Camping Road Trips UK
30 Adventures with your Campervan, Motorhome or Tentby Caroline Mills
Camping Road Trips: UK. Travel guide with personal selection of 30 handpicked road trips throughout the UK and Jersey, suitable for campervans, motorhomes, long-distance cyclists and other fans of camping. Self-guided tours, many themed, designed to inspire slow exploration of coasts, mountains, forests, vineyards, pastoral idylls and cities.
About this book
Camping Road Trips: UK showcases a personal selection of 30 road trips throughout the UK and Jersey (Channel Islands), all suitable for campervans, motorhomes, long-distance cyclists and any other road user who likes camping. All have been handpicked by experienced travel writer Caroline Mills, who has over 20 years’ experience of camping, caravanning and motorcaravanning.
Whether a novice camper or experienced road-tripper, a solo adventurer or family group, these self-guided tours provide inspiration to explore a region of the UK slowly and intensively. There are routes of all distances, from weekends covering no more than 20 miles to routes of 500 miles and more for those enjoying a longer holiday – all while overnighting in some of Britain’s most beautiful locations.
Collectively the routes explore some of the UK’s very best scenery – from coastal views and mountains, forests and national parks, vineyards, lakesides and riverbanks, to pastoral idylls, wilderness and vibrant cities brimming with architectural heritage. They follow rural lanes, mountain roads with cautiously exciting hairpin bends, national A-roads of historic note and the odd official touring route such as Scotland’s famous North Coast 500. Routes allow time to explore unexpected destinations, while well-known places are here visited out-of-season to avoid congestion and encourage year-round camping.
Many routes are themed, helping readers enjoy a region’s food and drink, discover its gardens, or visit historic and cultural sites such as Lincolnshire’s aviation history. Many encourage ‘slow travel’ activities like walking or cycling. You can explore Teesdale’s traditional hay meadows and wildflowers on foot, let your tastebuds roam around England’s increasingly influential sparkling-wine industry, discover the beauty of Northern Ireland’s ancient Kingdom of Mourne, stay at a tea plantation on Dartmoor, or view Dover’s famous White Cliffs from a rib.
Camping Road Trips: Britain is written in a highly personal style, based upon the author’s own travels – typically as a solo female or with her three children – and is designed to entice readers to explore a region further at their own pace, taking in their own interests to produce a relaxing and rewarding holiday.
About the Author
Caroline Mills (carolinemills.net) is an experienced travel writer who has spent a lifetime camping, caravanning and motorcaravanning, and whose travels have taken her throughout the UK and mainland Europe. While appreciating the value in seeing Britain’s popular landmarks (many included in this guide), her passion is for discovering lesser-known destinations, seeking out and embracing what’s special about places regarded as ordinary. Utilising road trips as the basis for deeper exploration of an area, this may be for the joy of finding rare wildflowers in Teesdale, the excitement of meeting a jewelled lizard in Jersey, exploring aesthetic riverside mills in Lancashire, or discovering aviation heritage in Lincolnshire. Mills writes extensively about camping, caravanning, campervans and motorhomes for magazines, newspapers and websites, and is the author of and contributor to eight travel guides, including three for Bradt. Caroline is a member of the British Guild of Travel Writers who tweets at @CarolineMills99.
Additional InformationTable of Contents
Intro Introduction to Camping Road Trips: UK and how to use this guide
Road trip 1 Walk on the wild side of Jersey
Road trip 2 Cornwall (title TBC)
3 The cream of Devon tea
4 Foot pedal to footpath in the West Country
5 Wiltshire Cotswolds
6 Shipshape ashore (and off shore)
7 Footsteps over the White Cliffs of Dover
8 Cheers for English fizz
9 Going Dutch in East Anglia
10 Size Matters
11 No cider with Rosie in the Cotswolds
12 The Hills are Alive
13 Hiking in Hidden Herefordshire
14 South Wales (title TBC)
15 Tales of North Wales
16 Long weekend in Anglesey
17 A long weekend in Cheshire
18 Peak Fitness
19 Flying High Over Lincolnshire
20 Hockney, Hull and its Hinterland
21 Escapades in Eskdale
22 Man versus Nature in the Dales
23 Forest of Bowland & West Yorkshire (exact titled tbc)
24 The Big Tees: Wild About Meadows
25 Magical Mourne
26 Treasure Ireland
27 Wild with Nature, Wild with Consent
28 Going wild for lakes and lochs
29 Great Scot: a land of stories
30 Highland Ring