Best Roadside Stops in the UK

If you’re heading off on your travels in your new motor home or caravan, there’s no need to go abroad. There are so many gorgeous locations here in the UK. We might be a comparatively small island, but people often forget how many beautiful places there are to explore at their backdoor, and how glorious and picturesque some of our landscapes are.

Grab yourself some car insurance, and then you’re good to go; compiled here are five of some the most attractive and memorable places from all corners of the UK:

  1. Hell’s Mouth and Hell’s Mouth Cafe, Gwithian, Cornwall. All along the north cliffs of Cornwall are some breathtaking views of the sea and beyond, but some particularly scenic walks are to be had around the officially titled ‘Hell’s Mouth’ area, near to the Gwithian and Godrevy beaches. Great for short, brisk walks, but also for extended, long ones too. The coastline appears nigh-on endless, providing awe-inspiring photographic opportunities as well as some good exercise. For light or indeed large refreshments (the Full English breakfast being a particularly huge highlight), the characteristic Hell’s Mouth café sits opposite Hell’s Mouth on the B3301, a tiny purpose-built road that kisses the cliff edges.
  2. Glen Nevis, Fort William. From one corner of the country to the next, Glen Nevis is a dramatically rolling part of the UK. Where Cornwall is rough and rugged, Glen Nevis is the exact opposite, despite being completely natural and untamed by modern life. It still looks the same as it did in ancient times, with photogenic scenery stretching in every direction and Ben Nevis overlooking everything. This is the perfect location to head for if you just want to get away from it all with no distractions except an unrivalled skyline and landscape which is punctuated with peaceful wildlife. Blockbusters Braveheart and the Harry Potter movies were shot here, which alone is a testament to the area’s natural beauty.
  3. Wastwater, Lake District, Cumbria. There are many parts of the Lake District known to everybody, even people who’ve never been there. Windermere is one of the more popular tourist destinations, as are Kendal and Keswick. However, if you truly want to be somewhere with stunning views which humanity hasn’t yet tried to tame, Wastwater is the place you need to go. With the deepest lake in the UK and some of the highest peaks in England it is a little harder to get to, but it’s definitely worth the extra effort if you want to see nature at its most artistic. So park up your motorhome or caravan, and get rambling.
  4. The Jurassic Coast, East Devon.There are so many beautiful places you could visit while travelling in and around Devon, but make sure to park up and enjoy the filmic views from the Jurassic Coast. It’s 140 million years old, so you can definitely say it’s stood the test of time. While you’re strolling leisurely along the beach, you’ll see the most photographed landmark of the area – the natural limestone arch of Durdle Door.
  5. The Kiln Room, Pottery Bunkhouse, Laggan Bridge, Inverness-shire. Truly one of a kind, The Kiln Room has been in business for 30 years, giving its customers a brilliantly unique experience. On the A889 from Inverness to Fort William, it comprises of converted farm buildings which have a courtyard in the centre. You can sit outside here in the summer, and inside there’s a gorgeous old-fashioned decor and all manner of delicious soup, sandwiches and cakes. If you’re touring the highlands of Scotland and need a pit stop amongst all the beautiful scenery that’s on offer then you can do no better than here.There’s also a stone barn which has inside it a gift stop selling alternative and contemporary items which, differently from most gift shops, are actually the kind of stuff you’d want to buy. Exceptionally cheap accommodation is available in their timber-clad bunkhouse, where there is access to an open-air deck with a hot-tub spa. Pottery Bunkhouse is a great place to stay to explore the Cairngorms National Park and Monarch of the Glen Country (so-called because the area was used as the location for the TV series Monarch of the Glen).

Gary Box

Author: Gary Box. Gary decided for a complete change of lifestyle late in 2009 which resulted in him buying a Hymer motorhome to live in and starting the Motorhome Vagabond blog. A tour of Europe followed in 2010 and he still writes about his adventures. Google

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