How to find an accessible campsite

Guest post from Catherine Johnson, the founder of Family Camping Reviews, she gives her top tips for finding an accessible campsite.

Finding an accessible campsite is getting easier. Not just in the UK, but in many parts of Europe as well, campsites are providing better access for disabled people. However even sites which say they are accessible aren’t always suitable and we frequently hear from disabled caravanners and campers that although campsites are listed as having disabled access, this is not always the case in reality.

Here are some top tips for choosing a great location for your next holiday:

Search online

The best place to start when looking for a suitable campsite is with an internet search. This should return a long list of results – campsites that have disabled facilities – there are over a thousand of these in the UK alone.

The Camping and Caravanning Club website has a great search with icons that show whether a campsite has Full Disabled Facilities, Part Disabled Facilities or No Disabled Facilities.

Another great way of finding campsites that are progressive enough to provide the type of facilities you’ll need is to visit some online forums and speciality blogs. Join in the discussion and ask for advice from others – this way you will learn from the experience of others about which sites provide fully for the disabled.

We’ve also put together our choice for the five best disabled friendly campsites in Europe.

Know what to look for

When you’ve found a site which looks good there are some important considerations:

  • What sort of facilities does the campsite have (e.g. swimming pool) and are all these facilities accessible?
  • Does the campsite provide a pick-up service from public transport terminals, is this accessible?
  • Can you take your dog with you?
  • Most holiday’s will be self catering – so are the local shops accessible?

Discuss your requirements

Once you’ve chosen some campsites that you like the look of try contacting them by phone for a chat. Speak to the campsite owners/management and describe your particular requirements. This way, you’ll be able to check that the campsite will be suitable for you.

I hope you have a great holiday!