A spectacular road trip route for campervan and motorhome wanderers

Back to the camperbug blog  April 06, 2020

You needn't shout it from the rooftops! The cosmopolitan cities of Great Britain brim abound with historic wealth, and natural landscapes that delight wanderers: however, are we really aware of the best means to savour her stunning features? Whether your answer is a firm no, a shaky perhaps, or a resounding yes, we've taken the liberty of throwing together several exciting road trip routes that will entice seasoned travellers and amaze eager new explorers.




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The best way to get a one on one experience with the local settings is to tour the area in a campervan hire or motorhome rental. For starters, Britain is a fantastic location for a self-drive holiday! The landscape is no longer just another attraction to marvel at but the ideal settings to set up camp and stay as long as you like! Wake up to the soothing lull of the ocean waves, camp in a nature reserve, or find a secluded wild camping spot and enjoy a barbeque dinner under the twinkling night sky! Wave off stagnant rooms, dismissal views and rushed travel itineraries! Your home on wheels goes wherever you chose to roam, so look forward to generous nights of cosy, cracking campfires, stunning vistas, and the joys of travelling off the beaten path. Wake up in your camper parked a stone's throw from the shoreline and head out with your board to catch the early surf- the possibilities are endless!




Explore the Isle of Skye. Image by lifeofdouane on Instagram.



Get in touch with Camperbug's experience motorhome and campervan owners. We'll put you in direct contact with all our owners. Feel free to ask them anything ranging from travel pointers in the local area, to pick up times. Reserve a campervan or motorhome without obligation, and whizz away to your travel destination as soon as the booking is confirmed. Getting away from it all has never been easier! We've got vans for the solo traveller, the family that likes to adventure, and everything in-between! A road trip can be a perfect holiday at any time of the year with Camperbug.




Glen Etive, Ballachulish, United Kingdom. Photo by Jack Anstey on Unsplash



When's the best time to hit the road?




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If you're eager to see the beautiful British countryside in full bloom anytime between April and October is an ideal choice. If possible, try to avoid summertime travel as roads and locations are generally overflowing with merry holidaymakers. Motorhomes and campervans are near impossible to book (as almost everyone wants to hire a van and rumble into the unknown) and big attractions are jam-packed with sightseers. If summertime travel is unavoidable, it's best to make your reservations in advance to avoid the frenzied holiday rush and predictable price hikes.



Checklist



Camperbug campervans and motorhomes come furnished with the comforts of home including beds, a dining space, plus a kitchen with a sink, refrigerator and stove. Additionally, our owners are happy to include optional extras like camping chairs, picnic tables, bedding kits, and more. You may want to add in some items of personal comfort, so we've listed a number of things hirers keep on packing over the years.



Absolutely essential:



  • International driver’s license and passport

  • Credit card and cash (local currency if required, quarters for the showers at campsites etc.)

  • Travel Insurance (take a copy of the policy with you)

  • Phone(s) & chargers

  • Passes for national parks, museums, events, etc.

  • Road safety equipment such as warning triangles, jacks, visibility equipment etc.

  • A travel companion! (May come in the form of a furry friend!)



Medical supplies:



  • Prescriptions and any medication you may need – store medicine in clearly and correctly marked containers

  • Doctors certificates or vaccination documents

  • First aid kit

  • Medication like aspirin and travel sickness tablets

  • Mosquito repellent

  • Scissors

  • Safety pin



For the campervan or motorhome :




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  • Electrical cable

  • Levelling blocks

  • Adaptor to hook-up to mains electricity

  • GPS equipment like a dashboard mount for phones

  • Gas bottles

  • Clothesline

  • A headlamp, or a flashlight for when you need extra light

  • Cleaning equipment like brooms, brushes, and a dustpan

  • Fairy lights and more decorations to add some flair to your road trip adventure!



For the kitchen




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  • Cutlery, crockery, glassware, knives etc. (if not supplied)

  • Drinking water bottles

  • A cooler to store larger items like beverages and ice

  • Condiments for cooking like salt and pepper, cooking oil etc.

  • Dishwashing liquid, paper towels, trash bags, zip lock bags, tin foil etc.

