Wednesday, 8 November 2017

Cali has been to Brighton and Swanage

As we're currently limited to when we can go away due to my work, we went away for the October half term. We booked four nights at Brighton Caravan Club Site and four nights at Haycraft Caravan Club Site.  Brighton is a new site and we've previously stayed at Haycraft for one night.

We arrived at Brighton just ahead of Storm Brian and set up on pitch 12, lovely sheltered pitch behind a bank and near some small trees. It took us a little longer than usual to set up as we sheltered inside Cali when there was torrential rain and thunder and we decided not to raise the roof on the first day because of the high winds. After setting up we walked down to the Marina to see the huge waves crashing over the sea wall - amazing!

We had a great night's sleep away from the wind but woke the next morning to find Cali and our pitch covered in bird poo from the pigeons who seemed to like the trees around our pitch.  The wardens were happy for us to move so we drove across to the opposite pitch.

Pitch 13 Brighton

As it was our first time in Brighton we walked from the site to Hove Lagoon one day, from the site to Saltdean another day and then had a day pottering around Brighton and a fabulous lunch at Food for Friends.  The weather was wild the whole time we were there, windy with very high seas.

Brighton Marina from East Pier

After four nights we moved to Haycraft and after a long journey of holdups on the road, the sun came out and we got setup on  site.

Pitch 20 Haycraft

The first day was a little overcast, but we then had fabulous sunny weather for the rest of our holiday.  There was plenty of walking from the site - the first day we did a circular walk to Langton Matravers and Worth Matravers and on the second day we walked along the top of the downs to Corfe Castle.  

Towards Studland and Brownsea Island

The Swanage Steam Railway stopped at Harman's Cross Station which was only a ten minute walk from the site so on our third day we had a lovely journey on the steam train to Swanage and spent the day walking through the Country Park and along the sea front.

A fabulous holiday with better weather than we had on our summer holiday in Wales!

21-29 October 2017

Monday, 9 October 2017

Cali has returned to Burton Bradstock

The forecast was good yesterday so we decided to head back to Burton Bradstock for the day.  We got there quite early so were able to park in the last space on the front of the car park, over looking the sea.

Steve planning next year's holiday

We were both in need of a lazy day so didn't go too far but spent time reading and planning next year's holiday in the Yorkshire Dales.

8 October 2017

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Cali has been back to Woolacombe

Last Friday we checked the weather forecast and as it was good for the weekend we booked Saturday night at Willingcott Caravan and Motorhome Club site.  We travelled to Woolacombe early on Saturday morning and parked at the Marine Drive car park (£4.00 all day) for breakfast with a fabulous view over Wooolacombe Bay.

Marine Drive towards Woolacombe Bay

After breakfast we walked the coast path around Baggy Point to Croyde Bay, stopping at the Sandleigh Tea Rooms for tea and cake on the way.  There's also a NT car park (free for NT members) which we'll remember for the next time we're in the area.  The weather was lovely and sunny - perfect for walking this stretch of coast.  On returning to Putsborough we walked along the beach back to Woolacombe.  The town was very busy as there was a Scooter Rally so we decided to go to the site.  As we know it is a very windy site but we found a lovely pitch behind a Devon Bank which gave us a lot of shelter for the night.

Pitch 123 Willingcott

The following morning it started to drizzle as we were packing up so we headed back towards Tiverton and went to Knightshayes (free parking and entry for NT members) for a walk through the woods and gardens before returning home.

23 September 2017

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Cali has been to Swanage

As the evenings are getting darker and cooler, we've decided that most of our Cali weekends will now be overnight stays on Saturday rather than going away after I finish work on Friday.  This weekend we went to Studland Bay.  We left home early on Saturday and stopped at a layby on the road between Corfe Castle and Studland for breakfast - amazing views!

Breakfast layby looking towards Poole

We had a lovely walk in the morning from Knowle Beach, past Agglestone Rock and across Ballard Down before returning to Cali for lunch.  We were going to have another walk in the afternoon but due to torrential rain we decided to go to the site mid afternoon.  We had booked the last pitch at Haycraft Caravan Club Site.  As it was still raining we were glad they had one hardstanding pitch left as the grass pitches were very muddy.

Pitch 15, Haycraft

The facilities block was spotlessly clean, although it was looking in need of an upgrade.  It's only a small site and was very friendly with several people stopping to talk to us about Cali.  A lovely site, plenty of walking in the area and the steam railway passes nearby.  We're going back at the October half term for another three nights.

9 September 2017

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Cali has been to Cirencester

We decided to have a long weekend in Cali before I went back to work and decided to return to Cirencester Park Caravan Club Site - another site we visited when we had our caravan.  It's a lovely site on the Bathurst Estate with the usual exceptional facilities of a CMC site.

Pitch 120 Cirencester Park

The weather was glorious on Friday so we had a lazy afternoon.  Saturday was also very sunny so we had a walk through the Park before having lunch at Jesse's Bistro and then a riverside walk in the afternoon. 

Bathurst Park looking towards Cirencester

It was very wet on Sunday so it was just a quick walk into Cirencester and a beer in The Hare before returning to Cali.  The Wardens were happy for us to stay until early afternoon on Monday, so after another walk in the Park it was time to head home.

