Caravan and Motorhome Club Sites within walking distance to a town
For us, the Summer of 2021 turned out to be something of a rarity in more ways than one. First of all we had a spell working for The Caravan and Motorhome Club, then we spent our time re-discovering some of our favourite sites on the network. Yes, we’d gone back on a journey of discovery staying on Caravan and Motorhome Club Sites within walking distance to a town – perfect for motorhome owners like us.
Incredibly it’s 25 years since we joined what was then The Caravan Club! Today we’re blessed to still be travelling by van, even if it’s not usually in the UK. Despite the fact that we spend most of our travels abroad, we still value our CAMC membership. Why? Well because it brings access to some brilliant site locations and all with the same guaranteed standards.
So, let’s begin a journey of discovery to some of those sites that make life a bit easier for us campervan and motorhome owners. Yes, those Caravan and Motorhome Club Sites within walking distance of a town!
Caravan and Motorhome Club Sites Within Walking Distance of a Town
1. Brecon Caravan and Motorhome Club Site
Where better to begin than Wales. Here, the Brecon Beacons National Park provides the backdrop for this modern, well-planned site.
Expect an open feel with predominantly hard standing pitches yet plenty of grass verges to give green space. Sunny pitches wouldn’t be hard to find and the layout across a large area brings a tranquil feel.
There’s a choice of two modern toilet blocks offering all the usual Club facilities with a drying room for that wet weather gear. In addition, an excellent well-stocked shop makes life easier for those forgotten items.
Access to Brecon town centre is through a footpath which leads across a main road and onto a canal tow path. From there, it’s a leisurely stroll along the the waters edge, passing pretty canal boats along the way.
Overall it’s about a 1.5 mile walk to the centre where there’s plenty of shops, cafe’s to explore.
2. Gowerton Caravan and Motorhome Club Site
Gateway to the glorious Gower Peninsula in South Wales, its location is an ideal base for touring.
Gowerton is a pretty site located beside an estuary separated by a road. There’s a mix of grass and hard standing pitches and one central toilet block, all well maintained on our visit.
Access to Gowerton town is through a gate at the back of the site. This then leads onto playing fields and into the town itself, so allow about a 10 minute walk. Here you’ll find a small selection of shops including a Tesco Express for those essentials.
If you want to leave the van behind and explore by bike, there’s a cycle route nearby that takes cyclists onto the Gower itself or along the coast towards Llanelli.
Overall it’s a low-key site on the doorstep to some glorious beaches, but roads can be narrow and access congested once out and about driving on the Gower itself.
3. Warwick Racecourse – Caravan and Motorhome Club Sites within walking distance to a town
Over to England now and this brilliant little racecourse site right on the edge of Warwick town centre.
Not only can you have a racecourse view from your pitch but you can also walk into the centre of Warwick within about 10-15 minutes.
Warwick Club Site is relatively small with only 56 pitches and a mix of grass and tarmac but it’s fairly charming all the same.
Facilities are older but functional and beware of arriving and departing because you have to drive across the racecourse itself. So on race days, access is limited and you can get stuck on site, as we found out to our peril!
Not only is there a good choice of shops and restaurants, but there’s also Warwick Castle. On top of that there’s pleasant walking along the Grand Union Canal which we reached from the site.
Stratford-upon-Avon is a 25 minute drive away, making Warwick a good base to explore a little further afield.
4. Baltic Wharf Caravan and Motorhome Club Site Bristol
This small site of just 55 hardstanding pitches is big on location. Situated alongside the Wharf with direct access to a footpath and cycle way. Our pitch was next to the gate access at the back of the site and it was perfect for exploring Bristol on foot.
Despite facilities here being dated, it has little effect on this valuable asset to the Club. Unfortunately, ever since we can remember there’s been the threat of closure looming large over the site. As I write, the site is due to close for good in September when the local Council take back control and develop it for housing instead.
If you do get to visit before it closes, then it’s well worth it! We walked direct from the site into the centre of Bristol and to the Suspension Bridge itself, all within ease although the bridge does involve an uphill slog. For those not wanting to walk there is a bus stop outside the site.
There’s a bar and restaurant just outside and Brunel’s SS Great Britain a little further along in the opposite direction.
This large site is within an easy 5-10 minute walk of the Cotswold town of Moreton-In-Marsh. Here you can find a thriving weekly market – check the day but I think it’s a Tuesday! There’s also plenty of places to sample local food at one of the many pubs or cafe’s and a general feeling of just “what a nice kind of place” it is! Maybe that Cotswold stone helps or the typical English countryside that surrounds the town.
The site is mostly hard standing with two toilet blocks and plenty of greenery to give a nice ambience. The route to town via the main entrance is easy and perfect for a bit of shopping or browsing.
This was one of the first Club sites we visited back in the 90’s and it’s still got lots of appeal to bring us back. Of course the location on the edge of this lovely town really helps.
6. Malvern Hills Caravan and Motorhome Club Site
This gorgeous site with fine views across to the Malvern Hills has a real feeling of spaciousness and tranquility. Although it’s within walking distance not to Malvern but to Hanley Swan – a small picturesque village it’s an ideal stop.
Approached along a long driveway the reception area makes way to lush lawned pitches and mature hedges, it’s the kind of site where you could stay and relax a while. For those wanting hard standing, there are just under half on offer but the grass looks so tempting on a warm Summer day.
Not only is it neat and tidy but facilities are modern and updated compared to some club sites which makes the toilet block experience more welcome.
The easy path to the village takes you to a pretty duck pond where a bench allows for a rest. There’s a busy looking pub and a good little shop to buy those bits and bobs too.
7. Cheshire Fairoaks Caravan and Motorhome Club Site
Well this site is ideal for those loving a good shopping day! That’s because Cheshire Fairoaks is located within walking distance to the Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet Village. Here you’ll find plenty of stores such as Ralph Lauren and Barbour or just outside the Outlet Village is a large Marks and Spencer and Cinema.
It’s also close to a number of pubs, a canal walk and a supermarket so it’s convenient in more ways than one.
The site itself is mostly hard standing and has one toilet block with a compact feel overall. There’s plenty of trees to give a feeling of nature, you’d hardly know the shopping mall was so close.
Caravan Club Sites Within Walking Distance to a Town
Here’s a few more that we know and love:
- Castleton Caravan and Motorhome Club Site – a site of hard standing pitches a few minutes walk to Castleton village with its pubs, array of walking routes and local shops. All in the heart of the picturesque Peak District.
- Lady Margaret’s Park in Chirk – Currently closed for major refurbishment but due to open in December 2022. The site is a short walk from Chirk town centre, canals, walking routes and those famous viaducts.
- Broadway Club Site – In the pretty town of Broadway with it’s gorgeous Cotswold stone buildings and enough shops and eateries to wander through.
- Southport Club Site – Located within walking distance of the seaside resort of Southport renowned for its Victorian architecture.
- Crystal Palace Site – Crystal Palace London. This is a firm favourite year on year and one that has allowed us to explore London with ease. Within a 5 to 10 minute walk of Crystal Palace and the No.3 bus which takes you into the heart of the capital. It’s convenience is second to none, with the bus route direct to Westminster or Trafalgar Square.
For our best pics of our home region, take a look at our Best Campervan tour of North Wales