  • A picnic blanket to take advantage of a sunny day



Toiletries




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  • Toothbrush and toothpaste

  • Shampoo and conditioner

  • Soap and deodorant

  • Towels and face towels (if not supplied)

  • Clothing and footwear

  • Pack according to the seasonal conditions

  • Sunscreen and sunglasses

  • Sandals or flip flops which are ideal for campsite bathrooms

  • Hiking shoes or comfortable walking shoes

  • A raincoat

  • Swimsuit

  • Sunhat

  • Wool socks

  • Long pants

  • Warm jacket




Exploring the great in Great Britain – The itinerary




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The drive from cosmopolitan London, to Edinburgh, one of Europe's most attractive capitals presents an in-depth look into the wide-ranging beauty in the UK. Your journey meanders through a stunning wealth of ancient history, striking vistas, and an intoxicating fusion of unmissable locations. Take your time to uncover spectacular museums, stroll past crumbling castles, mingle with the locals, and dine on local delicacies.



Destinations you will explore:



  • London

  • Bath

  • Oxford

  • Stratford-Upon-Avon

  • Manchester

  • York

  • Lake District

  • Edinburgh



The number of days on the road:




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The time you spend on the road is entirely in your hands. If you have the time and the means, go all out and take a month to rumble across the UK and uncover her secret delights. If you're short of time or travelling on an inflexible budget, section out the locations you'd prefer to see best, book a campervan in the locality with Camperbug, and set off on your adventure! To duration of the entire road trip is expected to last anywhere from 12 to 25 nights. As mentioned before, you're at the helm, so feel free to wander where you like, or simply set up camp in a scenic spot and stay as long as you please!



Itinerary

Let the road trip begin! First stop – London




Victoria and Albert Museum. Image by realrobbentley on Instagram



Duration of stay - Spend 4- 7 nights in The City, and explore its landmarks. Several attractions provide free entry while others are open to the public with discounted admission or special offers. The city pulls in over 27 million visitors each year and boasts of unparalleled diversity and culture. Hiring a campervan is not only an ideal way to get better acquainted with the bustling capital; it's excellent for exploring the capitals renowned music, arts and literary festivals. Ensure you head out with a full tank and a packed fridge.



Top things to see in London:




Tower Bridge, London, United Kingdom. Photo by Shannon Tremaine on Unsplash




  • Visit the world's largest museums of decorative arts and sculpture – the Victoria and Albert Museum

  • Take a twirl around the Tower of London

  • Catch a glimpse of the Tower Bridge opening and walk across the high-level glass floor above the Thames

  • Drink in stunning views from the London Eye and London's highest viewing tower, The Shard

  • Visit the site of every coronation since 1066 – Westminster Abbey

  • See plays performed at The National Theatre, once graced by the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, Judi Dench, and Maggie Smith

  • See the changing of the guards, and tour the State Rooms, Royal Mews, and The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace

  • A red double-decker bus ride is an absolute must!



Where to stay in London:



You've arranged to hire a Camperbug campervan or motorhome in London, and after a long day of exploring, shopping, and sightseeing you look forward to bedding down for the night instead of hitting the highways and byways. We've got just the place (or two) for you!



Theobalds Park - Closest campsite to the centre of London
Address: Bulls Cross Ride, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, EN7 5HS




Theobalds Park Camping and Caravanning Club Site. Image by hilbemar on



Theobalds Park campsite rests amid secluded woodlands, in the heart of Hertfordshire country and an easy 15 miles from London. The site is an ideal spot to park your campervan and take the train from Waltham Cross into the buzzing London City Center. The site accepts tents campers, plus campervan and motorhome owners. On-site facilities include grass and hard standing pitches, showers, a children's play area, and a designated dog walk. Theobalds Park has everything to meet holidaymakers needs.



Chertsey Campsite – On the River Thames
Address: Bridge Road, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 8JX




Chertsey Campsite. Image by siggi_ffm on Instagram.



Set on the banks of the River Thames, Chertsey Campsite is a quick drive and a 30-minute train ride from London. The site has a rural feel to it, and it's not unusual to see foxes, river birds, and squirrels visiting the grounds. The perfectly placed location is in proximity to theme parks like Lego Land, Thorpe Park and Chessington. There are tent, campervan and motorhome and fully serviced pitches. On-site facilities are clean and plentiful, with excellent hot showers. On the weekends and school holidays, a pop-up café serves campers delicious breakfasts and basic fish and chip type dishes in the evening.



Hertford Campsite - a fantastic seat for discovering the local countryside
Address: Mangrove Road (not Ball Park), Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG13 8AJ




Hertford Campsite. Image by jamesbraithwaite on Instagram.



Hertford Campsite rests within easy distance of nearby attractions like Waltham Abbey, Paradise Wildlife Park, and Knebworth House. Campers can take a pick from 250 pitches and enjoy a host of amenities like driers, washing machines, dog walking facilities, and a play park. Explore the town of Hertford, take long walks along the footpaths and canals, or venture out into the countryside. Campervans, motorhomes, tent campers and dogs are welcome.



