Canalside Parks - Static Caravans and Lodges

Let's take a look at the fantastic range of static caravan and lodge parks along the canals of the UK.

Canalside Parks - Static Caravans and Lodges

There are several fantastic static caravan and lodge parks along the canals of the UK. Parks may be residential, for year round use as a principal residence, or they may be holiday parks, which might be used for a second home, for leisure, or as a holiday letting investment. If you are from the US you may know this type of park as a mobile home park.

The type of caravan park, whether for holiday or residential use, is determined by the park’s current planning permission, and their ongoing licence from the local authority.

Do your research

I am not a lawyer and this information is provided for general guidance only. There is a good page on the Government website if you would like to know more about licencing, the legislative framework, and owners’ rights.

In the UK there is rarely any stigma attached to these homes, although you'll find that parks vary greatly in size, reputation, presentation, and facilities. You'll find everything from basic static caravans on small, simple parks, to luxurious high class developments with large, high quality units - these are usually called lodges.

When you buy a static caravan or lodge, you will own the unit itself, but you will not own the pitch. Instead, a licence agreement will control your rights to occupy a pitch on the park, including the end date. The site agreement will specify other factors such as the style and maximum age of the unit, whether the licence is renewable, any conditions of sale, and the terms of use. All sites have their own rules, so read them carefully.

There is nothing to prevent you from buying a static caravan in the UK if you live abroad. Many parks have dedicated maintenance services so your home from home will be cared for until you next come to stay.

Holiday Parks

Holiday parks are designed for leisure use and your van or lodge cannot be used as your main residence. You must have a permanent home elsewhere, but this could be in the UK or abroad. Local planning authorities control the exact terms of use for each park, eg a site may be open only 10 months of the year. The local authority also has the power to enforce compliance.

A holiday caravan can usually remain on a pitch for 15 to 30 years from new, but the period may be considerably longer for lodges. Holiday caravan owners are not protected by Mobile Homes legislation.

Residential Parks

Residential Parks may be privately owned or local authority owned. It is important to ensure that the site is a ‘protected site’ for which residential use is allowed all year round. Occupiers on protected sites are are covered by Mobile Homes legislation. Residential park homes are not freehold or leasehold. As with holiday vans, you will buy the unit outright, and sign a site agreement for the use of the land. Residential units are generally built to a higher specification than holiday homes and should last for around 70 years if well maintained. Site agreements are also longer for residential lodges, normally about 70 to 100 years. You will pay an ongoing pitch fee, a service charge, and your utility bills. Many of these parks are exclusive to retired people.

Get to know your park

It is well worth getting to know a few parks well before settling on your favourite. Consider whether you want a park which is mainly used for holiday lets, or is mainly owner occupied, whether you want a family park, or one occupied mainly by retirees. These can feel very different. Don’t rely on the advertising materials alone. There is no substitute for visiting in person, ideally several times in different seasons, and talking to some residents. In some parks you may even be able to rent a holiday caravan before making your decision. You should also pay special attention to flood risk, road noise, and any other potential nuisances.

Finding Units for Sale

Caravans and lodges are most commonly sold through the park offices (especially when new), but at some parks they may also be advertised privately by the owners. There are a few websites dedicated to trade and private sales, such as CaravansForSale. Holiday units are rarely sold by estate agents, but pre-loved residential homes are more likely to be sold through estate agents and can be found on Rightmove. The best way to find them on Rightmove is to search by the park's postcode. If you require finance this will be raised via a specialist loan, not a mortgage.


Canalsite Park List

Please note that if you are serious about finding a van or lodge, you should give the site manager a ring to find out what is available. It is wise not to rely on the ‘for sale’ pages on the park websites – in my experience they may not be up to date. They may also be aware of units which might be coming up soon.

Austcliffe Park Homes

Austcliffe Park Homes
Austcliffe Luxury Home Park Site in Cookley Worcestershire
Austcliffe Luxury Homes in Worcestershire. A superior site enjoying a canal side location with unspoilt views of the undulating Shropshire countryside.

Austcliffe Park Homes site is beside the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal in Cookley, near Kidderminster, postcode DY10 3UR. It is a holiday park, open for 11 months of the year (closed in February). Age is restricted to over 50s. Telephone 01562 851277.

Beeston Marina Mobile Home Park

Beeston Marina Park
Marina Nottingham | Chandlery | Bar | Beeston Marina
Beeston Marina Nottingham | 100 Riverside Moorings for Narrowboats & Cruisers. With onsite Chandlery, Outboard Engine Servicing, Bar, Cafe & Mobile Home Park. Located just 10 minutes from Nottingham City Centre on the banks of the River Trent.

