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Little explored Roman ruins that deserve your time!

January 14th, 2019

 

Image by dun_deagh on Visualhunt / CC BY-SA

 

Under the guidance of Emperor Claudius, the Roman invasion of Britain began unfolding in the year 43 AD however Caesar had already stepped on British shores in 55 and 54 BC – to the complete satisfaction of the adoring Roman public. Emperor Claudius recommenced Caesar’s subjection campaigns, and soon the Romans had gained dominance over the small tribes scattered across present-day southeastern England. Threatened by a common enemy, tribes, druids, priests and common folk soon united to fight in the resistance and great war heroes like Caractacus and Queen Boudica rose to the occasion, disrupting and obstructing the Romans.

Today, the crumbling remains of a once dominant, 400-year reign of Roman Britain pull in thousands of international visitors who flock to the more famous ruins like UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath. While these artworks, constructions and artefacts give us an insight into the life and times of Roman Britain, many sites are just as historically rich yet often overlooked in favour of the more famous Roman attractions. Here are our top four picks for an excellent campervan hire holiday!

 

1.  Fishbourne Roman Palace

 

Fishbourne Roman Palace. Image by Adam Tinworth on Visualhunt.com / CC BY-ND

 

The Fishbourne Roman Palace is a work of art and remains an impressive Roman Villa that is certain to have been the envy of the town!  The large villa surpasses the Buckingham Palace in size and remains the largest Roman dwelling north of the Alps. Construction began during the year 75 AD, and artisan architects and designers sailed in from Gaul and Italy to oversee the creation of the 100-room house. Despite extensive reconstructions throughout the subsequent two centuries, the magnificent palace and many of its first-century mosaics burned to ashes in a massive fire, leading to the desertionof the site. Today the formal gardens are replanted to represent the original garden plan, and the site contains some of the oldest mosaics in Britain. A large quantity of jewellery, pottery, and coins found at the site are also on display.

 

Visit:
Fishbourne Roman Palace
Roman Way, Chichester PO19 3QR, UK
+44 1243 785859
Website

 

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2. Chedworth Roman Villa

 

Chedworth Roman Villa. Image by billllymac on Instagram

 

Like the Fishbourne Roman Palace, Chedworth Roman Villa contains well-preserved mosaic floor work and numerous Roman artefacts found on-site. The large villa is a former residence of a well-heeled Roman Briton, and initial construction began during the 2nd century AD. Work on the villa continued for the next two centuries, and by the 4th century AD, the Chedworth Roman Villa embodied the opulent dwellings of the wealthiest, cultured Roman Britons. Residents and visitors admired the beautiful mosaic floors and extravagant marble fixtures placed within the two individual bathing suites. An ancient, underfloor heating plan functioned akin to contemporary central heating and kept the bathhouses agreeably toasty!

 

Visit:
Chedworth Roman Villa
+44 (0) 344 800 1895
Website

 

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3. Corinium Museum

 

Image by coriniummuseum on Instagram

 

The market town of Cirencester in Gloucestershire was once a thriving Romano-British city of Corinium Dobunnorum. The Romans seized the area following the fruitful invasion of 43 AD and erected a fort outside which a civilian settlement began to grow. Before long the city had mushroomed into the second largest town following Britain. The region was soon securely under Roman rule, and the fort was considered redundant and torn down during the year 75 AD. The regions enclosing Cirencester has always been an archaeologists delight, and numerous Roman finds now rest at the Corinium Museum, which unsurprisingly contains one of the most significant collections of Romano-British relics in the UK.

