Not sure where to see in England? Only got one week? Here’s my one week in England itinerary – I hope it gives you some great ideas.
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One week in England Itinerary
Obviously, one week in England is not a long time. There’s SO MUCH to see and you can’t possibly expect to cover it all.
On this trip, I was driving north to Scotland from my home in Portsmouth (on the south coast of England) and decided to take a week to explore more of the beautiful country I live in.
England road trip itinerary tips
A few important things to know:
- I toured England in a motorhome, which is a FANTASTIC way to explore (If you need some recommendations, here’s how to hire a motorhome)
- I was travelling with my dog, which means I was actively looking for beautiful places in the countryside (or near lakes!), and avoiding big towns and cities
- It took me a week to meander up to the Scottish border, which is where I then continued motorhoming in Scotland. You can actually do the drive much quicker if you’ve only got limited time.
READ MORE: If you’d like more ideas, here are 15 incredible ideas for England road trips for every itinerary
England Road Trip Map
Here’s a map of where I stayed on this England road trip. I’ve also added in the Scotland spots too so you can find it all easily.
I started my trip travelling to the beautiful Cotswolds. There are so many incredible villages that it was hard to know where to stay. I chose Burford, because there was a Caravan and Motorhome club site nearby, which gave me a great base to explore.
Burford village is very pretty, but apparently there are nicer (Bourton on the water was mentioned a few times, so I’ll head there sometime.)
If you’d like to treat yourself to pancakes, Huffins was lovely. There’s also a Co-op in the village, and there is parking for motorhomes, which I didn’t realise until I needed a taxi (which cost me £20!)
If you have time, spend a day or two exploring the Cotswolds- there’s so much to see!
I drove to Banbury, where I actually stayed on a friend’s field (for free!).
However, if you don’t have a handy friend with a field, I recommend ignoring Banbury (which is ok, but not amazing) and continuing up the road to stay in Warwick.
This is a beautiful city and well worth exploring. If you have time, a trip to the Castle is worth every penny.
Ideally, spend a day or two here if you can.
I’ve been saying I wanted to visit the Peak District for ages, and I was not disappointed.
I stayed at a pub called the Winking Man nr Leek one night, then wild camped in my motorhome the next night at the Roaches.
I highly recommend walking the Roaches if the weather is fine- don’t miss Lud’s Church, which isn’t a church at all but is a massive gorge!
There is something about the Lake District which soothes my soul. Perhaps it’s the tales I grew up on from Arthur Ransome, or perhaps it’s just that mountains and lakes are my happy place. Either way, I LOVE visiting here and don’t come up enough.
I spent a night at Braithwaite Car Park (£18 for 3 days, including overnight for motorhomes/ campervans)
The next night was spent at Aira Force, a National Trust property with one of the biggest waterfalls in the UK. It cost £10 for the night (applicable to members and non-members)
I also drove Kirkstone Pass, which was absolutely fine in a motorhome. Just take your time and don’t forget to pull over regualarly to let cars or bikes pass- that keeps everyone happy and less stressed.
I spent precisely two hours at Carlisle; I stopped at the Toby Carvery there and got a roast dinner. However, it’s a great place to break up your journey if you’re heading north to Scotland- there are plenty of campsites or Brit Stops around.
Kat never planned to buy a motorhome. She also never planned to quit her job as an air traffic controller, go touring around Europe in said motorhome, start one of the UK’s largest motorhome travel websites… or get a cocker spaniel.
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