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Blog 152 - Abandoned NC500, Harris-Lewis-Mull Trip, Scotland

by keef & annie hellinger 20 June 2021, 5.20 pm

Motorhome trip No 42 : Jun 14th-19th 2021


NOTTS->Birnam Perthshire Scotland ->NOTTS by 3 relay transporters (boo!) 497 miles


This was to be our 1st true motorhome trip outside of lockdown for a month to Scotland taking in the North Coast 500, Harris and Lewis and pals on Mull


After all the meticulous planning and wrestling to get campsites on the heavily overbooked NC500 sadly we only got to do 6 days , but what lovely six days visiting pals Mandy and Colin in the Lake District, staying and visiting Coniston Water, an interesting Caravan and Motorhome club site in the Coppice woods with now 350+ pitches (we stayed on pitch numbers 302 & 194, they also have glamping pods) with a lovely walk down out of the site across a farm to Coniston Water, revisiting reunion site at Threlkeld, and 3 lovely days in Glasgow staying at the Strathclyde Country Park (pitch 99) and using Park & Ride from Belshill to get into central Glasgow, a city we dearly love, the highlight of and there were many 2 days on the trot in Mrs Cranstons Charles Rennie Macingtosh’s art nouveau inspired Willow tea rooms, class plus some fab art by his wife Margaret MacDonald (esp. the gesso panel on the stairs) and the Mad Hatters tea party was a true delight, plus the Kibble glass house at the fab Botanic Gardens , in our humble opinion a true competitor of Kew Gardens.


We endured / listened (quietly to hide our accents) the Tartan army ready to travel to Wembley at the Central station and again in George Square, very loud of voice but happy and well behaved (maybe?) with liquid food (Tenants) for the journey.


Anyhow SADLY because on the way up to Inverness on the A9 to start the NC500 after seeing now both Perth’s (Scotland and Western Oz) our lovely Wendy house started to make the most incredible noise from the engine and power slipped, we pulled off on a side road sign posted Birnam and stopped it. I have had an experience with an old Cortina years ago where the engine timing belt snapped and knew it could damage the engine. We contacted the insurance folks who sent out a mechanic from Blair Atoll who said it’s the timing chain. Sadly no garage in the Highlands could do it and after ringing around getting it fixed in Perth / Glasgow would have meant upto 2 weeks in a B&B / Hotel, no fun so reluctantly we decided to get transported back home.


Bad news, but no one is hurt, we will get the van sorted locally (hopefully it doesn’t need a new engine but who knows) and will redo this trip next year.

If you would like to see slideshow of our “limited” fun please CLICK HERE, thanks


PS we now LOVE French Earl Grey tea, give it a whirl if you can find it

PPS the first transporter driver from Blair Atoll quipped "I love nothing better than deporting the English from Scotland" ;) plus remember after the England / Scotland 0-0 draw at Wembley in Euro 2020 (played 21 becase of Covid) the Scots TV station played Braveheart ;)


Thanks for looking, folks.


PLEASING UPDATE: 14/7/21 after 3 and 1/2 weeks in major surgery our beloved Wemdy House is now back on the road and as recuperation we took her out for a 40 mile spin to put the engine under pressure, I am pleased to say all OK so can now start planning a few local trips to continue her rehabilitation ;)

Blogs for Leicestershire

Blog 155 - Victoria Farm, CL Site, Claybrooke Magna, Leicestershire

by keef & annie hellinger 30 July 2021, 15.28

Travel again, Yippee

Motorhome trip No43, Blog 155 : July 27th-30th 2021


NOTTS->Victoria Farm, Claybrooke Magna, Leicestershire ->NOTTS 161 miles


Hooray although costly our lovely “Wendy House” has been repaired, the whole top half of her engine has been “redone”… to include valves, pistons, gaskets, cambelt / timing chain, fuel pump belt etc etc… basically a whole stack of stuff that I don’t understand which Don Amott’s (our yearly motorhome service providers for the last 9 years) tell us is MY RESPONSIBILITY to have known about. Since I foolishly entrusted the health of our lovely motorhome to these “alleged” experts and they totally let us down we will not be using them again. Slim at Borrowash service garage is now our entrusted hero and he has done a great job!


Anyhow, rant over were ………..


So we decided to have 3 days away locally to check out everything was tickerty boo before any larger and longer trips. We don’t know Leicestershire, the rural heart of England, very well even though it has been on our doorstep now for almost 30 years now.


Booked a Caravan and Motorhome Club Certified Location site because as a CL it seemed to have fairly good facilities, unusual for CL sites in our experience. We were not disappointed. They have 3 fields accommodating 5 CL vans in each, loos with showers (£1 a pop via meter), Elson point , dish washing stations , electric hook up , gas bottle purchase (should you need it) and a lovely friendly reception.


