There are some great campervan routes in the UK. Hiring a camper is a wonderful way to see as much of the countryside and coastline of our fair kingdom as possible. Forget the hotels and the big cities, see the UK from the comfort of your own wheels, and home, through the windows of your van.
If you’re looking for campervan trips, the UK has some great routes to follow.
Companies such as Campanda, can arrange for you to collect your campervan from hundreds of rental outlets across the UK. You can simply choose the one nearest you, and book your trip in.
But before you start looking at all the campervans available for your nomadic holiday experience, where are you going to go?
9 Best Campervan Routes UK Style
Here are 9 great campervan routes in the UK, to give you a taste of what you could experience on a UK campervan holiday.
1. Campervan in Devon & Cornwall
– Cornwall has some of the most popular campervan routes in the UK
Depending where you begin your journey, pick up the main trunk road (A38) or motorway (M5), and head for the beautiful south-west of England. You can stay on the A38 from Exeter through to Plymouth, but to make the most of this stunning area of natural beauty, head for the coast roads.
Take in Teignmouth, Torquay, Paignton, the quaint fishing port of Brixham, and historic Dartmouth on the River Dart. I used to spend all my childhood holidays on the River Dart and can definitely recommend it for an adventure.
– Padstow makes for a wonderful stop of a UK motorhome holiday
If you want to visit Cornwall via north Devon, pick up the A39 at Bath. The road will take you through Wells, Glastonbury, and Bridgewater in Somerset, before taking you into north Devon along the Exmoor National Park and ending at Falmouth, Cornwall.
And if water sports are your thing hit Bude, Padstow and Newquay, for some serious surfing on the north Atlantic coast.
2. Campervan in the Highlands of Scotland
If your interests lay in photography, wild rugged wilderness, magnificent wildlife, ancient castles, impressive lakes (lochs), breathtaking scenery, friendly towns and quaint old villages, the Highlands and Islands are beckoning.
For those with a love of Scottish history, pick the Highland route from Aberdeen to Inverness. A route that provides four castles, a large number of museums, and which wends its way through the Cairngorms National Park with its phenomenal views and abundant wildlife.
– Imagine scenes like this from your campervan in the UK!
If the coast and marine life is your thing, consider the North Coast 500, a road trip that begins and ends at Inverness. You need a week plus for this one, and make sure your fuel tank is full. You’ll be moving away from civilisation as we know it. The 500-mile route wends its way up the east coast of Scotland to its highest mainland point, and back down the west coast.
Take in its castles, practise a little trout fishing with the experts, and enjoy a wee dram at the Glen Ord Distillery.
After you’ve parked-up for the day of course.
3. Campervan in Lake District & North York Moors
If you want to cut your campervan teeth on a short break, the Lake District and North York Moors are the ideal areas to do it. Although you’ll be enjoying some of the most amazing traditional English countryside in these National Parks, you’re never far from civilisation.
Travel up the M6, and take the A591 through Kendal if you want to tour the lakes around Windermere. Head south at Windermere for lakes around Bowness, Grizedale, Hawkshead, and Coniston Water, or north to get to Ambleside, Derwentwater, Keswick and Bassenthwaite.
If you prefer moors to the fells and valleys, get a little fresh air and exercise with a walk on the remarkable North York Moors. The colours of the heathers are phenomenal during the autumn, the birdlife a twitcher’s paradise, and the landscape amazing. But, you can only spend so long on the moors right?
This part of Yorkshire also has some fabulous traditional coastal towns to enjoy the sites, gourmet restaurants and traditional English pubs. Coastal towns like Whitby and Scarborough, market towns like Helmsley and Malton, and the city of York with its beautiful cathedral of York Minster.
If you prefer to plan your route and stopovers rather than winging it, contact pitchup.com. They can pre-book you and your campervan into hundreds of campsites and campervan sites up and down the UK. All you have to do is tell them your destination preference, where you would like to stop, and for how long, and they will do the rest.
4. Campervan in the Cotswolds
– The Cotswolds provide one of the most popular campervan routes in the UK
I recently did a road trip in the Cotswolds in a Citroen C3 Aircross SUV. In my head I thought that the roads would be really thin, but we actually did ok. I can remember a few instances of it being a bit of a tight fit, but many of the roads are A roads and you’ll be fine.
The Cotswolds are stunning – and a great place to enjoy a road trip from village to village. If you have a campervan in the Cotswolds you can explore the best of the great outdoors, and get some good food while you’re there too.
My top recommendations would be Cirencester and Broadway – both beautiful villages with a buzz and a good few shops, restaurants and cafes to enjoy. Some of the big tourist attractions in The Cotswolds include Broadway Tower, the Cotswold Wildlife Park (had a wonderful time there) and Blenheim Palace.
The absolute number one though, is to visit Bibury. A really cute town with a row of thatched houses that the Instagrammers, just lurrrrrrve. Get there early to get a pic!
If you want a three day Cotswolds road trip mapped out for you, check out my itinerary. Both hotels I mention have huge car parks, so if you did want to trade in the beauty of the campervan for the luxury of a hotel, you could do. Otherwise, just enjoy for some route tips!
