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Holidaying in an EV: A Guide for an EV Road Trip in the UK

Planning a summer get-away in the UK? Here are the ideal destinations to visit on your EV road trip and where to charge on Mer’s public network.

Person driving on EV road trip country road

In this blog:  Bournemouth  |  The Lake District  |  Bath  |  Southampton and Portsmouth  |  Isle of Wight  |  New ForestCornwall

 

Staycations in the UK are a perfect opportunity to get away in your electric vehicle (EV). If you are planning an EV road trip, our guide contains details on the top spots to visit. And, dotted around each location are multiple Mer public EV charge points, so you can enjoy your holiday without the worry of where you can charge your EV. EVs have got to the point now where their range of the level of infrastructure in the UK means that virtually nowhere is off limits. With a bit of planning and foresight, range anxiety is a thing of the past, and you can enjoy your holiday in an EV as you would in a petrol or diesel car. 

But before we get into that, let’s explore what you need to consider for an EV road trip in the UK. In the UK, the average distance between petrol stations is about 15 miles, so running out of juice is essentially a non-concern, even on motorways where there can easily be between 20 and 30 miles between stops. However, EV charge points, especially fast charge points, have tended to be further apart. This meant that planning was essential. 

Nowadays, it’s much more likely that there will be EV chargers along your route at convenient points. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t at least have an idea of where you could charge on your EV road trip, if you need to.

We recommend having a good idea of the range your EV can get between charges. All manufacturers will advertise a range, but in the real world, it’s likely to be less. Despite the things you can do to increase EV battery efficiency, your driving style and other factors will have a big influence.

While it’s all well and good getting to your destination, you will have to consider how you will charge your car when you’re there. Does your hotel or accommodation have an EV charger? If you’re camping, will there be anywhere to plug your car in? After all, you need to get home somehow as well. Fortunately, Mer EV has fast charging stations across the UK to ensure your EV holiday passes without issue.

Bournemouth

A coastal town in Dorset on the southern coast of England, Bournemouth promises beautiful views and sandy beaches, as well as museums and castles for cultural excursions.

Twelve Blue Flag awards, awarded to well-managed beaches, have been secured for Bournemouth beaches including Alum Chine beach, Fisherman’s Walk beach, and Southbourne beach.

If you are searching for some greenery and nature, visit Boscombe Chine Gardens or one of the ten officially designated Nature Reserves. The Bournemouth Aviary on Pines Walk in Bournemouth Gardens is home to around 200 tropical birds, whilst the Bournemouth Oceanarium offers a range of opportunities to connect with its marine animals.

For some cultural immersion, try the Bournemouth Natural Science Society and the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum, and be sure to check out the mini golf at Boscombe Chine Gardens too.

 

Charging your EV in Bournemouth

Mer has numerous public charge points in and around the Bournemouth area:

Bournemouth Seafront

Durley Chine, West Overcliff Drive

Branksome Chine, Pinecliff Road

Bournemouth Beach/Boscome Pier/Boscombe Chine Gardens/Bournemouth Aviary

Overstrand, Honeycomb Chine

Fishermans Walk Beach

Warren Edge, Southbourne Coast Road, Wick

Christchurch and Poole

Wick Lane (Christchurch)

Saxon Square (Christchurch)

Serpentine Lane (Poole)

Seldown Lane (Poole)

View all charge points in the Bournemouth area on our Drive Portal.

The Lake District

One of Northwest England’s true gems, the Lake District is a place of stunning natural beauty to spend your summer. It is England’s largest National Park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

lake district

Take a boat trip along Windermere, Ullswater, Coniston or Derwentwater, hike Scarfell Pike, cycle in the Grizedale and Winlatter Forests, and connect with the area’s rich history at Lowther Castle and The World of Beatrix Potter in Bowness-on-Windermere. You can also explore the Lakes by bus, and you can even meet, walk and trek with llamas.

 

Charging around the Lake District

You can find Mer charge points at the following locations:

Whitehaven West Cumberland Hospital

Blackwood Road Lillyhall, Workington

Crown Street, Cockermouth

Bath

Found in the county of Somerset, Bath is another city to add to your EV road trip list. Must-visits include the American Museum and Gardens, the Royal Cresent, Beazer Maze, Pulteney Bridge, and the Botanical Gardens at the Royal Victoria Park.

Drive out of Bath to see the cliffs and caves of Cheddar Gorge, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Bath is also located near some other lovely towns and cities, such as Bristol, Keynsham, Corsham, and Frome.

