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See Britain like never before with an eye-opening road trip!

September 25th, 2018

 

You needn’t shout it for the rooftop! We’re all aware of the historic wealth, and natural beauties held within cosmopolitan Great Britain but are we conscious of the best way to savour her stunning features? If the answer is a resounding no, a shaky maybe or a confident, resounding yes, we’ve got a road trip route that can teach the masters of travel and amaze eager new travellers. The best way to get about you journey is either by campervan or motorhome hire. Why? Britain is a fantastic location for a self-drive holiday! The landscape becomes your very hotel! You’ll be one with nature, all the time! Wave off stagnant, dismissal views and stuffy travel itineraries! Your “hotel” goes wherever you do which means you’ll enjoy many a starlight nights over campfires, waking by right in time to catch the early surf plus and have the ease of planning or hanging travel plans with zero loss! Get in touch with Camperbug for motorhome and campervan hires and we’ll connect you with eager vehicle owners and explorers across the UK! Mix and match or restrict the itinerary as you please. You’re sure to see the best in Britain!

 

When should I plan my journey?

 

If you’re eager to see the beautiful British countryside in full bloom plus more, anytime between April and October is a good choice. Beware of summertime travel as roads and attractions tend to get packed! Motorhomes and campervans are near impossible to book and so are big attractions like Edinburgh Military Tattoo. For summertime travel, it’s best to make reservations and book tickets in advance to avoid the frenzied holiday rush and possible price hikes!

 

Road trip option 01 – Savour the great in Great Britain

 

The ride from one of the globes most toured cities, London, to one of Europe’s most attractive capitals, Edinburgh, offers a thorough view of England’s wide-ranging beauty! Your journey will have you sashaying through Britain’s vast wealth of ancient history, natural beauty, striking stops and an infusion of very British locations! Do a Beyoncé and “go ape”! Take time to explore perceptive topics at museums, walk through crumbling castles and more! Giddy-up pard!

 

Destinations you’ll explore:
 
London
Bath
Oxford
Stratford-Upon-Avon
Manchester
York
Lake District
Edinburgh

 

Estimated number of travel days:
 
12 – 25 nights

 

Itinerary:

 

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London: Spend 4- 7 nights here and be sure you:

• Step inside one of many distinguished museums in the capital
• Take a twirl around the Tower of London
• Drink in stunning vista’s from London Eye
• A red double-decker bus tour is a must!

 

- Drive to Bath – 2 hours and 45 minutes
 
 

Image by bath_uk on Instagram

 

Bath:Natural hot springs and Georgian architecture is just a slice of Bath’s delights! A stay of 1 – 2 nights is ample time to savour:

• View the ancient Roman baths by flickering torchlight
• Visit in at the prehistoric standing stones of Stonehenge
• Ogle at fashion new and old at the Fashion Museum
• Relish the delights of a Sally Lunn bun (first recorded in 1780, Bath)

 

- Drive to Oxford – 1 hour and 45 minutes
 
 

Image by eibnphotography on Instagram


 
Oxford: Home to 38 colleges, a prestigious university and a cosmopolitan population, you’ll need a two 1- 2 night stay in the city. Must-see attractions in Bath include:
 
• A visit to the esteemed University of Oxford (also the oldest university in Britain)
• Natural springs! See the museum Roman baths or dive in at Thermae Bath Spa!
• River Punting is a must! Don’t miss out on this unique sport!
• Gaze away at Georgian architecture

 

- Drive to Stratford-Upon-Avon– 1 hour and 15 minutes
 
 

Image by knaresboroughphotography on Instagram


 
Stratford-upon-Avon: Stay over a night or two in the medieval town Shakespeare once called home! Doused in 800-year old history and a lively community! Don’t miss:
 
• A visit to Shakespeare’s birthplace and other vital Shakespearean landmarks
• A theatre production at the Royal Shakespeare Company. The group rarely tours so this may be your first and last opportunity!
• A tour around the market town that comprises of many ancient buildings and attractions
• Walk through Europe’s biggest butterfly farm! Observe the many stages of a butterfly’s lifecycle in a tropical – rainforest habitat
 