 

Visit:
Corinium Museum
Park Street,Cirencester,Gloucestershire GL7 2BX
+44 (0) 1285 655611
Website

 

4. Vindolanda

 

Vindolanda. Image by The Armatura Press on VisualHunt / CC BY-SA

 

Set south of Hadrian’s Wall, Vindolanda was a Roman fort and village that guarded the Roman road of Stanegate (or stone road in Norse) that stretched from the River Tyne to the Solway Firth. The area contains a rich picking of Romano-British relics, and as of now an astounding 500 metric tons of pottery alone have been unearthed at the site. Considered one of the most valuable Roman archaeological locations in Europe, the Vindolanda tablets were discovered here in 1973, and at the time were the oldest surviving handwritten documents in the UK. Despite being toppled from this title by the Bloomberg tablets,     the wafer-thin Vindolanda tablets are still considered one of Britain’s greatest treasures. The tablets make a note of diverse subjects ranging from appeals of justice, and skirmished between Roman soldiers to unresolved beer tabs and requests for snug socks!  You may see archaeologists at work and if you’d like to lend a hand, clear two weeks of your schedule and volunteer to join in the excavations! There is a Roman Army Museum in the vicinity as well!

 

Visit:
Vindolanda Trust
Chesterholm Museum, Bardon Mill, Hexham, Northumberland
+44(0)1434 344 277
Website

 

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Take in the best views at Snowdonia National Park

January 8th, 2019

 

Image by eilir30 on Instagram

 

As the largest national park in Wales, Snowdonia National Park contains a plethora of stunning views, coastlines, wetland, beaches and some of the highest peaks in Wales. If you’ve been tempted to visit, we’ll furnish all the wonderful reasons why you must take your next motorhome or campervan hire holiday among the jagged summits, wild landscapes, and striking vistas of Snowdonia National Park.

 

The history, the locals and noteworthy attraction

 

Swallow Falls. Image by itmpa on Visual Hunt / CC BY-SA

 

65% of the local community takes pride in speaking the native Welsh language, one of the oldest spoken languages in Europe. The music, poetry and culture of the region are ancient, dating back as the Bronze Age. The park extends over a whopping 1351.85 km over northwest Wales, and 20 per cent is lawfully protected owing to its abundant wildlife. A further 918 km of land is preserved for conservation.

 

The towering peaks of Snowdonia are some of the oldest rocks on the planet, and mountain ranges cover a staggering 52% of the land. The park contains over 90 peaks exceeding a 2,000-foot elevation, 1,700 miles of public and brindle paths and features Mt Snowdon (3,560 ft.) – the highest mountain in England and Wales! Other noteworthy attractions include the peak of Cader Idris (2,929 ft.), Swallow Falls, the highest continuous waterfall in Wales and the undulating Fairy Glen gorge. The park is also home to Morfa Dyffryn, the best nude beach in the UK!

 

The Castles

 

Dolwyddelan Castle.Image by drongodrone on Instagram

 

Snowdonia contains a variety of magnificent castles of all sizes, shapes and grandeur. Some remain crumbling ruins while others retain their glory. You may even find a palace converted to a B&B! Take a look at the following list of castles and why they’re worth a visit:

 

Harlech Castle – Constructed at a low cost of £8,190, Harlech Castle was erected by the English king, Edward I as a means of protection during his invasion of Wales between 1282 and 1289.

 

Conwy Castle – This medieval fortification rests just outside the park.

 

Castell y Bere – Construction on this Welsh Castle began in 1221, probably by Prince Llywelyn ab Iorwerth. Back when cattle were as valued as currency, this castle guarded the prince’s cattle range and secured Gwynedd. The English seized the castle in 1283 and abandoned it during an uprising in 1294.

 

Dolwyddelan Castle – Constructed by Llywelyn Fawr (Llywelyn the Great), the castle ruins sit prettily against the wild backdrop, offering some of the most beautiful views around!

 

The towns and villages worth your while

 

Aberdyfi/ Aberdovey and the Dyfi river. Image by pedrik on Visual Hunt / CC BY

 

Snowdonia contains a 26,000 strong population which lies congregated by the coast between the town of Barmouth and the seaside resort of Harlech. The region is primarily uninhabited with a smattering of populated centres. If you intend to leave your van and embark on a camping expedition, you’ll need to know where to secure supplies and stock up on groceries.

 

Aberdovey – This bustling harbour resort rests where the Dyfi River meets Cardigan Bay. Offering a plethora of watersports, Aberdovey even owns a championship golf course. There are many camping and caravanning spots.