There are a few “permies” on site but all very quiet and friendly. Indeed the owners are avid motorhomers themselves so understand what is needed.


Although the weather wasn’t great (thunder and lightening and lots of rain) we enjoyed ourselves. The Leicestershire round leading into the fosseway runs along the back of the site and I did quite a bit of this on my lonesome (sadly Annie’s knee isn’t great at the mo) until the heavens opened and I had to make a quick scarper back after about an hour. Luckily I had a brolly with me and discovered a short cut thru back to the bottom field of the site.


The first day we travelled around a lot of villages in the van to give it a run out. There are some very nice places, Lutterworth isn’t bad but Bitteswell village is now a firm favourite with a lovely old village green and large old farm houses. Click HERE to find out more about it's lovely St Mary's church. Claybrooke Parva is also lovely and the aptly named Bumble Bee lane surrounded by Sweetcorn fields a plenty!


Day 2 apart from my walk was a complete wash out , reading, listening to Richard Osman as an audible book plus music obviously via iPod classic. We did later on get treated to a double rainbow, not something either of have seen often.


Day 3 the weather improved immensely (no rain all day) so we took the van out again and even ventured as far as Warwickshire, Newbold on Avon is not bad with lovely barges moored up on the river. But the absolute highlight is a little place called Monks Kirby. The church is 997 AD, architecture of houses fab and a pub we will revisit when Covid is over. So nice and relaxing. With the sun shining we also visited and loved Burbage, quite and interesting town with a history trail and dedications to its famous sons and daughters. All in all a lovely day ended with cheese, bikkies , grapes all washed down with a lovely Chilean Pinot Noir my sis bought us recently. Bliss and a nice break from home.


Places of note on this trip that we visted were

Leicestershire: Bitteswell, Claybrooke Magna & Parva, Lutterworth, Ullesthorpe, Sharnford, Broughton Astley, Frolesworth, Wigston Parva, Wibtoft , Leire , Sapcote , Stoney Stanton (site of diving's Stony Cove) and thank god failed the wonderfully named Magna Park which is a massive distribution centre for the likes of Amazon, DPD etc etc (i.e lorries galore) 😉

Warwickshire: Monks Kirby, Pailton, Street Ashton, Willey, Harborough Magna, Newbold on Avon

Ones we will definitely revisit are Bitteswell, Monks Kirby , Claybrooke Parva


Tourist suggestions from the map we tried to find to visit but singularly failed DOH 😉 were Burbage common and woods, Stanford house (although we found it it just wasnt open - nice site next door we might try one day!), Newnham Paddox, Swift Valley, Coombe Abbey, Rainsbrook Valley and we didnt even bother with Coton Manor which we have tried before on a previous trip and found was closed to the public


We got up early and travelled back home by 7.30am (its only 40 miles away) to unpack before the rain.


Looking forward to the next short break. Our big Scotland trip we will reschedule for probably May 2022 now (see Blog 152 HERE for details)


If you wish to see our slideshows for this Blog please click HERE, thanks

Blogs for Scotland

Blog 152 - Abandoned NC500, Harris-Lewis-Mull Trip, Scotland

by keef & annie hellinger 20 June 2021, 5.20 pm

Motorhome trip No 42 : Jun 14th-19th 2021


NOTTS->Birnam Perthshire Scotland ->NOTTS by 3 relay transporters (boo!) 497 miles


This was to be our 1st true motorhome trip outside of lockdown for a month to Scotland taking in the North Coast 500, Harris and Lewis and pals on Mull


After all the meticulous planning and wrestling to get campsites on the heavily overbooked NC500 sadly we only got to do 6 days , but what lovely six days visiting pals Mandy and Colin in the Lake District, staying and visiting Coniston Water, an interesting Caravan and Motorhome club site in the Coppice woods with now 350+ pitches (we stayed on pitch numbers 302 & 194, they also have glamping pods) with a lovely walk down out of the site across a farm to Coniston Water, revisiting reunion site at Threlkeld, and 3 lovely days in Glasgow staying at the Strathclyde Country Park (pitch 99) and using Park & Ride from Belshill to get into central Glasgow, a city we dearly love, the highlight of and there were many 2 days on the trot in Mrs Cranstons Charles Rennie Macingtosh’s art nouveau inspired Willow tea rooms, class plus some fab art by his wife Margaret MacDonald (esp. the gesso panel on the stairs) and the Mad Hatters tea party was a true delight, plus the Kibble glass house at the fab Botanic Gardens , in our humble opinion a true competitor of Kew Gardens.


We endured / listened (quietly to hide our accents) the Tartan army ready to travel to Wembley at the Central station and again in George Square, very loud of voice but happy and well behaved (maybe?) with liquid food (Tenants) for the journey.


