Top campsites for adults only
Have a child-free camping break in England with this selection of top adult-only campsites where you can pitch your tent
Stroud Hill Park
Fen Road, Pidley, Cambridgeshire PE28 3DE
Open All year
This rural retreat is in the Cambridgeshire countryside with its own fishing lake, tennis court and an award-winning bar and restaurant. An oak timber-framed building houses the reception, shop, toilets, showers and the laundry. There are 44 hardstanding pitches and 16 grass pitches, all of which have 16A electric, fresh water and grey water drain. Stroud Hill lies in ideal walking and cycling country with the pretty riverside village of St Ives close by. The attractions in the region are plentiful and include the city of Cambridge and the cathedral cities of Ely and Peterborough. There are also miles of public footpaths crossing the open countryside, linking parks and nature reserves to charming market towns. There are also several National Trust properties. If you’d prefer to stay on site then there’s the three-acre coarse fishing lake and the tennis court to take advantage of. Racquet and ball hire are available for those that wish to travel lightly.
Briarfields Motel & Touring Park
Gloucester Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL51 0SS
Open All year
Having been an adults-only park from 2015, Briarfields is a well-positioned touring and camping park with a motel, situated between Cheltenham and Gloucester. This is the perfect site for those who want to use public transport to get around – buses from outside the site have services to Cheltenham, Gloucester, Oxford, the Cotswolds and the Forest of Dean. Cheltenham is just two miles away and is known for its exclusive shopping. Six miles away is historic Gloucester that offers a great cathedral and a dockside with award-winning Waterways Museum. Although Briarfields is only a few minutes from the M5, it’s been cleverly landscaped to give the appearance of being in the middle of the countryside – areas are edged with mature shrubs, hedging and trees. The site is pet friendly and has all the amenities required – heated washrooms with privacy cubicles, toilets and showers, free WiFi, a laundry and dishwashing along with facilities for the disabled. Local shops and places to eat are only a short walk away.
The Pig Place
NB Acres, Aynho Road, Adderbury, Banbury, Oxfordshire OX17 3NU
Open April – October
The Pig Place is a delightful site situated directly by the Oxford Canal. It is part of a working smallholding which rears rare-breed pigs and poultry. All pitches are situated on grass and due to the land being ridge and farrow is slightly sloping. The facilities are rustic in nature. There are three ‘festival’ type toilets but no showers. Water is supplied via a borehole which is then triple filtered. There is an outdoor café where full English breakfasts are made on request as well as lunches. A farm shop sells home-reared produce as well as other essentials. There’s even a hot tub by the café which be hired! Evenings can be spent chilling out on one of the sofas which have been placed by the canal and fire pits have also been supplied for colder nights. The site has a quirky outdoor bar which sells beers and wines. Walks can be taken on the canal towpaths in either direction and these can be accessed just outside the site. A 30-minute walk leads to a public house which serves meals.
Pentewan Road, Nansladron, St Austell, Cornwall PL26 6DL
Open 27 April – 27 September
This is a small, adults-only campsite located in the Pentewan Valley. The Meadows is within walking distance of the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Mevagissey and the lovely, sandy beach. The Eden Project is also close by, along with good pubs, a farm shop and the site is on a local bus route. The site adjoins the Pentewan Valley Cycle Trail so is perfect for those wanting to get out on two wheels. The site is also dog friendly with many local beaches being welcoming to four-legged friends, too. The Meadows has electric hook-up pitches in a valley setting and there is also a wildflower meadow for those who want to do ‘proper’ camping. Other pitches are located by the stream or you can choose a sunny or more sheltered spot. The site is a large meadow field. Fire pits and barbecues are available for hire and facilities include toilets and showers, a laundry and small shop.
Marldon, Paignton, Devon TQ3 1ST
Open 20 March - 27 October
Torbay is known as the English Riviera for its mild climate, its quantity of palm trees and its good beaches, plus the elegant marina resort of Torquay, built around a delightful harbour. There’s a touch of Mediterranean resort about its charm. Torquay is a busy place, with lots of choice of places to eat, good shopping opportunities and boat trips from the harbour. Nearby Paignton is a traditional resort with a long strand of sand and a pier; great for beach and promenade walks at any time of the year. The pitches on site are set in eight acres of the 615-acre Widdicombe Farm. The site has a bar and at Easter, spring bank holiday and then to the end of September, live entertainment takes place several nights a week. Poppies Restaurant serves home-cooked evening meals, plus lunches on Sundays. A takeaway service operates from Easter to the end of September. Facilities include a dishwashing area, three amenities buildings, a laundry, dog exercise field and a small shop.