-Drive to Manchester – 2 hours and 45 minutes
 
 

Image by thisisourmanchester on Instagram


 
Manchester: Celebrated for a diverse population of 3 million residents, a booming music industry, thriving nightlife, the bustling city of Manchester is also a prime location for arts, media and education. Stay over for 1- 2 nights and:
 
• Look at the impressive collection of football memorabilia at National Football Museum
• Tour the oldest public library in the world – Chetham’s Library!
• Old Trafford stadium and museum for further insights into Manchester’s football journey
• Glide over the Manchester network of Canals and learn how the city prospered during the industrial revolution
 
*Find an easy Manchester motorhome hire with Camperbug!
 
-Drive to York– 1 hour and 50 minutes

 

 

Image by knaresboroughphotography on Instagram

 

York: Take 1 – 2 nights to truly enjoy the city. Founded by the Roman invaders, serving as the capital of Viking territory, Jorvik, take a walk along the cobbled city streets as you visit:
 
• View the towering medieval York cathedral –the largest in Northern Europe!
• Drop in for an informative visit to the York Castle Museum
• Walk through The Shambles for antiquated cobbled streets and 14th-century buildings
• Shop till you drop in North Yorkshire or savour café – culture
 
- Drive to Lake District – 1 hour and 50 minutes
 
 

Image by thefoxesmeadow on Instagram

 

Lake District: Lakeland or lakes is an exciting blend of forests, mountains and lakes. Not only are you setting out to see England’s largest and most famous National Park, but you’ll also pass bustling settlements like Kendall! Camp for 1- 2 nights as you experience:
 
• A chance to hike and camp among glorious sceneries
• Take a step back in time to 1770’s as you walk through the childhood home of distinguished poet William Wordsworth
• Swim, fish or take a tour on one of the numerous glittering lakes
• Enjoy a slab (or two or three. We won’t judge!) of Kendall’s much-loved mint cake!
 
- Drive to Edinburgh – 3 hours and 40 minutes

 

 

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Edinburgh: Scotland’s capital is well-known for its sassy citizens, independent music scene, glorious scenery, historical attractions and unending festivals! You’ll need to stay 3-5 nights to full savour:
 
• The hustle, bustle and culture of the city of Edinburgh
• Explore Edinburgh castle but be warned! It’s quite haunted! Take an Edinburgh castle haunted tour if you’d like!
• Take a revealing ride through Scottish and world history at the National Museum of Scotland
• 90,000 species of animal call Scotland’s land, seas and air home. Take time to enjoy flora and fauna around you!

 

We’ll add more great road trips soon but til then, take a look at these 07 stunning locations in Wales!

 

 

 

Steer your home on wheel towards these 07 stunning locations in Wales!

September 17th, 2018

 

Wales is home to the mythical King Arthur, musical greats like Tom Jones and the Manic Street Preachers plus world-class culinary delights like Welsh lamb and award-winning cheese. You’ll love the diverse landscape, unique culture, rich history and sunny locals. Here’s a list of great locations you shouldn’t miss – especially if you’re touring the country in a motorhome or campervan! Need a campervan hire? We’ve got plenty!

 

01. Hike up to the second highest peak Corn Du

 

View of Pen Y Fan from Corn Du Image by matthewjones75 on Instagram

 

Set off into the Brecon Beacons National Park and take a strenuous 3-hour hike up Corn Du’s (pronounced Corn Dee) 873m height and be rewarded with unmatched views from the top comprising of Cwm Llwch, the Usk Valley and views of the Sugar Loaf peak. Many paths lead to Pen y Fan (pronounced Pen a Van) which is the highest mountain in South Wales standing at an impressive 845m. If you enjoy hiking and eagerly anticipate a chance to stretch your legs on a delightful stretch of wild walking, you can’t miss Corn Du! Camperbug has an extensive list of motorhome hires in Wales including Pembrokeshire motorhome hire!

