Five top open all year campsites for motorhomes
To make getting away for a winter break hassle-free, we've chosen five of our favourite campsites which are open all year.
Wareham Forest Tourist Park, Dorset
North Trigon, Wareham, Dorset BH20 7NZ
01929 551393 warehamforest.co.uk
A sophisticated campsite in a rustic woodland setting, Wareham Forest Tourist Park is close to many of the delights of Dorset. The enigmatic ruins of Corfe Castle are about six miles away, while the charming port of Poole is a similar distance. The Studland Peninsula with its nature reserves is on the doorstep, while the town of Wareham – a couple of miles – offers shops, pubs, buses and a rail connection.
Facilities on site are of a high standard, from the beautifully-appointed toilets and showers to the impressive adventure playground. There’s an outdoor pool, football and cricket field, indoor games centre and a library. Campers have direct access to explore 14 square miles of Wareham Forest, with its abundant wildlife including sika deer.
Elm Cottage Touring Park, Cheshire
Elm Cottage, Chester Lane, Little Budworth, Winsford, Cheshire CW7 2QJ
01829 760544 elmcottage.co.uk
The area around Elm Cottage has plenty to offer low season visitors to Cheshire, such as the intriguing Cheshire Smokehouse at Wilmslow. These people smoke a wide range of foods, including nuts, poultry, sausages, salmon and cheese.
Elm Cottage has a two-acre touring field with pitches which are a mixture of grass and all-weather surfaces, all with electric. There are some fully serviced pitches and the touring field is serviced with a heated toilet block, a dishwashing room and a laundry. A little walk from the entrance is the popular Shrewsbury Arms, a country pub serving food and ales.
Stanford Hall Caravan Park, Leicestershire
Stanford Road, Swinford, Lutterworth, Leicestershire LE17 6DH
01788 860387 stanfordhallcaravanpark.co.uk
Live like a lord or lady by pitching up on the Stanford Hall Estate, wandering freely through the private parkland and woods while the hoi-polloi are locked outside. The place is open on select days throughout the year for public events and on these open days you can enjoy a guided tour of the house and the Stable Yard café.
The caravan park has large hardstanding or grass pitches, some with an open aspect while others are shaded by trees. All have 16 amp electric hook-up, but there are no toilet or shower facilities so you will be using your on-board sanitation. There are, though, four service points with fresh water, grey waste, chemical emptying, and refuse/recycling provision.
Beddgelert Campsite, Gwynedd
Beddgelert, Gwynedd, Wales LL55 4UU
01766 890288 campingintheforest.co.uk
Snowdonia provides year-round appeal for lovers of the outdoors. Beddgelert Camping in the Forest campsite is set in the middle of a large conifer and broadleaf forest and within walking distance of Snowdon. It is a magnet for walkers, climbers, naturalists and railway fans. The Colwyn River runs through the campsite too. The Welsh Highland Railway, a narrow gauge steam service, runs from Caernarfon to Porthmadog and stops at the campsite’s own station.
This is a large and well-run campsite, which can get busy at weekends. There’s a takeaway on site, plus a great choice of dining and craft shops in the village which is just a mile away.
Uig Bay Campsite, Isle of Skye
10 Idrigill, Uig, Isle of Skye, Scotland IV51 9XU
01470 542714 uig-camping-skye.co.uk
The west Highlands and Islands enjoy a milder winter climate than most of the UK, thanks to the Gulf Stream, making places like Uig Bay on the northern tip of the Isle of Skye an appealing year-round touring destination. The small village of Uig is on Skye’s Trotternish Peninsula and surprisingly well appointed for the visitor, offering shops, a takeaway, pubs and even its own brewery. Ferries depart from here to Tarbert and Lochmaddy. Walkers are spoiled for choice with everything from a gentle stroll in the Rha woods to a hike up to the spectacular rock formations of the Quiraing.
The site has hardstanding all-weather pitches for motorhomes, modern showers, a laundry and wheelchair-accessible facilities. Dogs are welcome and the popular seashore pitches provide terrific views across the Minch.
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