Friday, 30 April 2010

More Photo's

Castle on the cliffs, Portpatrick
Gorse on cliff path
Dundrennan Abbey

Friday Afternoon 30th April

Hi everyone
Wednesday :
Left Auchencairn at mid day, first stop with my new Historic Scotland pass was Dundrennan Abbey were Mary Queen of Scots spent her last night in Scotland in 1568.
Ruined Abbey, very well kept and well worth the visit.
Long ride for Simon along a very fast A75 road with no cycle routes anywhere.
I took a longer route to Wigtown (town of books) then across to Port William and up the coast of Luce Bay to our next site at Glenluce.
Thanks to Irene Rankin of Glenluce Holiday Park, Glenluce, Wigtownshire, DG8 0QR Tel. 01581 300412 for not only giving us a free nights stay but also for being very friendly and helpful, lovely quiet site with a babbling brook running along the edge.
Thursday :
Drove from Glenluce for the short drive past Stranraer to our next site at Galloway Point Holiday Park,  Portpatrick 01776 810561 where we were fortunate enough to get a two day stay for half price (Thank you very much ) also one of the best toilet blocks we have had with piped music, very clean and very warm.
In the afternoon I walked Murphy through the Caravan Park to the coastal path leading to Portpatrick, what a view, Isle of Man to the left and Ireland to the right , beautiful calm sea with the sun reflecting off it.
Came across a ruined Castle right on the edge of the cliff and a disused railway line cut through the rocks, the cliff face is covered in Gorse in full colour a mass of Yellow.
We made our way over wooden bridges and down what must have been a hundred steps to the harbour.
Walked around the bay, stopped for an ice cream and a cup of tea before returning back up the steps and along the coastal path to the campsite.
Simon arrived had a shower, Dinner and settled down for a quiet evening.
Friday :
Spent the morning tidying the Camper, washing & drying 2 machine loads of washing and taking Murphy for a walk.
Simon & I made our way along the coastal path to Portpatrick, sat in the sun, had a good look around, had some superb Haddock & chips + cup of tea, did some shopping and made our way back to the campsite in the afternoon.
Lazy evening watching the snooker and finishing this blog.
Julie I thought you were going to ring me?
All for now

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Caerlaverock Castle
Me & Jim
Simon & Jim

Wednesday Morning 28th April

Hi all

Stopped at St. Bee's Sunday night, Monday morning Simon asked me to look out for Nat who is walking the coast of Britain starting at Portsmouth and finishing in December.
Sure enough as I was preparing to leave along came this man with a rucksack on his back, taking a chance I asked if he was Nat, It was so I took a photo, had a chat and he was on his way again.
Made my way towards Carlisle, made a few stops on the way reaching our campsite near Carlisle by 5.00.
Simon arrived at about 6.00 had a shower had dinner and watched a couple of episodes of The Office.
Arrived in Gretna, Scotland then drove along the coast stopping at Caerlaverock Castle, decided to join Historic Scotland as there are many places to visit while I am here.
Great old ruined Castle with a moat also dog friendly so Murphy had a good run around.
Arrived at our destination about about 4.00
We were kindly loaned a Holiday Cottage for the night by Jim & Gail Holland Craigshall Cottage Shore Road, Auchencairn DG7 1QY
Tel. 01558 640028
Well worth a stop if you are in the area.
Lovely cottage, bright and airy with wifi so I am able to do this blog fairly quickly.
Last evening Simon was asked to do a talk on his trip to a Rotary Club at Kirkcudbright.
Jim took us both as he is a member of Rotary in a neighbouring town(Simon will tell you more on his blog).
After drinks bought by one of the members we sat down to an evening meal paid for by Jim.
Various talks and presentations then Simon gave his talk which went down very well.
Back at the cottage Jim fetched a bottle of Single Malt Whiskey and we sat down for a good chat.
Among other things Jim writes Apps for the iphone so I  have downloaded a couple .
Hi to Chris Webb (hope you are keeping an eye on Clive)
Setting off now towards Stranraer.
All for now

Monday, 26 April 2010

Monday 26th April

First view of Scotland across the water from our campsite at Seacote Park, Beach Road, St. Bee's, Cumbria. 01946 822777
Thank you to the Owners of the site for a half price nights stay.
Stayed on the Isle of Walney Friday night until Sunday morning, did a few repairs in the camper + a good tidy up and a relaxing Saturday, plenty of walks + I did my first bike ride in years ( bit wobbly but soon got the hang of it) I think Simon struggled to keep up with me.
Could have done with a cushion on the leather seat but very enjoyable. in the evening we went to the clubhouse for a couple of drinks, in bed by 11.00.
I drove from Walney through Barrow towards St. Bee's stopping at Muncaster Castle & Gardens for a couple of hours, the Rhodedendrons ? and Azelias ? were in full bloom with masses of dafodils still in flower.
Interesting Castle and bird demonstration.
I have spent a lot of time on this trip looking for and buying stock for when I return , Secondhand/collectable shops, Antique shops, Markets & a couple of Boot sales, getting quite a collection with a lot sent home with my daughter last weekend.
On my way to Carlisle now
all for now

