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10 unmissable seaside towns in the South West of England

This is a guest blog provided by Campsites UK

When it comes to the South its western seaside resorts attract a stream of tourism to rival others in the country. With quaint architecture, quintessentially British seaside entertainment and lovely views, no wonder the Campsites UK survey of 7,420 people chose these South Western seaside towns as their top ten in the region.

St Ives, Cornwall
People’s favourite seaside resort in the South West of England is unsurprisingly St Ives Bay. With an eclectic range of offerings for the eager tourist, you won’t find yourself lost for things to do. Not only is St Ives a cultural centre of art and galleries, it also plays host to a variety of water sports and the thrilling activity of coasteering. Alternatively, if clambering over rocks in a wetsuit isn’t your thing then there is always the picturesque scenery of St Ives Bay to watch the world go by.
Nearest Club Site: Sennen Cove

Newquay, Cornwall
Newquay is a perfect place to kick back and relax on clean sandy beaches. Surfing beaches also serve up a fairly consistent swell for fans of the sport or those keen to try. On the other side of things Newquay’s lively night-time atmosphere infiltrates the bars and restaurants of the town and this catches on fast enough. If family time is the main agenda then the zoo, theme park and crazy golf are all in close reach. We challenge you not to enjoy your scenic visit or be tempted by all it has to offer.
Nearest Club Site: Tregurrian

Weymouth, Dorset
Nestled on the Dorset coast Weymouth is a little gem of a town and retains many features of a traditional British seaside resort. Where else would be best to watch a nostalgic display of Punch and Judy with the kids or take a donkey ride along the beach? Weymouth is pure family fun without feeling dated. The area boasts a range of sports and the marina and shopping complex merge modern architecture with the attractive Georgian houses that line the coast. The old and new exist in perfect harmony, which is one thing that makes Weymouth such a high flyer on people’s list.
Nearest Club Site: Moreton

Bournemouth, Dorset
If beautiful views and sandy beaches that stretch on for a good seven miles sounds like your cup of tea then Bournemouth is your place. The resort is home to some of the prettiest views on the South coast of England and unsurprisingly neighbours fellow-nominee Weymouth. Of all the things to see, Hengistbury Head ranks highly on the list of places to head for. Whether you love sunbathing, walking, cycling or photographing the charming beach huts, visiting Bournemouth is a must.
Nearest Club Sites: Verwood, New Forest, Corfe Castle

Torquay, Devon
Better known as the British Riviera, the resort of Torquay retains its Victorian influences while showing off a foreign charm (hence the name). Indeed there’s no need to hop on a flight to France for this little beauty, the palm trees, yachts and pavement restaurants are enough to impress you in the comfort of your own Isle. Along the massive 22 miles of coast you’ll find 19 beaches and coves to explore. At night there is a similarly wide range of bars and restaurants to continue the holiday-abroad vibe. The resort is top quality all-round and a sure way to enjoy a well-deserved break.
Nearest Club Sites: Dartmouth, California Cross

Padstow, Cornwall
This quaint resort is a perfect way to spend your holiday regardless of age. Karting, golf, cycling and fishing are all hobbies catered to in the Cornish fishing port. If you’re not a fan of fishing why not try your hand at crabbing, a fun and cheap alternative perfectly suited to the harbour. For food-lovers there is also a selection of top quality restaurants that use fresh and local ingredients. Like most Cornwall locations there are of course some wonderful walks – arguably the best way to take it all in.
Nearest Club Site: Tregurrian

Lyme Regis, Dorset
The ‘Pearl of Dorset’ as it is also known boasts one of the best places to collect fossils in the UK and sees many descend on its shores for the Jurassic Coast. There you’ll find a number of shops, museums and trips catering to hunters of the historic remains. Other attractions include the Town Mill, churches and art deco Regent Cinema, which are all worth a visit.
Nearest Club Site: Charmouth