Beeston Marina Mobile Home Park is on the River Trent in Nottinghamshire, postcode NG9 1NA. This is a Residential Park which is open all year. Telephone 01159 223168.

Glasson Marina Holiday Park

Glasson Marina
Glasson Marina Holiday & Caravan Park Lancaster | Holiday Home Lancaster
Discover your perfect holiday home in Lancaster at the Glasson Marina Holiday Park. Arrange a tour or enquire online today!

Glasson Marina Holiday Park is at Glasson Dock, on the Glasson Branch of the Lancaster Canal, postcode LA2 0BP. This is a holiday park which is open all year round but must be vacant for 28 days per year. There are no age restrictions. Telephone 01524 751787.

Hanbury Wharf Park

Hanbury Wharf

Hanbury Wharf is on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal in Droitwich, Worcestershire, postcode WR9 7FB. This is a Residential Park restricted to the over 55s. There is no website. Telephone 07802 619678.

Harleyford Estate

Harleyford
Harleyford Estate
One of the most beautiful private country estates in the South of England. Steeped in history and nestling on the banks of the River Thames, near Marlow.

Harleyford Estate is on the Thames near Marlow, Buckinghamshire, postcode SL7 2DX. This is a Residential Park. Telephone 01628 475976.

Hope Mill Park

Hope Mill
Hope Mill

Hope Mill Park is on the Thames and Severn Canal near Brimscombe, Gloucestershire, postcode GL5 2SQ. This is a Residential Park which is open all year. Age is restricted to over 50s. Telephone 07970 100649.

Kingfisher Holiday Park

Kingfisher, Fradley
Staffordshire Holiday Park - Swimming Pool & Fishing + Park Cafe
Staffordshire Holiday Park ideally located at a picturesque canal junction where two canals meet and an ideal place to stay for visiting some of Staffordshire’s best attractions including Alton Towers, Drayton Manor Theme Park, Stratford Upon Avon, Cadbury’s World, Warwick Castle.

Kingfisher Holiday Park is on the Trent and Mersey Canal at Fradley Junction, Staffordshire, postcode: DE13 7DN. This is a Holiday Park. Telephone 01283 790407.

Lady Lane Mobile Home Park

Lady Lane

Lady Lane Mobile Home Park is on the Coventry Canal near Longford, Coventry, Warwickshire, postcode CV6 6BD. This is a residential park which is open all year. Telephone 07774 628713. There is no website.

Lodgefield Park

Lodgefield Park, Baswich
Home - Hartley Park Homes
Welcome to Hartley Park Homes Residential park home estates in West Midlands, Warwickshire and Staffordshire Hartley Park Homes has been the leading name in Park Home industry for over 35 years and are proud to own seven picturesque Residential Parks … Read More

Lodgefield Park is on the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal in Baswich on the outskirts of Stafford, Staffordshire, postcode ST17 0YE. This is a residential park for the over 55s. Telephone 01785 256798.

Mercia Marina Holiday Lodges

Mercia Marina
Mercia Marina | Shopping and holiday destination, and a great day out
Is Derbyshire’s largest waterside marina attraction, shopping and holiday destination with more than 20 businesses, 11 shops, 2 restaurants, 2 coffee houses, bar, boutique retailers, lodges, & boating activities. Free Parking.

Mercia Marina Holiday Lodges are at Mercia Marina on the Trent and Mersey Canal near Willington, Derbyshire, postcode DE65 6DW. This is a Holiday Park. Occupancy is six months maximum per year and the park is closed from 14th January to 14th February. Dogs and other pets are welcome, but they must be well behaved and quiet. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times when outside the lodge. Telephone 01283 703332.

Mill Farm Park

Mill Farm Park
TINGDENE ESTATES LTD
Tingdene Residential Parks

Mill Farm Park is on the Ashby Canal in Bulkington, Whitestone, Warwickshire, postcode CV12 9SE. This is a Residential Park restricted to age 50 plus. It extends to about 8 acres with 108 Park Homes. It is a long linear park bordered by the Ashby Canal on one side and open fields on the other. This Park allows cats but not dogs. It is part of the Tingdene Estates group.

Oakland Holiday Park

Oakland Holiday Park
Oakland Holiday Park | Nr. Brewood, Staffordshire | Relax & Enjoy
Oakland Holiday Park is located on the Staffordshire / Shropshire border close to the historic village of Brewood. You can enjoy peace, tranquillity and relax in this wonderful rural setting. Visit our website to find out more.

Oakland Holiday Park is on the Shropshire Union Canal near Brewood, Staffordshire, postcode ST19 9LX. This is a holiday park, which is closed in January and February, and you must have a permanent address elsewhere. There are no age restrictions. Well behaved dogs are allowed but they must be kept on a lead at all times and exercised off the park. The park is small and intimate, and its location on the Shroppie within 20-30 minutes' walk of Brewood is excellent, with loads of fabulous things to see and do in the local area. The wonderful canalside pitches don't come up that often, so I was absolutely over the moon when I managed to buy one. I only sold because I bought my own canalside house.Telephone 01902 851302.