Anyhow SADLY because on the way up to Inverness on the A9 to start the NC500 after seeing now both Perth’s (Scotland and Western Oz) our lovely Wendy house started to make the most incredible noise from the engine and power slipped, we pulled off on a side road sign posted Birnam and stopped it. I have had an experience with an old Cortina years ago where the engine timing belt snapped and knew it could damage the engine. We contacted the insurance folks who sent out a mechanic from Blair Atoll who said it’s the timing chain. Sadly no garage in the Highlands could do it and after ringing around getting it fixed in Perth / Glasgow would have meant upto 2 weeks in a B&B / Hotel, no fun so reluctantly we decided to get transported back home.


Bad news, but no one is hurt, we will get the van sorted locally (hopefully it doesn’t need a new engine but who knows) and will redo this trip next year.

If you would like to see slideshow of our “limited” fun please CLICK HERE, thanks


PS we now LOVE French Earl Grey tea, give it a whirl if you can find it

PPS the first transporter driver from Blair Atoll quipped "I love nothing better than deporting the English from Scotland" ;) plus remember after the England / Scotland 0-0 draw at Wembley in Euro 2020 (played 21 becase of Covid) the Scots TV station played Braveheart ;)


Thanks for looking, folks.


PLEASING UPDATE: 14/7/21 after 3 and 1/2 weeks in major surgery our beloved Wemdy House is now back on the road and as recuperation we took her out for a 40 mile spin to put the engine under pressure, I am pleased to say all OK so can now start planning a few local trips to continue her rehabilitation ;)

Blogs for Warwickshire

Blog 155 - Victoria Farm, CL Site, Claybrooke Magna, Leicestershire

by keef & annie hellinger 30 July 2021, 15.28

Travel again, Yippee

Motorhome trip No43, Blog 155 : July 27th-30th 2021


NOTTS->Victoria Farm, Claybrooke Magna, Leicestershire ->NOTTS 161 miles


Hooray although costly our lovely “Wendy House” has been repaired, the whole top half of her engine has been “redone”… to include valves, pistons, gaskets, cambelt / timing chain, fuel pump belt etc etc… basically a whole stack of stuff that I don’t understand which Don Amott’s (our yearly motorhome service providers for the last 9 years) tell us is MY RESPONSIBILITY to have known about. Since I foolishly entrusted the health of our lovely motorhome to these “alleged” experts and they totally let us down we will not be using them again. Slim at Borrowash service garage is now our entrusted hero and he has done a great job!


Anyhow, rant over were ………..


So we decided to have 3 days away locally to check out everything was tickerty boo before any larger and longer trips. We don’t know Leicestershire, the rural heart of England, very well even though it has been on our doorstep now for almost 30 years now.


Booked a Caravan and Motorhome Club Certified Location site because as a CL it seemed to have fairly good facilities, unusual for CL sites in our experience. We were not disappointed. They have 3 fields accommodating 5 CL vans in each, loos with showers (£1 a pop via meter), Elson point , dish washing stations , electric hook up , gas bottle purchase (should you need it) and a lovely friendly reception.


There are a few “permies” on site but all very quiet and friendly. Indeed the owners are avid motorhomers themselves so understand what is needed.


Although the weather wasn’t great (thunder and lightening and lots of rain) we enjoyed ourselves. The Leicestershire round leading into the fosseway runs along the back of the site and I did quite a bit of this on my lonesome (sadly Annie’s knee isn’t great at the mo) until the heavens opened and I had to make a quick scarper back after about an hour. Luckily I had a brolly with me and discovered a short cut thru back to the bottom field of the site.


The first day we travelled around a lot of villages in the van to give it a run out. There are some very nice places, Lutterworth isn’t bad but Bitteswell village is now a firm favourite with a lovely old village green and large old farm houses. Click HERE to find out more about it's lovely St Mary's church. Claybrooke Parva is also lovely and the aptly named Bumble Bee lane surrounded by Sweetcorn fields a plenty!


Day 2 apart from my walk was a complete wash out , reading, listening to Richard Osman as an audible book plus music obviously via iPod classic. We did later on get treated to a double rainbow, not something either of have seen often.


Day 3 the weather improved immensely (no rain all day) so we took the van out again and even ventured as far as Warwickshire, Newbold on Avon is not bad with lovely barges moored up on the river. But the absolute highlight is a little place called Monks Kirby. The church is 997 AD, architecture of houses fab and a pub we will revisit when Covid is over. So nice and relaxing. With the sun shining we also visited and loved Burbage, quite and interesting town with a history trail and dedications to its famous sons and daughters. All in all a lovely day ended with cheese, bikkies , grapes all washed down with a lovely Chilean Pinot Noir my sis bought us recently. Bliss and a nice break from home.


