Since this year is the summer of staycations, just about everyone is planning a road trip, but have you thought about centring your next caravan or motorhome adventure around a theme?
CarParts4Less has put together a list of road trips based around a variety of themes to appeal to everyone from Potterheads to football fans.
The Harry Potter route – 449 miles
Setting out from London and taking in York on the way up to Edinburgh, this route features a number of iconic locations from the Harry Potter series of books and films.
In London, there’s of course Platform 9 ¾ at Kings Cross Station, as well as the Warner Brothers Harry Potter studios, while The Shambles in York was the inspiration for Diagon Alley.
Don’t forget to seek out the grave of Tom Riddle in Edinburgh once you’ve pitched your caravan or motorhome.
The period drama route – 404 miles
Soak up the grandeur of some of England’s most impressive stately homes as you drive your leisure vehicle around Greenwich, Hampshire, Frome, Cheshire and Bakewell.
Your route will include Highclere Castle, which featured in Downton Abbey, as well as Orchardleigh House, where the 2006 retelling of Tess of the D’Urbervilles was filmed.
Finally, channel your inner Elizabeth Bennett or Mr Rochester at Chatsworth House, where scenes for Pride and Prejudice and Jane Eyre have both been shot.
The literary locations route – 401 miles
Beginning in Yorkshire and heading south, there are literary references dotted all over this potential road trip, which takes you to Whitby, Haworth, Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford and East Sussex.
Enjoy the gothic horror of Whitby, where Bram Stoker’s Dracula first landed in England, before heading to the moors around Haworth, which are otherwise known as Bronte country.
Stratford is, of course, the land of William Shakespeares, while Oxford boasts links to Phillip Pullman and J R R Tolkien, and East Sussex is home to Winnie the Pooh’s beloved 100 Acre Wood.
The royal palaces route – 160 miles
Follow in the footsteps of royalty as you take in their residences in London, Windsor and Sandringham in your trusty caravan or motorhome.
No fan of the Queen could resist a stop at Buckingham Palace, while the glittering crown jewels at the Tower of London must be seen to be believed.
Meanwhile, take the Long Walk down to Windsor Castle for spectacular views of the Queen’s favoured residence and stop by the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, where many a royal Christmas has been celebrated.
The football stadium route – 800 miles
This is the ultimate road trip for any football fan, taking in Premier League stadiums from Norwich to Newcastle with London, Watford, Brighton, Southampton, Leicester, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Liverpool, Manchester, Burnley and Leeds in between.
Whichever team you support it’s always interesting to see the pitches at other clubs, stand in the footsteps of sporting giants and experience the locations where home fans like to celebrate wins and drown their sorrows.
From Carrow Road to St James’ Park, you’ll see a lot of the country through its proudest monuments to sport.
A spokesperson for CarParts4Less, said: “Road trips are such a great way to see large areas of the country, and are a great holiday option for individuals and families who want to see and do a little more during their summer breaks.
“We hope that these themed tours offer some inspiration for anyone, no matter what your interest. Whether you do the trip in a couple of days, or a couple of weeks, they’re sure to keep you interested and engaged.”
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