An epic Welsh road trip

If empty, sweeping sandy bays, dramatic mountain ranges and gorgeous bucolic scenes are what you want from your next caravan or motorhome trip, then you need to head to Wales. Lottie Gross spent a month in the country in a motorhome; here’s what she found.

By Lottie Gross | 17 June 2021

Wales has it all. The near-empty beaches with a raw, untouched beauty; the pure drama of the mountain ranges with their rocky peaks and precipitous cliff edges. It's a country with so much natural wonder, it's a wonder that so few people visit. Wales gets far fewer tourists than England and Scotland, and so even on a summer's day you might be the only person on a hiking trail in the Brecon Beacons, or the sole visitor to a secluded cove in Pembrokeshire.

It was in Anglesey, just a short drive from the Caravan and Motorhome Club's Penrhos campsite, that I found myself alone on the sand in the middle of the day. It was my last moment on the coast before I headed inland and back over the border to my home in Oxfordshire. I wasn't quite ready to let go of the itinerant life.

Travelling around Wales was easy. Not just because the roads are pretty good and the sat nav was reliable, either. The Caravan and Motorhome Club had a site in every location I wanted to visit, so I was spoilt for choice when it came to great places to pitch up.

The Brecon Beacons campsite was a walker's heaven – and the dog loved it too. The on-site dog walk has a small network of paths along a bank by a babbling stream, so Arty, my Manchester Terrier, roamed off-lead while we strolled in the dappled shade. He'd have been happy with that as his daily walk, but I couldn't resist rambling along the Brecon Canal nearby.

Travelling during these unusual times had initially been quite daunting – coupled with the fact it was my first ever motorhome trip – but the best part about my epic four-week road trip in Wales was how welcome, and safe, I felt at every single site.

There's something very comforting about seeing that Caravan and Motorhome Club sign and turning onto the site; I always knew what I was going to get. The staff were always grinning and eager to help, and the Covid protocols were the same wherever I went: one-in-one-out at reception, masks on in the facilities, a wristband system to stop overcrowding. It felt so incredibly easy, and made the rest of the trip feel like a breeze too – even when the Welsh weather wasn't playing ball.

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