Five Eccentric campsites for quirky campers

We’ve put together a list of some interesting and fun places to visit in your VW campervan in the South West.

1.      Steam Trains and Sea view

So you’ve pitched up and now you want to explore.  What could be better than catching a bona fide steam train to see the sights?  Running from Bishops Lydeard to the pretty town of Dunster, the Somerset Heritage Railway is the UK’s longest heritage railway running both vintage diesel and steam trains.  Taking pride in everything they do from pretty flowerpots on the platforms to running a service to time, it’s like stepping back in time.


Hoburne holiday park at Blue Anchor offers camping facilities next to the beach.

 Come in September and you will be able to spot the Flying Scotsman in its full glory.  Channel your inner Railway Child.

2. Alpacas and an Airplane

Love being surrounded by nature but still want an aviation fix?  This could be the campsite for you.  You will love watching the cuddly Alpacas on the campsite’s farm and enjoy the beautiful scenery.   The real highlight though is the camp’s permanent guest, a genuine Sea Harrier. 


 Once you have marveled sufficiently, head a mile down the road into Wedmore for some food at the highly rated Swan pub

 3. Stone Circles and cider

So I don’t need to tell you about Stonehenge but it turns out we’ve been doing it all wrong all these years.   Solstice was originally celebrated at Woodhenge (Stonehenge’s older brother but sadly made out of less durable material) with the procession to the stones taking place after sunrise.  That said, if you fancy joining the thousands who flock each year for Solstice, make sure you book early as it gets very busy.  You’ll get to share the campsite with friendly Druids, replete with capes and ceremonial sticks.


This quiet little campsite is a gem just four miles from the famous stones, tucked away off a peaceful lane it’s a lovely spot to enjoy nature at its best.   Freshen up at the local pub in the nearby hamlet of Tilshead. You’ll find a range of local ciders to taste.

 4.  Boating and Beef

Set in 120 acres, this campsite is part of Batcombe Vale. With lots of lovely walks and picnic spots there are free rowing boats for use on the boating lake

 Work up an appetite and pop down the road to one of the most interesting food venues in the West.  The Roth Bar and Grill combines art with gastronomy and locally farmed beef in on the menu.  The chefs use local and ethical British produce. 

5.  Pizza and Poirot

Bigbury is a lovely little town on the Jurassic Coast with panoramic views.  The Mount Folly campsite is on a working farm with basic but clean facilities.  A short walk into town affords a wealth of eating options but for the best stonebaked pizza visit the Pickwick Inn, a charming place very popular with tourists and locals alike.


For lovers of all things Agatha Christie and Art Deco there is a real treat.  Situated on it’s own island is Burgh Island Hotel.  It’s a fantastic example of 1930’s design and was used as the setting for Evil Under the Sun.  Take a floppy sun hat and flounce about like the beautiful but annoying Arlena Stuart Marshall character.  Make sure you don’t miss the tide or you will get wet feet walking back.

All of the places visited are within easy driving from Moovans Campervan Rentals. Our vans come fully equipped with awnings and bike racks for you to make the most of your holiday. If you are thinking of hiring a VW campervan check out our booking and availability pages.


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