Canalside Static Caravans & Lodges

26 January 2022

There are several fantastic static caravan and lodge parks along the canals and navigable rivers of the UK. (Scroll down for a list!) 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. In the UK parks vary greatly in size, reputation, presentation, and facilities. They include everything from small, simple parks, to high class developments with large, high quality units, often called lodges. When you buy one, 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.

If you are from the US you will know this type of park as a mobile home park. You can buy a static caravan in the UK if you live outside the country. Many parks have dedicated maintenance services so your home from home will be cared for until you next come to stay.

Holiday Parks

Local planning authorities control the 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. Holiday caravan owners are not protected by Mobile Homes legislation. Caravans are usually sold by the park, or privately by owners. 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.

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. 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. If finance is required it is raised via a specialist loan, not a mortgage.

Finding Units for Sale

Residential homes are usually sold through estate agents. Holiday homes are usually sold through the park offices, but may also be advertised privately. It is wise not to rely on the ‘for sale’ pages on park websites – they may not be up to date. It is well worth giving the site manager a ring to find out what is available. They may also be aware of units which might be coming up soon.

Do your research

NB I am not a lawyer and this information is provided as 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.


Canalsite Park List

NB Some of the photos are rather old or generic. I will update them as soon as I can.

Austcliffe Park Homes

Canal: The Staffs and Worcs
Nearest town or village: Cookley
Postcode: DY10 3UR
County: Worcestershire
Classification: Holiday Park
Season: 11 months (closed in February)
Age restrictions: Over 50, TBC
Pets: TBC.
Telephone: 01562 851277

Austcliffe Website

Beeston Marina Mobile Home Park (Trentside)

Canal: The River Trent
Nearest town or village: Beeston
Postcode: NG9 1NA
County: Nottinghamshire
Classification: Residential Park
Season: not applicable
Age restrictions: TBC
Pets: TBC.
Telephone: 01159 223168

Beeston Marina Website

Devizes Marina Village

Canal: The Kennet and Avon
Nearest town or village: Devizes
Postcode: SN10 2RH
County: Wiltshire
Classification: Residential Lodges
Season: all year round
Age restrictions: over 55s
Pets: Allowed.
Telephone: 01380 725300

Devizes Marina Website

Glasson Marina Holiday Park

Canal: Lancaster Canal Glasson Branch
Nearest town or village: Glasson Dock, Lancaster
Postcode: LA2 0BP
County: Lancashire
Classification: Holiday Park
Season: all year round but must be vacant for 28 days per year
Age restrictions: none
Dogs: Dogs welcome.
Telephone: 01524 751787

Glasson Marina Website

Hanbury Wharf Park

Canal: Worcester and Birmingham Canal
Nearest landmark: Hanbury Wharf
Postcode: WR9 7FB
County: Worcestershire
Classification: Residential
Season: TBC
Age restrictions: TBC
Dogs: TBC
Telephone: 07802 619678

Harleyford Estate

Canal: The Thames
Nearest town: Marlow
Postcode: SL7 2DX
County: Buckinghamshire
Classification: Residential
Season: TBC
Age restrictions: TBC
Dogs: TBC
Telephone: 01628 475976

Harleyford Estate Website

Hope Mill Park

Canal: Thames and Severn Canal
Nearest village: Brimscombe
Postcode: GL5 2SQ
County: Gloucestershire
Classification: Residential
Season: Not Applicable
Age restrictions: Over 50
Dogs: TBC
Telephone: 07970 100649

Hope Mill Website

Kingfisher Holiday Park

Canal: The Trent and Mersey
Postcode: DE13 7DN
County: Staffordshire
Classification: Holiday Park
Season: TBC
Age restrictions: TBC
Dogs: TBC.
Telephone: 01283 790407