Places of note on this trip that we visted were

Leicestershire: Bitteswell, Claybrooke Magna & Parva, Lutterworth, Ullesthorpe, Sharnford, Broughton Astley, Frolesworth, Wigston Parva, Wibtoft , Leire , Sapcote , Stoney Stanton (site of diving's Stony Cove) and thank god failed the wonderfully named Magna Park which is a massive distribution centre for the likes of Amazon, DPD etc etc (i.e lorries galore) 😉

Warwickshire: Monks Kirby, Pailton, Street Ashton, Willey, Harborough Magna, Newbold on Avon

Ones we will definitely revisit are Bitteswell, Monks Kirby , Claybrooke Parva


Tourist suggestions from the map we tried to find to visit but singularly failed DOH 😉 were Burbage common and woods, Stanford house (although we found it it just wasnt open - nice site next door we might try one day!), Newnham Paddox, Swift Valley, Coombe Abbey, Rainsbrook Valley and we didnt even bother with Coton Manor which we have tried before on a previous trip and found was closed to the public


We got up early and travelled back home by 7.30am (its only 40 miles away) to unpack before the rain.


Looking forward to the next short break. Our big Scotland trip we will reschedule for probably May 2022 now (see Blog 152 HERE for details)


If you wish to see our slideshows for this Blog please click HERE, thanks

Blogs for Northamptonshire

Blog 156 - Return to New Lodge Farm, Bulwick, Northants

by keef & annie hellinger 31st Aug 2021, 2.46 pm


Motorhome trip No 44 : Aug 28th- 31st 2021


NOTTS->New Lodge Farm, Bulwick, Northamptonshire ->NOTTS 135 miles


Nearly 268 years and 35+ shared camping years under our belts, we decided to revisit the adults only New Lodge Farm campsite for the second time, same bank holiday weekend but this time no midnight rave from the local farm. Clearly Thomasz Schafernaker got the weather forecast wrong, not the promised summer BBQ weekend but on the plus side even though, cold windy and some drizzle we had the great warmth of seeing our dear friends Pete & Joy again after a long pandemic separation.


New Lodge farm had certainly had a makeover from our last visit 5 years ago with now both grass and hard standing fully serviced pitches (i.e water, electric and soak away drain (not great!)). On the previous occasion in 2016 it was all grass. If you wish to read our Blog 108 then please click HERE.


On the journey there on Saturday morning we travelled via M1, A14 and A43 to the site, somewhat delayed on the M1 by a fairly new car that had caught fire, frightening plume of smoke and 5-foot-high flames, not much of it left by the time the fire engines had arrived but at least all the passengers and driver were clear of it and safe, cars can be replaced, humans can’t.

On the way back we took the scenic route via Stamford, Empingham, Oakham, and Melton Mowbray to home, stopping off briefly to buy the fab pork pie from Melton’s famous Old Pie Shoppe, big tick for that.


We were on pitches 10 & 12 respectively. Decided to put up P&J’s new wind break to try and control the cross winds, that was fun (maybe) anyhow in the end dedicated teamwork prevailed and it stayed up 😉


We started with tea and cakes and chat. There was even a little bit of sun. Keef did his usual lasagne, garlic bread and salad for the evening meal which we had hoped to have outside but chickened out and went inside. Lovely evening playing games (RPM Trivial Pursuit (hard!) , scrabble (brag time Keef got a 7-letter word down)) and imbibing some fab wines. Plus, lots of chatter, catch up, grand kiddie pix etc, all in all a lovely evening. Retired and slept well.


Sunday morning early Keef went off with the camera to walk around the area, once again there was an old car rally gathered in the top field, I took some interesting piccies. Joy did a lovely, scrambled egg and poached salmon brekkie, yum yum! Then we all poodled off for a walk around nearby Bulwick even passing the scene of Annie’s fall in 2016, rather interestingly now opposite a British Red cross station, locals all very friendly and helpful giving us some footpath routes across fields of Dexter cows and posh abodes. Fineshade wood which we have camped at before in the distance. See Blog 65 by clicking HERE. Bulwick is lovely and amazingly quiet. Met lady with 2 lovely spaniels, one very young.

We then came back changed for lunch and went to the recently reappointed and extended café / shop for a lovely Sunday dinner. Some of the homemade produce in the shop is fab, chutneys, apple pies, Eccles cakes and a fine selection of wines (some of which we tried at lunch), can highly recommend plus there is a local produce shop outside selling flowers, fruit, and veg.

We did cheese bikkies wine and chat for our evening meal. Nice.


Monday morning Keef used the gridle to do a cooked brekkie featuring for a change spam as well as the trad bacon, eggs, tomatoes, and beans. Certainly, set us up for the day even though it probably didn’t do much for our collective waistlines 😉


After brekkie Pete and Keef set off for a walk with ordnance map in hand towards Laxton, a lovely quiet village. Followed footpath across fields and alongside the woods, saw lady on horse and after a couple of stiles alerted onto what seemed like an old narrow cart track. This is where we made our first mistake following the footpath arrows rathet than the map. It was a lovely walk but turned our to be about 5 ¼ miles rather than our expected 3 ½ but no worries for Keef that was the longest for many a year and my knees (just about) held up. Whilst walking along the side of Ferrel woods Keef found a CD of Queens Hot Space. Gave it to P&J, twas in good nick and I already have a copy so as they say… every silver lining….


