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By keef & annie, Oct 13 2013 07:08PM

Stroud Hill Park,Pidley, Cambs


Motorhome trip No13 : October 12th – 13th 2013


NOTTS->PIDLEY, CAMBRIDGESHIRE ->NOTTS 192 miles


We have been here before a few years back with our dear friends Pete & Joy, but we were in tents then. It did rain then but not as much as this weekend. We left early on Saturday morning and arrived at the site thru some horrendous showers to bright sunshine, so much so that Keef wore his shorts. We sat out for quite a while enjoying the chat and warm weather before going off for a lovely walk across the surrounding fields to the Mad Cat pub at Pidley where we had a nice baguette lunch and some very nice pints of Inflammable (4.2%) hic! The ladies had something else.


Walked back before the onslaught of rain but had a few more beers & wine etc outside before it started so into the van for a few more bevies, hic! Then all bar Keef adjourned to Pete & Joys van. Cooked Steak & Kidney puds, mash & veg and carried over all 4 plates in the rain, yummy followed by nice cheese & bikkies and grapes.


All very tired so retired early to bed, maybe it was the alcohol, maybe not! Bucketed down over night but being in the van is so much better than being in a tent. Sunday am spent relaxing, breakfast, reading before packing up the van and having a 3 course lunch in the site restaurant, which we can thoughrally recommend. Classy food for £17… example menu wood pigeon starter, roast beef main (or nile perch which Pete had) followed by gingerbread and orange cheesecake and fruit coulis, annie has a triple choc torte pud, all yummy


Then after our goodbyes it was off into the rain, and back home, not too bad at just over 1 ½ hours.

All in all a fab relaxing weekend!


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Us and Pete & Joys van, bit of a wet weekend but fun !
Us and Pete & Joys van, bit of a wet weekend but fun !

By keef & annie, Sep 15 2013 04:42PM

Mid Wales, Not The Motorhome trip No2 : September 7th – September 14th 2013


NOTTS->LLANGRANNOG,CEREDIGION & About->NOTTS 550 miles


Didn’t take the motor home this time as stayed at wonderful Seaview cottage in Llangrannog , Ceredigion overlooking the bay inspired by Saint Grannog. Went with Craig, Leanne, Bill & Lady dog and had the most wonderful time, weather mixed but better than can be expected for that time of year and good food and company for the whole week, not to mention the home made ice creams from the beach café, yummy!. Visited most beaches from Cardigan to Aberystwyth, including Aberaeron, New Quay, Poppit Sands, Penbryn, Aberporth to mention a few. Nice welsh pint of David Davis in the Pentre (old welsh word for village centre) Arms.


Craig & Leanne walked around the coastal path from Llangrannog to Penbryn on the last day with doggie and we drove and met them there parking in the NT car park with very nice coffee shop and memorable kitten who was definitely not best mates with lady! Hee hee.


Will definitely bring the campervan back to this area, just so beautiful but will need to take care of some of the very steep and narrow roads, not really suitable for a large motorhome but ours will probably be OK.


Anyone else have any Motorhome / RV experiences on the Ceridigion Heritage coast they want to share?

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Views from St Grannog lookout, Pen Rhip, Llangrannog
Views from St Grannog lookout, Pen Rhip, Llangrannog

By keef & annie, Aug 25 2013 10:35AM

I was afforded the opportunity to redo the old website. It has now been redesigned to run on tablets, smart phones and old trad browsers with hopefully easier to view slideshows of photos with mobile slide feature from our lovely trip to Canada & 2 US states in 2010 where we hired a motorhome , which happened to be brand new and drove basically from one side to the other if you include our trip in 1999 to BC & vancouver Island.


Please please let us know what you think, I am very happy with the new design but only you letting us know what you really think will see if we have achieved what we set out to do.


Leave us your views via the comments box below and we will get back to you.


The new website is HERE!

the hoo doos alberta canada
the hoo doos alberta canada

By keef & annie, Aug 23 2013 09:23AM

Cornwall trip


Motorhome trip No11 : August 15th – August 22nd 2013


NOTTS->CHARD->FRADDON->PENZANCE->SCILLY ISLES->CIRENCESTER ->NOTTS 767 miles


A week of mostly lovely weather. Had a fabulous time and was able to visit Linda & Ian on route which was a lovely weekend with them both, thanks so much for your hospitality and sense of fun, big love to you both from both of us.


