Like many destinations in the UK, the South West region is no stranger to local folklore and British traditions, so choosing a camping holiday at one, or travelling to all, of these destinations is a great way to get the perfect mix of beautiful scenery and English culture.
Cornwall has long been a popular tourist destination, with its beautiful beaches and local landmarks. When the weather is good, visitors flock to the beach with those that are more adventurous hunting for the smaller coves dotted around the peninsular or driving along the coastal roads to find the Merry Maidens or Men-an-Tol and rambling over the Penwith Moors.
Leaving your campsite and taking a day trip to Marazion means a visit to one of Cornwall’s most famous landmarks. St Michael’s Mount is a tidal island that sits in Mount’s Bay and is owned by the National Trust. The mount is home to the St Aubyn family who still reside in the castle atop the mount. Visitors can enter the castle from Sunday to Friday during the summer, and can either access the island by boat or foot during low tide.
Other great attractions in the area are the artistic village of St Ives, home to a Tate Gallery and the Barbara Hepworth Museum and the historical seaside town of Penzance, famous for its pirates and its midsummer Golowan festival.
If taking your caravan break in the Devonshire countryside, then you should spend some time in Plymouth, arguably the historical hub of the West Country. Aside from the shopping, visitors can head to the Barbican, an area filled with museums and information centres, including the National Marine Aquarium. Heralded as Britain’s largest aquarium, you can see sea creatures from all over the world and learn about the aquarium’s conservation efforts.
If interested in wildlife, then you may also want to take a trip to the world famous Dartmoor Zoo. The zoo’s financial struggles inspired the Hollywood film We Bought A Zoo, and details about their actual journey can be found on their website. The park is home to well over a hundred different species, and has plenty of activities focused on family-orientated fun.
For those looking for a quieter, active holiday, try some hiking on Dartmoor’s rugged landscape. The moor, famed as the setting of the Sherlock Holmes novel Hound of Baskervilles, offers a secluded atmosphere with plenty of campsites nearby that allow visitors to escape from everyday modern life.
Like other areas of the South West, Somerset is also home to some amazing beaches. Park your touring caravan at a site on the north coast to experience some British seaside fun. Choose a static caravan site that is close to the beach allows tourists to have a quintessentially British holiday. Spend your break relaxing by the shore, building sandcastles with the family and enjoying evenings on the campsite.
Travel along the north coast to the beach towns of Weston-super-Mare and Burnham-on-Sea. The towns are home to traditional seaside piers, both of which have amusement arcades with a wide range of enjoyable games. Annually, Weston-super-Mare hosts a Sand Sculpture Festival on the beach that attracts leading sand artists from all over the globe.
For a day away from the beach, head inland and take a day trip to Somerset’s Cheddar Gorge, a prehistoric ravine lying to the south of the Mendip hills. An area of outstanding natural beauty, the gorge has caves and a Museum of Prehistory that are open to visitors year-round. Somerset also has many other inland quaint villages and towns that offer beautiful scenery and historical buildings.
Beth Stubbings works for Holiday Resorts Unity. She thinks that the South West of England is a great place to holiday this summer.