Aug 172018

This morning after breakfast I took a trip to the local dentist to try and sort out my toothache. It was a 30 minute walk from the campsite and once there he took a look and an x-ray but couldn’t find anything wrong and suggested keeping on with the pain killers and to see my own dentist when we are back home, a waste of £48. I walked back to the campsite and met up with Ingrid. We had coffee and then rang for a cab to take us in to York, £6 wasn’t a bad price for the fare. I popped in to Nationwide for some cash and then into the Vodaphone shop to sort my phone out as I couldn’t get 4G service, it turned out that as my sim card was over 20 years old it wasn’t 4G enabled. A free new sim soon sorted it though. We had another coffee in a nice coffee shop on The Shambles, followed by a mooch around market stalls and in to the various shops along The Shambles and surrounding area.

We had a nice pannini in a cafe and then walked round to Go Outdoors to look at the Cadac BBQ’s and other camping bits. Ingrid bought herself a fleece in their sale. We then did some food shopping in the Sainsbury’s next door and then phoned for a cab to take us back to the campsite. We had nice fresh spaghetti from Sainsbury with some home-made meat sauce be brought frozen with us from Spain for dinner.

Aug 162018

We got up this morning to bright sunshine and we finished packing up and just as we left at 9.45am it started to spit with rain. We routed back around the northern Carlisle ring road and back on to the M6 at junction 44 heading south back towards junction 40 and t times the rain was quite heavy. We turned off at junction 40 to head across the Yorkshire moors towards the A1M on the A66. This road was a mixture of single carriageway and dual carriageway, it was heavy with traffic particularly lorries but it kept moving at the speed limit. At the junction with the A1M at Scotch Corner there was a service area where we stopped for coffee.

After coffee we joined the A1M heading south and again it was fairly heavy with traffic but flowed well. There were a couple of sections of reduced width with 50mph speed limit. We continued on towards the junction with the A59 and then on to the A59 and in to York. The route in to York was exactly the same as we took when we visited here a couple of years ago and some of the route was a bit narrow at times but without issue and on to Manor Farm Campsite. We checked in and parked up on a nice pitch in a large field with a few other caravans and motorhomes. I have an appointment with a local dentist tomorrow morning first thing to sort out my toothache. We had a quiet afternoon reading and relaxing. Today we saw more motorhomes on the road than we had at any other time so far in the UK and less caravans.

Aug 152018

A quiet day today that was far better weather wise than was forecast. We went out locally with mum after lunch and then back to her new house for dinner. During the later afternoon the rain started, heavy at times. We went back to the campsite and shortly after we arrived the heavens opened with really heavy rain.

Aug 142018

We woke up to fine drizzly rain that was soaking everything and even though it was raining the ground staff started cutting the grass, it was a good job we didn’t want a lie in. The rain continued on and off throughout the morning, Dave and family were packing up to head off in the direction of York, we were impressed at the speed and ease of collapsing their Quest gazebo. We said our goodbye’s and they set off just before 12 noon. Mum arrived a little later and we went into Dalston to the Post Office and then came back for a late lunch BBQ. By mid afternoon the rain had stopped and everything was drying nicely and then it started again so we hurriedly put everything in the garage so it didn’t get too wet, given that tomorrows forecast is for heavy rain all day. I will stow it all properly tomorrow between showers.

Mum left at tea time and we tidied up, washed up and settled to the first real evening of TV since we left home.

Aug 132018

We finished packing up and left Capesthorne Hall just after 9.30am. We turned left out of the gates and followed the sat nav and the road signs to the M6 but we stopped and fuelled up at the first petrol station that we came to. We joined the M6 and started heading north and surprisingly the motorway was busy but flowing very freely. There were a couple of sections of roadworks with 50mph speed limits but they flowed well. The traffic started to thin out once we were past the Liverpool and Manchester junctions. There was light rain and heavy rain along this section of the motorway, at times the wipers were on full speed and we slowed to around 50mph to ensure we had suitable visibility. We had a long stop for coffee at Lancaster services parking in the lorry park with lorries and other motorhomes and caravans. We rejoined the M6 and continued north, we saw and passed a lot of caravans and very few motorhomes on this journey. We routed to the north of Carlisle and followed the ring road around before heading south again back towards Dalston and we turned into the campsite. Our pitch was next to Dave who had already arrived.

After lunch we compared the differences between our two Adria Sonic SC’s and there were a lot more than either of us expected. Dave adjusted a couple of my touch latch door catches and hopefully they may have fixed the problems. My mum arrived during the afternoon and we then went next door to the hotel for dinner, mum’s and Ingrid’s was excellent mine a lot less so. After dinner mum went home and we stayed up with Dave and family for a few drinks.