London to Bath - 2 hours and 45 minutes

Second stop – Bath




The Roman Baths is one of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe. Image and caption by by PapaPiper on Flickr



Natural hot springs and Georgian architecture is but a wee slice of Bath's delights! A two night stay provides ample time to rumble from lush limestone buildings and thermal springs while taking in the rich and varied history of the city. The city was established by the invading Romans who erected temples enclosing the hot springs in the area. The town brims with timeless attractions like Roman baths, Georgian houses, Victorian gothic structures, and sweeping parks. When you're not enjoying Bath's natural hot springs, take in the incredible local cultural scene abounding with art, theatre, comedy and music.



Top things to see in Bath:




Sally Lunn's Historic Eating House & Museum. Image by alwaysbe.bright on Instagram




  • View the ancient Roman baths by flickering torchlight

  • Enjoy the same natural hot spring waters at the soothing Thermae Bath Spa and enjoy lovely 360-degree views of the city

  • Take in the prehistoric standing stones of Stonehenge

  • Dive in to Bath's treasure chest of galleries and museums

  • Take in breath-taking views over the city from the roof of Bath's Abbey Tower

  • Follow in Jane Austen's footsteps through costumed characters and exhibits that speak of her life in Bath between 1801 and 1806

  • Gaze at elegance old and new at the Fashion Museum

  • Savour the delights of a Sally Lunn's Bath bun (first sold in 1780)



Where to stay in Bath:



Bath Marina And Caravan Park ( Just 2 miles from the city centre)
Address: Brassmill, Lane, Bath, Somerset, BA1 3JT




VAll set up at Bath Marina And Caravan Park. Image by heathdownes on Instagram



Set near the glittering river Avon with its shady trees, and grassy banks, Bath Marina & Caravan Park offers campers 88 pitches with hardstanding, 16 amp electric, and a television connection point. Take a lovely walk into Bath along the canal, and stop by at the gourmet pub on the way back after an eventful day of exploring. If you enjoy cycling, some brilliant cycling routes are accessible from the site. Other on-site facilities include hot showers, washing up, laundry, gas exchange, and chemical disposal. The site provides pitches for both campervan and motorhomes. Dogs are welcome, and there is a kid's playground for the tots.



Bath to Oxford – 1 hour and 45 minutes

Third stop – Oxford




University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom. Photo by Sidharth Bhatia on Unsplash



Home to 38 colleges, a prestigious university and a cosmopolitan population, Oxford conjured up images of riverside picnics, libraries and picture-postcard cobbles. There is more to Oxford than students sweating over exams and libraries. The local museums and the thriving restaurant scene is on par with London. Visit luxury shopping destinations, explore a UNESCO World Heritage site, or immerse yourself in a 1,000 years of history. You'll need a minimum of a one night stay in the city to engage in the Oxford experience.



Must-see attractions in Oxford include:




Blenheim Palace. Image by blenheimpalace on Instagram.




  • Take a guided tour through the University of Oxford, the oldest university in Britain

  • Shop till you drop at Bicester Village, home to a whopping 160 world-famous brands

  • Take in stunning Baroque architecture at Blenheim Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site extending over 2,000 acres

  • Drop-in at world-class museums like Ashmolean Museum and the Bodleian libraries

  • Learn local history at the Oxford Castle and Prison

  • Enjoy a picnic and uncover traditional Cotswolds life at the 17th century Cogges Manor Farm

  • River Punting is a must! Don't miss out on the timeless tradition



Where to stay in Oxford:


Hardwick Parks (half-hour drive to Oxford by van)
Address: Downs Rd, Standlake, Witney, Oxfordshire, OX29 7PZ




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Spread out over stunning parkland dotted with gleaming lakes, Hardwick Parks caters to holidaymakers who love adventure and the rest who look forward to doing absolutely nothing! The park is positioned in proximity to the city of Oxford yet rests on the very border of the Cotswolds countryside. Use the site as a base to explore Oxford and the Cotswolds or take advantage of the surrounding countryside to enjoy hours of peaceful walking, cycling, and riding. The site welcomes campervans and motorhomes and offers a variety of facilities like a shower block, laundry room, an on-site shop and clubhouse, plus Hardwick Parks own watersports centre.




