7 day England Camper itinerary
England in 7 days you say? With so much to see and do, the options are endless. But we’ve tried to compress all of the most iconic sights and destinations into a week-long journey so that you can make the most of your time in the UK. Highlights include Bath, Stonehenge, Oxford, York, Manchester, Liverpool and the beautiful Lake District which is the locals’ favourite lake destination – and our balanced itinerary covers north and south alike to bring you the best of England and an authentic round-trip experience!
After picking up your Spaceship campervan from our London depot (directions to our depot can be found here) start by driving south visiting Canterbury Cathedral or alternatively drive towards the famous White Cliffs of Dover, the tallest white cliffs in England – make your way for Beachy Head if you want the best views. Then travel further along the south coast to Brighton, a quirky seaside city thriving in alternative fashion and underground music and well-known for its Gay Pride events. This is a great place for nightlife and travellers of all ages will fall in love with the city’s hip party vibes.
Or for a different route to Brighton, make way for Leeds Castle and through the Kent countryside to Battle for Battle abbey before heading west to and parking up your Spaceship in the city for the night.
On day 2, drive up through New Forest to Stonehenge and then further northwest to Bath. Stonehenge deserves a couple of hours if you want to get the most out of this incredible archaeological site and then you’ll stumble across some amazing sights and attractions in Bath too; including Roman Baths, Bath Abbey, the Royal Crescent, the Theatre Royal and the Jane Austen Centre if you love literature. Stay overnight in one of the nearby caravan parks such as Baltic Wharf, Brook Lodge Farm and Hortham Farm.
A morning stroll and breakfast in Bath is a great way to start the day (and Bath is brilliant for breakfast cafes and brunch spots) before driving up through the postcard-perfect Cotswolds, a region boasting spectacular countryside, amazing lakes and unbeatable nature spotting. Then it’s onto Oxford for the world famous Oxford University where you’ll be able to tour the renowned and prestigious Bodleian Library. After spending the afternoon over in Oxford checking out Oxford Botanic Garden, Sheldonian Theatre or the Pitt Rivers Museum, make your way to Stratford Upon-Avon and park up your camper for the night.
Begin your day with a quick stroll around the magnificent medieval market town of Stratford-Upon-Avon and explore this 16th-century birthplace of William Shakespeare before hopping on the M5 and heading up to either Liverpool or Manchester. Liverpool has the Beatles and a lively club scene while Manchester has Coronation Street and fantastic night life. So the choice is yours! Both cities have their own unique charm and are fantastic destinations for shopaholics or foodies.
If you’re not staying overnight in either Manchester or Liverpool, continue 2 hours further north up the M6 to the stunning Lake District, or you can skip these destinations altogether to spend more time in the countryside. If you opt to stop overnight in the Lakes, you’ll find some amazing places to stay in either Ambleside or the quaint little lake town of Bowness on Windermere. They’re just a 10 minute drive away from one another plus you can also get about to and from via the boat on the lake, which runs every hour. Lake Windermere is England’s biggest lake so you’ll find plenty to do here the next morning…
Make sure you wake up early to catch the sunrise and spend the day hiking in the Lake District area (we love the many waterfall walks including the Stockghyll Force trail which you can take from Ambleside) or drive over the fantastic Kirkstone Pass to Ullswater. If you spend another night in the Lakes, be sure to end your evening with a few sunset drinks at our favourite Ambleside pub, Wateredge Inn which offers the most wonderful views of Windermere. Or if you want to make tracks, head up to Hadrian’s Wall and stop there for the night.
Either spend the morning learning about Hadrian’s Wall or continue your drive west through the Pennines to the Yorkshire Dales and perhaps an overnight stop in Hawes. Follow on for a quick visit to the Bronte Sisters’ Haworth before heading for York to see the York Minster and exciting National Rail Museum. To stay in the Hadrian’s Wall area, walk the wall in the morning and then drive south to spend the afternoon in York. In York, you can climb an old castle wall and walk around the town, looking down on the city below.
Wake up early to get a good start on motorway and drive south down the A1 before joining on the M11 to Cambridge to spend the afternoon. Hire a punt, grab a bottle of wine and relax as you glide past the banks of the famous Cambridge colleges. A great end to the week before driving all the way down the M11 before taking the M25, then M4 to the drop off point.
7 Day England Camper Itinerary (Alternative)
Head directly west out of London along the M4. Stop off to visit the Queen’s alternative London home at Windsor. Continue west before exiting (exit 14) and head south through Hungerford to Stonehenge where a day ticket allows you to explore the site all day. Next take the A36 up to the Georgian / Roman Bath Spa town of Bath where there are some top sights, shopping and cool places to eat and drink. You can either stay overnight in Bath or head down to Wells and Cheddar Gorge.
After some early morning cheese tasting in Cheddar Gorge (the perfect brunch perhaps?), it’s time to enjoy a spot of spelunking (caving) in the Wookey Hole – it’s so much fun and a great adrenaline rush! After some cave exploration, head east and pick up the M5 and head north past Bristol and Gloucestershire to Iron Bridge Gorge, home of the Industrial Revolution.
Start your morning with a visit to the Iron Bridge Museum before heading north to the lively city of Liverpool via Shrewsbury and Chester. In Liverpool a must see is the Beatles Museum at Albert Dock and you’ll also find some great places to shop as well as some fantastic places to grab some tasty lunch or perhaps a few drinks. After filling your boots in Liverpool, head directly north to the Lake District and camp up in your Spaceship overnight for a good night’s rest.
Spend day 4 exploring the wonderful Lake District – enjoy a waterfall walk, go hiking up the feels or perhaps take a ride on Lake Windermere by hiring a boat, or for something a bit different, why not visit the steam boat museum? In the afternoon, drive over the magnificent Falkstone Pass and stay overnight in Ullswater.
Make an early start and head east across the Pennines, down to Hawes and through the Yorkshire Dales to England’s rugged east coast and the birth place of Captain James Cook, the seaside town of Whitby. To cure those hunger pangs, make sure that you stop in at Bishop Auckland for North East England’s finest fish ‘n’ chips at Beedles (2A Oaklea Terrace Bishop Auckland) – it’s our national dish here!
After waking up in the glorious Robin Hood Bay, make tracks for the city of York. Just some of the highlights of York include the York Minster Cathedral and the National Rail Museum – or if you love boutiques, make sure you head down the pretty cobbled streets of The Shambles, an old area of town that looks like something out of a storybook! Spend the day exploring York before leaving late afternoon, heading through Southern Yorkshire past the remains of the Yorkshire mining industry, across the Humber Bridge and onto Lincoln.
In the morning, visit Lincoln Castle and join the Da Vinci Code Tour in the Lincoln Cathedral. After lunch head directly south to hook up with the M11 and the final stop of incredible Cambridge, the UK’s iconic city of scholars. After spending the afternoon in this interesting city, head down the M11 before joining the M25 towards the M4 to drop off your Spaceship and wave goodbye to a great trip!