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Top Caravan Park Destinations for Summer 2012

Caravan parks represent a great options for families this summer, regardless of the weather. With multiple camping options and facilities, as well as extensive kids club activities, caravan parks are ideal for an affordable holiday in the UK. Whether bringing your own caravan, or enjoying different on site accommodation, a caravan park provides both on site attractions, and the chance to explore a local area, and to enjoy some of Britain’s best natural wildlife. Some of the best destinations to look out for in terms of climate, and the choice of caravan parks available, include:

1 – Cornwall

In terms of climate and beaches, Cornwall in the South West of England is ideal for a long break. Locations like Hengar Manor in the North of Cornwall offer particular links to surfing and beaches, while others like Tencreek near Looe provide a base from which to explore the rest of the county. Other resorts, like Sandymouth in Bude, or sites near Newquay, allow visitors to enjoy busier tourist towns. From these campsites, you can also visit the nearby Eden Project, Land’s End, the art galleries at St Ives, and Crealy Adventure Park.

2 – Yorkshire

Allerton Country Park and Reighton Sands are just some of the many excellent caravan parks to consider in Yorkshire. From the North Yorkshire Moors through to the Yorkshire Dales, the county is one of the largest and most untouched in terms of its National Parks in the country. Coastal towns like Whitby also offer the chance to enjoy the summer by the sea. Outside of rural areas, visitors can experience large cities like Leeds and Bradford, as well as historic market towns like York.

3 – Isle of Wight

One of the most popular destinations in the South of England, the Isle of Wight is only a short ferry ride from Portsmouth. The island itself is distinguished by its soft cliffs, beaches, and inland cottages and caravan parks. Notable examples include Thorness Bay, and Hillgrove. The Isle of Wight is served by the county town of Newport and the coastal town of Ryde, as well as by historic locations like Osborne House.

4 – Lancashire

Another ideal location in the North of England, Lancashire has the camping benefit of the Lake District, and the chance to stay near to the beaches of Blackpool, and larger cities like Manchester and Liverpool. Resorts like Cockerham Sands are particularly recommended, while long term stays reward visits to the Pennines and the Forest of Bowland.

5 – Scottish Highlands

A caravan trip to the Scottish Highlands is an excellent option if you want to enjoy the solitude and the spectacular scenery of the Northernmost tip of Scotland and the UK. The Scottish Highlands also have extensive beaches and mountains, and provide access to the Outer Hebrides, the Shetlands and the Orkney Islands for day trips and longer stays. Key caravan parks include Nairn Lochloy, as well as Carmaghael near Fort William in Inverness. Other sights include Cairngorms National Park and Dunrobin Castle. The Highlands may, however, not be the best destination if you want to try and get some sun during this year’s summer.

Rob James is a father, who enjoys family holidays with his wife and four girls.  He can be found blogging about many destinations around the world.

By David Felix

David Felix, a 32 year old carpenter who is taking time out to travel and see more of the world before I get too old to enjoy it fully. I'm an easy going, flexible type of guy who likes to meet new people, wake up each morning not knowing what the day will bring and have fun. Follow my adventures and I shall try to describe each place I visit to the best of my abilities, giving you, the reader, a chance to form your own ideas. Happy travels and I hope to hear from you soon, Dave.