Camping’s best kept secret – where to park your motorhome for FREE in the UK

WHILE holidaying abroad is an option for some Britons, many will opt to return to the UK this summer.

And savvy travelers will opt for an RV vacation — and thankfully, there are a number of spots where you can park for free without even realizing it.

In some places in the UK you don't have to pay to camp


In some places in the UK you don’t have to pay to campPhoto credit: Getty

One of these is pub car parks – many of which allow camper van drivers to park for free as long as they buy a meal there.

Some even offer electric charging ports or bathroom access, according to the Telegraph.

Ellen Manning, who often travels around the UK with her husband in their motorhome, said she’s managed to find amazing free – or at least cheap – campsites this way.

She said: “After a freezing day in the Cairngorms I found refuge at The Old Bridge Inn in Aviemore and was delighted to discover I could stay overnight in the car park.

“Another favorite was the Royal Oak in Hurdlow in the Peak District, where their offering is a mix of pub and campsite.”

Another camper, Jo Hodson, said: “I tend to opt for pubs when I need easy overnight stops in different places.”

There’s even a whole Facebook page called UK Pub Stopovers for Motorhomes and Campervans.

Or some websites have user made maps showing the pubs that allow RV’s so you can plan your itinerary.

However, some travelers have warned Brits not to expect it to resemble a campsite, saying “so many people are moaning about their lack of facilities”.

And some seasoned travelers say it’s always better to phone before arriving, rather than guessing, as not all pubs are ready for that.

There are many rules for motorhomes across the UK, with fines of up to £2,500 for anyone breaking them.

For example, in England and Wales, campers need permission from the landowner to start a fire, especially when camping in national parks.

And wild amps must get permission from the landowner to camp, which includes tents and motorhomes, or risk being fined up to £2,500 for trespassing.

Other restrictions include foraging and keeping pets, all of which depend on the area.

Here’s what to expect on a motorhome holiday in the Cotswolds.

And one woman has revealed how she converted an old van to travel across Europe – all on a tight budget.

Make sure you check ahead of time though as not all pubs offer free RV parking


Make sure you check ahead of time though as not all pubs offer free RV parkingCredit: Alamy Camping’s best kept secret – where to park your motorhome for FREE in the UK

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