Nook Farm Shop & Cafe

I see this as an additional arm to my business and a great service to those people taking the opportunity to explore this beautiful part of the world! I am quite envious and it’s lovely hearing where everyone has been and are heading for! And even better to hear stories of “first timers” to the North Pennines. 

We started this venture when lockdown lifted in April 2021 and so far have had 25 camper vans and more in the pipeline.

It’s been problem free so far and I am already thinking of extending services and parking to account for the need 

I applied for an exemption licence and can host up to 5 self-contained vans per night. 

We wave off our campers confident that they have parked up somewhere with a great view and a warm welcome. 


Craven District Council – Positive Comments

Benefits of Motorcaravan Overnight Parking

Skipton, Settle and Ingleton

  • Assisting the night time economy of the areas 
  • Assisting tourism in the areas
  • Increasing income for the Council
  • Increasing Security of the Area
  • Reducing Anti Social Behaviour 

Source of information: Helen Townsend, Parking Manager, Craven District Council

Canterbury Park and Ride

At the entrance to the site is a decent pub, and I’m always being told how grateful they are that so many motorhomers visit and stay for meals. I’m also told by our drivers that most of the motorhome guests that use the Park & Ride service visit local attractions and shops far more easily than having to find City centre parking, saving time, emission issues and congestion.

Canterbury nearly triples in size each day, as we have three Universities, the Cathedral and so many other wonderful reasons to visit, and so we’re happy to encourage Motorhomes … and all for the sake of a few bays.

Colin Perris, Parking Facilities Manager, Canterbury City Council.

Hawick Welcome Initiative

The Campervan Welcome is still very much a factor in encouraging motorhome owners to visit Hawick. Responses this year show that as well as the UK and close continental Europe, campervans are now arriving from the Nordic countries, Italy and Spain. The Hosts also reported instances of visitors from Canada, Australia, and the USA arriving in hired campervans. Many campervan visitors return for a second, third and fourth time because of its popularity.

The Hawick Campervan Welcome continues to succeed with increased visitor numbers for another year. It is an essential part of the Hawick Welcome, and succeeds because it has been recognised in the UK and Europe as unique (and free) town centre stopover and is publicised on dedicated facebook pages. It has become a year round stopover venue.

Source: Hawick Welcome Initiative Annual Report

Lytham St Annes Reduce Anti-social Behaviour

Since 2012 motorhomes have been able to park overnight on any area of the lower section of St Annes Swimming Pool Car Park. The facility proved to be very successful which led to the scheme expanding to a quieter location at North Beach Car Park in 2018. At both locations a reduction in antisocial behaviour has been observed.

Kielder Forest and Waterpark Welcome Motorcaravanners

Overnight camping in our car parks.

We would like to take the chance to thank all those who are coming to Kielder and camping in their camper vehicles responsibly, we are so pleased to welcome you all.

This morning our staff have been speaking to 7 sets of Campers at Kielder Castle car park who all happily paid £10 to park up overnight

Issue wise – there has not been any issues, at any of the locations, since the overnight parking scheme was introduced;
Benefit wise – there’s been a couple to note.
◦ First, there’s the additional income, which is raised from the £10 per
night, per vehicle, fee. Although this tends to be a small amount of income, it is still welcome, as it helps towards the maintenance and development of these sites, and indeed, the wider Parks.
◦ Secondly, we have noticed that having campervans/motorhomes parked up on the various sites, actually helps with the security of them, in that we have had fewer visits by anyone looking to be rowdy or disturbing the normal peaceful nature of the sites.

Source of information Julie Wilson
On behalf of Kielder Water & Forest Park Development Trust