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  • 01.11.2011
  • 16:56
  • by Rob Ganley

So you think you know the Peak District? Rob Ganley says take another look.

There is so many places there that you might have not realized or noticed - come on a trip with us!

Peak District, England

I have always found the Peak District hard to peg down. For starters, it’s a bit of a misnomer really. Just where are the pointed tops of the peaks you’d expect to find? Not only that, it maps over a handful of different counties including West and South Yorkshire, Lancashire and Staffordshire but mostly sits inside Derbyshire so I had always thought that it didn’t have its own, unique flavour but was instead a hotchpotch of outside influences. After a week there, I realised that I was wrong, as usual, and came away with not only a fresh map of the Peak District but also its peculiarities etched into my memory.

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  • 17.10.2011
  • 16:06
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

Nick Harding and family love the Scarborough-Whitby area for its variety plus all kinds of rainy-day attractions.

To paraphrase Charles Dickens: It was the worst of times, it was the best of times. Sorry, Mr Dickens, but there’s no better way to sum up the Easter Bank Holiday weekend I had on the Yorkshire coast with my wife and children (ten and nine).

Scarborough, England

However, rather than being a tale of two cities, this was a tour of two towns and a bit more besides. Scarborough and Whitby are the two completely different seaside resorts that dominate this area. But while you’re here there are plenty of other places to visit, including picturesque Robin Hood’s Bay, snazzy Bridlington, genteel Filey and more.

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  • 26.09.2011
  • 12:19
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

Stacie Pardoe takes her little warriors to York to explore the city and its Viking heritage.

We went to search for the Vikings heritage in this destinctive area.

York, England

I had been invaded. There were Vikings fighting in my garden, stealing biscuits from my cupboards and trashing my rooms with toys. I hadn’t a clue where they had come from but I desperately wanted them to invade somewhere else.

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  • 16.09.2011
  • 14:58
  • by Jeremiah Mahadevan

Jeremiah Mahadevan revels in the challenge – and reward – of walking the rugged North Moors landscape.

Stand on the crest of an escarpment in the North York Moors and it’s very easy to see why Heathcliff was driven to such an enduring rage of jealousy and bitterness – the landscape that formed the backdrop to Wuthering Heights is one of the most desperately bleak in the world. The undulating moorland plateau seems to go on forever, a featureless expanse of brown and purple heath that’s interrupted only by the sky.

North Moors landscape

Now, I’m not trying to discourage anyone from paying the moors a visit; in fact, the opposite is true. I’d just like to make clear that their bleakness may not be to everyone’s liking, but those with broader tastes in scenery will find that little in the world can compare with what’s on offer in the North York Moors National Park.

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  • 13.09.2011
  • 17:50
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

Ken Lewis goes wild camping in West Ireland to enjoy nature at its best.

For me, a keen photographer based in the Wirral, a trip to the enigmatic area of limestone pavement on the west coast of Ireland seemed like an opportunity too good to miss. It’s a fantastic area to explore in a motorhome and has breathtaking scenery.

Lough Fee As you drive around, you can’t help but marvel at the variety of sights

So my friend Robert Devenish and I set off for a week-long tour, mostly wild camping in my Elddis Firestorm.

There are several different ferry crossings to Ireland but we chose to use Irish Ferries as the journey takes only three hours 15 minutes from Holyhead.

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  • 13.09.2011
  • 16:16
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

Alyson Warnock and her partner Richard explore the province’s stunning shoreline and exciting cities.

In an ordinary street, a short walk from the centre of Belfast, is one of the National Trust’s most unusual properties. It has been damaged by, but survived, the turmoil in Northern Ireland.

Giants Causeway is great for sunsets

However, it isn’t the town hall. It has links with the Italian craftsmen who sculpted the cathedrals in the city, but it isn’t a church. And it still performs the same function that it has done for 160 years. It’s a pub.

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  • 05.09.2011
  • 14:43
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

It may not have the kudos of the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts but Skelwith Fold Caravan Park's August Summer Show demonstrates that its guests are a talented bunch.

The Ambleside caravan site, which has static vans as well as tourers, put on its fifth exhibition showcasing guests' paintings, photographs and poetry inspired by one of the UK's most popular holiday destinations, the Lake District.

The show attracted entries from eight to 80-year-olds. Skelwith Fold uses the event to produce its annual calender, pictures are selected to illustrate the 12 months. If you can't wait for the calendar and you want to see what you have missed this year if you haven't made it to the Lakes check out Skelwith's website and click on the gallery tab.

 
  • 29.08.2011
  • 15:16
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

The Central Highlands of Scotland, a land of imposing mountains, grand lochs and glorious glens.

Seasoned Scotland motor caravanners Jan and Mark Crane take you on a great three-day tour of their favourite locations

Central Highlands A Loch Ness cruise boat at Port Augustus

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  • 29.08.2011
  • 15:00
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

Christine and Alisdair Lyle cross the Firth of Clyde to explore a thrilling island

The Isle of Arran lies in the Firth of Clyde alongside the Mull of Kintyre and, although it measures only some 19 miles long by 10 miles wide, it truly lives up to its title of ‘Scotland in miniature’. From the mountainous north down to the pastoral south, the island is a hive of activity.

Kildonan has castle ruins and stunning views

Reaching Arran is easy. Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) runs a regular service from Ardrossan on the mainland to Brodick on the island. You can look up the times of sailings on www.calmac.co.uk or phone 08705 650 000 to make your reservation. They are always very helpful.

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  • 29.08.2011
  • 14:07
  • by Caravan Sitefinder

Aberdeenshire has a rich seam of castles, allowing Christine and Alisdair Lyle the chance to for a glorious visit to 12 fascinating sites in just a four-day tour

Entrance to Glenbuchat

Take a look at their journey!

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