I first visited Newgale somewhere around 1973, with my mum and dad and two siblings, all crammed into a Ford Cortina, including all the paraphernalia for camping, for the six hour drive from Buckinghamshire to the awesome Pembrokeshire coast. I can even remember the road from Haverfordwest towards the end of the journey. Just as you went over the brow of the hill you got your first glimpse of the sea glittering in front of you (if the weather was nice) and Newgale campsite just across the road. We all shouted “yay, let’s stay here”. Dad pulled the car into the site and booked us in. My memory is a little hazy but I think there was a wooden hut, a bit like a garden shed, you pulled up, paid your money and pitched where you liked.
Out came us three kids, one tent made of cotton canvas with a bag of metal poles, loungers for mum and dad to sleep on and a calor gas stove. ... Read more
We arrived at Cardigan Camping & Caravan Site just outside Cardigan without knowing that the 2014 Cardigan Agricultural Show was being held in the showground next door during our stay. We decided to make a day of it. The sun shone, there was lots to see and do, sheep dog trials to watch, goats to pet, warm beer to drink. A very typical agricultural show in other words, but Cardigan show has such a stunning view that makes it just a bit more special.
A view of Cardigan Bay from the showground
Sheep lining up to be judged
And another one patiently waiting its turn
A fluffy, very soft, Angora goat
Sheep dog trialing
A best of breed winner
There were lots of little poppets on ponies but I preferred the Jane Austen look
You don’t have to venture far into Wales to reach the charming town of Abegavenny, home of the famous food festival and overlooked by Sugar Loaf Mountain. Known as the Gateway to the Brecon Beacons this makes a great stop on a tour of the area.
It’s Tourist Information centre is housed in an ancient Tythe Barn which also houses a small exhibition on the history of the town as well as their Millenium Tapestry, created for the Millennium by some very good women of the local area over a four year period.
The town has a bustling high street with tea shops galore, restaurants and predominantly independent stores. I was slightly disappointed that it wasn’t awash with delicatessens and artisanal boutiques selling delicious locally produced foods. I had made that assumption because of the food festival but I was wrong. ... Read more
Browsing 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
Well, somehow we’ve managed to creep through the winter and even the most cynical of us must surely be thinking that Spring might just be somewhere on the horizon. That can only mean one thing. Yes, in just a few short weeks, Kate Humble and Adam Henson will be back on TV, showing us dramatic scenes in the barns of a working sheep farm somewhere remote.Yes, Lambing Live starts again on March 24th. No doubt the nation will again be riveted to the TV, watching much the same thing happen as we’ve been enthralled by for the previous three seasons of Lambing Live. It’s hard to work out why we love this programme, or at least why we want to watch it week after week, series after series. Heck, even Kate Humble thought it was ‘a crap idea’ at one time. ... Read more
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No sooner have we got the Christmas holiday out of the way than we’re rushing headlong towards half-term. Yes, just two weeks away now, so still time to plan what you might do with the little darlings. We’ve put our heads together here at Campingly and have come up with five splendid things to entertain children if you’re thinking of heading off to Dorset. We quite fancy taking Wilma, our Hobby 750 motorhome, on a fossil hunting expedition…
1 Fossil Hunting on the Jurassic Coast
Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre run 2 hour guided fossil hunting walks throughout the year, and they have one everyday of the half-term holiday. Times vary depending on the tide so take a look at their website to decide which day is best for you.
I’ve always liked David Hockney’s paintings. For me his Californian swimming pools always looked so sophisticated and glamorous. I liked that they appeared quite simple but were so vibrant and colourful. I’m not fluent in art appreciation jargon, I just liked them. When I bought my first flat the first print I bought for the wall was Hockney’s Mount Fuji. So I am a bit of a fan, and have noticed that there are a couple of exhibitions I’d like to go and see.
One is of Hockney’s famous Trees, ’25 Trees and other pictures by David Hockney’ This is at Salts Mill, Saltaire, North Yorkshire. The other is ‘Hockney, Printmaker’ at Dulwich Picture Gallery in London. Not helpful that they’re at other ends of the country, but I’m sure Wilma, our Hobby 750 Motorhome, will get us to both exhibitions with her usual good humour. ... Read more
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Bristol is my home city but it didn’t stop me taking a trip to the fantastic Caravan Club site at Baltic Wharf, right by the floating harbour and the SS Great Britain. You may think it’s strange taking the van two miles down the road but we were short of time, and more importantly, hadn’t got a cat sitter. Staying at Baltic Wharf meant we could have a trip out in the van but still go home to feed our cat.
We were lucky that the weekend we picked at the beginning of December was gloriously sunny and mild which always makes for a better trip. On the Caravan Club’s website it showed that the site was full but I phoned the site direct and they did have a place for us. We had to have one of the smaller pitches which meant that we wouldn’t be able to put our awning out but that didn’t matter to us, we were just glad to get a place. ... Read more
Comments Off on Campsite Review – Parkland, Kingsbridge, Devon
Parkland Campsite is an AA Five Pennant campsite located about a mile outside the busy town of Kingsbridge in the heart of the beautiful South Hams district of Devon. We were lucky with our November visit as it was gloriously sunny and mild.
I had telephoned a few days before our visit to check if we needed to book. I was told that there would be no need to book as they had plenty of space. I would suggest that you check before you travel as I know the site gets very busy in the spring and summer.
When we arrived we were offered a fully serviced, hard standing pitch which was good as we’ve found that our new van will get stuck on grass really easily. We were told where everything was, showers, w.c., laundry, chemical waste emptying, etc, and then left to our own devices. ... Read more
When we first took our motorhome to France in 2012 we were a bit nervous about getting off the ferry and not knowing where we would spend the first night. We booked a campsite not far from Calais as we wanted to acclimatise ourselves to driving on the right, and to get some groceries on board. It worked out well and if you’ve not taken your motorhome abroad before, and you’re not on a tight schedule, then I think it’s a good idea.
One of the nicest places we stayed, and just 50 minutes drive from Calais, is Le Touquet Paris-Plage. We’ve been a couple of times and each time have stayed at the aire by the marina. There’s also an aire at the racecourse but we’ve never used it.
Le Touquet is a fabulous place to get your first taste of motorhoming in France. ... Read more