Campervanning with kids can be an incredibly liberating experience and the basis of a memorable yet budget-friendly holiday – see also Georgina Allen's feature on her UK Campervan Holidays with Kids. But where are the best places to head with a family in tow?
The Garden of England
It only takes an hour or so to get from most places in London down to Kent. Start around Ashdown Forest and travel towards Tunbridge Wells then over the Weald towards Hythe and then Rye and Battle to find stunning scenery, excellent campsites and lots for kids to do – Pooh Bridge, steam trains, Hever Castle, the sea, canoeing in Bewl Water and plenty more besides. Where to Stay: St Ives Farm near Ashwood Forest.
Along Offa’s Dyke
This tour takes you from the English borders over Wenlock Edge and around the Long Mynd into beautiful Wales countryside running alongside Offa’s Dyke. There are wonderful places to stay, castles that kids love to explore, grand country houses to visit, steam trains and the chance to glide over the astonishing Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in a barge. In a campervan you can meander slowly along, enjoying all of this. Where to Stay: Whitcliffe Camp Site in Ludlow.
Make your way slowly westward from lovely Norwich along the coast, taking in Mundesley, Cromer, Cley-next-the-Sea, Wells-next-the-Sea and Burnham Market before ending up in Hunstanton on the Wash. This summer drive offers up canoeing, bird-watching, picnicking and crabbing opportunities along this most picturesque of coastlines. Where to Stay: Deepdale Farm in Burnham Deepdale.
Start your Dorset adventure in Dorchester with the dinosaur museum, then continue the dinosaur/fossil theme, travelling through Abbotsbury, Weymouth, Lulworth, Kimmeridge and Corfe Castle, ending up in Swanage with its sandy beaches. En route you can spend most days hunting for fossils, renting sailboats and kayaks, visiting castles and just messing about on the beaches. This route, which has some particularly good campsites, is best sampled in July, before the August crowds get here. Where to Stay: Steeple Leaze Farm in Steeple near Wareham (no advance bookings taken).
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Start in Carlisle then make your scenic way down towards Cockermouth, Keswick, Ambleside, Fell Foot Park and Coniston, enjoying the fabulous scenery and going walking, hiking, biking, sailing, canoeing and the like. Cruise across Coniston on a steam yacht and take the kids up to see Castlerigg Stone Circle as an introduction to ancient Britain. Where to Stay: The National Trust's Low Wray in Ambleside.
This route takes you up the west coast of Scotland, experiencing some of the most stunning scenery in Europe. Start in Inveraray and end in Plokton; on the way, take in Oban, Glencoe, Smirisary, Mallaig, Armadale and the Kyle of Lochalsh. The chances of wild camping are very good on this truly extraordinary route, on which you can explore mountains, waterfalls and lakes – strap a canoe to the back of your van so you can take to the waters. Where to Stay: Oban Caravan Park.