 

Bala – The historic market town of Bala is proudly Welsh and offers a promising, wild landscape varying from towering mountains and dense forests to deep valleys and thundering waterfalls.

 

Beddgelert – Said to be one of Snowdonia’s most charming villages, the village of Beddgelert is home to a wealth of history, legend and culture. Despite its wild settings, the community contains numerous campsites, traditional pubs, arts and crafts stores and several fabulous eateries!

 

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A mountain path or two!

 

Up the Rhyd Ddu Trail. Image by mazzywalshie on Instagram.

 

If you’re up for a hard mountain walk, you can take one of nine mapped paths up the peaks of Snowdown and Cader Idris. Here are the best trails:

 

Llanberis Path – By far the most popular tourist path, Llanberis Path is the lengthiest and most steady providing jaw-dropping views of Llanberis, Cwm Brwynog and Anglesey.

 

Rhyd Ddu Trail -  Considered the most tranquil pathway, the Rhyd Ddu trail promises the most arresting mountain vistas. It’s perhaps one of the more natural paths and not frequently used.

 

Miners Track – If you’re keen to avoid a hike up to the summit of Snowdon yet would like a comfortable walk on the mount Miners Track offers a safe trail for the less experienced.

 

PYG Track - Reputed as the most challenging path to the Snowdon summit, we dissuade inexperienced walkers from attempting to master this trail. No one is certain how the trail earned its name.

 

Other notable trails include Mawddach Trail which is loved by cyclists and walkers alike for its ease.

 

How to get there

 

Aside from the M4 in South Wales, there are no motorways in Wales however there are many excellent quality roads that pass through Snowdonia National Park. If you’re keen on hitting the coasts, use the A496 or the A493.

 

 

 

 

 

Our top five picks for Celtic culture and history!

January 2nd, 2019

 

The Celtic tribes originated from central Europe and shared a common language, religious beliefs, traditions and culture. Celtic culture is said to trace as far back as 1200 B.C, and the first documented Celtic tribes were referred to as “Galli” or barbarians by the Roman Empire of the 6th or 7th century. The Celtics proved to quite unlike their dubiously netted reputation, and their legacy is most prominent in Ireland and Great Britain where one can savour the culture and hear the Celtic tongue. Here’s a look at the ten best locations that dive into the modern and ancient Celtic culture, and let’s not forget our fabulous campervan hire options to get you started on a Celtic adventure!

 

1. Groam House Museum, Ross-shire

 

Groam House Museum. Image by pictish_trader on Instagram

 

Set in the village of Rosemarkie, Groam House Museum displays a celebratory collection of Celtic and Pictish artworks. The four-star interpretive centre is an award-winning museum centred on showing the beautiful sculptural art, Pictish symbols, stones and ornamental designs located around Rosemarkie. The museum also holds a delightful collection of works by George Bain who is the pioneer of traditional Celtic art revitalisation. The George Bain collection is recognised for its National Significance. Kids will enjoy the interactive computer programs and videos while adults will enjoy browsing through the selectively-stocked gift shop.

 

2. The High Crosses, Iona Abbey, Iona

 

Iona Abbey. Image by anumdada on Instagram

 

Colmcille first set foot in Iona in 563 and set up a monastery which rapidly grew in size and prominence, quickly becoming the nucleus of religious establishments across Argyll and beyond. St Martin’s Cross remains in its original place, displaying intricate carvings while the remainder of the crosses now rests well protected inside a museum dedicated to Colmcille. Construction on St Martins Cross began commenced between 750 and 800. The crosses are said to mark Colmcille’s grave and the foundations of the original church, and they may have even been markers for pilgrims. The High Crosses on Iona are some of the best-preserved examples of interlacing and biblical scenes paying homage to early Celtic Christianity.

