Let’s go camping
So you’ve got your motorhome/campervan/caravan/trailer tent/tent and you want to go camping, where do you start? There are lots of different styles of campsites to suit all tastes from small family run sites with very few pitches to large “all singing and dancing” sites with swimming pools, club houses etc., so the choices are wide and varied.
There are two main clubs for camping. The Camping and Caravanning Club and the Caravan and Motorhome Club both have well run sites dotted all over the country, the sites offer first class facilities, most have toilets and showers, hard standing pitches, grass pitches with or without electric.
The club sites all have Wardens or Holiday Sites Managers on site and have very strict safety rules about noise on site and where and how to pitch, so rest assured you won’t wake up one morning and find a unit inches from yours.
For a yearly subscription you can become a member of the club and benefit from savings on the campsite fees, a monthly magazine plus a book detailing all the club sites with instructions how to get there. The Clubs also offer insurance and a whole range of other benefits.
In addition to the Club sites they offer members a vast network of smaller sites which cater for 5 vans, these are called Certificated Locations (CL) or Certificated Sites (CS) these can be farm sites with just a tap and a toilet emptying outlet or a site with toilets, showers, electric hook ups etc.
Apart from the Club sites there are numerous commercially run sites with varying degrees of facilities. If you find a campsite you love, don’t keep it secret, come and tell us all about it in the Campsite Reviews section of the forum.
Wild Camping (sometimes called Free Camping) is becoming more and more popular, this (as the names suggests) is camping for free without using a designated campsite, there is a certain etiquette that responsible wild campers observe and you can read all about wild camping here Guide to Wild Camping
Whatever form of camping you decide you can talk to other members all about your experiences and ask questions on our busy, friendly forum, where you are sure of a warm welcome and it’s free to join. The Small Motorhome Forum
Click the links at the top of the page for information about camping abroad, using ferries, campsite cooking and recipes.