For our first trip of 2014 we chose Lathkill Dale Campsite in the Peak District. At just under two hours from home it was far enough to give the van its first run out after it had been parked up over winter but close enough for a weekend trip after work on Friday night. We also got to try out our new, slightly smaller awning. What we hadn’t planned on was driving a route that skirted the edge of the Peak District over steep climbs, narrow lanes and tight bends. In heavy rain… and dense fog. (more…)
For our longest camping trip of the year we ventured West into Cumbria and the Lake District to Sykeside Camp Site. The site itself is hidden away in a dip and situated behind the Brotherswater Inn pub off the A592. The drive to the site takes you over a high pass with great views but your passengers may spend a lot of the journey with their eyes tightly closed as there are some steep drops just off to the side of the road in parts. In fact, we pulled over in a small car park just before the road descends down to the campsite for a quick photo opportunity to take in the views down the valley to the body of water that is Brotherswater.
We took a last-minute trip to Dent to meet up with a group of friends who were visiting from “down south” and renting a local cottage for the week so we made the trip over in the ‘van and booked a pitch for a couple of nights at High Laning. The route that we took (coming in from Skipton) took us up over and through the hills on a winding road through farmland in which we had to stop several times to open gates, drive through and the close the gates shut behind us! It’s quite a large campsite, being split across both sides of the main road out of Dent.
I had been wanting to stay at the Gordale Scar campsite since seeing it featured on Martin Dorey‘s BBC2 series “One Man and His Campervan” a couple of years ago and this summer I finally got around to organising a trip. Let’s be very clear about the main attraction of this site: Location, location, location! Facilities are basic – easily the most basic of any site we’ve reviewed so far: no electric hookups, no hard standing pitches, no on-site shop (in fact no shop for several miles). All of that is easily forgiven though because the location is fantastic. (more…)
Grouse Hill campsite is hidden at the end of a long drive that’s accessed from behind The Flask pub on the A171. We approached from Scarborough and didn’t see any signs for the campsite, although if you miss it (or if you’re approaching from Whitby) there’ another entrance road that is signed.
Grange Farm was the second campsite that we stayed in on the Isle of Wight. Before we set off on our holiday, we were looking forward to staying here, having looked at the website and seen the location and the views. Having already spent a few days being rained on and blown about by the British weather though, we were more than a little nervous about staying at the top of a cliff!
This year’s Christmas present cook book was “The Camper Van Cookbook” by Martin Dorey with recipes by Sarah Randell. The idea is that it features recipes that can be cooked on just two rings or using a barbecue, as well as showing you how to make the most of your campervanning trips. Like the Cool Camping Cookbook, this is the kind of book that you can flick through at any time, reading the informative sections and choosing the recipes that you will use on your next trip. (more…)
First impressions count so when you drive through the gates at Hidden Spring and are greeted by a single lane track, tree lined on one side and with grape vines on the other you’re off to a promising start. The track climbs up a gentle incline until at the brow the rows of vines on the left stop and the field opens up to reveal around 15 pitches, all with electric hookup. Through a gap in the hedgerow on the right there’s another field which is home to the site’s tipis and yurts.