Despite the successful deployment of the vaccine, with the uncertainty that still surrounds exactly when and whether we will be able to go abroad this summer, many of us are still (wisely) planning a stay here in the UK. United.
The coolest way to do it in style? Climb aboard the all-vacation RV craze, with the added luxury of some comforts by your side.
To help you on your way, we’ve taken a look at everything you need to know for the perfect getaway – from the best companies to book with, to the most exciting places to park and some of the best, as well as the most important, routes to take. Dos and Don’ts before your trip. Read on for our guide to planning a motorhome vacation.
The cool companies to book a motorhome with
Plan your perfect RV getaway with Camplify, the UK’s fastest growing RV, RV and caravan sharing community, connecting vacationers with brilliant vans available for hire. A simple and user-friendly platform with ready-made motorhomes – what are you waiting for?
From classic VW in vintage style to one with a slightly more modern twist and even dog friendly options, choose the best retro motorhome for you from Cool Camping’s huge online selection. Find the convenient pickup destination of your choice and drive across the UK for a summer vacation with a twist.
With the largest number of motorhomes in the UK, you’ll be spoiled for choice with Camptoo’s over 1,600 unique vehicles. Whether you are heading for a short weekend or a few weeks exploring the British coast, there is something for every type of trip with Camptoo. It’s super easy to book and the vans are great value, win, win.
Pick up your motorhome in London and hit the road hassle-free with this personalized service from Indie Campers. They’ll provide you with all the travel tips and tricks you need for the location you choose, along with free insurance and roadside assistance in your package, and, with 24/7 pick-up and drop-off. 7, it really is a simple start to an exciting experience to come.
Choose from one of four beautifully restored motorhomes – Honey, Sunny, Poppy and Moneypenny, for a special roadtrip away from the buzz of the city. Family-owned Dub Dub and Away is based in South East London and offers the perfect vacation on wheels for Londoners looking for a break.
Hire one of Quirky Campers’ unique and handcrafted motorhomes, whether it’s for families, couples, or anyone who just can’t leave their dog behind, there is an option for every traveler. In addition, 10% of profits from Quirky Campers go to the Practical Action charity to fight poverty in developing countries.
Cool places to park
Retreat to the cliff top campsite at Treen Farm for some fabulous scenery and stunning beaches in the surrounding area. Take a trip to Porthcurno beach or Pedn Vouder for the golden sands or take the 10 minute drive to one of Cornwall’s best surf spots at Sennen, this is a lovely and spacious place ideal for those who love the great outdoors.
Manor Farm, North Norfolk
Park your motorhome in one of the farm meadows and admire the magnificent views over the countryside and the North Norfolk coast for pure relaxation. A family-friendly site, with access to all of its own facilities, it’s a quiet and safe place with plenty of activities at your fingertips. Cycle or walk along the National Trust Forest, brave a dip in the sea for a famous crab sandwich at Cromer Beach, less than a mile away, or head to nearby Blakeney, for a seal watching boat trip.
This site on the North Devon coast enjoys a laid-back, rule-less vibe, where holidaymakers can camp wherever they want amid Exmoor’s 160 acres of countryside. There is something for everyone here, with great facilities and activities in place and you can even have breakfast at the Barn Café.
Take to the fields at this family-friendly campsite, located on Selson Farm in the North Downs, lined with trees and surrounded by apple, pear and cherry orchards. Stock up on essentials in the small shop, then take a 30-minute walk to the nearby medieval town of Sandwich, taking in the magnificent views from the bay.
Set in the rolling Dorset countryside, a short walk from the famous village of Corfe Castle, enjoy a serene break on the Jurassic Coast at Norden Farm. Explore the fishing pond and soak up the sun, visit the quaint farm shop with fresh, local produce, or take one of the many walking and biking routes – be sure to rehydrate in one of the pubs scattered along the way.
Beadnell Bay, Northumberland
Stroll the golden sands of Beadnell Bay, minutes from the campsite, and soak up the sun and sand dunes. Discover the fabulous national cycle routes by bike, observe the magnificent local fauna and enjoy true tranquility at this peaceful, tentless site.
With its rural setting and panoramic views of the surrounding Lake District, Gill Head offers something for everyone. During the day there are countless activities to participate in, whether it’s a dip in nearby Lake Ullswater or a trip to the town of Keswick, pony treks, golf or just a walk in the meadows. neighbors.
