With history, plenty to see and do, and the promise of a lovely tearoom, National Trust sites always make for an excellent spot to stop in your motorhome or campervan.
In this new blog, we are going to be exploring just a few of the best spread across the UK - so without further ado, let's get into it, shall we?
Great Langdale Campsite
The award-winning and dog-friendly Great Langdale Campsite opens its arms wide and welcomes campervans and motorhomes.
You’re required to book a minimum 2-night stay, but with 13 hardstanding pitches spread around the site (6 of which are a 2-minute walk to the Old Dungeon Ghyll pub – you can thank me later!) I don’t think this distance will be a problem because this site is set in the heart of the Great Langdale Valley. The option, though limited, for a hardstanding pitch without electricity is also available only between May and September.
Great Langdale itself is breathtaking and is full of countless walking, cycling, and climbing routes with a sprinkling of pubs, thanks to the local village of Elterwater, so you’ll have lots to do and see and plenty of places to refuel.
The site is perfect for visits with family or groups of friends and has all the essentials, including showers, toilets, shops, laundry, washing up area, and chemical disposal, plus a play area to entertain the kids and a BBQ for when the weather behaves itself.
The Great Langdale Campsite season runs from May to December.
Address: Great Langdale, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9JU
Low Wray Campsite
Nestled on the shoreline of Lake Windermere, the Low Wray Campsite has 20 hardstanding pitches of varying sizes and locations perfect for your four- or six-wheeled travel buddy. Unfortunately, no pitches for campervans or motorhomes are located by the lakeside but all are close by and either have views of the Coniston fells or the site’s woodlands.
One reason to visit Low Wray is definitely to admire its beauty. Splash around or take the canoe around England’s largest lake. Get your heart thumping with the variety of walking and cycling routes and relive those childhood stories by strolling through Beatrix Potter’s garden.
Good news: Low Wray’s season run between May and October and the site itself has everything you’d need for the minimum 2-night-stay and beyond including Elsan facilities, chemical disposal, showers, toilets, laundry, washing-up area, and a variety of shops. Even more good news, furry friends are welcome!
One thing to note is that the road leading to the site is narrow so please take care.
Address: Wray Castle, Ambleside, Lake District, LA22 0JA
Ideal for walkers and our four-legged furry companions, Wasdale campsite can be found between Wastewater and Wasdale Head. It is the perfect place to access some of the Lake District’s best bits including England’s tallest mountain, Scafell Pike.
With 11 hardstanding pitches with electricity and all the basic facilities needed for your stay, it’s a great place to visit if you’re looking to get out in the fresh air.
Be aware that, due to the narrow paths and bridge leading to the site, Wasdale cannot accommodate campervans or motorhomes over 6.5m in length. Also, be aware that this is the only place available to stay in your vehicle in the area so if you drive all the way in a 7m long vehicle you’ll be stuck.
The Wasdale campsite is an adventurer’s paradise and, if that’s you - you can stay between May and December.
Address: Wasdale Head, Seascale, Cumbria, CA20 1EX
From waterfalls, woods, lakes, and crags, connect with nature as you stay amongst the meadows and rolling fields at the Eskdale campsite.
And as another great place to visit in Cumbria, it can be explored by foot or wheels through the variety of bridleways, trails, and fell routes. You won’t be too far from civilisation either, as the village of Boot is only a short stroll away and offers those who have built up an appetite, or thirst, a choice of pubs.
As with the other Lake District campsites, Eskdale has a minimum 2-night stay and is no different when it comes to the features and facilities with chemical disposal, toilets, showers, laundry, washing-up area, shops, and something the others don’t have: WIFI!
Take note that, unfortunately, because of the narrow roads and small pitch sizes, Eskdale will not be able to accommodate vehicles larger than 7m in length.
Also, you’re advised not to use your sat nav when travelling to Eskdale as you could accidentally find yourself at Hardknott Pass, England’s steepest road. You can imagine the pickle you'd be in if that happened!
With all the advisories taken into consideration, you can visit between May and January.
