Campervan Destinations: The Best Places To Go In Your Motorhome In 2022

Whether you’ve just finished building your campervan and are ready to take it for a spin, or you’ve recently upgraded your motorhome, it’s time to explore somewhere new.

Here are the best places to go in your campervan or motorhome across the UK and Europe.

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The 10 best campervan destinations in the UK

Norfolk Broads, Norwich

Let’s start with a destination close to our hearts: the Norfolk Broads. This beautiful part of the world is characterised by meandering waterways and incredible countryside (not to mention some fantastic pubs and campsites).

Known for its flat roads, it’s a great place for rookie campers to try out a new motorhome. Drive all the way to the Great Yarmouth coast for awesome sea views.

Peak District, Derbyshire

The Peak District is popular with campervanners thanks to its abundance of hikes, trails, and pretty Derbyshire towns. Places like Bakewell, Buxton, and Matlock have plenty of activities and sights to see.

There are lots of caravan sites and campervan-friendly pubs dotted around the Peak District, so it’s a well-worn path for many campers.

Bridlington, Yorkshire

Flamborough head, Bridlington

If you love the feeling of sand between your toes, take your campervan up to Bridlington in the East Riding of Yorkshire. The beaches are beautiful up there (if a little chilly at times), and there are plenty of great restaurants, indie shops, and coastal paths to explore.

Isle of Wight

Take your campervan on a ferry ride across to the Isle of Wight. Warmer than much of mainland UK, the Isle of Wight is a hugely popular summer destination — so book your campervan pitch early (especially if you’re planning to go around June, which is festival season).

Your campervan is the perfect base for exploring the beaches, cliffs, and landmarks of this little UK island.

Wester Ross, Scotland

Wester Ross is part of the North Coast 500, a 500-mile route along the coast of Scotland. There are plenty of places to see along the entire road, but Wester Ross is arguably the most stunning. With snow-capped mountains, azure seas, and expansive lochs, it’s easy to forget you’re in the UK.

Wild camping is legal in Scotland, so you can park your campervan pretty much anywhere in or around Wester Ross.

Lake District, Cumbria

Move away from the humdrum of Windermere and Ullswater, and you’ll find plenty of places off the beaten track that are perfect for explorers. Crummock Water is a stunning lake that’s loved by locals, while Kirkstone Pass is a scenic hiking route that connects Patterdale with the larger town of Ambleside.

There are tons of campervan-friendly campsites and guesthouses across the Lake District, making this one of the best campervan destinations in the UK.

Mousehole, Cornwall

Mousehole is a sleepy little fishing village right in the toe of Cornwall. Its slow, picturesque vibe is popular with many campers. Walk the coastal path, take a fishing boat out, or drive your campervan the short distance to Land’s End.

Despite its small size, there are lots of great pubs and places to eat in this little village, and in nearby Penzance. If you’re looking for a longer drive to put your campervan through its paces, Mousehole is the ideal destination.

The New Forest, Hampshire

The New Forest is one of the most famous UK national parks — and there’s so much to see and do around there that it’s easy to see why. With theme parks, wildlife centres, and an abundance of campsites, it’s a great destination if you’re camping with kids.

Flanked by Bournemouth and Southampton, the New Forest is a haven for those who want to get away from the buzz of the city without travelling too far.

Snowdonia, Wales

Wales has some of the best scenery in the UK — and Snowdonia National Park is one of the finest places to experience it.

Whether you fancy the climb to the top of Mount Snowdon (known as Yr Wyddfa to locals), or a more leisurely stroll around the Welsh countryside, explore the largest national park in Wales from your campervan.

Brecon Beacons, Wales

Around 130 miles south of Snowdonia, you’ll find the Brecon Beacons. This landscape is a little less dramatic, but it’s typically much quieter than the area around Snowdon, so it’s ideal if you’re looking for a quieter campervan excursion.

From pony trekking to kayaking, there are lots of great ways to explore the Beacons before you relax into your campervan at night.

