7 motorhome destinations you’ve never thought of

The UK has tens of thousands of gorgeous motorhome destinations: from big cities to off-the-beaten track hamlets, from miles of golden beaches to picturesque lakes, and from historic monuments to pretty tea shops.

And while we love to support our tourist hotspots, sometimes, discovering those hidden gems is a joy – places where few people visit and where you can feel you have the entire place to yourself.

We asked the Travelworld team about the less trodden paths they have found on their travels – and have selected our favourite seven. Just don’t tell anyone we told you about them.

1. Tresaith Beach, Aberporth, Ceredigion
This small sandy bay not only has rock pools to observe, but a lovely waterfall that tumbles over the cliffs on to the beach. The Wales Coast Path links Tresaith to Aberporth.

2. Ledbury, Herefordshire
A beautiful county on the Welsh border, Herefordshire is famous for Hay on Wye, with its world-class book festival, and the county town of Hereford, home to the Mappa Mundi in the medieval cathedral.

Somewhat overlooked is the pretty town of Ledbury: historic, with pretty timber-framed buildings and a stilted 17th century market house, it has a plethora of little independent shops, galleries and museums. Head to the woods, just outside of town for a relaxing walk in the countryside.

3. Rutland
The smallest county in England, there’s more to this place than Rutland Water. With over 50 unspoilt villages to explore, as well as charming towns, including Oakham (the county town), which is home to Rutland County Museum, and Uppingham, famed for its honey-stoned buildings and antique shops, it’s a quintessentially English experience.

4. Peebles, Scotland
Not too far from Edinburgh – a real tourist hotspot with millions of visitors a year– Peebles is an attractive border town surrounded by some incredible countryside. Made a Royal Burgh in 1152 by King David I of Scotland, it sits on the River Tweed, which is famous for its salmon fishing. Its rich history is apparent today, complete with its medieval closes, while it’s a super destination for arts lovers. The John Buchan Story is a museum that celebrates the life of the Scottish author of The Thirty-Nine Steps, while Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre host a variety of events all year round.

5. Birkenhead
There’s more to Merseyside than Liverpool – Birkenhead is a real gem. Located on the north east of Wirral, the town is home to the world-famous Birkenhead Park, which is the inspiration behind Central Park New York, and Birkenhead Priory, which is the oldest building on Merseyside and dates back to 1150. Just down the road is Port Sunlight, a former garden village for the Lever factory workers, with the Lady Lever Art Gallery, and the Port Sunlight Museum and Garden Village.

6. The Black Country
Yes – really! This rich, industrial area of the West Midlands has many a gem to enjoy. Park up and head to: the Black Country Living Museum (Peaky Blinders fans will recognise parts of this attraction); Dudley Castle, the ruins of the 11th-century castle ruins that was built by French Baron Ansculf de Picquigny; Dudley canals; the Red House Glass Cone in Stourbridge – one of four glass cones left in the UK; and Himley Hall, once home to the Earls of Dudley.

7. Seaham
Seaham, on the Durham Heritage Coast, is where you should head for to do some glass hunting.

This harbour town’s lovely beaches are awash with wonderful sea glass – a legacy of the town’s (and nearby Sunderland’s) former bottle and glass-making factories. The bottleworks, which included The Londonderry Bottleworks, the largest glass bottle works in Britain, dumped huge amounts of glass in the sea. Over the past 100+ years, the sea has smoothed the glass, washing on to the shore colourful little glass pebbles.

It’s a fun way to spend a couple of hours at low tide.


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