October 17, 2017 at 12:24 PM
The UK tourism industry has undergone something of a renaissance in recent years, and all signs point to it continuing. With ferry fares and the general cost of European touring increasing due to the weak pound, there’s never been a better time to stay at home. After all, from the Scottish Isles to the Isle of White, and the West Country to Wales, we have some of the most magnificent countryside and coastline anywhere in the world. Here is a small selection to whet the appetite.
Winter or summer, the landscape around Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest peak, is nothing short of amazing. Not just the pristine snow-covered mountainous hills in winter, but the varied flora and fauna of the glens in summer. Just outside Fort William and open from March through October, the site has 400 tent and motor-home pitches.
If the Cairngorms, glens and lochs epitomise Scotland, then the magnificent Lake District must epitomise the English countryside. It’s a great site for those who enjoy some physical activity on their holidays. The site is situated at Bowness-on-Windermere, on the shore of Lake Windermere, with plenty of watersports and hiking trails to enjoy. The site has all facilities, 66 pitches all with electric hook-up and is pet-friendly.
On the northern edge of the Lake District, pet-friendly Keswick Campsite is situated at Crow Park Road, Keswick. With its watersports, hiking and cycling trails, it is another great site for those who like to get out and about. With 250 grass and hard-standing pitches, most with electricity, and all normal facilities, it’s not the place to book a single night’s stopover. With the beautiful Keswick town a short walk away it’s the ideal venue for a few nights dining out, and enjoying the hospitality of the local pubs.
On the west coast of Wales, Pembrokeshire has some of the most rugged, unspoilt coastline in the UK. As the smallest city in Britain, with its historic cathedral, St David’s is a step back in time. A ten-minute stroll brings you to White Sands Bay. With its miles of glistening golden sand, rock pools to keep the kids happy, watersports, breaking surf for the surfers and fabulous cliff top walks. St David’s has something for everyone. Lleithyr Meadow Caravan Site, St David’s, has 115 pitches, is dog-friendly, and offers all the usual facilities.
In the county of Devon, Beverley Holiday Park provides stunning views of the English Channel. A large commercialised, award-winning site, it is situated in Goodrington Road, Paignton, between Exeter and Torquay. All pitches have electrical hook-up, and the parks a large number of facilities includes clubhouse and cafeteria.
Next time you’re thinking of getting the big van on the road, consider doing it in the UK and rediscover some of the most beautiful scenery and attractions you’ll find anywhere in Europe.