Back at the café / shop / bar we rang the ladies who had had a relaxing morning in the vans to invite them up for an end of trek celebration 😉 nice local beer called Fools Nook on keg, by Barnwell brewery. Keef then did a tuna mayo on brown for all whilst we either snoozed, chatted , read or generally relaxed before the BBQ tea.


Nice evening BBQ meal of marinated lamb steaks, burgers, kebabs, local sausages (all meats kindly bought from the farm by P&J) with salad accompanied by a nice wine or 3. Lovely evening again chatting and catching up. Then it started to rain so we quickly dismantled the windbreak and put away the gas BBQ. As P&J had to leave early the next morning for a funeral back home we all retired early.


We were all up early Tuesday, and it was a little drizzly said our goodbyes and hope to meet up again soon. Lovely weekend, nice site and area, we will be back as getting to know Northamptonshire a bit nowadays, maybe bring the car as well next time to explore a bit further afield.

Blogs for Shropshire

Blog 157 - Ludlow and Surrounding Areas Plus Keef's 67th

by keef & annie hellinger 18th Sept 2021, 2.16 pm

Motorhome trip No 45 : Sept 12th- 17th 2021


NOTTS->Ludlow Touring Park, Ludlow, Shropshire ->NOTTS 382 miles


The newly restored Van is running so well at the moment, it’s a joy to drive, 52k+ miles now on the clock.


This 5 day trip was part of my 67th birthday fun. Hadn’t realised what a lovely historic town Ludlow is. It is positioned right on the edge really of 3 counties – Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

History wise Arthur Plantagenet (Henry 8th elder brother) died 1502, married to Catherine of Aragon, aged 15 at Ludlow Castle....Lucien Boneparte (Boneys younger brother was held prisoner in Ludlow) 1810-11 ....King Edward 5th was also there before he was murdered 1483 back in London....this place is steeped in history #fact 86days as King... Edward V, one of the 2 princes murdered in the tower allegedly by Dick3 of Leicester, the battle of Ludford Bridge , Henry VI and Richard Castle after Richard Neville, Lord Protector...😁🤔 oh and there are George 2nd alms houses built 1758, here endeth the history lesson


We left home at about 11 and used the truck nav to take us the quickest route, bit of motorway then outskirts of Kidderminster, past Hagley Hall and then into the nice Worstershire countryside, thru Little Hereford and onto the site. All very rural and lovely with its yellow brown fields painting the canvas of farms.


Settled in nicely on pitch 3, very close to all facilities. Set up my new one man tent (my insomnia cure, well maybe – I used it twice whilst we were away so not too bad!). Set up in a lotorhome takes 5 mins, always amazes me how long a caravan takes in comparison. Anyhow after coffee we then went and had a walk around the site, thought we could get across to the River Teme side from the site map but it is fenced off as an area of “scientific interest” oh well nice views anyhow. Found a lovely plant (later identified by friends on faceache as mullein). Collected a load of seed so gonna give that a whirl sometime.


Next day after a bit of overnight rain got to use my OAP bus pass (sorry being politically correct senior citizen 😉 ) Caught the 490 into Ludlow which stopped at the the Assembly room near the Castle. What an amazing town Ludlow is, we both loved it. Not so the bus company though, they only ran 3 buses back we waited over 45 mins, it never turned up so we had to walk back, Ludlow is very steep and pained poor Annie’s arthritic knees. I did the gentlemanly thing and rang the bus company my “heartfelt feedback”, they promised to investigate and get back to me, they haven’t. We met a couple who had had the same experience with missing buses on their last trip to this site. Moral of the story…. Don’t use Lugg Valley Travel!


Anyhow as I said (pre rant 😉 ) Ludlow is wonderful, we spent a good 2 hours having a look around starting in the Dinham area, then the castle ruins which at the back lead steeply down to the river Teme. Highlights apart from the many wonderful buildings were the Feathers Hotel, the bull ring area and pub (old livestock sales area), old prison, castle square, Ludlow Civic society blue plaques, learning what solar / sollars meant i.e upper floor of house for servants, the market, the LOVE LUDLOW campaign, Ludlow Brewery Ales, the whole of the Dinham area near the castle, some of the surrounding views, the buttercross, alms houses, history, the old hospital, museum, the broad gate area , walking under the 13th century gate, drum tower and portcullis arch, this area once had 55 pubs, Annie’s GGGF John Whatmore ran a bakers there and was a corn factor living in Ravens lane, oh and sunshine! Tick. Sadly the food festival had ended and some of the buildings on the Teme bridge had been flooded so needed shoring up.


