If you love to experience the great outdoors, you’ll be delighted to know there are plenty of beautiful camping destinations in the UK to visit with your camper. It’s understandable that this year many people are looking for holiday alternatives due to Covid-19, with many choosing camping as the next best thing. If you’re one of those people this year considering a camping holiday, we’ve compiled some of the best wild camping or free camping spots for you to enjoy in your motorhome conversion.
What are the top UK camping spots?
Thankfully, the UK is home to so many beautiful camping spots that it makes van life experiences that much easier to achieve, and it’s mostly free! In England, the only downside which is important to note is that it’s technically illegal to wild camp in the UK with the exception of some areas in Dartmoor and Scotland. So to help you locate the best places, here’s our recommended list of parks and campsites at which to fully immerse yourself in the van conversion camping experience.
Located in Devon Valley is a particular gem called Bickham Barn, which is in an ideal spot close to lots of beaches and things to do for great days out. It allows for motorhome conversions to pitch up and have access to electricity. It’s no more than 14 miles away from some fantastic destinations including Dartmoor National Park, Haldon Forest Park and Exmouth.
Situated in the south west again is Dorset, which is home to a spectacular campsite named Beyond Touring Park. This campsite is a great place for over-18s and is dog friendly, making it an ideal spot to take your van conversion as a small group of friends with pets. Depending on your preference, you have the options of pitching on a hard floor, astroturf or a place in the quiet woodland which surrounds the site.
If sightseeing is on the cards for your camping holiday, this campsite is located near the New Forest and some popular places including Bournemouth, Salisbury and Christchurch.
If you fancy travelling further north, the Scottish Highlands is a must to visit, particularly to the holiday park called Badrallach Campsite. The campsite has beautiful surrounding scenery, as it can be found on the shore of Little Loch Broom. It’s seriously remote and there are no nearby roads, making it ideal if you want to go completely remote in your campervan.
Isle Of Skye
Wild camping is a little easier to do in Scotland, and because of this we recommend a drive to the Isle Of Skye. Take your camper on these roads and you’ll certainly experience some of the best views in the UK, no matter where you decide to stop. You have plenty of options for pitching up including on the shores of Loch Greshornish, making it a top spot for soaking up the views on the water and hills.
Want to spend your holidays in Wales? Hillend Campsite is located in the Gower peninsula, which is known as an area of outstanding natural beauty. The campsite has 14 acres of even meadow and accommodates vans, tents and motorhomes, whether visiting as a family or as a couple. If you plan to travel here, some of the breathtaking sights you can witness include all of Gower’s beaches and Rhossili Bay.
Morawelon Camping and Caravanning is found between the waterfront seas of Newport Sands and Carningli, making it perfect for van owners who want to spend time away near the sea. It’s ideal for families and their pets, so there are no restrictions. What’s good to know also: this campsite was the first registered campsite in Wales in the 1920s!