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

Car park behind public toilets

Free Spot - 0/10
Created By: mick.dutson on Jun 28, 2024
Set back from main car park. Nice quiet spot. Burger van on site which is open till 8pm.public toilets. Very quiet spot. Under trees in a secluded corner. Peaceful night's sleep

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


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.

Latest Reviews


Fluke Hall Ln Preston PR3 6HP

Poor Sleep

Don't park by the slip way as it is a working area. Was awoken by people accessing the beach on quad bikes at 4:00. You can park further down the lane and it shouldn't...


Pretty Corner Ln Sheringham NR26 8TW

Can't stay over night

They now lock this car park so you can't stay overnight according to Google


The Red Lion Oxford

Red Lion Marston

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


Porth Neigwl

Quiet and picturesque

Had the site to myself. Beautiful location.


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


Black Rock Picnic Site

Can’t Stay Overnight - Car Park, good views

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