Van Spots

Wild camping spots for those with Vans
Now in Beta

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About Van Spots

A simple, easy way to find spots to camp in your van.

Van Spots is free resource, with no ads. The aim is to keep it that way.
It takes some clever engineering in order to do this. You may notice at times the site takes a long time to load, this is because it turns off when no one is using it.
We're working at the moment to try and improve performance across all areas of the site.

Van Spots is an open-source project built by one person in their spare time using Ruby on Rails.
It is still in development so let me know if anything isn't working as expected.
All the core functionality is now live; you can sign up, add, find and review spots.
If there are any features you would like to see, any feedback you would like to give, or any bugs that you find please get in touch.

If you want to keep track of progress (or contribute with a pull request) you can see what needs doing on the Trello Board and the codebase lives on GitHub . If want to use the data, then we also have an API. G et in touch and we can talk to you about usage.

If you want to get in touch with suggestions or just to have a chat, drop me an email.
More information coming soon!

Latest Updates


Update the front page to add most recent spots and reviews


Updated the default sorting of spots on the index page, so the best rated spots are now at the top.
Added loading icon to increase descriptiveness of background processes.


Van Spots has had some performance improvements and a load more spots added.
Please let us know if you have any issues!


Update to front page


Lots of little background updates and a major change to the design of the Spot Finder page

Latest Spots

Fearnoch Forestry Car Park

Free Spot - 7.0/10
Created By: FatBerta on Sep 06, 2022
Forestry commission car park, lots of space, no height bars, quiet, nearest toilets at Taynuilt (2 miles).

Herringfleet Hideaway

Free Spot - 6.0/10
Created By: PDKODUDE on Aug 25, 2022
This spot is just off the road between St. Olaves and Somerleyton. It’s in a grass car park for the church. No signage at all and quite difficult to see from the road. Very quiet and peaceful. There are no views to speak of apart from the church which has fascinating history, Saxon built tower to look out for Vikings moving up the River Waveney! Nice quiet spot for a stopover where you’re very unlikely to be distrubed.

The Struggle

Free Spot - 0/10
Created By: Fangio1985 on Aug 14, 2022
Small lay by on “The Struggle” Road. Amazing view on the Windermere Lake.

Lake view carpark

Free Spot - 8.0/10
Created By: Oliverwho on Aug 07, 2022
Great little spot right near the water. Great for a morning swim. Nice and secluded enough to have some privacy and surrounded by nature. This is one of my favourite spots. No reception for us here, No drinking water and no toilets. But heaps of room to spread out.

Private ish distant view of stone henge

Free Spot - 6.0/10
Created By: Oliverwho on Aug 07, 2022
Great little spot with heaps of places to pull up a van along the side. Seen 1 car, 2 dirt bikes, 1 bike and a couple of dog walkers come down in 24h. Stone henge off about 1km away (could walk and see it for free) No water, privacy for a pee, half good reception. Overall a nice little spot. Not suitible for large set ups

CJPL Quiet Layby

Free Spot - 0/10
Created By: CJPL on Jul 27, 2022
Quiet layby on country road overlooking fields with good mobile signal. No signs showing overnight restrictions

Latest Reviews


Unnamed Road Duns

Quiet secluded lay-by near a ford across the river.


Herringfleet Hideaway

No view but no trouble either!

Lovely spot, no views to speak of apart from the church but hidden from the road, very quiet and peaceful.


Force Lane

end of the road

Small spot. Some road noise, you are right next to the A-road. Great for an overnight, but not really the most chill spot. A few dog walkers in the morning. Nice and f...


Grizedale Pike Path

Small Spot and Narrow Roads

But there are a few spots along this road if this exact one is full. Not suitable for motor homes


Loch Garten, Unnamed Road Nethy Bridge PH25 3HA

Limited Parking

Car park is basic and there are no facilities. Parking is technically allowed but only a couple of vans. There are lots of rules including no fires and dogs must be on...


Unnamed Road Ballater AB35 5UX

No overnight parking

Beautiful spot tucked away off main road near the river but no overnight parking allowed (July 2022).

How to use Van Spots

More details coming soon

Finding a Spot

There are two ways of finding a spot to camp in, you can either browse the Map or use the Spot Finder to browse for a spot.
There are some basic filters on the spots index with hopefully some more coming soon.

Signing Up

Click the link in the nav bar and sign up

Adding a Spot

Either find the location on the map and click or tap on the map or enter the latitude and longitude yourself on the create spot page

Rating a Spot

View the Spot and click Rate Spot

Editing a Spot

If you are the person who created the spot then you can edit it. There should be an Edit Spot button next to the Rate Spot button

Editing your profile

From your Profile page, click the Edit Profile button

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