Proctors Park

Proctors Park
Home & Contact - www.proctorspark.com
CLICK HERE TO BOOK A CAMPING / TOURING PITCH Proctors Park Road, Barrow Upon Soar, Loughborough, LE12 8QF How to find us - View Map 01509 412434 - office@proctorspark.co.uk Static Caravans - Touring Caravans - Camping Pitches (Prices) Boat Moorings - Lake & River Fishing - Licenced Club ...

Proctors Park is on the River Soar near Barrow On Soar, Leicestershire, postcode LE12 8QF. The natural river and a canalised stretch of the river curve around two sides of the park. Unfortunately the A6 runs along a third side, but this is not where the statics are pitched. This is a holiday park with a mix of statics, tourers and camping, as well as boat moorings and fishing. The park is open all year round. Telephone 01509 412434.

Promenade Park

Promenade Park

Promenade Park is on the Manchester Ship Canal in Moore, near to Moore Nature Reserve, Cheshire, postcode WA4 6FX. This is a Residential Park and is restricted to the over 50s. No pets are allowed on the site. Unfortunately they don't have a website. Telephone 01925 740758.

Riverside Park Winsford

Riverside Park
Cheshire Park Homes | Residential Park Homes For Over 55s
Searching for residential park homes in Cheshire? Take a our two exclusive retirement villages – Riverside Park.

Riverside Park is on the River Weaver (a canalised river) near Winsford, Cheshire, postcode CW7 2PN. This is a Residential Park for the over 50s, and is open all year. Telephone 0800 772 0011.

Shaw Hall Holiday Park

Shaw Hall
Holiday Homes & Static Caravans for Sale Southport | Holiday Caravan Park | Hill Brothers
Discover your perfect holiday home near Southport at Shaw Hall Caravan Park. Arrange a tour or enquire online today!

Shaw Hall Holiday Park is on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal near Ormskirk, Lancashire, postcode L40 8HJ. It is a holiday park which is open all year round but your property must be vacant for 28 days per year. There are no age restrictions. Telephone 01704 840298.

Smithy Leisure Park

Smithy Leisure Park
Smithy Leisure Park | Garstang | UK Leisure Parks
Discover the lodges and holiday homes at Smithy Park, a luxurious gated community situated along the Lancashire canal. Call us on 01253 888930.

Smithy Leisure Park is on the Lancaster Canal in Garstang, Lancashire, postcode PR3 1AA. This is a Holiday Park which is open all year round. It is part of the UK Leisure Parks group and it adjoins Wharf Cottage, (see below). Telephone 01995 606200.

Sunnyside Caravan Park

Sunnyside
Sunnyside Caravan Park, Lancashire | UK Parks
A whole range of activities can be enjoyed right on the doorstep. The Park is suitable for more mature clientele....

Sunnyside Caravan Park is on the Lancaster Canal in Bilsborrow, Lancashire, postcode PR3 0SE. This is a mixed residential and holiday park suitable for a 'mature clientele'. The holiday park is closed in January and February. Telephone 01995 640590.

Waterside Park

Waterside Mexborough
Elite Waterside Park | Luxurious Residential Homes | Home
Looking for the perfect place to retire? Elite Waterside Park offer you luxurious residential homes, alongside a wide range of local attractions to keep you active.

Waterside Park is on the Sheffield and South Yorkshire Navigation in Mexborough, South Yorkshire, postcode S64 9AL. It is a residential park for the over 50’s. Telephone 01709 579120.

Welford Chase

Welford
Welford Chase - Riverside Residential Park Homes | Welford Chase
Welford Chase is a luxury riverside park home site. Designed with its residents in mind. Low-cost luxury living in stunning Warwickshire countryside

Welford Chase is on the River Avon at Welford on Avon, Warwickshire, postcode CV37 8PN. This is a residential park for the over 50s, part of the Avon Estates group. Telephone: 01789 581007

Wharf Cottage

Wharf Cottage
Wharf Cottage Leisure Park | Garstang | UK Leisure Parks
Wharf Cottage Leisure Park is a small community of luxury holiday homes, near Garstang, on the eastern edge of the Fylde Coast. Call us on 01995 606200.

Wharf Cottage Leisure Park is on the Lancaster Canal in Garstang, Lancashire, postcode PR3 1AA. This is a holiday park, and it is open all year round. It is part of the UK Leisure Parks group, and it adjoins Smithy Leisure Park, see above. Telephone: 01995 606200.

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