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By keef and annie hellinger, Sep 17 2015 06:49PM

Motorhome trip No23 : September 9th – 16th 2015

NOTTS->YORKSHIRE including York, Boroughbridge, Yorkshire Dales NP (Nidderdale, Swaledale, Wensleydale , Doncaster->NOTTS 434 miles

All Yark-Shur ‘Eee by gum Aye up Put wood inth ‘ole

Lovely time with our dear friends Chris & Allyson in their Autosleeper Ravenna and us in our Autosleeper Clubman Anniversary then onto the Yorkshire Dales for 3 days on our own before my birfday treat on the way back home visiting the English Heritage Brodsworth Hall and Gardens near Doncaster . Mostly sunny for the whole 7 days…. About 1 day in total of rain so good return for UK!

3 centre stays: 1 tranquil site, 1 camping and caravanning site and 1 caravan club site-York Caravan Park YO329UB Good site, close by bus to city centre 2 miles £3 return , C&CC site Boroughbridge YO519LS nice grassy pitches, close to river Ure- nice views fishing and boating now stopped, bit of a hike up over flood barrier to amenities block but otherwise very nice, Caravan Club Richmond Hargill House site DL105LJ, lovely view great amenities very close to Yorkshire Dales NP but far too noisy 24*7 (A66 & A1) and unlevel pitches, so would not stay there again

DAY1: Arrival , drinks and catch up

DAY2:Visited York city centre by bus – tried to fix bus drivers busted printer, no joy – free trip in then fab sunny day, beers & rosies cider at lunchtime by the river ouse, then onto Yorkshire Terrier in Stonegate for more beers and pie,peas & gravy to soak it up (hik!) nice curry in the evening then some fun board games back at the vans.

DAY3:Drove via Pateley bridge to Nidderdale, Grouthwaite reservoir near How Stern Gorge, then lunch at Mr Aussie’s pub then onto site at Boroughbridge

DAY4: A rather wet tramp around Boroughbridge before ending up in town pub for some fab Tim Taylors Boltmaster, Blues Brothers convention and chatting to lovely 93 year old who downed 4 double brandies before driving back to Ripon (help!) then back to vans for fab thai cooked by C&A xxx then played Guesstures, haha

DAY5: Said our goodbyes (until next time pals) then onto Richmond a very interesting town with the one of the largest market squares in the country… lost count of the number of pubs. Then onto CC site for reading and Pimms & lemon with a dash of lime , this boozing will not help my diet ;)

DAY6: Much drizzle early on but brightened as we visited Swaledale, Reeth is lovely, got as far as Gunnerside before turning back, road getting a little narrow, but we will be back to go all the way to Cumbria sometime.

DAY7: Rain all night and very heavy, pitch part flooded. Then sunshine and visited Wensleydale,Leyburn,Bolton Castle,wild boars & more,Aysgarth falls and National Park centre, then onto Hawes and Wallace and Gromits creamery, tasted much and bought about 8 different varieties, lovely little village

DAY8: Packed up and drove back home via Brodsworth Hall and gardens where we probably spent about 4 hours, very interesting and recommended

All in all a nice time, very relaxing we will be back to that area again

‘Ear all, see all, say nowt. Eat all, sup all, pay nowt. And if ever thou does owt fer nowt – allus do it fer thissen - This is the Yorkshireman’s motto and translates as follows: “Hear all, see all, say nothing. Eat all, drink all, pay nothing. And if you ever do anything for nothing—always do it for yourself. Lol they are lovely people FACT!

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setting up at york site
setting up at york site

breakfast with friends, practise for 2017 ;)
breakfast with friends, practise for 2017 ;)

By keef and annie hellinger, Aug 30 2015 10:41AM

Not The Motorhome trip No5 : August 22nd – 29th 2015


Didn’t take the motor home as this was our 4th annual family holiday with Craig, Leanne, Bill & Lady dog and had the most wonderful time, weather mixed but some very sunny hot days , lots of beach time plus a 7.8 mile walk between Walberswick and Southwold which surprised us and made us proud and knackered in equal measures!

Visited Southwold, Walberswick,Dunwich,Aldeburgh, Snape Maltings, Caister point , Fox @ Shadingfield, Anchor Inn Walberswick, Icecream parlour in a very wet Aldeburgh for salted caramel/ Belgian choc and dime bar mix (tee hee), Fish & chip lunch Southwold and the saltings way.

Loved the cottage, beautiful views, fruit bushes, cockerel and chickens to feed (naan bread a particular favourite), great company, jigsaws, ale and spirits, world champ athletics and Indian railways on TV and Lady entertaining us ;)

Will definitely bring the campervan back to this area, spied a good one near Bampton and if we could stand it the site outside the Shadingfield Fox although it looked mega – naff!

