Fantastic 4 Holiday Spots to Visit in a Motorhome or Camper
It doesn’t matter whether you are in a used campervan or a new motorhome, in the end your leisure vehicle is your home from home. You’ll be living in it for much of your time, so you need it to be just right. It’s really not just your method of getting somewhere wonderful, it really must be the best it can be – comfortable, packed with convenience features and reliable. We have plenty of top quality vehicles in stock right here at Go European which fit the bill on all three counts, and will leave you a satisfied traveller.
We’re not just about these great vehicles themselves, though. We feel obliged, as a truly pleasurable additional part of our offer, to suggest a few places you could visit in the used motorhome or new campervan you’ve bought from us!
The UK is a wonderfully rich and varied country, with something for everyone – whether that means idyllic scenery, historic sites, bustling cities or quiet coastal towns. There are spectacular views everywhere, and plenty of things to see and do. There’s no doubt that the campervan and motorhome lifestyle offers unparalleled opportunities to explore the UK at length, and we’d like to celebrate the phenomenon of the staycation! These are four areas of the country which we believe will leave an indelible mark, and which you’ll want to tell other people about…
(1) The Yorkshire Dales
The people who live in Yorkshire sometimes refer to it as “God’s own county”, and once you have spent any time here it’s not difficult to see what they mean. It is the heartbeat of England. Yorkshire has a very particular feel to it which belies the lazy cliches about simple flat cap lives lived on terraced streets. There is the sophisticated town of Harrogate, the modern buzz city of Leeds, and the self-proclaimed socialist republic of Sheffield – and then, for outdoorsy types, there is the Yorkshire Dales. An area encompassing thousands of square miles of moors, valleys and villages. There are rolling hills, an abundance of nature’s green, and scenery which nestles beneath beautiful huge blue skies.
Particular spots which we would like to recommend here include Malham Cove, to the north of Leeds, which is an incredible 230ft high curving cliff of white limestone. It is an interesting challenge for serious climbers, but also a haven for birdlife. It’s possible to see peregrine falcons during the summer, alongside house martins, jackdaws and many other species. Aysgarth Falls is also worthy of your time. Aysgarth itself is a small village which features many waterfalls including Aysgarth Falls – three-step cascades down the River Ure. The visitors centre is a great starting point for anyone who wants to experience this natural wonder.
(2) The Lake District
The Lake District, in Cumbria, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is England’s largest National Park. It is an outstanding part of our country, with an abundance of dramatic lakes, forests, and mountains. All of the English land over 3,000 feet above sea level is within the National Park – including Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. This is our first recommendation from this wonderfully picturesque area. Scafell Pike rises to 3,209ft above sea level and is a popular destination for walkers and climbers. The National Trust estimates around 100,000 people climb it per year.
For slightly less exerting leisure time, the Lake District has some beautiful towns and villages including Keswick, Ambleside, Kendal and Windermere. The latter of those is also famed for its proximity to Lake Windermere, one of the UK’s finest spots. It’s the longest body of water in England, at almost 11 miles, and is surrounded by mountains, parkland, woodland and forest. The town itself has plenty of places to eat and drink, so it’s perfect for relaxing.
(3) Devon and Cornwall
The south-west of England just out into the Atlantic ocean, and traditionally enjoys terrific weather (though not, obviously, all of the time). The area around Paignton and Torquay is even known as the ‘English Riviera’. Devon and Cornwall are justifiably popular tourist areas due to their long sandy beaches and coastal views and inland, wonderful moorland, hills and valleys. For surfers, the northern coast is best – though there are fewer resorts up there due to the rockier shores. However, the north coast does have the wonderfully named seaside village of Westward Ho!
For serious walkers and hikers the Southwest Coast path is England’s longest trail. It runs from Minehead in west Somerset to Poole in Dorset and is approximately 630 miles, following the dramatic coastline round Land’s End and Lizard point (the most westerly and most southerly spots in the country). If you’re into more urban tourism, Torquay and Exeter are wonderful and Plymouth is great too.
It would be very difficult to do justice to the country of Scotland in just a couple of paragraphs as it so vast – so we won’t try. Instead we’ll focus on one area in particular – the west coast. This is an often ‘unspoiled’ area, often seemingly untouched by modernity, and which offers much of simple or rural value. Dumfries and Galloway, for example, is an area with a great farming and fishing tradition. There are, though, some great towns to visit. Kirkcudbright is Scotland’s ‘artist town’, with a tradition for the fine arts (and the magnificent art gallery in the centre of the town often has prestigious exhibitions – in recent years Gerald Scarfe and Raymond Briggs). The Edward Woodward / Britt Ekland horror movie The Wicker Man was also filmed in the area, much of it in harbour town Kirkcudbright.
Inland a little, and further north, you will find Glasgow – one of Scotland’s two major cities. There is so much to see and do here, including the world famous Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, the spectacular Glasgow Cathedral, the Riverside Museum Of Travel & Transport and Glasgow Botanic Gardens.
Really, there is too much to mention here – so with our quartet of pointers, you have a starting point to go off and explore the UK and find your own favourite destinations. We’d love to hear from you on what you find! We’ll add them to our list of great spots to advise our customers to take the motorhomes or campervans we provide them with. You can see what we currently have available by browsing our website, and you can easily reach out to us to ask more questions if there is anything else you would like to know. In the meantime, happy staycation!