See the full images slideshow, 18 mins but with fab music by the Allman Brothers and the one on Ludlow with text ( 109 images, 9 mins) to get a feel of what we experienced, thanks for looking.


The surrounding areas included had a loose base of family research for Annie’s rellies but afforded us the opportunity to visit quite a lot of villages and some of the bigger towns, not exclusively but some we saw were Richard Castle, Tenbury Wells (lovely, fairport convention on at the regal, lorry on bridge fun not) , Cleobury Mortimer (great church , high road and washing pond), Onibury (wonderful St Michael’s church and old GWR train station, font usedf to christen Annie’s rellies), Neen Savage (st marys church and whatmore gravestones), Bewdley (Severn Valley Railway – also at Bridgnorth), Leominster, Far & Wyre Forest, Bitterley (narrow road and definitely don’t travel at school chuck out time or you will be bitter ) , Flowers everywhere, Craven Arms (not interesting), Much Wenlock (fab priory and old town, victorian dr william penny brookes – refounder of the town Olympics, milburga the nun), Wenlock edge (great views), Bridgnorth (just wonderful especially the high street, annies rellies at 51 high street and 6 high street, it all starts by north gate at no 1 high street and goes up the left hand side, then back down the right hand side, took us a while to find them, St Mary Magdelene church on top of the hill was too steep for Annie so we gave it a miss )…. Managed free parking everywhere but had to run in front of yellow peril in Bridgnorth as only allowed 40 mins. Found out at Much Wenlock priory that the Barclays premier English Heritage arrangements (i.e free entry) ended in Mar 2020 (boo!) – covid driven. Note also history wise re Much Wenlock - Victorian doctor, William Penny Brookes (1809-1895), is known as the founder of the modern Olympic Games. Brookes established the Wenlock Olympian Games in 1861. The Games are still held each year and provided the inspiration for Pierre de Coubertin and the Olympic movement. The Brookes family graves are in the churchyard and are decorated with Olympian wreaths.


There are 121 images (approx. 10 mins) to look at with text and Allman Bros music in the “around Ludlow” slideshow, thanks again for looking


All in all a fab relaxing 5 days, great site, great food & drinks, great 67th birfday, great exploring… I think we will be back to this area of the country again at some time.


If you would like to see all the associated Slideshows and Video as well as all the others for 2021 please click HERE, thanks

Blogs for Herefordshire

Blog 157 - Ludlow and Surrounding Areas Plus Keef's 67th

by keef & annie hellinger 18th Sept 2021, 2.16 pm

Motorhome trip No 45 : Sept 12th- 17th 2021


NOTTS->Ludlow Touring Park, Ludlow, Shropshire ->NOTTS 382 miles


The newly restored Van is running so well at the moment, it’s a joy to drive, 52k+ miles now on the clock.


This 5 day trip was part of my 67th birthday fun. Hadn’t realised what a lovely historic town Ludlow is. It is positioned right on the edge really of 3 counties – Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

History wise Arthur Plantagenet (Henry 8th elder brother) died 1502, married to Catherine of Aragon, aged 15 at Ludlow Castle....Lucien Boneparte (Boneys younger brother was held prisoner in Ludlow) 1810-11 ....King Edward 5th was also there before he was murdered 1483 back in London....this place is steeped in history #fact 86days as King... Edward V, one of the 2 princes murdered in the tower allegedly by Dick3 of Leicester, the battle of Ludford Bridge , Henry VI and Richard Castle after Richard Neville, Lord Protector...😁🤔 oh and there are George 2nd alms houses built 1758, here endeth the history lesson


We left home at about 11 and used the truck nav to take us the quickest route, bit of motorway then outskirts of Kidderminster, past Hagley Hall and then into the nice Worstershire countryside, thru Little Hereford and onto the site. All very rural and lovely with its yellow brown fields painting the canvas of farms.


Settled in nicely on pitch 3, very close to all facilities. Set up my new one man tent (my insomnia cure, well maybe – I used it twice whilst we were away so not too bad!). Set up in a lotorhome takes 5 mins, always amazes me how long a caravan takes in comparison. Anyhow after coffee we then went and had a walk around the site, thought we could get across to the River Teme side from the site map but it is fenced off as an area of “scientific interest” oh well nice views anyhow. Found a lovely plant (later identified by friends on faceache as mullein). Collected a load of seed so gonna give that a whirl sometime.


