Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Cali has been to Swanage

We've been back to the Haycraft Caravan Club Site for a couple of nights.  It's a site we visited last year and like it as we can walk directly from the site, as well as having a small station close by.  We arrived about 6.00pm on Friday evening and were surprised to have a choice of three pitches as this site is usually fully booked at weekends.

On Saturday we walked from the site through Langton Matravers to Worth Matravers and then took a path to the coast at East Man before returning to Swanage along the coast path.

East Man towards West Man

We had a potter around a couple of shops in Swanage and saw that Tilly Whims sold the 'Mac in a Sac' we had been looking for, so bought ourselves one each for our rucksacks.  As we were too early for the train, we went for a beer before heading to the station and catching the to Harman's Cross and walking back to the site.

We woke on Sunday to glorious sunshine, so decided to have a lazy morning on the site before heading back home early afternoon.

Pitch 40 - ready for Sunday breakfast

11-13 May 2018

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Cali has been back to Godrevy

Even though we went to the Godrevy Park Caravan Club Site a few weeks ago, we decided to go back again for the Bank Holiday weekend.  It's an area we love - we know there's plenty of walking from the site and also a good bus service to both St Ives and Portreath (although it wasn't running this weekend as it was too early in the year!).

We arrived on a lovely sunny Thursday evening and pitched in a spot where we had seen a campervan parked on our last visit - it was sheltered with hedges on two sides and wasn't too far from the facilities block.

Friday morning started with a thick sea mist so we didn't have very good views as we walked from the site towards Portreath.  As the local bus service wasn't running we found a bench to sit and have lunch and then retraced our steps back along the coast path.  The sun came out early afternoon and it was very hot on the return journey.

Saturday saw more sea mist at the start of the day so we caught the bus to St Ives and hoped the sun would come out as we walked back.

Hayle across estuary

Unfortunately there was no sign of the sun all day, it remained very misty and quite cold - not like the weather the rest of the country was enjoying over the Bank Holiday weekend!

After two long walks we had decided to spend Sunday having a lazy day on the site.  We had another misty start to the day but when it blew away we had a glorious sunny afternoon before the mist rolled in again about 5.00pm.

Pitch 94 Godrevy Park

We had intended to stay until Monday lunchtime, but when we woke to more sea mist we decided to head home a little earlier than planned and set off mid morning.  At least it gave us plenty of time to get everything cleaned and ready to go away again next weekend.

Despite the weather we had another lovely weekend on one of our favourite sites.  

3-7 May 2018

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Cali has been to Dulverton

The forecast for the weekend was good so we decided to return to Exmoor House Caravan Club Site at Dulverton - this was the first site we had been to with Cali last year.  The site was full for the weekend and as we were the last to arrive we got the last pitch which was next to one of the toilet blocks.  It wasn't the best pitch on the site, but it was in a lovely sunny spot so we were happy.  After setting up on site we popped to the Bridge Inn for a couple of drinks and then had a lazy Friday evening.  On Saturday we decided to do a circular ten mile walk from the site, along the River Barle, through the woods and across Anstey Common.

Anstey Common towards Dulverton

It was a really hot day, probably too hot for the time of year, and we were both pleased to get back to Cali late afternoon.  We wound out the awning for some shade whilst sitting out to have a few beers!

Pitch 65 Exmoor House

But, how soon the weather changes. Shortly after this photo was taken I went for a shower before we had our meal only to step outside the toilet block to torrential rain (at least I didn't have far to walk!) and a clap of thunder.  The rain stopped almost as quickly as it started and after a dry night we had another lovely sunny morning on Sunday.  Perfect for sitting out with a coffee and the Sunday papers.

This is one of our favourite weekend sites as it's only about an hour from home and there are plenty of walks from the site. 

20-22 April 2018

Thursday, 19 April 2018

We have had Cali for a year!

It's a year since we collected Cali - in that time we've driven 5,270 miles, had several day trips, spent 52 nights at sites in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, East Sussex, Gloucestershire, Pembrokeshire and Somerset, as well as journeys to the Midlands to visit our families.

