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Review of the 2010 camping year

It’s that time of year where we’re looking back over the year just gone and looking ahead to what the coming year may bring, so here are some thoughts from Happy Campervanning.

2010 was the first year that we did any serious campervanning. We’ve now spent over 20 nights in the Bongo, travelling all over the country and camping with various groups of friends. Highlights of the year include a glorious weekend in Rutland – our first trip of more than one night, ten days in Cornwall in sunny June – despite the breakdown on the way there, and a birthday celebration in East Sussex.

Our pitch

So what have we learnt?

We like a few home comforts – despite liking the idea of getting away from it all, hot showers and clean toilets are quite high up the wish list!

We feel more at home in the tent field than sandwiched between two caravans.

Cooking a curry is not a good idea in a campervan that you’re going to sleep in a few hours later – it’s also a good idea to invest in a stove that can be used outdoors to avoid mess and smell from cooking your fry up in the morning.

The electric hook-up is useful for the fridge, but not much else, and the fridge is only really useful if you’re not planning on driving anywhere (unless you’ve got a leisure battery). We have now purchased a electric kettle to make better use of the hook up – I’d forgotten how long my Grandma’s stove top kettle used to take to boil!

Awnings are good for getting some privacy and for providing somewhere to put your stuff when you go out for the day, but don’t forget that when you drive away, you will need to put in the extra guy ropes if you don’t want it to fall down.

Even if it looks like a campsite is near a pub, you may need to risk your life walking down the side of a dark country road to get there. Don’t forget a torch!

And our plans for 2011?

Well, having enjoyed our tour of Cornwall in 2010, we’d like to try something similar, maybe in Devon, Wales or Yorkshire. We’re also hoping to spend some sunny weekends with friends in campsites around the country. Keep an eye on the website to find out where we end up.

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Padstow Touring Park, Padstow, Cornwall

Padstow Touring Park was our home for the final three nights of our tour of Cornwall. We selected it based on its website and how close it was to Padstow. It was the biggest site that we visited and we estimated that there were over 100 pitches, which was a bit of a difference from the other two sites that we visited which were much smaller. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wheal Rodney Holiday Park, Marazion, Cornwall

This was the second campsite that we visited on our ten night tour of Cornwall. We picked it mainly because of its location, which is within walking distance of Marazion. The name of the site is unusual and fortunately nothing to do with Only Fools and Horses! The name is apparently taken from a former tin mine in the area. The thing that really sold it to us, however, was the picture of a Bongo on the website. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bay View Farm, Looe, Cornwall

We were relieved to finally arrive at Bay View and start camping because the journey from Suffolk that we had expected to take around 8 hours had ended up taking closer to 36 with an overnight stay at a hotel in Westbury after the water pump on the ‘van had failed and dumped all of its coolant over the A303. The approach to the site is along a narrow road that’s single-track in places with high hedgerows and a couple of tight bends – fine for us in our small ‘van but I wouldn’t have like to tackle it in a large motorhome or towing a caravan (although others had clearly managed it).

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