Archive for October, 2018

Following the footsteps of Britain’s master wordsmiths

October 25th, 2018

 

The United Kingdom continues to bring forth authors of wit, humour and undeniable capability. Gripping tales of fearless wizards, shrewd detectives, haughty landed gentry, disadvantaged governesses and ‘Great Expectations’ are just a minor quantity of well-narrated tales that maintain a loving hold over readers of all ages and walks of life. Pay homage to the authors who’ve helped many a soul evade the colourless grind of everyday life, by including one or more of the following locations to your next holiday itinerary. Ideally, you could secure a campervan or motorhome hire and embark on a fulfilling storyteller’s journey across the UK!

 

Beatrix Potter – Lake District

 

Hill Top farm. Image by fatimalpz on Instagram

 

Not only was Beatrix Potter the author of many a treasured children’s tales, but she was also a keen farmer and purchased many farms with the sole aim of conserving the unique landscape of the hill country. She drew inspiration for her best-known book ‘The Tales of Peter Rabbit’ from her many vacations and subsequent residence in the Lake District plus her pet rabbits Benjamin Bouncer and Peter Piper. Take a tour of her former residence, Hill Top, and you’ll have the opportunity to stroll among her preserved belongings and furnishings, which is maintained by the National Trust. Your next stop will be Wray Castle, near Lake Windermere. Beatrix spent many holidays here as a teen, and her love for natural preservation and the countryside of Lake District blossomed and grew under the encouragement of the vicar of Wary, Hardwicke Rawnsley. Pop into Bowness-on-Windermere which features an interactive museum titled The World of Beatrix Potter!

 

William Shakespeare – Stratford-upon-Avon

 

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, celebrated playwright, poet, and actor William Shakespeare need no introduction. The year 2018 marks 602 years since the death of the gifted author who gave us masterpieces like Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Merchant of Venice. Stratford-upon-Avon is Shakespeare’s birthplace, and his modest half-timbered home in Henley Street serves as a popular tourist attraction. Welcoming visitors for over 250 years, you’ll walk through the very halls and rooms that revering Shakespeare enthusiasts like Charles Dickens, John Keats, Walter Scott and Thomas Hardy once admired. Visit Shakespeare’s final resting place the Holy Trinity Church to pay your respects. End the evening on a high note as you savouring the exciting blend of the globally renowned Shakespeare Company and the works of the gifted playwright as they bring his stories to life at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Swan Theatre.

 

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Charlotte Bronte – Hayworth

 

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Gripping readers with the tale of a poor yet plucky governess Jane Eyre and the numerous eerie occurrences during her employment under mysterious and moody Mr Rochester, Charlotte Bronte now comfortably rests within the British cultural landscape. Jane Eyre was published under the pseudonym “Currer Bell” and received a relatively good reception despite the Victorians considering it somewhat of a “naughty book!” Hayworth residence was once home to the lively, celebrated Bronte sisters and is now known as the Bronte Parsonage Museum. Step inside the well-preserved rooms for an authentic view of Charlotte’s life including her writing desk and her bedroom.

 

Agatha Christie – Devon

 

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Delighting readers with the exploits of Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and the sharp Miss Marple, Guinness World Records lists Agatha Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Many of her cases were based in or occurred around her hometown Torquay in Devon. Take a stroll along the Agatha Christie Mile which begins at the Imperial Hotel or the Grand Hotel and passes along locations that inspired the Queen of Crime. Amongst the many sites is the Imperial Hotel which features in many of her novels set in glitzy Jazz Age. Be sure to make time for a visit to the author’s holiday home, Greenway, which features Christie’s numerous, well-maintained belongings.

 

Jane Austen – Chawton and Bath

 

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Loved for her witty observations and unabashed critique of the British landed gentry, Jane Austen remains among the literary greats and novels like Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park and Emma continue to resonate with readers today. Take a tour through Austen’s house and walk through the very rooms where the author penned Emma and other novels. Jane loved Bath and made it her home in 1801. The city which features in Persuasion and Northanger Abbey throws an annual Jane Austen Festival every September. It’s a fantastic chance to dance the night away at a Jane Austen inspired ball and take part in numerous events commemorating the author’s life and literary work.

