6 must see places in Southern England

March 07, 2017 in Destinations

Intro: The Southern part of England may not have the waterways of lakes discrict or the mountains of the Peaks district. It does however have much to offer on it's beautiful coast and large forests.

#1 Cornwall

There is no place on the English mainland further West then the county of Cornwall. An area with a rich history and independent culture, the county has become a hotspot for surfing and camping in the summer months. There is many an adventure to be had on this rugged coastal county and no shortage of great places to have a meal and a pint. Renowned for its seafood, you won't have to go far fto find a good seafood platter, or a crisp cider to wash it down. Newport is a popular destination for surfers and holidaymakers wishing to enjoy a summer of partying and meeting people from all over the UK and further afield. There are motorhome sites all up and down the country with higher concentrations near surf spots and beaches. Cornwall really is motorhome country, as public transport isn't as comprehensive as in less rural counties. Having the freedom to travel around as you please will give you that true sense of independence and adventure!

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#2 Devon 

Another surfing hotspot in the UK, Devon has two seperate coastlines on either ends of the county. The Bristol channel in the north of the county, is accross the water from Wales. The other, runs along the south coast on the English channel. A county with a long maritime history and plenty of ports, Devon is a must see for those who love the sea. The county is also historically important from Roman times as its capital Exeter, was southwesterly end to the Roman roads system and therefore the extent to the empire in Britain. Devon has a lot to offer for those with a passion for nature and wildlife, with its many beaches and coves, as well as conservation areas and even an otter sanctuary! There are a plethora of motorhome campsites in the county and many of them are near one of the two coasts. Travelling by motorhome is the perfect way to see Devon, as it's attractions are dotted all over the county.

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#3 Somerset

One notable thing about Somerset is that it is the home of cheddar cheese. For those of you who are still reading and haven’t got on the first bus to the county, it is also renowned for its beautiful farmland. The county is host to Glastonbury festival and so has a wonderful balance of traditional rural Britain, mixed with a somewhat more quirky and alternative demographic. It is close to Bristol, which is a city full of history, culture and music, making it worth a visit! It is also close to the counties of Devon and Cornwall. This makes it an ideal stop off on your way to a surfing holiday or to see other places on the West coast of the UK. Driving around the Mendip hills is a beautiful experience. There are also plenty of rural sites to visit so driving is almost essential.

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#4 Dorset

Dorset has one of the most stunning coastlines in the UK. Visit the Jurassic coast, a World Heritage site named after its abundance of fossils from the Jurassic Period. Dorset has beautiful campsites, lovely footpaths for hiking and beaches that look like something out of a pirate film. Lulworth Cove is a popular choice with holidaymakers and has beautiful clear water for those daring enough to take a swim in the not so warm sea. Another site worth seeing is Durdle Door, a large naturally formed limestone arch, that has formed over a paltry 140 million years. A popular holiday destination for motorhome users, this county is well set up for parking your motorhome and going for beautiful rambles up and down the scenic coast. Camping is also highly popular for the county so you will easily be able to find places to stay.

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#5 South Downs National Park

 Spanning over much of the South of England this extensive series of chalk hills and forests is quite the wonder of nature. To get an idea of its size, The National Park spans 3 different counties (Hampshire, West Sussex and East Sussex) But the Downs list of attractions doesn't stop there. It is also rich in history, boasting such sites of interest as prehistoric burial mounds, Iron Age hillforts and several historically important battlefields. There are also several castles in the area, including Arunel Castle, which was restored in the 1800's and is one of the best surviving examples of a castle in the UK today. There are plenty of scenic and exciting bike paths to ride in the area so a bike rack would be of great use on this holiday! There aren't too many motorhome sites in the south downs. This is part of the appeal of the place as it doesn't really get overcrowded by tourists. Make sure you bear in mind however, it is best to book a site in advance to make sure you get to be near the best spots!

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#6 Seven Sisters National Park

Located in the country of East Sussex, this beautiful area is both stunning and quintessentially English. The Seven Sisters National Park technically falls within the boundaries of the aforementioned South Downs, which is a further reminder of just how vast it is. With it’s white cliffs next to the and rolling hills it is a truly marvellous place to go for a stroll. The name comes from the 7 distinguishable hills that face the sea that all have names which we won’t spoil for you. After all that walking you will probably have worked up quite the thirst. Not to worry! There are several pubs located on the fringes of the park for you to grab a pint of locally brewed beer or even a pub lunch after your scenic workout. This place is something of a pilgrimage spot for people touring the UK. The area is splendid for hikes as well as being near Lewes, a gorgeous medieval town. Furthermore, Brighton, a thriving cosmopolitan seaside town is less than an hour away and a great place for people visiting the UK to go for delicious cuisine and lovely boutique shops. Several motorhome friendly campsites can be found in the area with full amenities for you to use after a fun day out.

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