Springtime is probably one of our favourite seasons – and it’s just around the corner.
Wherever you are in the country, new life will soon be waking from its winter sleep, flowers will bloom and the countryside and National Parks beckon caravanners once again.
As it’s likely to be one of your first outings of the year – and Spring weather may be as unpredictable as ever – you might not want to travel too far away from home just yet. So, let’s group our suggested destinations this Spring on a regional basis that suits caravanners wherever they live in the UK.
1. Southern England
For the lucky ones living in the south of the country, of course, Spring comes earlier than elsewhere – and the southwest offers special attractions at this time of year.
The countryside, its hedgerows and coastal cliff paths are all splashed with the colours of bright flowers and caravan sites abound.
The Telegraph newspaper has waxed lyrical about the south of Cornwall being the most beautiful place in the UK from late January onwards. Trethem Mill Touring Park is the only 5-star site on the Telegraph’s favoured Roseland peninsula and offers fully-serviced pitches on gravel, all-weather pitches and serviced grass pitches, each secluded within its own hedged area.
If you want to save yourself the drive down to the southwest, the New Forest is even more conveniently situated just an hour or so from London and much of the southeast. You’ll find wildflowers carpeting the open heathland, birds calling, and reptiles basking in the year’s first sunshine.
Lytton Lawn Touring Park is a 4-star site conveniently situated between the natural centre of the New Forest in Lyndhurst and the coast at Milford-on-Sea.
2. Northern England
The Lakes, Pennines, Moors or coast – you are pretty well spoilt for choice with a touring caravan in the north of England.
Take a springtime trip to the Lake District, avoid the summer’s throngs, and get away from it all as you “wander lonely as a cloud”. On the eastern shores of Lake Windermere, in the heart of the National Park, is Braithwaite Fold, a Camping and Caravanning site which offers 65 pitches for touring caravans.
If you prefer the rolling hills of the Pennines, then Pennine View Park in the aptly named Eden Valley in the Yorkshire Dales, may be the ideal base for walking, cycling or simply relaxing.
Still further east, you have the North York Moors and the coast, all of which may be explored from the touring caravan site at Jasmine Park, between Scarborough and Pickering.
Bluebells and daffodils – why not discover that Snowdonia National Park is not only bleak, rugged mountains, but gently soothing glades and dells too? To whet your appetite, take a look at some of the springtime photos taken in and around Snowdonia here.
In the very heart of the National Park is the Caravan Club’s Riverside Touring Park – a 5-star, 8-acre site for 60 tourers – just a short walk from the quaint village of Betws-y-Coed.
If it’s the gentler scenery and coastal walks you are after, the Gower Peninsula in south Wales might be your choice and Skysea Caravan and Camping site near the popular village of Port Eynon fits the bill perfectly.
Scotland emerges from its harsher winters towards the end of Spring and a short drive from either Glasgow or Edinburgh will find you transported to an altogether different, natural world in the Trossachs National Park and the shores of iconic Loch Lomond.
Situated close by the eastern shores of the Loch, Cashel Campsite has 168 pitches – many on hardstanding and with electric hookup – and is ideally situated for exploring the surrounding Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.
5. Northern Ireland
Green at practically any time of the year, the Province of Northern Ireland seems greener than ever in Spring.
Breathe in the scents of Spring, with notes of wild garlic in the air and daffodils in bloom, while hares box in the meadows and woodlands come alive.
Six Mile Water Caravan Park – with 37 hardstanding pitches, all with electric hookup – is near Antrim Town, on the shores of Lough Neagh, in the very heart of the Province, so a perfectly placed from which to explore all that Ulster has to offer at this glorious time of the year.