The best campervan destinations in Europe

Want to travel a little further afield? Take the ferry across to Calais (from Dover) or Rotterdam (from Hull), then drive your campervan on to some of these amazing European destinations.

Bavaria, Germany

Distance from Calais: 904km (560 miles)
Distance from Rotterdam: 760km (472 miles)

Bavaria is full of old-world charm. The largest Bavarian city, Munich, is full of traditional German beer halls and iconic architecture. Head there in October and celebrate Oktoberfest, the world-renowned beer festival, with the locals.

But it’s not just about the city — Bavaria is surrounded by incredible mountains and deep ravines, making it one of the most scenic regions in Germany.

French Alps

Distance from Calais: 900km (559 miles)
Distance from Rotterdam: 1,000km (621 miles)

Best known as a skiing destination, the Alps are also a fantastic destination for campervanners. Explore stunning lakes in the foothills — Lake Annecy near Grenoble is a particular highlight — or hike trails up into the mountains themselves.

With boat trips and cycle hire also on offer, there’s no shortage of things to do for campervanners in the French Alps.

County Cork, Ireland

Distance from Dublin: 264km (164 miles)
Distance from Rosslare: 192km (119 miles)

Taking your campervan to Ireland means getting a ferry in the opposite direction — usually from Liverpool or Holyhead to Dublin, or Fishguard to Rosslare. Travelling to Cork is also much quicker than mainland Europe destinations, so it’s ideal if you want to take your trip at a more leisurely pace.

There’s lots to do in Cork, including mountain biking, hiking, and fishing, as well as visiting landmarks like the Blarney Stone and Spike Island.

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Distance from Calais: 1,910km (1186 miles)
Distance from Rotterdam: 1,861km (1156 miles)

The Amalfi Coast is one of the fanciest neighbourhoods in Europe — so it may not seem the obvious choice for campers. And at almost 2,000km distance from ferry docking destinations, it’s the furthest destination on this list.

But while the drive isn’t for the faint of heart, it’s definitely worth it. The iconic Amalfi coastline is a must-see, and parking up your campervan in this stylish, decadent Italian coastal town should be on the bucket list of any keen traveller.

Salzburg, Austria

Distance from Calais: 1,119km (695 miles)
Distance from Rotterdam: 985km (612 miles)

Salzburg is a bustling city with a rich history. But it also has plenty of outdoor activities that are ripe for exploring. Take the Untersberg cable car to the top of the mountain, and look out over the city from the peak.

Driving to Salzburg also takes you through the heart of Bavaria, so tacking this destination onto the end of your Bavarian road trip is a no-brainer.

Campervan destination FAQs

How much does it cost to take a campervan on the ferry to Europe?

A one-way journey to Calais in a standard motorhome costs around £123.00.

Where are you allowed to sleep in a campervan?

Different countries have different rules, but mostly it’s illegal to sleep overnight in a campervan wherever you like. In most places, you must book a pitch on a caravan site or get permission from the land owner. Scotland is the exception to this rule, where wild camping is acceptable.

Do I need a special licence to drive a campervan?

Most campervans are covered by a standard car driving licence (category B). Some large motorhomes (over 3,500kg) are classed as C1 vehicles in the UK, so you’ll need to apply for a provisional medium-sized vehicle licence and pass a further test.

What’s the best campervan to travel in?

It depends on how many people are travelling, what you need to take, and how long you’re planning to travel for. Take a look at how you can choose and customise your campervan for your trip.

Will my campervan WiFi work in Europe?

It depends on what type of motorhome WiFi setup you have. Maxview’s Roam WiFi system is optimised to work in the UK and Europe, so with this system you’ll have reliable access wherever you go.

Will my TV satellite system work in Europe?

This also depends on the coverage offered by your satellite provider, and the size of your satellite dish. Find out more about how satellite footprints work, and what kind of coverage you can expect from your Maxview campervan satellite.

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