 

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Camperbug answers pressing motorhome rental questions

October 8th, 2018

Here are ten motorhome questions by motorhome owners who’d like to know about renting and using a motorhome in the UK. Take a read!

 

 

1.    I haven’t driven a motorhome before, but I’m excited to rent one. How do beginners go about it?

Camperbug.com advises beginners to search for a motorhome club in the region of residence. Many clubs conduct courses that train the driver how to manoeuvre a large vehicle on the road plus include defensive driving and instructor feedback as well.

 

2.    I’m confused! What type of motorhome should I rent?

It’s best to conduct ample research, as there are numerous models with different features and come in a variety of sizes. A motorhome is generally a panel van or car conversion, constructed on a commercial chassis and comes excluding or including a driving cab like A-class motorhomes. Take into consideration your needs, travel route and required facilities before you reserve a motorhome.

 

 

3.    Is it easy to drive a motorhome?

Motorhomes are very much like cars and are relatively easy to drive. The bulk of the vehicle, however, makes driving in small or tight corners a tricky manoeuvre. A bit of practice and help from reversing camera will do away with driving insecurities.

 

 

4.    What tire care system would you recommend for a motorhome?

The best time to change a tire is after five years of use. Exceed seven years of use, and your tires will be severely deteriorated making it unsafe for you and other motorists. If you’re storing a motorhome away for the winter months, remove the tires and wheels and save them away in a cool, dry location devoid of direct sunlight. Periodically moving a motorhome will also help elevate tire pressure on one particular point.

 

 

 

5.    I’m renting a pitch for the first time. What special requirements should I consider now that I’m travelling in a motorhome?

Ask your camping site about hardstanding pitches which are ideal for heavy vehicles if the campgrounds are muddy and soft especially during winter. Be sure that your motorhome is allowed on site as certain campgrounds have temporary or permanent limits on motorhomes.

 

 

6.    Which is best? Butane or propane gas?

Obtained from crude oil, Butane and propane gas are both compressed into liquid form making them LPG or Liquefied Petroleum Gas. The two gases change from liquid to gas under varying temperatures. Butane changes from a liquid into gas over 0°C and contains a higher amount of energy per volume making is a better option for heating and cooking during the spring and autumn rentals. Butane will be a major let down during the winter months only because it won’t boil below 2°C. Propane will turn into gas even under -40°C making it an ideal gas for winter rentals. Butane gas is sold in blue cylinders while Propane comes in red or green barrels.

 

 

7.    Why do I need two batteries in a motorhome?

You have to use two batteries in your motorhome – one for leisure usage and another for automotive usage. The automotive battery is made to produce a powerful current for a short time to spark up the engine. It cannot distribute a small number of Amperes over the course of several hours and when not in use is either being charged by the motorhome alternator or rests.

Generally recharged many times the leisure batteries help convey a small portion of Amperes over a more extended period. The leisure battery helps run every day motorhome utensils, and most motorhome lenders include both cells in a motorhome. Do ask the owner of your motorhome lender if they could add another leisure battery.

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8.    Can I run the motorhome refrigerator when on a ferry?

Sadly, you cannot! Short ferry crossings (an hour or two) shouldn’t be much problem. Pack meats and other perishable items of food in ice packs or cool boxes. If your ferry journey is a long one, it’s advisable to lay off purchasing food till you reach your destination to ensure minimal food wastage and cut down on wasted savings.

 

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9.    Does my motorhome hire need seat belts for the rear seats?

It’s compulsory for the front seats to contain seatbelts. Many motorhomes that come with front-facing seats come fitted with restraints. If a designated travelling seat comes with a belt, you must clip it on. Some seatbelts like those installed on sideways facing seats do not pass the required standards and wearing them is not compulsory. Its best to note that while travelling on these seats is not illegal, it is not very secure for the passenger

 

 

10.    How do I keep a motorhome rental safe on holiday?

The newer the motorhome, the higher the risk of theft. To avoid costly insurance procedures, its best to fit your motorhome hire with one or two anti-theft devices like wheel locks and other immobilising devices. Ask your motorhome lender if any security devices are already installed and add a few of your own to eliminate the risk of becoming another vehicle theft statistic.

