Archive for March, 2019

Irelands four most captivating waterfalls.

March 28th, 2019

 

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The Emerald Isle is shaped and split by rivers which receive over 225 days of rain annually, resulting in lush foliage and captivating, moving bodies of water. County Cavan, for instance, is aptly titled the Lake County and boasts of a lake for each day of the year! In addition to the lakes, streams, rivers and loughs, Ireland is home to many beautiful waterfalls, thundering down mountains or set deep within forests. Be wooed by the Irish landscape with four of the most captivating waterfalls in Ireland. Make an unforgettable trip of it Camperbugs campervan or motorhome hire selections, available in the UK and across the English Channel.

 

1. Glencar Waterfall – Leitrim

 

Glencar waterfall. Image by Lars Dugaiczyk on Flickr

 

Captivating Glencar Waterfall is a favoured stop for local and foreign outdoor enthusiasts. The waterfall stands at 50 feet, and has inspired the likes of W.B. Yeats, who was stirred to include the natural feature in his poem titled “The Stolen Child’. The drive to the site set in Glencar Lough is as rewarding as the waterfall, containing numerous attractive corners where you’ll want nothing more than to exit the vehicle and soak in the enclosing natural beauty. If you’d rather walk to the fall, a lovely wooded walk continues right to the site. There is no charge to see or splash around in the waterfall, and there’s even a block of restrooms, a small café, a designated picnic area and parking. Shadowed by the towering Benbulbin rock formation, the fall is undeniably worth your time!

 

2. Powerscourt Waterfall – Wicklow

 

Powerscourt Waterfall.Image by El Groo on VisualHunt / CC BY-ND

 

Thundering down from a height of 398ft, Powerscourt Waterfall lies in the pretty village of Enniskerry and presents an excellent setting for a family day out, a stroll followed by a picnic or a relaxed Sunday BBQ. Bounded by a beautiful landscape of lush flora and exciting fauna, Powerscourt Waterfall rests at the foothills of the Wicklow mountains and is easy to reach with via an undemanding walk.  There is a modest charge to access the park, furnished with restrooms, parking, a playground and a playground for the tots.  An on-site kiosk dishes out an array of food.  Please check the opening times before you visit and pop in at the stunning Powerscourt House & Gardens set in proximity to the site.

 

Rook!

 

Rooks roomy interior!

 

Travel to Wicklow from Dublin with roomy Rook. He’s a Tribute T620 2-4 Berth Motorhome that comfortably sleeps, 3-4 wanderers. He comes fitted with a dinette with seating facility, three-ring hob, grill and oven, fridge; sink with running hot water, ambient lighting plus a designated cupboard for your storage needs.  His owners are happy to provide fully comprehensive Insurance plus a breakdown cover. Speak to Rook’s owners today and travel in style!

 

3. The Devils Chimney Waterfall – Leitrim- Sligo border

 

The Devils Chimney Waterfall. Image by the_full_irish_ on Instagram

 

Set westward of Glencar waterfall, the Devils Chimney Waterfall is perhaps the most obscure fall on the list however it’s a secret gem that is officially Irelands tallest waterfall, standing at an incredible 492 feet in height. The falls gains an advantage over the nearby Glencar waterfall with its untouched, wild landscapes. The newly added woodland path leads through an arresting forest to the top of the falls and provides a slightly difficult trail continuing for approximately  30 – 60-minutes (depending on personal fitness.)  If you are visiting during the dry period, please note that the waterfall does not flow. The powerful blasts of south wind may cause the waterfall to blow toward the same cliff it thunders down.  This stange phenomenon gives the waterfall its name!

 

4. Tourmakeady Falls – Mayo

 

Tourmakeady Waterfall. Image by Mariusz Z on Instagram.

