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

Monday, 3 July 2017

Cali has been to Burton Bradstock

It's been another lovely weekend so after a busy 'jobs day' on Saturday we decided to go out for the day on Sunday.  We've not been to Burton Bradstock for a while, so thought it would be a great place for breakfast, lunch and a chill day.  It's another National Trust car park, so we also had free parking for the day.

A lazy day at Burton Bradstock

We picked up some pastries and as we were at the car park quite early, were able to park at the front nearest to the sea.  The table and chairs came out for breakfast and stayed out all day whilst we enjoyed a lazy day reading books and recharging our batteries.

2 July 2017

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Cali has been to Start Bay

On Wednesday the weather forecast was showing a hot sunny weekend, so we booked a couple of nights at the Start Bay Caravan and Motorhome Club site.  We set off after I finished work at 3.30pm on Friday but unfortunately we were held up in long traffic queues on the A38 so didn't arrive on site until almost 6.00pm.  The site was full except for three sloping pitches - the first time we've pitched on such a slope and we were unsure of the best way to do it.  The wardens were fantastic and told us we could go onto the pitch forwards, backwards or sideways, whichever was best for us.

We chose the best of the three pitches but even the levelling blocks weren't high enough to take out the slope.  We decided to drive into the pitch as it would be better to slope front to back rather than side to side.  We had sunshine all weekend, the photo shows us getting ready for breakfast..

Pitch 84, Start Bay

It's the first time we've visited this site and we really liked it.  As a CMC site the facilities are as you would expect and the site was very well maintained.  It's only a short walk to the coast path so on Saturday we walked to Start Bay lighthouse, it was only a ten mile walk but it seemed more as it was such a hot day.

Start Point towards Slapton

A fabulous weekend and definitely another site to revisit.

16-18 June 2017

Monday, 5 June 2017

Cali has been in Cornwall for a week

We've spent the half term week in Cornwall and have had a fabulous time - it's also the first time we've been away for a week with Cali.

We went to Trevedra Farm (a C&MC Affiliated Site) for the first three nights.  The site allocates pitches and ours wasn't the best pitch on site (but neither was it the worst) as it was next to a footpath and several people cut across our pitch.  The site comprises five fields with very long grass.  We used the ground sheet for the first time and it really helped to keep some of the grass and mud out of Cali. We had used the awning on the first day, but wound it in when it became windy and wet.

Pitch 9, Club Field, Trevedra Farm

The amenities block was new this year and was very smart.  The staff all worked hard to keep the facilities clean and tidy, although it was a shame that some of the campers didn't clean showers and sinks after they had used them. There was also a small shop which sold basic food and camping items, as well as a cafe which was open for breakfasts and evening meals.

The site was only a ten minute walk from the coast path and there was plenty of walking in the area. On Sunday we wanted to walk to Land's End, but as there was an amber weather warning for torrential rain, thunder, lightening and hail - we decided to turn around when we got to Sennen Coastguard Lookout so we could get back before the weather became too bad.  Fortunately we missed the worst of the storm but we had hours of very heavy rain.

Sennen Coastguard Lookout towards Land's End

Sennen Coastguard Lookout towards Sennen

On Monday we set off walking in light drizzle and walked to St Just.  By late morning it had stopped raining and the sun came out so we had a lovely walk back along the coast path.

Coastpath looking towards Cape Cornwall

Although we enjoyed our time at Sennen Cove, we're not sure we'll return to that site so we had a look at the Sennen Cove Camping and Caravan Club site, which is a mile or so further up the road. There were spacious pitches and a spotlessly clean amenities block so we decided that when we return to the area we'll stay at that site.

When we left Treveda Farm we stopped off at Sainsburys in Penzance to replenish stocks and drove to Long Rock beach car park for our lunch.  Parking is only £1.00 for the day and it's a great place to stop for lunch with views towards St Michael's Mount.

Long Rock looking towards St Michael's Mount

We then went to the Godrevy Park Caravan and Motorhome Club site for four days.  We've stayed here when we had our caravan and it's a lovely site, again only a short walk from the coast path.  We were able to choose our pitch and as we know it's a windy site we chose to pitch behind a small hedge to give us some protection from the wind.  We also put up the sail and windbreak to make it a little more sheltered.  The wardens were also fine with us pitching 'nose first' so our awning faced the same way as other caravans.

Pitch 80, Godrevy Park

There's a lot of good walking from this site too.  On Wednesday we caught the bus to St Ives and had a potter around the town before walking back along the coast path.  It was a rather grey and overcast morning but the sun came out as we walked back towards Godrevy.

Godrevy Beach and Lighthouse

On Thursday we walked to Portreath (as there were no buses in the morning) and caught the bus back to the site.  It was another lovely day and another lovely walk although we were both very tired when we got back to the site!

Walking towards Portreath

We had more heavy rain on Thursday night with a drizzly start to Friday.  We had planned on going to Godrevy Beach Cafe for breakfast but as it was very wet, we had a lazy morning with Cali and then walked to the cafe for a cream tea!

Godrevy has always been a special place for us as we've made a lot of 'life decisions' there.  It was also the place where we decided we would love a campervan, so it was only right that we drove there in Cali when we left the site.  As Godrevy is owned by the National Trust we had free parking whilst we stayed there for our lunch before heading home.

It's been a great week and we can't wait to go away again!

27 May-3 June 2017