Kingfisher Holiday Park Website

Lady Lane Mobile Home Park

Canal: The Coventry Canal
Nearest Town: Longford, Coventry
Postcode: CV6 6BD
County: Warwickshire
Classification: Residential Park
Season: Not applicable
Age restrictions: TBC
Dogs: TBC.
Telephone: 07774 628713

Mercia Marina Holiday Lodges

Canal: Trent and Mersey
Nearest village: Willington
Postcode: DE65 6DW
County: Derbyshire
Classification: Holiday Park
Season: closed from 14th January to 14th February
Age restrictions: TBC
Dogs: 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

Mercia Marina Website

Lodgefield Park, Baswich, Staffordshire

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Oakland Holiday Park

Canal: The Shropshire Union
Nearest landmark or village: Brewood
Postcode: ST19 9LX
County: Staffordshire
Classification: Holiday Park – you must have a permanent address elsewhere
Season: beginning of March to end of December
Age restrictions: none
Dogs: Well behaved dogs are allowed but they must be kept on a lead at all times and exercised off the park.
Telephone: 01902 851302
I have a caravan here. 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 in January 2022.¬†You can follow my caravan adventures on Instagram @thecosystaticcaravan.

Oakland Holiday Park Website

Proctors Pleasure Park

Canal: The River Soar
Nearest village: Barrow On Soar
Postcode: LE12 8QF
County: Leicestershire
Classification: TBC
Season: TBC
Age restrictions: TBC
Dogs: TBC
Telephone: 01509 412434

Promenade Park

Canal: The Manchester Ship Canal
Nearest landmark or village: Moore, Moore Nature Reserve
Postcode: WA4 6FX
County: Cheshire
Classification: Residential
Season: Not Applicable
Age restrictions: TBC
Dogs: TBC
Telephone: 01925 740758

Riverside Park

Canal: River Weaver
Nearest village: Winsford
Postcode: CW7 2PN
County: Cheshire
Classification: Residential
Season: Not Applicable
Age restrictions: TBC
Dogs: TBC
Telephone: 0800 772 0011

Riverside Park Website

Shaw Hall Holiday Park

Canal: Leeds and Liverpool Canal
Nearest town or village: Ormskirk
Postcode: L40 8HJ
County: Lancashire
Classification: Holiday Park
Season: all year round but must be vacant for 28 days per year
Age restrictions: none
Dogs: TBC.
Telephone: 01704 840298

Shaw Hall Website

Smithy Leisure Park

Canal: Lancaster Canal (adjoining Wharf Cottage, see below)
Nearest town or village: Garstang
Postcode: PR3 1AA
County: Lancashire
Classification: Holiday Park
Season: TBC
Age restrictions: TBC
Dogs: TBC
Telephone: 01995 606200

Smithy Website

Sunnyside Caravan Park

Canal: Lancaster Canal
Nearest town or village: Bilsborrow
Postcode: PR3 0SE
County: Lancashire
Classification: Residential and Holiday Park
Season: TBC
Age restrictions: TBC
Dogs: TBC
Telephone: 01995 640590

Sunnyside Facebook Page

Waterside Park

Canal: South Yorkshire Navigational Canal
Nearest town or village: Mexborough
Postcode: S64 9AL
County: South Yorkshire
Classification: Residential Park
Season: not applicable
Age restrictions: over 50s
Dogs: TBC
Telephone: 01709 579120

Waterside Park Website

Welford Chase

Canal: River Avon
Nearest village: Welford on Avon
Postcode: CV37 8PN
County: Warwickshire
Classification: Residential
Season: Not Applicable
Age restrictions: TBC
Dogs: TBC
Telephone: 01789 581007

Wharf Cottage Park

Canal: Lancaster Canal (adjoining Smithy, see above)
Nearest town or village: Garstang
Postcode: PR3 1AA
County: Lancashire
Classification: Holiday Park
Season: 11 months
Age restrictions: TBC
Dogs: TBC
Telephone: 01995 606200

Wharf Cottage Website