air Ambulance Service, it’s money well spent. 

Find out more about Stonehenge Campsite

Glen Nevis Campsite, Scotland – perfect for couples seeking outdoor adventure

When it comes to camping backdrops, they don’t come much more epic than Ben Nevis. Whether you want the challenge of climbing this Highland peak or a gentler adventure spotting wildlife in its foothills, Glen Nevis Camping and Caravanning Park is the ideal base.

It’s a large campsite with great facilities including its own restaurant and bar, brimming with Scottish hospitality. And if you’ve always wanted to try a haggis, it’s on the menu here. From the site you can walk along the River Nevis, which flows through the glen. Look out for red squirrels, otters and golden eagles during your ramble.

If you have any Harry Potter fans in your van book tickets for the famous Jacobite Steam Train from nearby Fort William to Mallaig. You might also recognise Glen Nevis from battle scenes in Braveheart.

Find out more about Glen Nevis Campsite

Caemawr Farm, Llanelli – a quiet spot for couples with glorious coastal views

Llanelli Beach wales

If your idea of the perfect campsite is one with a sea view, then you can’t go wrong booking Caemawr Farm in South Wales. It’s a Camping and Caravanning Club-certified site, which means you’ll never have to share the vista with more than a handful of other campers.

Pick a spot at the top of the huge field to make the most of 180-degree views of the River Loughor out towards the Gower Peninsular and Bristol Channel. 

Caemawr Farm is also on the Millennium Coastal Path, so is ideal for cyclists and walkers. One of the best places to visit close by is Pembury Country Park. This 500-acre beauty spot comes with eight miles of sandy beach stretching out for as far as you can see.

Also close by is WWT Llanelli Wetland Centre, a 450-acre wetland haven that not only plays host to some of the world’s most spectacular birds but is a mosaic of lakes, pools, reedbeds and salt marshes where you can spot all kinds of wildlife, rare wild orchids and more. Boundless members enjoy unlimited access to WWT centres.

Find out more about Caemawr Farm, Llanelli

Dundonald Touring Park, County Down – superb for families with teens

county down countryside

If you are holidaying with teenagers, then Dundonald Touring Park is bound to meet with their approval. 

As well as being just five miles from the centre of Belfast, it’s right opposite a leisure complex which features an ice rink, climbing wall and cinema. The campsite’s free Wi-Fi is also top notch. What more could the teens ask for?

Once you’ve pitched you can easily access public transport to explore the city or drive out into the County Down countryside. Castle Espies Wetland Centre – a haven for migrating birds – is also 15 minutes away. And if you prefer to practice your swing then there are no less than five excellent golf courses within half an hour of the site.

Find out more about Dundonald Touring Park

Herding Hill Farm, Northumberland – top for families who enjoy a bit of luxury

Northumberland Bamburgh Castle

Marvel at the starry skies of Northumberland at this rural campsite where there’s no compromise on luxury. 

The amenities block comes with underfloor heating, power showers and even a sauna, everything you need to unwind after walking a section of nearby Hadrian’s Wall.

If you’re holidaying with children, they will love the adventure play fort and meeting the animals in the farm’s petting area where they can even help collect fresh eggs from the hens. And if you don’t fancy sparking up the barbecue after a day of hiking you can order a homemade pizza to be delivered straight to your pitch.

Find out more about Herding Hill Farm

Do more with Boundless

As a member of Boundless, you can join our Camping & Caravanning Group, which organises more than 40 rallies where you'll meet loads of friendly, like-minded people. You will also get access to year-round discounts on motoring services, motorhome hire and insurance.

If you're working in or retired from the public sector or civil service, Boundless has two great membership options to choose from: Boundless and Boundless Plus.

With Boundless, you get unlimited access or discounted entry to many of the UK’s top attractions including Kew Gardens and Wakehurst and WWT centres across the UK, as well as year-round deals on restaurants, holidays, shopping and much more. With Boundless Plus, you can enjoy additional benefits including unlimited access to Historic Royal Palaces sites, National Trust for Scotland places, access to the Ramblers' extensive group walks and routes, and peace of mind with roadside assistance and local recovery by LV= Britannia Rescue

To find out how to join, visit our dedicated membership page.


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