Exe Valley Caravan Site
Bridgetown, Dulverton, Somerset TA22 9JN
Open 13 March - 19 October
Close to the village of Bridgetown, between Tiverton and Minehead, this park is well placed for exploring the moorland scenery of Exmoor and the Somerset coastline. Just over the Devon border are the Victorian towns of Lynton and Lynmouth. You can take a cliff railway down from Lynton to Lynmouth’s pretty harbour and beach. The railway is a Victorian water-powered mechanism that descends the near-vertical cliff face. For more sedate meanderings, make for the tiny harbour village of Porlock Weir. Quaint stone buildings and thatched cottages cluster around the harbour and the 15th century Ship Inn. Walking is the attraction here, out on the shingle at low tide. Exe Valley Caravan Site is an enchanting, peaceful setting in a wooded valley within the Exmoor National Park. Set alongside the River Exe, it has an abundance of wildlife and many footpaths leading to the moors, woodlands and rivers. The site has grass pitches either by the river or the millstream, with electric hook-up, as well as an on-site shop and toilet block.
Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park
Ham Lane, Bishop Sutton, Somerset BS39 5TZ
Open All year
This a Caravan Club Affiliated site, based on a garden theme – with pitches set between lawns, shrubs and flower beds along with an ornamental pond. The site is within 800 yards of a championship fishing lake with a surrounding country park that is ideal for naturalists and walkers. All pitches have electric hook-up with hardstanding. Unique features of Bath Chew Valley include luxury solo bathroom suites and a car-free touring area (you leave your vehicle in the on-site car park after pitching up). There’s also a laundry and on-site dog walk. A local shop and pub/restaurant are a short distance away in the local village. There’s a good local bus service from the village with routes to Bristol, Weston-super-Mare and of course the historic city of Bath or you can hire a car directly through the site. Bath itself offers many famous attractions including the Roman Baths, Royal Crescent and abbey. There is also a wealth of great places to eat and enjoy a night out in the city.
Green Acres Caravan Park
High Knells, Houghton, Carlisle, Cumbria CA6 4JW
Open 1 April – 31 October
Green Acres Caravan Park runs alongside a working farm and is surrounded by fields and pretty views. There are hardstandings with hook-ups for caravans and there is a camping area available for tents. Facilities include two individual shower wet rooms along with traditional toilets and showers, washing-up facilities and a laundry room. The Cabin on site is the perfect place to chill out, take advantage of the WiFi and browse the selection of books, magazines and tourist information. Dogs are welcome on site and there is a dog walk situated at the top end of the park that leads to a woodland area. There’s also on-site bike hire. The site is a short drive away from the Lake District and just outside the city of Carlisle which has good parking facilities. In the city you will find the medieval castle, cathedral and Tullie House Museum. Parts of Hadrian’s Wall are just five miles away, with Gretna Green and the Scottish Borders around 10 miles.
Picture: Carlisle Castle (VisitEngland/Cumbria Tourism)
Eye Kettleby Lakes
Eye Kettleby, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE14 2TN
Open All year
This park is four miles from Melton Mowbray, famous for the manufacture of pork pies and Stilton cheese. Eye Kettleby is set around several fishing lakes and is split into two areas. Pitches range from standard through to full service. Both areas have amenity blocks consisting of private bathrooms, some housed in stone buildings and some housed in log cabin-style blocks. There is also a washer and dryer, a dog shower and fridge-freezer available. A bar and tearoom are located at the reception and clubhouse building which is a short walk from the pitches. The bar and lounge area offer hot and cold drinks and the tearoom serves breakfasts, lunch, afternoon tea and Sunday lunch. Eye Kettleby is a top choice for fishing with a choice of nine coarse fishing lakes, two specimen carp lakes and tuition available if required.
York Caravan Park
Stockton Lane, York YO32 9UB
Open 20 March – 3 January
If you’re heading to Yorkshire and plan to visit its most famous and beautiful city, then you won’t get much closer and more convenient than York Caravan Park. This five-star, adults-only park is just two miles from York Minster and there’s a half-hourly bus service from the park entrance that will have you in the city centre within 10 minutes. There are 55 flat, spacious grass or hardstanding pitches that are surrounded by hedges on three sides to add privacy to each pitch. Each pitch is fully serviced and therefore benefiting from electric, fresh water and waste water hook-up, along with TV hook-up and a lighting bollard. The facilities comprise of privacy rooms with shower, toilet and sink in each, a full disabled suite, free WiFi and a dog walk. The on-site fishing lake and picnic area is free for guests to use and for those with an interest in fishing, the lake is stocked with chubb, rudd, roach and orfe.