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Campervan Destinations in the UK

If you are looking for a list of the best campervan destinations in the UK you are not alone. In recent years, more of us are noticing the appeal of a "staycation"; a holiday within our country to explore the riches on our own doorstep. 

Not only is it more cost-efficient than your typical week under the sun, you can wave goodbye to the stress and hassle of early-morning airport runs, organising travel documents and custom checks. We have listed a few of our favourite destinations in the UK below:

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Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales

Hay-on-Wye, the town with forty bookshops, lies in the shadow of the Brecon Beacons and is well worth a visit. In late May/early June, you can join book lovers from across the English speaking world for the Hay literary festival and hear talks and readings from famous writers. 

Blaenavon is a world heritage site chosen for its role in the Industrial Revolution. The iron industry in the huge foundry was fed with coal from the nearby Big Pit and limestone from the local hills. The park's industrial heritage includes thirty-five miles of well-maintained canal towpaths that wander through farmland and woods; ideal for a leisure stroll.

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The Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

The ancient forest of Dean is rich in wildlife, which you can observe simply by taking a walk. Walk or cycle down the well-maintained paths and relish the atmosphere of this part of rural England. In its traditional villages and towns, you can eat in a range of places, from welcoming tea rooms to hearty country pubs.

Hope Valley, Peak District

The Peak District is Britain's first national park, and its heart is the Hope Valley. This large valley runs along the border of the Dark Peak, a gritstone terrain, and the light peak of limestone. 

As befits one of the North of England's favourite leisure sites, there are many routes to walk and cycle. Pony trekking, climbing and hang-gliding are only some of the activities available to visitors. If you prefer a relaxing break, you can always immerse yourself in its natural beauty and peace, and maybe hope to spot some local wildlife.

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Lake District National Park, Cumbria

One of Britain's first national parks, it is a tourist magnet. Traditional villages nestle under craggy hills, and lakes are abundant, on some of which you can hire a boat or take a launch trip. There are well-maintained paths to take you over hills and through woods.

Visit the towns of Windermere, Ambleside or Keswick and enjoy shops selling traditional Lakeland craft goods and souvenirs. You can go to Grasmere, the lovely village in which you can visit Dove Cottage, in which the poet Wordsworth made his home. 

Isle of Mull, Scotland

Go north to Scotland, take the ferry from Oban, Lochaline or Kilchoan to Mull, the second largest island in the Inner Hebrides, and enjoy the wild grandeur of Scotland's west. 

Amble through the glens (valleys) or up the hills. Maybe you can visit one of the castles on the island, relics of Scotland's warrior past. On the West coast, you can take the small ferry to the sacred isle of Iona, the burial ground of Scotland's kings.

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Isle of Wight, Hampshire

Off the South Coast of England lies the Isle of Wight, renowned for its golden beaches, such as Shankland and Ventnor, as well as its array of vintage beach huts. Some beaches, such as Compton Bay and Yaverland, have cliffs rich in fossils, where on occasion the remains of dinosaurs have been found. 

On the Western point of the island stand The Needles; massive chalk stacks around which a major tourist attraction with delights for all has grown and flourished. 

The English Riviera, Devon

Torbay is a general name for a stretch of Devon coastline composed of the towns of Torquay, Brixham, Paignton and the village of Babbacombe. The area is known as the English Riviera because it is the part of Britain whose climate is the closest to the South of France, as you will see from the palm trees which flourish on its promenade.  

Torbay has something to offer all generations; quiet walks for the elderly, beaches for the young, and plenty of walking for the active. That is even without mentioning the opportunities for shopping in the town. 

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The Lizard National Nature Reserve, Cornwall

The name Lizard has nothing to do with lizards, but derives from the old Cornish for a high place. The nature reserve is centred on The Lizard, a headland that is England's southernmost point, stretching from Mullion Cove in the west to Coverack in the East.  

From Lizard point, people looking seawards have spied dolphins, porpoises, sunfish and even the occasional whale. Sometimes we get vagrant birds from further south, but more normally you can spot skuas and shearwaters.  

St Agnes, Cornwall

If you want to stop in North Cornwall, the old tin mining village of St Agnes is a good place. You are not far from Chapel Porth beach, popular with belly boarders,  and the lovely beach at Perranporth. The village has several attractions within range, such as a Cornish cyder farm, which has farm animals and petting opportunities for children.  Handcrafted goods are sold in the village shops.  

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Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

This town's golden mile is seaside entertainment at its best. The seafront abounds in indoor and outdoor entertainment venues and rides, and there is something for all ages. Traditional seaside food stalls, such as whelks, fish and chip shops and ice cream vendors rub shoulders with cafes and restaurants. This is a great place for families with young children. 

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We hope you have enjoyed this guide to campervan destinations in the UK. This website offers tips and information to help you plan your campervan travels throughout the UK. Please get in contact if you have questions about our VW Campers so that you can begin planning your own journey.

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