Next day after a bit of overnight rain got to use my OAP bus pass (sorry being politically correct senior citizen 😉 ) Caught the 490 into Ludlow which stopped at the the Assembly room near the Castle. What an amazing town Ludlow is, we both loved it. Not so the bus company though, they only ran 3 buses back we waited over 45 mins, it never turned up so we had to walk back, Ludlow is very steep and pained poor Annie’s arthritic knees. I did the gentlemanly thing and rang the bus company my “heartfelt feedback”, they promised to investigate and get back to me, they haven’t. We met a couple who had had the same experience with missing buses on their last trip to this site. Moral of the story…. Don’t use Lugg Valley Travel!


Anyhow as I said (pre rant 😉 ) Ludlow is wonderful, we spent a good 2 hours having a look around starting in the Dinham area, then the castle ruins which at the back lead steeply down to the river Teme. Highlights apart from the many wonderful buildings were the Feathers Hotel, the bull ring area and pub (old livestock sales area), old prison, castle square, Ludlow Civic society blue plaques, learning what solar / sollars meant i.e upper floor of house for servants, the market, the LOVE LUDLOW campaign, Ludlow Brewery Ales, the whole of the Dinham area near the castle, some of the surrounding views, the buttercross, alms houses, history, the old hospital, museum, the broad gate area , walking under the 13th century gate, drum tower and portcullis arch, this area once had 55 pubs, Annie’s GGGF John Whatmore ran a bakers there and was a corn factor living in Ravens lane, oh and sunshine! Tick. Sadly the food festival had ended and some of the buildings on the Teme bridge had been flooded so needed shoring up.


See the full images slideshow, 18 mins but with fab music by the Allman Brothers and the one on Ludlow with text ( 109 images, 9 mins) to get a feel of what we experienced, thanks for looking.


The surrounding areas included had a loose base of family research for Annie’s rellies but afforded us the opportunity to visit quite a lot of villages and some of the bigger towns, not exclusively but some we saw were Richard Castle, Tenbury Wells (lovely, fairport convention on at the regal, lorry on bridge fun not) , Cleobury Mortimer (great church , high road and washing pond), Onibury (wonderful St Michael’s church and old GWR train station, font usedf to christen Annie’s rellies), Neen Savage (st marys church and whatmore gravestones), Bewdley (Severn Valley Railway – also at Bridgnorth), Leominster, Far & Wyre Forest, Bitterley (narrow road and definitely don’t travel at school chuck out time or you will be bitter ) , Flowers everywhere, Craven Arms (not interesting), Much Wenlock (fab priory and old town, victorian dr william penny brookes – refounder of the town Olympics, milburga the nun), Wenlock edge (great views), Bridgnorth (just wonderful especially the high street, annies rellies at 51 high street and 6 high street, it all starts by north gate at no 1 high street and goes up the left hand side, then back down the right hand side, took us a while to find them, St Mary Magdelene church on top of the hill was too steep for Annie so we gave it a miss )…. Managed free parking everywhere but had to run in front of yellow peril in Bridgnorth as only allowed 40 mins. Found out at Much Wenlock priory that the Barclays premier English Heritage arrangements (i.e free entry) ended in Mar 2020 (boo!) – covid driven. Note also history wise re Much Wenlock - Victorian doctor, William Penny Brookes (1809-1895), is known as the founder of the modern Olympic Games. Brookes established the Wenlock Olympian Games in 1861. The Games are still held each year and provided the inspiration for Pierre de Coubertin and the Olympic movement. The Brookes family graves are in the churchyard and are decorated with Olympian wreaths.


There are 121 images (approx. 10 mins) to look at with text and Allman Bros music in the “around Ludlow” slideshow, thanks again for looking


All in all a fab relaxing 5 days, great site, great food & drinks, great 67th birfday, great exploring… I think we will be back to this area of the country again at some time.


If you would like to see all the associated Slideshows and Video as well as all the others for 2021 please click HERE, thanks

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Blog 157 - Ludlow and Surrounding Areas Plus Keef's 67th

by keef & annie hellinger 18th Sept 2021, 2.16 pm

Motorhome trip No 45 : Sept 12th- 17th 2021


NOTTS->Ludlow Touring Park, Ludlow, Shropshire ->NOTTS 382 miles


The newly restored Van is running so well at the moment, it’s a joy to drive, 52k+ miles now on the clock.


This 5 day trip was part of my 67th birthday fun. Hadn’t realised what a lovely historic town Ludlow is. It is positioned right on the edge really of 3 counties – Shropshire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

History wise Arthur Plantagenet (Henry 8th elder brother) died 1502, married to Catherine of Aragon, aged 15 at Ludlow Castle....Lucien Boneparte (Boneys younger brother was held prisoner in Ludlow) 1810-11 ....King Edward 5th was also there before he was murdered 1483 back in London....this place is steeped in history #fact 86days as King... Edward V, one of the 2 princes murdered in the tower allegedly by Dick3 of Leicester, the battle of Ludford Bridge , Henry VI and Richard Castle after Richard Neville, Lord Protector...😁🤔 oh and there are George 2nd alms houses built 1758, here endeth the history lesson


We left home at about 11 and used the truck nav to take us the quickest route, bit of motorway then outskirts of Kidderminster, past Hagley Hall and then into the nice Worstershire countryside, thru Little Hereford and onto the site. All very rural and lovely with its yellow brown fields painting the canvas of farms.


