Archive for July, 2018

Five stunning walks to make a walkaholic’s soul soar!

July 30th, 2018

Blessed with a diverse landscape, the United Kingdom is home to stunning sceneries, thriving wildlife and a host of historical attractions and constructions. We’ve listed the best walks that cover coastlines, peaks, cliff sides and more! Be inspired to explore while you walk! Before you head out, grab a map, a sturdy pair of walking shoes and your sense of adventure!

 

 

Elie Chain Walk

 

Chain walk like a champ! Image courtesy of keithalexander on Visualhunt / CC BY-SA

 

Located in the town of Fife, the picturesque seaside town of Elie is easy to access by motorhome or campervan. The walk is touted as Scotland’s top coastal secret, as you progress along your trail, you’ll see why. The hike requires a good head for heights and is often said to be more of a scramble than a walk requiring a certain amount of agility and fitness. The challenging trail incorporates volcanic rock, footholds and steel chains to offer comforting support to tired walkers. While most walkers begin from the East and progress west, there is no correct or incorrect way to enjoy the Elie Chain Walk. The town of St Andrews is a twenty-five-minute ride away so if you’re not too drained, head over to the university town that’s home to a wealth of history.

 

Ashridge Estate

 

Bluebell Path in Ashridge Estate. Image courtesy of Richard Walker Photography on VisualHunt / CC B

 

Unlike the above mentioned physically challenging walk, Ashridge Estate offers walkaholic’s an opportunity to stroll gently through the beautiful ancient woodlands and hilltops. Ashridge house is steeped in history, once serving as the lodgings for Henry VIII’s descendant Princess Elizabeth who resided in the house for eight years she was arrested in 1554, on orders of half-sister Queen Mary. The captivating woodlands provide a delightful picnic spot, and if you’re quiet, you’ll have the opportunity to spot Fallow deer who roam in groups and muntjac deer, who are mostly seen wandering alone. You are required to keep Fido on a leash at all times. The Bridgewater monument is not to be missed, and neither is the stunning views from the top!

 

 

Borger Dalr Geology Walk

 

At Castle Craig. Image courtesy of herebedean on Instagram

 

Beginning at the Grange in Lake District, the Borger Dalr Geology Walk is well known for the striking views of the surrounding countryside. Titled the “the finest square mile in Lakeland” by author Alfred Wainwright, your three-hour walk will be challenging yet gratifying. The trail will take you past forest streams and, some of the Lakeland’s concealed gems including the war memorial of Peace How. Erected in 1917 the spot served as a place of rest and recuperation for front-line soldiers returning from World War One. Dalt Quarry is an exciting place to stop by, and Castle Crag provides excellent views that pair quite nicely with a welcome picnic lunch! The right hiking gear will come in handy for this walk.

 

 

The Derwentwater Walk

 

Views on your Derwentwater walk. Image courtesy of mattdavidson95 on Instagram

 

Comprising of ten charming miles around Derwentwater, this walking path passes over smooth, flat trails and requires minimum effort. Take in the views of the lake and woodlands and keep your eyes peeled for exciting wildlife which is maintained by the National Trust. If you find the walk too tiring (or too slow-paced), you can always opt for sailing, fishing, canoeing and swimming. There are many restaurants, and cafes en-route so fear not! You’ll have plenty of fuel! Get your Cumbria Campervan hire today with Camperbug!

 

 

Lapworth Walk

 

Morning mist swirling over the Stratford canal. Image courtesy of susanabel6855 on Instagram

 

The easy-paced Lapworth walk will take you past lovely woodland paths, farmland and canals. The route passes in proximity to two national trust properties, the Tudor manor, Packwood House and the estate of Baddesley Clinton. Absorb the rural charms around you as you begin your walk at through the woodlands. Stroll further, and you’ll come to the Packwood House. Step inside or continue down Stratford on Avon canal until you pass the 15th century Baddesley Clinton. Continue forward, and you’ll reach the crossing at the Grand Union canal which in turn ends at the Lapworth Station. Lapworth village is easy to access in your motorhome or campervan hire via the M40 and the M42.

