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5 top caravan destinations for cycling

Going away in your caravan or motorhome gives you the freedom to explore new places, without being restricted by public transport limitations or having a schedule to stick to. The perfect opportunity to travel across the country at your leisure, it’s great for spending quality time with your family or even friends. Whether you’re an active group, or you’re going away to relax, there are so many destinations on your doorstep to uncover.

When it comes to entertaining yourself whilst on your next trip, take your bikes with you! Perfect for an afternoon of adrenaline-fuelled trails, or a leisurely day out through the countryside, cycling holidays are a popular choice for families of all ages. Making sure you get the most out of the great outdoors, cycling is a guaranteed fun activity to while away an afternoon. So, for some inspiration when it comes to your next cycling holiday, here are five great destinations for your caravan and your bike!

Cornwall

Cornwall is already a popular destination for caravan and motorhome owners in the summer, but it’s great if you’re looking for the perfect cycling holiday too. Home to stunning scenery, beaches and small towns, Cornwall is a jewel in the UK’s crown. Also in Cornwall is the Camel Trail. A well-known trail that provides a beautiful route along a disused railway, it’s perfect for cyclists.

There are three different sections you can take advantage of; Padstow to Wadebridge, Wadebridge to Bodmin and Bodmin to Wenfordbridge. 

Somerset

Somerset is a beautiful part of the country that usually gets great weather. The village of Cheddar offers incredible views of the Mendip hills and the surrounding scenery, making it a paradise for walkers and cyclists. If you’re up for a challenging afternoon on the bike, there is a nine-mile cycle route from Cheddar to Yatton. If that’s not quite what you had in mind, you can simply just enjoy the countryside with a milder bike ride!

Scotland

Cycling holidays are popular from the south coast right the way up to Scotland. The village of Aberfoyle sits on the banks of the River Forth and has become a popular holiday village due to its location. Perfect for exploring Loch Lomond and the surrounding Trossachs National Park, this is a cyclist’s dream. The Gartmore Loop takes you on a seven-mile trail that is classed as easy for the whole family to enjoy while on your trip.

Wales

Home to beautiful countryside and remote locations, Wales is perfect for your next cycling holiday. With your motorhome in tow, park up at one of the many sites in Wales and cycle away! Sites such as Coed-y-Llwyn, Pembrey Country Park and Tredegar House all offer places to explore by bike. From woodlands to canals and reservoirs, you can even take your bike down seafront cycle paths to really enjoy your day out.

Devon

Devon, similar to Cornwall, is great for holidaymakers in the summer months. Home to beaches and unspoilt countryside, you will also find the Tarka Trail. It’s one of the country’s longest traffic-free walking and cycling paths and provides incredible views along the way. The trail itself is over 30 miles long between Braunton and Meeth, but you can choose whatever section you’d prefer to cycle along!

How to make the most of the Tour de Yorkshire with a motorhome

The Tour De Yorkshire (3rd – 6th May) offers four days of world class road cycling across the UK’s largest county – which also happens to be one of the most scenic. According to the event organisers, “from stunning landscapes and amazing seascapes to the charm of Yorkshire's towns and cities, the Tour takes it all in”.

 

If you’re a cycling fan, hiring a motorhome is a great way to experience the Tour De Yorkshire and explore the county.

 

Motorhomes are synonymous with cycling races – they offer the flexibility to pitch up near the route, socialise with other fans at the campsite and get a great spot to cheer on the peloton. And once the race has passed, you’re ideally placed to explore the best of what Yorkshire has to offer.

 

Race information and top tips

 

Stage

Date

Route

Distance

1

Thu 3 May

Beverley – Doncaster
(via Walkington, Pocklington, Howden)

178km

2

Fri 4 May

Barnsley – Ilkley
(via Penistone, Pontefract, Castleford, Otley)

115km

3

Sat 5 May

Richmond – Scarborough
(via Catterick Garrison, Leyburn, Northallerton, Thirsk, Sutton Bank, Pickering, Filey)

190km

4

Sun 6 May

Halifax – Leeds
(via Mytholmroyd, Hebden Bridge, Haworth, South Craven, Skipton, Kettlewell, Middleham, Masham, Pateley Bridge, Otley)

182km

 

There are many race-friendly campsites in Yorkshire, including temporary sites which have been set up specifically for the Tour.

 

Once you’ve planned your itinerary, here are our top tips to make the most of the Tour De Yorkshire with a motorhome.

 

  • Pack everything you’d usually need for a motorhome holiday but leave the selfie sticks and drones at home; these can obstruct the racers and cause safety issues.
  • Aim to arrive at your first campsite a day or two before the Tour starts; you’ll avoid the worst of the traffic and there’s lots to enjoy in Yorkshire before the Tour begins.
  • Check the weather forecast, taking note of any weather warnings which may be in place, and dress appropriately for the conditions.
  • Be a considerate spectator;keep the route clear and give the riders space by standing off the road (avoiding sections which are narrow, have no verge or a steep drop behind them), but not on bridges, walls or fences.
  • If you want to follow each stage of the Tour, check for road closures which might delay your journey to the next point; these generally last about an hour (except at start/finish areas and on climbs) and finish once the end of race vehicle has passed.
  • Socialise with other cycling fans at the campsite to keep the atmosphere going – you may make some new friends to watch future races with.
  • Don’t forget to enjoy local events taking place during the race weekend in towns and villages along the route, such as street parties and fairs.