 

 

02. Usk

 

Usk Castle. Image by Tyssil on Wikimedia Commons

 

The charming village of Usk doesn’t fail to sooth the senses with its enchanting collection of open gardens, an elegant crumbling 11-century castle and perhaps one of the most excellent fishing opportunities in Wales owing to numerous salmon-rich rivers including the River Usk.

 

 

03. Tenby

 

Tenby, Pembrokeshire. Image by uplookingdown on Instagram

 

Tenby is a delightful coastal town comprising of a charming mix of elegant Victorian houses, quaint cobbled streets, stunning beaches and an unbeatable ambience! Owing to its remote location the village was only made accessible during the Victorian Era. A flood of well-off merchants soon elevated the town’s status as a popular holiday destination. Walk the cobbled streets packed with old-world cafes and shops or get pleasantly crisped under the warm sun at any of the towns inviting beaches. Cars are banned during the summer months to keep with the town’s laid-back appeal.Try and make a quick stop at the picturesque Caldey Island, which is owned by a group of Cistercian monks.

 

 

04. Glamorgan Heritage Coast

 

Cliffs on the Glamorgan Heritage Coast south of Dunraven Park. Image by Owengwynne on Wikimedia Commons

 

Take a walk on the nine splendid miles that make up the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, and you’ll be blown away by the awe-inspiring beauty that blankets Wales. Crunching shingle underfoot, waters whispering up to the shore and views from towering cliffs are often overlooked in favour of more touted locations. There are plenty of surfing and parasailing locations as well!

 

 

05. Abergavenny

 

Abergavenny, Monmouthshire. Image by lucygold on Instagram

 

Aptly named the ‘Gateway to Wales’ the market town of Abergavenny holds an eclectic mix of new and old. Offering an ideal opening for exploring the Brecon Beacons and the Blaenavon World Heritage Site, Abergavenny is something of a food mecca and hosts the popular annual Abergavenny Food Festival. Be sure to drop in at the Skirrid Mountain Inn at the village of Llanfihangel Crucorney. The public house is said to be the oldest in Wales, serving ales and beer since Norman times. Stay clear of the first floor if you’re easily spooked! The first floor served as a courthouse where criminals were tried and hung! Eek!

 

 

06. Machynlleth & Dyfi Valley

 

Looking towards the Dyfi Valley in the general direction of Machynlleth.Image by Olu on Wikimedia Commons

 

The Dyfi Valley is a heaven of gold sand beaches and dunes. Placed on the southern region of Snowdonia National Park, the district is well-known to stun visitors with expansive landscapes and thriving wildlife, many areas of which are declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The town of Machynlleth fondly referred to as Mach sits prettily at the opening of the Dyfi estuary and hosts many weekly markets and fairs. The city once served as the ‘Ancient capital of Wales’. The Centre for Alternative Technology makes for an intriguing visit, and the centre is active in promoting ecological technology within the UK and around the globe. The town holds many independent shops that sell anything from organic food to local arts and crafts.

 
 

07. Green Man Festival

 

Green Man Festival. Image by greenmanfestival on Instagram

 

2018 marks the 16th year Green Man festival is in action, and you’re invited to join in the festivities that cater to revellers of every age! Set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Brecon Beacons, you’ll have ample opportunity to rock out to a great lineup, savour local cider and beer plus taste a variety of Welsh delights! Unwind amongst a warm and relaxed crowd and learn a smattering of Welsh while you’re at it!

 

Are there locations that deserve to be on this list? Let us know in the comments below or take a look at  6 reasons you should visit Scotland.

 

 

 

 

 

6 reasons you should visit Scotland

September 10th, 2018

 

Scotland is a land of diversity, home to rich history, historic building, beautiful open spaces, thriving wildlife and an inimitable atmosphere. Yes, we’re aware that you don’t really need persuading but here are 06 great reasons to visit Scotland in your campervan or motorhome hire!

