Trip of the Month – GlamperRV pub crawl to the Malvern Hills

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As the sun shakes off the winter blues and summer appears to be on its way, down at GlamperRV HQ we are inundated with requests for hire during the peak summer holiday season.  Unfortunately, it is a case that the early bird really has caught the worm as apart from the odd small chink of availability we are pretty much fully booked until mid-September.

I will therefore give you plenty of notice this year, bookings for Summer 2018 will open on Sunday 10th September and so if you are planning a big trip for 2018 or just want to make sure you have a GlamperRV secured for a major festival, I would encourage you to book early.

Another word of housekeeping – when we do get a cancellation or have last minute availability we post some sizzingly special offers on our Facebook and Twitter pages @GlamperRV.  If you want to be the first to hear about these make sure you follow us.

Anyhow back onto why you are reading this – GlamperRV trip ideas!  I love the fact that so many customers book a GlamperRV with no firm idea of where to go –  they simply turn up, ask for some suggestions and head off with their hotel on their back!  It does of course help that we have many pre-planned trips which they can look up.

I will share with you another of those and this month it is exploring the stunning yet often missed region of countryside from the Cotswolds up through the Malvern hills – very accessible from either of our bases in Swindon or Buckinghamshire and perfect for a short taster adventure.

From our Buckinghamshire base your first overnight pub stop, The Trout at Tadpole Bridge is only a 90 minute drive away and is a located on the banks of the River Thames to the west of Oxford.  From here you will be able to explore the typically Cotswold village of Bampton, setting of ‘Downton’ in BBC series Downton Abbey and the stunning Kelmscott Manor, home to iconic artist William Morris.  If you fancy a little gentle exercise walking or cycling along the Thames path is a peaceful way to spend a summer evening and will set you up for a good pub supper!

Your route will then take you North to your next pub, The Royal Oak in Gretton which with its views of the Malvern Hills, an old GWR steam train running through the bottom of the garden and play area for children there is plenty for everyone.  The Winchcombe Way passes through Gretton so if you are a keen walker you will enjoy this super figure of eight trail through the stunning northern area of the Cotswolds.

Onwards into the Malvern Hills our next pub stop is the Drum and Monkey in Upton-upon Severn – a great base to explore this area of outstanding natural beauty which boasts some of the most spectacular views in the Midlands.  The entire length of the Hills is open to the public and is criss-crossed with about 160km (100 miles) of bridleways and footpaths.

For those who prefer exploring on two wheels, then with steep climbs and views across Herefordshire and Worcestershire the hills are an exciting place to cycle both on road and off road. With over 56km of bridleways there are hilltops, wooded slopes and open commons to explore detailed in this useful sheet.

If you prefer a change to your pub stops and are looking to spend a few extra days exploring the region then we highly recommend Eastnor Castle Deer Park Campsite.  Set overlooking Eastnor Castle at the foot of the Malvern Hills you will know you’re in the heart of the country when you open the blinds in the morning and find a young stag ambling through this 23-acre site.

There are a huge choice of places to stay courtesy of Brit Stops, Motorhome Wildcamping and Cool Camping and we know that whatever you choose you will love the comfort and style offered to you by GlamperRV.

 

Lucy Caille
Co-founder of GlamperRV, mother of 2 energetic boys and occasional marketing guru
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