 

3. Culloden Battlefield Visitors Centre, Inverness

 

 

On the 16 April 1746, the concluding Jacobite Rising came to a head at The Battle of Culloden which would go on to change Celtic Scottish culture. Jacobite supporters sought to restore the Stuart Monarchy and gathered to battle the government troops of the Duke of Cumberland. The last battle on British soil lasted barely over an hour, and within that harrowing hour, 1,500 Jacobite fighters lay dead. The Culloden Battlefield Visitors Centre sits on this bloody battlefield and uses richly researched information like personal accounts, artefacts and authentic weapons to bring the conflict to life.

 

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4. The Stone of Destiny, Edinburgh Castle, Edinburgh

 

 

The Stone of Destiny is an ancient representation of the Scottish Monarchy and has seen the coronation of countless over hundreds of years. According to legend, the stone was used by Jacob as a pillow as he dreamt of Jacobs Ladder. The stone is believed to travel from Ireland to Scotland. In 1296, English king Edward I transported the stone from Scone and had it constructed into his throne, ensuring the stone remains at all coronation ceremonies for the monarchs of England and Great Britain. The stone was delivered to Scotland in 1996 on the condition that it would only leave again for a coronation at Westminster’s Abbey.

 

Marigold

 

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5. Maiden Castle, Dorset

 

Maiden Castle, Dorchester. Image by Andy Walker on Flickr

 

Constructed primarily during the 1st century BC, Maiden Castle, Dorset s one of the most extensive, and complicated Iron Age hillforts in Europe and the only one of its kind in Britain. Roughly the size of 50 football pitches, the ramparts once housed hundreds of Celtic residents who engaged in metalworking, roadhouses, and textile production. The fortification may have also been the battleground for sparring Celts and II Legion Augusta with evidence of a 4th-century Roman temple exposed during excavations.

 

If you’ve got more time to explore, take a look at the UK’s five best UNESCO World Heritage sites.

 

 

 

 

 

Make time to drop by the UK’s five best UNESCO World Heritage sites.

December 12th, 2018

 

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization or UNESCO lists and legally protect locations and landmarks that present cultural, historical, scientific and other importance to humankind and has been doing so for over 30 years. Currently, the organisation has marked a total of 1,073 sites across the globe and 31 of the protected locations lie scattered across the UK! The UK’s latest contribution, Lake District, was made a UNESCO world heritage site in 2017! Heritage sites ranging from landscapes and castles to bridges and factories dot the captivating countries of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Wherever your campervan or motorhome exploits may direct you, be sure to add one of these locations to your schedule. If you’re in need of campervan or motorhome insurance take a look at Camperbug’s fabulous annual and daily insurance plans!

 

1. Lake District – UK’s newest UNESCO World Heritage Site

 

Ullswater, The Lake District. Image by Jake Cook on Flickr

 

Set just below the Scottish border, England’s Lake District covers a whopping 885 square miles within Cumbria and contains 50 glittering mountain tarns and lakes plus England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike.
The terrain is not suited for farming yet serves as an ideal climate for sheep rearing. The region was initially graced by the holidaying Victorians who followed the first railroads into the area.

The striking beauty and quietness of Lake District do not fail to leave its mark on ambitious and famed wordsmiths and romantic poets. The picturesque landscape has seduced the likes of Wordsworth, Keats and Tennyson. Beatrix Potter lived in Lake District and operated a farm. She strived to maintain Lake District’s charming life and purchased acres of farmland and pastures. Upon her death, her lands and significant fortune left to the National Trust.

 

2. The city of Bath

 

The Roman baths. Image by bvi4092 on Foter.com / CC BY

 

The city of Bath needs no introduction! The 2,000-year-old Roman baths make up a tiny trickle of Roman baths around the globe that utilise organic hot springs as natural heating! The entire city of Bath was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status in 1987 and is one of the earliest world cities to make it on the list. The Roman baths, the temple compound and the relics of the Roman town Aquae Sulis are considered some of the most important Roman remains.

If that isn’t impressive enough, the city of Bath contains magnificent Palladian architecture that advanced under the rule of George III. The constriction is woven around the Roman baths further enhancing and preserving its construction.

