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Royal Park to community playground – Windsor Great Park

May 10th, 2019

 

Image by Windsor Castle on Instagram

 

The 1,000-year-old Windsor Castle often overshadows Windsor Great Park with its lush forest and rolling lawns. This lovely 9,000-acre space is dotted with lakes, ceremonial walks, Roman ruins, cascades, beautiful gardens, plus plenty of opportunity for long and short trails with stunning vistas.  Take in arresting views of Windsor Castle, the grazing herds of the Queen’s deer, woodlands, open grasslands and lake shores in your campervan or motorhome hire with Camperbug!

 

The history

 

Set southwest of Windsor Castle, Windsor Forest was once set aside as the Monarchs hunting grounds and supplied the fortified encampment with fish, game and wood over a 1,000 years ago. A parker was appointed in1129, and the reserved area was marked out. The park is considerably smaller now however it will still take you an hour or more to explore the park from the human-made Virginia Water Lake to the gates of Windsor Castle. To get a taste of the numerous gardening projects and fancies of the Royals, the gardeners and their architects, spanning over 400 years, the Royal Landscape is worth a visit.

 

To see

 

Virginia Water

 

Virginia Water was created in 1753 through damming and flooding. Sites around the lake include a Roman temple, an ornamental waterfall and a 100-foot Totem Pole gifted by British Columbia to mark its centennial. With a permit from the Royal Parks, you can fish in some ponds in Windsor Great Park as well some points in Virginia Lake.

 

Image by Polyrus on VisualHunt / CC BY-ND

 

The Leptis Magna Ruins

 

The Leptis Magna Ruins were initially a part of the Roman city of Leptis Magna in Libya. During the 17th century over 600 columns from the ruins were sent over to Louis XIV to be made use of in the Palace of Versailles. By the early 19th century, there was a transfer of power, and this time it was the British Consul General who influenced the local governor to let King George IV beautify his back garden with a few select pieces. The ruins finally made it to Windsor Great Park after a brief spell at the British Museum.

 

The Landscape Gardens

 

There are numerous flowering gardens including the woodland Valley Garden which contains open grasslands, and exotic vegetation. Expect to see a variety of native trees like cherries, sweet chestnut, sweet gums, Asiatic rowans, Scots Pine and more! Happily, there is no entrance fee.

 

The Savill Garden

 

This 35-acre ornamental garden was built for the sheer enjoyment of each visitor. Created by Eric Savill in the 1930s, the garden combines a delightful blend of interlinking, contemporary and classical gardens. The garden holds a treat for every season! Enjoy December’s seasonal displays in the Temperate House or visit during the spring months to see colourful rhododendrons, azaleas and daffodils in bloom! Savill Garen also holds over twenty Champion Trees, which is a UK accreditation for a tree that is either the tallest of contains the most extensive span for its type in the country. There is a modest admission charge to view the gardens.

 

 

 

 

03 charming, tiny villages in England to visit in your campervan or motorhome

May 3rd, 2019

 

If your next holiday itinerary includes stops at a pretty village or two, you’ll soon find out that the most picturesque villages lay off the beaten path. This smallest and the best of them lay hidden, which preserves the timeless atmosphere. Ensure you pack in an atlas or road map as sat-nav and GPS devices tend to go right past the best locations. English back roads demand a slower pace of travel so sit back and enjoy your journey. Rushing is no longer an option. Ask the local tourist information centres for the most scenic route and abstain from referring to the small towns and villages as quaint as many locals find the word distasteful and downright condescending.

 

Clovelly, Devon

 

The village of Clovelly was once a bustling fishing port. Records of the town trace back to the Domesday Book. Over the following 800 years, Clovelly would be owned by just three families; the most recent is the Hamlyn family who has held the village and its surrounding areas since 1738. The town is home to 300 residents and features 83 pastel-hued cottages that steep down 400 feet to the seawaters of the North Devon Coast. The village maintains a strict no car policy from6:30 p.m. to 9:a.m. owing to its delicate positioning. The town provides an enjoyable day out and contains two museums, craft workshops, and a few craft and gift shops.

 

Lacock Village, Wiltshire

 

If the traditional village of Lacock looks familiar, you’ve probably seen it in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Downton Abbey, The Other Boleyn Girl, or Pride and Prejudice. Lacock is set three miles from Chippenham and maintained by the National Trust. It’s easy to forget that a community of 1,100 residents actually work and live here. The village is a dream to walk through and contains many tea rooms, local shops, and a hotel with a pub. The admission fee covers the cost to the 800-year old Abbey which was used as a house since the 1540s, the 16th-century Tithe Barn and Fox Talbot Museum.
William Fox Talbot completed the technique of preserving negative so photographs could be duplicated. The Fox Talbot Museum was created at his house in honour of his work and displays permanent and temporary exhibitions of early and modern photography.

