If you are the kind of independent traveller who likes to have the freedom to go when and where you choose then perhaps a self-drive holiday is for you. Recently my family and I embarked upon our second Motorhome adventure to explore the wonderful south west region of England. Renowned for its picturesque seaside villages and rolling green hills, we packed our buckets and spades, and headed off to collect our vehicle from the Just go Motorhome Rentals depot.
Conveniently located north of London on the M1, the Just go motorhome depot was really easy to find. Check-in was seamless and a lovely lady called Susan gave us a thorough orientation of our 6 berth 'Rambler'. Kitted out with many creature comforts, inside there was a refrigerator which could be used on the leisure battery, gas or electric hook up, a gas oven with hob; along with a toaster, kettle, crockery and cutlery and even a TV & DVD player. If you'd prefer not to bring your sleeping bags, bedding can also be provided for a small fee. With just a handful of miles on the clock, we set off in our immaculate Number 17 Rambler and headed southwest for a 1,000 mile road trip along with a Just go GPS so we wouldn't get lost!
Driving in Britain is easy - signposts are clear and driving is also on the left hand side. The Rambler was easy to drive with automatic and manual transmission options. Having previously rented a motorhome in the US, we knew it was worthwhile stocking up on groceries before heading off the beaten track.
Our road trip took us through some of the quaintest villages in North Devon lined with thatched cottages. The surfing town of Woolacombe was our first stop for a game of beach cricket. Heading along the north coast, we stopped off at the privately owned fishing village of Clovelly where you can take a Donkey ride down to the bay.
Heading into Cornwall, we made our way to the historical fishing harbour of Padstow, nestled along the banks of River Camel. A popular activity to pass the hours is 'crabbing' or you can take the 17 mile Camel Bike Trail to Wadebridge. Celebrity chef and local resident Rick Stein's fish and chips are most popular but we opted for delicious dinner at his local pub 'The Cornish Arms'. Sustainable fishing is highly promoted and you can learn more at the Lobster Hatchery.
The Cornish Coastline is blessed with stunning seaside coves accessible by meandering country lanes. Take the picturesque coastal drive between Padstow and Newquay, looking out for seals bobbing around in the water. Heading further down the coast, stop off at Gyithian for some rockpooling. As we walked around the headland we stumbled across a seal colony with stunning coastal backdrop.
On the northern part of the 'foot' of Cornwall lies the quaint harbour side town of St Ives. In high season the town is busy to park your car or motorhome at St Erth and catch the scenic railway into the town. We enjoyed a traditional Cornish pasty, some cockles and a 99 ice-cream!
Travelling by motorhome meant that we could really take the days as we chose with no set itineraries. Highlights included a coastal walk at Land's End amongst the purple heather and granite rock formations. At low tide we took a walk over to St Michael's Mount at Marazion, and to discover more about wildlife rescue, we headed to Gweek Seal Sanctuary. The quaint fishing village of Mousehole is definitely worth a visit but if travelling by motorhome, park outside and venture in by foot. Our hidden gem was the unspoilt and remote Cape Cornwall. For breathtaking views of the coastline, climb up to the top where the old chimney stack remains dominant on the headland.
As English weather can be unpredictable even in the height of summer, our Rambler Motorhome offered complete comfort at all times. The kitchenette was convenient and saved on the costs of dining out, considerably.
So for all independent travellers who love a road-trip, rent a Just go Motorhome with Auto Europe and get off the beaten track. Call us on 1300 656 601 or visit ourMotorhomes page.