Motorhome travel: Camping sites for adult-only holidays
If you're planning a break in your motorhome, campervan or caravan and prefer a peaceful location - no offence, kids - here's a selection of 12 campsites around the UK that are strictly for adults enjoy. From the heart of the Durham countryside to the stunning coast in Cornwall, there's something for everyone in these campsites.
Killiwerris Touring Park, Cornwall
Penstranze, Chacewater, Truro TR4 8PF
Tel: 01872 561356
Open: All year
The St Agnes Heritage Coast is stunning. With the iconic remains of Wheal Coates tin mine standing on the cliff edge above the sea and the beautiful Chapel Porth beach a short walk away, this is definitely a place to visit. There are small car parks at both locations.
A 15-minute drive away from the coast is Killiwerris Touring Park. There are 20 touring pitches, 16 of which are gravel hardstanding and all pitches have electric and fresh water connection.
Site facilities include a shower block with provisions for the disabled, a laundry and a reception that stocks limited basic goods such as eggs, milk and bread.
Killiwerris is located five miles northwest of the city of Truro and four miles from the coastal village of St Agnes. A network of footpaths and bridleways can be easily accessed from the site. Chacewater village is less than one mile away and provides a fish and chip shop, bakers, shop and three pubs.
Finchale Abbey Touring Park, Co Durham
Durham, DH1 5SH
Tel: 01913 866528
Open: All year
Finchale Abbey is set in the heart of the Durham countryside next to the River Wear and backed by woodland. There are hardstanding and grass pitches available with almost all having electric hook-up. The site is beside the ruins of a Benedictine priory with some pitches overlooking those ruins.
The campsite has a toilet block with fully accessible facilities, showers and washing-up area. There’s also a small farm shop selling local honey among other items, a small café serving hot and cold food, and a dog walking area alongside a fruit orchard.
Ten minutes’ walk from the site is a driving range with bar open to campsite guests.
Lamb Cottage Caravan Park, Cheshire
Dalefords Lane, Whitegate, Nr Northwich CW8 2BN
Tel: 01606 882302
Open: 1 March – 2 January
For a relaxing break, Lamb Cottage is set in a rural location, surrounded by farmland. There are 7½ acres of lawns with 50 fully serviced hardstanding super pitches.
The facilities comprise of en suite-style shower rooms with shower, toilet and washbasin in each, plus separate toilets and washbasins. There’s also a laundry, full disabled suite and motorhome service point. Pets are welcome and can be exercised on the small on-site woodland walk, or across the road is a larger expanse of Forestry Commission woodland.
Attractions within a half-an-hour drive of Lamb Cottage include the Anderton Boat Lift and Arley Hall and Gardens. The boat lift is a marvel of Victorian engineering using a hydraulic lift to raise boats from the river up to the canal 50 feet above.
Tyddyn Du Touring Park, Conwy
Conwy, Old Road, Penmaenmawr, LL34 6RE
Tel: 01492 622300
Open: 22 March – 31 October
This site has fantastic views of the north Wales coastline, including Anglesey and Llandudno, thanks to the terracing of the pitches.
All of the pitches have 16A electric hook-up and there are hardstandings. The toilet and shower block has a wet room in both the ladies and gents and a separate disabled wet room. There is also a laundry room and dog walking area.
Within a short drive to the east is the seaside town of Llandudno, where a Victorian tramway can take you up to the limestone headland of the Great Orme or you can walk the promenade.
For evening entertainment Llandudno is home to Venue Cymru, a theatre and arena. The historic walled town of Conwy is just four miles away.
Longnor Wood Holiday Park, Derbyshire
With hardstanding pitches and some fully serviced ones, Longnor Wood is set in the heart of the Peak District. The site’s location makes this a great choice for walkers and cyclists who can easily explore the trails and beauty of the National Park.
The site is rural, surrounded by meadows and rolling hills. You’ll not go wanting for facilities here. In addition to the spotless heated amenities block and laundry room, the campsite has a small shop, together with a putting green and courts for playing badminton and boules. Adjoining the tent field is a lovely meadow area where dogs can run free while owners take in the stunning views across the valley.
Longnor itself is a pretty moorland town just over a mile away that offers several good pubs and a fish and chip shop.
A little further afield (20 minutes’ drive) you’ll find the spa town of Buxton with ornamental gardens and a variety of Georgian and Victorian architecture.
Cuckoo’s Corner, Herefordshire
Moreton-on-Lugg, Hereford HR4 8AH
Tel: 01432 760234
Open: All year
Cuckoo’s Corner is just three miles north of Hereford with its magnificent cathedral where you can see the Mappa Mundi and Magna Carta. There’s a bus service from outside the site for when you want to leave your vehicle behind and not have to worry about parking, or car hire is available.
Cuckoo’s Corner is conveniently located for fishing on the nearby rivers of Lugg and Wye.
The site has all-weather pitches, underfloor heated individual shower rooms and WiFi. There’s also an adjacent public footpath, which is great for exercising both four legs and two.
A popular nearby tourist destination is Symonds Yat, famed for its natural scenery and wooded expanses. Symonds Yat Rock is a limestone outcrop rising 500 feet from the banks of the river. It’s just 20 miles away and provides a fantastic viewpoint.
