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10 trips every campervan or motorhome owners must make!

August 27th, 2018

If you own a campervan and motorhome, chances are you’ve embarked on many incredible adventures around the UK. Great Britain is a wealth of scenic, historic and vibrant cities that overflow with historic monuments, ancient architecture, jaw-dropping countryside views, events, and festivals plus Michelin star rated eateries and modest yet cheerful pubs! Here’s a list of things you simply must savour in your motorhome or campervan! Are you looking for a motorhome or campervan hire? Camperbug has you covered!

 

10. Wake up to sound of the waves in Cornwall

 

Camp right by the beach! Image courtesy of kangoocamper on Instagram

 

Comprising of arguably the best coastal campsites, Cornwall is home to many campgrounds ranging from ultra-hip and posh to the more modest0family run establishments. We’re partial to Bay view farming campsite which operates 11 months of the year and provides superior views of the nature sanctuary of  St George’s Island plus Looe Bay. Another top pick would be Ayr Holiday Park in St. Ives that packs in magnificent views of the coast and is in proximity to the fabulous surfer friendly Porthmeor Beach. Find a Cornwall campervan hire, here!

 


09. Marvel at the endless Glens of Antrim

 

Image courtesy of turismoirlanda on Instagram

 

The Glens of Antrim consist of nine glens and can be viewed on the 25 mile Antrim Coast Road. You’ll pass a number of charming villages, and many festivals operate on the glens. Stop at Ballygalley to view the castle, or relax on the beach!

 

08. Get lost in the Galloway Forest Park

 

Image courtesy of Wilfred Smit on VisualHunt / CC BY

 

Stretching from the sea to the mountains, Galloway Forest Park provides breathtaking and diverse views of moorlands, forests, heather-covered hills and more! The region is also the only Dark Sky Park in Scotland and offers prime stargazing opportunities for 7,000 stars and planets!

 

 

07. Take a day to discover Black Mountain Pass

 

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Black Mountain road needs no introduction. The twisting and curving road covers the western region of the Brecon Beacons National Park and is known for the unique views along the 32.3 km road! Round hairpins bend for supreme scenery and miles worth of clear visibility! The stretch of road gained popularity after its feature in Top Gear! Beware of tractors and sheep!

 

 

06. Take the heavenly drive from Land’s End to St Ive’s

 

Image courtesy of harbourbrewing on Instagram

 

Cornwall serves as a superb motorhome or campervan holiday destination and is home to many delightful coastal drives! Start your journey at the headland of Lands’ end and proceed south towards the picturesque town of St Ives. You’ll have a hard time concentrating on the road as beautiful coastal sights shimmer to your left!  Take advantage of Cornwall’s many stunning beaches!

 

 

05. Visit the charming Cotswold

 

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The Cotswold is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and contains honey-hued towns, quaint churches and lavish manor house plus endless meadows that cover 800 square miles! The region is home to delectable fares like Gloucestershire Old Spot pork, and your meals will be prepared by cooks who never auditioned for Kitchen Nightmares! Pop in when the annual Cheese-Rolling and Wake where you’ll have a chance to view the quirky folks of the area chase after a wheel of cheese down a steep hill! Many pubs in the Cotswold’s claim to be the oldest brewery in the region!  We don’t mind, because almost all the pubs here carry a unique charm, many consisting of ancient, refurbished constructions and traditional interiors. Drop in at Porch House, and you’ll see what we mean! Part of the house is said to date back to AD 947!

 

 

04. Take part in the National Three Peaks Challenge! 

 

Ascending Ben Nevis. Image courtesy of eduardonicho on Instagram

 

If you’re an avid mountaineer, then grab a few friends and attempt to conquer the highest peaks in England, Scotland and Wales in a period of 24-hours. The three mountains you’ll need to hike up are Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon. The challenge is used to raise money for charities. If you’re not quite up to scaling a mountain just yet, the region is home to a host of fantastic campervan and motorhome campsites!