 

Charging your EV in and around Bath

You can find Mer charge points at Snapdragons Nurseries on Weston Road in Bristol, Springfield Community Campus on Beechfield Road in Corsham, and on Trajectus Way in Keynsham.

Southampton and Portsmouth

The port cities of Southampton and Portsmouth are port cities in Hampshire, both with a whole host of things to do in the summer months.

Southampton’s notable monuments include the Titanic Engineers’ Memorial, whilst visitors can learn about the city’s aviation history at the Solent Sky Museum and enjoy a range of artwork at the Southampton City Art Gallery. SIX The Musical is coming from London’s West End for a short run at the Mayflower Theatre in late July, and The Hundred cricket competition is taking place in August. If you are heading to Southhampton towards the end of summer, you can enjoy street food at The Big Eat at Royal Victoria Country Park in early September.

Portsmouth’s attractions include the Spinnaker Tower, Henry VIII’s Southsea Castle, the Southsea Marina, and the Fort Widley Equestrian Centre.

 

Charging your EV

In Southampton, the following public charge points are available:

Brunswick Place

Grosvenor Square

Basepoint, Andersons Road

High Street, Totton

City Depot, Milbrook

In the neighbouring borough of Eastleigh, drivers can find charge points at Romsey Road Car Park on Upper Market Street, and Places leisure on Passfield Avenue.

In Havant, not far from Portsmouth, you can find charge points on Harts Farm Way.

Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is a popular destination for the summer holidays. Visitors can enjoy water sports including kayaking and sailing as well as the island’s zoo, making it an ideal holiday location for families. Half of the island is protected as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and walkers and cyclists alike can explore the island’s beautiful coast and countryside.

isle of wight

EV charging on the Isle of Wight

Mer is building its network across the Island:

Cowes

Adelaide Grove, East Cowes

Somerton Roundabout

Seaview Road

Wootton Bridge

Brannon Way

Ryde

Quay Road Car Park

St Thomas Street

Milligan Road

Newport

Quay Street

Chapel Street

Wykeham Road

Sandown

St John’s Road Car Park

Ventnor

Trinity Road

Central Car Park

New Forest

Named a national park in 2005, the New Forest is the place to visit on your EV road trip to immerse yourself in nature.

The New Forest and Hampshire County Show 2023 is taking place later this month, whilst the New Forest Food Festival is happening in early August. Learn something new at the National Motor Museum in Beaulieu and New Forest Heritage Centre, or get out in nature and enjoy the the countryside views whilst walking the Sea Air Trail, Lyndhurst Parish Walk, or Avon Valley Walk. There are plenty of spots for visitors to connect with nature, such as the New Forest Wildlife Park, Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary, and the New Forest Reptile Centre.

 

Charging around the New Forest

Charge points can be found at:

Brockenhurst

Brookley Road, Brockenhurst

Palace Lane, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst

Brookley Road Car Park, Brockenhurst

Milford on Sea

Paddys Gap, Cliff Road, Milford on Sea

Hurst Road, Milford on Sea

Lymington

Barfields Car Park, Lymington

Bath Road, Lymington

Lyndhurst

Village Centre Car Park, Lyndhurst

Totton

Westfield Road, Totton

Totton Hub, High Street

Hythe

New Road Car Park, Pylewell Road, Hythe

Jones Lane Car Park, Brinton Lane, Hythe

Other

The Furlong, Ringwood

The Bartons, Fordingbridge

Osborne Road, New Milton

Beaulieu Car Park, Palace Lane

Marine Drive Car Park, Barton on Sea

Cornwall

Located in the Southwest of England, Cornwall is a stunning place to spend your summer. Notable sites include the Delabole Slate Quarry, an Industrial Heritage site and the oldest working slate quarry in England, and Botallack Mine, a filming location from BBC TV series Poldark.

cornwall

For the surfers, check out the ‘Home of British Surfing’ – Fistral Beach, in Newquay. And fans of Daphne du Maurier should visit Frenchman’s Creek and Jamaica Inn, the inspirations for the novels of the same names.

The Eden Project, located in Bodelva, is a former clay mine, barren with no plants or soil. Now, it is the home of a beautiful garden, the world’s largest indoor rainforest, and contemporary artworks, as well as being a cultural venue and the host of the Eden Sessions, a summer music concert series.

 

Plugging in your EV in Cornwall

If you are exploring St Agnes, visit the Driftwood Spars Carpark at  Trevaunance Cove to top-up your EV, whilst at the Eden Project you can charge on one of ten 22kW charge points available to visitors.

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