 

1. Highlands, baby!

 

Somewhere in the Loch Laggan area. Image by a200/a77Wells on Flickr

 

The Scottish Highlands are phenomenal! If your soul takes delight in unending glens, towering rocky peaks, lochs cloaked in mist and beautiful forests the Scottish Highlands are for you!  Intrepid travellers, hikers, kayakers, bikers and pretty much anyone who loves the outdoors prize the region. It serves as one of the world’s best road trip destinations so be sure you don’t miss out on this beautiful experience!

 

2. Food, food and food!

 

Delicious stovies! Image by pubthirtytwo on Instagram

 

Diverse and delectable delights of  Scotland’s larder  offers a variety of  scrumptious dishes that’ll leave you staring ruefully at your waistline! There’s the marbled beef from Angus that has a cult following around the globe and haggis, which depending on your tastes may make you salivate or run! Scottish tablet utilises copious amounts of sugar yet makes a divine pairing with a cup of tea! The Atlantic Ocean thunders right up to Scotland’s doorstep and offers perhaps the freshest Shetland salmon you’ve tasted!  Savour local delicacies like whiskey mac and hot toddy while you ponder over Scotland’s delightful feast including treats like stovies and howtowdie!

 

3. Road trip to heaven!

 

Uh oh! Does't look like he's mooving! Image by Bent Sigmund Olsen on Flickr

 

Drive into one of the most visited regions in the UK and treat yourself to a road trip of from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and even the US and Canada. Roads leading from US and Canada comprise of small, coiling roads, but you shouldn’t let that discourage you. Scotland is worth the drive!Take as much time as you need exploring the sites and attractions along the way. Stay on the left and keep an eye out for the shaggy, utterly adorable Highland cattle!

 

 

4. Glasgow or Edinburgh? It’s like choosing between two favourite aunts!

 

Glasgow. Image by csomorb on VisualHunt.com / CC BY

 

 

Edinburgh. Image by Dun.can on Flickr

 

There’s a healthy rivalry between the citizens of Glasgow and Edinburgh. Think of Edinburgh as the older aunt who holds a wealth of beautiful locations and attractions while Glasgow is more like a super cool, rebellious aunt who’s invariably down to party! For an authentic experience, make time to see them both!

Get your Lanarkshire campervan hire here and savour Glasgow!

 

5. Lose yourself in the Enchanted Forrest

 

Enter the Enchanted Forest! Image by anya_mackay on Instagram

 

The intoxicating and cultural visuals at the award-winning light and sound show, The Enchanted Forest, is certain to blow your mind! Little red riding hoods, Goldilocks, fairies, pixies and Hansel and Gretel’s mingle and chatter among the winter show of stunning light and sounds displays. You’ll have the opportunity to head deep into the forest of Perthshire and explore mysteriously illuminated surroundings, listen to Scottish tales inside the storytelling yurts, stare in wonder at the aerial artists above your head and overindulge on Angus beef, haggis, mulled wine and more!

Don’t miss the event this year! Book your tickets here!

 

6. Live it up like a Viking!

 

Wave them torches! Image by outlander_poland on Instagram

 

The Viking festival of Up Helly Aa is a great day to unleash your inner Viking with the elimination of plundering, looting and violence! Take part (responsibly) in an age-old tradition that sees throngs of natives celebrate the end of traditional Scottish period of Christmas known as the Yule.  The construction of a huge Viking ship occurs annually. On the last day of Yule (usually the 28th of January but the date varies) amid the lighting of thousands of traditional torches, the night sky fills with classic songs of the Up Helly Aa festival. The huge Viking ship is taken to its final resting place and torched signifying that it’s now time to get tipsy on Scottish tipple! Expect to hear a great deal of statements like “ma heid’s mince!” the following morning!

 

We hope we’ve given you ample reason to visit Scotland. If you liked this article here’s a great chance to drink in the beauty of Western England and Wales!

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 hikes that’ll rock your world!