 

Set on the banks of Lough Mask, Tourmakeady Falls rests within the lovely Tourmakeady Forest which appear untouched for centuries. Beginning at the car park, an effortless hike of an estimated 2 ½ kilometres will guide walkers to the waterfall. The trails to the falls are not safe for small children and include many steep areas. The surrounding area is one of peacefulness, broken only by the rustling of leaves dancing with the soft breeze and the calming trills of birdsong. Find more Ireland campervan hire options with Camperbug!

 

If you’re an orophile (mountain enthusiast), you’ll love this list of campsites set right by the peaks!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Four prime campsites for mountain loving campers!

March 21st, 2019

 

Photo by Simon Migaj from Pexels

 

The wind rustles through layers of lush green foliage creating a soft rustling of leaves. The birds of the mountains call out in cheery chirps and elaborate song. The sun struggles to reach the floor of the thick woodland, creating a restful dance of shadows. You’re in a mountain range, or atop a hill, and life sure is good! If you’re as ardent of a fan of the mountains as I am, you’ll love these four great campsites in the UK. To truly savour your holiday, stay away from the phone and consider reserving a motorhome or campervan hire with Camperbug!

 

1. Gordale Scar Campsite, North Yorkshire, England

 

Camping at Gordale Scar Campsite! Image by austin_vanlife on Instagram!

 

Set 5 minutes from Gordale Scar, Gordale Scar Campsite earns rave reviews for its stunning location, comfortable, uncrowded campgrounds and essential facilities. There’s no cheek by jowl camping here, and the site is reportedly serene, even in the hectic holiday seasons. In operation for over 20 years, the campsite allows visitors to select where they’d like to set up a tent. The site is in proximity to attractions like Malham Cove, Malham Tarn, and the Pennine Way walking route. If you’re feeling peckish, drop into a coffee shop or a snug pub at the village of Malham.

 

2. Caolasnacon Caravan & Camping Park, Argyll, Scotland

 

Kyaking at Caolasnacon Caravan & Camping Park! Image by madeleinedavey.photography on Instagram

 

The Caolasnacon Caravan & Camping Park has it all! Set on the borders of Kinlochleven, the site boasts of views over Loch Leven, and peaks in almost every direction. The owners are as relaxed as the campgrounds, allowing visitors to set up camp almost anywhere including right by the loch and campfires are encouraged! The unspoilt scenery and thriving wildlife make this campsite a gem! Walk and climb in Glen Coe, kayak in Loch Leven and more! The striking views and tranquillity successfully tempt many campers who forgo ambitious touring plans in favour of relaxing at the campsite!

 

3. Gwern Gof Isaf Farm, Snowdonia, Wales

 

Gwern Gof Isaf Farm and Campsite! Image by aval5_ on Instagram

 

Operated by the Williams family, Gwern Gof Isaf Farm first opened its doors to campers in the year 1906. Today Henry and Kirsty , seventh generation Williams, control the campsite which was once used as a training site by Sir John Hunt during his preparation for Everest in 1952. Enclosed by wild, rugged mountains, the campground rests between the Tryfan and the mountains of Capel Curig. The site attracts many skilled climbers who aim to conquer the 3,000-foot peak of Tryfa. Climbers can savour scenic hikes along Glyder Ridge and Carneddau mountain range or attempt to reach the summit of Mount Snowdon. The campsite is all about roughing it out, and you’ll share your space with stray sheep, ducks, chicken and more!

 

4. Kilbroney Park, Rostrevor, Mourne Mountains, Northern Ireland

 

The Kilbroney Park campsite rests at the foot of the Mourne mountains, enclosed by 97 acres of wild forests and breathtaking backdrops. There are 51 pitches set on grassy land, shaded by trees. Site facilities are simple yet clean. An on-site café dishes yummy light meals. If you’re craving a pint or need to shop, head to the town of Rostrevor and its cosy pubs plus a few shops. Campsite facilities include designated BBQ areas, laundry room, dishwashing space, children’s playground and a tennis court! With views of the Irish Sea, dipping valleys, and Carlingford Lough, you’re spoilt for views!

