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One of the best things about motorhome touring in winter is that the roads are quieter and the campsites cheaper than in the height of summer. Now is the time to visit renowned beauty spots that are normally rammed with tourists. We've selected 10 of our favourite campsites that are open all year round, highlighting great winter walks, must-not-miss events and places to go.
1 - Riverside Caravan Park
Visit the Lake District all year round, because it is beautiful in all seasons. Enjoy the spectacular views without the crowds and base yourself at the adults-only Riverside Caravan Park in Millhouse, Cumbria, to be close to many trails, stunning locations and the charming towns that pepper this area.
2 - Somers Wood Caravan Park
Heading to the NEC show in Birmingham? Stop at Somers Wood Caravan Park in Meriden, North Warwickshire, a great adults-only site that’s open all year. Practical Motorhome readers rate Somers Wood highly enough to vote it into our Top 100 Sites Guide each year. The site is just a 10-minute drive from the exhibition centre, where you can ogle new motorhomes or stock up on your favourite camping accessories during the Caravan, Camping and Motorhome Show towards the end of February each year.
3 - Woodland Springs Touring Park
Blustery walks on Dartmoor are great even in winter, with 450 miles of public rights of way and magnificent views. Warm up back in your ’van at the tranquil, adults-only Woodland Springs Touring Park, Dartmoor, Devon.
4 - Tehidy Holiday Park
Winter is a good time to brave the narrow Cornish lanes and explore the beautiful countryside around Tehidy Holiday Park, at Harris Mill, Illogan, near Redruth. Readers regularly vote Tehidy Holiday Park into our Top 100 Sites Guide. Visit Poldark country and walk along the dramatic sea cliffs where the TV series was filmed, before curling up in a cosy rustic pub to recuperate.
5 - York Rowntree Park Caravan Club Site
Visit the National Railway Museum in York to see more than a million objects telling the tale of 300 years of railway history in Britain. The iconic Flying Scotsman returns to the rails from 26 February 2016, sparking extra activities and exhibitions until the end of July. For high-quality winter touring, stay at York Rowntree Park Caravan Club Site.
6 - Humble Bee Farm
Humble Bee Farm in Flixton, Scarborough, is a family-run campsite with an emphasis on the great outdoors. You may find a free-range egg or two left behind by the hens. Join the Skipping Festival on Shrove Tuesday in Scarborough. Skip or enjoy the other entertainment on offer, while listening out for the Pancake Bell at noon – which means it’s time to start frying!
7 - Stanford Caravan Park
Chippenham Park Gardens, near Bury St Edmunds, opens specially to show off its spectacular snowdrops from mid- to late-February each year. Staying at the adults-only Stanford Caravan Park in Burwell, Cambridgeshire, is ideal for snowdrop walks amid the sea of fragile white flowers in the extensive grounds, just minutes from your motorhome door.
8 - Oxford Camping and Caravanning Club Site
Weekend breaks in Oxford are fun at any time of year, and the Oxford Camping and Caravanning Club Site is a great base for exploring this historic city. Art enthusiasts should visit Oxford in the last weekend of February to enjoy the Oxford International Art Fair.
9 - Bath Marina and Caravan Park
Bath Marina and Caravan Park has easy access to the city centre (watch our Bath Marina and Caravan Park review), so you can leave your motorhome onsite while you visit Bath and its many museums and historic buildings. These include venues used during The Independent Bath Literature Festival, which starts at the end of February. Now's your chance to meet distinguished authors.
10 - Camping Playa Las Dunas De San Anton
Chase the winter sun to Cadiz, a refined, serene city in southern Spain. From Shrove Tuesday each year, a 10-day carnival kicks off, featuring music, dancing, theatre, fireworks and satirical costumes. Thirty minutes away, you’ll find Camping Playa Las Dunas De San Anton, a well-appointed municipal site set among coastal pine groves.
Happy winter touring!