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British road trips for an exciting staycation

With an emphasis on holidaying at home and maintaining social distancing in what remains of 2020, a self-contained UK break could be just the answer.

From the wilderness of Britain’s national parks to remote corners of England, Scotland and Wales, there are plenty of places to enjoy peace and tranquillity amid truly spectacular surroundings.

Opting to hire a campervan, motorhome, or even something smaller with camping equipment, can provide a means to explore at your own pace and be at one with the environment.

When you’re driving your own vehicle or a hired motorhome, it’s possible to travel in your own secure bubble while also enjoying the comforts that come with a caravan park.

There are numerous campsites across the UK in highly desirable locations though, meaning the wilderness doesn’t need to be that far away.

Packing and planning

It’s important to remember that not all facilities may have reopened, so you’ll want to be prepared ahead of a motorhome holiday escape with these essentials.

Don’t forget to triple-check everything on the motorhome itself before setting off too – take pictures of any pre-existing damage if there is any, as such evidence can be extremely useful if a hire firm tries to charge you for it.

You may also want to consider purchasing motor home hire excess insurance ahead of your trip too.  This will increase the cover on your excess which you would need to pay should your hire vehicle be damaged or stolen.

Where to go in the UK?

From quaint countryside villages to vast sandy beaches and impressive historic monuments, you’ll be amazed at what you can find if you take to the roads of Britain.

The country’s stunning coastlines and lush green National Parks provide an outdoor escape for people of all ages, and a staycation in 2020 is set to be more desirable than ever.

So if you’re dreaming of climbing mountains in Snowdonia, of exploring castles in Northumberland or of relaxing on the Norfolk coast, it could be closer than you think.

At just 874 miles from Land’s End to John O’ Groats, a short drive in Britain can take you from the major cities into the heart of the countryside. Here are few road trip ideas for a memorable summer staycation…

Explore the Wales Way

This set of journeys features three routes across Wales that help to showcase the best of the country’s spectacular scenery, history and culture.

The North Wales Way tracks its way along the north of the country, taking you past imposing castles, the Victorian seaside resort of Llandudno and across to Anglesey – home to an abundance of exceptional beaches and awe-inspiring wildlife.

Meanwhile, the Cambrian Way joins Cardiff in the south with Llandudno in the north via the A470, crossing the spine of the country and passing several cultural landmarks, including the world’s first inland surf lagoon at Adventure Parc Snowdonia.

Or venture to the west coast of Wales to drive along the Coastal Way, a 180-mile route around Cardigan Bay featuring harbour towns, opportunities for dolphin watching and some of the country’s most impressive castles.

Llandudno Pier, North Wales

Llandudno Pier, North Wales

London to Edinburgh

Venture from English capital to Scottish capital on a road trip that takes in some of the country’s jaw-dropping scenery.

At around 400 miles via the most direct route, an alternative is to venture westwards via the university city of Oxford, and up via Manchester, the picturesque surroundings of the Yorkshire Dales and the countryside gem that is the Lake District.

Alternatively, you could look to take in sections of England’s east coast, from discovering Hull’s Museum Quarter to tasting award-winning fish and chips in Whitby and exploring the North York Moors National Park.

Further north on this route you can wander the battlements of magnificent castles such as Alnwick and Bamburgh and cross the tidal way to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, before following the coast through Scotland to reach Edinburgh.

Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland

Bamburgh Castle, Northumberland

Loch Lomond to Loch Ness

From Glasgow and venturing in the Scottish Highlands, this iconic route passes some of Scotland’s most spectacular countryside, including Loch Lomond, Glen Coe and Loch Ness.

Keep your eyes peeled for Ben Nevis, Britain’s tallest mountain, or stop off near Loch Ness for a spot of monster spotting – if you have bicycles with you, consider taking on the Loch Ness 360°, a trail that loops the entire way around the Loch.

With exceptional scenery at every turn, this 140-mile stretch doesn’t take too long to drive, but you’ll want to stop off plenty of times along the way!

View from Lock Ness, Scotland

View from Lock Ness, Scotland

If you are planning to hire a vehicle for a long weekend away, remember to ensure that you have adequate insurance in place.

Opting for car hire excess insurance via a third party can enhance the cover you have as part of your rental while giving you peace of mind while you explore Britain’s roads.

If you are looking to embark on a road trip, Questor Travel can help you to find the ideal UK break within your budget.

Date Created: 16/07/2020

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