Sorry I didn't post this in the Europe thread, since I'm british it somehow didn't feel right!
Well, my name is Ash, I'm 23 and I need to get away for a little while!
I was thinking of two things
A, Hire a motorhome for a couple of weeks and bugger off around the UK.
B, Get a tent and a backpack and wonder about the UK stopping off at campsites for a couple of weeks.
Does anyone have any experience of this? I'd just like to see a bit more of my country! I've seen all the big cities, I want to try out some more interesting remote places. Just spend some time on my own.
Anyone done anything like this before or have any experience of doing anything like this, got any useful websites or suggest places I might be able to stay.
I'm in the North west and I'd probably like to go north up to cumbria and maybe some places in scotland. Just get away from the big city!
Would really appreciate any advice!
In the north (Scotland) and to other remote places you'd need some form of transport. Not a necessarily a motorhome, but either a car, a motorscooter, a motorcycle or a bicycle. If it is just you (an nobody else) I would get an estate car, a matress, sleeping bag and other camping gear and sleep in the back of the car. Cheaper than a mobile home and safer and (depending upon the make of the car) more comfortable than a tent.
Cumbria is easy to explore with just yourself and a tent. You don't even need a bicycle really, just pop a one-man tent on your back and wander over the mountains.
Scotland is a bit tougher, a bigger area and the scale of the hills and the difficulty of the terrain. If you want to explore the wilds of the highlands properly a car might be the way to go.
Good on you for making the effort to see what's on your doorstep. I have tried to do this a bit more recently by having the odd long weekends away, though its mostly though not having the opportunitiy to go overseas.
If you want to make it easier, a small car is probably adequate and cheap to run. It gets you to places that you couldn't get to easily by public transport. Scotland is brilliant, incredibly beautiful but there's heaps of places easily accesible from you, that you could probably get to easily on public transport. From the North West you're quite clsoe to Snowdonia, the Peak district, Yorkshire Dales (highly recommend Malham, went camping there last weekend), and obviously the Lakes.
National Park areas like Lakes, Peaks, North Yorkshire Moors and Snowdonia etc usually have some well located Youth Hostels, could make it more fun and sociable if you're going it alone, the YHA website will give you more info.