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Top 5 UK Destinations to Conquer with LandyCampers in 2024: Your Ultimate Road Trip Inspiration

Let's be honest, half the allure of a LandyCampers adventure is the Land Rover Defender itself. That iconic silhouette, the promise of tackling any terrain, the feeling you can go absolutely anywhere – that's the magic.

A land rover defender driving through a road lines with gorse

But in 2024, WHERE should those wheels take you? Let's dive into five UK destinations that are perfectly suited for a classic Land Rover Defender camping escapade.

1. The East Coast: Suffolk & Norfolk – Where Wilderness and Seaside Charm Collide

This is OUR backyard, so we know it best. The East Coast might not scream "epic" at first, but that's the beauty of it. This is where you find secret stretches of sand, wild nature reserves, and the sort of small-town charm that feels like stepping back in time.

  • Must-Do Activities:

  • Walk amongst the otherworldly landscapes of Orford Ness, a shingle spit with a fascinating military history.

  • Seek out seals basking in the sun at Blakeney Point – take a boat tour to see them up close.

  • Pop into picture-perfect Southwold for its pier, independent shops, and Adnams brewery.

  • Get lost (intentionally!) within the vast Thetford Forest – choose your own biking or hiking adventure.

  • The LandyCampers Edge:

  • Find a tucked-away campsite where the dunes are the only thing between you and the North Sea - sleeping up high on the roof will give you the best view to wake up to!

  • Our rooftop tents have optional side awnings – cook breakfast sheltered from the breeze, watch that famous East Coast sunrise.

Grey seals lounging in the sun on a beach by the water

The grey seal colony at Horsey Gap is a must-see! - Max Isham Photography


2. Scottish Highlands – Rugged, Wild, and Pure Adventure

When you need mountains, lochs, and that sense of venturing into the great unknown, the Highlands deliver. Your Landy tackles those winding roads without breaking a sweat, bringing you closer to the heart of Scotland.

  • Must-Do Activities:

  • Tackle the epic North Coast 500 road trip, circling the most scenic parts of the Highlands.

  • Seek out Loch Ness (Nessie spotting is optional, but encouraged!)

  • If you're brave, hike Ben Nevis, the UK's highest peak. Easier hills abound too!

  • Immerse yourself in history at castles like Eilean Donan or Urquhart.

  • Find a distillery to sample the good stuff – whisky tastes better after a day of exploring (but not BEFORE driving, of course!).

  • The LandyCamper Edge:

  • Wild camping (where allowed) is the ultimate Highland experience. Your Landy gets you to remote spots safely - use Off Grid Camp's network of wilder sites with landowner's permission to camp in some of the most amazing spots, all to yourself! (Use code LANDCAMP25 for 25% off your first year's membership!)

  • Prep for changing weather – layers are key, and your Landy has plenty of gear storage.

  • The drive is part of the magic – those mountain passes are thrilling in a classic Defender, and the higher driving position affords you the greatest views!


3. Cornwall – For Surfers, Seafood Lovers, and Seaside Bliss

Waves, winding lanes, and that relaxed holiday vibe – Cornwall never disappoints, especially when you have a Landy as your trusty steed.

  • Must-Do Activities:

  • Try your hand at surfing in Newquay, the UK's surf capital, or find a hidden cove for a private swim. (Both Max and Bela at LandyCampers are experienced surf instructors - any questions about surfing on your trip, shoot them our way!)

  • Visit the biomes of the Eden Project, a marvel of architecture and sustainability.

  • Wander through the artistic hub of St. Ives, popping into galleries and independent shops.

  • Hike sections of the South West Coast Path for breath-taking clifftop views.

  • Indulge in the freshest fish and chips – tastes best eaten outdoors in a harbour town.

  • The LandyCampers Edge:

  • Cornwall has loads of seaside campsites – park up, walk to the beach, repeat.

  • Rooftop dinners with sunsets over the ocean – what could be more romantic?

  • Your Landy's fully equipped kitchen kit is perfect for whipping up fresh seafood feasts.

A surfer carrying his surfboard in front of the ocean silhouetted against an orange sunset

Ever wanted to take up surfing? What better time than on a LandyCampers adventure! - Max Isham Photography


4. Snowdonia National Park, Wales – Mountains, Myths, and Welsh Charm

Wild landscapes meet friendly towns in Snowdonia. Conquer mountains, explore ancient sites, or simply breathe deep in this beautiful corner of Wales.

  • Must-Do Activities:

  • Hike to the peak of Mount Snowdon (or take the train if you prefer!) for breath-taking views.

  • Go underground in Zip World's slate caverns, bouncing on trampolines or speeding along ziplines.

  • Explore historic castles like Conwy or Harlech, imagining the sieges of the past.

  • Seek out hidden waterfalls, forest trails, and lakes perfect for wild swimming.

  • The LandyCampers Edge:

  • Navigate those narrow Welsh lanes like a pro in your Defender, with it's surprisingly narrow footprint.

  • Eco-conscious campsites abound– match your ethos with your choice of pitch.

  • Pack for all kinds of adventures, from hiking boots to swimsuits – your Landy holds it all.


5. The Peak District, Derbyshire – Rolling Hills, History, and Country Pubs

The Peak District has all the classic British charm – rolling hills, picturesque villages, cosy pubs, and a sense of history you can touch. It's also very manageable for shorter LandyCamper trips.

  • Must-Do Activities:

  • Hike the limestone landscapes of Dovedale or along the rugged gritstone of the Kinder plateau.

  • Descend into a cavern – The Blue John Cavern and Peak Cavern are both impressive.

  • Visit stately Chatsworth House, wander its gardens and get lost in the hedge maze.

  • Find a traditional pub with a roaring fire and try a local ale.

  • Explore market towns like Bakewell – the Bakewell Tart is a must! (Our personal favourite is from The Bakewell Tart Shop at 18 Matlock St... YUM)

  • The LandyCampers Edge:

  • Campsites with stunning Peak District views are numerous – wake up to the hills.

  • The Defender was built for those country roads, so enjoy the ride as much as the destination.

  • Family-friendly hikes abound, with gentler slopes for little legs.

A landscape view of the green rolling hills of the peak district national park

The views from the Peaks are picture-perfect! - Max Isham Photography

Let's Wrap It Up

The beauty of a LandyCampers adventure is that it's all about YOUR journey. Want relaxation? We've got spots for that. Craving a challenge? Our Defenders are up for it. Remember, every mile you travel with us contributes to our tree-planting and sustainability efforts– it's adventure with a good conscience.

As always, included in every rental is bespoke guidance on route, campsite etc - if none of the above tickles your fancy, we're sure we can help you plan YOUR perfect route!

Ready to let your spirit of exploration guide you in 2024?


If this blog has helped you plan an adventure of your own, we'd be extremely grateful if you'd consider a small token of thanks via our Buy Me A Coffee page. We've opted not to paywall the content, but if you're in the position we'd be incredibly appreciative of the support! Thank you - Max & Bela

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