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By keef and annie hellinger, May 10 2018 12:40PM

Motorhome trip No33 : May 7th- 9th 2018


NOTTS->Waterclose Meadows Campsite,Houghton Mill, Cambridgeshire ->NOTTS 198 miles


254 years and 30+ camping years under our belts collectively ;)


This was our second visit to Houghton Mill with our dear pals Pete and Joy. See BLOG 119 for our 1st excursion. This time all around the mill was visible, the scaffolding having been removed and Britain’s best early May day bank holiday weather for 80 years (allegedly)- Sun, Sun, Sun!


It is a very nice site in a gorgeous location next to an old working mill (owned by the National Trust) with its own pond on the banks of the river Great Ouse in Cambridgeshire. Pete & Joy arrived at the site first in their still lovely new Baileys autograph motor home. We had attempted to arrive at 12 noon but Mill Road leading to the site was crammed with both folks leaving the site late and day trippers approaching the attached public car park. So we decided to head back out towards Huntingdon, parking in a car park besides the Boat house on the banks of the Great River Ouse. We then had a good ½ hour stroll along the tow path enjoying the river activities in the sun, sheer bliss!

We were on grass pitches 28 & 29. The site is only grass but has pods at £50 per night and a new one with en-suite at £75 per night, minimum stay 2 nights. We had a look inside and very nice this one was too, but not as nice as motorhoming! The grass pitches are £23 per night.


We had a lovely BBQ on the Monday eve and cooked brekkie on Tuesday before strolling into town for a mooch around and the odd bevy at the 3 horseshoes. We strolled back past the sleeping swan, artist and hordes of bathers to get ready for our evening meal partaken at the 3 horseshoes and very good it was too.


We said our fond goodbyes on Wednesday morning and hope to meet up again soon. Lovely few sunny days in Cambridgeshire. On the way back we visited Grafham water and the lovely village of Ellingham. Have looked up the Grafham water site since returning and will definitely stay there on a future trip, it is only 400m from the waters edge.


The only drawback to the site was the lawn mower man who basically destroyed the peace and tranquillity on 2 days endlessly driving his mover around. We did ask him to desist on May day but to no avail. Annie and I left early on Wednesday morning to escape his noise! Shame it is such a nice site.

If you would like to see slideshows and a video of our fun please CLICK HERE, thanks



Friends 'up Mill
Friends 'up Mill



By keef and annie hellinger, Mar 29 2018 06:47PM

Motorhome trip No32 : March 22nd – 27th 2018


NOTTS->Threlkeld, Lake District NP, Cumbria ->NOTTS 396 miles


Used the truck nav which took us up the east side of the country i.e M1, M18 , A1(M) until about Scotch corner where we travelled across the fabulous A66 and old roman road route through the Pennines to Penrith and then onto Threlkeld to the Threlkeld Hall site on a farm. We were meeting up with our group of long time friends who had initially camped over the fell at White Horse Bent by Scales in the Lake District National Park in August 1973 some 45 years ago. This is our 2nd reunion having met up in London in August 2016. Sadly not everyone could make this one but we welcomed back into our fold Peter Linnett who I personally have not seen in the last 45 years, such a joy to reconnect! The whole weekend was a delight and we both still have a heavy glow of happiness and inner well being. The expression may well be “Far out & Solid”!


The campsite was a short walk across fields into Threlkeld where most of our pals were staying in the cottage opposite the Horse & Farrier Inn called Heather View. At night if the A66 was closed for road works we could walk up it back to the campsite with torches in the dark. If not it was generally a muddy trek in the dark avoiding the dog dirt (a personal pet hate…. If you will forgive the pun)


The site was hard standing with all 3 services, water, electrics and grey water disposal which was good. However on the negative side at £25 / night the facilities were very very limited for 20 pitches having only one shower and loo and sink for men and women. Apart from its convenience to us in terms of closeness to Threlkeld I could not recommend it.


We were on pitch 9 and our pals Chris & Allyson were on pitch 12. Some of the things we did were catching up, Keswick, Threlkeld views, eating/ drinking and making merry, Mandy’s local fete near Ullveston, Blues festival at Bowness. We were really lucky with the weather in the Lake District for March with 3 days of sunshine, lets not talk about the other days…. There were elements of monkeys and brass involved and the proverbial liquid sunshine.


On the way back we used the M6 and cut across at Stoke. It took 5 hours returning and 3 and half hours getting there.


If you would like to see the slideshows click HERE thanks. Suggest scrolling to the end to see those associated with this blog.


Re the fab band we saw at the Bowness Bay Blues at the Hole Int Wall pub they were Changing State and they were fab.

Changing State are a young South Lakes-based band. This group of talented teenagers play solid blues infused rock music, but they draw their influences from diverse sources including modern jazz and punk as well as classic Led Zeppelin-style rock. Changing State are: Michael (vocals); two Jacks (both guitar); Fergus (bass); and Maddie (drums).


Pitch 9 Threlkeld Hall Touring Park
Pitch 9 Threlkeld Hall Touring Park








By keef and annie hellinger, Nov 9 2017 05:07PM

Re-imagined and redesigned, the all-new 2017 Zephyr showcases Tiffin craftsmanship at its finest. From sumptuous interiors to gleaming exteriors, this spacious coach is 45 feet of pure luxury in motion, with every square inch designed to impress: Top-of-the-line materials throughout. Upscale amenities to rival a five-star hotel. Masterful engineering that commands the road, easily towing up to 15,000 lbs. For those who seek the ultimate RV experience, it doesn’t get better than this.

THE MOST IMPRESSIVE CLASS A MOTORHOME IN THE INDUSTRY


A real RV , only (what only) 12 a day made. From the Tiffin website you can take a look around and download the brochure. It is pretty sumptuous



The all new Zephyr 2017
The all new Zephyr 2017


There are more look at the brochure online
There are more look at the brochure online

By keef and annie hellinger, Nov 9 2017 07:26AM

The search screen allows you to search for almost anything on the website. Just type it into the search bar on our internal web site page. Note that the 1st set of things that appear will be Googles paid ads but if you skip past them you will see all the references within the webiste to your request, obviously if any.


Then just click on those and it will take you to what you are looking for.


You can of course always use the A-Z index to search for your Blog request alphabetically, its up to you but we are trying to provide the search tools that make finding what you want easier.


Thanks for looking, kind regards motorhome-travels blog.



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By keef and annie hellinger, Nov 8 2017 12:56PM

Beside the normal indexing page which is in Blog number sequence (and Tags at the end of Blogs) it is now possible to look at the A-Z of blogs which has them in alphabetical order so you can look up what you want and go directly to it.


Of course you can always use the site search to look for things of interest as well.


There will also be Index pages to see stuff by Category i.e Travel, Hints & Tips, Recommended, Vehicle, Funny, Xmas and Social Media, as time goes by this list may increase.


There will also be a wayto go to each of our Motorhome trips in the Wendy house in Order , by Nov 2017 we have made 31 trips in her and travelled about 22,000 miles


Hopefully it will make it easier for you to find what you want

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