Inspired by this Photo by Pan Xiaozhen, we thought we’d take a look at the best seaside campervan sites the South West has to offer.
Campervan Sites on the South Coast
Cornwall is the most southerly part of the UK excepting the Scilly Isles which are 28 miles south west of the Cornish peninsular. The unofficial capital of Cornwall, St Ives is famous for artists, surf beaches, food and being impossibly pretty!
Ayr Holiday Park is open all the year round and although the town gets crowded in the summer, you’ll be a short walk downhill to town – watch out for those generous Cornish portions though, its a long walk uphill to the campsite! Campervan are welcomed and all pitches have excellent views of St Ives Bay and the Atlantic ocean beyond. As the only campsite in St Ives, it’s busy, so try and book well in advance. As with every other campsite at the moment, they are waiting for the government to give them the green light open. July would be a reasonable guess.
Bay View Farm overlooks Looe Bay, welcomes Campervans and is only ten miles away from the legendary Eden Project. The camp site is on the South West Coast Path, making it a perfect holiday location for hiking along the cliff paths to Black Rock beach, Millendreath and the quaint fishing village of Looe with its picturesque harbour, fishing quay, sandy beach and a proliferation of cafés offering delicious cream teas. Further along you’ll stumble across Polperro, a village of restaurants and taverns, smugglers’ cottages and a gorgeous harbour.
Treen Farm Campsite occupies a clifftop location a few fields back from the cliff edge, but with three beaches within walking distance and views from the Lizard Peninsular all the way to the Scilly Isles, it’s a much loved location with a fully licensed shop, a fire pit and meditation classes to enjoy. For those who want a quiet holiday it’s worth noting that groups, caravans and large motorhomes are discouraged. Smaller camper vans only (6.7 metres) are welcomed on the site as the lanes providing access to the site are somewhat narrow!
Moving Eastwards we find Devon and Dorset, the Jurassic Coast, site of the amazing Durdle Door arches.
Slapton Sands is a campervan friendly site on the South Devon Coast, with plenty of sand and shingle beaches within walking distance. The village of Slapton Leys is a few minutes from the park and boasts an excellent organic shop as well as a very friendly pub. This park attracts lots of return visitors and five star reviews. What’s not to like?
Burnbake Forest Lodge is situated in a forest, on the edge of the Jurassic Coast. It’s child and campervan friendly with 130 pitches and acres of woodland, extensive beaches and great walks. Another site that attracts rave reviews and repeat business, it plans, in line with government advice to be open on the 6th July.
Durdle Door Holiday Park is part of the 12,000 acre Lulworth Estate, ten minutes walk from the utterly breathtaking Durdle Door natural Arch, the beaches are sandy and the water described memorably as “Gin clear”. Corfe Castle is a mere half hour’s drive away and closer to the site, the 17th Century Lulworth Castle offers a spectacular view over the estate.
Closer to home we come to Wales, a country of sprawling coastlines and spectacular mountain scenery. You don’t have to be a mountaineer but it helps! Note that many Welsh parks are closed this year, pending the Welsh government’s policy on Covid-19.
Shell Island on the North Cardigan Bay in Snowdonia is situated on 300 acres of sand dunes and grass. Some of the pitches are literally at sea level. It has its own supermarket, restaurant and pub, and a completely unique selling point, a ghost! The story is a young woman haunts the old farmhouse. The site is registered in the Domesday Book as a farm and there have been many sightings of the bereft young woman. The location was even featured on TV’s “Most Haunted”!
Dale Hill Farm near Milford Haven is a mecca for surfers. Basically a field full of tents, campers, dinghies, surf boards and dudes, what it lacks in amenities it makes up for in atmosphere. Free and easy, you park and pitch where you like, kick back and chill! When you’ve finished chilling, there are a huge number of lovely local beaches, and some excellent cliff walks as well.
Caerfai Farm on the Pembrokeshire coast adjoining the coastal path. Fantastic sea views and local cheese, the site is prone to being windy, but offers great surfing and sightseeing opportunities.
Morawelon Camping & Caravanning near Newport offers beachside views and the Care Ingli mountain where it is rumoured that if you spend the night on the slopes, you wake up mad or a poet! The Pembrokeshire coastal path crosses the quay wall which borders the campsite. Parrog beach is a stones throw away and you can wade across to Newport beach at low tide.
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