Geocaching by campervan

Campervans have got to be the best way to get around and see as much as possible of a country without having to spend hours and hours travelling backwards and forwards from a ‘home’ base. The main reason for that being that your base travels with you wherever you are.

When you’re done for the day, you pop up your roof tent and settle down for a nice meal cooked on your campervan’s built in stove, have a refreshing drink straight out of the fridge, all without the need to ‘return to base’. After a good night’s rest in the luxury of your own camper you can be up in the morning and head on to your next destination and repeat the process, exploring the world to your heart’s content.

Now this is a great opportunity for the interpid explorer but there are many other reasons to keep exploring further and further afield rather than sitting on a campsite. One great use of using a campervan as a holiday home, is to go geocaching…

Geocaching….What’s that?” I hear you say.

Check out this short introduction video to find out a bit about this great new activity that’s fun and exciting for everyone in your family whatever their age.

With over 2 million geocaches now active worldwide, and hundreds of thousands of caches to be found across the UK and Europe at large, you could travel around for months and still have plenty of new and exciting caches to find.

The picture below shows just a few of the geocaches hidden across the UK.

Geocaching  Map of Southern England!

To see if there’s any near you why not visit www.geogaching.com, it’s free to sign up.

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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN THE UK… ISLE OF HARRIS

My number 1 in the Sussex Campers ‘Top 10 Most Beautiful Places in the UK’ is the amazing Isle of Harris, situated in the outer Hebrides chain of Islands, off the West coast of Scotland.

There is an incredible diversity in the landscape, from the mountains in the North, to the numerous, unspoilt beaches in the South, the dramatic, rocky west coast and all of the glorious cliffs, moorlands, lochs and meadows. The spectacular scenery in this tranquil, idyllic getaway will really take your breath away. Although the furthest place away in my top 10 for most people, it certainly seems the most worthy of the long trip up there!

Make sure you visit the magnificent beaches of Scarista and Luskentyre, and explore the Harris Hills to discover the castles nestled in lonely bays. Get involved with some salmon and trout fishing, and a game of tennis or golf. Take a cruise to St Kilda, and the other remote islands of the Hebrides, which has been recognised as a wildlife and marine life habitat of world importance, with many different animals and plants including puffins, gannets and guillemots. Whilst sailing the ocean you are also likely to see whales, sharks, dolphins and grey seals. All of the Hebrides itself are great for many activities like sailing, sea kayaking, windsurfing and kite surfing and with the most consistent surf in Europe, the islands are a great spot for surf enthusiasts. Divers can explore a paradise of reefs, caves and forest kelps, all in beautifully clean and clear waters. The Hebrides have a wonderful, unique and spiritual civilised culture with vibrant and lively festivals, the friendly locals will make your stay all the more enjoyable. Find more info on festivals and things to do at visithebrides.com

 

 

 

Travel up through the lovely city of Glasgow, cross the Skye bridge onto the Isle of Skye and take a Calmac ferry from Uig to Tarbert. I would recommend visiting in June or July as they are the hottest months, with the longest days of sun and lowest average rainfall. There are two main campsites on the adjoining Island of Lewis that would be perfect for a trip in your campervan; Laxdale Holiday Park and Eilean Fraoich Camp Site with all that you would need from electric hook ups to clean, hot showers.

Embark on an adventure to the Isle of Harris in the Hebrides for an experience that you will never forget!

Make your holiday how you want it – that is what’s great about having a campervan- you can tailor make it to what you want! Our holidays mostly revolve around our campervan these days – flexible, fun, and family all at once! That’s why we founded Sussex Campers a few years back.

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IN AT NUMBER 2… THREE CLIFFS BAY

Here is the next instalment of the sussex campers top 10 most beautiful places in the UK, to give you some ideas for trips away, or maybe even a tour of the UK in your campervan.

Three Cliffs bay, on Gower Peninsular in South Wales, is set in a valley, with huge limestone cliffs towering over the golden sand, surrounded by salt marshes and sand dunes, with a river running through the middle. In 2006 the BBC declared Three Cliffs bay to be ‘Britain’s Best Beach’ and it has since been nominated for Britain’s best view, and once you have visited, it is easy to see why.

