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Break Away From Society in a Campervan

Campervan holidays are becoming ever popular for families who want to get away from it all. That’s one of the best things about going on a campervan holiday; you can get away from society and enjoy a tranquil break with the people you love the most. You’ll feel like there’s nobody else in the world apart from you!

Here are some tips and ideas that will help you to enjoy the tranquil break you deserve:

 

Stonehenge, Bath, and Oxford

Stonehenge, Wiltshire

Stonehenge large panorama at sunset, United Kingdom

There are so many amazing things to see and do when you go on a campervan break in the UK. There’s plenty of fun to be had, and places you can meet other camper vanners, of course. But you want to feel like you’re getting away from it all, so let’s focus on that.

How about travelling towards Stonehenge, if you’ve never been before? It definitely has a calming atmosphere around it, and is a site that many camper vanner’s choose to visit. Further Northwest, you will arrive in beautiful Bath, with many notable sites. There are an abundance of places to enjoy breakfast or brunch, before going to view the Roman baths and Theatre Royal. Many people who visit Bath just can’t believe how clean and well kept it is. There are nearby caravan spots you can stay in of course, such as Hortham Farm and Baltic Wharf.

When leaving Bath, don’t forget to make your way through the Cotswolds. Here, there are some stunning nature sites and lakes that you just have to see. Oxford is also nearby, with more museums and theatres. However, you want tranquility, so make sure you head to the botanic garden if nothing else. One of the best things about going on a campervan holiday is the ability to visit and enjoy multiple places in a few days. Make sure you make the most of it by coming up with a suitable itinerary that fits your needs. Here are some campsite ideas for you:

 

  • The Blackberries Camping Park
  • Bath Chew Valley Campervan Park
  • Old Down Touring Park
  • Bath Marina And Caravan Park
  • Rocks East Woodland
  • Oxford Camping and Caravanning Club Site
  • Valley Farm Campsite

The Lake District

Stunning lake panorama in District Lake at dusk, England

The Lake District at dusk, England

By heading up the M6, you’ll find yourself in the beautiful lake district, with many hikes and walks your family can enjoy. Try a waterfall walk for something a little different. You’ll feel as one with nature as you all make your way around the many beautiful settings the Lake District can offer. Why not stay in one of the little lake towns overnight? You could even hire a boat out on lake Windermere and let the gentle waves rock all of your stresses away. Although you don’t have a right to wild camp outside of Scotland, there are some peaceful areas in the Lake District that it is tolerated. Dartmoor National park is open land and you can wild camp here for one or two nights. If you do decide to wild camp, it’s crucial you don’t alter the sites in any way. Put things back where you found them, and don’t start a fire unless you know it’s allowed. This could be dangerous to you and the surrounding area.

Borrowdale, Cumbria, is one of the prettiest places you can go. There are many guided farm walks and nature trails you can enjoy. There are a number of tranquil waters you can enjoy, and of course country pubs within easy reach. There are plenty more places to camp in Cumbria too, such as Hawkshead. They call it ‘Beatrix Potter Country’ which should definitely conjure up some relaxing images in your head. There are plenty of hills for you to climb, as well as horse riding, bike hire, and tree top adventures. Some campsites here include:

 

  • Low Wray Campsite
  • BaysBrown Farm Campsite
  • Fisherground Campsite
  • Buttermere

York

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Swaledale, Yorkshire

York is always a fantastic choice for campervan holidays. There are plenty of beautiful archaeological sites to see, and you can even climb the old castle wall for some lovely views. There are lots of open spaces and museums. The National Railway museum is a good choice to visit, and there’s also a family archeological dig if the kids want a little fun. Some of the best York campervan sites include:

 

  • York Caravan Park
  • Naburn Lock Caravan Park
  • Nurseries Caravan Park
  • Rowntree Park Caravan Club Park

Devon

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Devon has an abundance of places you can break away from society in your caravan. There are a number of contrasting places, from seaside towns to the Dartmoor wilderness. If your idea of breaking away from society is taking some time by the beach, you could try Croyde or Morte bay. There are many small villages and towns to explore, all with picturesque stony buildings full of character.

If you want to visit somewhere in Devon that really takes your breath away, try The Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are also unspoiled market towns all over Devon. You could visit vineyards, look for classic film locations, and even explore all things Agatha Christie. The kids love visiting Kent’s Cavern, and it’s educational for them too. Devon is extremely motorhome friendly, so you’ll always find somewhere to park up for the day/night. The only hard part will be deciding what to put in your itinerary! Some of the best Devon campervan sites include:

 

  • Hillhead Caravan Club Site
  • Oakdown Touring & Holiday Caravan Park
  • Andrewshayes 

The Peak District

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Winnats Pass, Peak District. Photo by SFB579 Namaste

The Peak District has a number of unspoiled places you could visit in your campervan. Bakewell is the home of the Bakewell tart, and you won’t find any large store chains here. Perfect if you want to get away from the more metropolitan areas. You can see sites such as Chatsworth house and Sudbury hall, which are steeped in history and will make you feel like you’re in another era. The gardens and water features make these places worth visiting alone. There’s the Peak Wildlife Park too, which children and adults alike enjoy. There’s also walking, caverns and caves, cycling, horse riding, and more. Some of the best campervan sites in the Peak District include:

 

  • Beech Croft Farm
  • Hayfield Camping and Caravanning Club Site

Of course the way you create your England camper itinerary is totally personal. You could do solely the South/West, or fit as much in as you please.

 

Scotland

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Old Man of Storr, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Scotland is gorgeous, and a place everybody should visit at least once. Visiting in a campervan is the perfect way to do it first time to keep you close to nature. There are a variety of different places you could choose to visit, from Gretna Green to Edinburgh. There are 12 national tourist routes you can follow too. Following them could help you to see some of Scotland’s most stunning landscapes.

You could spend a day in the Inverness area, enjoying the picturesque scenes and searching for the Lochness monster. If you’re brave enough, you could go for a fishing trip on the Loch or a simple scenic trip. The Breadalbane Folklore centre is closeby and will get your imagination working overtime. The Isle of Skye makes a good choice next as it’s close by, full of history, hiking opportunities and fishing.

One of the best things about taking your campervan to Scotland is the opportunity for wild camping. It’s your right to do this here, so make the most of it. Just make sure you head far into the North or West to find a suitable place to park. Some people have put signs up warning against overnight parking, but you should still be able to find a good spot where you can set up comfortably and relax. Just make sure you treat the land you park on with respect.

You will need to make sure you camp light, and only stay for a maximum of 3 days. Avoid disturbing animals. If parking close to a building, you might want to seek the landowner’s permission first. Ensure you remove all traces of your pitch, take away your litter, and avoid causing any kind of pollution. This includes noise pollution. These are some of the biggest problems that free campers in Scotland cause. Don’t let that put you off, though! Sticking to these rules is easy and you’ll still have a great time. Some of the best campervan sites in Scotland include:

 

  • Bunchrew Caravan Park
  • Cannich Caravan and Camping Park
  • Caolasnacon Caravan & Camping Park
  • Cashel Camping in the Forest
  • Resipole Farm

If you want to restore some calm and tranquility to your life, going away in a campervan is one of the best ways to do it. These campervan sites and trips are some of the most relaxing you’ll find. Getting back to nature has never been more enjoyable. All you have to do is choose the perfect campervan or campervan rental, and create the itinerary that makes you want to set sail on the adventure of a lifetime! Campervanning can be an incredible lifestyle for the whole family. Don’t hesitate to give it a try!