4 places to visit in your ‘van this Summer

It has already proved to be something of a scorcher. And the best part of July and August are also forecast to be dry and sunny – with the Express newspaper on the 8th of May predicting four whole months of blazing sunshine.

With Britain’s notoriously unpredictable weather, however, who knows how it is actually going to turn out.

With your ‘van safely hitched to the back of your car – and your caravan insurance fully up to date, of course – you may still enjoy many a holiday come fair weather or foul.

Here are just a few of our suggestions.

  1. The Southwest

When the sun is out, of course, the natural place to head towards is the beach – where glistening sands and shimmering seas hold out the prospect of cooling breezes.

With a coastline stretching for a combined total of 1,184 miles (or 1,905km), the southwestern peninsula of Devon and Cornwall has beaches galore.

Voted by the Telegraph newspaper as one of the best caravan sites for beach lovers, Treen Farm Campsite, near Penzance is close to Lands End, with your pick of beautiful beaches and views stretching from the Lizard Peninsula all the way to the Scilly Isles.

In Devon, the Camping and Caravanning Club’s Slapton Sands campsite is situated on the impressive South Devon Heritage Coast and makes the perfect base for a family holiday by the beach – although there is a total of 105 pitches, only 8 are reserved for touring caravans, so be sure to book early.

  1. Scotland

For many caravanning families, of course, sun, sea and sand might not be all they’re cracked up to be, and cooler climes in more majestic settings may be the order of the day.

If that sounds like your family, then you might want to visit Loch Ness Shores in Scotland – it won Scottish Caravan Park of the Year in 2017, offers a total of 99 pitches and is one of the few places along the shores of the famous loch where you can launch small boats.

  1. The Lake District

Also likely to stay cooler than any pitch near the beach, the Lake District remains an all the year-round favourite with caravanners – and for good reason too.

The lakes themselves provide a perfect setting in which to pitch your tourer and, after a drop or two of rain, the rugged majesty of the peaks and fells are softened to a glorious green.

Park Cliffe Touring Park is a stone’s throw from the largest of the lakes, Windermere, and the section for touring caravans is on a slight hill to maximise the lakeside views from hardstanding pitches which come with 10-amp electric hook-ups.

  1. The New Forest

Of course, you might want to play it completely safe and get the best of both worlds – the beach and the sea if the weather forecasts prove accurate, but somewhere more sheltered when unpredictability brings in the rain.

That makes the New Forest an ideal location – offering sheltered woodland walks if it turns to rain, but the nearby south coast beaches of Boscombe, Highcliffe and Hordle when the sun and sea beckon.

New Forest Caravan Club Centenary Site is set just a mile or two from the village of Bransgore, with forest walks in one direction and beaches in the other – the large site offers a total of 275 pitches for touring caravans, 125 of them on hard standing.