As the bay is not that easy to access, it has remained unspoilt, and is a popular spot for horse riders and surfers. The three cliff provide a great challenge for climbers, and walkers and visitors get their fair share of a challenge with the steep sand dunes and cliff top walks. Walk through an archway in the cliff face, leading to the lovely Pobbles beach, or cross the stepping stones to the west side of the river, but make sure to return to the main beach before the tide comes in! Whilst visiting the bay, explore the eerie ruins of the 12th Century Pennard Castle, rumoured to be the home to many magical fairies.
Visit the nearby city of Swansea for a touch of cosmopolitan lifestyle, with its array of bars, restaurants, cafes, shops and museums, just a small selection of what this Welsh jewel has to offer.

The Three Cliffs Bay Holiday Park, a fantastic campsite overlooking the bay itself, is open all throughout the year, offering electric pitches, an on site shop, a toilet and shower block and laundry facilities. It has, in the past, won the title for “Number One View from a Campsite in the World” so is a fantastic place to stay.

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OUR NUMBER 3… ST IVES

Here is my number 3 review of the Sussex campers top 10 most beautiful places in the UK, giving you ideas for places that I think would be worth while for you to visit in your campervan or car.

No top ten would be complete without St Ives in Cornwall, as it feels like you are transported to another world. It won ‘Best UK Seaside Town’ in 2012 and 2011 from the British Travel Awards and has been listed as one of the 32 most beautiful bays in the World. It is clear to see why, with the fine golden sands and the crystal clear waters- possibly the cleanest bathing waters in Western Europe.

Embark on a boat trip to Seal Island to see the grey Atlantic Seals in their natural habitat and spot some porpoises, basking sharks and dolphins on the way, or choose from one of the many different types of boat trips that may suit you, weather you just want to relax or do some birdwatching or fishing. Take surf lessons on Porthmeor Beach, one of the prettiest beaches in Cornwall, or relax on one of the many other beautiful sandy beaches in the area. The Loft Restaurant and Terrace has amazing food on offer, cooked with local produce and fresh seafood or experience the culinary delights of one of the many other restaurants, bars and cafes. Visit the Sloop Inn, one of the oldest inns in Cornwall ‘circa 1312’, on the Wharf to experience some real charm and character.

There are many other interesting sights, within Cornwall including the famous Eden Project, beautiful Trebah Garden, a sub-tropical garden with a coastal backdrop, and Carnglaze Slate Caverns and Woodland Garden.

Ayr Holiday Park is the closest campsite to the centre of St Ives, and so boasts the perfect location to explore the local area, as well as great facilities including electric hook up, shower and toilet block and a laundrette. There are more lovely holiday parks and campsites further out of St Ives itself, but still near the beach, with fabulous facilities like swimming pools and bars and restaurants, if that takes your fancy, for example, St Ives Bay Holiday Park and Polmanter Touring Park.

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OUR NUMBER 5… STANAGE EDGE

Here is the next instalment in the countdown of the sussex campers top 10 most beautiful places in the UK to give you some ideas for short trips away or perhaps even a UK tour in your campervan.

Stanage Edge is the largest and most impressive of the gritstone edges in the Peak District. The beautiful backdrop and spectacular cliff edges has meant that it has become a famous location for rock climbing, and a popular spot for walkers. Picturesque views across the surrounding moors and countryside make Stanage edge well worth visiting, and many agree as it has even been featured in productions of two romantic, epic classics; Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice. See if you can spot the Highland Cattle on one of your walks, and discover to remains of the Long Causeway Roman road.

There are so many historic building in the area that I love to visit, and that I think you would like too including, historic North Lees Hall, pretty Chatsworth House and Gardens and handsome Hardwick Hall, which was featured as the Malfoy Manor in Harry Potter!

The Heights of Abraham is one of my favourite family days out in the area, with cable cars transporting you up the beautiful hillside to the Hilltop Park, with great play areas for the kids, as well as historic buildings and fascinating cavern tours, which allow you to retrace the steps of the underground miners, through passages that date back millions of years. Whilst your in the area see the residents of Meerkat Mansion and stunning falconry displays, as well as many other lovely amimals, at the Tropical Butterfly House, take a trip to the local cities of Sheffield or Nottingham, or experience thrills at the nearby Alton Towers.

Greenhills Holiday Park is in a great location for you to explore the Peak District, and is situated near Bakewell of Bakewell Tarts! It has all the facilities that you could need, as well as a cafe and shop on site, kids playground, evening entertainment and internet access.

