With Summer well and truly here, more and more of us are thinking about taking a holiday and for most of us that means dusting off the motorhome and exploring the UK.
There are so many beautiful parts of the UK which are sometimes overlooked in favour of foreign isles, but I’d argue that there are some stunning corners of the UK which rival those further afield.
If you’re looking to take a UK holiday in your motorhome this year, then I can highly recommend using the Motorhome Insurer where you can compare motorhome insurance to find the best deals.
I’d always advise you to ensure that your insurance (both for yourself, your family and your vehicle) is up to date before you travel as you wouldn’t want to be caught out if anything happened during your holiday.
It’s always best to be prepared and so a few minutes spent checking your motorhome insurance could potentially save you time and money down the line!
Ok, with that out of the way, let’s chat holidays!
Here are the top 5 places to visit by motorhome in the UK:
OK, starting with an obvious one here, but Yorkshire is absolutely gorgeous and there are so many places to visit.
It is so diverse, from the breath-taking landscapes of the North York Moors, the sandy beaches on the coast or the soaring sights of the Yorkshire Dales. There’s something for everyone.
The Yorkshire Dales National Park has 840 square miles of outstanding scenery, rich history and protected wildlife.
Natural attractions in the Dales are just as amazing as the lively festivals and food options, as you can discover the curved limestone cliff at Malham Cove and see Britain’s highest unbroken waterfall, Hardraw Force.
The North Yorks Railway is another way to enjoy the incredible scenery, with magnificent steam trains to ride on and journey stops at beautiful rural stations, such as those at Goathland and Grosmont villages.
You’ll be spoilt for choice if you choose to holiday in Yorkshire.
There’s so much to choose from that you could happily spend a couple of weeks in the area and still have more left to explore! It’s known as God’s Own Country for a reason!
The Lake District
The Lake District is located in Cumbria and is England’s largest National Park packed full of beautiful stone villages, rolling hills and of course, many a beautiful lake.
You’ll not be short of activities to keep you and your family entertained during your stay in the Lake District so it’s one of the best locations to visit if you have little ones to entertain!
The Lake District National Park is vast, similar to the YDNAP you could spend weeks here and still not see it all.
But also that’s the beauty of it, because there’s something for everyone and activities to suit every taste.
Windermere is probably the most popular lake, you can take a scenic boat trip around the lake and its islands from Bowness-on-Windermere, which also happens to be the World of Beatrix Potter attraction and located near Lake Windermere is Hilltop.
Beatrix’s former home which is now owned by the National Trust and showcases her life, work and passion for wildlife. For time away from the tourist crows, you could try the western shoreline of the lake, which is much quieter, in areas like the wooded trails of Claife Heights and the grounds of Wray Castle.
There’s also lots of walking in the Lake District so you could easily park up at a campsite and spend your time covering some of the most beautiful countryside outside of Yorkshire. (or is that just me being biased? Maybe!)
I recently went on a walking holiday in the Lake District and really enjoyed it, the scenery was spectacular and the fact all the walks were from the hotel was a massive perk.
Northumberland & NE England
Northern England is full of charming towns and villages, making it the perfect destination for a motorhome road trip and holiday.
There are of course many different routes to take in this part of England but one idea is to start in Saltburn-by-the-Sea which is home to the historic Saltburn Cliff Tramway.
Be sure to try a Lemon Top ice cream – no trip to Saltburn-by-the-Sea is complete without one! You can then head on to Staithes and the gothic looking Whitby Abbey and search for Dracula’s tombstone!
Northumberland itself is full of beautiful beaches so don’t forget to pack your bucket and spade!
If you fancy a spot of bird watching, be sure to pop on a boat over to the Farme Island, you’ll be sure to spot colonies of puffins and even seals! The islands are popular with nature lovers.
Did you know that Northumberland has more castles than any other county in England? Perfect for any history nerds amongst us!
Dunstanburgh Castle in Craster, Bamburgh Castle dominates the horizon and is definitely worth a visit as it was once the home to the Royal Seat of the Kings of Northumbria and supposedly has a ghost or two!
Northumberland National Park covers an area of some 400 square miles and contains the largest man-made forest in Europe and the largest area of protected dark sky in Europe.
It was designated an International Dark Sky Park in 2003 because of the lack of light pollution, so if you’re going to see celestial happenings, you’ll see them best from here.
Glencoe & The Highlands
Glencoe is so beautiful, I visited a couple of years ago on a coach trip and was blown away by its beauty. We even passed the spot where Skyfall was filmed!
There are so many places to visit in Scotland for instance if you’re a history fan you can head upto Fort William or if you’re a Harry Potter fan head upto Glenfinnan and see the steam train ride over the viaduct or why not leave the motorhome and ride the train instead?
The road from Glencoe to Fort William is undisputedly one of the most scenic road trips Scotland has to offer, with breath-taking mountains and the grand, green woodlands of high land.
At the foot of Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain and perched lochside is award-winning caravan and campingpark, Glen Nevis.
This is a 1,000acre estate is perfect for a family camping trip, relaxed weekend getaway or indeed an adventure holiday, the choices really are endless!
To be honest, just driving through Glencoe is pure joy, the scenery is absolutely stunning. I’d be surprised if you didn’t stop every few minutes to take pictures and fill your camera roll with picture after picture of mountains and green woodlands!
Snowdonia is amazingly well connected to most places in the UK – a drive from Manchester is only 80 miles and takes around 2 hours, so you can be in a new spot in time for lunch!
Pretty much everything in Snowdonia involves being outdoors so be sure to bring appropriate clothing and outdoor gear, the luxury of travelling with your home means you CAN bring an extra pair of shoes or that bigger umbrella!
Snowdonia is known as the adventure capital of Wales meaning there's lots to do including caving, walking, hiking, caving, horse riding and many a watersport. It's definitely the place to come as a family as there is plenty to keep everyone entertained.
It was designated as a national park (covering 823sq miles) in 1951 and is a popular destination for tourists, attracting over 6 million visitors each year. Apart from its historical sites, Snowdonia is known for its excellent hiking, thundering waterfalls serene lakes and picturesque villages.
So there you have, the Top 5 Places to Visit in the UK by Motorhome, I hope I’ve given you some inspiration for your travels this Summer.
You’ll be thoroughly spoilt for choice and could well end up spending more than your allotted holiday time travelling around them all! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Of course, be sure to check out the Motorhome Insurer for all your comparative insurance needs.