You’ve got the keys, paid for your road tax and chosen your motorhome insurance cover – the UK is now your oyster, all that’s left for you to do is go off and explore the best destinations the country has to offer.
Sometimes we take it for granted, but we really are spoilt for choice in the UK when it comes to places to visit. A motorhome is the perfect way to enjoy them in all their glory. A much more comfortable alternative to camping, a motorhome allows you to make exciting new discoveries time and time again.
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to hit the open road and (with a little help from the sat nav) take in all that stunning British scenery.
Before you go
Prior to your road trip, you should take some time to prepare your motorhome for the journey ahead. The last thing you want is to break down somewhere along the way or fall foul of the law, both of which have the potential to put the dampers on any trip.
First things first, it pays to double-check your motorhome insurance policy to ensure that you are fully covered for the trip.
Motorhome insurance cover can include the following benefits*:
- Unlimited cover across all the countries that are part of the European Union.
- Cover of camping personal effects for up to £3,000.
- Up to 6 months to complete a self-restoration.
- Cover for motorhomes with a value up to £150,000.
- Unlimited mileage cover.
- Introductory NCB allowed.
- Discounts for club members.
- Consideration of all claims and convictions.
If you’re unsure about anything to do with your motorhome insurance policy, it’s best to contact your insurer before you set off so you can start your road trip with complete peace of mind that should the unexpected happen, you’ll still be covered.
The next thing to do is to carry out some vehicle checks. As you might expect, there are a few more things to run the rule over compared to your standard car or van.
If it’s the first trip you’re making in your motorhome or campervan this year, you should ‘de-winterise’ your vehicle, checking out things such as the water system (which will need to be flushed out), as well as the standard vehicle safety checks: tyres, brakes, windscreen wipers and so on.
If you’ve picked up your motorhome secondhand, it could worth getting a mechanic to give it the once-over before you start clocking up the miles.
What are the best UK road trips?
It goes without saying that what you deem a good time, others are sure to disagree with you. It all comes down to personal preference at the end of the day and road trips are no different.
With that in mind, we tentatively offer up our best UK destinations to visit in a motorhome. This is by no means a definitive list, but if you’re new to owning a motorhome – or you’ve owned one for a while but you just want some fresh destination ideas – it gives you a great place to start.
- Lake District
We couldn’t start anywhere else. The great thing about the Lake District is that you can just rock up, pull on your walking boots and start exploring. You don’t need to have a ‘things to do’ list if you don’t want to; with so much natural beauty to take in, it’s impossible to be bored.
If you want a truly authentic Lake District experience, make a stop-off at the market town of Keswick, where Beatrix Potter is said to have drawn inspiration. With its glorious mountain and water scenery, it’s not hard to see why. The Camping and Caravanning Club has a great list of sites on their website for motorhome parks in and around the lakes, so start here when you’re planning where to stop for the night.
- Isle of Skye
If you’re craving somewhere even more remote, make the drive north to the Isle of Skye. The largest of the Inner Hebrides, it boasts some of Scotland’s most iconic landscapes, such as The Old Man of Storr, the Quiraing and the Cuillin.
For those who love their history, Skye is steeped in it. Learn about the feuds of rivalling clans, Jacobite battles, and the devastation of crofting communities during the Highland Clearances.
When refreshments are necessary, the island’s towns and villages are well-stocked with tasty local fare to round off a great trip.
- Forest of Dean
As the name might suggest, the Forest of Dean, in the Cotswolds, is chock-full of forested hillsides, rocky outcrops and unspoilt villages. Bordered on the southeast by the River Severn and on the southwest by the River Wye, the stunning landscapes and spectacular scenery have inspired artists, craftspeople, inventors, poets and playwrights, as well as the many visitors who return year after year.
If you arrive at the right time of the year, you’ll get to see the forest in full bloom. But it’s arguably at its best in the autumn when the majestic oaks, beech trees and larches turn russet and gold, and afternoon forest forays will be rewarded with fungi, fruits and berries.
If you’re a regular theatre-goer, a trip to Stratford-upon-Avon is a must. Famously home to arguably Britain’s best-ever playwright William Shakespeare, who was born and then died in the town, Stratford-upon-Avon has something of an “Olde England" atmosphere, thanks to the Tudor buildings which line the main streets.
A Shakespeare tour can see you take in where he was born, his main residence, Hall’s Croft (the home of his daughter) and Anne Hathaway’s cottage (the childhood home of his wife).
- St Agnes
We couldn’t conclude our list without dropping in somewhere coastal that can boast a good beach – or in the case of St Agnes in Cornwall, four fabulous beaches.
As you’d expect from somewhere on the coast, St Agnes is very accommodating or motorhomes, campervans and recreational vehicles – whatever you’re driving, you’ll be able to find a spot that’s close to the action offering stunning views that will make your morning coffee all the more satisfying.
One last thing…
If you decide to go further afield in your motorhome, outside of the UK, you may also want to consider travel insurance, in addition to motorhome insurance, which will provide medical cover for travellers with or without pre-existing medical conditions. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
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* Please note that these features and benefits are subject to eligibility and underwriting criteria. Get in touch with us to see which features apply to your motorhome.