Cirencester Park is lovely and the town is full of character.  We enjoyed our weekend so much we have booked to stay at the same site over Christmas!

1-4 September 2017

Friday, 25 August 2017

Cali has been to Pembrokeshire

Cali has visited Pembrokeshire for our two week holiday.  This is our first two week holiday in Cali and we decided to split the time between three sites.

The first five nights we stayed at Morawelon Camping and Caravanning Site, a private site near to Newport Sands.  Although we hadn't stayed at this site previously, we have walked in the area when we stayed at Fishguard a few years ago and knew the site would be in the perfect location for our walking.  There's also a good local bus service along the coast.  We arrived on a lovely sunny afternoon and went to Reception (a till at the back of the cafe) and were shown to the top field where we could pitch.  On our way we passed flower pots of weeds and dead flowers, weeds growing around all the paving slabs and overflowing refuse bins - a general air of neglect on the site.  Pitches aren't marked but we were allocated 'a spot' near the road on the top field.  We kept a decent space between us and the next campervan, sadly when the next person arrived next to us he parked so close we felt like we were on a car park.  We did have a brilliant view from our pitch but had to put the windbreak up to stop people from driving and walking too close to Cali as we were right next to the road

Top field at Morawelan

As we had a lot of rain during the five days the site got very muddy as vehicles churned up the grass trying to get up the hill.  The toilet block was grubby and didn't appear to be cleaned regularly, the gents were so bad that Steve wouldn't clean his teeth there as they were so smelly!

Dinas Head

The site is perfect for walking the coast path as it passes the entrance.  On our first day we walked from the site to Dinas Head - unfortunately by the time we reached Dinas Head the rain was almost horizontal as it was so windy!  We had better weather during the rest of our stay and had a lovely walk around to Newport Sands and into the village and spent some time on the beach too.

Overall our thoughts are the site was in a fabulous location but the facilities were awful - definitely not a site to use again.

After leaving Newport we stopped in Fishguard to top up supplies before heading to St David's Lleithyr Meadow Caravan and Motorhome Club Site for five nights.  We visited this site many years ago when we had our caravan, so know the area quite well and also know that as it's a CMC site the facilities would be good.  We weren't disappointed and found a lovely pitch behind the hedge which gave us some shelter when it became windy.  The site also has laundry facilities so I could wash our walking clothes and also dry our jackets after a very wet day in St David's.   The pitches are all grass so after the heavy rain there were plenty of puddles on the site, but these soon drained away and it never got muddy.

Pitch 5, St David's Lleithyr Meadow

There's a local bus service that stops outside the site that we used it on a couple of days so we didn't need to move Cali and it also enabled us to do 'one way' walks. There are also plenty of walks from the site, including a circular walk to Carn Llidi.

Carn Llidi towards Caravan Site

Carn Llidi looking north

A great site, fabulous quiet location and spotlessly clean facilities. Due to the weather we didn't do all the walking we had planned, so we'll definitely return to this site.

After leaving St Davids's we replenished supplies at Haverfordwest before heading to Freshwater East Caravan and Camping Club Site for the last four nights. This is another site we have previously stayed on when we had our caravan.  Although walking in the area is a little limited without taking Cali off site, we wanted to have a Spa Day as part of our holiday and booked ourselves a Revive Spa Package at Lamphey Court Spa.  As the weather forecast wasn't too good we chose a sheltered hardstanding pitch on the lower part of the site and decided against using the awning.

Pitch 28, Freshwater East

Our first day was very windy, but dry so we walked from the site to Barafundle, a beautiful beach that can only be accessed from the coast path.

Barafundle Beach

On the second day we took Cali off site early in the morning as I had to visit the dentist in Pembroke - it was surprisingly quick to pack away and were were on the road in less than 15 minutes.  After my dental appointment we headed to the Spa for a morning of pampering and lunch.  The weather forecast for the final day of our holiday wasn't too good so we took Cali off site again and drove into Pembroke so we could walk around the Castle and Millpond.  We had a heavy downpour in the middle of the day so returned to Cali for our lunch and to read the papers until the rain eased off - it beats trying to find a cafe!

This is another great site in a lovely location with excellent facilities.  However, as there is only one bus a day and limited walking from site we probably wouldn't return again.

5-19 August 2017

Monday, 17 July 2017

Cali has been to Tavistock

We decided to have a weekend away and stayed at the Tavistock Camping and Caravan Club site as there's plenty of walking from the site.  It's a pretty site, well maintained with lots of lovely flowers but it is by the B3356 which is a busy road.  Pitches are allocated and we had a smallish corner pitch next to the road, so it was quite noisy during the day but thankfully it was quieter at night.

Pitch 22, Tavistock

On Saturday we had a lovely circular walk from the site across Dartmoor.  It was very misty with low cloud, but even so the views were stunning.

Feather Tor

Although the site is very well maintained, it's not one that we'll return to as the road is very busy and noisy.  A friend recommended Langstone Manor so we made a detour on our walk to have a look at it and it was very well maintained and in a quiet spot too.  In spite of the weather and the noisy site, we had a lovely weekend.

14-16 July 2017