The glorious British summer has finally arrived, and it’s the perfect time for petrolheads to get outside and explore our wonderful roads and particularly pleasant countryside. What better way could there possibly be than in an iconic go-anywhere Volkswagen Westfalia camper? The UK is jammed full of idyllic little spots that are campervan friendly and perfect for a civilised weekend away.
The 1974 VW T2 Westfalia camper currently offered for sale at The Hub is an ideal choice for discovering the outdoors whilst retaining a level of civility beyond sleeping on the floor in a damp tent. Furthermore, a classic campervan is far less ungainly than a bright white 4-bed home on wheels or an ugly white box being towed behind a boring people carrier. A VW campervan is intrinsically a cool thing, able to slot into every environment seamlessly, perfect for festival camping or intrepid exploring.
The interior of this Westfalia camper is very original but fantastically appointed with a pumped water sink, gas cooker, table and two full-sized beds capable of sleeping 4 people in surprising levels of comfort. It also has had some attractive modifications including the fitting of a 2.2L Porsche 914 engine with matching Fuchs alloys all round.
The VW T2 Westfalia therefore is the perfect vehicle for a fun weekend away, giving you the freedom to take your own fridge full of supplies (preferably alcoholic), whilst the cooker makes gourmet alfresco cooking possible in splendid isolation. What’s more this Westfalia camper is not much larger than a regular 4×4 and so fits neatly into any parking space at the supermarket or pub!
Whilst there are hundreds of beautiful places to take a camper here in Britain, here are our top 3 places that might inspire you to take one on your own camper adventure:
In 1956, The Gower became the first area in the United Kingdom to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and it’s not difficult to see why. This area west of Swansea is home to some of the most beautiful sandy beaches found anywhere in the country, with idyllic little villages and coves peppered along the coast line all the way up to Rhossili Beach, which is widely considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the whole of the British Isles, if not the world.
There are a huge abundance of campsites with sea views in this are that are perfect for pitching up in your camper. We’d recommend Nicholaston Farm Caravan & Camp Site, which is nestled just above Oxwhich Bay. With an on-site cafe and superb facilities, this camp site offers easy access to the whole of the Gower.
Cornwall really is a paradise for campervans. Whether or not you’re into surfing, you’ll feel right at home with your Westfalia camper in this stunning corner of England. We recommend exploring the north coast between Tintagel and Padstow, which includes the world-famous village of Port Isaac and the beautiful beach at Polzeath. There are countless places to park up your camper in this part of the world, but we’d personally recommend Rosebud Farm Touring Park.
If you’d rather take your adventures up fells, around lakes and over beautiful meandering valleys, then a trip around The Lake District is the perfect place to start in a camper van. This vast area of Outstanding Natural beauty has many beautiful places to pitch, but we’d recommend starting anywhere in the central vicinity of Ambleside at the north end of Lake Windermere. The Low Wray Campsite National Trust campsite offers beautiful views across the lake as well as kayak, canoe and mountain bike hire for the more adventurous campers!