 

Now that we’ve cleared your doubts, chose you travel dates and reseve a motorhome hire on Camperbug! If you still dont know where you’d like to start your journey perhaps our blog on the 10 trips every campervan or motorhome owners must make will help. Bon Voyage!

 

 

 

 

A road trip that captures the best of Scotland

October 1st, 2018

Scotland is just about bursting with many exciting cities, landscapes, history and music. This road trip focuses primarily on Scotlands beauty, and we’ll show you how to discover the most striking and well-known locations spread out over Scotland’s heavenly landscape!

 

Day 1 and 2
Glasgow

 

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Boasting of a fantastic live music scene, Glasgow is an excellent start to any Scottish road trip! The city is on the rise and whether the suns shining in the sky or the stars merrily twinkle, there’s plenty to do and see! Tour ancient buildings like Glasgow Cathedral and the gothic Necropolis cemetery or drop in at one of many fascinating art galleries. There are numerous locations once can sate a thirst for the tipple, one of the most popular being Drygate Brewery. The place boasts of wide range of excellent beer. Another notable location, the Horseshoe Bar may not comprise of the trendiest interiors however the atmosphere stays true to the history of the bar which has kept many a visitor suitably tiddly since the mid-nineteenth century.

 

 

Days 3 and 4
Glasgow to Fort William

 

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Drive 170 km north, and the towering Ben Nevis will peek out over swirls of milky mist. Set in the Fort William, the “Outdoor Capital of the UK”, the imposing mountain leads to Nevis Range which is a fun location for the whole family to partake in the lighthearted fun of snowboarding, skiing, mountain biking, and more! If you’re travelling during winter, the ski slopes will add an extra touch of merriment to winter sports! If you’re not feeling very sporty why not scale the mighty Aonach Mòr Mountain in a Gondola lift? On a clear day, you’ll get a glimpse of the Inner Hebrides from the very top of Aonach Mòr’s 2150ft height.

 

 

Days 4 and 6
Fort William to Skye

 

Fairy Pools! Image by Daniel Stockman on Flickr

 

You may want to wake up bright and early to savour the most of the ‘Outlander’ territory! You’ll take an estimated five hours to reach Skye from Fort William. Waking up at the crack of dawn isn’t for us all; however, the stunning vistas outside your motorhome or campervan hire will make even the grouchiest traveller sink into blissful silence.

The island of Skye is Scotland’s largest island, and you’ll have much to explore! Wander along the jagged coastlines, take a gleeful dive into the beautiful Fairy Pools, or take a hike! It’s advisable to stay away from the deceptively docile-looking sheep! If the cold Fairy pools seem as uninviting as the entrance to a bubbling volcano, take a stop by the Talisker Distillery! If the drinks leave you feeling peckish, the local half-lobster is surprisingly cheap! Take a boat ride from Elgol to Loch Coruisk, and you’ll have an opportunity to spot cute seals!

 

 

Days 6 and 7
Skye to Inverness

 

Pink Craigievar Castle. Image by Neillwphoto on VisualHunt / CC BY-SA

 

As Skye fades into the distance, look forward to a short yet breathtaking three-hour drive to Inverness. Highland vistas will give way to a bustling city that comprises of a pink castle and the fantastic River Ness. A stroll along the river banks is a must! Another absolute necessity is a tour on the legendary Loch Ness. You’ll have a chance to hear how history changed through the years around the loch plus descriptions of Loch Ness Monster sightings. Take a look at Urquhart Castle if you have the time and absorb 100 years of exciting history!

 

 

Days 7 and 9
Inverness to Edinburgh

 

Old Town, Edinburgh. Image by Vanessa Engel on Visual Hunt / CC BY-ND

 

Alack-and-alas! We’re on the final leg of a glorious road trip! A three-hour ride will take you to a city that comprises of a delightful blend of medieval Old Town with Georgian glory of New Town. Among the many things to do drink in the views from Arthur’s Seat, stroll along the walls of Edinburgh Castle, taste some of the most excellent whiskey on the planet and at nighttime, laugh it up at The Stand or dance up a storm at Sneaky Pete’s!

 

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