 

 

Have you had the good fortune of enjoying the above walks? Let us know in the comments below or add more walking destination to your list with these five pretty villages!

 

 

 

 

05 pretty villages in Britain

July 23rd, 2018

Britain’s scenery is quite the (jaw-dropping) spectacle, however, have you given her charming villages a tour? The quaint beauty of the tiny hamlets and the beachside resorts will leave you.., well, not wanting to go! Take a read for more fun ideas and places to see on your current or forthcoming campervan or motorhome road trip!

 

Beesands, Devon, England

 

Image courtesy of Reading Tom on VisualHunt / CC BY


The tiny fishing village is the perfect tranquil beach staycation! Envision a long shingle beach bordered by a beautiful Start Bay on one end and a lake of Widdecombe Ley plus fields on the other. If you’re not too intrigued by the picturesque old-school Devon town, drop in for the heavenly crab sandwiches!  Oh, and one more thing! The Beesands beach is currently in possession of two esteemed titles, namely the Blue Flag and a recommendation from the Marine Conservation Society in the Good Beach Guide.

 

Cushendun, County Antrim,  Northern Ireland

 

Image courtesy of tourismireland on Instagram

 

The name coastal town of Cushendun derives its name from the Irish word “Cois Abhann Duinne” which means “alongside the River Dun”. The designer Clough Williams-Ellis intentionally incorporated the beautiful Cornish feel in the village to please Baron of Cushendun’s wife who hailed from the town of Penzance. Leave your campervan hire and take a walk through the village roads, beach and harbour for captivating scenery,  There’s a crumbling 14th-century caste too!

 

Ditchling, East Sussex, England

Image courtesy of grassrootsgroundswell on Flickr

 

Located at the highest point in East Sussex County, you’ll see more than fabulous 360 views from this town! Home to artists including the disturbed Eric Gill, the inspiring countryside will only dull in comparison to the Tudor abodes, Georgian residencies and medieval churches. Despite its sleepy image, the town is home to many bustling cafes, shops and pubs and is blessed with magnificent settings courtesy of the Ditchling Beacon. Find East Sussex campervan hires with Camperbug!

 

Fort Augustus,  Boleskine and Abertarff, Scotland

 

Image courtesy of Leandro Neumann Ciuffo on Flickr


Located in-between Fort William and Inverness, the settlement of Fort Augustus is situated on the Caledonian Canal and provides breath-taking views over Loch Ness. Visitors can try their luck detecting the Loch Ness monster with a cruise on the Loch, drop in at the Urquhart Castle, or the more photographed Eilean Donan Castle, or work up a sweat along the picturesque bicycle and walking routes around Fort Augustus. The Great Glen Way is the most popular long-distance path and many have added it to their must-see locations in the UK.

 

Porthdinllaen, Morfa Nefyn, Wales

 

Image courtesy of Robert J Heath on Visualhunt / CC BY


Protected from high winds and home to a truly stunning beach, the village of Porthdinllaen lends its name to the gentle sea that glides over the sandy beach, right up to the captivating fishing village. There were talks of turning the region into a principal port; however, nothing came from the discussions and now most of Porthdinllaen is under the protective care of the National Trust, Let your little ones unleash pent-up energy by crab hunting or enjoying a refreshing paddle in the sea. Take a break from the taxing duty of navigating a motorhome or campervan at the well-liked Tŷ Coch Tavern pub!
 

 

The top 05 places in the UK you need to see before you kick the bucket!

July 17th, 2018

 

Wondering if you should take that road trip you’ve always dreamt of taking? Kick the excuses to the curb and start preparing your itinerary! Road trips aren’t just another hip way to fill in your vacations. According to a recent finding by the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life, road trips reduce stress and, boost happiness. That’s right! Plus the best part about road trips is you’re entirely in charge and there’s many places around the UK that can provide entertainment to all! It’s easier to turn off technology and save money on a campervan or motorhome hire. You’ll find beauty in unexpected places, wander off the beaten path, make new acquaintances and get back in touch with your creativity (think beautiful scenery for stellar photography options, scenic views for artists etc.). Take a look at these unmissable British attractions and locations and get inspired!