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IN AT NUMBER 6… WASTWATER LAKE

To make sure that you are never short on places to visit if you fancy a weekend away, or a longer trip or tour in your campervan, here is number 6 in the countdown of the sussex campers top 10 most beautiful places in the UK… Wastwater Lake in The Lake District.

Wastwater Lake is a beauty of great proportions, as it is the deepest lake in Britain, the bottom being lower than sea level, and is surrounded by some very high mountains, including the highest in England, Scafell Pike. Wastwater offers some of the most spectacular views, often voted as the best in the UK.

Wastwater and the town of Wasdale are very secluded, perfect for a getaway retreat, with miles and miles of walkways to immerse yourself in. Take care if you chose to walk around the whole lake with ‘The Screes’, a ledge of thousands of fragments of broken rock, on the South East side being quite treacherous. If avoided, the rest of the walks are really pleasant, and safe.

If you need a bit of a rest after all of the activities you can take part in at near Wastwater like canoeing, gorge scrambling and rock climbing, visit the nearby coastal town of Ravenglass with its pretty shingle beach overlooked by lovely fishermen’s cottages or the lovely sandy beaches at Drigg and Silecroft. Muncaster Castle is great for a family day out with plenty of history and some great events year round, and the Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railway has lots of charm with steam trains running daily through the vast picturesque countryside.

The National Trust campsite at Wasdale, nestled under the Scafell mountain range, offers the perfect retreat if you want some peace and quiet and a great base to explore Wastwater and the surrounding area, The nearby Wasdale Head Inn has fantastic pub grub, perfect after a long day exploring the magnificent countryside.

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MY NUMBER 7… THE SHROPSHIRE HILLS

To give you lots of ideas for spectacular places to go away to, for a weekend, or on tour in your camper van or car, I am carrying on with my reviews of the sussex campers top 10 most beautiful places in the UK.

The Shropshire Hills, an Area of Outstanding National Beauty, has always been one of my favourite places in the UK. There are hundreds of miles of walkways and bridle paths for you to explore amidst the lovely, vast rolling hills. The scenery acts as a stunning backdrop to a great way of life, with various activities and festivals, lovely locals and great food.

There is so much history and heritage in the area to discover; “revel in the nostalgia of costume, film and pop culture, food and drink, shopping, sport or travel” in ‘The Land of Lost Content’, a fascinating museum set over three floors in the old town hall.; and visit the Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, to see what life was like on the Shropshire Hills at the turn of the century.

Shropshire has many diverse and bustling market towns, with Ludlow said to be one of England’s finest. It is easy to see why the area is renowned for amazing food; with great markets, independent butchers and specialist food shops all selling fresh, local produce, so make sure that you taste all that they have to offer.

My tips to you: check to see if any festivals are happening when you visit so you can really get involved with local life, and if visiting between mid July and mid September take a trip to the fantastic maize maze, set on eight and a half acres of farmland with 5 miles of walking paths, and lots of fun guaranteed. Also take a trip to Ironbridge, said to be the birthplace of industry with the first cast iron bridge, and wander round the recreated Victorian town.

Fox Holes Castle Camping, a ten minute walk from Bishops Castle market town, is a perfect base for exploring the Shropshire Hills, by foot, bike, rail or camper. Visit the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms to take advantage of the wealth of local knowledge, to get the most out of your visit to this beautiful area.

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MY NUMBER 8… WISTMAN’S WOOD

To give you ideas for spectacular places to go away to, for a weekend, or on tour in your camper van, I am carrying on with reviews of the sussex campers top 10 most beautiful places in the UK. In at number 8 is Wistman’s Wood in Dartmoor.

Enter the mystical world of the ‘Wood of the Wisemen’, an ancient forest in Devon, said to be the most haunted part of Dartmoor. The silhouettes of the stunted and gnarled oak trees, with their finger like branches, entwine against the backdrop of the beautiful moors, creating an eerily enchanting atmosphere. If stories of the supernatural don’t put you off, then this is a great place to visit! Thousands of visitors flock to see the sites of the Wistmans Wood, situated on the slopes of the west dart river, with fantastic walking and cycling trails all around the moors.

Park near the Two Bridges Hotel, close to Princetown on the B3357, which runs between Tavistock and Ashburton, and embark on a journey to the mysterious wood. Moss covered boulders line the forest floor so take care if you dare to enter, or just walk the path along the top of the woods for a safe look in and a stunning picture. From the wood, climb to the summit of Longaford Tor, where you can enjoy a windy, panoramic view of Dartmoor, and take the opportunity to explore the rest of this historical national park.