We started on the Thursday and travelled to the Ilminster Caravan Club site near Chard in Somerset. Nice friendly site with recently refurbished amenities block, would thoroughly recommend. Sat out reading in the sun and dodging the black clouds. Nice couple next door from Ilkeston (nearby home) who were down for the Levellers Beautiful Day concert weekend nearby, Ocean colour scene, Primal scream & Levellers headlining each of the 3 days. Boy did he know his music, great chatting about Grateful Dead/ Fairport etc etc. Went for a little walk around site and outside in lane. Poured overnight!


Then onto L&I’s for weekend, rained most of Saturday so chatted a lot, great fun, watched Expendables 2 in eve, what a hoot. We will be back, hee hee! Sunday great weather , visited the lovely St Just in Roseland, saw the pirate graves and had a little walk then onto St Mawes with views across to Falmouth. Nice walk past fab houses and some lovely plants , it’s the gulf stream you know! Turned back when luckily for us Jess was knackered , well she is 77 now!


Monday after saying our goodbyes set off for Penzance, sadly fatal crash caused by foreign tourists driving the wrong way down the A30 and colliding with an oncoming lorry at about 10 pm Sunday eve, meant A30 closed until 1.15pm which delayed us slightly. Filled up in hayle and by the time we had re joined the A30 the road was open. Shopping, enough for 3 days at Morrisons Little Rock. Went to Newlyn and Penzance and had a quick look around. Quite like Penzance, sea water jubilee pool apparently only £1 all day, nice for a hot sunny day.


Stayed at Cardinney Caravan & camping site for 2 days, not bad, cheap , nice flowers, dodgy electrics and antiquated showers but OK! Site was between Land’s end & Penzance, about 5 miles outside Penzance on A30.


Tuesday was a great day, taxi 8am, Scillonian III to St Marys Scilly Isles, what fab weather all day, both got a bit of sun burn. 4 ½ hours on the island, loved every moment we will be back. Hughtown and beach and boats fab. Took 1948 Austin coach tour around the island, the old guy doing the commentary was hilarious. Sat outside on the way over and inside on the way back. Delayed taxi back to site so got back at about 8pm. Long but wonderful day.


Wednesday much driving in heat to Cirencester. Had lunch on A30 lay bye 20 miles from M5 at Exeter. Stayed at Cirencester caravan Club site, best yet, we will be back. Thursday morning parked in Waitrose and walked into Cirencester, very nice Cotswolds old town, 2nd roman city in UK. Had a good mooch around including very interesting Church, almost a Cathedral in our humble opinion.


Then back home and unpacking in the rain late afternoon. All in all a lovely week and lovely to see my little sis again. Ahhh….


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Coming into Hugh Town, St Mary's,Scilly isles
Coming into Hugh Town, St Mary's,Scilly isles
Fraggle Rock
Fraggle Rock

By keef & annie, Aug 12 2013 07:13PM

This is a retrospective post as I came across a few pictures of our first ever trip away in our then new motorhome. Ahhh the days. It was a very wet few days at the Caravan Club site at clumber park, not too far to drive but a great way to try out all the things that one is seeing for the 1st time since the demo when you bought the van and a great learning experience it is.


We had issues with some leaks and a few other grumbles / things we couldn't remember how to do them but as it was all under warrenty and our sellers were not far away we got most of them sorted.


We would wholeheartedly encourage any one buying a new van to do the same, just a few days away initially to try it all out. As the UK is still cold at this time of year we even tried out all the fires, hot air blowers,gas & electric operations.... do the lot .... create a snagging list and get back to the seller /garage straight after and get them sorted then your 1st real trip away in your new van will be a pleasure.


Hope it helps let us have your feedback via the comments below


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We returned again in 2019 and were on Pitch 9. CLICK HERE to see the return


Rgds Keef & Annie

clumber park site,nottinghamshire
clumber park site,nottinghamshire

By keef & annie, Aug 12 2013 06:56PM

The website has now been redesigned to run on tablets, smart phones and old trad browsers with hopefully easier to view slideshows of photos from each of our motorhome trips away both at home and abroad.


Please please let us know what you think, we are happy with the new design but only you letting us know what you really think will see if we have achieved what we set out to do.


For the geeks amongst you we have kept the old backend blog engine and wrapped a new HTML5 front end around it


Leave us your views via the comments box below and we will get back to you, suggest articles or opinions on subjects you would like to see here, anything motorhome, rv and campervan related of course!


Thanks for your input and enjoy the all new motorhome-travels blog


The new blog is HERE!

relaunch 12/8/13
relaunch 12/8/13

By keef & annie, Dec 20 2012 10:12AM

To all our readers, contributors and fellow Motorhome, Rv, Campervan and travel enthusiasts


Have a great family Xmas and a wonderful 2013 for many new adventures in your lovely motorhome!


