A pick of the best adult only caravan sites (part 2)
Have a relaxing break away and enjoy some grown-up time with a choice of high-quality campsites for adults only.
T 01751 474417 W overbrookcaravanpark.co.uk
Open: 1 March – 7 January Price: From £19 (2 adults, pitch, electric)
At the southern edge of the North Yorkshire Moors National Park, the pretty village of Thornton-le-Dale is a great base to explore. You can be at the seaside at Whitby, Filey, or Scarborough within half an hour, or discovering the many delights of York in not much longer. You might be tempted to spend a little time closer to base though, as the locals reckon this is one of the most picturesque villages in Yorkshire and it even has its own motor museum, which at just £2 admission is an excellent place to spend an hour.
Overbrook Caravan Park is a well-maintained adults-only campsite built on the site of a disused railway station on the edge of the village. It’s an easy walk from here through Thornton and up onto the moors. Its 50 hardstanding pitches have 16-amp electric, and the site is known for its excellent attention to flowering borders and shrubs.
T 01458 831437 W theoldoaks.co.uk
Open: 14 February – 16 November
Price: From £17 (2 adults, pitch, electric)
As AA Campsite of the Year Award Winner 2013, you know The Old Oaks is going to be something special. Described as ‘luxury camping just for the grown-ups’ this campsite is immaculate, with spacious hardstanding pitches separated by trees and hedging. It’s the extra touches we like about The Old Oaks. First, there’s the new eco-friendly toilet block with individual shower rooms, a dedicated dog-washer/dryer for pet blankets, and a dog shower to prevent muddy footprints in your van.
The site is ideal for walkers and cyclists with Glastonbury Tor being just three-quarters of a mile away and a footpath to it leading directly from the touring park. From April to September the Tor bus runs from the base of Glastonbury Tor into Glastonbury town every 30 minutes. For those who are feeling a little bit creative The Old Oaks offers three or four day painting courses and workshops.
T 01588 620471 W daisy-bank.co.uk
Open: All year
Price: From £21 (2 adults, pitch, electric)
It’s easy to feel close to nature at Daisy Bank, with its exquisite setting looking over the valley of the River Camlad. This area of the Welsh borders is noted for its excellent walking and cycling and its abundant wildlife. Pitches are arranged around a handful of fields, wildlife is encouraged and the site’s facilities are impressively eco-friendly with solar-heated showers, rainwater harvesting, and low-level lighting to maintain dark skies (so remember the torch). This Premier Park is maintained to a very high standard and has collected a shelf-full of awards for its high-quality modern loo blocks.
The nearby area offers plenty of leisure potential, with the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Stiperstones Nature Reserve both only about six miles away. The large village of Church Stoke and town of Bishop’s Castle are even closer, while the local country emporium, Tuffins, is something of an institution and is just a mile down the road.
T 01548 821485 W moorviewtouringpark.co.uk
Open: All year Price: From £14.95 (2 adults, pitch, electric)
There’s no mystery about how Moor View Touring Park in south Devon got its name – there’s a stunning panorama from the campsite across to Dartmoor. The view helps give this well-regarded campsite a remote feeling which belies its accessibility, just three miles off the main A38. The location is brilliant. About half a mile away at California Cross is a fuel station with a modest supermarket attached, across the road from a decent pub and restaurant. There are excellent walks around the idyllic rolling Devon landscape direct from the campsite – the South West Coast Path passes close by the site, while the Two Moors Way starts at nearby Ivybridge and ends on the north coast at Lynmouth.
Moor View is a peaceful and well-manicured campsite with excellent facilities, where care has been taken to screen the terraced pitches with hedging and borders. The pitches are double hardstandings, suitable for awnings, and are fully serviced with electric, fresh water and grey waste connections. They are available in three different pitch sizes to suit just about any touring vehicle you might have.
T 01676 522978 W somerswood.co.uk
Open: All year Price: From £19 (2 adults, pitch, electric)
The Forest of Arden is the ancient name for an impenetrable woodland which even the Romans didn’t build roads through. Today, it forms the substantial green buffer between Birmingham and Coventry, and still retains a certain away-from-it-all charm. That’s a neat trick to pull off, considering that the NEC, Birmingham International Airport, and the M42/M6 junction are all just a few minutes’ drive away. Somers Wood Caravan Park nestles in this surprising oasis of calm in the middle of the West Midlands, providing high-class adults-only camping.
It is next door to Stonebridge Golf Club and 20 acres of coarse fishing lakes at Packington Somers, while nearby Meriden village offers country shops, pubs, and restaurants. Campsite facilities here are first-rate, with 48 hardstanding electric pitches including four fully-serviced pitches, and well-appointed heated toilets and showers, all set within a conserved woodland habitat. Not much further afield are the many attractions of Warwickshire as well as the unique delights of Birmingham.
Read about our other recommended adult only sites in part 1 of this feature.
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