Nearby, Barley Meadow Camping and Caravanning Site offers a peaceful retreat with easy access to the surrounding Devon area. Along with the standard facilities you would expect to find at an award winning camp site, there are also buses to Okehampton and Exeter right outside, and a local Fish & Chip van which stops on site. Enjoy local produce from the on site shop and nearby Inns, horse ride on the moors, or take a trip to one of the beautiful beaches of South Devon.

If you are travelling to the Dartmoor area this summer, be sure to stop at the Wistmans wood- But remember that it is best to visit during daylight hours if you want to avoid the ghostly goings on and the roaming ‘wisht’ hounds…

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EASTER TIME IN BAVARIA

Today I went for a lovely walk with my son, enjoying the sunshine and the beautiful wild flowers, from celandine to wood anemone, and it reminded me of the expansive wild flowers at this time of year in the Bavarian forest, in South East Germany.

The Bavarian Forest is one of Germanys’ old National Parks, where nature has been left to it own devices. Carpets of white and an abundance of yellow flowers cover the landscape. If you are a lover of walking, then this is the time of year to visit Bavaria! The snow is still coating the mountain tops, with a cool breeze coming down the valleys as you enjoy your walk or bike ride along the lakes. There are free guided tours geared for themes of the season and they are child friendly too. There are plenty of campsites, hotels and all sorts of accommodation to suit your needs. If you are walking in the forest make sure you watch out for the resident bears, wolves, European bison, lynx and wild boar! But, if you love wildlife and the outdoors, this is certainly a great place to visit.

Bavarian culture, and the interesting villages, are worth visiting and wondering around, with lovely window boxes crammed full of flowers. There are many Bavarian customs which are maintained during Eastertide, for example the washing of the feet on Maundy Thursday or the famous Good Friday Procession in Lohr on River Main. Make sure you enjoy some of the local beer and the white sausage called Weisswurst!

So my suggestion to you, if you have not booked anything for this Easter and would like to get away, is jump in you car, or campervan, take the EuroTunnel and drive. Stop over night in Cologne, maybe enjoy a walk along the River Rhine. Then, continue to Michigan, one of the Bavarian Forest villages, and relax. In just 10 or 11 hours you are in a different world away from the noise of the city. Go and explore that beautiful part of the world and let me know what you think of it…

Rebekah Lopez Co-Director, Sussex Campers
and Campervanning Mum

THE LAKE DISTRICT AT EASTER

Next weekend the children break up for their Easter Holidays, so if you haven’t made any concrete plans then why not escape to The Lake District?

The Lake District is so busy in the summer, but just as beautiful at Easter, and much quieter and more peaceful. Just make sure you take a waterproof and a woolly jumper…

One of the most beautiful valleys in The Lake District is Eskdale. It is on the western edge of the Lakes by taking J36 off the M6 – you have arrived in a campervan paradise. In Eskdale you will find there is so much to see. Why not take the Steam train from Ravenglass into Eskdale on the famous Eskdale narrow gauge railway the La’al Ratty? Or if you are feeling adventurous the La’al Ratty offer canoe trips down the River Esk in 2 person canoes to Ravenglass before returning on the train. Have a look at westlakesadventure for some more details. England’s highest mountain Scafell Pike is a fantastic climb if you’re up for some orienteering.

For those who want adventure on the flat The Trust’s Owl Centre which is based in the beautiful wooded gardens of historic Muncaster Castle. It has huge European Eagle Owls down to pygmy owls, lots of fun family activities there and a visit to the castle good for a wet day..
For some local history the Roman bath house which starts the Hadrian’s Cycle way is worth a visit.

There is so much to see as you whizz round in your camper van through the valleys and dales discovering your our favourite places. Enjoy even a long weekend breath in the fresh air as you gaze across Lake Windermere.

Make your holiday how you want it – that is what’s great about having a campervan you can tailor make it to what you want. Our holidays mostly revolve around our campervan these days – flexible, fun, and family all at once! That’s why we founded Sussex Campers a few years back.

Why not come and see us, or visit our website, and see just how affordable and excellent owning your very own campervan can be? Lots of our customers have replaced their car with a camper!

Rebekah Lopez Co-Director, Sussex Campers and Campervanning Mum

P.S. Peter Rabbit lives here…