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

On we go! – Stratford-upon-Avon




Shakespeare's Birthplace. Image by shanechainchain on Instagram



Stay over a night or two in the medieval town that was the birthplace of the celebrated poet, playwright and actor William Shakespeare. Almost every pub, shop and hotel will boast of a connection with Stratford-upon-Avon's most famous inhabitant! The lovely market town provides heaps of great things to see and do. Wander from museums to a Harry Potter-themed magic shop, or hop on a riverboat cruise and take in the sights. Enjoy the fantastic attractions and Stratford's impressive 800-year history.



Don't miss:




Catch a season of Shakespeare by the Royal Shakespeare Company! Image by the thersc on Instagram




  • Shakespeare's 16th-century house birthplace and other vital Shakespearean landmarks like Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Gardens plus the New Place

  • Enjoy a proper Shakespeare play at the Royal Shakespeare Company. The group rarely tours so this may be your only opportunity. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre was built by female architect Elisabeth Scott and opened on Shakespeare's birthday on the 23rd of April 1932

  • Walk along the Avon riverside and feed the "trademark" Avon Swans which are the heaviest birds in the world

  • Stroll around the market town and enjoy several ancient buildings and attractions



Stratford-upon-Avon to Manchester – 2 hours and 45 minutes

We're in Manchester!




Northern Quarter, Manchester. Image by nqmanchester on Instagram



Welcome to Manchester - the second biggest city in England, and the home of gifted legends like The Stone Roses, and The Smiths. A multicultural population of three million enjoy the city's burgeoning food scene, rich musical legacy, and thriving nightlife. There's so much to see, and it can be overwhelming. Take delight in art and architecture. Enjoy shopping, sports, and a host of brilliant things to do. Stay a minimum of two nights in the buzzing city to soak in the cheeky, independent streak Mancunian's adore.



Don't miss a chance to see :




Stan the T-Rex at the Manchester Museum. Image by gemmalilly on Instagram




  • See Stan the T-Rex, and rare frogs at The Manchester Museum, the largest university museum in the world
  • Savour cocktails on the rooftop as you listen to a top band at the hottest new music venue, Yes

  • Take a tour around Chetham's Library and John Ryland's Library

  • Fall in love with fantastic street art throughout the Northern Quarter

  • Browse through an impressive collection of football memorabilia at the National Football Museum

  • Take a guided tour into Manchester Town Hall, and explore the unmissable heart of the city

  • Glide over the city's network of canals as you discover how the city prospered during the Industrial Revolution



Where to stay in Manchester:



The Moorlands Saddleworth (35-minute drive from the city of Manchester)
Address: Ripponden Road, Denshaw, Saddleworth, Manchester, Oldham, Lancashire, OL3 5UN




Image by themoorlandssaddleworth on Instagram



Set amid the local countryside, The Moorlands Saddleworth campsite blends in tranquillity and beautiful vistas of a rural setting with easy access to Liverpool, Manchester, Bradford, Leeds, and York. Take a refreshing walk to the nearest pub or enjoy the events and shops in Saddleworth set five miles from the site. The campsite welcomes campervans and motorhomes. You can opt between the grass and gravel pitches with electricity. Dogs are welcome to tag along with their owners, and the Pennine Way is a few hundred meters from the site. Find a Manchester motorhome hire with Camperbug and stay at the Moorlands!




Manchester to York: – 1 hour and 50 minutes

Explore Yorkie!




York Minster. Image by John K Thorne on Flickr.



A quick stroll around York will make you understand why the city is continuously voted one of the best locations to settle down in the UK. York Minster cathedral is undoubtedly the city's crown jewel: however, there is a wealth of history and sights to make for a splendid day of discovery. You can cross York in under half an hour, which means you'll have plenty of time to see all the major attractions, and dive right into the array of excellent restaurants and bars. Enjoy a minimum of two nights in York if possible, and discover a vibrant city that was founded by the Romans, and served as the capital for the Viking territory.



Must-see York attractions:




The Shambles. Image by Andrew Pickett on lovegreatbritain_it on Instagram




  • Explore the towering medieval York Minster cathedral with its impressive stained glass windows and remarkable artifacts

  • Walk the full length of York's medieval city walls

  • Stroll along the old cobbled streets of The Shambles and explore timbre framed buildings, a mix of shops, restaurants, and boutiques

  • Dress up like a Viking and discover the daily lives of 9th-century Vikings in York

  • Drop-in at the York Castle Museum

  • Enjoy a post-lunch stroll along the River Ouse, or enjoy an early evening cruise for stunning sunset views



Where to stay in York:



York Naburn Lock Caravan Park (a comfortable 15 -20-minute drive from York)
Address: Naburn, York, North Yorkshire, YO19 4RU




