Campervan Holidays 6 Destinations To Explore
Whether you have a traditional VW campervan or one of the more modern alternatives, there is nothing better than packing up and heading out on an adventure around the country.
Image courtesy of Trethem Mill in Cornwall.
You have the freedom to take in the picturesque scenery in multiple locations. Plotting a route and the various stops is half the fun! With the Best of British Holidays Parks, dogs are welcome, so your canine companion can come along for the ride too! So, let’s take a look at 6 fantastic locations you could pitch up at this summer and autumn.
1. Bude, Cornwall
First up, we’re taking you to the Cornish coast. Close to the Devon border, Bude is a delightful town in north east Cornwall. It is well known for its watersports; surfing, windsurfing, paddle boarding and sailing among others. Put your surfboard in the campervan and away you go! Bude’s spectacular coastline is home to vast stretches of sandy beaches, stunning seascapes and beach huts. Beaches with Blue Flag and Seaside Awards dot the landscape. All the beaches with life guards have been tested for bathing water quality. Bude’s Sea Pool is also a perfect option if you’re not keen on the open water!
Bude’s beaches sit just off the A39 Atlantic Highway, between Bideford in Devon and Camelford in Cornwall. Wooda Farm Park is a five star holiday park overlooking Bude Bay, with stunning views down the North Cornish coastline and the lush, rolling countryside inland. They welcome campervans and are well placed to suggest where to visit locally. They’ll also help with the best beaches for your chosen watersport activity.
2. Glastonbury, Somerset
Next stop, a town full of history and with a background in the arts. There are few places that offer more stunning panoramic landscapes than Glastonbury Tor. In fact, the county of Somerset offers both idyllic countryside and spacious beaches. With a campervan, you can traverse the county and experience it all. We’d suggest taking in the sights at Wells (less busy than Bath), the Glastonbury Mural Trail and the Somerset Rural Life Museum. In fact, we have previously covered things to do in an around Glastonbury in our ‘Holiday Like A Local’ blog post. We love both the town and the surrounding places of interest.
Crowned Practical Caravan’s Top 100 Sites Guide Overall Winner, The Old Oaks Touring and Glamping Park in Glastonbury is the perfect place to pitch up, and they’re no strangers to welcoming campervans! This is an adult only park, in a blissfully tranquil setting. In fact, it’s a bit of a cult touring caravan stop due to the amazing 5 star hotel style facilities. Well worth a pitstop!
3. South Downs, West Sussex
Let’s head along the south coast toward Chichester. If you’d like to explore the South Downs, Goodwood and blue flag local beaches, this stretch of coast is perfect for you. You might even be heading out in your campervan from London and looking for somewhere that isn’t too far away. West Sussex is perfect for short breaks, longer holidays and as a stopping point if you’re heading off to France, Spain or the Channel Islands from Portsmouth.
The South Downs Way is one of 15 National Trails in England and Wales and was the first bridleway National Trail in England. Stretching from the ancient cathedral city of Winchester in the west, through to the white chalky cliffs of the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head at Eastbourne in the east, almost all of its stunning 160 kilometre length is blissfully off-road. If you love walking, this one is for you.
In Chichester, you’ll be perfectly positioned, including for a trip to the Isle of Wight. But, where to stay? We have two parks for you to consider. Concierge Camping is based just outside Chichester. If you’d like to venture over to the Isle of Wight, try Whitefield Forest Touring Park.
4. The Garden of England, Kent
As you exit the South Downs, you’ll enter East Sussex and then enter Kent, known as the Garden of England. While you can traverse the coastline all the way round to Essex, you could make the move inland and see what awaits you there. The stunning countryside hides multiple transport links that can take you into London, or across to France if you prefer. Known for oast houses and hop picking, you could follow the North Downs Way ‘Ale Trail’ where you’ll visit breweries along the walking route. This will indulge you in the beer making heritage of the county.
One of Kent’s most famous filming locations is the village of Pluckley, known for The Darling Buds Of May in the 1990s. Surrounded by apple orchards, as is much of the county, you’ll be able to take in the architecture of Kent too. You can continue your beer theme by stopping at the most haunted pub, the Black Horse – well reviewed and full of history!
You’ll find two Best of British holiday parks in Kent. Broadhembury Holiday Park is near Ashford, perfect if you want to head to Brogdale, home of the National Fruit Collections and a plethora of apples and pears. Tanner Farm Touring Caravan and Camping Park is near The Hop Farm which will explain the beer making process. So, if you’re looking for campervan accommodation in Kent, we think we have you covered!
5. Anglesey, Wales
We change direction completely now and head to the island of Anglesey in North Wales. On a sunny day you’d think you were in the Mediterranean, it is truly stunning, especially with blue skies and sunshine. Assuming you’re travelling some distance to Anglesey, you’ll be able to make the most of your campervan en route with pit stops and opportunities to take in the idyllic landscapes.
Anglesey is known, among other things, for its vast beaches. Frequented by both nature lovers and watersports enthusiasts, so you’ll be able to pack both your walking boots and your surfboard! You’re also not far from the mountains of Snowdonia, which offers walking routes for seasoned professionals and those who prefer a more leisurely amble.
Pitch up at Home Farm Caravan Park in Anglesey, an award winning park in an elevated and secluded setting.
6. Sidmouth, Devon
We’re giving Sidmouth in Devon a special mention as we have a holiday park there that LOVES campervans! Not only is Sidmouth a beautiful town, but Oakdown Touring and Holiday Home Park is the perfect spot to park up! As you can see, whether you have an old school VW campervan, or one of the more modern alternatives, there will be space on a pitch for you!
Wishing you many happy campervan trips in 2022 and beyond!