 

Kersey, Suffolk

 

As tiny as the village of Kersey is, it is also a magical location to visit. The town was once a prominent and wealthy Suffolk wool town however the importation of lighter, cheaper fabric from the Netherlands eliminated the industry. The village contains a few side streets, a collection of pink-hued timber-framed houses dating back to the 13th-century and a village pub created in 1378! Kersey is home to just 350 residents and contains a village church on a hill that offers stunning views of the entire village.
If you’re keen to see one or more of the towns mentioned above, why not do it in a home on wheels? Check out our extensive collection of gorgeous, sturdy campervan or motorhome hire selections and reserve one today!

 

 

 

 

Make the most of your Easter weekend in the UK!

April 18th, 2019

 

Daffodils, magnolias, camellias, azalea and rhododendrons bloom in the inviting balmy climates of spring, adding vibrant shades to the woodlands, city parks and gardens in the UK. It’s the first bank holiday succeeding the bleak months of January and February, and there’s a charming atmosphere of annual rebirth. Here are five fun things to do during your four days long Easter bank holiday.

Take the family to the Chester Food, Drink & Lifestyle Festival

 

It’s the biggest festival in the UK during the Easter holidays, and you don’t want to miss this, especially if you consider yourself a “foodie”. Expect to see over 150 artisan food and drink exhibitors, food presentations by star chefs, and a free, fun cooking academy for the tiny chefs! There is also an exciting Camperfest camping at Chester Racecourse which is a great place to visit in your Camperbug motorhome or campervan hire! If you love pooches, you’ll enjoy the Canine Capers dog show in Little Staughton!

Meet a koala bear!

Longleat Safari and Adventure Park in Wiltshire is excited to introduce its newest members – koala bears! The fluffy pouched mammals will enjoy their new home, Koala Creek alongside Longleat’s magnificent creatures like monkeys, lions and tigers!

Mells Daffodil Festival

The village of Somerset hosts a traditional village celebration on Easter Monday to usher in spring, and you’re invited! There are several old-fashioned activities like parachuting Teddies and Easter bonnet competitions plus stalls, a variety of food, games, craft and even a classic car exhibition! 2019 will mark the 40th anniversary of the Mells Daffodil Festival, so you’re in store for an extra special celebration!

Drop in at the International Jousting Festival

Held at the Royal Armouries in Leeds, the International Jousting Festival is a sight to behold! Mounted, armoured knights engage in combat games and medieval battles on the tilting yard. There are several demonstrations a day; however they do sell out quickly, so it’s best to book your tickets in advance! The event in 2019 will see four teams from the UK, USA, Canada and Poland battle it out for honour and prizes!


Little Georgie!

We’ve got the best West Yorkshire campervan hire options in the UK! Little Georgie is just one of many beautiful campervans available on Camperbug! He’s a  restored 1977 Westphalia that sleeps and seats four passengers with ease! His fitted with all conveniences like a twin-burner gas hob, fresh water container, a mains powered fridge and more! Speak to his owners about your travel dates.

Observe the twinkling stars!

Combine the stargazing months of March and April with Britain’s darkest locations, and you’ve got excellent views of the night sky! To ensure you get the best views of the night sky, arrive an hour and a half after sunset on a moonless night. There are many locations like Snowdonia National Park and Galloway Forest Park that are officially recognised by the International Dark Skies Association and often frequented by Uranophiles from across the globe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s how to see the best of Avebury Henge

April 11th, 2019

 

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Avebury Henge in England is one of the most incredible prehistoric remains in the UK. While you might be tempted to draw comparisons to Stonehenge, we encourage you to clear your mind and appreciate the real purpose of the structure and the numerous attractions within the site.

 

Contrary to popular belief, a henge is not an assortment of stones but rather, a human-made ditch enclosed by a bank. The ditch inside is made up of a flat stretch of land. Originally thought to be a defensive structure, researchers soon realised that a bank with a yawning ditch placed inside did nothing in the way of security. Scientists now guesstimate the flat region was a sacred location, once used for rituals and sacrifice. The henge contains fascinating remains including:

 

•    A large section of the ancient village of Avebury

•    An enormous stone circle with a diameter of 460 feet, making it the largest stone circle in Europe.

•    A pair of smaller stone circles, each an estimated 100 feet in width.  Sadly, several such relics were knocked down and concealed by villagers in the Middle Ages. The destruction was probably carried out on the orders of the local parish priest who wanted to cleanse the area of its pagan beginnings.

•    A strange, square-shaped stone known as The Obelisk.

•    A mystifying box-shaped enclosure of massive stones. It is the first discovery of a square monument at henge monuments like Stonehenge and Avebury.

