Trip of the Month – Dartmoor National Park
If you know your Hymer from a Knaus and your A-class from a C-class, then perhaps you will have registered that it was the National Motorhome Show last week. For most you, this annual jamboree where campervan and motorhome manufacturers showcase their new models will have blissfully passed you by. For us here at GlamperRV HQ it was a chance to take a peek at the competition, making us feel quietly smug that we are creating motorhomes a notch or ten above the rest!
Our 2018 model promises to be the best yet combining the fabulous shower room set up from our 2015 model with the superb rear double bedroom and large garage from more recent editions along with ample twinkly LED lights to give an overall feel of loveliness.
I know this email is meant to be a Trip of the Month but I just couldn’t resist telling you about it. If you want to take a peak we have compiled some photographs and they can be viewed here. We will have a couple on our hire fleet next year and are now taking deposits for those who want one all for themselves!
So, if you are lucky enough to find yourself at the wheel of a GlamperRV next year (we won’t tell it’s not yours!) and have no idea where to go, let me give you a recommendation. Head to the South West but don’t follow the masses to the popular hotspots, take some time out to visit the less popular yet spectacular hills of the Quantocks and Dartmoor – two of the most stunningly remote moorlands and often missed. I have had a few customers who have enjoyed these spots in recent weeks and have come back raving.
The Quantocks are the hills located to the North of Taunton – simply leave the M5 at the old- fashioned town of Bridgwater and head for this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. There are a few recommended Wild Camping spots out in the hills, some lovely Brit Stops locations and a range of pubs and campsites. One customer recommended Moorhouse as a campsite, said it had stunning views out over the Quantock Hills and surrounding countryside and was quiet with good size pitches.
Heading further west to the Dartmoor National Park you will instantly be caught by the striking granite tors and steep wooded river valleys. When I think of Dartmoor, memories of the Ten Tors expedition come flooding back – I am not convinced as a group of teenagers we really appreciated the majesty of the place but I will always remember the remoteness, something we yearn for now!
There are many slightly alternative Brit Stops in the Dartmoor region including vineyards, farms, town parking spots and of course pubs. You most definitely won’t be lost for suggestions! If you prefer the traditional campsite then we recommend Langstone Manor – set in the grounds of a traditional country manor, the camping fields are truly superb with flat pitches which are predominantly terraced to ensure a sense of seclusion and offer panoramic views across the neighbouring moors.
Once you’ve done with rambling on the moors and fancy going off on two wheels then the Granite Way cycle route runs to the West of the National Park and offers a traffic free, 11 mile (18km) cycle along the northwest edge of the granite massif of Dartmoor. Pass over the Meldon Viaduct, take a visit to the Meldon Dam and Reservoir and soak up the spectacular scenery.
If you’re travelling back to our HQ you may consider taking the B-roads and stopping off in the New Forest on your return. Another staggeringly beautiful area and the focus of a previous blog – https://www.glamperrv.co.uk/trip-of-the-month-new-forest-adventures/ – the Brit Stops Cider Farm in the heart of the region still ranks as one of our favourite places to stay!
We look forward to welcoming you to GlamperRV in 2018 and advice is to book early to avoid disappointment as we are booking up fast.