Welcome to England
From breathing in the crisp air on Mount Scaffold to running your fingers along the prehistoric walls of the Jurassic Coastline, England is best explored from the comfort of a VW camper van.
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:
Dorset & The Jurassic Coastline
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.
– Padstow Touring Park
– Holywell Bay Holiday Park
Exploring Cornwall from a VW camper van is a trip that can be done time and time again – this sun kissed peninsula improves with every visit.
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.
Collect your campervan or motorhome from our Birmingham Depot or from our London Heathrow Depot.
Blessed with good weather more often than not, Cornwall is a great place to get involved in some of the many outdoor persuits available. From stunning coastal walks to picturesque cycle trails and and golf courses, there are plenty of opportunities to get a tan without ever leaving England.
By touring this area in a VW camper van, you get all the perks of camping where ever your heart desires with none of the backpains or inconvenience of pitching a tent.
A place of natural beauty and great scenery, Cornwall has a lively aquatic wildlife scene. For the nature lovers amongst you a visit to Gweek to see Cornwalls very own seal sanctuary is a must. Home to a whole host of animals such as grey and common seals, sealions, otters and humbolt penguins there’s a full day of fun to be had here.
Drive through the Cornish country side stopping into some of the many quaint sea side towns for a pastie along the way. Driving through Cornwall will show you first hand what it is about this beautful place that has inspired generations of writers from DH Lawrence and Charles Causley to Sir John Betjeman and Daphne du Maurier.
For a day of science and learning head to the Eden Project near St Austell. Voted the Best UK Leisure Attraction at the British Travel Awards in 2013 this has to be a stop along your VW camper van adventure. With the opportunity to learn about the climate and the environment this site is fun for all ages.
If all your adventuring gives you the thirst you’re in a good place to quench it. Cornwall has an array of breweries from the larger, more established St Austell Brewery to microbreweries you can see and smell in the pubs you drink in. Give yourself a break from driving by trying a Rail Ale Trail where you can enjoy a taste of all the local brews and scenery from the comfort the old branch line traversing the country side with stops at all the best pubs.
For more historical sights, take a drive around Cornwalls mining district, now home to several UNESCO World Hertitage Sites. Make sure you visit Geevor Tin mIne, Poldark and Levant mines and Cotehele Mill, Morwellham Quay, Heartlands and Godolphin House.
Every year there is a huge surf festival in Newquay called Boardmasters. Check out the festival here: https://www.boardmasters.com
Where ever you decide to go in Cornwall, make sure you give yourself the flexibility that comes with touring in a VW Camper Van from our Birmingham or London Heathrow Depot
Stone Henge & Salisbury
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:
– Camping and Caravanning Club
– Stone Henge Campsite
– Stone Henge Touring Park
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:
– The Caravan Club
– The Costwold Camping
Stratford Upon Avon
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.
– Stratford Caravan Park
– Island Medow
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.