Places in England to pitch up and paddle… now that’s a tongue twister for you!
Looking for somewhere to see out the summer? To help you find your perfect paddling staycation, we’ve compiled a list of top Caravan and Motorhome Club campsites across England where you can pitch up and go paddling within 30 minutes.
The majority of the campsites listed below welcome non Caravan and Motorhome Club members and their families. If you don’t own a motorhome or caravan then some of these sites do offer camping pitches, camping pods, yurts and glamping pods too. So whatever your flavour, hopefully there’s something for you.
Top places to pitch up and paddle
Coniston Park Coppice Caravan Club Site
At a glance: Touring 222 Camping 10 Glamping Pods 2 | Non-members welcome
Nestled in 63 acres of beautiful National Trust woodland, Coniston Park Coppice Club Site offers a peaceful base for an active holiday that will keep the whole family happy. The fantastic bonus for those wanting to go paddling is the site’s close proximity to Coniston Water.
A short walk of 400 yards brings you to the lakeside launching point. From there you’ll be able to experience the magic that helped inspire Swallows and Amazons and Ransome’s other lake novels. Within easy reach is Peel Island that is home to the book’s secret harbour on Wild Cat Island.
Coniston Park Coppice Club site also puts you within easy reach of the southern shores of Lake Windermere. You will be able to find many launch spots and trails by visiting our PaddlePoints site.
Borrowdale Caravan Club Site
At a glance: Touring 59 | Non-members welcome
Borrowdale Caravan Club Site puts you within easy reach of Derwent water. Once you are pitched up you’re only a short drive to many launching points, the closest and most convenient being Kettlewell Car Park.
- Click here to download our Derwent Water paddling trail
- Search PaddlePoints to find other nearby paddling adventures in the Lake District
White Water Park Caravan Club Site – County Durham
At a glance: Touring 97 | Non-members welcome
Pleasantly landscaped, White Water Park Club Site lies adjacent to one of the largest white water canoeing and rafting courses built to an international standard in Britain. The caravan site provides easy access to all the centre’s facilities including a sheltered viewing balcony, a drying and changing room, canoe storage area, shop and café.
The White Water Centre offers avid white water paddlers the perfect summer playground. Though, you don’t have to be a white water paddler to experience the hair raising real-life rapid course as the centre offers group rafting experiences too. Click here to learn more about this fantastic facility and all it has to offer.
Despite its name the White Water Park Caravan Club Site isn’t just for the thrill seekers. If you favour a calmer journey to soak up the landscapes, wildlife and heritage you will have easy access from the White Water Park Caravan Club Site to the non-tidal section of the River Tees. From here you can easily paddle through picturesque meadows to the town of Yarm.
- Click here to find and download the Tees Barrage to Yarm Paddle Trial on our dedicated River Tees page.
Don’t forget to access and paddle along this section of the River Tees you will require a waterways licence. With a British Canoeing membership you will be covered to access these waterways.
Norfolk Broads Caravan Club Site – East Anglia
At a glance: Touring 111 | Members only
Norfolk Broads Club Site is an open and tranquil holiday destination set in the midst of the scenic Norfolk Broads. And with the River Ant a mere 180 metres away it makes for the perfect pitch up and paddle site for exploring several of the popular Broads.These include the wooded marsh area known as Dilham Broad, as well as Barton Broad.
- Click here to check out the routes and trails on our dedicated River Ant page.
Don’t forget to access and paddle the Broads you will require a waterways licence. With a British Canoeing membership you will be covered to access these waterways.
Tewkesbury Abbey Caravan Club Site – Cotswolds
At a glance: Touring 133 | Non-members welcome
Pitching up at Tewkesbury Abbey Caravan Club Site will allow you to experience the extraordinary riverside town of Tewkesbury, where the River Avon and River Severn join.
Once you’ve pitched up and ready to paddle, you are only a short drive to where you can launch from to go and explore the beautiful old town and surrounding countryside.
- Click here to find and download the Tewkesbury Round Trip Paddle Trial on our dedicated River Severn page.
- Click here to check out the routes and trails on our dedicated River Avon (Warwickshire) page.
Don’t forget to access and paddle this section of the River Severn and Avon you will require a waterways licence. With a British Canoeing membership you will be covered to access these waterways.
Cambridge Cherry Hinton Caravan Club Site – East Anglia
At a glance: Touring 56 Camping 6 | Non-members welcome
Set in ancient quarry works and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), the Cambridge Cherry Hinton Club Site has been imaginatively landscaped to create the impression of being in the heart of the countryside while only a 20-minute drive to where you’ll be able to access various launch points along the River Cam.
It is on the River Cam where you’ll be able to paddle through ‘the backs’, a picturesque collection of historic colleges backing onto the River Cam and only viewable from the water unless you happen to be a member of Cambridge University. ‘The backs’ is considered to be one of England’s best views.
- Click here to check out the routes, launch points and trails on our dedicated River Cam page.
Don’t forget paddling along the River Cam requires you to have a waterways licence. You might also like third party insurance cover in case you accidentally collide with one of the many punters you’ll encounter. A British Canoeing membership provides you with both a waterways licence for the River Cam and a third party cover. Please also make sure you display your membership number clearly on your craft for this stretch of river.
So there you have it…
…. our top Caravan and Motorhome Club campsites where you can pitch up and paddle within 30 minutes.
Don’t forget to paddle responsibly by ensuring you have a waterways licence if required. A British Canoeing membership also provides you cover when you have to pay compensation to any third party for accidental damage so a great safety net to have for when you are manoeuvring your craft and equipment around a caravan site or whilst on the water.