We've learnt a lot, mainly about being creative with storage when living in such a small space especially when the weather is bad.  It's been a fabulous year and a pension well spent!

19 April 2018

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Cali has been to Godrevy

We haven't been away for a while as the weather has been awful, but this weekend looked good so we went to one of our favourite sites - Godrevy Park Caravan Club Site.  We arrived on Friday afternoon and got set up for the weekend.  It's a breezy site so we found a pitch behind a small hedge with the wind blowing to the rear of Cali.

Pitch 108 Godrevy Park

On Saturday we walked from the site across the Towans to the beach and walked into Hayle.  We wandered around Hayle for a while and had lunch before walking back along the beach.  It was a lovely warm day and there were loads of people on the beach and surfing - perfect!

Godrevy Lighthouse from Gwithian Towans

On arriving back at Cali we noticed the wind had changed direction and was now blowing onto the front of the roof, but as it wasn't too strong so we left the roof open.  Overnight the wind got much stronger and even though the Cali topper and windscreen cover were fastened down tight, they still flapped in the wind and were very noisy.  There were also some strong gusts that rocked Cali slightly, which was rather alarming!  After a sleepless night we packed up to head home and managed to get the roof down safely between the strong gusts.  In hindsight we should have dropped the roof before going to bed - another lesson learnt!

13-15 April 2018

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Cali has been to Padstow

We haven't had any overnight stops since Christmas as each weekend we've been free the forecast has been awful.  Last weekend the forecast was for cold and dry, so we booked three nights at Padstow Touring Park.   It's a private site just outside of Padstow with a footpath leading to the Camel Trail.

We arrived on Thursday afternoon and set up on site.  As the site is open all year round, there was a lot of work taking place in the toilet blocks and reception, but the available facilities were very good.  After a bitterly cold night we woke to a heavy frost and used the remote control to switch the heater on before we ventured out from under the duvet.  We walked into Padstow towards the Camel Trail along one of the muddiest paths I've ever seen!  By the time we arrived in Padstow my feet felt so heavy I thought I was wearing diving boots.  We walked the Camel Trail to Wadebridge (stopping off en route to paddle in the sea and try to get some mud off our boots).

Camel Trail towards Padstow (on the left) and Rock (on the right)

The day was bitterly cold even thought it was quite bright with a lovely blue sky.  After eating our sandwiches at Wadebridge and a cup of tea to warm us up we headed back to Cali.   We cleaned boots and trousers ready for the following day's walk before having an something to eat and an early night.

Pitch 59 with freshly cleaned boots!

Saturday was lovely - still cold, but bright and sunny without the biting wind.  We couldn't face the mud on the footpath to Padstow so caught the bus from outside the campsite into Padstow.  After pottering around the shops in Padstow and buying a pasty for our lunch, we walked the coast path to Stepper Point.

Harbour Cove towards Stepper Point

Returning to Padstow we were a little early for the bus so went to the Old Custom House for a drink.  I'm not sure if it was combination of the walk, cold weather, alcohol or whatever, but we were both so tired we were in bed for 9.00pm and didn't wake until about 7.00am the next day!

On Sunday we had a leisurely breakfast before packing up and driving home, stopping at Port Isaac for a walk and a pot of tea and cake at the Chapel Cafe.

Port Isaac harbour

We had a great weekend and liked the site, although it will be one for us to visit out of season when it's not too busy.  Hopefully it won't be too long until we go away again!

22-26 February 2018

Sunday, 18 February 2018

Cali has been to Chesil Beach

We had hoped to go away this weekend, but the forecast for Sunday wasn't too good so we chose to have a day out instead.  We decided to go to Chesil Beach as we hadn't been there for years.  We parked at the Chesil Beach Visitor Centre and after breakfast set off for a stroll over to Portland.

Chesil Beach

The previous day we had walked about 15 miles so didn't want to walk too far, but the stroll turned into a nine mile walk.  We walked up to the Portland Cenotaph - the views were stunning although the sun decided to go behind a cloud when I took the photo.


Weymouth from Cenotaph

Another great Cali day out - hopefully the weather will be good next weekend as we're planning a few days away.

17 February 2018