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Travels in a motorhome This blog is written to remind us where we have been and what we have done
  • Day1

    South Wonston

    May 25, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    The start of our trip commences when we have cleared the house - at 11am we finally begin - a trip to the tip. By 11.30 we have passed SW on A34 for the journey up north for Karen's mum and dad's 60th wedding aniversary.
    Bank holiday Friday - not good to test ones patience after the stresses of it all. Aimed for York, but got as far as Sheffiled where we free camped in a pub car park The Three Brothers - good food and very welcoming. Great views over open countryside the next morning.Read more

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  • Day2

    Sheffield

    May 26, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Sheffield to Saltburn by Sea for the party.
    Arrived in glorious sunshine to this beautiful spot on Teesside.
    We stayed in Brockley Hall Boutique Hotel for the night with motorhome (Hazel) parked on street.
    Great to see all the relatives and friends, and a brilliant do. We all ate a 7 course tasting menu - food was beautiful!Read more

  • Day3

    Redcar and Cleveland

    May 27, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Post party chilling - free camp on Redcar stray for a couple of nights.
    The sea fret arrives and temperatures drop. Karen's mum and dad had been very lucky for weekend weather for party.
    Went rock pooling with Stew, Em and Magnus on Redcar beach and had a look at the 50k year old tree stumps behind the cinemaRead more

  • Day5

    Osmotherley

    May 29, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Three nights camping at site by Cod Beck. Wandered up to the lake to find a huddle of goslings, probably about 36 in all with mothers nearby. Very atmospheric around the lake in the mist.
    Bike trip to Northallerton following day - Market day - Karen always on look out for a bargain. None to be had fortunately.
    Walked to Mount Grace Priory - very interesting ruins (English Heritage) and walked some of the Cleveland Way.
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  • Day8

    North Yorkshire

    June 1, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Rosedale Abbey- where there is no Abbey
    Moved on to this beautiful spot within the North Yorkshire moors for bit of walking.
    Took in Helmsley on the way - market day (no bargains) and its magnificent old castle (EH)
    Walked over the moor to Hutton Le Hole (spectacular cake in teashop) the following day -up the Rosedale chimney and across the moor - one cyclist on way up the 33% climb almost made it look easy- will have to do a bit more practice - could be tempted by the Rosedale Rumble when I get my legs back.Turned very wet on the high moor coming back - we were the only walkers with an umbrella - foot paths on way back did not correspond with the map - or so I am claiming -very frustrating. We were hopelessly lost and it was very wet!!!! K was not a happy bunny!!!!Read more

  • Day10

    Redcar and Cleveland

    June 3, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 13 °C

    Back to Redcar for Sunday Lunch with Margaret and Donald and to meet Steve (boyhood friend of Alan's and award winning architect) who was up to discuss materials with his clients.
    Free camp on Redcar stray - sea fret came down and could not see the sea which was 30 metres away.

  • Day11

    Hinderwell

    June 4, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

    Stayed here for three nights so we could do some walking on the Cleveland Way coastal section.
    Nice walk when we arrived through woods and down to Staithes - lovely fishing village and old harbour.
    The following day walked the section to Whitby through Runswick Bay, Kettleness and Sandsend - all places from our youth. Decided not to descend the path to Port Mulgrave. Whitby as busy and as beautiful as ever.
    Sea fret and daily high temperature of 11 deg. Walked northerly past Staithes and Boulby Mine to high point on cliffs - could not see the sea.
    Beginning to review our plans to go to Harrogate for few days next week. Our intention is to follow the sun and there is a distinct lack of it here.
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  • Day14

    Ravenscar

    June 7, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    Three days on a Certified Location site at Ravnescar high on the cliffs. This is the end point for the Lyke Wake Walk which starts at Osmotherley - one of our previous stop overs. Did not see any weary walkers finishing the 42 mile journey, but we walked down to Robin Hoods Bay, another beautiful harbour and bay on this coastline. RHB the best of all in our opinion.
    The old Alum works at Peak hill provided the background for Steve's book, and the weather confirmed the atmosphered described therein.
    Ravenscar is high, and the walk back on the old railway was a gradual incline - until the end when we broke off to go on the road which was very steep. K rested and I carried on to light bbq, at which point temperatures dropped and it almost became a joyless experience.
    Cycled National Trail 1 from Ravenscar to Scarborough along old railway (Cinder Path) and enjoyed an afternoon at this seaside town. Visited the Castle (EH) high above the town - very interesting.
    Temperatures still low and sea fret firmly in control - we decided to abandon plans for Harrogate and head south as soon as we could.
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  • Day17

    Redcar and Cleveland

    June 10, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    Returned to Redcar so we could get the reversing camera fitted on the van - arranged for the Monday morning.
    Met Margaret and Donald, Nicola and family in Whitby. Such a lovely place (one of our favourites in this country). Stopped off for meal at The Jolly Sailors pub on way back to celebrate Don's birthday
    Overnight stay at Redcar Stray once again and sea fret inevitably.
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  • Day18

    Cambridge

    June 11, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌙 12 °C

    Unfortunately the reversing camera we wanted for Hazel was not available, so we were able to leave early and head south - arriving in Cambridge in mid afternoon where we stayed for a few days. We were aware things were getting warmer as we came south - happy days.
    Rejoined the Camping and Caravan Club and stayed on their site - we chose a pitch in the middle of the site completely unshaded, and soaked up the sun's rays.
    Cycled into Cambridge one day and had a good wander round through the old colleges and across Jesus Fields to the river.
    Cycled to Anglesea Abbey north east Cambridge to the National Trust (NT) property. Well worth the effort - fascinating collection of artefacts and beautiful gardens and Mill. Great cycle route too.
    Fixed the puncture on my road bike and had a thrash around the site - I had forgotten how good a bike it is as I had not been on it for some time.
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