 

05. Jurassic Coast – Dorset

 

Captivating beauty! Jurassic Park. Image courtesy of marktowning on VisualHunt.com / CC BY

 

The Jurassic coast is one of the first world heritage sites and listed alongside wonders like the Grand Canyon as one of the natural wonders of the modern world. The rocks stretch out 95 miles from Exmouth to Old Harry Rocks. Owing to coastal erosion, 185 million years of geological history lies exposed to the human eye. The stretch of rocks offers stunning sights and is loved by geologists and geomorphologists owing to the precious deposit of fossils along the Jurassic coast. Dr Steve Etches founded the Museum of Jurassic Marine Life and even revealed a new species. Try your hand at fossil hunting or drink in the spectacular scenery on a long enriching walk. Dorset is home to many campervan and motorhome hire firms plus parks located by the beach. Do take care to reserve your spots during peak season. If you’re keen to “rough it out”, specific farms offer campsites with necessary facilities. Choose a licensed camping park for more utilities.

 

04. Pembrokeshire – Wales

 

Fishguard, Pembrokeshire. Image courtesy of jessicaacaa.davies on Instagram

 

Reportedly the second best coastline in the world, Pembrokeshire offers over 50 beaches to select from, delightful Victorian towns, historic castles and cathedrals plus many great locations for nature lovers, foodies and families! Hike along Pembrokeshire coast for a raw dose of the beautiful Southwest coast of Wale or stop by Carmarthen which is the oldest town in Wales and birthplace of Celtic sorcerer Merlin. There are many spectacular castles and cathedrals in the city so be sure to pop in before you leave. Get your Pembrokeshire campervan hire with Camperbug!

 

03. Bristol’s vibrant art scene

 

Bristol Street Art. Image courtesy of uproxx on Instagram.

 

The cultural and artistic heritage in Bristol continues to blossom with many fascinating museums, street art, a nomadic gallery, pottery and a Georgian house museum that was once the property of a prosperous plantation owner, sugar merchant and slave trader. View Banksy’s street art can in many places across Bristol, including his early work, the well-hung lover at Frogmore Street. Nelson Street, Stokes Croft and Upfest festival are some of the best places to savour raw street art. Bristol is perhaps the best region to park your campervan or motorhome. We recommend finding a campervan or motorhome park near Bristol Harbourside. You’ll be surrounded by a variety of eateries and establishments that provide great entertainment, exhibitions and shops.

 

02. The city of Birmingham

 

Bull Ring Shopping Centre, Birmingham. Image courtesy of Bs0u10e0 on Flickr.


The UK’s second-biggest city doesn’t disappoint with a multitude of shopping centres, historic architecture and sites, reputed eateries plus canals. The more usual stops include the Bullring shopping centre, the library of Birmingham, Cadbury world and canal boat trips. The lesser known attractions are where most of the fun is. Drop in at the Chilli Festival, take a peek inside the Pen Museum, relish some heart Birmingham food at the Digbeth Dining Experience food market or get chemically enhanced at a gin parlour. Don’t miss out on Birmingham’s thriving music scene. Catch the likes of the Arctic Monkeys at hip venues like Iron city, Workplay, the Forge and Boutwell Auditorium.

 

01. Explore Scotland’s Secret islands!

 

The Isle of Staffa. Image courtesy of die_roadies on Instagram.

