It looks like holidays might be able to go ahead in 2021 as the UK’s COVID-19 recovery programme continues to succeed. For Britain, travel to foreign countries is still restricted, meaning it’s likely that holidays this year will take place in the UK.
For those seeking scenic countryside or adventurous hiking trails, Britain offers some of the best destinations in the world. We’ve listed five of our favourite UK holiday spots which are perfect for a touring caravan break, with plenty of activities for everybody involved.
At the moment, the vaccination programme is working well and the UK is slowly getting back on its feet, so we’re hopeful that touring holidays this year will be allowed. However, the government rules on travel may change at any time. Before you plan your trip, we advise that you stay updated on the most recent government advice, which you can find on the gov.uk website here. It’s also important to make sure your touring caravan has the right insurance cover in place before you take it on holiday. You can find out more about specialist cover for your touring caravan here.
1. Pembrokeshire, Wales
The sunny southern coast of Wales is the perfect spot for a caravan trip, with scenic coastline walks, picture-perfect beaches and plenty of places to visit. As a popular camping destination, there are plenty of sites for you to park up, kick back and relax.
- Things to do: Take a walk in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Trust site for stunning coastline views or, for the more adventurous traveller, check out the rides at Oakwood Theme Park. You can even try out some coasteering – although make sure you go with an experienced instructor if you’ve never been before!
- Things to consider: Wales has a different set of COVID rules to England, so before you book, ensure your visit will be within those restrictions. You may want to check how easy it will be to access different activities, including eating out, or whether you’ll need to be more self-sufficient on your trip.
2. The Lake District, England
One of the most famously scenic spots in Britain, the Lake District promises a landscape of rolling hills, lakes and mountains. It’s the perfect place for those who enjoy exploring forests, adventurous walks or taking a kayak out on the lakes.
- Spots to visit: Take a trip to Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England, or visit Lake Windermere for some thrilling water activities. The Lake District has some of the darkest skies in the country, making it the perfect spot for some stargazing. For history enthusiasts, try a visit to Muncaster Castle – supposedly the most haunted place in Britain.
- Things to consider: The Lake District’s roads can be narrow and winding, so take special care when towing in the Park. If you’re unsure about how accessible your planned route will be for your caravan rig, it may be worth calling the campsite for advice.
3. Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park, Scotland
One of the most legendary Lochs in Scotland, Loch Lomond promises to be a touring destination to remember. There are several touring caravan sites around The Trossachs National Park, making it a popular spot for tourists all over Britain. There’s plenty to see, with sprawling forests, winding roads and huge mountains placing you right in the middle of the Scottish wilderness.
- Things to do: Take a trip to the SEA LIFE centre for a fun family day out, or sail across the Loch itself to the famous Island of Inchmurrin. For hikers, try out a section of the famous West Highland Way, or take a more relaxing walk in Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.
- Things to consider: Much like Wales, Scotland has its own set of COVID rules which will differ to other parts of the UK. It’s important to make sure your trip is fully permitted before setting off. You can check their government website here.
4. Gwynedd, Wales
Those who have taken their touring caravans to Gwynedd in West Wales know what a hidden treasure it is. With enormous beaches, friendly people and stunning mountains, the Gwynedd area is a great destination for your touring caravan this year.
- Things to do: Drive to the little town of Barmouth and try your hand at crabbing on the pier, or take a cycling trip across the Barmouth Bridge. Cader Idris, one of the three mountains in the famous Welsh Three-Peak Challenge, is a great idea for those who enjoy hiking up mountains. Shell Island is well worth a visit, too, with enormous sand dunes to explore and a vast beach to spend the day.
5. Cornwall, England
There are plenty of scenic spots to park up in Cornwall, and it has long since been a favourite holiday destination for caravanners. For most of us it’s a long old drive, so you may want to avoid travelling at peak times. As far as destinations go, you could opt for the rugged cliffs of the west, near to the idyllic town of St. Ives. Or try the south east coast for beautiful unspoilt nature, with the quaint town of Polperro nearby.
- Things to do: Spend a day at The Eden Project, which has the largest rainforest in captivity and an epic zipline (although this isn’t for the faint-hearted!). You can also take a trip to the famous Jamaica Inn, or visit Land’s End, the westernmost point of Cornwall.
We’re hopeful that holidays around Britain this year can go ahead as planned, although it’s important to stay up to date on the most recent government advice on travel before you set off. If all goes to plan, we hope you enjoy taking your touring caravan out once again! And if you’re away for any length of time, don’t forget to make sure your home is well protected in your absence.
To speak to us about your insurance needs for your touring caravan, please speak to a member of the Norton team on 0121 248 9440.