Traveling through British Kent by car. A selection of the best campsites in Kent

What to consider before embarking on a road adventure. Radiator hose checks before travelling

The county of Kent has an incredibly convenient location (as it is a few hours’ drive from London) on the south-east coast of England. It’s warm, full of beautiful seaside harbours and scenery (which is why the county is popularly known as the ‘Garden of England’). Besides, a trip to the ancient historic city of Canterbury is worth every traveller’s while.

A little bit about camping in Kent

Many travellers choose to stay somewhere closer to nature rather than in city hotels. Kent County is no exception. So what does the county have to offer car travellers? 

  • The Hop Farm. This place is located a short drive to Paddock Wood railway station. The grounds are close to a family park and next to a river where canoeing and fishing are available. This location offers RV, caravan, motorhome and tent camping. There are sites with running electricity. 
  • Sandwich Lakes is an incredible retreat for those travelling by RV and motorhome. Located on a fish farm, close to Howletts Wildlife Park.
  • Go Glamp in Ashward has sites with electricity for motorhomes and trailers. You can also stay there in a marquee, yurt, shepherd’s hut and even a hunting lodge. And of course, if you come by car, you can always pitch a tent. 

There are also places such as Birchington Vale Holiday Park. They are designed for living in small capsule lodges. Thus, it is worth noting that camping in the county is a popular and convenient place to stay. In addition, there are always plenty to choose from.

How to prepare for travelling by car?

  1. First of all, pay attention to the number plates. Any damage or unreadable plates are a direct route to a fine. 
  2. Be sure to look under the car. This is necessary in order to trace the presence of foreign leaks. It is especially important that there are no leaks on the engine side. 
  3. Pay attention to whether the lighting equipment works well. Headlights, high beam, fog lights – this is the key to safe travelling in the dark and in case of a sharp deterioration of the weather.
  4. Start the engine and check that none of the warning lights on the dashboard show signs of distress. 
  5. Always check the condition of the braking system.
  6. Check the condition of the tyres: are there no damage, do they have sufficient pressure? 
  7. It is important to check the radiator hoses, as they are the ones that let coolant in and out.

Radiator hose image from onlinecarparts.co.uk

Failure to cool the engine in a timely manner leads to engine failure and boiling. That’s why it’s so important to make sure they are in good working order. 

  1. One last thing: equip your car with a first aid kit with the necessary regulations and specific medicines, emergency stop cones, fire extinguisher, spare tire, jack, balloon cry, compressor, towing hook and rope.

Any road trip is a challenge. However, it’s also about freedom. Especially when you’re driving through a scenic county like Kent. Don’t neglect camping in scenic locations, study the signs and specific clues on the roads and enjoy the journey!

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