The city of Bath offers more than just a historical and cultural stop. A lively town, Bath was once home to Jane Austen and now houses a wealth of lovely eateries, great shopping opportunities, a vibrant cultural scene and many unique museums. While Jane Austen and many of her beloved, plucky heroines sniffed at Baths supplementary social scene of the time, we’re sure she’d be suitably impressed with the excellent progress in the city.

 

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3. The Castle and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd

 

Harlech Castle. Photo credit: nicksarebi on Foter.com / CC BY

 

King Edward, I had a plan. He wanted to frighten the Welsh and have them appoint him as their sovereign ruler, and in response, he constructed an ambitious construction schedule to compliment his 13th-century wars against the Welsh. The English king enclosed the northern Welsh province of Gwynedd within three fortified castles titled Beaumaris, Harlech, Caernarvon and Conwy. The fort erected by the kings chosen architect James of St. George who, by serving master and king, constructed Europe’s grandest military architecture of the 13th and 14th century.

 

4. Dorset and the East Devon Coast

 

Durdle Door. Image by Kosala Bandara on Flickr

 

Staying true to the similarly titled film Jurassic Park, Jurassic Coast is a 95-mile stretch comprising of the East Devon and Devon Coast. Made up of untamed beaches, dramatic white cliffs and intriguing rock formation, the World Heritage Site on the English Channel contain Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous cliffs that provide a wealth of buried history tracing back over 185 million years ago. It’s probably the best location to search for dinosaur track footprints and fossils!

 

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5. Neolithic Orkney

 

Skara Brae. Image by Shadowgate on Flickr

 

For a closer look at prehistoric construction, make time for a visit to the Orkney Islands. Some ancient structures are so old they predate the Pyramids and even Stonehenge! Take a walk along the island and view the mysterious Standing Stones of Stenness, The Ring of Brodga or the Maeshowe burial mound that contains a wealth of Viking Runes. There’s even a 5,000-year-old village called Skara Brae!

 

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Take the scenic route to the Highlands!

November 26th, 2018

 

Ditch the bustling cities for a refreshing route dishing out captivating scenery, stunning coastline and charming villages. Take a van ride to one or more of the locations listed below, stop by the regions historical sites, and you’ll understand why nothing quite beats a scenic ride through the gorgeous landscapes of the UK! Need a van? Take a look at Camperbug’s fantastic motorhome hire options!

 

Are you ready to hit the Highlands?

 

Loch Lomond. Image by fschnell on Visual Hunt / CC BY

 

Take the ride along the gateway to the Highlands – the route from Glasgow to Fort William –, and you’re in for a scenic treat!  A captivating 108 miles on the A82 unusually takes an estimated 3 hours to complete, but we recommend saving an entire day to savour the natural beauty around you, not to mention the fantastic Instagram worthy photography. We recommend driving north along Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. Your drive will ascend into the Black mountains with the hauntingly beautiful Rannoch Moor set on your right. The highway will take you into Glen Coe, and the next 12 miles will contain grand volcanic mountain vistas. You’ll have the opportunity to savour the best views of the Three Sisters south of the A82 from the Three Sisters Point of View parking, set an estimated four miles from the Glencoe Visitor Center.

 

The Three Sisters of Glencoe. Image by Greg_Men on Flickr

 

Use the GPS coordinates of N56º 40′ 3.72″, W4º 59′ 11.4″ to reach the location. At South Ballachulish, you’ll see a bridge that will transport you across the juncture where Loch Leven rests at your east. From there it’s a straight route to Fort William along the A82 and the edge of Loch Linnhe. The tallest mountain of the British Isles, Ben Nevis will peek at you along the way!

 

Loch Leven, Glencoe. Image by jdufrenoy on Visual hunt / CC BY-ND

 

If time permits, take a right onto the B863 at the village of Glencoe and take a ride along the borders of Loch Leven. The total route is a mere 16 miles. Once you pass the village of Kinlochleven, continue westward beside the northern shore of the Loch with a refreshing stop at Loch Leven Seafood Café  where you’ll dine on fresh Scottish Lobster scallops and more (❤) while enjoying fantastic lake views.    Continue towards North Ballachulish, and with a swift right turn, you’re back on the A82!