Address: Boot, Holmrook CA19 1TH
Moving away from the scenes of Cumbria and focusing on the fresh sea air you can only find in Cornwall...
Teneriffe Farm Campsite
Breath in lungfuls of fresh, salty sea air from the comfort of your own vehicle at the family-friendly Teneriffe Farm campsite.
You won’t have to pay extra for a room with a sea view because the secluded and sandy beach is right on your doorstep, a short 10-minute walk away to be precise! There is plenty to keep you busy too as the site is surrounded by the North Predannack Downs Nature Reserve and the Lizard National Nature Reserve. You can also walk the South West Coastal Path and explore everything the beach has to offer, from coves to fishing villages and surf-tastic waves.
Facilities include electric hook-up, toilets, showers, laundry, washing-up area, chemical disposal plus BBQ, and playing area for those warmer evenings.
Take note that there are no hardstanding pitches here, only grass, and the season runs from May to October.
Address: Predannack, Mullion, Helston, Cornwall, TR12 7EZ
Highertown Farm Campsite
Located on the Cornish coast, the Highertown Farm campsite is the perfect place to put your feet up and chill.
Sprinkled with pretty seaside villages, including Polperro, Fowey, and Looe, and coastal paths, you can take your time exploring and really get a taste of this ever-popular holiday destination. If you’re feeling brave enough, you can tackle the 6.75-mile walk along steep cliff tops and ridges – also described as the rollercoaster walk of Polperro.
Features and facilities here include toilets, showers, laundry, washing-up area, chemical disposal with a BBQ, and play area.
There are a few things to be aware of before setting off. The roads leading to Highertown Farm are narrow so vehicles over 7m long are not permitted. All pitches here are on grass but only 8 have electric hook-up and work on a first-come-first-served basis. And there is no reception as the site is maintained by a ranger team, so you will need to complete a self-registration on arrival.
It’s definitely one of the simpler sites to stay at - ideal if you’re really looking to relax.
Address: Highertown Farm, Lansallos, Looe, Cornwall PL13 2PX
Next destination: Wales.
Wales has some beautiful sites to see and that’s why I’m finishing our tour here...
Dolaucothi Caravan and Motorhome Park
Dolaucothi is a site exclusively for you caravan and motorhome owners.
Aside from the meadows of wildflowers, attractions here include the Dolaucothi gold mine and the big, green, open spaces of the Brecon Beacons. You can also visit the International Dark Sky Reserve, of only one in five in the world, where I’ve heard stargazing is second to none. Oh, and did I mention the site is also only walking distance from the local pub?
The facilities here are very basic, with the site only offering hardstanding pitches, chemical disposal, and a BBQ area. But that shouldn’t be a problem as this is solely a caravan and motorhome park so all other necessities will already be on board!
Dolaucothi’s season runs from July to October.
Address: Dolaucothi Mines, Pumsaint, Carmarthenshire, South Wales, SA19 8US
Gupton Farm Campsite
Sitting prettily on the Pembrokeshire coastline, Gupton Farm campsite is a great place to visit if you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and enjoy the slower pace of life.
Walks along the beach. Wildlife watching at the local bird hide. A visit to Stackpole Estate. The opportunity to get a selfie at the famous Harry Potter filming location Freshwater West, it’s a place to escape, reconnect with nature and ‘nerd out’.
There is the option of parking up on the grass or on a hardstanding pitch, and as the season runs between May and October, you’ll be able to enjoy the simple setting of your surroundings.
Facilities here are as follows: WIFI, hardstanding, showers, toilets, washing-up area, BBQ, and they also allow campfires.
Address: Gupton Farm, Castle Martin, Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, SA71 5HW
Ready to travel?
With summer fast approaching any of these campsites are the perfect place to take your campervan or motorhome.
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Last but not least, if you are planning a summer staycation, make sure your vehicle has the correct insurance - if you are needing to insure your motorhome or campervan, make sure to get a campervan or motorhome insurance quote direct with Lexham!