Your campervan is amazing, it deserves only the best – and so do you! Yes your van is everything, but let’s be honest, there’s a big difference in enjoyment between sitting in a supermarket carpark and somewhere with glorious views, nature abounding and with a fabulous vibe. So where are the best campervan sites?
The great news is that the UK is bursting with sites all vying for attention as the best. Wild pitching in a campervan can be tricky, so here we reveal the 12 best campervan sites that we’ve found.
Just a short hop away from the remarkable Bolton Abbey you’ll find Catgill Farm in stunning Yorkshire Dales countryside with outstanding views. This is a diverse campsite with pitches and pods, something for everyone, but campervans are very welcome here.
Open up your van in the morning, enjoy a brew as the world wakes up, and then slip on your boots to enjoy one of the many walking trails from your doorstep. If you’re not feeling in the mood for shopping then you can order ready portioned meals to cook up on the fire pit and there’s a lovely natural playground if the kids are feeling confined in the van.
For pitches with privacy and the Norfolk Broads just there waiting to be explored, Wardley Hill is great for campervanners who are after a hot shower. Your hound is very welcome to join you, which isn’t always the case; there is a tonne of space for them and you to enjoy on this peaceful and picturesque site.
If bringing your dog isn’t enough then you can even bring your own horse, with room for them as a guest in the paddock! Enjoy exploring the paths and bridleways around the site whether on foot, two wheels or horseback.
Ayr Holiday Park boasts some of the best views you’ll find when spending the night in the camper. This beautiful and relaxed site in Cornwall has you pitching atop the cliffs and looking out towards the ocean and the idyllic little town of St Ives.
With electrical hook-ups and hard-standings, this is a site definitely set up for campers and there’s no danger of getting stuck in the mud or waking with aches and pains thanks to uneven ground. There’s even a laundry on site which is perfect if you’ve been on the road for a while and need to get rid of the honk in the van!
With just five pitches to choose from, expect privacy and exclusion at this luxury camping site in the heart of Pembrokeshire. Only a short trip to the nearest beaches, it’s an enviable spot. What we love about Digs in the Wig is that often such bijou and natural sites aren’t open to campers, but those in vans are welcomed here. So park up, enjoy your own clearing and make use of an eco-toilet whilst you’re at it.
Of course, as a campervan enthusiast, it’s only a matter of time before you find yourself looking for somewhere to park up in the wonder that is the Lake District. It can be tough in a camper to really enjoy the Lake District and not find yourself shoehorned into characterless large sites. That’s what makes The Quiet Site so perfect.
The views here are divine, seemingly from every direction you look. You won’t even necessarily need to move your van to get anywhere because you can even walk Helvellyn and Blencathra from the site.
Even better, The Quiet Site can help you live by your van life principles. There’s a zero waste shop onsite for restocking your essentials and most of the site is run on solar energy. It’s all about sustainability here and that really helps ensure you get the feel good factor to your stay.
Another site with incredible views, but totally different, is Becks Bay in Pembrokeshire, with sweeping vistas over the coast and sea. Next to a working farm, you’re only a 15 minute walk from Lydstep Bay and campervans are very welcome here.
However, whilst you’re up on the cliffs don’t worry about it getting too blustery; the pitches are within a sheltered meadow. Come the evening you can bring out your fire pit, let the kids and the dogs run free, and relish being in such a beautiful location.
Another Welsh spot that is calling out for campervans to call it their temporary home is Bert’s Kitchen Garden on the Llyn Peninsula. A truly family affair, this campsite can only be rightly described as idyllic in terms of environs and vibe.
Having dedicated 4 years of their own family life to living in a van and travelling the world, they know a thing or two about what makes a great pitch. Expect some home-from-home luxuries including free cups of tea!
There’s so much to enjoy here but high on your list of things to do should be kayaking from Bert’s private beach or indulging in onsite experiences in things ranging from Conscious Cooking and Foraging through to meditation and yoga.
If you’re looking for that elusive site where you can park up your van right next to the water and enjoy uninterrupted sunsets over the sea then you’ve just found it. At Muasdale in Argyll you can sip on a glass of wine gazing out towards Jura and Islay each evening and enjoy your days exploring the wonderful landscape around you.
Nearly giving you the same experience, but with a slightly different view over the water, is Ardnamurchan Campsite which claims the title as mainland Britain’s most westerly site. The setting here is nothing short of amazing and whilst the site is basic, you do have onsite showers, dishwashing and even a laundry. What’s more, the pitches are level which means you won’t spend your time frustrated that the horizon just isn’t straight as you gaze out over the sea.
In the surrounding landscape you can really enjoy the juxtaposition of mountains and sea – keep your eye out for golden eagles in the air and pine martens on the ground!
Staying with the concept of bringing you a pitch that nestles up against the sea, but at the totally other end of country, we have the aptly-named Ocean Pitch Campsite in Devon. Here you can swing up right into Croyde Bay and enjoy your seaside spot. If you’re a surfer, or want to give this van lover’s sport a go, then there’s even a surf hire facility onsite.
Over the border into Cornwall, and for a simple campsite that will melt your heart, enjoy Pleasant Streams Farm. It might be back-to-basics, but it’s everything glorious about that without the downsides – but of course you’ve got the comfort of your van anyway. There are loos and showers, but what really makes our heart sing is the adorable lake that beckons you to grab a kayak and come and explore. Children will enjoy hunting out the hidden rope swings and a perfect day exploring Cornwall will be finished perfectly when you light up the campfire.
Explore the Kent Downs with a stay at The Sunnyfield. This is such an idyllic and peaceful site, even though it has 25 pitches. Only small campervans are permitted here, but that’s ok as it keeps a homely and relaxed feel for everyone.
Compost loos and horsebox showers can make a change from your van arrangements, and you’ll probably want to make sure you indulge in a pizza from the outdoor pizza oven at least one night of your stay.
There are so many more campervan sites in the UK that are calling out to get onto our list of the best sites but alas we’re out of room! You’re certainly spoilt for choice and we know that you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for.