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Escape the hustle and bustle of city life with this week-long trip to some of the most iconic areas of British countryside. The Lakes, Peaks and Dales are filled wiith thrilling mountain walks, stunning scenery, unique lakes and caves and a massive variety of awesome activities, there’s plenty to see and do across these three national parks, so take a week away from normal life to explore the wonders close to home.
Kick off with a couple of nights exploring the wilderness of the Peak District. The wild countryside is littered with breath-taking views and incredible natural attractions, such as the many caves and nature reserves found in the area.
After a couple of days there, head over to the godfather of British national parks, the Lake District. With hundreds of outdoor activities available, from rock climbing, to sailing, to paintballing, there’s something here for everyone and so much on offer that you’ll never get bored. If you haven’t got your fill of hiking yet, you’ll have the chance to rectify that by tackling England’s highest peak, Scafell Pike.
The last stop on your route is God’s country, better known as the Yorkshire Dales. Spend your days trekking over the rolling hills before treating yourself to a well-earned pint and some food in a friendly country pub in one of the quaint villages scattered through the Dales. This is a great opportunity to experience something new on your holidays and fully appreciate all that the British countryside has to offer.
Peak District (2 Nights) > Lake District (3 Nights) > Yorkshire Dales (2 Nights)
If you’re taking a VW Camper, either pick it up at our Leeds depot and leave your car parked, or have it delivered straight to your door anywhere in the UK for an extra fee.
If you’re picking up a car, collect it from one of our partner sites in Leeds or further afield – Ashford, Bristol, Dover, Eastbourne, Hemel Hempstead, London North, London South, London West, Milton Keynes, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Sheffield.
Drive to the Peak District (a short 1-2 hour drive if starting in Leeds). Avoid the monotony of the motorway and take the quaint Yorkshire and Derbyshire roads. Pull up for the night for your first stay!
From your hub in the Peak District, explore Bakewell, Castleton, Bamford and any many more quaint villages. Fill your day with gentle walks or massive hikes. Drive through Snake Pass and Winnats Pass and stop to admire the beautiful Derwent Dam. When you’re ready to leave, take the fast route up to the Lake District along the M6 (approximately 2 hours) or stop off for tea and cake on the way.
Over the next few days, explore all the wonders that the Lake District has to offer. Dedicate a day to hiking, either by tackling England’s tallest mountain, Scafell Pike, or if you fancy more of a climb, make your way up Jack’s rake on Pavey Ark. Spend another day pottering round some of the beautiful, small towns and villages, such as Grasmere and Windermere, and make the most of some of the water sports available on Lake Windermere or Coniston Water.
After a couple of days, head on to God’s country, the Yorkshire Dales. The quickest way is to pick up the M6 from Penrith, but a small detour through Ambleside will take you on a much more scenic route through the mountains, stopping off at Windermere and Malham cove along the way. It only adds 40 minutes to your journey, so we’d definitely recommend this route.
If you didn’t make it to Malham cove on your way into the dales, make it your first point of call the next day. The stunning limestone cliffs and valley below are not to be missed and are a short walk from the town of Malham. With a bit of left-over time, take a half hour trip down to explore Bolton Abbey, or take a final hike along Ilkley Moor and finish it off with a few pints in the Cow & Calf pub.
If you’re driving to Leeds then you haven’t got far to go at all. Wake up at a respectable 9am, cook yourself your last English breakfast of the trip, be on the road at 10am and back to drop off the vehicle by 11am. If you are in a VW campervan and have paid extra, just drive straight to your house anywhere in the country by 11am and we will meet you there. If you have opted for a car, then drop it off at the same depot you collected it from.
Add any of these experiences to your package when you check out. They have all been hand-picked by us to fit around your route. Find out more about them on each experience page.