 

Beautiful Scotland can charm the sense and make the heart jump with glee! The stunning country has a plethora of interesting historic building, sites plus many vast open spaces that will make nature lovers want to prolong vacations. 800 islands make up the Scottish islands. Here’s a list of islands that contain stunning views:
1 – Seil
2 – Tiree
3 – Staffa
4- Gigha
5- Fair Isle

 

It’s best to keep in mind that road trips are not everyone’s cup of tea. It requires a lot of driving, keeping track of locations, dealing with repairs and some nights where you might not find a place to park before dark. Campervan and motorhome road trips will be one of the most memorable journeys you make- provided you can foot gas costs, and plan your travel expenses plus itinerary.

 

 

 

07 places you need to see if you’re in the Isle of Man

July 9th, 2018

 

Located equidistant to Wales, Scotland, Ireland and England, the Isle of Man is a top tourist attraction comprising of diverse landscapes, coastal wonderlands, abundant wildlife and of course, the International Isle of Man TT (Tourist Trophy) Race which has been up and running since 1907. The initial settlers were Celts, and until the early 19th century Manx was the primary language spoken on the island. The Vikings swiftly followed the Celts and specific locations, and names like the title of Tynwald pay respects to the Viking legacy on the island. The island adopted the Nordic system of parliamentary and is reported to be the oldest parliament in the world.
The Isle of Man is a ‘crown dependency’ meaning that it’s entirely self-governing however the Crown is responsible for external affairs, citizenship and defence. Until recent times the Isle of Man was believed to be a tax haven and, the parliamentary representative democracy has rigorously implemented recent measures to meet international tax standards. The island is known for its unconventional methods and practices that wave off England’s support to do things the Mann way. Campervans and motorhomes are welcome throughout the year and can easily access the island through the ferry service which operates all year. Towed caravans will require a special permit owing to the tricky and sometimes windy roads. Two weeks before arrival caravan users will need to present a written request via mail (caravan@gov.im ) or post stating travel dates, where the caravan will be stationed and the reason for your journey.
Take a peek at the best attractions and perhaps relish the islands stunning beauty with your very own eyes and make sure to reserve your Isle of Man campervan hire today!

 

Douglas

 

Sunset on Douglas Harbour. Image courtesy of andrewhaddockphotography on Instagram.


Douglas is the capital city of the Isle of Man and serves as the base of operations for the islands finance sector as well as the government. The most populous town, Douglas is set on the east coast of the island and offers many activities and sights for visitors. The north of the island is accessible by electric railway and is the quieter side of town. Aaccessible by steam railway, the south of the island and is located closer in proximity to bus and sea terminals than the north. The city manages to capture the right ambience of a bustling harbour and a seaside resort. Enjoy a walk on the seafront in a horse tram and take a look at the Tower of Refuge which was a shelter and harbour for shipwrecked sailors. Dink in the town’s history with a visit to the Manx Museum. Climb Snaefell, the islands lone mountain, and if the weather is clear, you’ll get a birds-eye view of the seven kingdoms: the Isle of Man, England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales Heaven and Manannan. The Gaiety Theatre or the Royal Hall usually hold cultural events. There are plenty of accommodation types and fantastic eateries within the capital. Find an assortment of great food along the Promenade and the Quayside in the metropolis, head north to Ramsey for a choice selection of family-owned bistro’s or drop by Peel in the West for some of the finest seafood on the island!

 

Douglas head

 

Erected in 1857, the Douglas Head Lighthouse. Image courtesy of seventyninephotography on Instagram.

 

Providing some of the best views of the island plus Laxey and Snaefell Mountain, Douglas head overlooks Douglas Bay and is accessible by the Marine Drive. While you’re there drop by the old amphitheatre or take in the spectacular sites of the Grand Union Camera Obscura. The Grand Union Camera Obscura building is constructed chiefly as a tourist attraction and projects of the surrounding areas onto a dark wall utilising mirrors and lights.

 

 

Tynwald National Park and Arboretum

Opened to the public in 1979, the Tynwald National Park is set on 25 acres of land and provides a peaceful ambience in which one may have a picnic or read a book under the soft shade of the trees. Take a look at trees from the islands 17 Manx communities or enjoy the beautiful trees, large pond, a collection of native trees and the children’s playground.