 

Seaspray!

 

If you’re intent on exploring the Mourne mountains, SeaSpary is the van for you! She seats four and sleeps two with ease and comes fitted with a removable main table, electric heater, plenty of storage room plus more! Speak to the listing owners about hiring SeaSpray and ask about optional extras like awnings, air bed, camping seats, and bedding!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forest therapy in Britain’s healing forests

March 14th, 2019

 

Photo by Gabriela Palai from Pexels

 

Do you acquire a perfect sense of calm when you’re in the heart of dense woodland or enclosed by soaring trees? Spending time among the trees is proven to deliver therapeutic effects in the mind and body. It eliminates worry and stress and helps the body unwind and refuel. Forest therapy stems from the Japanese practice of Shinrin-yoku which translates to ‘forest bathing’. It does not mean a literal bath but instead the immersion of mind and body in the sights, sounds and smells of the encircling environment. Research verifies that a brief 15 minutes spent among trees improves the immunes system, lowers anxiety, adiponectin, blood pressure and cortisol levels, We’ve picked the top six locations to detach from the outside world and savour the natural environment with all senses. Be sure to leave your phone and cameras behind in your campervan or motorhome hire.

 

Hampshire and Norfolk

 

Forest Holidays, Blackwood Forest. Image by chloe_mccormick95 on Instagram

 

Forest Holidays, the holiday branch of the Forestry Commission, provides qualified forest therapy guides and rangers for visitors eager to embark on gentle strolls and appreciate a clear connection with nature. Opening for reservations from early September, guests can reserve cabins in the Blackwood Forest site set in Hampshire or Thorpe Forest in Norfolk. A competent guide will lead you through a three-hour forest bathing walk which ends with a tea ceremony consisting of brew created from local plants.

 

Powys Wales

 

Image by canopyandstars on Instagram

 

Canopy and Stars are glamping specialists who’ve launched a collection of forest sites centred on the practice of Shinrin-yoku. They offer meditation, spiritual healing and reiki sessions by skilled local practitioners. Eco Retreats by Canopy and Stars, supplies a forest teepee set within a secluded valley for prolonged sessions of forest bathing.

 

Cornwall

 

Image by canopyandstars on Instagram

 

Lost Meadow in Cornwall is another venture by Canopy & Stars where visitors stay in a sphere-shaped pod crafted in cedar, balanced in the trees, overlooking a river and 20 secluded acres of forest. The pod sleeps two and provides a wooden staircase where you’ll share your room with songbirds and owls!

 

Lanarkshire

 

The Falls of Corra Linn. Image by itmpa on Visual Hunt / CC BY-SA

 

The Falls of Clyde reserve provides sublime forest bathing settings. The tranquil enclosing environment teems with families of badger, otters, and over a 100 species of bird. Take a peaceful walk along any of the well-marked forest trails and enjoy four impressive waterfalls that flow through the neighbourhood. Nearby, you’ll find the New Lanark World Heritage – an 18th village, resting on the banks of the river Clyde.

 

Devon

 

Horner Wood, Devon. Image by benny.photo on Instagram

 

Horner Wood is considered one of the most extensive and most picturesque oak woods in the UK. The site was once a place for foraging firewood, winter food and creating tools yet today it contains a profusion of ancient oaks that offer ideal conditions for deer, warblers and a host of forest birds.

 

Olive

 

If Devon is your destination, then Olive is your van! She is a 2015 Type 2 Bay VW Campervan and one of the final VW campervans to be made by the Volkswagen group. Powered by a modern water-cooled engine, Olive is a four-seat van.  She’s got two single seats at the front and a bench seat in the rear that folds down to make a double bed. In the pop-up roof is another double bed. She’s lovingly fitted with a fridge, cooker and cooking utensils, mood lighting, and is excellent with storage space!