 

The archaeologist who saved Avebury

 

Alexander Keiller. Image on Wikimedia Commons

 

Alexander Keiller was an archaeologist and a groundbreaking aerial photographer who purchased the 950-acre plot in the 1930s. At the time, the locals continued to raze the structures and use the stones as construction materials.   Keiller unearthed many buried stones and when achievable, erected them in the original positions.  In 1938, he founded a museum to showcase his unique finds and went on to renovate the 16th century Avebury Manor. The site was handed on to the National Trust in 1943 for a sum of £12,000. Following his death, his fourth wife bestowed his museum and archaeological discoveries to the Trust.

 

Marcel!

Merry Marcel is raring to go! He easily sleeps and seats two travellers, and contains a handmade interior for storage and space maximisation. You’ll never feel nippy with Marcels fully winterised with Celotex insulation on the floor, walls and ceiling. Hire Marcel or another Wiltshire campervan hire for your adventures across the UK! Camperbug has the most extensive collection of campervan and motorhome hire options in the UK!

 

Don’t miss these sites!

 

Get up front!

Here’s an opportunity you don’t get at Stonehenge- the freedom to get right up to the stone structures! Unlike Stonehenge which is cordoned off, visitors at Avebury are free to explore the many beautiful attractions on site.  Friendly experts lead stone circle tours extending from five minutes to an hour.

 

Tour the Alexander Keiller Museum

Keiller’s museum is great for both kids and adults. The Stables Gallery exhibits fascinating excavations from the site including some of Europe’s oldest pottery, tools made from red deer antler tools utilised in the construction of Avebury Henge, flint tools dating back 4,000 years, and 5,500-year-old domestic animal skeletons.

 

Avebury Manor and Garden

The manor served as Keiller’s residence while conducting excavations. The historic house rests right outside the gates of Avebury Henge and dates back to the 16th century. The rooms inside are furnished to represent the five eras it served as a home – the Tudor, Georgian, Victorian, and 20th century. Unlike other historical house, visitors are welcome to touch, sit and lie on the furniture to better get a feel of the home and its history.

 

What’s happening?

If you’re not sure, head over to the National Trust hub at Avebury, get guidance to on-site attractions or make use of the restrooms, shops or cafes.

 

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How to visit the World Heritage Site of Avebury

 

Location: The site rests six miles west of the town of Marlborough in Wiltshire, SN8 1RF.Parking available in the Old Farmyard and proximity to the stones.

 

Time: Avebury Henge is open from throughout the day but timings may dependent on the seasons.

 

Costs: While admittance to the outdoor structures and stone circles is free of charge, The Alexander Keiller Museum and tickets to Avebury Manor and Garden come individually priced.

 

 

 

 

 

Why is Loch Lomond great for family holidays? Here’s why!

April 5th, 2019

 

Loch Lomond. Image by nick.amoscato on Visualhunt / CC BY

 

Securing the perfect location for a successful family vacation can either make or break the entire escape. Select a too-tame setting, and you’ll hear plenty an exclamation of dismay from the adventurers and sports fans in the family. Add too much bustle, and the older travellers dismally watch as hopes for a leisurely fly past in a flurry. Loch Lomond continually proves to be the ultimate family vacation liberator, ensuring fun activities for tots, teenagers and adults of all abilities. There are numerous mountains, cycle paths, sprinkled islands, and woodland trails for outdoor explorers and nature enthusiasts. Visitors yearning a for a more relaxed holiday can sit back and drink in the captivating vistas, embark on a mellow loch cruise or visit Loch Lomond Shores. There are numerous caravan parks, holiday parks and wild camping sites enclosed by striking views making Loch Lomond the essential  family holiday destination. Make it a particularly memorable journey with a Camperbug motorhome and campervan hire.

 

Here’s a list of exciting activities for the whole family!

 

Hiking and Walking


Loch Lomond is a walker’s paradise, presenting an exciting (sometimes paved) network of national and local trails. The West Highland Way, one of Scotland’s famed national paths is excellent for wild camping, seclusion, horse riding and even cycling. West Highland Way is dog-friendly and if you don’t enjoy the exertion, hop into a water taxi which will drop you off for a briefer stretch of the walk. Queen Elizabeth Forest Park contains many wooded paths curving around Loch Lomond and Loch Katrine. The village of Luss holds various short tracks that are ideal for baby strollers and wheelchairs.

 

Cycling

Numerous mild national cycling paths crisscross the park including The National Cycle Route 7 (NCR 7) which primarily comprises of paved, flat trail, ideal for almost all family members of different cycling abilities. Get more information about the cycle paths and trails at the National Park Gateway Centre.

 

Splash around!


Loch Lomond is watersport heaven! Families can make use of the various motorboats, speedboats, canoe, and kayak rentals available around the loch throughout the balmy summer months. If you’d feel more comfortable in the passenger seat, there are many cruises, ferry and excursions along Loch Lomond.

