Campsite alternatives

What attracts most people to motorhoming is the freedom of going anywhere, anytime. What could be more free than venturing off-grid and going somewhere a little more wild? Motorhome stopovers and wild camping are great alternatives to campsites and can provide a completely new experience to your motorhome holiday.

Where can I stop overnight?

In Scotland, the right to roam entitles you to stop anywhere legal. However, throughout England and Wales this is not the case and not recommended. Many laybys and car parks are privately owned or the parish council will not allow overnight stopping. Please use common sense. If it feels unsafe, it probably is. We recommend using established campsites or approved overnight motorhome stopover spots – sometimes called Aires.

What is a motorhome stopover?

Motorhome stopovers, known as Aires, are mostly public parking areas or private land where motorhome and campervan users may stop overnight for free or for a small fee. Motorhome stopovers symbolise the freedom of motorhoming. You can meet locals and stay overnight at unique locations available only to motorhome travellers.
Motorhomes can often stay overnight or longer depending on terms and conditions specified.
In the UK many pubs, b&b’s and hotels welcome motorhome stopovers and only ask that you pop in for some food and a pint whilst you’re there.
Search for sites is a great place to search for a motorhome stopover ahead of time.

 

Wild Camping

Wild camping laws vary throughout most European countries, so we advice doing some research on your destination’s Government website for clarity.
In most European countries it is not against the law for you to sleep in a public place in your motorhome. But while there might be no camping ban, many countries, including the UK, have local laws that prohibit camping and stoping overnight in particular areas. Keep an eye out for signs that say no overnight camping or vehicles – these should always be obeyed.
The most important thing is to respect the interests of others, care for the environment and take responsibility for your actions. Take only photographs and leave only footprints.