UPDATED MARCH 2021. PLEASE NOTE: The earliest campsites should be able to reopen in England is April 12. Sites with shared facilities will have to remain shut until at least May 17. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have not announced when domestic holidays will be allowed, or when campsites are set to open.
If you’re almost constantly thinking about the trips you’re going to take as soon as lockdown lifts, we’re right there with you. Thankfully, it looks like holidays in the UK could be back on the agenda very soon.
In the latest plans for England’s lockdown exit strategy, it was announced that in England, self-catered accommodation, including Airbnbs andcampsites, will be open for holidays fromApril 12. Sites with shared facilities will be allowed to open from May 17. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are yet to announce when domestic holidays will be allowed or when campsites will reopen.
After months spent inside our homes, camping and campervanning holidays feel like the perfect post-lockdown break. Hire a van and you can keep yourself to yourself, bring all your own kit with you, socially distance with ease and, thanks to the fact your new home is on wheels, explore as much as you like. Oh, and you can also park up and spend the night in any one of these dreamy spots. Here are some of the coolest campervan-friendly campsites in the UK.
There are 25 pitches at this lush campsite in the Kent Downs, where small campervans are permitted. There are compost loos and horsebox showers if you don’t have facilities in your camper. And an on-site outdoor pizza oven for alfresco evening feasts.
Gone overboard with Zoom quizzes and live streams? Go entirely off-grid at this campervan-friendly Cornish campsite. There’s a fishing lake, coastal hikes and beaches all within easy reach plus no wi-fi to distract you from your dreamy surroundings.
Campervans are welcome to park up at Mousehole Camping near Penzance in Cornwall. The site is basic – facilities are courtesy of the local football team – but it’s right by the coast, the pretty village of Mousehole and some stellar Cornish beaches.
Park up at this site on a working farm in the Lake District and you’ll be surrounded by stunning landscapes and incredible hiking opportunities. You would be forgiven for staying put, though, thanks to the campsite’s pretty stream, farmyard animals and horse-riding lessons.
Set in 86 acres of woodland on the edge of Dartmoor National Park in Devon, this place is set up for wild camping, but campervans are very welcome to a spot. There’s even electricity hook-up if you really can’t live without home comforts.
This is the kind of place you want to keep secret once you’ve discovered it. Beryl’s is on the South West Coastal Path, surrounded by Devon’s lush beaches and countryside. Campervans are welcome to pitch up – as long as they can make it down the narrow access track.
The pitches at this campsite are so near the sea they’re practically on the beach. This camper-friendly spot comes with roomy facilities, ace views of Croyde beach and on-site surf hire. It’s also right on the coastal path if you prefer to keep your feet on solid ground.
Near Inverness, just north of the Cairngorms National Park, Ace Hideaways more than lives up to its name. There are local walking trails, wildlife-spotting opportunities and the likes of whitewater rafting, tubing, kayaking, canyoning, cliff jumping and paintball, which can all be booked on site.
Pull right up to the edge of the sand for a spot at Muasdale Holiday Park. Pitches have glorious and totally unobstructed, sea views. You can even spy the Scottish islands of Jura and Islay in the distance.
On the edge of the Norfolk Broads, this rural campsite is all wild flowers, woodland and trickling streams. Small campervans are allowed, alongside tents and pre-pitched bell tents. Facilities are basic – compost loos and a single shower – but it’s a beautiful spot.
A sheltered meadow 100m from the coastal path, this campsite is bucolic, and pleasingly rustic. Park your van here for walks in Wales’ Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, trips to the beach and evenings around the campfire.
Parking spaces don’t get much dreamier than the spots at Digs in the Wig campground. The tiny woodland site welcomes small campervans as well as tents. There are just five spots in total, each in their own peaceful clearing, and with eco-toilets and a fire pit
Set on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, this countryside campsite brims with brilliant facilities: hot showers, fire pits, electric hook-up, hairdryers, a shop and even a coffee shop on site. It’s all surrounded by stunning scenery, with the ruins of ancient Bolton Abbey Priory within walking distance.