April 29, 2016 at 11:16 AM
1. Northumberland National Park
Spreading across 400 square miles of wilderness, this unspoilt paradise stretches up to the Scottish borders, while history buffs can tread in the footsteps of Roman legionaries along Hadrian's Wall. When you travel with a motorhome, you won't need to worry about having a cosy base to return to each night, so you can explore to your heart's content. There's also heaps to do for those who love adventure – and of course Alnwick Abbey for Harry Potter fans!
Nestling among the remote valleys of the northern Pennines, Westmorland's diminutive capital is a charming spot. Ancient Appleby Castle overlooks the town, which is a wonderful base for exploring nearby Swaledale – where there's a music festival every May – and the Howgill Fells. The busiest time is during the Appleby Horse Fair in June, so think carefully about taking a motorhome through the narrow streets during that period, but otherwise you should have few problems.
3. Lake District
Don't be put off by pictures of traffic jams – with planning, you can avoid the crowds. While Lake Windermere is certainly worth visiting, the Lake District has plenty of hidden gems. Buttermere may not be the most famous of the area's lakes, but it boasts superb scenery, with lots of easy, family-friendly walks around the banks. If travelling makes you hungry, the Cartmel Village Shop will sell you the most delicious toffee you'll ever taste!
York strikes a nice balance: large enough to deal with motorhomes but sufficiently compact not to feel overwhelming. York's glory is York Minster, the massive cathedral that has graced the city for almost 1,000 years. Allow plenty of time to explore its features – but the rest of York is great for exploring, too, especially its narrow, medieval streets. The National Railway Museum is another must-see while great restaurants and cafés are everywhere.
5. Yorkshire Dales
"James Herriot Country" packs huge variety into its relatively small area. Although it's all ruggedly beautiful, the south is more accessible, especially for large vehicles. There are plenty of country pubs where you can eat in front of a roaring fire. The Dales are a great place for keen walkers, too: find a base in one of the attractive market towns that dot the region and set off for the hills with a song in your heart and fuel in your RS motorhome!
There isn't anywhere like Blackpool – despite changing a lot over the years, it's never lost the thing that made it famous: fun! The gorgeous beach boasts three piers while the view from the Blackpool Tower is unbeatable. Vintage trams often run along the promenade, and if you go in the autumn some will even be lit up as part of the world-famous Illuminations. Despite this bustle, there are also more tranquil spots a little way off the beaten track – ideal for motorhome owners.
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