 

Motorhome hire

 

It’s not too late to hire a motorhome for the Tour De Yorkshire – view our range and get a quick quote here.

Top 5 motorhome holiday destinations in the UK this Easter

Easter is a great time to get out on the road and explore the UK; there’s a 4-day weekend, a chance of springtime sun and many activities for you to enjoy.

If you’re considering hiring a motorhome and going away this Easter, here are our top tips and recommended destinations (which all offer Easter-themed activities as well as year-round attractions).

 

When planning a motorhome holiday:

  • Make sure the site has suitable parking that’s big enough for your motorhome (and anything which extends out of it) to fit in comfortably.

  • Check whether the site has hook-up facilities or if you need to hire a generator so you can use your laptop/hairdryer/coffee machine.

  • Time your journey from when you pick up your motorhome to when you arrive at the site so that there’s enough daylight left for you to find and set up your pitch.

  • Think about how you’ll get around – it might be easy to walk or cycle everywhere but public transport can also save you taking your motorhome out and losing your spot.

  • Plan your last day so that when it’s time to go, you’re not in such a hurry that you forget to empty something, turn something off or shut something properly.


1. The Lake District is England’s largest national park and was recently given World Heritage status for its natural beauty, which includes England's largest natural lake (Windermere) and highest mountain (Scafell Pike). Besides boating, walking and cycling, you can enjoy an Easter egg hunt with a difference by looking for dragon eggs at Lowther Castle & Gardens.

Nearby attractions: Ullswater Steamers, King Arthur’s Round Table, Quest 4 Adventure

2. The historic city of York is “the UK’s home of chocolate”; follow the Chocolate Trail to learn how chocolate shaped the city, visit York’s Chocolate Story to discover the stories behind the greatest names in chocolate and enjoy the York Chocolate Festival where you can sample produce and meet professional chocolatiers.

Nearby attractions: National Railway Museum, Yorvik Viking Centre, The Shambles

3. North Cornwall is known for its charming coastal towns – and Padstow’s annual egg rolling competition. Children can roll a decorated hard-boiled egg downhill on Easter Sunday to raise money for the RNLI and then see the Easter bunny at Camel Creek Adventure Park – where you can also pet spring lambs in the farm. 

Nearby attractions: Prideaux Place, Trevose Head Lighthouse, Doyden Castle

4. With its picturesque villages and rugged caverns, the Peak District offers lots to explore but the “gem of the peaks” is the Chatsworth Estate – which reopens at the end of March for another season and offers Easter entertainment for all the family in the garden, farmyard, playground and house.

Nearby attractions: Alton Towers, Heights of Abraham, Gulliver’s Kingdom, National Tramway Museum

5. Thanks to its picturesque countryside, the Cotswolds is the largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in England and Wales (covering nearly 800 square miles) but also offers impressive man-made sights like Blenheim Palace – which will transform its Pleasure Gardens into an Easter wonderland with interactive, family-friendly activities to enjoy.

Nearby attractions: Cotswolds Motoring Museum, Birdland, Broadway Tower, Model Village

 

If this article has whet your appetite for a motorhome holiday, please contact us for more information about motorhome hire.

 

Destinations you need to visit this October half term in England

No sooner are the children back at school, we are thinking of the half term school holidays, but this is an excellent time of year to explore our beautiful country and enjoy the last of the milder weather before winter sets in. There are so many places to visit in England, but where you plan to go, will depend on your family’s interests and how far you wish to travel.

In the North there is the ever popular Lake District with its wide range of family activities like walking, climbing, cycling and water sports. Plus there are lovely towns to visit like Keswick, Kendal and Ambleside. There is no shortage of places to visit in your motorhome, all offering something different.

In the South, the coast of Hampshire offers plenty of opportunities to explore the history and culture of England. There are castles, art galleries, theme parks, railways, plus beautiful beaches, which will ensure the children, have a wonderful holiday.

In the East, the traditional seaside towns of Cleethorpes, Skegness and Great Yarmouth offer plenty of attractions and activities for all the family. There are also the Fens and Marshes for bird enthusiasts and the waterways of the Norfolk Broads for those who like messing about on boats.

In the West, Warwickshire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire have a wealth of attractions for those into heritage and culture. There is Warwick Castle, Shakespeare’s Birth Place and a whole host of animal and farm attractions, parks and gardens to choose from.

Motorhomes are perfect for touring plus they offer children an exciting holiday adventure. All areas of England have camp sites where motorhomes are welcome.

If you have never taken a motorhome holiday, why not get in touch with Amber Motorhomes and look at the wide range of vehicles we have on offer to hire. We have different sized motorhomes to suit all families.

 For more information on hiring a motorhome contact Amber Motorhome.