 

 

03.  Try the fastest zip line in the world!

 

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The Velocity 2 zip line over Penrhyn Quarry will send you zooming 500 m over the shimmering quarry lake! The natural stone quarry has been in operation for over 400 years, and the slate in the quarry is 500 years old! If you’re not squealing the whole way, you’re in store for a treat of unbelievable views and one whopping adrenaline rush!

 

 

02. Get cheesed off and tiddly at a cheese and Cider tasting in Somerset

 

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Somerset is home to many independent cider and cheese producers and cider festivals!  Countless farms offer cheese and cider tastings, and you’ll have a great chance to join in with the locals at one of the regions most prized treats!

 

 

01. Drink it up at the Great British Beer Festival!

 

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Take part in one of the globes biggest beer and cider festivals! Volunteers bring in good ales, international beers and authentic ciders which will are dispensed to the sound of live music! There is a large variety of snacks and street food to keep rumbling stomachs happy plus many pub games! Take home a pub book or learn from the experts who will offer free tutoring demonstrations during the festival. Just remember to find a secure campsite in London before the binge-drinking!

 

 

Have we missed out a stellar campervan or motorhome attraction? Let us know in the comments below or drink in the beauty of Western England and Wales!

 

 

 

Drink in the beauty of Western England and Wales

August 21st, 2018

 

- The top campervan and motorhome drives by Camperbug -

 

Planning a campervan or motorhome journey can be a tad overwhelming, especially in a striking setting like the UK. There’s a wealth of historical information, plenty of landscapes to make your heart do a sparkling jig of joy and a host of attractions and experiences just waiting to be appreciated. If this is your first trip or you’re a seasoned traveller, we’ve got a route touring the best districts of Western England and Wales that’ll make you want to stay on the road for a while yet. Be wowed by important cities and spectacular countryside views! If you’re planning to travel during the holiday seasons,do ensure you make an early reservation on your campervan or motorhome hire with Camperbug to avoid missing out on a great holiday!

 


Stop one – The mountain of Cadair Idris

 

On the slopes of Cadair Idris. Image courtesy of visitwales on Instagram

 

 

Located in the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park in Gwynedd, Wales lies on the mountain of Cadair Idris. Regarded as one of Wales most iconic mountains, the three peaks of Pen y Gadair, Cyfrwy and Mynydd Moel mean the Head of the Chair, the Saddle and the Bare Mountain respectively. Climb to the top for bird’s-eye views of the surrounding regions. The weather is exceptionally unreliable so if your visit there coincides with a blanket of mists a drive around the vicinity should do the trick! If you’re planning to camp overnight, beware the legend that dooms all overnight lodgers who will either wake up raving mad or an accomplished poet! Get campervan hires in Gwynedd, here!

 

 

Stop two – Abergwesyn Pass

 

The decent into the reputed Devil's Staircase. Image courtesy Roger Kidd / Cwm Irfon, Powys / CC BY-SA 2.0 on Wikimedia Commons

 

 

Exit Snowdonia National Park and drive past the picturesque Powys in Wales for a complicated drive through Abergwesyn Road. The narrow path leads across the Cambrian Mountains to the charming town of Tregaron. You’ll pass the valley of Afon Irfon, past the crags of Esgair Irfon and very steep Devil’s Staircase. Navigate slowly over the hairpin bends and keep an eye out for roving sheep and menacing rocks! Be sure to take a breather and pose for some photos by the Llyn Brianne reservoir.

 

 

Stop three – Black Mountain road

 

Across the Black Mountains. Image courtesy of on Roger / A-road heading north across Black Mountains / CC BY-SA 2.0 on Wikimedia Commons.

