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Free motorhome stopovers in Britain

Updated on September 15, 2014
A great motorhome stopover at a farm in Wales
A great motorhome stopover at a farm in Wales

Hundreds of interesting sites offering free motorhome stopovers in Britain!

Brit Stops is the scheme that offers free stopovers for motorhome tourists at farm shops, pubs, vineyards, breweries and many other interesting sites around Britain.

The simple to use, full colour paperback guide gives full details of each and every site, including written directions plus post code for sat nav, a description of the locality and produce available and any facilities offered.

You can find out more about free motorhome stopovers below, and here

You can even stopover at an airfield!
You can even stopover at an airfield!

Sample great fresh local produce...

...and choose from a wide range of settings

From West Wales to the East Anglian Coast, and from the banks of Loch Ness to the tip of Cornwall, Brit Stops hosts can be found all over Britain.

Our motorhome stopovers are not camp sites where you can expect shower blocks, swimming pools, and laundry rooms, but small local producers such as farm shops, vineyards and pubs. Other sites include craft and antiques centres, herb farms, breweries, ski and activity centres, seafood cafes, thatched pubs and even an ice cream factory in the Kent countryside!

At any one you can enjoy local fresh produce and / or home-made meals, then retire to your motorhome to settle down in the knowledge that you don't have to drive on that night to find a camp site.

Enjoy the freedom offered by a motorhome - No need to book in advance - you choose where to go each day

A tranquil stopover in Scotland
A tranquil stopover in Scotland

Touring really comes into its own with a motorhome, so why not take advantage of the freedom offered and instead of pitching up at a camp site for a week or two, travel around parts of Britain you haven't seen before. Brit Stops allows you to stopover for free en route, trying fresh local produce. Plus, as you won't have paid camp site fees you'll have more money to splash out on your meals!

Stop at farm shops with a huge variety of fresh farm produce for sale, gather your own at one of our PYO farms, or just enjoy a meal or snacks at a farm cafe or tea shop. Or why not stop at one of our country pubs and enjoy a home-cooked meal - not to mention a couple of drinks, safe in the knowledge that you won't have to drive again the same day.

What's in the guide?

The Brit Stops guide to motorhome stopovers contains all the year's participating properties, and the main section is in six languages.

The guide includes:

  • detailed directions to every location in three languages
  • post codes for sat nav use in conjunction with the local directions
  • maps of the area showing the location of the hosts
  • notes on produce available and the local area
  • details on any facilities such as water, electricity or waste disposal
  • whether dogs are allowed
  • host sites that can accommodate larger motorhomes and RVs
  • contact details where hosts require a phone call before arriving
You'll also receive the Brit Stops windscreen sticker. This must be displayed to reassure the host that you are a bona fide member of Brit Stops and have read and understood the Code of Conduct (see our website). It allows the property owner to verify, without disturbing their guest, that the vehicle entering his property for an overnight stay has been invited to do so.

Could you resist?
Could you resist?

What's the catch?

Why would hosts allow us to stay on their property for free?

One reason is that they do not have to provide any facilities over and above a parking space! However Brit Stops hosts are also passionate about the local produce they offer to the public, and the more visitors they have the better the chance they have of spreading the word about fresh, sustainable produce. Although they will not oblige you to buy from their shops, they are confident that when you see the quality of their wares and experience the personal service offered by the producer/retailer, you will find it difficult not to purchase! Even if you do not buy anything your positive experience will be spread, and this will bring more customers.

One thing it is important to note is that unfortunately Brit Stops is not for caravans due to maneuverability issues in the car parks, and the fact that many do not provide fresh water for Aquarolls. Also, if you have a small campervan you won't have any toilet facilities outside the opening hours of the host site, so you will need a porta potti or similar!

Aims of Brit Stops

We love touring in our motorhome, and we're also keen on boosting Britain and our local producers, which is why we work with the National Farmers' Retail and Markets Association (FARMA) and English Wine Producers, and also have these clearly stated aims:

  • To promote direct contact and a positive relationship between motorhome owners and local producers who provide or process regional products or provide services to the community
  • To promote the diversity and richness of the different British regions to a broader public
  • To improve recognition and understanding of our regional products and culinary traditions, both at home and abroad
  • To encourage sustainable tourism through our links with local communities

Enjoy stopovers at lovely thatched pubs
Enjoy stopovers at lovely thatched pubs

So how much does it cost?

The Brit Stops guide itself costs just £25 for the year (March to March), not far off the cost of a couple of nights at a camp site. So all you have to do is use the guide twice, and you'll have recouped the initial cost. After that, well, you're saving around £10 to £25 each time you stopover!

Just to be clear, every time you stop at a Brit Stops host you will pay nothing for the stopover, and you will not be compelled to buy something. Purchase of produce is not a condition of the stopover.

Stopover bliss at a Brit Stops farm shop in Scotland

A beautiful stopover in Lancs
A beautiful stopover in Lancs

We really love feedback, and you can read independent reviews written by motorhomers about their stopovers at Brit Stops sites on the Motorhomefacts.com forum under "UK Touring".

If you have a suggestion for a great Brit Stops host site, then we'd also really like to hear from you!

What do you think?

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      BritStops 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Hi Jan, yes, Brit Stops is based firmly on France Passion. We loved using FP ourselves, and put our version together when we got home! Not quite as many vineyards as FP (but we do have half a dozen!) but exactly the same principle. The 2013 book comes out towards the end of next February.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Sounds like the English equivilent to France Passion scheme. If so it will be perfect for touring. At last!

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      caffimages 5 years ago

      Waht a great idea! I might be back. We're about to get a bigger camper with more onboard facilities than our current one. Then we would be able to use this guide.

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      Andy 5 years ago from London, England

      Sounds like a very interesting idea