Many of us Brits are guilty of complaining about the ever-changing weather conditions, and often resort to booking holidays abroad in order to escape and get some much needed vitamin D.
Lots of people would snigger at the prospect of holidaying in the UK, with unreliable weather forecasts and renowned tacky tourist spots. However, it’s these people who would be missing an amazing holiday, right on their doorstep.
Here is the ultimate 14-day driving route to take in a camper van, if you’re willing to take a chance – you might discover something amazing.
Whether you are lucky enough to be an owner of a camper van, or if you have decided to rent one, it’s time to set off and experience life from the view of the slow lane for a while. Although it may seem daunting at first, the end result will be worth every single mile spent sat behind lorries and coaches in the slow lane.
Cornwall (Days One to Three)
The first three days of your road trip are going to be spent in the south west, whose coastal roads have been named as one of the Top 500 Drives of a Lifetime. Cornwall will treat you to rolling cliffs, seaside villages, turquoise waters and over a thousand years of incredible history.
When you get tired of driving, you can park up your van and hike alongside the crumbling, but stunning South West coastal path to explore some of the region’s tiniest and most remote coves. Before continuing your trip elsewhere, it has been highly recommended by many other travellers that you park up and cook on board your camper by the sandy shoreline of the beautiful Woolacombe beach.
Beaches To Visit
It can sometimes be difficult to manoeuvre a large vehicle around the narrow lanes and villages in cornwall, so here are a few examples of stunning beaches where you’ll easily be able to park your small camper van or VW.
- Porthluney – a popular family beach covered with golden sand which is overlooked by Caerhay’s Castle.
- Fistral – known for it’s excellent waves and big surf competitions, it has been advised to try and arrive early in order to get a parking space.
- Chapel Porth – the track to this beach is fairly steep, long and narrow so new camper drivers may wish to avoid, but this beach is a flat stretch of golden sand owned by the National Trust.
- Polzeath – on the North coast of Cornwall, this beach is split into two parts: the old and the new, both overlooking a stretch of golden sand between Pentire Head to the north and Highcliff to the west.
Heritage (Days Four to Six)
The next part of your UK adventure will explore some of the countries finest heritage, from the magnificent Roman history in Bath to reading Shakespeare’s words along the banks of the River Avon. The beauty of being in a van is that you’re able to get off the beaten track and stop along your way at some of the smaller, and equally as amazing villages such as Blockley or Lacock.
From days four to six, you can work your way through some of Britain’s most jaw-dropping roads, such as Cheddar Gorge, where the earth opens up to reveal an intricate series of roads which twist and turn their way through the enormous rock faces. When the sun goes down you may have to stop at one of the many campsites along the way, many of which offer a discount to Camping and Caravan members.
You may wish to stop at every quaint village you pass through, but this would take up a lot of your 14-day trip. Some of the most recommended stops are: Cheddar Gorge, Bath, Lacock, Stratford-upon-Avon, Stonehenge, Blockley, and Warwick Castle.
Wild Wales (Days Seven to Nine)
The next leg of the trip will explore the rambling sights of wild Wales. This is a paradise for nature lovers as well as adventure seekers. The Brecon Beacons National Park will always impress, no matter what the weather. Parking up and having a cup of tea at the bottom of the Black Mountains is the perfect spot for drinking in the scenery.
If you are more of a beach bum and enjoy chasing the summer sun, places such as Barafundle or Llandudno may be the ideal place to stop off, as they are two of Britain’s favourite seaside destinations. If you are more of an adventure seeker, you can opt to park up your camper and trek to the top of Mount Snowdon through Llanberis Path, which is one of the easiest paths up the mountain.
Park Up And Enjoy
Wales may consume you with its beauty in whichever direction you look, however some of the most popular spots to stop and take it all in are as follows; Llanthony Priory, Black Mountain road, Barafundle Bay, Portmerion, Llanberis Path and Conwy Castle. There are of course, many other places, but who could resist stopping off at places such as Portmerion in all of it’s pastel coloured wonder?
Northern England (Days 10-11)
On days 10-11 of your camper journey around the UK, you will explore the rolling hills of the Lake District. England’s biggest National Park offers something for everyone, whether you want to cycle alongside Windermere or hike to the top of the perfect pyramid formed by the Whiteless Pike.
As you head back on the road and drive further east, you’ll come across wonders such as Hadrian’s Wall and the Angel of the North. These amazing landmarks are set against some of the most beautiful backdrops you’ll ever experience.
On this part of your trip you will experience some of the tiniest and most quaint little villages with plenty of laid-back charm and historic heritage. Some of the recommended stops are: Whiteless Pike, Hadrian’s Wall, Angel of the North, Penshaw Monument and Hutton-le-Hole.
Last Leg (Days 12-14)
The last leg of your road trip will see you visit some unmissable gems hidden away in East Anglia. Get off the beaten track and experience the rural vibes of places such as Stamford, Wisbech or Alfriston.
Relax And Enjoy
Your trip wouldn’t be complete without parking up your van and visiting the famous natural landmark, the White Cliffs of Dover. Stroll along the gravelly coastal paths to the South Foreland lighthouse, before driving back to the city and exploring the castle.
As your road trip winds to an end, you will want to make sure you have visited some of the most beautiful locations in East Anglia has to offer such as; Lincoln, Stamford, Wisbech, Ely Cathedral, Dedham, White Cliffs of Dover and Alfriston.