Five of the Best Disabled Friendly Campsites in the UK & Europe
Dave Johnson | On 06, Aug 2013
Warren Farm Holiday Centre, Brean Sands, Somerset
This award winning campsite is at Brean Sands, a quaint village on the coast of Somerset. It’s a family run concern that caters for touring and camping and has a number of static caravans for hire. The site boasts a restaurant and clubhouse, a small shop and two takeaways. Outdoor playgrounds, pets’ corner, gift shop and ice cream parlour all combine to offer guests a holiday centre experience that they’re sure to enjoy. There’s even a fishing lake and tackle and bait shop. As far as disabled facilities go, there is a dedicated wash and shower unit with a member of staff available 24/7 to help – a really useful service for campers with disabilities. The campsite itself is level and well-maintained, making it easier to access and move around and has been listed on forums as being genuinely disabled-friendly.
Greenhill Leisure Park, Oxford
Greenhill Leisure Park is close to Oxford, enjoying good access to main roads and in the heart of an area full of local attractions like Blenheim Palace, Banbury Waterfowl Sanctuary, Bicester Village Outlet Shopping and Legoland, to name but a few. Facilities include WiFi hotspots, electrical hook-ups (EHU), and laundrette and washing up facilities – the campsite also has an on-site shop. The dedicated disabled shower facilities have been described by a disabled user as “amazingly clean” and he awarded the campsite a 10 out of 10.
Camping Bellevue Mer
Camping Bellevue Mer is a seaside campsite near the town of Hillion in Brittany, France. The campsite has 58 pitches, including some for tents and some for caravans and mobile homes, with two categories of electrical connection – 4mps and 10 amps. The campsite also owns a selection of mobile homes that can be rented for holidays. Some of these are of the traditional style, some are half covered (catering for groups of up to 6 people) and one of these mobile homes is a 4/6 berth mobile home that’s been specially designed for those with reduced mobility. Easily accessible via a ramp, this holiday accommodation boasts a medical chair as well as the fridge, microwave and electric stove. The bathroom has a shower and the mobile home also features electric heating.
Gythion Bay, Gythion, Greece
Gythion Bay is an all year round beachside campsite in the Peloponnese area of Greece. The campsite has ramp access for its mini market, bar and restaurant (still a rarity in Greece) and there are two specially designed toilets and showers on the campsite. For winter travellers, there’s a fireplace room open 24/7 that offers free WiFi, satellite and a collection of board games and darts. Visiting Greece in the winter means that it’s less crowded and that the heat is easier to bear. It’s sunny and mild most of the year round in Greece so a winter holiday here is totally enjoyable.
Don Antonio Camping Village, Giulianova, Italy
The Don Antonio Camping Village on the Adriatic Coast of Italy boasts a private beach with wheelchairs for the sea! How cool is that? The beach is patrolled by lifeguards and the complementary shaded sun loungers have waiter service for total luxury on the beach. The Village also has mobile homes, bungalows and mini apartments to let, with one of the bungalows being suitable for wheelchair visitors. The Camping Village advertises that the campsite, village and beach are all totally accessible for wheelchairs, with no architectural barriers.
Finding a suitable campsite
While researching this piece, it became more and more obvious that so many campsites advertise themselves as having disabled access these days, but many are just doing the absolute minimum to comply with legislation. However, there are campsites out there that fully understand both ability and mobility issues and have gone out of their way to provide facilities that truly do cater for those with special needs, whatever those needs are.
If you’re looking for a suitable campsite with total access for the disabled, then it’s important to check closely to make sure that your holiday won’t be spoilt. Reading reviews of the campsites is often a great way of seeing the true picture of what’s happening on the ground. It would also be well worth visiting some camping forums and learning from the experiences of others.
In a bid to compile an authoritative list of campsites that really are disabled-friendly, I’m relying on you, the readers, to join in and let us know about your experiences. Have you come across campsites that go above and beyond the call of duty when providing accessible facilities and services? If so, these people deserve to be brought to the attention of others who are looking for similar facilities for their holidays. Please use the comments below, or contact us using the form to let us know of any campsites that you think should be included in this list of special camp sites that serve us all, no matter what our needs are.