 

 

Dark Sky Discovery Sites

 

Unmatched stargazing in the Isle of Man. Image courtesy of brookwassall on Instagram


Take advantage of the low light pollution to view the dazzling Milky Way, Orion Nebula and the Great Andromeda Galaxy. On the North Eastern coast, one can even see the northern lights on a clear night. The island offers some lodgings that are pro stargazing plus there are many campervan and motorhome campsites located in proximity to the 26 Dark Sky Discovery sites which makes for a delightful evening around the campfire!

 

The Ayres National Nature Reserve

 

Lighthouse at the Point of Ayre. Image courtesy of phil_sproson_photography on Instagram.


Enjoy rare lichen heath at the Ayres National Nature reserve. The gem of a habitat that can only is so rare; it can only be savoured in a handful of locations in the UK. The reserve is home to rare breeding birds and provides keen bird-watchers with a chance to view skylarks, linnets, sandwich tern, lapwing and curlew.

 

The Glens

 

Stunning views at Glen Maye. Image courtesy of azwaldow on Instagram.

 

Comprising of 18 mountain and coastal glens which are preserved in a semi-natural state by the Manx government, the Glens are open to the public throughout the year and offer fantastic views of majestic waterfalls, refreshing rock pools and striking views. Glen Maye is one to visit if you’re looking for scenic tranquillity as the glen contains a beautiful waterfall and unusual plant life. Dhoon Glen is for the more adventurous as it is the steepest glen while Ballaglass Glen and the glen of Tholt y Will is known for their gripping beauty. Get your campervan hire and savour the glades firsthand!

 

Castletown and Castle Rushen

 

Castle Rushen. Image courtesy of Dave Hamster on Visual hunt / CC BY


The ancient home of the Kings and Lords of Mann, Castle Rushen is located in the islands former capital, Castletown. Castle Rushen served as a royal residence, a prison and a mint. The castle was constructed during the 12th century for a Norse king and significantly damaged by King of Scots, Robert the Bruce. Today the well-preserved castle stands at the centre of town and is now converted to a museum and educational centre. Walk through the castles many rooms as you discover the life and times of its occupants or take a walk over the drawbridge into the castle gardens for stunning views in all directions! If you’re not too keen on travelling to the Isle of Man yet, take a look at a few other locations, campsites and festivals that that best suit campervan and motorhome travellers.

 

 

 

07 campsites, locations and festivals to visit if you’re currently travelling in a campervan or motorhome.

July 2nd, 2018

 

Whether you’re travelling the world or your own home country, wandering is an enriching experience for the mind, body and soul. Cruising in your motorhome or campervan will undoubtedly add an enriching dash of colour and excitement to your journey and leave you with many fond memories of your time on the road. It doesn’t matter if you’re a solo traveller or adventuring with a jolly group of friends, We’re confident our list of amazing campsites, festivals and camping locations will improve your road trip exploits.


Garlic festival – Isle of Wight

 

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How to get down at the Garlic Festival. Image courtesy of  Heidi Roberts  on Instagram.

 

If you love the smell of garlic sizzling in hot oil and find the health benefits of this vegetable a pleasant surprise, you’re not alone. The Greek physician Hippocrates would recommend garlic as a sure cure to some ailments. The Garlic Festival first opened to the public in 1983 and currently pulls in no less than 25,000 garlic adoring visitors each year. Browse through a variety of food stalls, traders and delectable treats all containing traces and dashes of garlic. You can wander through the events crafts tables, get swept up in the lively entertainment or get pint or two at the beer tent. The event will be in full swing from the 18-19th of August 2018.

 

Buy your tickets or get more information.

 

 

The Forbidden Corner – Yorkshire


Enter if you dare! Image courtesy of Connie on Instagram.