September 4th, 2018

Some locations can only be relished via a fulfilling hike while others are easily accessible by vehicle but don’t offer the stunning vistas of a walk. Sate your hiking cravings with these fantastic locations! Make a trip of it in your motorhome or campervan hire!

 

10. Blencathra

 

Looking south west from the summit of Blencathra. Image by Andrew on Flickr

 

The stunning mountain of Blencathra was up for sale in 2016 but thankfully failed to sell! Blencathra towers at 845 meters, Lake District’s most distinct peak takes hikers along for a tour of the England and Scottish border. The summit lays claim to incredible views of the picturesque Keswick countryside. There is an easy way to reach the top as well as a more arduous, exhilarating path!

 

09. Hadrian’s Wall

 

Hiking along Hadrian's Wall. Image by eight cent on Flickr


Take a walk along the globes best preserved Roman frontier as you travel through the 135 km hike comprising of fascinating English history. Pop into one of the museums on the way as historical remains paint a picture of life in England tracing back to 2000 years.

 

08. Helvellyn

 

Helvellyn. Image by Colin Gregory on Flickr

 

Located in Lake District, Helvellyn is the third highest mountain in England and offers spectacular scenery on its eastern face.  Helvellyn comprises of a challenging 14 km trail, the summit rewards persistent hikers with the Striding Edge ridge walk.

 

07. The Lizard Coastal Walk

 

Kynance Cove. Photo by iknow-uk on Visual hunt / CC BY-NC-ND


Take a stroll around the Lizard Peninsula and drink in the astonishing scenery, exciting fauna and absorbing coastal history. The walking trail rates as hard and takes 2 and half hours to cover 7 miles that end up at Kynance Cove which has held visitors spellbound since Victorian times. Keep an eye out for basking sharks and seals!

 

06. Malham Cove

 

Malham cove. Image by Richard Allaway on Visualhunt.com / CC BY

 

Placed in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the 6.5 km hike is said to be one of the best in England! You’ll pass through Janet’s Foss and her famous sparkling waterfalls and natural beauty before crossing Gordale Scar canyon. The countryside surrounding Malham Cove is pretty amazing too! The walk should take approximately 3 hours to finish.

 

05. North Downs Way

 

North Downs Way in Kent. Image by PDimitry B on Visual hunt / CC BY

 

Take this impressive self-guided walk from Farnham to Dove, through the Surrey Hills and Kent Downs. You’ll pass downland, woodland, vineyards, apple orchards and, evergreen pastures. The 246 km trail will even pass through historic sites and impressive settlements!

 

04. Pennine Way

 

Pennine Way and Penyghent. Image by Peer Lawther on Flickr

 

You’ll traverse approximately 420 km over one of England’s most demanding routes that’ll take you from the village of Eldale right up to the Scottish town of Kirk Yetholm. It’s a gem of a hike; especially considering that’ll you’ll pass the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and even briefly cross Hadrian’s Wall!

 

03. Cuthbert’s Way

 

St Cuthbert's Way. Image by rosen213 on Instagram

 

The 30 km trek in Northumberland is easy to manoeuvre for walkers of all age and physical fitness plus it provides some of the best views in the region! Start at the West and finish in the east if you wish to observe the chronology of St. Cuthbert’s life and don’t forget to visit St Cuthberts Cave! Greensheen Hill is the place to be for panoramic views of the north sea.

 

02.  South Downs Way

 

South Downs Way. Image by Hardo Müller on Flickr

 

The 160 km walk comprises the best countryside from Winchester and Eastbourne. You’ll have a chance to view prehistory, fantastic wildlife, charming villages, plus many cosy pubs and eateries!

 

01. Stanage Edge

 

Stanage Edge. Image by mendhak on Flickr

 

Sitting majestically among the natural beauty of the Peak District, Stanage Edge towers 100 m over the moorland and provides jaw-dropping views of the surrounding regions. The mountain summit stretches over 6 km and offers an enticing playground for climbers.

 

 

If you enjoyed this article, take a look at 10 trips every campervan or motorhome owners must make or find  motorohome hires in England!