In the first of our new series about the best destinations to visit in your motorhome, we take a look at the United Kingdom. The UK has a huge variety of fantastic places to visit. And travelling by motorhome is perhaps one of the best ways to experience them. So if you are planning on where to take your motorhome in 2020, this location guide will give you some fantastic places and events that are must do’s!
Port Isaac – The scenic fishing village of Port Isaac is a must-visit location if you are in Cornwall. Its beautiful harbour and stunning coastal walks make it one of the best seaside villages in the UK. In recent times it has become more famous as the filming location for many film and TV shows. However, the views speak for themselves with history 18th and 19th-century houses and buildings lining the streets. The surrounding coastline and countryside are designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty, so by motorhome, you can make the most out of the wonderful views and roads. For those looking to be active, there are some great cycle routes that allow you to explore the surrounding area.
St. Ives – Another essential place to visit while travelling in Cornwall. It boasts some of the best beaches in the UK and is in Tripadvisor’s top 10 beaches in Europe. The cobbled streets have some amazing independent shops, restaurants and cafes. There are some great beach locations perfect for families and dogs such as Porthgwidden Beach and Balamuz Beach. The St. Ives Museum features exhibitions highlighting the town’s past of fishing and mining. If the weather is not treating you well, this is a fascinating way to learn more about the town. If you have never tried surfing before this is a great opportunity to learn while being surrounded by some stunning views. In May there is the St. Ives Food and Drink Festival, a weekend of artisan foods and great music. This is an opportune time to visit and a great experience.
The Eden Project – The perfect place to visit for wildlife and nature enthusiasts. The Eden Project consists of biomes that house the largest rainforest in captivity. Feel tropical heat and see the amazing tropical trees and plants surrounding you. Primarily an educational and research centre, it doubles as a fantastic visitor attraction that explores how we can create a brighter future for ourselves. There are many exhibitions and family events throughout the year, so its a great place to take the kids and grandkids.
Glastonbury – The Glastonbury Festival is one of the biggest events in the UK. And one of the best ways to experience the festival is by motorhome. Director at Southdowns Motorhome Centre Andrew Ayling went to the festival in our Carado A 461 and highly recommended taking a motorhome to the festival. Those who are looking to enjoy the festival with the home comforts of a hot shower and comfy bed might consider taking a motorhome in the future. Read our full blog on taking a motorhome to Glastonbury by Clicking Here. Aside from the festival, walking up Glastonbury Tor is a great experience. At the top, you get incredible views of unspoilt Somerset.
Cheddar Gorge – One of the UK’s most famous locations, Cheddar offers some of the most stunning views and winding roads for you to experience in your motorhome. The surrounding Mendip Hills are also a beautiful sight. Cliff-top walks are a great way to see some unrivalled views of the landscape. Once you have seen the views above ground, head down into the caves. The prehistoric caves are a truly unique experience and with a great audio tour, there is much to learn about the caves. If you are craving some more knowledge the Museum of Prehistory showcases some of the artefacts found in the gorge and its caves.
Folkestone – Folkestone offers a variety of incredible coastal landscapes. And in your motorhome, you can explore them all! The East Cliff and Warren Country Park is a beautiful part of the coast that is accompanied by great views of the English Channel. There are many caravanning and camping sites on this coastline, so you will be spoilt for choice. A short coastal drive can be done from Folkestone to Dover. There you can take a breathtaking walk along the white cliffs. It is a really unique part of the country that is well worth exploring in your motorhome.
Birmingham and The Motorhome & Caravan Show 2020 – For every motorhome enthusiast the journey to Birmingham for the Motorhome & Caravan Show is one of the highlights of the year. It is always a very exciting event that debuts all the new models that motorhomers can expect to see in the following year. One of our favourite parts of the event is the sense of community that there always is. Also, it is great to meet some of our existing customers and always wonderful to meet new ones as well! We did a full breakdown of the Motorhome & Caravan Show 2019. So if you want to see what you can expect from the event Click Here.
The Lake District – The picturesque Lake District is an ideal destination for touring in your motorhome. It really is some of the most beautiful landscape that can be found in the UK. Highlights include Lake Windermere, the largest natural lake in England. Boat trips can be taken along the lake, offering even more spectacular views of the surroundings. Also, there are a number of walking trails. So if you need to stretch your legs after a long day touring in your motorhome, there is no better place to do it than Lake Windermere! Another highlight is The World of Beatrix Potter. This visitor attraction is perfect for fans of the author. It is amazing to see the landscape that inspired famous characters like Peter Rabbit.
Edinburgh – If you’re in Scotland then a trip to Edinburgh is definitely worth your time. The cultural hub is also home to a wealth of history. This includes Edinburgh Castle which is a must-do if you have never been to the city before. There are also some amazing museums and art galleries that are worth your time such as the National Museum of Scotland. The beauty of visiting in a motorhome is that there are numerous campsites nearby. This allows you to explore the surrounding areas that are worth exploring just as much as the city is.
The NC 500 – This is one of the most iconic road trip routes and for good reason. The NC 500 has something for everyone: stunning vistas, white beaches and historical sites. Its no wonder that the route is becoming more and more popular among motorhomers. It is definitely one of the best ways to make the most out of this route. Having the freedom that a motorhome provides allows you to enjoy the journey at your own pace. For more information about doing the NC 500 in a motorhome or camper van Click Here.
Snowdonia – The mountainous region of northwest Wales features dramatic landscape views due to the glacial landforms of Snowdonia National Park. Its the perfect setting for some adventurous motorhome adventures! Home to the highest peak in Wales, Snowdon can be scaled in multiple ways. For a more relaxing and scenic journey to the top, the Snowdon Mountain Railway is perfect. However, for a challenge, the ascent up Snowdon can be made on foot. There are a number of paths that vary in difficulty. But scaling the mountain on foot is as rewarding as it is challenging. The views from the peak are stunning. On clear days there is incredible visibility of the British Isles. Aside from Snowdon, here are some great historical locations that are worth visiting in your motorhome. The medieval castles of Harlech and Caernarfon are wonderful examples of Welsh history.
If we have missed your favourite place to take your motorhome then please get in touch with us! We would love to hear where you enjoy taking your motorhome. Send us a message on Facebook by Clicking Here. Stay tuned for our next blog where we take a look at some of the best places and events to take your motorhome to in Europe!