Top UK Destinations to Visit This Summer

Ready for a campervan getaway this year? Here are our top 10 holiday destinations, perfect for those unforgettable experiences. Picturesque and within reach, these destinations will ensure an amazing adventure in the heart of the UK with no need of escaping the country.

Despite its reputation for bad weather, exploring these treasures the UK has to offer that you won’t find abroad will undoubtedly change your mind. A wholesome holiday does not have to be achieved by crossing the borders in the summer; have the freedom to explore the outstanding scenery and culture all-year round from the comfort of your own camper.

Whether you are looking to escape to tropical beaches without the air miles, up close to nature, or encapsulated in the rich history of the Cotswolds, we have got you covered no matter if you are travelling solo or with your loved ones.

1- Northumberland

Rich in British cultural history, Northumberland is abundant in mighty castles such as Bamburgh Castle- which overlooks its glorious beach noted the 6th most beautiful beach in the world- perfect for an vibrant, activity packed family getaway.

For those interested in British history, Northumberland’s Woodhorn Museum displays Britain’s traditional mining history with a range of changing exhibitions and events. Its interactive Coal Town exhibition walks visitors through an informative account of a miner’s daily life whilst encountering exciting marches and strikes.

Hikers and dog walkers will adore the Northumberland National Park, which even has its own spectacular waterfall! The park has more than 600 miles of walking trails and guided walks. To reward the long day of walking, the Dark Sky Discovery Sites stargazing events provide picturesque views of the stars due to the lack of light pollution. The events are also wheelchair accessible.

2-Peak District

Looking for the ultimate escape into the great outdoors? A trip to the Peak district is a fantastic opportunity to slow down in the comfort of rolling hills and fairytale forests without the distractions of a busy city. With a national park with more than 555 square miles, it is the perfect location for long hikes, cavern tours, bike rides and runs making family trips an opportunity for everyone to have fun whilst reconnecting with nature.

Explore the mediaeval architecture and glorious landscapes of the Peak District with guided cycles available throughout the summer such as A white Peak Whirligig- a tranquil 12-mile guided cycle available twice over the summer which included introductions into mindfulness and unforgettable views and memories to be made.

3- Cotswolds

Site of ‘England’s Prettiest Village’, Castle Combe, the Cotswolds is home of England’s most picturesque sceneries: storybook style architecture, wildlife and farm parks and over 140 beautiful lakes. Dive head first into the range of available water sports with those you love with kayak trips to Lachlade or Radcot or take a guided tour of Lacock Abbey, a popular filming site of Harry Potter and period dramas including Pride and Prejudice. Here you can discover the cloisters and corridors used in filming, even the 16th century cauldron!

Aside from its eye-catching architecture you can also visit Highgrove Gardens, the organic gardens of King Charles III. Experience a delightful olfactory experience of walking in the Wildflower Meadow and Thyme Walk after a stroll down The Arboretum, home to hundreds of tree varieties from across the globe, displaying the treasures of nature together.

4- Cornwall

Fancy a trip to somewhere a little more exotic? Cornwall may be just the place for you: taste classic British culture with a scrumptious ice cream or Cornish pasty on one of the borough’s famous hot sandy beaches and watch (or join in with) the surfers and body boarders as they glide along the blue rolling waves. If you’re feeling daring, try to settle the scone debate in a cosy seaside cafe since the Cornish are adamant that jam comes first…

A nature lover’s paradise, Cornwall has a spectacular display of botany from the fascinating snow-globe like biomes of the Eden Project located in St Blazey to the entrancing Lost Gardens of Heligan in St Austell as they tell stories of the garden’s history. The gardens provide the most immersive and engaging days out ensuring no day out is wasted.

5-North Wales

Perfect for those who like a challenge, North Wales does a great job at providing enduring walks that will test your limits. Maximise your step count whilst climbing up Mount Snowdon in Snowdonia National park. A walk which takes around 5-7 hours in total, challenging but entirely rewarding once you reach the top, overseeing England, Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man. The Mountain Railway is available to those not feeling up to the challenge.

As well as remarkable walks, North Wales is also home to some of the rarest seals in the world which can be spotted at Angel Bay, Little Orme. An opportunity to make core memories with little ones, make sure to bring a pair of binoculars since they can be a bit tricky to distinguish from the rocks!

For the perfect picturesque experience, North Wales’ storybook Italianate village Portmeirion, situated next to Snowdon, is one of the UK’s hidden treasures. With magical oriental-style gardens and divine Italian and Welsh cuisine, the dream-like village brings visitors a sense of being abroad without the need of doing so.

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