Settled in nicely on pitch 3, very close to all facilities. Set up my new one man tent (my insomnia cure, well maybe – I used it twice whilst we were away so not too bad!). Set up in a lotorhome takes 5 mins, always amazes me how long a caravan takes in comparison. Anyhow after coffee we then went and had a walk around the site, thought we could get across to the River Teme side from the site map but it is fenced off as an area of “scientific interest” oh well nice views anyhow. Found a lovely plant (later identified by friends on faceache as mullein). Collected a load of seed so gonna give that a whirl sometime.


Next day after a bit of overnight rain got to use my OAP bus pass (sorry being politically correct senior citizen 😉 ) Caught the 490 into Ludlow which stopped at the the Assembly room near the Castle. What an amazing town Ludlow is, we both loved it. Not so the bus company though, they only ran 3 buses back we waited over 45 mins, it never turned up so we had to walk back, Ludlow is very steep and pained poor Annie’s arthritic knees. I did the gentlemanly thing and rang the bus company my “heartfelt feedback”, they promised to investigate and get back to me, they haven’t. We met a couple who had had the same experience with missing buses on their last trip to this site. Moral of the story…. Don’t use Lugg Valley Travel!


Anyhow as I said (pre rant 😉 ) Ludlow is wonderful, we spent a good 2 hours having a look around starting in the Dinham area, then the castle ruins which at the back lead steeply down to the river Teme. Highlights apart from the many wonderful buildings were the Feathers Hotel, the bull ring area and pub (old livestock sales area), old prison, castle square, Ludlow Civic society blue plaques, learning what solar / sollars meant i.e upper floor of house for servants, the market, the LOVE LUDLOW campaign, Ludlow Brewery Ales, the whole of the Dinham area near the castle, some of the surrounding views, the buttercross, alms houses, history, the old hospital, museum, the broad gate area , walking under the 13th century gate, drum tower and portcullis arch, this area once had 55 pubs, Annie’s GGGF John Whatmore ran a bakers there and was a corn factor living in Ravens lane, oh and sunshine! Tick. Sadly the food festival had ended and some of the buildings on the Teme bridge had been flooded so needed shoring up.


See the full images slideshow, 18 mins but with fab music by the Allman Brothers and the one on Ludlow with text ( 109 images, 9 mins) to get a feel of what we experienced, thanks for looking.


The surrounding areas included had a loose base of family research for Annie’s rellies but afforded us the opportunity to visit quite a lot of villages and some of the bigger towns, not exclusively but some we saw were Richard Castle, Tenbury Wells (lovely, fairport convention on at the regal, lorry on bridge fun not) , Cleobury Mortimer (great church , high road and washing pond), Onibury (wonderful St Michael’s church and old GWR train station, font usedf to christen Annie’s rellies), Neen Savage (st marys church and whatmore gravestones), Bewdley (Severn Valley Railway – also at Bridgnorth), Leominster, Far & Wyre Forest, Bitterley (narrow road and definitely don’t travel at school chuck out time or you will be bitter ) , Flowers everywhere, Craven Arms (not interesting), Much Wenlock (fab priory and old town, victorian dr william penny brookes – refounder of the town Olympics, milburga the nun), Wenlock edge (great views), Bridgnorth (just wonderful especially the high street, annies rellies at 51 high street and 6 high street, it all starts by north gate at no 1 high street and goes up the left hand side, then back down the right hand side, took us a while to find them, St Mary Magdelene church on top of the hill was too steep for Annie so we gave it a miss )…. Managed free parking everywhere but had to run in front of yellow peril in Bridgnorth as only allowed 40 mins. Found out at Much Wenlock priory that the Barclays premier English Heritage arrangements (i.e free entry) ended in Mar 2020 (boo!) – covid driven. Note also history wise re Much Wenlock - Victorian doctor, William Penny Brookes (1809-1895), is known as the founder of the modern Olympic Games. Brookes established the Wenlock Olympian Games in 1861. The Games are still held each year and provided the inspiration for Pierre de Coubertin and the Olympic movement. The Brookes family graves are in the churchyard and are decorated with Olympian wreaths.


There are 121 images (approx. 10 mins) to look at with text and Allman Bros music in the “around Ludlow” slideshow, thanks again for looking


All in all a fab relaxing 5 days, great site, great food & drinks, great 67th birfday, great exploring… I think we will be back to this area of the country again at some time.


If you would like to see all the associated Slideshows and Video as well as all the others for 2021 please click HERE, thanks