 

 

Located in the western region of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Black Mountain road has earned a reputation as one of the best roads in Wales. Consisting of 22 miles of hairpin turns and challenging path that curves and flows over the Black Mountain, the route will provide some of the most breathtaking views of the Welsh countryside. Keep an eye out for tractors and bleating sheep! Leave your motorhome or campervan for a visit to one of the enticing waterfalls in the park. We might lose sight of enthusiastic adventurers who will want to make the best of the unmatched camping, hiking, canoeing and cycling routes in the region.

 

 

Stop four – The Cheddar Gorge

 

Twisting road through Cheddar Gorge. Image courtesy of Prosthetic Head on Wikimedia Commons.

 

 

Located in West Country, Cheddar Gorge is located a mere 10 miles south-west of Bristol so you can either take a day’s stop at Bristol or continue for 14 spectacular miles of the Somerset countryside. Bestowed with the weighty title of being one of the best driving routes on the globe, you’re in for views of intimidating limestone cliffs, fantastic stalactite caves and breathtaking vistas. The twisting roads passing among the hills appear to have been split open and dish up the best photo ops in England! The Cheddar Gorge is an international spot for excellent rock climbing and caving quests…. we’ve lost the attention of the adrenaline junkies again, haven’t we?

 

 

Stop five – Shropshire Hills

 

On the Burway road, a Shropshire Hills road. Image courtesy of Jonathan Billinger / The Burway; a Shropshire Hills road / CC BY-SA 2.0 on Wikimedia Commons.

 

The natural upland region located in the county of Shropshire and is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Comprising of unending hills, evergreen farmlands, dense woods, rolling moorlands and sparkling river valleys, the exceptional scenery and crumbling castles in the region make for an excellent driving route. Stopover or grab a bite in the county of Shropshire which is home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites plus the oldest functioning brewery in the UK, the Three Tuns Brewery! Dipsomaniacs may want to hurry on to the final stop on this tour!

 

 

Stop six – The city of Manchester

 

Manchester city center. Image courtesy of dancunliffe_photography on Instagram

 

 

The second most populous region in the UK is packed with an astounding number of attractions especially as the important city is best-known for its thriving music scene, higher education and media. Shop or play sport, marvel at architecture or admire art, there’s too much to do!
We recommend:

 

  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Whitworth Art Gallery
  • Manchester Cathedral
  • National Football Museum
  • Manchester Opera House
  • Chetham’s Library
  • John Rylands Library
  • Heaton Park
  • Albert Square
  • Chinatown

 

 

If you enjoyed this driving route take a read of Camperbug’s list of the 05 best campervan journeys to make in the UK!

 

 

 

 

The 05 best campervan journeys to make in the UK

August 6th, 2018

 

Campervan ownership or a campervan hire is perhaps one of the best decisions you’ve made. The scenery comes to you – free of charge. You chose the pace at which you want to travel. You decide if you’d like to stick to your travel itinerary or stay at a location another day and, perhaps the best part – you’re part of a campervan community! You’re guaranteed to make friends with the owner of the camper parked next to your vehicle. When was the last time you started a conversation with the guest in the hotel room next to yours? Here’s our list of the most cost-effective campervan journeys that don’t involve prolonged travel time. You don’t need to travel a great distance to be wowed by Britain’s beauty!

 

Hastings to Worthing – England

 

Start at the vibrant town of Hastings in the UK. Image courtesy of Berit Watkin on Flickr

 

From the town of Hastings, get on the A259 or the coast road. Pull your windows down and drink in the splendour around you! You’ll pass the chic shopping centre at the yacht harbour in Brighton Marina, see the Birling Gap where you can stop your camper to try your hand at rockpooling. Alternatively, you can sit down and drink in the views of the proud seven sisters and, refresh yourself at the De La Warr Pavilion which is located on the picturesque seafront at Bexhill on Sea and is a revolutionary centre of arts and culture and contains a great eatery!  Savour breathtaking views along the way and enjoy a ride along the coast!

