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By keef and annie hellinger, Nov 17 2015 12:40PM

Motorhome trip No25 : November 13th – 16th 2015

NOTTS->Bletchingdon, Cherwell Oxfordshire, 2 sites Diamond Farm Park and Greenhill Farm plus village visits to Stanton St John, Weston on Green, Kirtlington, Islip, Kidlington (Hmm!) and other Cotswold stone villages ->NOTTS 232 miles

Lovely time initially for the 1st 2 days with our dear friends Pete & Joy at Diamond Farm Caravan park in Bletchington, a private campsite with pool (outdoors and closed) snack bar, pub and good amenities block. This is quite a small site on the back of a farm with a mixture of grass and hard standing pitches. Only problem really at this time of year is that the road way around to the pitches is very muddy and boggy with all the rain, probably needs that roadway tarmaccing (if that is a word ;) )

Friday after setup we walked along the very dangerous B4027, no footpath and cars going 70 mph along a narrow-ish country lane, not advised. We walked towards Heathfield and to a nice comfortable pub , nice log burner fire, but no real ale so a few pints of cider, hic! Then back for a lovely casserole meal prepared by joy, pud, cheese and bikkies, wine, chat and music version of Trivial Pursuits.

Saturday rained all day and storm Abigail took off in the late evening, rocking the van most of the night. Full English first then we decided to catch the taxi into Bicester, a place none of us had ever been to before. Nutty traffic near Bicester village shopping centre. Bicester itself is a lovely old town , super bookshop, and nice pedestrianised sheep street. Ended up in King’s Arms for a few bevies overlooking a baby shower (what!) then back to site, Keefs turkey and bacon casserole , cheese and bikkies, port and more fun with the music questions.

After a rough stormy night Joy did scrambled eggs and smoked salmon, yummy, then we all packed up (break camp!) and said good bye to P&J and we went exploring nice Oxfordshire villages although it was mega windy. Arrived at Greenhill Farm site in the afternoon, this is a ACSI site so only cost £13. Wonderful working farm, highly recommended, with Sheep, Pygmy Goats, Canada Geese, Chickens and ducks, loved it and great views from our end of site pitch over the rolling Oxfordshire countryside. Had some left overs for food and read Bill Bryson’s Road to Little dribbling, very relaxing, wind died down overnight.

Left about 10-ish Monday morning for drive home, van clean, and put it to bed with cover for winter!

All in all a nice time, very relaxing we will be back hopefully to Greenhill Farm site maybe next year!

Want to see the SLIDESHOWS

Friends, King's Arms, Bicester
Friends, King's Arms, Bicester

49 pictures in slideshow

By keef and annie hellinger, Oct 15 2015 07:53AM

Up to 15/10/2015

Note this data does not include any of the sites we have stayed in in Scandinavia, France, Australia, New Zealand, Canada or the USA. These are numerous and varied and can be found under the appropriate blogs in the index. Specifically blogs numbered 55,63,71,72,79,80,81,92,100.

There are however some slideshows of those campsites in those countries attached after the data.

As a tip however if you stay in these it is worth investing in one of the appropriate club memberships in that country i.e ACSI (Europe), Big 4 (Oz), Big 10 (NZ) etc etc. i.e similar to the Caravan Club (CC) and/or Camping & Caravan Club (C&CC) in the UK.

Here I show ALL the sites we have stayed at in our motorhome listed by

1. UK country / county

2. Rated

3. Site Blog number.

4. Site type (i.e CC, C&CC etc etc)

49 different sites in the UK to date

In all cases use the Index or search facility to read more and see the pictures that will show some views of those sites (hopefully) ;) Some of the UK private sites are part of either the Tranquil sites (adults only) or Best of British books.

VIEW 1: Sites by country then county
VIEW 1: Sites by country then county
VIEW 2: Sites by motorhome-travels rating
VIEW 2: Sites by motorhome-travels rating
VIEW 3: Sites by motorhome-travels blog number, use the index or search
VIEW 3: Sites by motorhome-travels blog number, use the index or search

VIEW 4: Sites by Club Type
VIEW 4: Sites by Club Type

If you would like to see a slideshow of the sites we stayed at in France and Scandinavia CLICK HERE or view the You Tube Campsites Playlist on either the BLOG TYPE Campsites page or the PLAYLISTS page from the dropdown menu, thanks

By keef and annie hellinger, Oct 14 2015 02:23PM

Motorhome trip No24 : October 7th – 14th 2015

NOTTS->YORKSHIRE including Holmfirth, Hebden Bridge, Cragg Vale,Bronte Country,Settle, Grassington, Wharfdale (Yorkshire Dales) then up to NORTHUMBERLAND Berwick upon Tweed for time with friends then back to YORKSHIRE including Sutton Band Hill (25% steep avoid in future although trusty van OK),Pickering, Rosedale (North York Moors), Scarborough & Castle, Filey , Flamborough Headcand Bridlington ->NOTTS 654 miles

Lovely time spent touring areas of the Yorkshire Dales we missed out on our last trip in September then a weekend with friends up in Northumberland on the Scottish borders at Berwick upon Tweed and then touring the North York Moors national park and ending up on the east riding coast.

