Top 10 Caravan Club Sites 2013 – by lakes, lochs, rivers, canals and beaches

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The Caravan Club provides one of the most important camp networks in the UK.

The world’s largest camping organisation has almost 1million members, and more than 900 wardens and staff. The Caravan Club runs about 200 main sites and 2,500 smaller ones, known as certificated locations (CLs).

Hundreds of the Caravan Club’s sites are located on beaches, rivers. lakes, lochs and canals. I’ve listed what I consider CC’s 50+ best full service pitches here. I’ve also visited many of the smaller and cheaper, privately owned CLs. A list of 92 waterside CL camps I like is here. Please let me know if I’ve missed out one of your favourites. Visit the Club website if your want to join.

Here’s my Top 10 Caravan Club favourites for 2013 (not including CLs):


1)   Loch Linnhe, Bunree Caravan Club Site, Fort William, Highlands

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 Top 10 Caravan Club Sites 2013   by lakes, lochs, rivers, canals and beaches


An absolute gem from the Caravan Club. My number 1 by some way. A campsite with its own boat launch and free fishing. Ben Nevis, cable cars, the Isle of Skye and Oban are a short drive away. more info

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2)   River Nene, Ferry Meadows Caravan Club, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

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 Top 10 Caravan Club Sites 2013   by lakes, lochs, rivers, canals and beaches


Steam trains, boating lakes, river fishing, two golf courses and a watersports centre in the Nene Valley. Oh, and more than 60 miles of off-road cycleways and footpaths. Walk the three miles to Peterborough along the railway track and River Nene if you get bored. more info

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3)   River Ouse, Rowntree Park Caravan Club, York, North Yorkshire

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 Top 10 Caravan Club Sites 2013   by lakes, lochs, rivers, canals and beaches

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This is how to enjoy one of Britain’s most exciting and historic cities on a budget. Camping on the banks of York’s River Ouse. A great base for exploring North Yorkshire, Whitby and Scarborough. more info

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4)   River Wye, Lucksall Caravan & Camping Park, Hereford, Herefordshire

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Considered among the best places in the UK to canoe. The local tackle shop offers angling advice. Miles of forest track for rambling, cycling and dog walking outside the camp entrance. Free maps from reception. more info

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5)   Dee Estuary, Wirral Country Park Caravan Club, Merseyside

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 Top 10 Caravan Club Sites 2013   by lakes, lochs, rivers, canals and beaches

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Pitches overlooking the Dee Estuary inside Wirral Country Park. More than 2,000 acres for walking and cycling.  Private sailing clubs offer temporary membership. This is how to explore Liverpool. more info

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6)   Grand Western Canal, Minnows Caravan Park, Tiverton, Devon

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 Top 10 Caravan Club Sites 2013   by lakes, lochs, rivers, canals and beaches

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A private gate from the campsite leads onto the water, with fishing and boating permits available from reception. Walk for 12 miles along the canal towpath, which is part of The National Cycle Route. Exmoor, Dartmoor, Britain’s best surfing beaches nearby. more info

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7) North Sea, Old Hartley Caravan Club, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear

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 Top 10 Caravan Club Sites 2013   by lakes, lochs, rivers, canals and beaches

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On a grassy overhang, overlooking the sea and the light-house at St Mary’s Island. The beach resort of Whitley Bay is a 40 minute walk, or visit Europe’s largest indoor retail centre, at Gateshead, across the River Tyne from Newcastle. more info

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8) Loch Naver, Grummore, Caravan Club, Highlands

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 Top 10 Caravan Club Sites 2013   by lakes, lochs, rivers, canals and beaches

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No showers or toilets, but the scenery is priceless. Fly fishing, canoeing, sailing and silence are a premium. Pack as much as you can and wallow in the beauty of it all. more info

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9) River Ure, Brown Moor Caravan Club, Hawes, North Yorkshire

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 Top 10 Caravan Club Sites 2013   by lakes, lochs, rivers, canals and beaches

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The perfect location, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, on the banks of the River Ure. Walkers can hike from the camp to Aysgill falls near Gayle, or Cautley Spout falls. The Pennine Way is a ramblers’ paradise. more info

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10) North Sea, White House Beach Caravan Club, Kessingland, Suffolk

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 Top 10 Caravan Club Sites 2013   by lakes, lochs, rivers, canals and beaches

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Overlooking the shingle beach, this site is all about location. The Broads, The safari park Africa Alive and Pleasure Wood Hills Theme Park are a short drive away. A footpath leads from the camp to Southwold. more info

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