The Silk Route Motorcaravan Network.

The Silk Route Motorcaravan Network (SRMN) is a meeting place for travellers who aspire to journey beyond their comfort zone, together with those who have done just that.

Its principal objective is to support its members to fulfil their dreams, not least by sharing information, without which challenging journeys become daunting. The Network offers the opportunity for members to band together for major expeditions to exotic destinations such as China. Hence its name. However, the Network is not a travel agency and does not organise expeditions: it facilitates them. Nor does the Network ignore those who wish to travel alone: indeed most expeditions fall into this category.

The Network grew from the work of English-speaking members of the French motorcaravan club l'Association Camping-Cars sur les Routes de la Soie et du Monde with whom it continues to have strong and friendly relations*.

Though members travel in the real world, much Network activity takes place in the virtual world where the Network hosts this website and operates a Yahoo! Group and a Facebook Group.

However, the Network also organises an annual three day get-together, usually in September in the UK, giving members the opportunity to meet and exchange information and ideas in person, to gawp in wonder at other members' vans, and to party. In the past, such meetings have been fertile seedbeds for major expeditions.

The 2018 meeting will be at the Camping and Caravanning Club site, Blackmore, Malvern, for the weekend beginning Friday the 14th of September.

Many network members publish a web blog of their trips. These four below are just examples of recent (or on-going) trips to give a flavour of what network members get up to.

2014 South America, 2015 South America, 2016 Round the World, 2016 North Africa.

Historically members of the network have organised trips from Europe to Beijing in 2002 and in 2006 as well trips to Siberia and Mongolia in 2004 and to South, Central and South America in 2006-2007.

A Chance to meet - Informal Network Get-togethers.

Many network members regularly attend the Adventure Overland Show camping as a group in the "club" area (rather than the general camping area).

This is an excellent place for SRMN members to meet up and for prospective members to join the network. Several SRMN members brought their impressive self-built vehicles to the show in 2017.

We will be there next year. Do look us up if you are!

The picture below (showing the fifteen SRMN vehicles present in 2014) is from this LRW Skyfilms video with thanks.

SRMN AGM 2017 (Held at Malvern 2017-09-10).

The network held its Annual General Meeting as part of a weekend get-together for both members and non-members at Malvern.

Many thanks to those members who attended the meeting and in particular to those who made presentations. We were treated to presentations on travels ranging far and wide. Network members regaled us with stories of their travels around South America. Other members enthralled us with tales from their fantastic Around the World Journey. The meeting was rounded off by two of the Network's longest serving members displaying Attenborough-like skills in both the photography and delivery with their wildlife spotting through Africa.

Many members attend the AGM in their overland campervans and the chance to inspect each other's vehicles is one of the highlights of the AGM. New and prospective members often learn a lot from this process!


Background Information.

To find out more about the Network please explore this website and if you have any queries or would like to join please email us. You might also like to look at our Yahoo! Group and/or our Facebook Group - both of them free.

Join Network (e-mail in English)

* To discover more about our French sister group - or to join - go to L'Association des Camping-Cars sur les Routes de la Soie et du Monde. The working language of the Association is French.

Jean-Pierre Pillot (e-mail in French)

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