Drink in the beauty of Western England and Wales  August 21st, 2018

 

- The top campervan and motorhome drives by Camperbug -

 

Planning a campervan or motorhome journey can be a tad overwhelming, especially in a striking setting like the UK. There’s a wealth of historical information, plenty of landscapes to make your heart do a sparkling jig of joy and a host of attractions and experiences just waiting to be appreciated. If this is your first trip or you’re a seasoned traveller, we’ve got a route touring the best districts of Western England and Wales that’ll make you want to stay on the road for a while yet. Be wowed by important cities and spectacular countryside views! If you’re planning to travel during the holiday seasons,do ensure you make an early reservation on your campervan or motorhome hire with Camperbug to avoid missing out on a great holiday!

 


Stop one – The mountain of Cadair Idris

 

On the slopes of Cadair Idris. Image courtesy of visitwales on Instagram

 

 

Located in the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park in Gwynedd, Wales lies on the mountain of Cadair Idris. Regarded as one of Wales most iconic mountains, the three peaks of Pen y Gadair, Cyfrwy and Mynydd Moel mean the Head of the Chair, the Saddle and the Bare Mountain respectively. Climb to the top for bird’s-eye views of the surrounding regions. The weather is exceptionally unreliable so if your visit there coincides with a blanket of mists a drive around the vicinity should do the trick! If you’re planning to camp overnight, beware the legend that dooms all overnight lodgers who will either wake up raving mad or an accomplished poet! Get campervan hires in Gwynedd, here!

 

 

Stop two – Abergwesyn Pass

 

The decent into the reputed Devil's Staircase. Image courtesy Roger Kidd / Cwm Irfon, Powys / CC BY-SA 2.0 on Wikimedia Commons

 

 

Exit Snowdonia National Park and drive past the picturesque Powys in Wales for a complicated drive through Abergwesyn Road. The narrow path leads across the Cambrian Mountains to the charming town of Tregaron. You’ll pass the valley of Afon Irfon, past the crags of Esgair Irfon and very steep Devil’s Staircase. Navigate slowly over the hairpin bends and keep an eye out for roving sheep and menacing rocks! Be sure to take a breather and pose for some photos by the Llyn Brianne reservoir.

 

 

Stop three – Black Mountain road

 

Across the Black Mountains. Image courtesy of on Roger / A-road heading north across Black Mountains / CC BY-SA 2.0 on Wikimedia Commons.

 

 

Located in the western region of the Brecon Beacons National Park, Black Mountain road has earned a reputation as one of the best roads in Wales. Consisting of 22 miles of hairpin turns and challenging path that curves and flows over the Black Mountain, the route will provide some of the most breathtaking views of the Welsh countryside. Keep an eye out for tractors and bleating sheep! Leave your motorhome or campervan for a visit to one of the enticing waterfalls in the park. We might lose sight of enthusiastic adventurers who will want to make the best of the unmatched camping, hiking, canoeing and cycling routes in the region.

 

 

Stop four – The Cheddar Gorge

 

Twisting road through Cheddar Gorge. Image courtesy of Prosthetic Head on Wikimedia Commons.

 

 

Located in West Country, Cheddar Gorge is located a mere 10 miles south-west of Bristol so you can either take a day’s stop at Bristol or continue for 14 spectacular miles of the Somerset countryside. Bestowed with the weighty title of being one of the best driving routes on the globe, you’re in for views of intimidating limestone cliffs, fantastic stalactite caves and breathtaking vistas. The twisting roads passing among the hills appear to have been split open and dish up the best photo ops in England! The Cheddar Gorge is an international spot for excellent rock climbing and caving quests…. we’ve lost the attention of the adrenaline junkies again, haven’t we?

 

 

Stop five – Shropshire Hills

 

On the Burway road, a Shropshire Hills road. Image courtesy of Jonathan Billinger / The Burway; a Shropshire Hills road / CC BY-SA 2.0 on Wikimedia Commons.

 

The natural upland region located in the county of Shropshire and is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Comprising of unending hills, evergreen farmlands, dense woods, rolling moorlands and sparkling river valleys, the exceptional scenery and crumbling castles in the region make for an excellent driving route. Stopover or grab a bite in the county of Shropshire which is home to UNESCO World Heritage Sites plus the oldest functioning brewery in the UK, the Three Tuns Brewery! Dipsomaniacs may want to hurry on to the final stop on this tour!

 

 

Stop six – The city of Manchester

 

Manchester city center. Image courtesy of dancunliffe_photography on Instagram

 

 

The second most populous region in the UK is packed with an astounding number of attractions especially as the important city is best-known for its thriving music scene, higher education and media. Shop or play sport, marvel at architecture or admire art, there’s too much to do!
We recommend:

 

  • Museum of Science and Industry
  • Whitworth Art Gallery
  • Manchester Cathedral
  • National Football Museum
  • Manchester Opera House
  • Chetham’s Library
  • John Rylands Library
  • Heaton Park
  • Albert Square
  • Chinatown

 

 

If you enjoyed this driving route take a read of Camperbug’s list of the 05 best campervan journeys to make in the UK!

 

 

 

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