What’s better than a spontaneous road trip? Finding hidden gems in your own country and capturing them on the gram! We've compiled six UK based road trip destinations that NEED to be on your bucket list...
1. Henrhyd Falls and Nant Llech Walk
With a drop of 27 metres, The Henrhyd Falls is the tallest waterfall in Wales! The falls are best seen after a downpour; however, they are just as beautiful all year round! Not only will you get to enjoy the beauty of the falls, but after visiting them and getting some Insta-worthy snaps for your grid, you can carry on exploring the Nant Llech valley, admiring the wildlife and walking by the old watermill, the Melin Llech, on your journey. Henrhyd waterfall is a spectacular sight and the surrounding Graig Llech Woods are a haven for wildlife.
We think the breath-taking falls, surrounded by heaps of wildlife are more than Insta-worthy! And don’t worry, you can take your Gorilla Tent with you, as there are plenty of campsites surrounding the Henrhyd Falls for you to head back to after a long day of exploring!
2. Lost Gardens of Heligan
The Lost Gardens of Heligan is an ESSENTIAL road trip destination. Situated in gorgeous Cornwall and makes for the perfect Insta photo opp! There are 4 campsites within 1.5 miles of the gardens, giving you a wide range of options as to where you can pitch up!
Don’t miss The Giant’s Head, Mud Maid and Grey Lady, which all wait to be discovered along the Woodland Walk - you’ll want to capture the moment!
Well worth the entry fee, for just under £15, you get access to the beautiful gardens all day. There’s also a Tearoom onsite where you can enjoy a Cornish cream tea.
3. Wasdale Valley
Wasdale is the wildest of the valleys in the Lake District offering some truly breath-taking views. This remote valley, with sky-high mountains, cascading rocks and an awe-inspiring lake, is an adventurer’s paradise. With Wasdale National Trust Campsite just a short walk away from the valley, you won’t be stuck for somewhere to pitch your Gorilla Tent!.
Not only will you wake up to the stunning sight of the Lake District, you can take a short walk to Wastwater, England’s deepest lake, or if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, take a hike up Great Gable, or Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain.
4. Fistral Beach, Newquay
Mention the word Fistral to any surfer and it's highly likely their eyes will light up. The UK’s most prestigious surfing destination; overlooked by high cliffs and sand dunes. There are loads of opportunities to try out surf lessons, grab a bite at one of the local cafes, or venture to the small seaside stores on the beach front.
It’s always worth seeing what’s on at Fistral, with a range of events held throughout the year, including Boardmasters, Europe’s largest surf and skate festival. You won’t want to miss out!
It’s not just all about the sports though, there are plenty of campsites around and about for those wanting to come exploring in Newquay. Whatever you are snapping a picture of, we can promise you it’ll be beautiful!
5. The Roman Baths, Bath
The Roman Baths is a site of historical interest in the city of Bath, showcasing a well-preserved Roman site for public bathing, developed around natural hot springs. A major tourist attraction in the UK and paired with the Grand Rump Room, they receive more than one million visitors a year.
Things you need to look out for the ‘gram:
- The centrepiece of the constructed temple pediment – the mesmerising Gorgon's head, its beard entwined with snakes.
- The magnificent gilt bronze head of Sulis Minerva, probably from a statue in the temple.
- The easily-overlooked spring overflow, where the steaming water gushes through a Roman arch, its minerals colouring the stonework a deep russet.
- The lead and pewter curse tablets scratched with Latin messages to Sulis Minerva, and thrown into the sacred spring. 'The person who has stolen by bronze pot is utterly accursed', says one.
Visit first thing in the morning or after 4 pm, to avoid school groups and lengthy queues. In the peak summer months, the baths stay open until 10 pm, and evenings are relatively quiet, perfect for that evening dip!
After dusk, the Great Bath is lit by torches and very atmospheric. Something that you’ll definitely want to capture!
6. Treen Farm Campsite, Penzance
Just three miles from Land’s End, Treen is a short walk away from some of Cornwall’s finest beaches, including the secluded sands of Pedn Vounder.
Make sure your phone is fully charged, because your Instagram is about to be bombarded with pictures of the most stunning beaches you’ve ever seen in the UK. The campsite sits in a field overlooking the cliff top; but surprisingly it’s not too exposed, even in unpredictable weather.
We say grab your tent, fill up your tank and go! At Treen Farm no bookings are required, so if you’re feeling spontaneous, Treen Farm is a perfect destination for you to head towards.
What do you think? Did we miss another Insta-worthy place that deserves to be on the list? We love to hear from you, so share your top tips with us over on Facebook or Twitter! Even better - tag us @gorillatents in your snaps on Instagram...