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Five ideas for May bank holiday trips in your van

Several “beasts from the East”, other assorted wintry assaults and a decidedly chilly early Easter may have delayed any opportunity to get your caravan back on the road and experience some Spring sunshine.

Perhaps the May bank holiday’s extended weekend will give you a long-awaited chance to enjoy parts of Britain at their finest.

Here are just five ideas for places to go, with your caravan in tow – just remember to check that your touring caravan insurance is fully up to date …

  1. Southwest England

If anywhere is likely to benefit from early sunshine and warmer weather, it’s probably going to be the southwest of England – a favourite of caravanners everywhere.

You may be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing just where to pitch up.

May is an excellent time of year to visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan and see the collection of some of the country’s rarest plant species in full bloom.

The obvious place to stay is Heligan Caravan and Camping, where you will find 29 hard-standing and 25 grass pitches, many of them with electric hook-ups on spacious plots set in well-manicured lawns and established shrubs – all part of the original Heligan estate, which it adjoins.

  1. Southeast England

Talking of gardens, the very Garden of England is the county of Kent, of course – and it is only a short hop from London and the whole of the Home Counties.

Kent also includes the Weald, the Downs and a stunning coastline, so there are plenty of places to visit. One of the paths perhaps least trodden – but even closer to London – are the Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, near Sevenoaks. It’s stunning colours, and fascinating connections with Darwin and the great plant hunters make it a particular attraction any time in May.

The Camping and Caravanning Club’s site at Oldbury Hill is not only close to Riverhill but scores of other local attractions, including Iron Age forts, medieval manor houses, and Chartwell, the home of Sir Winston Churchill.

  1. Wales

May Day is the time of year for welcoming in the summer – and Wales has its very own festival, called Calan Mai. Traditionally, the celebrations might have left you in a haze from over-indulged drinking of mead – these days, you might do better to take in some of the stunning scenery of South Wales.

Here, it is the Gower Peninsula – a miniature Cornwall, as Visit Wales calls it – and is most likely to attract, and there are campsites a plenty to choose from.

One of the most photographed places on the Gower is Three Cliffs Bay – and there is even your own Three Cliffs Bay caravanning and camping site from which to enjoy the views 24-hours a day during your break in May.

  1. Northern England

Whilst many caravanners are likely to be heading for the wild and rugged attractions of the Lake District, why not make a break from some of the crowds and take in the Northeast’s gem of a wildlife haven by visiting the Farne Islands.

Seabird colonies comprise 23 different species, but the stars of the show are invariably the 37,000 breeding pairs of puffins. You’ll have a chance to see the 1,000 or so grey seal pups that were born in the Autumn.

Elford Caravan Park is just two miles from the sea, giving easy access to the Farne Islands at Seahouses. Spread over two acres, it offers 25 pitches – all with electric hook-up – for touring caravans.

  1. Scotland

The May bank holiday provides the perfect opportunity for exploring the great outdoors amidst Scotland’s majestic Highland scenery.

The Camping and Caravanning Club has even devised a four-day walking itinerary especially for the long-weekend’s holiday.

Visit the Club’s Loch Ness Shores site, and you may choose from one of 99 loch-side pitches on the quieter banks of the south shore, near the village of Foyers – and from there choose whether to tackle the entire length of the suggested walking tour or just parts of it.