5 great places to take your caravan on a UK walking holiday

May is National Walking Month, which aims to promote the health (and happiness) benefits of walking as part of an active lifestyle.

 

Walking is also an enjoyable hobby, so here's some inspiration on where to take your caravan for a UK walking holiday. 

 

Chatsworth Park, Derbyshire

 

The 1,000-acre Chatsworth House is open to walkers throughout the year (except during special events). It's a farmed, food-producing landscape; you can see sheep, cattle and deer grazing in the parkland along the Derwent Valley, and fish swimming in the River Derwent. 

 

You can walk, picnic and play in the park for free (though parking charges apply) and there are guided walks available, led by an expert who'll show you the best views and share interesting stories. 

 

We recommend staying at Bakewell Site.

 

Holywell Bay, Cornwall

 

Enjoy strolling by the sea at Holywell Bay, near Newquay. A short National Trust trail takes you along the beach and through the towering sand dunes, offering great views of the Penhale and Kelseys headlands and the twin islets of Gull Rocks (also known as Carter's Rocks). 

 

For something more substantial, iWalk Cornwall suggests a 7.5 mile walk from Holywell Bay to St Piran's Oratory (thought to be the oldest religious building in mainland Britain) on Penhale Sands (a nationally important wildlife area).

 

We recommend staying at Holywell Bay Holiday Park.

 

Malham, North Yorkshire

 

The countryside around Malham National Park Centre in the Yorkshire Dales offers many walking opportunities from 1-20+ miles in length, taking in everything from stone-built villages to wide expanses of moorland.

 

As well as the famous Pennine Way, there's the Malham Landscape Trail, the Malham Village Walk (a one-hour walk with historical details), the Malham Landscape Spectacular (4.5 miles) and the Malhamdale Meander (23 miles), among other options.

 

We recommend staying at Gordale Scar Campsite.

 

Coniston, Cumbria

 

Located in the southern part of the Lake District, Coniston is a pretty village which offers easy access to sights including the Old Man of Coniston, Coniston Water and the Cumbria Way. It's also close to the popular villages of Ambleside and Windermere. 

 

There are routes to suit most walkers, and the range of scenery is hard to beat - including mountains and valleys, cliffs and ravines, lakes and dams, forts and quarried caverns.

 

We recommend staying at Coniston Park Coppice Caravan Club Site.

 

Stamford, Lincolnshire

 

As one of England's best-preserved stone towns, Stamford has a rich history which resulted in it being named the first Conservation Area in the country. Its medieval buildings have featured in TV programmes such as the BBC's Middlemarch, and the surrounding meadowland attracts walkers from far and wide. 

 

From scenic walks along the Rutland Water shoreline to woodland wildlife-watching, there's something to please most walkers - including great views of the Welland Valley. Lincolnshire County Council's Stamford River and Rural Walks Leaflet provides information about two of the most interesting options. 

 

We recommend staying at Stamford Caravan Club Site.

 

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