The weather is looking good for the the rest of the week!
We saw that poor weather was going to hit us from the west when we had a 10 day break coming up, so the plan was to dig out our passports and head into Englandshire towards York to avoid the wind and rain that was forecast in Scotland. On Wednesday 3rd July, we took off when Pat got home from work, for a slow bimble down South; weather was good so we didn't need to rush, and I had planned to try out some W/C POI spots that we had never been to before, so we avoided one of our favourite locations at Loch Leven to go to LR Aberdour/Silversand Bay.
A busy location but we arrived around 5pm and people were going home, so the prospects looked good, and we went for a walk around to see what was there. A scary headland top but lovely views of the the Forth Road/rail crossings in the distance, we found that a van was nicely parked up by the marker beacon on the point, but we weren't jealous because the small car park beside them was very busy, and we prefer peace and quiet. We were parked near to a friendly full time Motorhomer who confirmed our spot would be quiet now but get busy at the weekend. Settling down for the night was rewarded (not!!) by a German couple who insisted on parking along side us and slightly blocking our sea view, at least they were not too noisy during the night... That was 7/7 clocked up.
Heading further South the next day we took in Drybrough Abbey, Belsay Hall & Castle before parking up for the night at LR Wall(A6079) as the PH stop was crowded; there was parking around the village green but you had to get permission to stop on the green if you were staying over 24hrs, but the layby was fine, and a toilet was nearby.
The next day took us to Chesters Fort, then Housesteads Roman Fort before we overnighted at Derwent Water Park near Gateshead to allow my better half the opportunity to have an early morning visit at the Metro Centre for the start of the "Next Sale"; a very familiar place for us now, but I caught up with my beauty sleep while she shopped for a few hours. We then got the last grass pitch at Boroughbridge CCC so that we could empty our full cassette; a slow walk into the village to get a meal at The Crown Inn proved disappointing since the pub was temporarily closed, so back to the site for a bottle of wine and fridge scrapings for an evening at "home".
07/07/19 saw us heading to a park & ride at York where we went up the Clifford Tower, and sampled Damson Gin there, and a quick search for the local Cosmo restaurant revealed a new competitor called "Panda Mama" which floated our boats near the river; what a great meal!! Getting out of the magnetic barrier when we returned to the Park & Ride was made slightly difficult due to our 'plastic' bonnet, but luckily the staff had not gone home for the night, and we were able to proceed to Knaresborough for the night at a long stay car park & toilet, that was only slightly disturbed by a few skateboarders, but we were oblivious to that since we found a Wetherspoon Pub in walking distance.
The next day saw us taking in Spofforth Castle, Fountains Abbey (fantastic guided tour), and we overnighted at a layby near Masham. As we were making towards the Lake District slowly, we only did only did Middleham Castle the next day before pitching up at Kendal Cricket Club and overnighting = £5 donation, use of their bar, and watching a game of cricket before hitting the sack; this was fairly popular and 5 vans attended, but local Fish & Chips (100yds away) made it feel like a real holiday.
Our only day of rain, so our move South had paid off, but we managed to visit Sizergh hall, and the wonderful Stott Park Bobbin Mill (highly recommended), Ambleside Roman Fort, before an overnight at LR Thirlmere(A591) was required, since most other parking was Pay & Display with overnight restrictions. The next day saw us at Castlerigg Stone Circle, with a busy narrow road to access, before ending up at Carisle Castle, buying the Damson Gin we tested at York, and ovenighting at the Castle Car Park, which now has dedicated motorhome/campervan slots, and an overnight barrier which the security staff are happy to lock you into the car park, £45 fee to open if you want to get out before 06:30am; we watched 2 small vehicles escape the lock-in by driving on the grass and squeezing past the barrier, but the CCTV may have caught them to gain £90.
Heading North now to get back home, we had to visit a very busy Gretna Green, before stopping the night at Moffat CCC site, expensive but necessary to empty our cassette again, however our pitch was excellent, and a walk into the town centre gave us the opportunity to discover a wood burning Pizza site, £6 for 12" bake while you watch pizza, bargain, we had two!!
Last day was to travel up to relatives in Bathgate for an overnight in their driveway before heading to Dundee to drop Pat off for a weeks babysitting duty, while I headed home as I was at work the next day; when I got home, it turned out that that day was the only day of sun after a long period of rain since we left, what a shame, our plan worked!! Now looking forward to August for our next trip. Pat had more photos on her iPhone but she is still in Dundee until Friday, so just my poor Android phone examples in this blog.
Well I am still out from leaving the house on April 11th lol.
Picked son in law up in Hull to have a wander down South and take in a couple of meets. As I had to take my old car back and pick up my new one it was a drive from Hull to Macclesfield then back to Hull even before we started. Ended up not setting off till after 10:30 at night and stopped overnight in a large lay-by not far from Appleby Magna for a few hours kip, no pic of that as it wasnít really worth taking one
First up on 5th was the Wellington meet, not counting against this but a great few days in Summerset:
After we left Wellington we went over to the stones for a few days as Shane had never been there.
We arrived in the New Forest for the second of the two meets we were going to, again this doesnít count but sharing a pic
After leaving Lymington we headed out to Arundel, I have often driven past the castle over the years but never visited so thought I would take this opportunity. We parked up on the road under the castle, what a great spot it was too.
We took lots of pics in and around the castle and I highly recommend you go if you havenít already, in fact go again anyway
From Arundel we drove along the coast and I parked up down the end of a lane where the hedges scrapped both sides of the cab. Shane still canít believe I got the van down there even though I keep telling him it goes most anywhere I want lol. If you know the area near Newhaven then you may have seen the spot the surfers park up at Tide Mills.
After this we carried on along the coast, through Hastings and decided to stay the weekend on a small campsite a few miles outside Rye. Both Hastings and Rye were chock full.
We left Rye on the Monday and headed back to the stones for a night, was well into the 30ís now so hot lol
Didnít leave until 9:30 in the evening as it was so hot and we stopped off for a night on the canal at Stoke Bruer(?) near Towcester
That was the end of Shaneís pass out so I had to get him back to Chesterfield to say hello to Charlie and wait for his wife to pick him up from the farm later that evening.
To be continued...
August has arrived quick.
As anybody heard from Jillygumbo
I think we should have an acknowledgements list for people that have fell off the list but take the time to share their latest wildcamps with us.
Only Suneye shared his ?/7 with us this month.
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