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

26/11/2019

Update the front page to add most recent spots and reviews


08/11/2019

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.


01/11/2019

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


25/09/2019

Update to front page


23/09/2019

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


Latest Spots

The Red Lion Oxford

Free Spot - 9.0/10
Created By: Ant on May 08, 2024
The Red Lion allows you to park in their car park which is hard surfaced and grassed. They ask you to use the pub if you stay. They do great food. Toilets are only open in the afternoon and evening. Walking distance from Oxford city centre over the University Parks.

Speech House woodland carpark

Free Spot - 7.0/10
Created By: Keelster33 on Apr 14, 2024
Large quiet carpark slightly set back from the road. Road noise can ve geard but not vusy off pesk times. Bird song is AMAZING.Fantastic start point for forest walks , MTB trails. The Speech house Hotel a short walk away for a beer. RF53+V89 Coleford is a location

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Free Spot - 0/10
Created By: chapp on Feb 16, 2024
sorry eror

hampstead heath

Free Spot - 0/10
Created By: yobbocat on Dec 13, 2023
make sure youre not on the yellow lines. if this bit is packed out, then travel further along wwr. xxx enjoy xxx

West Highland Way Hotel & Campsite

Campsite - 7.5/10
Created By: Dionis on Dec 10, 2023
Amazing views. Open 24/7 all year round. Close to both Glasgow and Loch Lomond. Cafe on-site.

Vanlife Community & Retreat

Free Spot - 10.0/10
Created By: Dionis on Sep 24, 2023
We are the UK’s (and possibly Europe’s) first and only FREE campsite for vanlifers. Funded by tourism, our campsite allows vanlifers to stay and use our facilities for FREE. There is absolutely no catch. We are Vanlifers ourselves. So please come and join us. Stay as long as you want. We are open all year round and have a cafe on site offering free teas and coffees.

Latest Reviews

9/10

The Red Lion Oxford

Red Lion Marston

Excellent, convenient and welcoming spot within walking distance, or easy bus ride of city centre.

9/10

Porth Neigwl

Quiet and picturesque

Had the site to myself. Beautiful location.

7/10

Speech House woodland carpark

Fab forest pullover spot

Obvs no conveniences. Fast road so the vehicles that do pass are heard. But all in all a great spot

3/10

Black Rock Picnic Site

Can’t Stay Overnight - Car Park, good views

10/10

West Highland Way Hotel & Campsite

10/10.

Made a mistake on the previous review I did. Sorry!!!! Should be 10 out of 10.

5/10

West Highland Way Hotel & Campsite

Excellent Campsite. 5*

Loved it. All the services and facilities you could possibly want and more. Pet friendly too.

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


P.S. How To is also a great book by Randall Munroe