View from St. Bee's
View from Isle of Walney
Sand dunes at Ainsdale

Friday, 23 April 2010

Friday evening 23rd April

Wednesday late afternoon :
Took Murphy for a walk towards Ainsdale, after just over a mile saw some high dunes with a walkway through them, thinking it would lead to the sea we altered course and headed up then down then up then down soon realizing I had gone a too far to turn back.
Finally after what seemed ages and Murphy panting for a drink we arrived at Ainsdale beside Pontin's Holiday camp.
Found a tap on the wall , gave Murphy a long drink then back to the campsite, in all two & a quarter hours walking.
In the evening I drove into Liverpool City Centre for a look around. That was Wednesday over.
Thursday :
Bypassed Southport as I went there Wednesday, went to Preston, Stopped at Lytham St. Anne's then on to Blackpool.
Blackpool was worth seeing but when I pulled in on the promenade to have a good look around I was moved on by a Warden as Motorhomes are banned from the sea front with a £35 fine.
So no Harry Ramsdens Fish & Chips from Blackpool but on reflection did I want all that food cooked in animal fat .
Onto Fleetwood + all the towns to Lancaster finally reaching our destination The Sands Public House and Campsite. We treated ourselves to an evening meal which I will not say much about otherwise you may think all we do is eat and drink. ( The Gammon Ham was the best I have tasted  in Months).
Friday :
Drove through Morcambe to Carnforth around to Ulverston then Barrow-in-Furness keeping to the coast road, amazed at how big Morcambe Bay is.
Finally reaching our destination ( get your map out or Google earth) the southern tip of The Isle of Walney, which is somewhere I had never heard of, more of this place in my next blog.
Thanks to Eddy the Steelworker at Willowbank Caravan Park.
all for now

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Wednesday 21st April

Hi again
Tuesday :
Left Eccleston Tuesday morning and made my way towards Southport , did a shop and refuelled at Tesco's.
Arrived at Formby and stopped at the Sefton Natural Coast which is owned by the National Trust.
There are walks through the Pine Woodland where red squirrels live although I didn't spot any, further down is the coast with very high sand dunes.
Murphy & I walked up the dunes, when we reached the top there were more & more dunes I felt I was in the Sahara.(just kidding).
We then drove closer to Southport and came across a lovely campsite, very level, lots of hardstandings, very clean with a very clean toilet & shower block & quiet with a large area for exercising dogs.
We were made very welcome at the Willowbank Holiday Park, Coastal Road, Ainsdale, Southport, PP8 3ST Tel. 01704 571566.
I can really recommend this campsite if you are in this area.
A big thank you to the management for their generous 2 days for the price of 1.
Wednesday morning:
Took Murphy for his usual walk through the woods then I caught the bus into Southport, spent about 3 hours in the town and along the Prom walking right to the end of the Pier, I don't know how long it was but there is a Tram which travels the full length.
From the end of the Pier I could see Blackpool Tower and Lytham St. Annes although they were 4 miles away.
The tide was so far out that I couldn't see the sea but the tide comes in very fast.
Back at the site now reading my book in the sun.
all for now

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Tuesday 20th April

Hi Everyone
Saturday evening:
Harriet, Dean & I went to the Moby Dick public house for a well deserved carvery after the busy day in Liverpool (must say extremely good value for money).
Sunday :
Harriett & Dean left the campsite about 10.00 am as they had a 6 hour drive back to Devon.
I had a lazy day in the sun , cleaned the inside of the camper, that was Sunday.
Monday :
Left the campsite about 11.00 am, went to Bromborough and bought a little TV as I miss the News and Sport especially the football, haven't got a signal yet as the ariel in the camper is not very good so wil get that sorted soon.
Parked in the farmyard of Ailsa & Bernard Stockley at Howards Farm Eccleston, took Murphy for a long walk around the country lanes, in the evening I had a roast dinner with Ailsa & Bernard, watched my first tv in 5 weeks and had a good chat before retiring for the night.
all for now

