As soon as summer arrives, many Brits pack their bags and jet off somewhere exotic for a couple of weeks. But with long-haul holidays come delays, weight restrictions and tiresome travelling. So, why not save yourself the bother and explore your beautiful home country instead?
Although there’s no promise of sunshine, Great Britain boasts an array of quaint coastal towns, beautiful beaches and endless places to discover. And there’s really no better way to explore our glorious country than by motorhome, allowing you to travel wherever you want, whenever you want. You can say goodbye to a lack of legroom or having to turn up two hours before departure.
So, where are the best places to visit in Great Britain? Here’s a pick of our favourite areas.
Boasting the longest stretch of uninterrupted coastline in the UK, Cornwall is a must-visit destination for people touring Great Britain. Foodies will be in heaven in Padstow, home to the restaurants of celebrity chefs Rick Stein and Paul Ainsworth. Or, if you’re with the kids, you might want to sign-up to a fun pirate tour in Penzance.
From petite fishing ports and authentic Smuggler’s Inns to coves, creaks, bays and caves, Cornwall is a fantastic place to explore, by foot, bike or boat. And if surfing is one of your favourite pastimes, you’ll be in paradise in Cornwall, as the many beaches there enjoy some of the best tides in the UK, including the infamous Fistral Beach in Newquay.
If you’re looking for the perfect place to park your motorhome, you may want to consider Pentewan Sands in St. Austell. The campsite sits on the edge of Mevagissey Bay’s coastline; the moment you step out the door you’ll be met with stunning sea views set against the backdrop of rolling countryside.
Although just a stone’s throw from Swansea, when you arrive in the peaceful Gower Peninsula you’ll feel a world away from the bustling city. The area was named the UK’s first-ever Area of Outstanding Beauty back in 1956 and today, the majority of coastline is owned by the National Trust. Though just a small area, the Gower Peninsula is home to 24 Wildlife Trust reserves, ten nature reserves and five Special Areas of Conservation. If you’re feeling fit, the recently developed coastal path stretches the whole 15-mile length of the area.
The beaches in the Gower Peninsula have some of the UK’s biggest and best waves – perfect for anyone who likes to partake in some water sports on holiday. From the limestone cliffs to the rugged and unspoilt moors, this really is an area where natural beauty is abundant. There are also a number of historical sights and small, sleepy villages just waiting to be explored.
Hillend is a caravan park situated 200 metres from the Rhossili beach, arguably Gower’s most beautiful beach. The campsite, nestled amidst vast dunes and moorland, welcomes all groups to stay.
Another must-visit area, the county of Pembrokeshire sits at the westernmost point of South Wales. There are some great places to visit in the country, such as St David’s, the UK’s smallest city, as well as the historical market town of Haverfordwest.
If you’re on the hunt for a bit of family-fun, then Pembrokeshire should definitely be on your road-trip itinerary. Take your pick from the nearby Blue Lagoon Water Park, Manor House Wildlife Park, Folly Farm, or the ever-popular Oakwood Theme Park (or all four if you can fit them in!).
Wildlife is abundant in Pembrokeshire, from the sea birds perched on the craggy cliffs to the whales, dolphins, seals and porpoise that roam the waters. The Pembrokeshire coastal path offers some breathtaking views of the area, too, so don’t forget to pack your camera.
In the heart of the Pembrokeshire National Park lies Creampots Caravan and Camping Park, ideal for young families and couples. This peaceful, family-run site is surrounded by acres of countryside and is just five miles away from Haverfordwest.
If you’re planning a road trip to South West England, make sure one of your stop includes a visit to Devon. For a taste of the true English Riviera, why not head to a seaside resort such as Paignton, Torbay and Torquay? Or, if you want to escape the hordes of holidaymakers, make sure you visit the picture-perfect villages nestled in the vast Dartmoor National Park. For those with a penchant for history, the city of Exeter boasts a stunning cathedral and medieval buildings.
There are plenty of places to pitch-up in Devon depending on what areas you want to visit. In North Devon, Combe Martin’s Stowford Farm Meadows is a picturesque campsite set among 500 acres of meadows and woodland. In South Devon you’ll find Lemonford Caravan Park, with the Dartmoor National Park right on your doorstep.
Now, the planning…
Now you’ve got plenty of destinations to choose from, all you need to do is plan your roadtrip adventure. It’s always a good idea to pre-book campsites, especially if they are popular and you are travelling in peak season. You really don’t want to arrive at your ideal campsite and be turned down because they’re fully booked.
And one other thing to remember (along with the beach towels, camera and sun cream) is to make sure your motorhome is adequately insured. Your trip will no doubt involve long hours spent on the road, so you need to be covered for all eventualities. If you were to encounter any hiccups along the way, good-quality protection will ensure they are quickly resolved, meaning you can get back to enjoying your holiday in no time.