Britain has such a wealth of caravanning opportunities that you are almost spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing a location.
The county of Hampshire, for instance, has a lot to recommend it – it has the wide open spaces and heathland of the New Forest, an attractive coastline, and a whole collection of chocolate-box pretty small villages dotted about its rich and verdant farmland.
What’s more, the area is one of the most readily accessible areas for a touring caravan in the UK – especially if you live anywhere in the south or southeast of the country – with good motorway links via the M3 motorway.
Before you go
Before you set off for the tranquil charms of Hampshire, there are a few things you might want to check in order to ensure that your trip goes as smoothly as possible.
If it has been a while since you hitched the caravan to the back of your car, you may want to ensure that it is not only spick and span but that everything is in good working order. Checking the tyres for wear and tear, together with the correct inflation pressure, for example, may avoid a nasty accident along the way.
Similarly important is the need for up to date, comprehensive insurance to suit your particular needs and circumstances together with the make and model you are going to be towing. Getting the most appropriate cover may prove something of a minefield at times, so you might want to consult a specialist caravan insurance provider – such as Cover4Caravans.
With the preparations complete, it may be time to head off to Hampshire and make for one of the many well-appointed – or less lavishly equipped – touring caravan sites the country has to offer.
Some of these may be listed by the Caravan Club itself, but you are likely to find many others that might make it on to your own list of favourites:
- New Forest Caravan Club Centenary Site – this site makes one of the best possible uses you may be able to think of for a former World War II airfield. Its past history is now well disguised, of course, with space for a total of 275 caravans, offering hardstanding for 113 of them and fully serviced pitches for the lucky 12;
- it may be found close to the village of Bransgore in the Forest itself, but also conveniently situated for beaches and the coastal resorts of Bournemouth and Poole and the historic town of Christchurch;
- Shamba Touring Park – Shamba is situated a stone’s throw from the attractive market town of Ringwood, on the very northern edge of the New Forest;
- its location makes possible visits to Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and the cathedral city of Salisbury.
- the park offers spaces for 150 caravans, plus a further 35 pitches on a seasonal static basis. 150 sites are fully services and there are additional pitches for up to 150 tents;
- Black Knowl Caravan Club Site – situated in the heart of the New Forest National Park, Black Knowl is close to the village of Brockenhurst, which has a fair scattering of shops and restaurants;
- the real draw, however, is likely to be the Forest itself, and the lucky few who are relaxing under their caravan’s canopy of a still summer’s evening may hear the roar of stags, the hooting of owls or the snuffling of the ever-present New Forest ponies;
- there are 127 pitches for touring caravans, and 62 of them on hardstanding;
- Rookesbury Park Caravan Club Site – hard by the Hampshire town of Fareham, Rookesbury Park in fact acts as a major gateway to the whole of the South Downs to the east and, locally, the Forest of Bere;
- Rookesbury has been developed with families with children definitely in mind and the site has an area specifically designated for use by the young ones;
- the site has room for some 142 caravans, with 85 of the pitches offering fully serviced hardstandings;
- Morn Hill Caravan Club Site – follow the footsteps of King Alfred to the ancient capital of Wessex in what is today called Winchester – the Morn Hill site is right on the doorstep.
- it has space for 113 caravans and 10 tents.
- Dibbles Park Company Ltd - listed by Hampshire’s official tourist authority, Visit Hampshire, the quaintly named Dibbles Park is a small site for touring caravans with just 14 levelled gravel pitches located in on the banks of the River Hamble, at Warsash, near Southampton;
- each of the pitches has electric services;
- perhaps unusually for a touring caravan site, Dibbles Park is open all the year round;
- Wellington Country Park – located in the north of the county, right on the border with Berkshire, Wellington Park is surrounded by parkland, forests and a 35-acre lake;
- providing peace and tranquillity in a fairly busy part of Hampshire, Wellington Park is also well situated for daily outings to such tourist spots as the New Forest, Oxford, Winchester and Windsor;
- all pitches for touring caravans are equipped with an electric supply;
- Riverside Holidays – open to touring caravans from March through until October, Riverside also contains static holiday caravans and a number of pine cabins;
- the park overlooks the River Hamble and adjoins the village of Hamble, which has a variety of restaurants and pubs;
- Green Pastures Caravan Park – situated in the village of Ower near the Hampshire town of Romsey, Green Pastures offers a peaceful setting that is nevertheless convenient for day trips to the cathedral cities of both Salisbury and Winchester, Southampton, Portsmouth and the New Forest;
- the site is also just a mile down the road from one of southern England’s biggest theme park’s Paulton’s Park;
- something that few other caravan sites may offer is Green Pastures’ daytime kennels – allowing dog owners to enjoy a day out without their canine companion if they so choose.
Recommended by you!
The caravan sites recommended by either the Caravan Club or by Visit Hampshire by no means cover the entire range you might find in Hampshire. Therefore, you might want to do your own research, make your own bookings or tow your caravan wherever the feeling takes you – to caravan sites recommended by you.
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