6 reasons to go on a campervan Winter Tour
Are you thinking of going on a road trip during the winter months, but you are not sure yet if it’s worth it? Here are 6 reasons why you should go for it and start planning your winter adventure.
1. Experience a different landscape
When on a winter road trip, the whole landscape looks totally different and stunning in itself. You can enjoy the snow, ice and even frozen waterfalls. You can still go hiking, but the views are even better as the winter air is clearer so that you can enjoy the stunning scenery of Snowdonia’s mountains and coast even more.Snowdon Horseshoe in winter
2. Get away from the crowds
During the summer months the roads are busy, there are traffic jams, and car parks are often full. In the winter, there are fewer people; you will have more space no matter where you go. You get away from the crowds and enjoy a holiday in peace and quiet. This is the best time to summit Snowdon, where in the summer visitors have been known to queue to reach the top!
3. Enjoy different activities
Just because it’s winter and colder doesn’t mean that you can’t make the most of this special season and enjoy the great Welsh outdoors. This is the season when Snowdonia National Park is at its most spectacular. Take your four-legged friend and enjoy winter walking where epic scenery is guaranteed whatever the weather. For some wintery fun ideas why not try white water rafting, adventure and surf at an inland lagoon, or cycling through frost-bitten forests.
4. It’s Cheaper
Making a road trip during the winter means you’re saving a lot of money. Our hire prices are much lower, and campsites are way cheaper than in the summer so you can stay on the road even longer.
5. It’s Cosy
Get comfy and cosy on your winter road trip in our campervan, Lola, with her super-efficient gas-powered heating system there is no need to wear long-johns to keep toasty! Enjoy visiting pubs, Christmas markets, and food festivals, or just relax with a glass of mulled wine and a good book. Make sure to call in the Bryntirion Inn or The Bryn as it’s lovingly referred to by locals, near Bala, crowned the most pooch-friendly in Wales for the 2nd year running for the DogBuddy Dog-friendly Pub Awards and relax in front of a roaring log fire.
6. It’s a unique experience
Going on a road trip during the winter is a unique experience. You can get to know the locals better when visiting pubs or campsites as they will have more time and there are less tourists. Enjoy bright and crisp mornings and breath in the amazing fresh air of a winter morning.
Where to stay
Not all campgrounds will be open all year round but below you can find a short list of campgrounds which are:
- Llyn Gwynant Campsite, nr Snowdon
- Torrent Walk Campsite, nr. Dolgellau
- Rhosfawr Caravan and Camping Park, nr. Pwllheli
- Pencraig Campsite, Anglesey
Activities to try
- Hike to the top of Wales' highest peak Snowdon, for more information on the highest peak in Wales visit our webpage on Snowdon
- Walking, be inspired by some of our favourite walks and visit our webpage on Local Walks
- Discover the Dark Sky, Snowdonia National Park is a designated International Dark Sky Reserve, find out more by visiting our webpage Dark Sky Adventures
- A cosy, dog-friendly pub, visit Psyched Paddleboarding.
- Mountain biking, explore the one of the best mountain bike trails in the UK at Coed y Brenin, near Dolgellau, with its trails for all abilities. Not got a bike don’t worry you can hire one from The National White Water Centre, near Bala.
Getting over the cold
The cold is likely to be the main deterrent for most winter travellers. It’s not fun if you’re cold so to help you to keep cosy and comfortable in your camper, in winter we include the following:
- thermal window blinds to help keep heat in for longer and cold out
- an electric fan heater
- a couple of Kelty Bestie blankets, perfect for lounging around a campfire or snuggling up with a good book
- hot water bottles for all
- a thermos flask
- hot chocolate, tea and coffee
You don’t want to be just warm enough when you camp in the winter, you want to be relaxed and toasty. Our advice would be:
Don’t stint on packing warm clothes
As well as your outdoor gear, your keep-warm kit should include lots and lots of warm layers, thick socks, hats and scarves. A warm but lightweight jacket for inside is a good idea too and if you have them some insulated slippers. Convertible fingerless gloves are the final essential in our keep-warm kit.
Keep your hat on!
Keep your hat on if you get really cold, and warm socks plus a good pair of insulated slippers make all the difference.
Cooking inside (with ventilation to avoid carbon monoxide poisoning!) adds extra warmth.
Top tip: fill-up a thermos flask with hot water whenever you can to reduce the time needed to boil a kettle for tea or fill a hot water bottle.
Heating the camper
If you’re camping with an electric hook-up, our fan-heater will provide instant warmth but for your safety don’t leave it on over-night.
No hook-up, and you don’t have heating in your camping set-up? Then it’s time to get clever with hot water bottles. Every time you boil a kettle, put leftover water into a thermos flask and use this to help fill your hot water bottles. It saves gas and time.
Finally, and the fun bit, snuggle up like penguins!