As the days are slowly starting to get longer and the first signs of spring will soon be on the horizon, the water is a very special place to be. And just because it’s winter doesn’t mean we don’t want to get away for a weekend or a week. So we have gathered up our top five Caravan and Motorhome Club campsites that offer some excellent winter paddling. British Canoeing members get a 10% discount to Caravan and Motorhome Club membership, giving you access to even more savings such as: save £15 per night at Club campsites, save on great days out, everyday products and touring essentials. British Canoeing members also save £25* per booking on Experience Freedom glamping breaks, all year round! So here are our top five places to stay and paddle this winter.
Coniston Park Coppice, Cumbria
Imaginatively landscaped, the campsite is set within 63 acres of beautiful National Trust woodland. With pitches grouped in open glades and easy access to the fun attractions of Coniston Water, the site offers a scenic, peaceful base for an active holiday that will keep the whole family happy, including its own mini adventure playground for children.
Coniston Water is on the doorstep of this site, making it a perfect place to park up your caravan or motorhome and go for a paddle. Experience Freedom glamping available at this campsite! It doesn’t matter if you have your own craft or not as the centre there has kayaks, canoes and paddle boards available to hire!
Attractively located within woodland but with a pleasant open feel, Moreton-in-Marsh Club Campsite is also within easy walking distance of an interesting, lively little market town. Moreton-in-Marsh, whose main street is part of the Roman Fosse Way, nestled in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold countryside. The campsite is conveniently located for this beautiful area which is famous for its untouched charm. Experience Freedom glamping available at this campsite!
The site is on the edge of the Cotswolds that offer lots of paddling locations to enjoy. Using this site as your base gives you the opportunity to explore the full length of the Cotswolds. You will be able to enjoy all the paddling trails the Cotswolds has to offer.
Henley Four Oaks
Henley Four Oaks Club Campsite is surrounded by statuesque mature trees, adding privacy to your stay whilst enhancing the area’s natural beauty. Nearby Henley has many old and interesting buildings to discover, and is the home of the famous Regatta. The ornate stone bridge that spans across the River Thames is a popular landmark, dating back to the 1700’s.
Sitting on the bank of the River Thames, the site gives an ideal opportunity for paddling. Running 215 miles, the river Thames has lots of routes to explore with lots of landmarks along the way.
Situated on the very edge of Cheddar Village Cheddar Club Campsite boasts magnificent views of the Mendips and surrounding countryside. Cheddar Caves and Gorge and the famous Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company are all within easy walking distance of the caravan site. With Wookey Hole Caves and Mill and England’s smallest city of Wells just a short drive away, you are sure to have plenty to see and do during your stay.
Cheddar reservoir is just down the road from the site too, offering the opportunity to get out on the water. On the bank is Cheddar Watersports, offering taster sessions all year round. Make the most of this body of water and burn off any extra calories you pick up sampling the cheese.
Bridlington Club campsite boasts 81 all-weather pitches, making it ideal for a winter break. Miles of stunning Yorkshire coastline stretch north and south from the site and nature lovers will be in their element. Nearby Flamborough Head is home to one of the most important seabird colonies in Europe (even in winter it attracts species such as snow buntings, waxwings and rough-legged buzzards) while just along the coast is Bempton Cliffs RSPB Reserve.
Being right on the coast means plenty of opportunities to paddle. Paddling on the sea is great fun when done safely. Take in the Bridlington seafront attractions from the water, and take a trip around the pier.