Great weather mostly for mid October, shorts and flip flop time again!

6 days away all Caravan club sites ;- 1. Hebden Bridge HX7 5RU no facilities but nice tranquil site by the edge of the river Calder 2. Wharfdale BD23 5PN beautiful site on back of major holiday park, pheasants everywhere, so peaceful, good TV hookup on posts 3. Berwick Seaview TD15 1QU fab views bus and easy walk into town over old bridge and nice fish & chip shops, pubs, esp Old Barrels Inn and Micropub (did 2 nights here with friends) only down side is it is on the main east coast railway line 4. Rosedale Abbey YO18 8SA – absolutely loved this site although it is grass (bad when wet) and no facilities but its upside is location and proximity of pub opposite, gr8 ales and food esp recommend Desperate Dan Cow pie (home made) Yummy! 5. Bridlington YO15 1DU expensive for what you get and weird enclosed area with long walk and no cut through to amenities block, would go back again and 4 miles to brid…

DAY1: Wet Holmfirth, saw picturedome where Graham Parker and the Rumour will play their last ever live gig. Cleared up a bit in after noon, stayed site no 1

DAY2:Visited Cragg vale, Hebden Bridge, Oxenhope, Howarth,(interesting climb), Settle and railway station, Grassington and Wharfdale, stayed site 2.

DAY3:Drove long way upto Berwick Upon Tweed arrived about 3.30pm at site 3, set up and then met Chris & Allyson and Lawrence &Yvonne in evening… walked to Barrel inn for 3 pints of Bolt maker then late fish and chips at Fowlis on Dock Road before returning to vans for more drinkies and chat, late to bed 1-ish am

DAY4: Nice bacon stottie at L&Y’s van then into town for look around, scotch pie, Brewers Inn in the high road (Scotland Vs Samoa , many scots in pub happy) then onto the Curfew Micro Pub (lovely pint of Manchester’s Lagonda) then walk back to vans for lovely meal cooked by Allyson of beef stroganoff followed by Cheese and bikkies, K’s bondi banana bread and a game of Bullshit (balderdash) SPVA… (special park village abuse lol!) V late to bed again

DAY5: Up early cooked egg and bacon butties for all, long natter, then said our goodbyes (until next time pals) then onto North York Moors NP (long drive) Saw Pickering just as light was fading then to site no 4. Great meal in pub opposite. Log fire, ale and class food

DAY6: Visited Scarborough and most specifically English heritages’ Castle and Anne Bronte’s grave. Great views from castle and very interesting audio tour. Met aussie couple from Adelaide. Went to Filey ,walked a bit, got wet, lunched then onto Bridlington to dry out and campsite after brief stop at sea front (reminded us of Bognor)

DAY7: Drove home not a bad drive about 120 miles, mixed weather

All in all a nice time, very relaxing we will be back to both these areas

Want to see the SLIDESHOW

hebden bridge CC site, yorkshire
hebden bridge CC site, yorkshire

friends berwick northumberland, on the way to the barrel inn
friends berwick northumberland, on the way to the barrel inn

By keef and annie hellinger, Sep 21 2015 09:44AM

We have now proudly crossed canada from vancouver island through every province (excluding Yukon,Nunavut and North West Territories - we will be back ;) ) by motorhome by combining our 1999 & 2010 trips.

See the full details here but as a summary there are slideshow of photos on this website.

For the slideshows of our 1999 trip mostly British Columbia, click here

For the slideshows of our 2010 trip from Alberta across to Labrador , click here

Anyone else done the same? Let us know would be great to hear about your experiences here!

We travelled right across Canada TICK ;)
We travelled right across Canada TICK ;)

By keef and annie hellinger, Sep 18 2015 06:41AM

Why not join if you have an autosleeper like we do. It is a very helpful forum for getting help and advice i.e I am after putting in LED bulbs in place of our current 'hot' halogen bulbs and probably adding an additional double plug socket with USB chargers.

There is a wealth of help and advice out there and fellow model owners are happy to share their experience and some of the pitfalls so you don't make the same mistakes.

Recommended by Motorhome-Travels

Click HERE for registration link, thanks