Bert’s Kitchen Garden, North Wales
Take a break at Bert’s Kitchen on the Llyn Peninsula for a pure escape and natural space. Stay active with yoga classes, paddle boarding, walking, and wildlife viewing. Treat yourself to freshly laid eggs, coffee, and cakes from the on-site cafe, and enjoy communal campfires at dusk.
Clachtoll Beach, Scotland
Located directly on the popular North Coast Route 5000, in Assynt, this campsite is just 100 meters from the beautiful Clachtoll Beach. Enjoy the mesmerizing landscapes and seascapes, ideal for rock jumping or kayaking, and visit the nearby town of Lochinver for provisions and a whirl around some of its quaint shops.
Petruth Paddocks, Somerset
Located in the Mendip Hills on the southern edge of Cheddar, Somerset, Petruth Paddocks offers plenty of on-site activities and there are some spectacular sights to see in the surrounding area including Cheddar Gorge and Wookey Hole Caves. Enjoy the simplicity of outdoor living at the Paddocks by day and snuggle up by the fire at night.
5 of the UK’s most scenic roadtrips
North Norfolk Coast
Enjoy a road trip on the A149 along the north Norfolk coast, soaking up fabulous natural sights and seaside villages on your trip. Spend a day at Blue Flag Hunstanton Beach, take a long stroll on the golden sands of Holkham Beach where Shakespeare In Love was filmed, and crab in Blakeney. Explore North Norfolk’s eclectic mix of salt marshes, sand dunes and pebble shores, bird watch and end the day in a country pub garden for salt fish and chips before retreating to your campsite- because for the night.
Take a scenic journey on the A39 from Devon to Cornwall, feasting on the best of Somerset, Devonshire and Cornwall. Pass through Barnstable, Bude, Padstow, Newquay, Tintagel and marvel at the splendor of the unique and quirky country towns and villages along the way. Stop to surf and sample local seafood, and finish at Land’s End for a snapshot at the iconic cliffside monument.
North coast 500, Scotland
Travel 500 miles on long, open roads through the Scottish Highlands, starting and ending at Inverness Castle. Discover the true beauty of the different regions spread across the route, with impressive mountains, stunning waterfalls and white sandy beaches, while immersing yourself in the history and culture of Scotland.
Make your way along the popular route through the Cotswolds, with its stunning scenery, quaint old market towns and charismatic villages. Explore Snowshill and Paniswick in the Cotswold Hills and visit the bustle of the bustling historic towns of Cirencester and Tetbury. Take a dip and go for a swim in one of the many freshwater rivers, put on your walking shoes and stroll through the lush fields and meadows of your campsites, finishing with a pint in a quintessentially British country pub.
Guide your motorhome through the windy and hilly roads of the Peak District and admire the wonderful countryside of North Derbyshire. Stop in charming towns and villages, including the ancient spa town of Buxton, indulge in Bakewell pies in Bakewell and wander the stately mansion of Chatsworth House. Take a trip to the many reservoirs and cross beautiful valleys, you will never be bored of the magnificent views.
Dos and Don’ts
Are you all excited and ready to go on a road vacation getaway? Read on for some helpful tips to consider when planning your RV vacation.
Do your research before you go – there are many great routes and destinations out there, so be sure to pick the right one for you. See what each region and each campsite has to offer and if it suits your vacation needs. Think about activities, facilities, travel times, etc.
Make an itinerary and stick to it, making sure you have a set travel itinerary, reserved campsites, and planned activities along the way. The last thing you want to do is show up and there won’t be room for your tired-eyed motorhome and driver.
Pick the right vehicle. Make sure that the van you choose is suitable for the distance you will be traveling and that there is enough space for all of your passengers and luggage. Likewise, choose the right travel companions – you are rather nearby in a motorhome.
If you’re planning a secluded getaway, stopping at campsites that are far off the beaten path, make sure you have supplies. There is nothing quite like snacking and not having a Costcutter in sight.
This is done easily, so remember you don’t need to take as much as you think – it’s all about minimalism. Too many things flying in the motorhome will create a messy environment, hardly a relaxing holiday feeling.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions
Before setting off in your motorhome, make sure the rental company has answered all of your questions and that you know exactly how to drive the van. It is essential that you feel comfortable driving this larger vehicle, especially on unfamiliar roads.
It’s easy to get carried away and get carried away on the RV adventure, but don’t forget to take breaks and relax when you first get used to the van.