 

Loch Lochy. Image by stu smith on Flickr

 

If you’re eager to see the most of the pretty Loch Lochy, remain on the A82 when you pass Fort William. You’ll relish the stunning views along the south banks of Loch Lochy, the north shores of Loch Ness all the way to the city of Inverness.

 

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Loch Lomond. Image by nick.amoscato on Visual hunt / CC BY

 

If you don’t have a day to spare, take the shorter path on the A28, north of Dumbarton along the western boundary of  Loch Lomond. A 26-mile ride will transport you to the peak of the loch with diverse vistas along the way. The tallest mountain in the region, Ben Lomond cheerfully bobs in and out of view with every bend you’ll take. Peaks embraced by and clothed in heather set in the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park will sporadically make way dense forestry adorning the slopes of Queen Elizabeth Forest Park and Rowardennan Forest.

 

Ben Lomond. Image by Neillwphoto on Visual hunt / CC BY-SA

 

If you’re on the lookout for penthouse views over northern Lake District, swap a campsite for a cave!

 

 

 

 

 

Swap a campsite for a cave at Lake District!

November 21st, 2018

 

If you’re on the lookout for penthouse views over northern Lake District, we’ve got just the place! Trade an overnight campsite stayover in favour of the captivating “Priest’s Hole! The cave is neither dark nor foreboding, and a shallow overhang maintains effective protection from the elements. The cave contains a wide mouth which keeps claustrophobia at bay, and you’re bound to find half-empty camping stove canisters, a collection of groundsheets and tarps plus, most excitingly, a visitors book and pen with comments and tales of outdoor aficionadi who’ve camped high up on the fell titled Dove Crag. Get a Cumbria campervan hire with Camperbug!

 

 

Image by Masa Sakano on Flickr

 

Pack

 

Do remember that caves are not dry places and as the Priest’s Hole contains a wide opening do make sure to pack in a plenty of warm clothing, adequate equipment to prepare hot food and drink, waterproof bivvy for your sleeping bag and a sheet of tarp to help ease the sharpness of the rocky cave floor. Do pack in the required quantity of water for your stay as the climb down is tiring.

 

Stock up

 

You can stock up on food and water at the nearest village, Patterdale while camping supplies are available in the towns of Ambleside or Keswick.

 

Reach

Lake District is a popular location for camping so you’ll have a cornucopia of campsites to leave your campervan overnight. It’s easiest to reach the cave from the village of Patterdale.

 

 

Image by lydsjackson on Instagram

 

The itinerary

 

Day one

 

Enter via the car park and follow the wide pathway which passes the trail of trees laid along the edge of Brothers Water until you reach a farm at Hartsop Hall. Once you reach the farm, continue forward, where you’ll see the path divide into two. Take the lighter path on the far right which will proceed along an uphill climb. You’ll pass a wall line, ruined gates and old stiles along the way until the trees part to make way for the waters of Dovedale Beck waterfall.

 

Be sure to avoid crossing the bridge to the southern bank. Keep the path to your left as you proceed along the south bank, and soon the track will pass over boulders and rocks, with some old buildings on your right. If the weather is clear, it is from this point that you’ll be able to see the first sighting of the cave. The path becomes increasingly steeper before the terrain evens out with more grass. You’ll need to walk towards a large boulder that rests along of the track.

 

When you reach the boulder, turn left, and you’ll see a path resembling a sheep track. Follow the route which will snake around a side of rocks to your left. You may have to use your hands to scramble over the rocks however after about five minutes of climbing and walking; you’ll reach the entrance to the Priest Hole.

 

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Day two

 

Taking the garbage back. Image by Masa Sakano on Flickr

 

Did you fill out the visitor’s book? Be sure to add a comment!   Before retracing your path down to the large boulder, collect all waste. Those who wish to make a quick exit may follow the same way that led to the caves. Proceed uphill towards the centre point between the peaks Dove Crag and Hart Crag, if you’d like to explore the region.  Turn southeast to reach the summit of the mountain you spend the night from where you can follow the path back to the cols and proceed towards the peak of Hart Crag.