 

Colin Armstrong added a cave to his family gardens, never quite expecting his work to be open to the public. Set in a picturesque Victorian garden set in the Yorkshire Dales, the gardens contain many secrets. Doors leading nowhere, puzzling gate, mysterious fountains, twirling staircases and a maze of passages and doorways make for endless hours of exciting discoveries. The Forbidden corner may leave the little ones and adults feeling a bit cold as the surprise fountains tend to drench guests. It’s best to pack an extra set of clothing for your journey.

 

Make your reservations

 

 

Wing Hall – Rutland

 

Camp in tranquility. Image courtesy of the English Explorer on Instagram.

 

Located just a stone’s throw away from the Rutland Water reservoir, this beautiful campsite is on the evergreen grounds of the Victorian manor house. Take advantage of the bike hires available on site to cycle through the 25- miles of captivating cycling paths. A nature reserve envelopes the campsite making for quiet birdwatching walks. A short walk towards the bottom of the campgrounds will lead you to three fishing lakes. Purchase artisan bread, wines, ales and organic produce at the campsites deli or savour a cream tea at the onsite Veranda café. The campsite welcomes dogs and children however the proprietors warn off little ones and canines from taking too much interest in the chickens!

Speak to the owners.

 

The Lizard National Nature Reserve –Devon

Reputed for its breathtaking sceneries and plethora of animals and unique plant, The Lizzard National Nature Reserve is home to Atlantic grey seals, dolphins, whales, puffins, razorbills and a wide array of Botanic life. Take many captivating walks around the landscape and keep your binoculars handy!

 

Find out more.

 

 

The Secret Bunker – Essex

 

Entrance to the Secret Bunker. Photo credit: Photo credit: Cargo Cult on Visualhunt.com / CC BY

 

Built during between the years 1952 and 1953, the Secret Bunker was constructed as part of the British Government building programme. Situated 125 feet below ground, the Bunker was meant to operate as government administrative centre after a nuclear bomb. Equipped with air-conditioning, heating, generators and water supply, the Secret Bunker was reconstructed to fit 600 people and keep the survivors self-sufficient for around three months. The bunker was equipped with a BBC studio which was meant to update and inform the survivors after a nuclear attack on the country. Consisting of three stories, one can explore the bunker, take a refreshing break at the canteen or partake in the obstacle courses on the grounds.

 

Visiting hours and directions.

 

 

Burnbake Campsite – Dorset

 

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Views from the campsite! Image courtesy of Burnbake Lodges & Campsite on Instagram

 

Lauded by guests and adored by the children, the Burnbake campsite offers mostly untouched camping ground. Guests are allowed to choose their pitches and private nooks for camping. Set in 12-acres of Burnbake woodlands and complete with a gurgling stream, guests rave about the onsite shop and food truck, ease of access to the surrounding attractions and the level of care and attention displayed by the staff. Find Dorset campervan hires with Camperbug!

 

Reserve your camping pitch.

 

Wild swimming is a thing! Here’s our pick of the best wild swimming spots in the UK!

 

 

Great Yarmouth – Norfolk

 

Enter pleasure beach! Image courtesy of Jenna Crush on Instagram.

 

The Great Yarmouth offers many exciting activities and sites for campervan and motorhome commuters. Enjoy the sun, sea sand and rides at Pleasure Beach. Entrance is free, and tickets to rides are purchased at the counter. Grab your binoculars and go birdwatching on the boathouse, take the kids go-carting at Hirsty’s Family Fun Park, gaze at snow leopards and tigers at Thrigby Hall Wildlife Garden or laugh at meerkats and feed animals at the Hirsty’s Family Fun Park. The area sprinkled with great attractions and sites. If you’d like to stay away from the more crowded areas, park your motorhome or caravan and explore the national walking trails around Yarmouth on foot!

 

Find out what’s on at the Great Yarmouth!

 

 

If you’re searching for a motorhome, take advantage of Camperbugs comprehensive motorhome lender list covering the United Kingdom. Speak directly with motorhome owners about your dates and requirements, finalize your motorhome hire and start exploring the world around you!