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Hidden treasures The year ahead looks as though it will be an exciting one for touring, as we’re all keen to hit the road again – but that could come with some downsides, as everyone tries to book pitches at exactly the same time… I recently tried to book into an adults-only site for a weekend in Somerset, but I had to be flexible with my dates – there simply wasn’t space on the days I planned to travel.

One way to get around this is, of course, to visit somewhere a bit quieter – and that’s exactly what we had in mind for our feature on p20, which includes seven hidden UK gems that you’re sure to love – just don’t tell anyone else! This month we’ve also got a brilliant article on getting back on the road post-lockdown, from former PC editor Nigel Donnelly. It’s an absolute must-read – you’ll find it on p92. Editor-in-chiefSARAHisakeencaravanner who loves seeing the best of Europe on her travels






1 Expert tips on preparing to tour after the long lay-off (p92) 2 We go off the beaten track to great UK destinations (from p20) 3 Which will make the greener tow car, hybrid or diesel? (p78) 4 We select 20 top new-season caravans ideal for couples (p50)

Chat 4 The big picture Ancient history at the Avebury stone circle 6 Connect Readers share their news, views and photos 11 New gear Our round-up of the latest essential touring kit 12 Expert Q&A Caravanning problem? Our panel can help!

Travel 17 Travel Claudia Dowell has all of the latest touring news 20 Hidden gems Marcus Leach’s favourite UK destinations 24 Getaway: Cumbria Scenic walking trails and historic towns 28 Getaway: Kent coast Susan Taylor walks the white cliffs 32 Top campsites for… Enjoying spectacular vistas 36 Local Authority Inside information on the Banbury area 38 Getaway: North Yorkshire The perfect base for keen hikers 42 Road sense All you need to know about towing on the A10

Newvans 45 Tested Peter Baber has the latest from the showrooms 48 First look: Go-Pod Platinum Well-appointed micro two-berth 50 Showroom stars Our selection of top vans for two on tour 56 Our vans Updates on vehicles in our long-term-loan fleet 58 Hiking boots We select top-quality footwear for walkers 61 Industry insiders Meet Clive Garrett, from Outwell

Used vans 63 Used vans Andy Jenkinson reports from the forecourts 64 Used van buyer Bailey Ranger Series 5 550/6 (2006) 66 Showroom stars Our round-up of bargain lightweight vans

Towcars 73 Tow cars Citroën’s new C4 combines comfort and good looks 74 Tow car test Škoda Octavia Estate 2.0 TDI 150PS SE L DS 78 Tow car tips: hybrid vs diesel Which is greener for towing? 80 Used tow car test Audi A7 Sportback (2010-2017)

Skills school 83 Skills school Leisure batteries for off-gridders 84 Servicing your caravan Step-by-step guide to a full service 92 Back on the road Essential checks after a lockdown lay-off 98 Towing mirrors Reviewed: Milenco’s new Grand Aero Platinum 100 Buyer’s guide Comprehensive listings and data 114 Look-back page Caravanning life in years gone by

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