Best wishes


motorhome-travels.co.uk


PS To enlarge the image just click on it!

By keef & annie, Oct 24 2012 10:20AM

So PROUD. This is our 50th BLOG!


As at 08/11/17 we have over 20000 visits

Also take a look at Blog 40


As at 11/8/13: We have now had 2297 different visitors to our site since we started from 59 different countries.


Which just goes to show that the world is fascinated by Motorhomes, RVs & Campervans.


Recently our soon to be daughter-in-laws parents visited from China and were fascinated by our van. In China there is hardly any concept of camping let alone people living in a motorised vehicle.


We are amazed by some of the countries that have shown interest . Places you just wouldn't think they would be interested such as KENYA, LEBANON, CHILE to name but a few.


Still we know exactly why they are interested don't we, have your say via the comments, you just need to be logged in which is easy.

Motorhomes the world over *smile*
Motorhomes the world over *smile*

By keef & annie, Jul 18 2012 04:58PM

Lincolnshire, Motorhome trip No4 : July 9th -16th 2012


NOTTS->NORTH SOMERCOTES, LINCOLNSHIRE->NOTTS 360 miles


As we were offered 2 free weeks holiday by Don Amotts (apart from paying for electric hook-up and entertainments) when we bought our motorhome from them who are we to refuse? So we decided to take the 1st week at their Lakeside Park Holiday park in North Somercotes. All their parks are in Lincolnshire, not normally a place we would chose to visit for obvious reasons that will become clear later in this blog. Lakeside is the only one of the 5 that caters for tourers, the rest seem to be entirely about static caravans!


So we packed up and set off in the usual UK s(b)ummer 2012 of thunder/ lightening and torrential rain which lasted all the way there and beyond. We had 3 super pitches whilst there for a week 77,42 & 47 mostly to accommodate our wishes but to satisfy weekend family camping.


It is a very classy site and good for a short holiday with lots to do: golf, footie,tennis,boule, outdoor lawn bowls, sauna,steam room, fishing, exercise equipment plus a restaurant, pub, snooker room/wifi, shop,launderette,café,nightclub(?) with dance floor and disco. Note the pub sells Tom Wood lincs real ale but the best I found was Summer Swallow by Batemans , a great pint! For those of my family who remember a bit like Potters for motorhomes!


Plus despite the rather bad weather and outlook we got 3.5 days of very hot and bright sunshine in 7 , not bad for a british summer and we both look a little brown and sunburnt, yippee!


We did go out and about a few days but here’s the rub… Grimsby, Cleethorpes, Mabelthorpe, Chapel St Leonards, Ingoldsmells & Skeggie are not our cup of tea, but having said that North Somercotes itself is lovely, great walks and Saltfleetby & Theddlethorpe beach and dunes are spectacular and deserted. Louth centre and Afford are also interesting & very old towns. Plus we visited the NT house and gardens at Gunby Hall. Gunby is the site of a medieval town that was killed off by migrant workers bringing in the Black Plague into Lincolnshire in 1300s (I think). The gardens are lovely and the head gardener is a nice man who gave us a wealth of info. Besides gardening for England he is on the ‘talking’ team *smile*


So all in all we had a nice week away and look forward to our 2nd free week there later in the year to try out the lovely Indian restaurant in North Somercotes. We did read a lot of books and generally chill whilst here as a lot to do on site if the weather is good! The pool when not!


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By keef & annie, Jun 28 2012 07:10AM

Update 8/11/17 Now 20028 visitors / page views


See also Blog 50 for info


Update 18/8/16 Now 13255 visitors/ page views


Update 10/8/13 Now have 2294 visitors from 59 countries. Please keep visiting and don't be afraid to leave some comments


Update 29/12/12 Now 1450 visitors from 55 countries, the largest of which are the UK with 679 different visitors and the States with 473 different visitors. Then way behind that Canada with 47 and Ireland with 43, welcome to everyone, you are most welcome!


Update 20/7/12 Now 800 visitors *smile* you are most welcome


28/6/12 Just had our 700th visitor to the blog and we have only been up and running a few months.


That makes us SO PROUD.


Why not join in and have your say. We are about to launch an article about the Motorhome Vs Caravan. We see more and more motorhomes on the road, we feel ,for obvious reasons, in favour of the motorhome but you may have a different view.


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Visitor stats 08/11/2017
Visitor stats 08/11/2017
And now by Aug 2016 the site is booming
And now by Aug 2016 the site is booming