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The top 10 adult only campsites for motorhomes

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For a touring holiday surrounded by other adults, we've found the top campsites catering for adults only



Premier Parks1) Long Acres, Lincolnshire

Station Road, Old Leake, Boston, Lincolnshire PE22 9RF 
Tel: 01205-871555  Web:longacres-caravanpark.co.uk
Open: 1 March – 8 January

Lots of campsites promote themselves as a get-away-from-it-all retreat, but not all can support that claim as much as Long Acres. This 40-pitch touring site near the village of Old Leake is surrounded by fenland countryside and offers a rare level of quietude. As you would expect from a Premier Park, standards here are very high. The site is well manicured and the facilities block is spotless. Pitches are arranged along a central avenue with the loos and showers in the middle and a boules pitch at one end. Just beyond this, separated from the site by a small man-made mound, is a dog exercise field and well-placed bench to make the most of the views. Nearby attractions include the seaside resort of Skegness, several nature reserves and the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirkby. Both Boston and Spalding are within easy reach and offer a variety of interesting shops.


Premier Parks2) Longnor Wood, Derbyshire

Longnor, Buxton, Derbyshire SK17 0NG
Tel: 01298-83648  Web: longnorwood.co.uk
Open: 1 March – 10 January

From its lofty location in the South West Peak, Longnor Wood provides a high quality retreat for adults. This Premier Park is screened by trees and hedges, but from the approach road the views across this lovely part of country are quite spectacular. On site, there is an intimate feel with just 47 pitches spread across a handful of fields. All offer 10A electric and gravel hardstandings, with some fully serviced superpitches also available. The loo block is of a high standard with individual privacy cubicles. There’s also a laundry, a vegetable preparation and pot washing area under cover, and a handy on-site shop. A wide variety of outdoor activities are catered for, including badminton, mini-golf and boules, while dog owners will appreciate the large four-acre exercise field. The picturesque village of Longnor is a decent walk away and offers a choice of pubs and village shops, including a fish and chip takeaway. Not far away are the many attractions of the Peak District, including Chatsworth House and Dovedale.


3) Moor View Touring Park, Devon

California Cross, Modbury, Devon PL21 0SG
Tel: 01548-821485  Web: moorviewtouringpark.co.uk
Open: All year

Appropriately named, this campsite offers fine views across to Dartmoor and is surrounded by lovely Devon countryside. There’s a lot to do nearby, with the south Devon coast within reach and activities including fishing, horse riding, golf, surfing and sailing close by. There’s also a swimming pool, leisure centre, cinemas and theatres in the area, and Plymouth is just 30 minutes away making this a handy stop off for ferries to France or Spain. On-site facilities are first rate. All pitches are double hardstandings with electric, fresh water and grey water connections, while the facilities are immaculately maintained and include toilets, showers, laundry, washing-up area and games room. Dogs are welcome. The shop sells fresh milk, eggs and newspapers to order. Be wary of sat-nav; it’s best to phone in advance or check online for directions.


4) Stroud Hill Park, Cambridgeshire

Fen Road, Pidley, Cambridgeshire PE28 3DE
Tel: 01487-741333  Web: stroudhillpark.co.uk
Open: All year

Some campsites you visit because they provide good access to nearby attractions, and some you visit for what they offer on site. Stroud Hill Park falls into the latter category, primarily for the first-rate à la carte restaurant and bar housed in a modern but traditionally-built green oak barn. This impressive building also houses the reception and a shop, but is best known for the intimate and award-winning Barn Restaurant, open Thursday to Saturday evenings and for lunch from Thursday to Sunday. The restaurant should be booked in advance and, like the campsite itself, is for adults only. The site has 60 pitches (44 on hardstanding), all with electric, drinking water and grey water drains, as well as five-star loos, laundry, tennis, and WiFi. There is a decent three-acre coarse fishing lake on site too (day tickets £5). Off site are the attractions of Cambridge, Ely and Peterborough, and the pretty market town of St Ives is just 15 minutes away.


5) Wheathill Touring Park, Shropshire

Wheathill, Nr Bridgnorth, Shropshire WV16 6QT
Tel: 01584-823456  Web: wheathillpark.co.uk
Open: 1 March – 31 December

Set in a stunning location between the market towns of Bridnorth and Ludlow in the Shropshire Hills, with local landmarks including the Long Mynd and The Wrekin within sight, this campsite promises a quiet and relaxed atmosphere surrounded by natural beauty. The touring park has fully serviced hardstanding super-pitches with electric, fresh and waste water, with lighting and free WiFi. Awarded five pennants by the AA, the site has a flat tariff of £25 per night for two adults, electricity, awning and up to two dogs – who will enjoy the two-acre exercise field provided. The author JRR Tolkein, who lived nearby, is said to have drawn inspiration from the Shropshire Hills for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. Today, visitors may be motivated to experience Ludlow, with its remarkable vernacular architecture and annual food festival each September.


