Thursday, 04 January 2018 GMT
Author: Staveley Head
One of the many benefits of owning your own motorhome is the ability to take a break whenever you need one, all year round. For many motorhome owners, winter touring holidays or breaks can appeal more than any other time of the year with less traffic on the roads and fewer crowds.
If you’re yet to try a winter break in your motorhome don’t be deterred by the colder weather. As providers of motorhome insurance, we’ve put together some top UK destinations to help you make the most of your winter holidays.
The Lake District
Also known as the Lakes or Lakeland it’s famous for its lakes, forests and mountains (or fells) and its associations with the early 19th century writings of William Wordsworth and the other Lake Poets, Beatrix Potter and John Ruskin. A National Park was established in 1951 and, following a minor extension in 2016, now covers an area of approximately 2,362 square kilometres.
It’s located entirely within the county of Cumbria and includes Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. It also contains the deepest and longest bodies of water in England, respectively Wastwater and Windermere.
If you’re thinking of visiting the Lake District this winter, then check out our handy campsite finder to help you find somewhere to stay.
Are you thinking of exploring the mountains of North Wales this winter? then Snowdonia is a must stop destination. Snowdonia offers something for everyone, a vast national park home to a host of scattered villages. It’s more famously known as the home to the largest mountain in Wales and has 823 square miles of diverse landscape.
The park has 1,479 miles of public footpaths, 164 miles of public bridleways, and 46 miles of other public rights of way. A large part of the park is also covered by Right to Roam laws.
The park's has many natural forests and northern Snowdonia is the only place in Britain where the Snowdon lily, an arctic–alpine plant, and the rainbow-coloured Snowdon beetle are found. Snowdonia’s majestic scenery is truly magnificent at any time of the year.
One way to prepare for a winter trip away in Snowdonia is to ensure you’ve the appropriate breakdown insurance. So, in the unfortunate circumstance your motorhome breaks down in the great outdoors, you’ll have peace of mind knowing you’re covered.
If it’s a winter city break you’re after why not try Chester, located on the banks of the River Dee, close to the border with Wales it was granted city status in 1541.
Chester is excellent for shopping and is famous for the Rows, continuous half-timbered galleries, which form a second row of shops above those at street level along Watergate Street, Northgate Street, Eastgate Street and Bridge Street. The Rows are unique in the world to Chester, and nobody is quite sure why they were built in this way. Some original 13th century buildings, including the Three Old Arches in Bridge Street, have survived the ravages of time, but many of the impressive facades are Victorian copies.
If you’re looking for somewhere local to pitch your motorhome so you can explore Chester and the surrounding area, then check out Chester Lakes on our Campsite Finder.
Edinburgh is Scotland's compact, hilly capital. It has a medieval Old Town and elegant Georgian New Town with gardens and neoclassical buildings. Looming over the city is Edinburgh Castle, home to Scotland’s crown jewels and the Stone of Destiny, used in the coronation of Scottish rulers. Arthur’s Seat is an imposing peak in Holyrood Park with sweeping views, and Calton Hill is topped with monuments and memorials.
You could stay at the Drummohr Caravan Park which was originally the walled garden of a monastery with the majority of its original tranquil atmosphere remaining intact. It’s only 8 miles from Edinburgh’s city centre and there’s a regular bus service through the day and night. The destination is perfect for those wanting to visit the beautiful city of Edinburgh at its most popular time. Visit its many Christmas markets and showcases, or stay longer for the ultimate New Year’s Eve celebration, Hogmany.