Birmingham to the Lake District Camper

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Arriving at Rockin Vans Birmingham

I recently hired a Motorhome from Rockin Vans. My family of 4, myself, husband and two toddler boys travelled from RVB (the Birmingham depot). There was, as you can imagine a lot of things to pack for the children! Nappies, clothes, coats, wellies and a fair amount of toys/games to cover the travel time! The location was easy to get to and the range of vehicles was great. We arrived to the showroom to see a VW Caddy but after sitting in a VW Campervan we fell in love. We came to find that Rockin Vans have 3 locations in which they hire from. Kilmarnock, Edinburgh and Birmingham. The largest depot being Birmingham. They also had a few Midsize vehicles but we’ve always wanted to try out a VW and the Campervan was more than enough for us. As we also had purchasing one in mind Rockin Vans offered us a try before your buy hire.

Our Trip to the Lake District

We set out from Birmingham in our VW in the morning heading towards the Lake District. We stopped off for a cup of tea which was very easy with our Campervan because of the leisure battery and gas that comes with the vehicle. We also popped to the Tebay service station before we arrived at our destination as my eldest was ‘desperate’ and couldn’t wait the 5 minutes we had until we arrived! The boys had a lovely time in the back during the travel there with their colouring books and even had a run about in the field next to where we parked when we had our cup of tea. When we arrived we set up for the afternoon and found a lovely spot in Angle Tarn. As we hired the Campervan in January it was quite chilly but this was easily combatted with the heating in the van. The views from the spot were amazing, we did contact Rockin Vans directly to ask where was best for wild camping, this was the spot they recommended and what a great location it was! We spent the night here, all the while the Rockin Vans Birmingham team were in contact to check everything was going well. Which it was! Whilst in the Lake District we visited ‘Windermere’ which is the home of Beatrix Potter. This was a fantastic experience, the boys really enjoyed themselves as well as they are very fond of ‘Peter Rabbit’, it did cost quite a bit but was well worth it! Even the souvenirs we purchased (toddlers are expensive) were worth the money as they haven’t been put down since! The next day we went over to ‘The Lakes Aquarium’ this wasn’t a long drive away and once again for a family with small children is ideal for a bit of fun. The attraction was lovely and clean and exactly what you would expect from an aquarium. This wasn’t as expensive as our previous destination and the boys again enjoyed themselves. We headed over to a local pub for our dinner that night, ‘The Woolpack Inn’, where we enjoyed a delicious well priced pub meal of fish and chips of course!

Onwards to Snowdonia

We then made our way over to travelled over to Snowdonia as it was always something we wanted to see and hopefully reach the top! We were a bit peckish as we left our Lake District location quite early to head to North Wales. We stopped off at ‘Caffi Gwynant’ right at the base of Snowdon for a gorgeous full English. Unfortunately we did not reach near the top of the mountain (I think this was a bit of an ambitious thought with the kids) but the views from the journey and where we did get to were absolutely beautiful. Whilst we were here we did visit ‘Gelerts Grave’ the story is heartbreaking. I have attached a link here be warned, it may invoke tears if your an emotional Mum like me! https://www.beddgelerttourism.com/gelert/ the trail was very interesting and was thoroughly enjoyable. Some of my family live in Porthmadog which is about a half an hour drive from this location so we stopped there overnight. Our Campervan was very suitable and extremely comfortable throughout the duration. Rockin Vans continued to check on us the whole time and gave us little tips and tricks which were very much appreciated.

Home Time 🙁

Regrettably after spending four days in our lovely little VW Camper it was time to travel back to Birmingham. The staff were very interested in what we got up to so we told them all about our time away, they even asked to see some pictures we took and took a genuine interest. Since our trip away we have been looking to purchase our own but we may head back to Rockin Vans Birmingham to hire a Midsize this time to get a feel for one of those before deciding on which one suits us best. We have never visited Scotland and would love to see the sights in Edinburgh! In short Rockin Vans have given me a new hobby and I can’t wait to return to the depot in Birmingham for our next adventure!