Traveling the Queens country is best done at a leisurely pace with plenty of high-tea picnic stops and the best of British music playing full pelt as you cruise through the stunning country side. Home to one of the oldest and most successful monarchies in the world, England is a fantastic place to get acquainted with British history while basking in the beauty of the country side, mountains, valleys and bustling cities. England have awesome and unique places to see. This itinerary gives you a great overview of this great country, with some key places to stop and take in all of what England has to offer.
Before you collect your vehicle from our London base why not explore one of the best cities in the world, London. Throw a salute to the boys in the big hats as you pass Buckingham Palace, drop a knee at Westminster Abbey or take in the sights from dizzy heights of the Shard building. Drop into the Natural History Museum for one of the world’s most extensive collections of artifacts and natural wonders or get up close and personal with some wax figurines at Madame Tussauds. Whatever you decide to do, this capital city will leave you smiling. There are lots of campsites within easy reach of the city. Check out our favourites below:
The stunning Jurassic coastline in the south east is an absolute must see for those who live for natural science, geology and paleontology. Soak up the sun on these fabulous shores while you ponder what life was like 200 millions years ago. Read our full blog on camping in the Jurassic Coast here. There are loads of awesome campsites dotted around this beautiful country, lots of which come with ocean views. Here are some of our favourites.
Cornwall is a coastal county that extends the length of England’s south western peninsula. With 80% of the county surrounded by sea water, it is no surprise that the area has some of the best beaches, surfing spots and water sports in the United Kingdom. Visit quaint fishing villages like Padstow, and a quick sample of the local ales is a must. Read our full write up on Cornwall here.
Leaving the bright lights of London behind, head into the beautiful English countryside. Wiltshire is quintessentially English, with some of the most beautiful sites in the country. The first stop is one of the wonders of the world, and the best known prehistoric monument in Europe, Stone Henge. Then head to Salisbury, where the Cathedral holds Britain’s tallest spire, and Europe’s oldest working clock. Free tours are available daily.
Camping near Stonehenge and Salisbury:
Kent has some fantastic camper destinations. Visit the Medieval town of Canterbury, sample Oysters in Whistleable, and see the quintessentially English White Cliffs of Dover.
At this stage you start to head north. Venturing into the Cotswolds, the yellow stone houses become more and more frequent. There are hundreds of quaint villages to choose from in this county, however two of our favourites are Stowe on the Wold and Broadway. Both towns are located on the Roman road – The Fosse Way. They both are famous for their market towns and fantastic antique stores. Make sure you stop for afternoon tea at the Broadway Hotel.
Camping in the Cotswolds:
Stratford Upon Avon a market town with over 800 years of history. Most notably the Bard. Catch a play and eat in one of the fantastic restaurants. When night time falls head to the picturesque Island Meadow Caravan Park for a taste of quintessential English countryside. Situated just outside Stratford, this tiny campsite is exactly how you would picture an English hamlet. Within walking distance is the small village of Aston Cantlow. Which hosts one of the best pubs in the country, The Kings Head. This picturesque restaurant and bar serves outstanding food and has a fantastic atmosphere, chat to the friendly locals in this dog friendly hidden gem.
Once you have finished exploring the quaint and quiet British countryside it is time to head somewhere a little more dramatic. As you head north you will see the countryside start to change, rolling hills become dramatic mountains and you start to get a feel for rural life in the North of England. There are hundreds of campsites dotted around the Lake District, but for a Lake Side pitch we suggest booking well in advance and spending a few nights at the Windermere Camping and Caravanning Club Site. Not far from the bustling market town of Kendal, this site is perfect for all types of camper. Whether you are looking for high adrenaline water sports, a quiet country stroll or afternoon tea in one of the towns. There is even an on-site pub, The Whistling Pig. Challenge yourself in the Lake District by following in the footsteps of Alfred wainwright by conquering the peaks. If you don’t fancy running yourself into a dyer state of exhaustion just drive around them in your comfortable VW camper van. Set up camp in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park for a family friendly feel with great food and outdoor activities available for all ages. Famous for its extensive range of caves, it is certainly worth a spot. Combine your love of the outdoors with your love of fine ales. With the highest concentration of microbreweries in the England, the Lake District is the perfect spot to park up and relax in the knowledge that you can fall into your cozy camper van once you’ve filled your boots. Read our guide to the Lake District for a more indepth write up.
Drive through the historic towns and cities that lay claim to some of the oldest and finest architecture and engineering in the world as well as huge global historical importance. Inspiring such shows as Game of Thrones, English history - The War of the Roses makes for some amazing historical sites and incredible stories of love, betrayal and war.