Top campsites for caravan stop-overs
Whether travelling by ferry to France, Spain, the Isle of Wight or the Channel Islands, or just making the long haul across the length or breadth of Britain, we've listed six handy campsites for breaking up your journey.
Country View Holiday Park, Somerset
29 Sand Road, Kewstoke, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset BS22 9UJ
T: 01934 627595 W: cvhp.co.uk
Open: All year Price: From £18.00 (2 adults, pitch, electric)
Being just 3.5 miles from Junction 21 of the M5 makes the location of Country View ideal for people making the long trek down to Cornwall and the far south west. An overnight stop at this Somerset campsite helps break up the journey as it is still another three hours’ drive to Penzance from here. The family-orientated park is just 200 yards from the estuary beach of Sand Bay (which is dog friendly) and close to the lively seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare. Facilities on site include an outdoor heated pool, licenced bar, toilets and showers, play area, games room and laundry (as the site is open all year some of these facilities may be seasonal). While you’re pitched up here you could visit Cheddar Gorge and caves or take a trip to Puxton Park – a family adventure park, with farm animals, falconry and mini golf.
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Riverside Holidays Southampton, Hampshire
Satchell Lane, Hamble, Southampton, Hampshire SO31 4HR
T: 02380 453220 W: riversideholidays.co.uk
Open: 1 March – 31 October Price: From £15.00 (2 adults, pitch, electric)
For anyone taking a ferry crossing from the south coast of England, Riverside Holidays is a good choice for somewhere to rest up the night before. Southampton ferry terminal is six miles away with regular crossings to the Isle of Wight, and Portsmouth is half an hour’s drive away for ferry services to The Channel Islands, France and Spain. Riverside Holidays is situated on the edge of the village of Hamble, close to one of three marinas which are located along the River Hamble. The campsite provides toilet and shower facilities, a laundrette and dogs are welcome. The adjoining marina, which is a few minutes’ walk away, has a restaurant and bar and is home to the Hamble Sailing Centre. The restaurant and bar are open for breakfasts and coffees, as well as evening meals.
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Hawthorn Farm, Kent
Martin Mill, Dover, Kent CT15 5LA
T: 01304 852658 W: keatfarm.co.uk
Open: Mid February – Mid December Price: From £17.00 (adults, pitch, electric)
Not only is this site set within 27 acres which have been beautifully landscaped with some 5,000 ornamental fruit and woodland trees, it is only five miles from Dover ferry port which can have you across the sea and landing at Dunkirk or Calais in around two hours. As well as the usual toilet, shower and laundry facilities, the site has a small shop and café for added convenience. Whilst staying here you really should make time to visit some of the local attractions. Nearby Deal is a Georgian seaside town with beach, pier and a wide range of shops, restaurants and museums, along with a Tudor castle. For those who like to be active there are golf courses, fishing, swimming, tennis and bowls available locally.
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Pembroke Caravan Park, North Yorkshire
Leeming Bar, Northallerton, North Yorkshire DL7 9BW
T: 01677 422608 W: pembrokecaravanpark.co.uk
Open: All year Price: From £15.00 (2 adults, pitch, electric)
Perfect for anyone travelling from the south of England towards northern England and Scotland along one of the country’s main arterial routes, or for anyone doing the reverse, Pembroke Caravan Park is less than a mile from Junction 51 of the A1(M). And what a place to choose to break up your journey. You’re close to the market town of Bedale, known as ‘the gateway to the Dales’ and six miles from Northallerton, the county town of North Yorkshire. To keep you amused there are several golf courses to choose from, a couple of breweries and the historic Richmond Castle. Within the campsite there are toilet and shower facilities, electric hook-ups, a laundry and washing up points. Leeming Bar has two village pubs serving food, which are within walking distance.
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Wirral Country Park Caravan Club Site, Merseyside
Station Road, Thurstaston, Merseyside CH61 0HN
T: 01516 485228 W: caravanclub.co.uk
Open: 1 March – 4 November Price: From £16.20 (2 adults, pitch, electric)
Situated on England’s northwest coast, Liverpool is a renowned port with ferry services to the Isle of Man and Dublin, whilst the port at Birkenhead, which sits on the opposite bank of the River Mersey, has ferries to Belfast. Wirral Country Park is ideally located for either of these ports, being just eight miles from Birkenhead and 10 miles from Liverpool (it is worth noting that both of the tunnels under the Mersey are toll roads). The Club Site is also only 40 minutes’ detour from the M6, so the campsite is handy as a stopover if travelling up or down the western side of England. Located in a country park of 2,000 acres the caravan site is made up of several flat areas with some pitches overlooking the Dee Estuary. Facilities include a toilet block and laundry with fishing, golf and the coast nearby.
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Witches Craig Caravan Park, Northern Scotland
Blairlogie, Stirling, Scotland FK9 5PX
T: 01786 474947 W: witchescraig.co.uk
Open: 29 March – 31 October Price: From £20.75 (2 adults, pitch, electric)
Witches Craig is located three miles from Stirling, regarded as Scotland’s newest city and one of its most historic. Stirling's location means it is at Scotland’s crossroads for those heading further north to explore the more remote parts of the northern regions and a convenient stopover point for people heading down into England. The campsite is set below the Ochil Hills, of which the lower slopes are accessible from the park and provide great walks and stunning views. There are a wealth of attractions in the area which will attempt to steal some of your stopover time. The site is overlooked by the Wallace Monument which commemorates Scottish hero William Wallace, and the city of Stirling has built up around its magnificent castle.
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