 

When you’ve had your fill of the vistas, follow the very noticeable path northeast which proceeds along the range of Hartsop Above How. The path will drop to the north of Low Wood. Turn onto the road and walk back towards Cow Bridge and you’ll reach your start point!

 

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Embark on the King Arthur Trail

November 12th, 2018

 

Legendary British ruler King Arthur is credited with leading armies against the Saxon invaders during the 5th and 6th century. While historians debate the very existence of the king, numerous Arthurian hotspots dot the UK and even inspired Guy Ritchie’s 2017 film King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. Irrespective of the films poor reception and the debate over the actual existence of King Arthur, here are a select number of locations that transport visitors to a time of battles, folklore and medieval history.  Get a classic campervan hire with Camperbug and see the sites in style and comfort!

 

Tintagel Castle

 

Image by Robert Pittman on Flickr

 

Tintagel Castle is said to be the birthplace of King Arthur. It all began with Geoffrey of Monmouth who stated that Arthur drew first breath within the palace walls in his fictionalised Historia Regum Britanniae. The crumbling castle sits proudly atop Cornwall’s craggy coast, encircled by gulls and mystical tales of days when the now derelict castle served as a sturdy fortress to the Romans, Celtic Cornish Kings and perhaps, even King Arthur himself. The ruins date back to around the 13th century, and the surrounding region contains a highly photographed face of Merlin carved into the rock in proximity to the cave known as “Merlin’s Cave”. According to legend, Merlin hid Arthur within the cave as a means of protection.

 

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Cumbria

 

Image by Tom on Flickr

 

Home to the stunning Lake District, Cumbria wins with unending vistas of natural scenery. Eamont Bridge in Cumbria serves as an Arthurian hotspot owing to the fabled King Arthur’s Round Table. The table is a Neolithic henge which is 90 meters in diameter and 50 meters across. The amphitheatre is reputed to be the Kings jousting section.

 

Glastonbury

 

Image by Steve Slater (used to be Wildlife Encounters) on VisualHunt.com / CC BY

 

Famed for its muddy music festival, Glastonbury is also a hotspot for the famed Arthurian legend. According to folklore, Glastonbury Tor which is a conical hill topped with a 14th-century tower called St Michaels tower is said to be the site in which mortally wounded King Arthur hid after a particularly nasty battle.  Glastonbury Tor now looms over docile sheep and green meadows however back in the time of King Arthur the hill enclosed by marshland and was known as the ‘Isle of Avalon.’ Glastonbury Abbey is said to be the final resting place of the legendary king with monks claiming to uncover bones of Queen Guinevere in AD1190.

 

Snowdonia

 

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Wales is home to many an Arthurian legend, so it’s no surprise that Guy Ritchie chose the loveliest national park to film many scenes of the film. Tryfan Mountain in the Ogwen Valley was featured prominently in the movie, and the lake Llyn Llydaw which is shadowed by Nant Gwynant is said to be the location where Knight Sir Bedivere threw Excalibur after King Arthur’s death.

 

The Isle of Skye

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The Isle of Skye features in many great films including Macbeth and the BFG, and the stunning vistas featured in King Arthur: Legend of the Sword. The weather is quite unpredictable however that doesn’t deter hikers who are drawn to the islands breathtaking landscapes, welcoming pubs and independent rest houses.

 

Delightful Dash!

Delightful Dash is ready to dash to your chosen location. He’s a handsome Rimor 2017 motorhome and will comfortably sleep, five passengers!

 

Windsor Great Park

 

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You may struggle to locate the mysterious castle of Camelot; however, many impressive fortresses dot Britain. The grounds of Windsor Castle were used in the film and considering the park 2,020 hectares are teeming with roaming deer gracefully stepping through Oak Forests, its best to savour the location in the saddle.

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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

 

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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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