How do you find the perfect campervan campsites or park-ups?
Once you have chosen your campervan from the selection of handmade beauties on our site you’re going to start thinking about where you want to go and more specifically, where you’ll stay (you might have some other questions too, most of which will be answered by our FAQs).
Many of our campers are off-grid, meaning that they are fully functional for a few days (or more) without hook-up which gives you the freedom to choose a simple campsite, wild camping or even parking outside a friend’s house.
But which will you choose? Here are a few methods to find the perfect motorhome or campervan parkup:
1. Use an app or website
The Park4Night app is really handy to have on your phone so you can find sites while already on the move. With 60,000 locations and counting, it is pretty comprehensive and includes pictures and reviews to help you choose. We have had great success using this app and stayed in a variety of places from farm shops to beach car parks.
Searchforsites is the web-based alternative, set up in the UK and covering Western Europe. It doesn’t have quite as many sites but it does have good functionality and is good for advance planning (I don’t know about you but I like to see things on the big screen).
Both of these include campsites, car parks, wild camping sites, pub park-ups and more.
2. Get into facebook groups
Facebook groups abound for everything related to campervans, from building them to living in them. You would be amazed how much valuable information they contain. Here are a few of our favourites…
Campervan overnight parking is a UK based group with over 80,000 members. Post up a request for recommendations or just use the search function to find previous discussion thread focused on the are you are traveling to.
If you are specifically looking for Cheap or Free Campervan Overnight Parking Spots then this is the group to use.
And for wild camping spots, try this group.
3. Try out Brit Stops
Brit Stops is essentially a directory of over 900 country pubs, farm shops, vineyards, breweries, craft / antiques centres and more who offer a free park-up to campervans and motorhomes. Many people swear by it! They won’t have toilet or shower facilities but you will be off the road, safe and probably near some yummy food! All you need to do to get ‘membership’is to buy the latest edition of the book for £27.50 – many of our campers already have one but do double check with the owner in advance just to be sure.
4. Check out the coolest campervan campsites
Free is all very well but sometimes you want the comforts and space of a proper campsite. The brilliant books and associated website Cool Camping list some of the loveliest campsites in the UK and beyond. A minority accept campervans but you know that it will be truly delightful and not one of those soulless motorhome parks where you will be sleeping cheek-by-jowl with the next camper.
5. Ask the owner
Try asking the owner of the campervan you are hiring for their campsite recommendations. Many of them have done lots of travelling and know just the right places to go to suit a campervan.
If you are looking for some general travel inspiration for your campervan trip why not read some of our adventure blogs… And if you’re visiting Cornwall we have a round-up of the best Cornish campervan campsites.