We arrived home last night after a horrendous drive up from Folkstone. The Motorways were just one que after another, so we left the motorway for the A5/A41 near Western Park (A5) we came to a halt after 30 mins we started slowly moving, it turned out to be a burned out coach (I think thats what it was, see Photo)
Hi Mike, Back on the road at last. 2017 was not too good due to family health problems, but we're just finishing the first of this years trips, so if you could put us down for 24 nights away @ £5.00 per night, and around 500 miles towed. Trip reports to follow in a few days. Many thanks Neil C ala Lankidden
Plenty to do round about. Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth worth a visit. National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. It includes the Caravan & Motorhome Club archives which is quite interesting. When you pay the entrance fee, be sure to show your C&MCC membership card to get a discount. There is also a scheme whereby you can go back within a short period of time for free.
California Cross C & CC Site Devon. 143 miles towed, 7 nights @ £18.00/night.
This site is a nightmare to get to! Very narrow roads used by locals and lorries who seem to hate caravans and force them over to the left so that the sides get scratched by the hedge. We were forced over and the front N/S corner of the caravan hit a large stone at the bottom of the hedgerow and wrecked the awning rail and the skirt rail. It also wrecked the alloy wheel on that side and took a slice out of the wall of the tyre exposing the plies thus rendering the wheel/tyre unsafe. Fortunately, by going on line when I got home, I managed to find an identical wheel in Doncaster for £70.00 complete with tyre and Tyron band. Swift wanted £320 + VAT for the wheel alone (rip-off merchants!). Unfortunately, the tyre was dated 2004 so I had to replace it at £64.00. Gave the Tyron band to a friend for his spare wheel. It is interesting that the tyre fitter spirited the Tyron band away thinking that I had not noticed. Carried on the holiday on the steel spare. The cowl for the gas heater flue went missing, presumably wiped off by an overhanging tree. The receiver for the front locker catch broke so the locker was only held shut at one side. All round, I was not a happy. camper.
Oak Lea CL, Wolvershill Batch, Barnwell, Weston-Super-Mare BSD29 6LA, 93 miles towed, 5 nights @ £10.00/night.
Nice little site tucked away behind the owners' bungalow. There is a very clean toilet but no shower. There are two serviced pitches. Obviously it is pot luck if you happen to be lucky enough to get one. We did. Owners very pleasant and helpful. Caravan dealer about 2 miles away with a fairly comprehensive stock. Spoke to the storekeeper in the after sales service stores and got a flue cowl and the receiver for the front locker catch. The obvious attractions are the seaside at Weston-Super-Mare, Clevedon, Burnham-on-Sea and Nailsea. Be warned that parking at Weston is expensive at either 1 hour or 4 hours. £6 for 4 hours and no change given. There is a system whereby you can pay on your mobile phone which is useful. Being ex-RAF, we had to visit the national Helicopter Museum at the old Weston airfield. Very interesting, especially the Russian "Hind" helicopter gunship. It is the most crudely built aircraft I have seen. The external fuel tanks are oil drums with one end cut off and crudely welded together. Having said all that, I would not like to on the receiving end of its firepower.
been a while but we are off on our way to scotland first leg home to the CMC site richmond hargill house for 2 nights £19.90 per night 196 miles towed .the sight if you get on the lower pitches may be ok but the grass ones put you to close to the road and boy at 5 in the morning them trucks start thundering past very noisy.richmond was worth the visit with castle and water falls ,but i can not wiate to move on in the morning to Aye more to come