6) Lamb Cottage Caravan Park, Cheshire

Dalefords Lane, Whitegate, Northwich, Cheshire CW8 2BN
Tel: 01606-882302  Web: lambcottage.co.uk
Open: 1 March – 31 October 

Just 20 minutes from the uniquely beautiful city of Chester, and within comfortable reach of many other fine attractions in Cheshire, this site has four dedicated motorhome pitches on hardstanding with 16A electric, and 25 fully-serviced super-pitches. The place has racked up an impressive collection of awards including five stars from Visit Britain and five pennants from the AA. The campsite has an impressive modern heated toilet block with private washrooms featuring toilet, shower and washbasin, which is wheelchair-accessible. There is also a laundry room and covered dishwashing area, and a dog exercise area in the nearby woodland. Further walking is available in the Forestry Commission land across the road.


7) Faichemard Farm Campsite, Inverness-shire

Invergarry, Inverness-shire PH35 4HG 
Tel: 01809-501314 Web: faichemard-caravancamping.co.uk
Open: April – October

For stunning scenery, this site will take some beating. The 35 pitches at Faichemard Farm are surrounded by the Glengarry mountains in the highlands of Scotland. The site is a haven for wildlife and you can expect to see a variety of birds, plus carp and goldfish in the pond. Occasional larger fauna visitors include otters, pine martens and deer. There’s a dog walk directly off site and many forest walks in the surrounding area. For a choice of restaurants, bars and shops try Fort Augustus at the southernmost end of Loch Ness, seven miles away. Fort William is 26 miles away and is perfect for the lover of all things outdoors. For a more relaxed way of enjoying the views take the Nevis Range cable car system and pop into the Ben Nevis distillery for a wee dram afterwards.


8) Low Moor Head Caravan Park, Cumbria

Nr Longtown, Cumbria CA6 5RG 
Tel: 07875-107952  Web: lowmoorheadcaravanpark.co.uk 
Open: All year 

Runner-up in the Caravan Club CL of the Year Awards 2013, Low Moor Head is a one-acre site for five ’vans for Caravan Club members only. Each pitch has electric hook-up and water supply on either grass or hardstanding and shower and toilet facilities are provided. The site is not a working farm but there are a number of animal residents including donkeys, ponies, sheep and hens. Low Moor Head is just outside the hamlet of Easton, with a woodland backdrop and close to Carlisle which is steeped in history. The Lake District is just 20 minutes’ drive, as is Hadrian’s Wall, while Gretna Green is only a five-minute drive over the border. There are a number of walks in the immediate area along with local fishing (two miles) and golf (four miles).


Premier Parks9) Daisy Bank Caravan Park, Powys

Snead, Church Stoke, Powys SY15 6EB
Tel: 01588-620471  Web: daisy-bank.co.uk
Open: All year

Close to the Wales/England border and surrounded by exceptional scenery, Daisy Bank campsite is arranged across a number of fields to offer visitors a choice of pitches. Some have fantastic views across the valley, while others are closer to the entrance and have a bit more shelter. Everything on site is done to a high standard, and its loo blocks are particularly noteworthy with individual shower suites all very well appointed. It’s also a member of the exclusive Premier Parks group, so you know that standards are high. The site provides a laundry area and drying rooms, has a small shop, and a useful information kiosk and library. There’s WiFi, a putting green and bike hire available here. This is a beautiful part of the country, much favoured by walking enthusiasts who have easy access to the Shropshire hills, the Stiperstones and Offa’s Dyke footpath.


Premier Parks10) Grange Farm, Norfolk

Whittington Hill, Whittington, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE33 9TF 
Tel: 01366-500075  Web: grangefarmtouringpark.co.uk
Open: 1 February - 31 December 

About halfway between the town of Downham Market and Thetford Forest Park, Grange Farm Touring Park has a brilliant riverside location that combines ease of access by road and the peace and tranquility of the Norfolk countryside.
The campsite is bordered on one side by the River Wissey, and the moorings alongside the site play host to a great variety of watercraft, from traditional narrowboats to the occasional opulent floating gin palace. The river also appeals to anglers (fishing can be done here for no extra charge beyond the rod licence) and attracts a variety of wildlife. Pitches are on level grass with electric and there is a small, well-appointed toilet block with showers, pot washing and a laundry room. The small on-site shop sells essentials and fresh bait, while a short walk away is a mini-market. Nearby attractions include Gooderstone Water Gardens, Grimes Graves (a prehistoric flint mine) and Oxburgh Hall (National Trust).


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