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If you’re looking for a trip to remember this summer and are ready to head off on the road, a motorhome tour could be the thing for you. The UK is an excellent choice for this type of holiday, with charming villages and beautiful scenery around every corner. It will require a little more planning ahead than a standard resort holiday, but you’ll reap the rewards when you’re pitching up at your campsite of choice and enjoying life in the great outdoors.
Planning a route
Where you decide to go will largely depend on how much time you have, and with the diverse scenery and cities across England, Wales and Scotland you’re spoilt for choice. Ireland is equally beautiful but beware of ferry fares and cross border charges if you’re planning on combining it with the mainland UK.
Do some research into sights you wish to see and decide if you’re going to spend longer exploring one or two regions in detail, or heading off across the country to tick off the big sights. A two week trip, for example, could take in London, Bath, Oxford, the Lake District, the Scottish Highlands, York, and Cambridge - or be spent leisurely exploring the twisting, enchanting coastline of the West Country.
Choosing a motor home
The compromise between space, size, and comfort of your vehicle is the big question for holidays in motor homes. Narrow and twisting roads in rural areas and old towns are picturesque, but can make driving and parking difficult in larger vehicles. However, if the weather is poor you don’t want to end up with cabin fever being stuck in a space which is too cramped. Whatever option you end up plumping for, make sure that you are fully kitted out for anything that the famously temperamental British weather can throw at you, with reliable heating and hot water systems for the van as well as waterproofs, a torch, and suncream for yourself.
A few things to remember…
If you’ve not driven in the UK before, make yourself aware of the Highway Code.
Mobile phone signal is not always great in the rural areas of the country, so don’t count on being able to search for campsites or eating options on the go; take a guidebook or do your research beforehand.
Investigate membership prices for the National Trust and English Heritage if you’re visiting several properties over the course of your trip - and they are great alternatives to motorway service stations for lunchtime stops.
Don’t always follow the SatNav!