Leeds campervan hire – a northern gem
Nestled in scenic West Yorkshire, surrounded by the fabled moors and dales, the city of Leeds is proud of its Victorian buildings. It also has modern touches with its redeveloped waterfront and Millennium Square. A Leeds motorhome hire opens up a world of historic and scenic touring possibilities.
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Leeds and beyond, the legendary land of Yorkshire
Leeds is served by Leeds Bradford Airport, six miles north-west of the city. Yorkshire was recently voted one of the top regions in the world, particularly for the vibrancy of the cities, Leeds and York. It has received world attention as the somewhat surprising ‘Grand Depart’ for the start of the Tour de France, and Leeds is one of the host cities for the 2015 Rugby World cup.
From Leeds, you can visit quaint market towns such as Ilkley. It’s on the edge of Ilkley Moor, where the distinctive Cow and Calf rocks can be found. The moors feature in the Bronte sisters’ classic literature, you can find out more about them at the Bronte Parsonage Museum. It is about 40 minutes driving time to the walled city of York, with its Minster cathedral and rich Viking history. Keep going out to the coast, to Whitby, for a classic fish and chip dinner.
In case you wish to venture a little further, you could make your way to the Peak District, near Manchester. Newcastle is another city worth visiting and can be a convenient stop on the way to Scotland's beautiful Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Campervan places to stay
Maustin Park Campground is a well-located park in Leeds, just over the river from Harewood House, a stately home also worth visiting. It has its own bar and restaurant, ‘The Stables’.
Glenfield Campground is only eight miles from Leeds. It is adjacent to golf courses and there are several horse-riding opportunities nearby. It is a 15-minute walk from the Bingley Arms, the oldest inn in Britain, built in 953AD.
Eating, drinking and entertainment in Leeds
A grand experience can be found at the Tiled Hall Cafe, a magnificent Victorian space linking the Leeds Central Library and Art Gallery, which has been restored to its original glory with pillars, arches and thousands of mosaic tiles -a fine place to try a traditional Yorkshire cream tea. Whitelocks is the oldest pub in Leeds, serving craft beers and seasonal home-cooked food. Leeds Brewery is an independent brewer of real ale, makers of Leeds Best. Their flagship house is Midnight Bell, in Holbeck’s Urban Village, a collection of historic industrial buildings.
Things to do
A popular stop is the Royal Armouries Museum. It has battle armour, weaponry and thousands of items of combat through the ages, on display in this purpose-built facility over six galleries. It has an outdoor arena, where international jousting competitions are held twice a year.
Tropical World is the most visited of Leeds attractions. This is situated in Roundhay Park, worth a visit itself, as one of Europe’s largest city parks at 700 acres, encompassing woodlands, lakes and canal-side gardens. Tropical World has six habitats on display, from a tropical island, to a butterfly house, and an Amazon tank. Highlights are the crocodiles in the South American house and the Meerkats in the Desert habitat.
Driving tips in Yorkshire
A motorhome can be a cumbersome vehicle on the road, unable to travel at the same speed as cars, especially up steep hills. It is considered good manners to pull over and let others pass if traffic builds up.
Watch your speed! Campers take longer to stop in an emergency.
In the UK, speed cameras capture those going over the speed limit and drivers are issued with tickets and fines.