You can also rent a canoe or kayak to enjoy on the River Wye.
Beaconsfield Holiday Park, Shropshire
Upper Battlefield, Shrewsbury, SY4 4AA
Tel: 01939 210370
Open: All year
This award-winning campsite is located in the Shropshire countryside, close to village of Hadnall and just two miles from Shrewsbury. There’s so much on site to take advantage of including an indoor swimming pool and steam room that can also be exclusively hired, a coffee shop, coarse fishing pools and dog walking area.
There is also the Bothy Restaurant that is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening and Sunday lunchtimes. Cycle hire is also available and the local area has a network of routes.
Pitches are on grass or hardstanding set in landscaped grounds and the facilities comprise of toilets, showers and a laundry.
Those who love walking will appreciate the Shropshire Way that passes by the park and Shrewsbury has historic buildings aplenty (there are over 600 listed buildings in the town) along with museums and shops.
It’s worth noting that there’s a tricky one-way system in the town so take advantage of the park and ride that is 1½ miles from the site.
Red Kite Touring Park, Powys
Located just one mile from the historic market town of Llanidloes, Red Kite is a five-star site set in 20 acres, just a 20-minute walk from the market town of Llanidloes and only 40 minutes’ drive to the coast.
There are fully serviced pitches laid out into four terraces. The pitches are gravel hardstanding with 16A electric, fresh water connection, grey and brown water disposal, free WiFi and piped TV.
The award-winning facilities are state of the art, with underfloor heating, toilets, showers, two shower rooms, a wet room, laundry, dog wash and motorhome waste point.
Red Kite boasts large grounds with nature ponds, walking routes and a dog walk area with separate fenced off dog training area.
There are also manicured flower beds, lawned areas and wildflower areas. The site is in an ideal location for exploring the Clywedog Reservoir, Hafren Forest and the Elan Valley.
Waterrow Touring Park, Somerset
This campsite is situated in the hamlet of Waterrow, close to the Somerset/Devon border, to the east of Exmoor.
It is set among landscaped grounds with pitches divided by plant and shrub screening. The 42 all-weather pitches are spacious and level with 16A electric hook-up. There are two super pitches and 28 fully serviced ones.
Waterrow offers five-star facilities within a barn with underfloor heated showers, a coffee machine, laundry and washing-up sinks. WiFi is available and there’s a country pub within walking distance – The Rock Inn, 450 years old and now a gastropub. The site is very dog friendly with a short riverside woodland walk on the grounds along with many circular walks off site.
Still Acres Touring & Camping Site, Kent
Longend Lane, Marden TN12 9SE
Tel: 01892 732135
Open: 1 March – 31 October
*picture courtesy of VisitBritain/Pete Seward
Set just outside the village of Marden, in 28 acres of grassland, Still Acres offers 30 pitches in 2½ acres. Pitches are supersize with grass reinforcement mesh and 16A electric. Facilities at Still Acres include toilets and showers, disabled access and a two-acre secure dog exercise area.
The site is 10 minutes from the local town of Marden where there’s a bus service, train station, shops, restaurant and pubs. One local attraction definitely worthy of a day out is Leeds Castle. Your initial view of this 900-year-old castle is a memorable one – rising out from the moat that surrounds the castle building. With 500 acres of parkland and formal gardens, plus special events, there’s plenty here for everyone to enjoy.
Garlieston Lodge Campsite, Wigtownshire
Burnside Lane, Garlieston DG8 8BP
Tel: 01988 600641
Open: All year
As a Camping and Caravanning Club Certificated Site, Garlieston Lodge only accepts five motorhomes and three tents. Pitches are hardstanding with electric and the site is bordered by a small river. Garlieston Lodge also overlooks the site’s ¾-acre trout fishery and woods.
The facilities include a toilet and shower block, 16A electric hook-ups, fly fishing and a DVD and book exchange. Within a short walk of the site is a dog-friendly pub, tennis courts and a bowling green. The harbour at Garlieston is less than five minutes’ walk away where there’s a slipway for launching watercraft. The harbour village has a few local shops.
On site is the ‘wee Bothy’, a large cabin where you can gather together in the evening with other guests if you wish. This is a scenic site within five acres of woodland with plenty of wildlife to spot including deer that have been seen drinking from the lake in the mornings.
Long Acres Touring Park, Lincolnshire
Station Road, Old Leake, Boston PE22 9RF
Tel: 01205 871555
Open: 1 March – 8 January
Long Acres has 40 pitches on site, across a long strip of land that hosts a variety of birds and wildlife. You can pitch between the trees and shrubs that provide shelter, or there are pitches with views across the countryside to the Lincolnshire Wolds.
Facilities on site include toilets, showers and a disabled shower room. There’s also washing up and a separate laundry. All pitches have electric hook-up and are hardstanding. There’s a dog exercise area on site and a local pub within one mile.
A 20-minute drive away is the town of Boston. Here you can take a ride along the river or visit the well-known Stump. Four miles south of the town is also RSPB Frampton Marsh.
This article was originally published in the August 2019 edition of MMM magazine - click here to buy a digital copy of that issue and to browse previous back issues