Aug 122018

We packed up and left in light rain at about 9.40 this morning. We left the campsite and went a short way on the A40 before joining the M5 north towards Birmingham, the rain varied between light and pretty heavy. There were a couple of sections of roadworks with 50mph speed limits including the junction of the M5 and M6. We then joined the M6 and had heavy rain started to fall. There were lots of sections of roadworks and some with 50mph limits and at least 1 with a 30mph speed limit. We turned off the M6 at junction 17 towards Congleton, as we went over the motorway we saw that it was now stationary traffic on the northbound M6, lucky we left here. On the outskirts of Congleton we found an Aldi supermarket that was open and we eventually found somewhere to park and did some food shopping. It was pretty busy and so we spent some time queuing up to pay. We then continued on our journey to Capesthorne Hall arriving at about 12.30. We had a pre-allocated pitch and made our way to it. In the wash block we found a letter addressed to us with all the site information in and our receipt. Very efficient and no staff required.

After lunch we took a walk around the grounds and took some photos of the stately home and its grounds.

Aug 112018

A quiet day today and sorry no photos. We took the bus into Cheltenham (£3.50 each return), had a look at some of the Georgian architecture and the shops. Bought a few bits and pieces and had a nice lunch. We arrived back at the campsite just as it started to spit with rain. The rain came down heavier in the early evening.

Aug 102018

We had a lazy morning and slowly got everything packed away between the showers and left at about 10.45 back to the outskirts of Wallingford and then followed the signs towards Oxford and the A40. The Oxford ring road was very slow with nose to tail traffic not helped by the heavy rain that was now falling. We followed the A40 into the outskirts of Cheltenham and then followed it out towards Gloucester. We decided to stop at the Asda store that was near the campsite but we couldn’t find it as it was poorly signposted. We found B&Q but that was the best we could do. We made our way to the campsite and checked in at 12.30, it was still raining heavily and made our way to our pitch, shortly after we parked up it stopped raining. We took the respite of the rain to take a chance and gave the van a quick wash down as it was filthy with all the rain.

We set up and had some lunch. After lunch it was decided that we would do some washing so we set what we thought was the washing machine but it turned out, when we went back after an hour to take the washing out, it was the tumble drier, oops. We then put the washing in the machine and decided to walk to Asda having been told where exactly it was by the campsite staff. We walked there in just over 10 minutes and did some food shopping and then walked back towing the trolley. After a beer we took the washing from the machine and put it into the drier. For dinner we used the BBQ for the first time this holiday.

This campsite is probably the best one we have ever stayed at. Our pitch has a concrete van parking area, alongside a gravel area for our awning followed by a grass area before the next van. The pitch has water, electric and grey waste and fast free wifi. The central wash block is modern and heated with piped music. There are even plugs in the sinks and even plate drainers in the pot washing area. With bus stops right outside the gate for Gloucester or Cheltenham and with the A40 and M5 close by it couldn’t be more conveniently located.

Aug 092018

A good nights sleep and we got up this morning to some light rain. George and Harry were early morning visitors and they had a great time playing with all the controls, trying out the the beds, opening cupboard and generally being young boys. As a result we left a bit later than expected at 10.40. We stopped in Yateley for some fuel at a reasonable UK price and then routed across country towards Reading and then onto the M4 for a few miles and then onto the A34 heading North and then turned off into Didcot. We parked up as planned in the council car park and met up with Mike and Sue. After coffee and a chat we adjourned to a local pub for lunch.

After lunch the four of us collected the motorhome and made our way to Bridge Villa campsite by the Thames in Wallingford. We all walked in to town and had a look around the shops and bought some food and a few other bits including a new dress for Ingrid. Mike and Sue caught the bus back to Didcot and we returned to the campsite. We sat in the sun for a while and then we had a heavy downpour just after dinner.

Aug 082018

After a disturbed nights sleep, our fault the temperature dropped and we didn’t have appropriate bedding on the bed, we had breakfast and packed up and left at about 9am. We followed the rough local road out of Chauvigne and made our way to the D40 and then onto the N175. As we were early we stopped for a long coffee and croissant break at a large service area. On out way through the car park back towards the motorway we found the grey waste disposal point and so stopped and emptied the grey water tank. We rejoined the motorway which was by now the A84 and followed this all the way to the Caen ring road and then followed the local road to Ouistreham ferry port. We passed several groups of immigrants looking for opportunities to get to the UK. We checked in at the ferry port at 11.45 and the ferry was already in. The van was checked for stowaways by the police. We were eventually called through to the loading waiting area where we were held until right at the end of loading, there were only 2 other motorhomes behind us when we got onboard. On this relatively short trip we saw so many Adria motorhomes it wasn’t true including one other white Sonic and also there were several Adria caravans too. We were also parked next to an old AdriaTec A class motorhome in the queue for the ferry.

After an uneventful crossing we arrived in Portsmouth 5 minutes early at 7.10pm. Again we were one of the last to leave the ship but were put in a short lane for border control. Even still it was after 8pm when we eventually left the port and started our journey to Pauls’s. We joined the M275 and then the M27 and turned on to the M3. We stopped at the first service area to put a splash of expensive diesel in the van. We continued on the M3 to junction 4a and turned off past Minley barracks and this was by far the worst road surface that we have travelled on on this whole trip. Into Yateley and then I reversed on to Paul’s drive arriving at about 9.15pm, the motorhome just fitted.