It’s perhaps because we are an island nation but there is something special about the lure of the sea. Whether it’s wintertime gusts to blow away the cobwebs or the gentle breezes of summer, the coastline seems always to beckon – and the memories are long-lasting.
It might be a small island, but Britain has a surprisingly long coastline, according to a story in the Telegraph newspaper on the 12th of December 2018 – a coastline longer than that of Brazil, Mexico or even India, for example.
All in all, it might be difficult to know just where to start if you want to explore parts of this coastline – and it’s not just getting to a handy starting point but finding somewhere to stay mid-route.
With a motorhome or auto-sleeper, of course, that’s a problem easily solved. And there are some real gems – probably not far from your doorstep – accessible by motorhome and with well-appointed campsites at which to stay overnight.
Here are just a few tempting stretches of coastline for your next coastal trip.
A taste of history
The coastline between Worthing and Hastings is not only a short drive from London or anywhere in the southeast but reflects the glories of the iconic English seaside resorts of ages past.
Promenades abound and provide a gentle drive until you get out a while to stretch your legs.
The Victorian facades of the buildings still echo the times when these resorts were in their prime, yet just a mile or two along the road and you come upon some of the most well-known and stunning views of the English coastline – where the Downs meet the sea at Birling Gap or at Beachy Head, for example.
Fairfields Farm Caravan and Camping Park mid-way between Eastbourne and Hastings has been voted winner of the top 100 best sites in the southeast of England.
The grandeur of Snowdonia National Park comes down to the sea in this wild and rugged part of northwest Wales, with the historic and rolling countryside of the Llyn Peninsula just to the west.
There are beaches accessible by motorhome, too, when it’s time to just relax, potter about in the shallows or stroll along the front.
Cae Du Farm couldn’t be better – or more spectacularly – situated within the National Park, right on the coast, and with views on a fair day of the entire Welsh coastline as far as Pembrokeshire.
The wild, wild north
If you want to give your motorhome a really good run for its money, think about driving just about as far north as you can go in mainland Britain to the wild, wild coast of northern Scotland between Durness in the west as far as John O’Groats in the east.
Views across to the northern isles, coastal scenery to die for, and the certain probability of being able to explore wild and remote beaches all to yourself.
And, yes, there are well-equipped campsites even this far north! Try out John O’Groats Caravan and Camping site. Once you’re done, if you’re up for a drive the entire length of the country, head off to Lands End in Cornwall – some 874 miles away!