 

Glasgow to Oban – Scotland

 

Loch Lomond. Image courtesy of Mike Davison Photography on VisualHunt.com / CC BY-ND


Described as one of the best drives in the UK, this drive is relatively straightforward and is easy to access. Begin from Erskine Bridge in Glasgow and curve your way towards to Loch Lomond. The loch is said to be one of the most beautiful in the country and at times, runs alongside the banks of Britain largest lake, Once you leave the loch behind head west towards Argyll and follow the coast. You’ll pass the town of Inveraray and the Loch Fyne. Stop for a bite at the Loch Fyne Oysters and proceed towards Oban, which is the most significant settlement in the region. The Oban Distillery is located alongside great seafood restaurants so cheers and Bon appetite!

 

St Ives to St Just – England

 

Aerial view of Pendeen Lighthouse. Image courtesy of lcs_drone on Instagram

 

Arguably the prettiest and assuredly the most remote slice of the coast, the 17-mile drive from St Ives to St Just is bound to take your breath away. Before you start, pack in your food and drink for the ride and get a good night’s rest before embarking on this drive. There are a handful of places to buy refreshments, and the sharp ascents and reductions mean you’ll take longer to navigate the roads. Leave St Ives behind as you start your journey on the B3306. The first town you pass will be Zennor. Stop by the local church St Senara or follow a footpath down to secluded beaches and coves. Feeling puckish? The Tinners’ Arms will sate your appetite! As you head away from the town, you’ll pass iron-age fields that remain as they were.  Passing a few hamlets, you’ll reach the village of Morvah which is well-known for its Iron Age settlements. Pendeen is up next! Stop by the Geevor Tin Mine to try your hand at panning precious stone and gawp at your surroundings, which are primarily left just as the miners of 1990 left them. Pendeen Lighthouse and the surrounding scenery is worth a visit.    You’ll pass the village of Trewellard next and is a great place to fill up on petrol. Next, you’ll pass the hamlet of Carnyorth. Drive by at the right time of the year, and you’ll see dolphins and sharks basking in this part of the coast. The town of St Just will appear on the horizon and is in proximity to Cot Valley and Cape Cornwall. Drive on to the coastal village of Sennen if you’re aching for more coastal scenery. The town is known as the surfer’s paradise, so don’t forget to bring in your surfboards!                                                         

 

Saltburn to Scarborough – England

 

Picturesque Robin Hood's Bay. Image courtesy of Ben Pugh on Visual Hunt / CC BY

 

Begin at Saltburn and drive towards the coast via   Cayton Bay. You’ll pass the seaside town of Whitby and the celebrated 7th-century Christian monastery, Whitby Abbey. The Abbey inspired author Bram Stoke’s Dracula. Stop at the fishing village of Robin Hood’s Bay where you can embark on a fossil hunt and then proceed to the seaside village of Staithes which is the community in which British explorer Captain James Cook commenced his sailing profession.     You’ll finally turn into the resort town of Scarborough. Stop by the 12th-century Scarborough Castle, taste delectable fresh seafood or bask in the sun! Hire campervans in North Yorkshire with Camperbug! 

 

Aberdovey to Porthmadog – Wales

 

Take a dip at the hidden Blue Lake. Image courtesy of sam_brighton on Visualhunt.com / CC BY

 

Aberdovey to Porthmadog is perhaps the best drive to make with your family! The views will make the liveliest child gawp in awe and if that fails crabbing in Aberdovey is guaranteed to be a great way to release pent up energy! The village of Fairbourne comprises of an intriguing miniature railway! Choose between a covered or an open carriage as you are taken along the promenade. Enjoy a spot of wild swimming at the hidden Blue lake. Be careful when entering or exiting the lake as the rocks tend to be very slippery and do pack in a hot drink as the water can get very chilly! Stop by the world-famous Portmeirion which was created in the fashioned to represent an Italian village. Fabulous seaside views will beckon you along the way so keep added time on your itinerary for the numerous time’s you’ll rush out of your camper with your camera in hand!

 

Have we missed a great route? Let us know in the comments below or take a look at 5 pretty campsites!