 

The New Forest

 

New Forest, England. Image by tobycowellphotography on Instagram

 

Unchanged since the era of William the Conqueror, The New Forest was once the hunting grounds of for royalty. Miles and miles of ancient forest are ready for exploration via foot or cycle, and you’ll find numerous serene glades for meditation and peacefulness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hit the smallest town in Britain and enjoy its quirky contests!

March 7th, 2019

 

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Though small, the community of Llanwrtyd Wells is known for its big personality and unquestionable peculiarity. Set in mid-Powys, the town claims to be the smallest in Britain with a population of approximately 850 however there are smaller hamlets like Fordwich in Kent. What sets Llanwrtyd Wells apart from similar villages are the big ideas and bizarre sporting events that take place each year.

 

The town may have launched as a market town within the region. Market towns were sites that consistently arranged markets and were consequently presented with town status. This helped the township to establish market regulations and establish a committee to direct operations. Later on,  the town gained a standing as a spa town owing to the discovery of mineral waters however health tourism declined following the Victorian era. Sheep farming was an inadequate means of living and the locals banded together to determine a new attraction! Bog snorkelling was born and in 1985, the first World Bog Snorkelling Championships were held in Llanwrtyd.

 

While that may sound absolutely entertaining, you’re probably wondering why we’re drawn to such a modest town. Here’s why!

 

Hike, bike and walk!

 

The town rests amid the Cambrian Mountains and the Brecon Beacons National Park, is one of the darkest places in Britain and a certified International Dark Skies Park plus you’re in 25-mile proximity to the Elan Valley Estate. The town is considered a mecca for walkers, pony trekker, cyclist, hikers and amateur astronomers!

 

Views, wildlife and history!

 

Explore the region surrounding the community of Llanwrtyd and you’ll stumble across ancient standing stones, once bustling Roman roads, petite chapels, teeny churches, captivating scenery and an abundance of wildlife including rare red squirrels!

 

Nourishing ambience and delightful edibles!

 

You’ll enjoy the town’s warm, old-world allure enclosed by impressive mountain vistas. Llanwrtyd contains a surprisingly large array of eateries ranging from the Michelin Guide recommended Carlton Riverside restaurant to cosy pubs like the Neuadd Arms which contains a microbrewery and the pubs’ landlord dreamt up the Man vs. Horse Marathon!

 

I’m interested in quirky events!

 

Image by susie_chan_ on Instagram

 

So are we!  The Alternative Games are held from the 11-27 of August and comprises of 67 events ranging from gravy-wrestling to wife carrying. Open to anyone over the age of 16, the events contain child-friendly activities like egg throwing! The most famed of these mad events is perhaps bog snorkelling and Man vs. Horse Marathon! Scheduled for the 25th of August 2019, The World Bog Snorkelling Championship has progressed from a local event to a global championship attracting competitors from across the globe and comprises of international, senior, junior, and women’s classes. The Whole Earth Man vs. Horse Marathon was the whacky idea of a landlord who listened in on the conversation of two customers. One gentleman suggested that man was an equivalent competitor to a horse when covering a sizeable distance across the countryside and Landlord Gordon Green promptly decided that the challenge should be investigated and established the first public event in 1980! The prize for beating a horse in 2019 is presently £3,000 however it’s been eleven years since a man or woman has won!

 

How do I pronounce Llanwrtyd Wells?

 

The opening Welsh Ll sounds very much like “chy” while the letter W sounds similar to the letter U so you’ll enunciate it as Chyan’-urr-ted!

 

If we’ve captured your interest, make use of Camperbugs extensive motorhome and campervan hire options for your visit to Llanwrtyd Wells! Take a look at our Powys campervan hire where you’ll find beautiful, functional vans like Wilder!

 

Wilder is a smashing T5, equipped for wild camping! He’ll comfortably sleep 2-3 passengers and comes fitted with valuable features like a pull-out awning, a solar panel to power the lights and fridge, a gas hob plus a solar shower for the roof.  Speak to Wilder’s owners for reservations and the pick-up location!

 

 

Wilder!