Campsite Review – Cardigan Camping & Caravan Site

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Cardigan Camping & Caravan site is located just off the Fishguard Road about a mile outside Cardigan.  From the main road you swing onto a narrowish farm road which takes you to the campsite, easily accessible to larger caravans, motorhomes and RVs.  We were planning to stay just one night on our way to Aberystwyth but it was so nice we stayed for four.

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The site is at the top of the hill and has fantastic views across to Cardigan and the surrounding countryside.  All the pitches are level and there’s a mixture of hardstanding and grass to choose from.  There are also some fully serviced pitches if you’ve got an RV or just like having water and grey waste disposal close by.

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Reception is in a large wooden hut which is also home to a very well stocked information centre with all the usual tourist brochures and local attractions information and Pam and Gareth Stephens, the owners, have also put together information on local walks and other stuff to do around and about which is really useful. ... Read more

July 31, 2014 |

Campsite Review – Aberbran

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The site is approached from a turning off the A40 and a narrowish road through Aberbran, past the PYO farm and over the stone bridge and a sloping entrance into the site.  We have quite a large overhang and managed to turn in easily without grinding the bottom of the van.

We visited in July and the site was awash with hanging baskets and pots which makes a very traditional and pretty setting.   They’ve kept the railway signs too which is fun.  Reception is at the front of the site and we were met by the smiling and friendly wardens.   ... Read more

July 29, 2014 |

Campsite Review – Blossom Park, Abergavenny

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We pitched up at Blossom Park Caravan Park on a lovely sunny day in July at the start of our tour of Wales.  Our first stop was Abergavenny and Blossom Park is just on the outskirts of the town.

The site is easy to turn into and there’s ample parking at reception for any size of van or trailer.  The owner met us and explained that we could choose our own pitch.  That’s a plus as I’m not so keen on being told where to pitch.  The site is on a hillside with the pitches nearest reception having the best views of the mountains.  The pitches lower down don’t have the same views but the site is pleasant anyway so that doesn’t matter so much.  All the pitches higher up seemed to be taken by more permanent campers and so we settled on a large pitch at the bottom of the site.   ... Read more

July 23, 2014 |

Our Vans

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For new visitors to Campingly, I thought I’d give you a quick bit about us, our travels and our vans.

Campingly was started by Annette Sharp with the occasional article from me, Emma Dixon.  We are long term partners and currently live in Bristol, UK.  We have one cat called Sybil.

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Our motorhome adventures began back in 2011 when we decided to take a year out and do some travelling.  After immersing ourselves in everything to do with motorhoming, from shows, to magazines to blogs, we bought Dolly, a Hymer 584.

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She was a great van but in hot weather the drop down bed was a bit claustrophobic but she took us to France and Spain.

Then we discovered American RVs.  I’m still not sure how, but we were hooked, so Dolly had to go and we welcomed Eugene an R-Vision Trail-Lite 293TS.  ... Read more

July 19, 2014 |

Camping at West Middlewick Farm

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Cows next to the camping area at West Middlewick FarmBrowsing around for a camping trip recently, we decided to take up our own recommendation, and visit one of the farm campsites we’d featured in our Camping During Lambing Season post a few weeks ago. We decided to go camping at West Middlewick Farm, near Tiverton in Devon, and it turned out to be a brilliant decision!

We set off on the Thursday in order to make a bit longer weekend of it, as we knew we’d have to be up and away very promptly on the Sunday, as we had airBnB guests arriving in the afternoon.   It was an easy, uneventful drive down from Bristol, although if you don’t have a motorhome-specific sat-nav, I’d recommend you make sure that you approach the farm via Tiverton…our sat-nav thought it would save us some time by going along the little Devon lanes. ... Read more

March 17, 2014 |

The breakdown that never was, but became one…

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So…here follows the peculiar tale of the motorhome breakdown that wasn’t a breakdown, but became one in the end.  A curious tale, and one I think, with a lesson in it to be learned…somewhere.

