UK Mini Break Ideas

If you are wondering: Where can I go for a weekend in the UK? Or, where can I get a cheap weekend getaway? Then you’ve come to the right place! The United Kingdom is a beautiful country offering huge variation in scenery and even culture. And if you travel in your caravan or motorhome, you can enjoy a home-from-home experience.

From city breaks to country breaks to an even more rural destination, we hope the following short break ideas will whet your appetite in your quest to find the perfect destination.

  1. North Wales. This is one of the most scenic and beautiful areas of these islands covering wild coastline while the inland areas offer amazingly historic towns and cities. It has a long history and association with Celtic culture, as well as later industries and activities such as slate mining. Why not pick up a few words of Welsh before you go? The locals will appreciate it;
  2. the Lake District. Many people tend to associate wild countryside with Wales and Scotland but in fact, England also has vast areas of semi-wilderness including that of the Lake District. Locations such as Windermere are world-famous for their beauty and well worth exploring for a few days;
  3. Northumbria. Including the great cathedral city of Durham, this area is one of England’s hidden gems comprising beautiful countryside and some truly spectacular coastline such as that around Bamburgh Castle;
  4. Norwich and East Anglia. Caravanners are typically familiar with locations in East Anglia such as the Norfolk broads and its huge coastal areas; however, the city of Norwich is ancient and picturesque. It is sometimes missed by holidaymakers rushing to get to the rural areas and that is a pity because it is well worth a visit and a great place for a city break;
  5. Portsmouth and Hampshire are great for short breaks. Portsmouth is a town that is often overlooked simply because it is a ferry port. People tend to regard it as the gateway to France or England and not always as the fascinating town for a visit that it actually is. There are some great coastal and harbour views, interesting fortifications and several historic maritime venues including HMS Victory;
  6. Stratford-Upon-Avon (plus local Warwick, Royal Leamington Spa etc.) These are fantastic historic locations with some lovely countryside as well. The nearby River Avon is great for water-based leisure activities. As a destination, being in the Midlands, they’re also easily weekend-reachable from just about all areas of England and Wales. There are some really good sites nearby but as always – book your weekend away early;
  7. explore Herefordshire/Shropshire. These are two of tourist England’s least-known counties and that’s such a pity because they have some lovely countryside. The towns are also charming and full of historic interest. Try Leominster, Eardisland (buildings dating back to 1300) and of course Hereford itself. In Shropshire, don’t miss Oswestry for its timbered buildings, Much Wenlock (arguably where the first modern Olympic games were held) and Shrewsbury for its lovely river, buildings and culture;
  8. drift lazily along in Leicestershire and Rutland on your mini break. This is all about farming, rivers, fresh produce and historic towns. Oakham is Rutland’s county town and charming to visit with its stone buildings. Nearby Melton Mowbray was the original birthplace of pork pies and they’re still claimed to be the best in the world. Stamford is close-by (though in Lincolnshire) and that too is well worth a visit. Beauvoir Castle is also famous and the huge Rutland Water reservoir is a must if you’re into bird and nature watching;
  9. have a back to nature break and see rugged life in the Peak District National Park. This is some of the hilliest and wildest country outside of Wales and Scotland. It covers parts of Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Cheshire and Staffordshire. This is a weekend that’ll be associated with days’ full of trekking and nature watching in the hills. You’ll be able to escape the crowds and take in some amazing natural beauty;
  10. sample the big skies of Cambridge and the Fens. Now it’s true, the scenery isn’t awe-inspiring in terms of hills and valleys but the peaceful vastness and openness of the Fens has inspired poets and painters for centuries. There are some great villages, thatched cottages and marvellous pubs too. For something a bit more lively and with inspiring architecture – try the world-famous city of Cambridge, which in August is likely to be quieter due to the reduced numbers of students there;
  11. the Scottish borders. Many visitors to Scotland simply drive quickly through the borders in order to get to Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Highlands beyond. Yet the borders themselves are beautiful, wild and have some charming towns to explore such as Selkirk, Kelso, Hawick and Jedburgh etc.  Yes, this area like much of Scotland, Northern England and Wales, does get a lot of rain but if you are prepared that should not stop you having a great mini break;
  12. Loch Ness – just about everyone will have heard about the Loch Ness monster and whether you believe it exists or not this is still an amazing location to visit. The loch itself is around 20 miles long and descends to the murky depths of 700 feet at its deepest. It forms part of the Caledonian canal which runs from Inverness to Fort William and is a must if you appreciate breath-taking scenery and the atmospheric and impressive Urquhart castle.

So, if you are stuck for ideas about where to travel to on a mini break or a weekend away in your ‘van, we hope the ideas above will give you some destination inspiration.

Of course, before setting off on any journey it only makes sense to be sure that your touring caravan insurance continues to be up to date and effective. If you have any doubts on that particular score, we at Cover4Caravans will be only too pleased to offer you our advice and guidance.

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