Looe, Cornwall
Another jewel offered by Cornwall is the seaside town of Looe. The rock pools and sunken wrecks along the coast provide the perfect environment for willing explorers. Get closer to nature by snorkelling for sealife or take a glass-bottom boat ride for the chance to spot a seal or dolphin. Alternatively the harbour provides a scenic backdrop for passing the day away or taking some gorgeous photos.
Nearest Club Sites: Veryan, Tavistock

Swanage, Dorset
Dorset does it yet again with this adorable town. Not only are the views magnificent, the area is also home to the Swanage Railway, one of the UK’s most popular heritage railways. Ride one of the steam trains in operation every day during April to October or take a stroll around sites like Corfe Castle for a cultural day out. Otherwise why not opt for afternoon tea in one of the cosy tea rooms or enjoy the blues, jazz and folk weekends the town has to offer?
Nearest Club Site: Corfe Castle

Weston-super-Mare, Somerset
Lastly we have the Somerset resort, parts of which recently underwent a major refurbishment. In the 19th century the small town became a bustling seaside location for the Victorians. Now the Grand Pier hosts a selection of top quality rides to attract tourists to the pretty destination. The promenade provides great views of the Bristol Channel, although the Wheel of Weston acts is arguably a better way to see the amazing scenes below. The pier has since been rebuilt following a fire in 2008.
Nearest Club Site: Weston-super-Mare


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Ensure you take the necessary security precautions this summer

While the weather is warm opportunist thieves ramp up their activity, with statistics showing May to August are the peak months for caravan burglaries.

With this in mind the security experts at Yale are sharing their top caravan security tips, so owners can keep their valuables safe and secure while they go off and explore the great outdoors.

It’s the inside that counts
Remember, it isn’t just your caravan or motorhome that is of interest to thieves, but the valuables inside it. Avoid leaving expensive items such as iPads or jewellery lying around as they provide a tempting proposition for prospective thieves.

Raise the alarm
Stand-alone alarms are ideal for protecting caravans and motorhomes as they can be placed freestanding on a shelf or fixed to a wall, and will alert you if an intruder breaks in. Each alarm can be accessorised with a remote key fob, so you can easily arm and disarm your system from a distance. Remember, it’s also a good idea if you have an alarm to display a visible sticker in your caravan or motorhome window to say that one is fitted, as this can help to discourage any potential intruders.

Travel safe
Caravans and motorhomes are often left unattended while you explore the local area and enjoy the nightlife. Yale’s handy portable travel safes are ideal for storing valuables such as passports, spending money, mobile phones or expensive jewellery. They can be attached to any fixed objects in your caravan, so you can be safe in knowledge that your items are secure.

Think bike!
If you’re travelling with bikes or outdoor equipment, make sure you keep them secure. You can do this by investing in a sturdy bike lock. Yale offers four different types of locks to choose from. For maximum protection, use two locks of different types (a D-lock and robust chain and padlock is ideal).
Remember to always lock your bicycle to something immovable - in particular, an object a bicycle cannot be lifted over and cannot be broken, cut or removed.

Make your mark
It is important to mark your valuables with an indelible ink or ultra-violet security marker. It is also worth keeping an up-to-date list of serial numbers of all the high value items in your caravan or motorhome. These two simple actions can help police identify your property and make it easier to prove ownership in court.

Save on insurance
Not only does a secure caravan give you peace of mind, it can also save you save money on your insurance premium. When looking for caravan insurance, shop around, as many companies will offer discounts for security measures such as intruder alarms, hitch locks and wheel clamps, as well as for using insurance approved security products.


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Golden days

The Golden Gate Bridge, and San Francisco's famous fog

STEVE ADAMS is touring California in a motorhome for a feature that will appear in Camping & Caravanning magazine later this year. Here’s his final report from the road.

Redwood trees are the tallest (300 feet and more) – as well as the oldest (2,000 years and more) – living things on the planet, and are a constant companion on a road trip near the California coast, thriving in the damp and foggy conditions that prevail through much of the year.

There are umpteen parks with the name ‘redwood’ in them dotted from California up to Oregon, and all offer the chance to get up close to the magnificent trees in dense forests that are as moody as they are beautiful.

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