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Read on to discover some of Britain’s most beautiful springtime spots. Pitch your motorhome at one of these 10 super sites and get ready to explore.
1. Walking on water
Stay just north of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty at Alderstead Heath Caravan and Motorhome Club Site for a wealth of walking.
There are plenty of walks from the site itself across the North Downs, or head further into the area. The National Trust walk around Box Hill, for example, presents stunning views of the Surrey Hills.
Follow the River Mole and you’ll come across the Stepping Stones. It is a great photo opportunity for couples and a convenient spot to admire the calm flow framed by elegant trees.
At the end of the walk you’ll pass Box Hill Fort, which dates from 1892 and now houses bats.
2. Fairy glen
The Yorkshire Dales National Park has a hidden gem – Malham Tarn. Aside from the glacial lake and rolling meadows, there is a great walk up through woodland following Gardale Beck to a waterfall.
This enchanting waterfall, known as Janet’s Foss, is claimed to be the home of Janet, Queen of the Fairies. The secret cave behind the falls is magical.
Stay at nearby Knight Stainforth Hall, a 45-acre estate that dates back to Norman times.
3. Poetry among the trees
The awe-inspiring beauty of the Lake District has long been popular for romantic getaways.
Escape the commercial sites and crowds to stay at the peaceful Lanefoot Farm Campsite to make the most of your break.
Hidden amongst the beautiful woodland of nearby Whinlatter Forest Park, the Words in the Woods trail is perfect for a romantic stroll.
Keep your eyes peeled for the poetic quotes about trees that have been thoughtfully carved into the waymarked posts.
4. Keep your head in the clouds
While away an afternoon on the beautiful beach at Anderby Creek, on the Lincolnshire coast near Sutton-on-Sea.
This unspoilt stretch of sand is a hidden gem, as is the Cloud Bar that artist Micheal Trainor has installed. This observation platform has seats from which to watch the clouds, and a ‘cloud menu’ so that you can learn about the different formations.
Stay at adults-only Cherry Tree Touring Park.
5. Cumbrian coast
The North Cumbria coast is often overshadowed by the dramatic scenery of the Lake District, but it has some gorgeous National Cycle Network trails to explore.
Stay at Tanglewood Caravan Park for unfettered access.
6. Legends of gallantry
Channel tales of damsels in distress and knights in shining armour at the enchanting remains of Tintagel Castle.
Teetering on the cliff tops, this medieval stronghold was rumoured to be the birthplace of King Arthur and is still evocative of all the myth and legend that enshrouds him.
It may be a blustery walk, but you can’t beat the atmosphere. If you’re there at low tide, be sure to descend the cliffs to Merlin’s Cave.
Headland Caravan Park is less than a mile from the castle, so that you can visit as often as you like or strike out on the South West Coast Path.
7. Dallies downstairs
Follow a real-life romance at Erddig Hall, the historic home of the Yorke family.
The love story between two of the servants in the early 20th century can be followed through the grounds of the house, taking in the dovecote, coachman’s cottage, monkey-puzzle tree and the Black Brook.
The grounds are perfect for exploring on a bright spring day, but if it’s raining just head inside the house.
Stay at Plassey Holiday Park for pristine facilities just a 10-minute drive from the hall.
8. Romance in the ravine
The spectacular Falls of Bruar are worth the hike through the gorge. Rest up at the picnic spot as the roar of water surrounds you and watch the falls as they drop through the pretty gorge.
The walk is less than two miles from Blair Atholl where you can pitch at Blair Castle Caravan Park for spotless facilities.
The park, set in the grounds of the historic Blair Castle, also has stunning views of the surrounding Cairngorms.
9. Seaside strolls
Botany Bay’s flat, golden sand is spiked with tall chalk stacks to create a stunning destination for a romantic beach walk. As the white cliffs tower above you, keep an eye out for fossils or dabble in the rock pools.
The tearooms and shops of Margate are just along the coast to the west so that you can warm up with cuppa afterwards.
The nearest touring park is Nethercourt Touring Park, which is just a mile from even more beaches and a great base for exploring this corner of Kent.
10. Romantic roots
The 12 lakes in the grounds of Cosgrove Park provide some pretty on-site walks, but head further afield for uninterrupted peace.
Walk among the trees of the ancient Salcey Forest and you’ll soon come across the fallen Church Path Oak, just one of the forest’s ‘druid’ oaks. It was thought to be 400 years old when it finally fell 12 years ago.
If you follow the trail past the elephant pond (where elephants from a travelling circus bathed) up to the tree top way, you can enjoy a birds’ eye view of the forest.