 

Fishing


Fishing on Loch Lomond is allowed throughout the year as long as you have the required permits. You can secure a weekly fishing permit at multiple locations around the Loch including Balloch Tourist Information Office, the Luss Village Shop, The Ardlui Hotel, and the Boatyard in Balmaha. There are certain restrictions on the type of salmon and the seasons of fishing so ensure you get all information on seasonal regulations when purchasing your permit.

 

It’s raining!


The city of Glasgow and the Riverside Museum of Transport and Travel are an easy 27 miles from the Loch and are great spaces to explore! Stock up on local products and souvenirs and keep the tots entertained.

 

 

 

Irelands four most captivating waterfalls.

March 28th, 2019

 

Image by Christian_Birkholz from Pixabay

 

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!

 

 

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Top 03 spots for nights of stargazing

February 28th, 2019

 

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Believe it or not, an increasing number of wanders and campers elect to shut down technology and turn all concentration to the heavens. Welcome to the captivating world of stargazing! The new pursuit is sweeping the globe by storm and the UK boasts of some of the darkest skies in Europe. You’ll find plenty of designated and unofficial dark sky locations dotting the UK, many of them ranging from Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and National Parks to picnic areas and private backyards! Many such locations are set apart from light pollution and provide unhindered views of the boundless night sky above.

 

If you’re looking for a special location to stargaze, take a look at our list below. Once you’ve secured a site, pack in a pair of binoculars, a map of the night sky and pop into your motorhome or campervan hire, and embark on a memorable journey!

 

Galloway Forest Park

 

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Home to some of the darkest skies in the UK, Scotland’s skies are perfect for exploring the twinkling heavens. Galloway Forest Park was the first location to win an official Dark Sky designation in 2009. How good is the sky quality you ask? Pretty great! You’ll see a whopping 7,000 stars and planes with the naked eye alone. On an official scale ranging from 0 – 25, Galloway Forest Park rates an astonishing 21-23.6 reading which is nearly as lightless as a photographer’s dark room! For the least light obstruction and best viewing angles head to Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre. The Scottish Dark Skies observatory provides a research-grade telescope for night sky observations.  Campers will find a host of campgrounds providing numerous dark corners.

 

Glentrool Camping and Caravan Site

 

Resting in the fringes of Galloway Forrest Park, Glentrool Camping and Caravan campsite is a tranquil location for those looking for a soothing setting. In operation for over 30 years, the site provides:

•    14 large hardstanding touring pitches  with electric hook-ups

•    On-site store open from 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

•    Laundry facilities

•    Shower and hot water amenities (charge included in pitch fee)

•    Awnings and dogs allowed at no additional cost

 

Northumberland National Park

 

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Stretching over 572 miles, Northumberland National Park, and its adjoining forest park is a perhaps the largest region of a protected night sky in Europe. Providing the perfect settings for stargazing and camping, the park even offers stunning views of Andromeda Galaxy and The Milky Way! You’ll see a range of exclusive sites like the numerous meteors, The Northern Lights, The Zodiacal Lights, and more! If you’d like to know more about the stars you’ll see, head over to the Kielder Observatory or the Dark Sky Observatory in Battlestead.

 

Bellingham Camping and Caravanning Club Site

 

Set within Northumberland National Park, Bellingham Club campsite is a relaxing campsite containing 70 pitches with modern amenities. There are many walking and cycling paths set around the campgrounds and historic sites like Hadrian’s Wall and Alnwick Castle is in proximity to the site. Facilities include:

•    Hardstanding pitches with electric hook-up

•    Grass pitch with electric hook-up

•    Flushing toilet and washbasin

•    Motorhome service point

•    Family shower room

•    Battery charging conveniences

•    Dedicated accessible services and more!

 

Snowdonia National Park

 

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Think spectacular skies, wild and rugged landscapes and you’ve got the globes 10th best site for night skies – Snowdonia National Park. Numerous dark sky locations dot the park and there are many secluded campsites set by scenic valleys and lakes. The environment and wildlife alone attract a multitude of hikers, walkers and adventures but the region is fast becoming a leading sky gazing site.

 

Cilcennus Farm Caravan Park

Sitting on a working farm in Snowdonia National Park, Cilcennus Farm Caravan Park provides stunning views of the night sky and rests in proximity to the historic town of Llanrwst. On-site facilities include:

 

•    Hot showers

•    Grass pitches and many electric hook-ups

•    Wi-fi

•    Toilet and shower block (including disabled toilet)

•    Kitchen for campers

•    Games room and more!

 

If you’re staying in Snowdonia National Park for a spot of hiking here’s how you can conquer Mount Snowdon!