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Feeling the need for the open road? Travel the U.K. in a campervan for total freedom

The open road
Photo: Open road CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Derek Lilly

Often the urge to just take to the open road and go comes over us. The thought of sitting on a bus, or train, or waiting to board a plane that is running late often places stress on us, just when we want to let go, relax and have a great holiday.

However, if you head off in a campervan or motor home you can take things at your leisure, challenge your GPS to the very best route to take and stop off wherever the urge dictates.  One great option is to hire a campervan from Spaceships Campervan Rentals.  They have great, compact vehicles with all the accessories you could need for camping along the way.

You might be looking for a few tips on the very best routes to take and here are just a couple of great suggestions to whet your appetite.

Head to the lovely Lake District

The Lake District
Photo: Keswick CC-by-SA 3.0 David Iliff 

The Lake District is an absolutely gorgeous area in north west England, which is also known as Lakeland. The area is a popular holiday spot with its many and various lakes (naturally!) along with mountains and forests.  In fact, there were in the 19th-century several poets, known as the Lake Poets, including the famous William Wordsworth, who penned writings about this beautiful area of the country.

The Lake District is within the Cumbria area and contains all English land which is higher than 3,000 feet within its national park, including the highest mountain in England, Scafell Pike.  This is the perfect area to drive around and find the perfect spot to park off for a relaxing holiday, especially on Lake Wastwater (the deepest lake in England) or Windermere (the longest)

Zoom off to the Scotland Highlands

Loch Lomond
Photo: Loch Lomond taken in 1980 or 1990 in the public domain 
Scotland has so much amazingly beautiful scenery including mountains, heather-strewn hillsides and lovely lochs.  What better location to take to the road in style, camping wherever looks great?

A couple of ideal spots include Fort William, where you can visit Ben Nevis, the highest mountain in the British Isles, giving the opportunity to hike, mountaineer, take to a mountain bike or even go skiing in the colder months. Loch Linnhe is also an attractive spot to stop along the way.

Take the high road, or the low road, and head to the bonnie banks of Loch Lomond (with apologies for liberties taken in the lyrics by the original unnamed composer who wrote it in and around 1841). 

Ben Nevis
Photo: Ben Nevis CC-by-SA 2.0 W F Millar

But seriously, Loch Lomond is the largest loch in Scotland, offering over 30 islands, making it a beautiful place to visit, go paddling around on the water and generally explore the beautiful parks and gardens in the area.

Head to Snowdonia in Wales

Photo: CC-by-SA 4.0 International Mike Peel

Snowdonia is a beautiful region of Wales, framed by rocky mountains, including some of the biggest mountains in Wales and England. The national park also offers some pretty spectacular cliffs, hugging a long coastline of excellent sandy beaches, making it the perfect spot to stop off and explore.  The Snowdonia National Park was the third national park to be formed in Britain after the Peak District and the Lake District.

So if you are ready, pack your bags and hit the road for the scenic and beautiful holiday trip of a lifetime!


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