Anyone else have any Motorhome / RV experiences of this wonderful area of Suffolk they would like to share? If so leave a comment on this blog and we will get back to you, regards Keef & Annie


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By keef and annie hellinger, Jul 9 2015 02:49PM

Some of the best of summer England has to offer 33C on the mid wednesday , we both picked up a tan

3 centre stays: 2 ACSI sites-Brean Sands & Briarfields, Cheltenham & 1 affiliated Caravan Club site, Lucksall

Motorhome trip No22 : June 27th – July 8th 2015


Left Saturday and drove down to Brean Sands, Somerset for 4 days at Holiday Resort Unity, the weather really picked up and we both picked up a bit of a tan. The site was basic. A large open field, good facilities for the price and free entertainment – transport to and from our pitch every 30 mins. Saw abba tribute band, excellent, walked along Berrow beach and thru Brean Sands Leisure park and back to Pitch. Took van out to see Burham on Sea which was lovely. We did a whole lotta relaxing after a strenuous period of decorating / house renovations.

Left Somerset on the Wednesday and travelled up the M5 to our next acsi site at Briarfields just off junction 11, great access for the city of Gloucester and the town of Cheltenham. Took the van into see Gloucester, a fab city with historic dock side and cathederal and bus to Cheltenham, both served by good bus stops outside the site. Bus no 94, get a day rover £.60 cheltenham, £5 Gloucester. In Cheltenham we were very lucky, great weather and a music festival at the Montpellier gardens, ace time, Erica are a good local band. Before these 2 visits on a rainy day we took the van thru the Forest of Dean a nice area seeing Lydney, Littledean Jail museum and having lunch at Sling amongst others and we also crossed the border into wales to visit Monmouth a fab town/ city and home of Charles Rolls (Rolls Royce) and Henry V. we spent 4 days in this area as well

Left on the Sunday and did the short trip to Herefordshire where we stayed at the fab Lucksall campsite on the edge of the river Wye, a little more expensive but great base and location. Nice café, great cheap cooked brekkies and facilities although they could do with afew more showers for such a big site, it was always busy and its not full yet. Great base for fishing / canoeing which was what attracted most , not us however ;) Weather very mixed for these 3 days so we toured… very interesting;- Ross on Wye, Goodrich Castle, Hereford, Much Marcle, Ledbury and developed a taste for good quality high alcohol content perry and cider. On the Wednesday we returned home refreshed, tanned and happy…. Here’s to the next trip

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unity farm holiday resort, brean sands, somerset, would not recommend
unity farm holiday resort, brean sands, somerset, would not recommend

By keef and annie hellinger, Jun 21 2015 10:08PM

Mixed weather, great market town, fab company, food & wine

Two Mills touring park, North Walsham, Norfolk

Motorhome trip No21 : June 19th – 21st 2015


Arrived about 1.45 pm after a rather long and tedious journey where our wonderful satnav took us on a rather roundabout journey, hey ho, maybe its back to the map next time *smile*

Nice campsite, best of british, 81 standing pitches some with water. Very peaceful and quiet and an adult only site. We were on the lower level next to Pete & Joy in pitches 12 & 11 respectively. The 2 higher levels were called Panorama & Top acre, O2 phone service only at Top Acre. Had some probs with van i.e service had left ALL water and gap taps on…. Plus smell of surplur caused by new relay over charging habitation battery – not good news , going back into Don Amotts on Tuesday, hence need for phoe service!

Pete & Joy arrived about 6pm-ish. We had some nice ale and wine to get the weekend started.

Had a lovely lasagne and salad that joy cooked , then pud and cheese, bikkies and wine. Lots of happy talking and then to bed.

Saturday was a bit mixed weather wise. We walked into town via the fields and past many lovely bungalows with great gardens and explored this quaint market town. We had lunch in a town hostelry (Kings Arms – would recommend), saw 1st half of the 5th ODI cricket between NZ & us. Exciting, nice lunch and Kings Arms ale. Walked back and just got back in time before downpour. Reading , chillin in P&J’s van then BBQ for tea – chicken, burgers and large jumbo hot dog sausages and salad followed by English strawberries, raspberries and greek yoghurt. Wine, madiera and port HIC!

Sunday cooked breakfast , P&J had to leave cos daughter was coming around for dinner, said our goodbyes just as the weather really picked up (typical) glorious sunshine.

The site is nice with friendly wardens and excellent facilities , we would definitely return

Then after our goodbyes it was off about 11.30 am for us and onto East Runton and a nice walk to the beach and views of Cromer pier, then onto Wells-next-sea with a lot going on as it was father’s day here in the UK. Walked to beach and wind surfing areas and the little train, then back in the van and off home thru Lincolnshire and Grantham to Sandiacre.

All in all a fab relaxing weekend again! Looking forward to the next time we are there.

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By keef and annie hellinger, May 11 2015 06:04AM

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Camping / Motorhomes pinboard
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