5. Campervan in the Mendip Hills
My boyfriend and I once rented a campervan and took it to the Mendip Hills in Somerset. Unfortunately it was one of the rainiest weekends England had seen that August and so it kinda limited our options. We still had a great time, but, y’know, when your campervan is full of wet jeans, it’s not the best.
– If you’re looking for campervan routes, the UK has loads to choose from
The highlight of our Mendips Hill road trip was Cheddar Gorge. It’s a quaint little village set in the gorge of Cheddar. If pottering round the village isn’t enough, you can actually go in the caves and learn more about the geology and history. If it’s not absolutely chucking it down, like it was for us, then you can also take some nice walks along the gorge and enjoy the beautiful views over the Mendips.
Blagdon Lake was a highlight, as was the fact we were near Bristol. When the rain got too much for our countryside plans, we decided to pop into the city and see what fun we could have there.
The campsites were easy to find in the Mendips and we just booked on the day. If you want the best deals, and the cheapest pitches, I’d definitely recommend booking in advance.
6. Campervan in Belfast to Londonderry
Now, I haven’t actually done this one but it’s high on my list. And I wanted to include friends in Northern Ireland on this campervan routes in the UK list, of course.
The road trip from Belfast to Londonderry is described by many as one of the world’s greatest roads. I know, amazing hey? And so close to us. Travel this Northern Irish route and you’ll meander through the ‘nine Green Glens of Antrim’ from the capital, Belfast, to the second largest city, in the North-West corner, Londonderry.
For most of the route you’ll be hugging the seawall – make sure to look out for wildlife along the way.
– This road trip is one of the best UK campervan trips, enjoy
The most exciting tourist attractions along the route include The Giant’s Causeway – a World Heritage Site and recognised as one of the many wonders of the modern world. It’s a geographical wonder and well worth a stop to admire the intricate formations, formed over thousands of years. You can get amazing views from here too.
Carry on with your campervan road trip and you’ll come to the Gobbins Cliff Path, another highlight of the road trip. This is the best way to see the rich wealth of wildlife that lives on the peninsula, and to get out on the Islandmagee Peninsula.
– Derry girls mural, Derry city walls, Londonderry
Once you reach Derry-Londonderry you’ll come to a city with so much culture, it was awarded the City of Culture in 2013. Walk the City Walls, and get a selfie by the gable wall before you explore the food, drink and shops of the city.
7. Campervan in Norfolk
The east of the UK is very popular with the older folk among us, mainly thanks to the beautiful area we call Norfolk. The main city here is Norwich, with its 11th century cathedral, but there’s also the Norfolk Broads which Brits love a wander along.
If you fancy a break from your campervan trip then taking a boat on the scenic waterways is a great idea.
Enjoy that wildlife!
Other campervan-friendly stop offs in Norfolk include the coastal roads towards the traditional seaside resort of Cromer, and the windswept Norfolk beaches of the likes of Brancaster even further north. The red and white Happisburgh Lighthouse is a favourite among the Instagrammers, and there are over 100 round tower churches in Norfolk, some dating back to the 11th century. Nice for a pic!
8. Campervan the North Coast 500 in Scotland
Ooo, second entry on the list from Scotland. The North Coast 500 is fast becoming one of the most iconic road trips in the UK, and I want to do it. Stretching across 805km of back roads, this circular route runs from Inverness and the Black Isle, past the seaboard crags of Caithness, Sutherland and Wester Ross.
Take your campervan on the North Coast 500 and you’ll get to see gothic ruins, rugged fairways, historic castles, shingle-sand beaches, tiny fishing hamlets and peaty whisky distilleries. Enjoy the villages, and the peaks of Loch Maree before reaching the Bealach na Bà, which loops up and over the Applecross Peninsula.
Look out for the Highland cows along the way, and avoid doing this route in peak season. Unfortunately everybody knows about it!
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9. Campervan the Black Mountain Pass, Wales
We needed a bit of Wales in this UK campervan trips post, right?
The Black Mountain Pass in Wales is the shortest of these campervan routes in the UK, but there’s plenty to do either side to make it a memorable journey.
A campervan trip on the Black Mountain Pass will reveal spectacular Brecon Beacons views, and amazing vistas of the Tywi Valley. You need to be confident with your campervan before embarking on this trip, as the hairpin bends can be a bit crazy.
You’ll pass Llandovery in the north, and cross the dragon’s humps of Pont Aber and Herbert’s Pass – be prepared for the incredible views here. Next up is the low village of Gwaun-Cae-Gurwen. Look out for sheep as you travel.
You can probably do the trip in a day, but what’s the rush? Plan to stay 48 hours in the Brecon Beacons area, to make more from the road trip.
If you want to stay in Wales even longer, then carry on and drive through Snowdonia National Park and out across the Menai Strait to Anglesey. This was you can enjoy the famous Betws-y-Coed and head west past Swallow Falls into the heart of Snowdonia. Follow the A4086 either to Snowdon, or past. I’d strongly recommend climbing the mountain though – it’s one of the best New Year’s Eves I’ve ever had climbing that beast!
At the right time of year you can pick up the Snowdon Mountain Railway to get to the top if you’re not up to the climb.
Program the scenic route to the Isle of Anglesey in your phone by going via historic Caernarfon first. The town has a stylish waterfront and a spectacular UNESCO World Heritage Site castle too.
So, how about a little campervan touring for you next trip?
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