So summers over and winter has definitely arrived bringing with it freezing temperatures and frosty landscapes, so it’s time to pack up the caravan and store it away for winter… rights?? WRONG! For you caravan enthusiast’s winter is as good a time as any to hit the road and tour the Great British Isles.
If you think about it summer 2012 isn’t famous for its great weather, and the odd hot days we did have, campers had to put up with midges, wasps and any other bugs that would like to eat you and then you have those hot summer nights to contend with… not in the winter! Ok so you may have to scale up on those camping skills to ensure you keep warm and dry but the winter is the perfect time to explore Great Britain. The beauty of our country is that it offers stunning landscapes all year round, from lush greenery in summer to a stunning frozen world in winter. So where are the best destinations to head to this winter?
Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park
Bath is a beautiful place to visit all year round and the winter months are no exception. In the run up to Christmas Bath is a truly magical place to be with the Christmas market filling the streets with traditional little wooden chalets.
The caravan park is open all year round and has newly refurbished toilets and shower facilities that are heated throughout the winter. The park is situated within a country park, perfect for bird watchers and avid walkers; it also has a fly fishing lake so you can even catch your dinner!
Willow House Caravan Park, York
Again this park is open all year round and is cleverly situated just outside the city centre close to the park and ride. This park also boasts a large fishing lake where you can catch carp, roach and bream.
York is a beautiful city steeped in history and every year around February time they have the Jorvik Viking Festival which celebrates the city’s historic Norse past. Established in 1985, the annual celebration sees hundreds of Vikings dressed in traditional armour descending on the streets of York for a week of events such as live music, arts and crafts, storytelling and battle re-enactments leading to a spectacular burning of a long boat on the River Ouse.
Mortonhall Caravan Park, Edinburgh
This park is set in 200 acres of parkland and is only a 15 minute drive to Edinburgh city centre and only an hour’s walk from the centre of the historic Old Town. Edinburgh is another one of those truly beautiful cities in Great Britain. Whatever the weather or the season there is always plenty to do whether you want to climb Edinburgh Castle to witness the panoramic views of the city or visit the museums and galleries. Maybe you want to do a spot of Christmas shopping in the centre, after all Edinburgh is a truly magical place to be in the run up the festive season.
So what are you waiting for? Hitch up your caravan, grab your map, head out and explore the beautiful countryside, stunning seaside towns and the beautiful cities Great Britain has to offer.
This post was written by Meredith Watts on behalf of The Caravan Company, stockers of the largest range of second hand caravans in the UK.