The story starts last week.  We decided to go to Devon, to stay on a farm, milk cows and bottle-feed lambs. More perhaps, of that story next week.  Anyway, as we hadn’t been to see the moho for a little while, we popped over to the storage centre a day or two before we were due to go away, to check everything was OK. Everything was not OK.

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It seemed we had a flat battery.  Not entirely flat, but with not enough juice to start the engine.  No problem, we thought, being experts at jump-starting.  Up popped the bonnet and we set about attaching the jump leads.   ... Read more

March 4, 2014 |

Campsite Review – Ferry Meadow

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Ferry MeadowFerry Meadows Caravan Club site is owned and managed by The Caravan Club.  It’s a great location situated close to Peterborough city centre, within the Nene Country Park, with its beautiful lakes, walks and cycle routes.

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It has a total of 265 pitches, 104 are hardstanding and it’s divided into two.  Half the site is one side of Ham Lane and is all hardstanding, and the other half is the other side of Ham Lane and is a mixture of hardstanding and grass pitches.  There is also a tent only area.

The site has parent and toddler facilities, two large toilet/shower blocks, laundry, motorhome service points (including RV friendly waste disposal).

It is suitable for wheelchair users and has separate toilet/shower facilities.

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Reception sells a small range of essential items such as milk, newspapers and washing up liquid.

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Ferry Meadows is in a great location just 2 minutes walk to Nene Park with its lakes, walks, cycle routes and bird watching.   ... Read more

July 24, 2013 |

Bantham Beach, Devon

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Writing about Martin Dorey’s wild weekends the other day, I realised that we’d been staying in Devon for two whole weeks, and we hadn’t made it to a single Devon beach. We’ve been busy, the weather’s been rubbish, yada yada…. So today we decided that things had to change, and we headed out to the nearest beach…the glorious Bantham Beach, just a couple of miles from Kingsbridge, where we’re currently staying.

It’s March and last week most of the UK saw significant snow. So we didn’t have any expectations of actually sunbathing or picnicking on the beach. But the sun was shining and it was great to clear the cobwebs and get some fresh air.

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Bantham Beach is accessed via a long, long single-track road. In summer and at weekends, this road can turn into a Chelsea Tractor nightmare, with drivers who should know better just refusing to reverse even a few feet back to a passing place, preferring the ‘I will not back down, you will go back a quarter of a mile’ option. ... Read more

March 28, 2013 |

Eugene Is For Sale!

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Eugene B. ChevroletWell, it’s with a little tear in the corner of my eye that I announce that Eugene, our RV, is now officially for sale. I’ll miss her, but we have plans for more travel. Travel that involves mountains and possibly the Arctic Circle, as well as destinations where we can’t actually drive to.  So, with heavy hearts, we’re saying goodbye to Eugene.  She’s been an absolute blast, and we’re unlikely to ever have a European motorhome again. Once you’ve been bitten by the RV bug, there’s no going back!

Once Eugene is sold, we won’t be without a motorhome, as we’ve already bought Eugene Junior – technically an American RV, but a bit more of a camper than a full-size RV. She still has all the best bits of American RVs, but she’s smaller – hopefully a little easier to take on a hardcore mountain road trip! ... Read more

March 21, 2013 |

Back to England Round-Up

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So we’re finally back in the UK. We’ve crept up the western side of France over the last couple of weeks, staying on aires for the whole time. Hook-up was infrequent, hence no blog posts for a little while. Then, suddenly, we were at Calais and it was time to head back to the UK for a little while. We’ve got quite a lot of stuff to do whilst we’re here in the UK over the next couple of months, but we’ll still be road-tripping and blogging just the same. But we’ll be in a new van! Yes, yes, I know we change vans more often than is healthy…such is life.  Anyway, we have, rather recklessly perhaps, bought Eugene Junior via eBay…without actually seeing her first! I’ll be blogging more about Eugene Junior in due course, but first a potted version of the last couple of weeks. ... Read more

March 6, 2013 |
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