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York Naburn Lock Caravan Park lies close to the gleaming banks of the River Ouse among picturesque settings. The scenic Naburn Locks and the unspoilt village of Naburn are nearby, while York is a convenient fifteen minutes away. The bus stops outside the gates, so feel free to leave your campervan and motorhome behind. Alternatively, hop on boat and head into York and return for a modest fee. A total of one hundred grass and hardstanding pitches are available for campervans, motorhomes, trailers, and tents. The site has a designated adult's only area for those who prefer the quiet. Each pitch comes with electric hook-ups and dogs are welcome on the premises. Take a stroll along the river and enjoy some riverside fishing. This family-owned, four-star camping and touring pitches are divided by hedgerows to maximise the intimate feel during your stay.



York to Lake District – 1 hour and 50 minutes

Aah..Lake District!




Grasmere. Image by Jorge Franganillo on Flickr



You're sure to enjoy your stay in the magnificent Lakes! Expect nothing short of stunning views, glittering bodies of water, plus an exciting blend of forests and mountains. While the gently rolling hills and vast lakes have inspired writers, artists, and poets, there is so much more to the Lake District. Nestled amid the mountainous terrain is a horde of wonderful eateries, cosy pubs, historic buildings, and museums. Discover why 19 million visitors annually flock to Lakeland, and the let the glorious landscape draw you in. We recommend a minimum two-night stay to truly stretch your legs, and rest your eyes on the striking scenery.



Fall in love with :




Castlerigg Stone Circle near Keswick. Image by castleriggstonecircle on Instagram




  • Pop into Dove Cottage, former home of William Wordsworth

  • Fall in love with the tea shops, and stone cottages in the picturesque village of Grasmere

  • Take a lake cruise on Lake Windermere

  • Visit the Castlerigg Stone Circle, which is the oldest and perhaps the most atmospheric. Pop by at sunset for the full dramatic effect.
  • Follow lakeside trails along Derwentwater and Ullswater

  • Take in the quaint shops, excellent restaurants, and lovely stone houses along Ambleside's winding streets

  • Enjoy a slab (or two) of Kendal's famed mint cake



Lake District to Edinburgh – 3 hours and 40 minutes

The final city on the list – 'Embra'




Arthur's Seat. Image by mcyena7 on Instagram



Edinburgh is a photographers dream, a prime spot for urban exploration, and a hub of culture and arts. Meet the lively locals, and take part in a mega-jamboree like Fringe, the globes largest arts festival. Soak in the fun, slightly chaotic ambience, and dive right into the Edinburgh's bustling food scene. Stroll from rugged landscapes like Arthur's Seat along winding alley's to a vast array of excellent pubs. You'll need three to five nights to savour the bustling capital of Scotland fully.



Things to do in Edinburgh




Royal Mile Edinburgh. Image by kashif_aasi on Instagram




  • Slip on your hiking boots, and take a leisurely hike along Arthur's Seat for unparalleled views of Edinburgh's skyline

  • Visit Edinburgh Castle, an ancient stronghold, and explore its old dungeons

  • Walk down the Royal Mile sprinkled with restaurants, cafes, and museums

  • Wet your whiskey whistle on a guided walk to some of the city's best bars

  • Enjoy guided rooftop tours, and walking tours to St. Giles cathedral

  • Explore Scottish history at the National Museum of Scotland



Where to stay in Edinburgh



Linwater Caravan Park (35 minutes to drive to Edinburgh)
Address: West Clifton, Edinburgh, East Calder, Lothian, EH53 0HT




Image by innstugram on Instagram



Set on farmland in proximity to Edinburgh, Linwater is a tranquil, family-owned business that welcomed in wanderers in 1998. The site has accumulated several notable awards along the way which speak volumes for the services and amenities on site. It has won best campsite in Scotland 2018 by the Scottish Outdoor Leisure Awards, and three consecutive TripAdvisor certificates of excellence. The site offers campervan, motorhome, and tent pitches as well as glamping pods, and caravan holiday homes. An on-site shop sells essential items like gas, bread, milk, etc. A maximum of two well-behaved pooches are allowed per pitch, and the reception has an abundance of information on the local sights. An indoor camping kitchen comes with a dishwashing area, hobs plus seating and a TV which is ideal for relaxing and chatting with fellow campers. Linwater is a four-star holiday home and welcomes visitors all year round.



Enjoy the endless supply of stunning sceneries, thriving cities, and the exciting attractions along the way, and don't forget to savour the moment!










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