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Saturday 17th April

Thursday evening :
Simon and I were invited to the Cromwells Restaurant at 19 Thingwall Road, Irby Village, Wirral, CH61 3UA | 0151 648 9898 by the owners Kay Featherstone and Kate Allinson as a treat on them.
We started with a large platter of Wedges, Deep fried Mushrooms, Bread & Butter, Onion rings,dips etc.
Followed by Sirloin Steak, Chips, New Potato's, Port & Stilton melt & various fresh Vegetables.
For sweet we had Cheshire Ice Cream .
Two bottles of Lager each then a cup of Coffee to finish the evening off all with the compliments of the management so a huge thank you to you both.
Simon has also been put onto their website and also twitter.
We stayed until 11.00 getting back to the campsite by taxi  at 11.30  which is the latest we have stayed up since we started.
Friday :
Moved from the Wirral Country Park to another campsite for 3 nights.
Simon went to Liverpool to have the weekend with his girlfriend Elsie who drove up from Dartmouth.
Harriett &  Dean drove up to stay with me on the campsite for the weekend.
We went for a long walk in the Wirral Country Park + along the edge of the River Dee.
Spent a lot of time lazing in the sun then walked to a local pub for an evening meal.
It was dark when we got back so off to bed we went.
Spent the whole day in Liverpool, very impressed, clean & tidy with so much to see especially the Docks and museums and all the old buildings, in reality at least a week is needed to see it all.
We are now sitting in the sun discussing where to go this evening.
Hi to Joanne & Steve, thanks for following.
All for now

Thursday, 15 April 2010


Barge made of Concrete when metal was scarce
A Barge
Living quarters in a Barge
Interior of a large Barge
Ship sailing from Ellsmere Port
Murphy on the Dee estuary
2 more pictures of the Dee
Railway Platform at the Wirral Country Park

Thursday 15th April

Hi again
The connection is still painfully slow but I will put what I can.
left the campsite and stopped at the Ellesmere Port Boat Museum.
Took Murphy with me as I wandered around the Barges and canals, went aboard some and saw the exhibition of Diesel engines.
Very interesting old cottages furnished as they would have been in the 50's.
Made our way up the Wirral and stopped at a campsite in Thurstaston, had an easy evening and watched a film.
Wednesday :
Had a day off, did a shop at Tesco's then drove to our next site about 2 miles from our last site, Wirral Country Park Caravan Club Site very near the coast.
Took Murphy for a long walk through the Wirral Country Park down to the edge of the river Dee.
Superb weather , long beach at the mouth of the Dee with views across to Wales with Flint immediately opposite.
Had a lazy evening sitting in the late sun, Simon took a photo of a brilliant Sunset which he hopes to put on his blog when we get a good connection.
Thursday :
Stayed at the same site today, Simon cycled to the lighthouses on the Wirral, I took Murphy for a long hike through the country park but in a different direction along the clifftop eventually finding a set of steps leading down to the estuary,Murphy went mad racing around on the sand.
Walked what seemed miles until we came across another set of steps which took us up to the Information centre, sat on a seat in the sun and was awoken half an hour later by my phone ringing.
This evening we have been invited to a Restaurant for a meal ( will let you know how we get on tomorrow).
Hi to Jane at Devon Motorhomes, Kingskerswell.
All for now

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Tuesday Photo's

Only 1 photo at the moment as the internet connection is so slow

Tuesday Morning

Hi All
Firstly thanks to the proprietor of Dinarth Hall campsite for giving us a free stay for the night.
Made my way from Llandudno along the coast stopping to give Murphy a long run on the beach at Rhyl. (never seen so many static caravans), brilliant sunshine.
Second stop was Prestatyn then down to Flint finally arriving at our next campsite : Chester Fairoaks a Caravan Club Site where we were made most welcome and without asking the offer of 2 nights stay free of charge so a big THANK YOU.
I must say that the people we have met so far have been extremely kind and helpful.
Had a day off Monday as Simon's bike is desperate for a service, it is booked in for Tuesday morning.
We went to Chester City, had a great time, town full of people all looking happy in the sunshine.
If you are ever in the area Chester is well worth a visit as it is one of the nicest shopping centres I have ever visited, so much to see , didn't get time to visit the museum or castle (will come back one day).
Our whole day was spent in Chester and on returning to our campsite we were both feeling a little hungry and what should be parked beside our camper was a mobile fish & chips shop.
It was there for 2 hours and we resisted for most of that time but in the end we gave in and bought some ( very tasty ).
Tuesday morning:
Simon has gone to have his bike serviced and I have still not got a place to stop tonight.

Hi to Chudleigh Bell Ringers, Brother Mike, Joan, Lee & Family, Samantha & Family also to Brother in law Len. and a big HI to Wendy & Rob of The Bishop Lacey pub in Chudleigh ( i miss your Bangers & Mash)
All for now

Sunday, 11 April 2010

More Photo,s

Kate, Ant and Simon at Llandudno

Sunday 2.30 pm

Hi Everyone
After taking Murphy for a long walk down some country lanes Simon & I caught the bus to Llandudno.
The town was bustling even more than Fridays visit, everything was open with crowds of people enjoying the warmth of the sun.
We split up as Simon was drawn to book shops where as I just wanted to have a good look around at everything.
Found an old Music Hall (with original plasterwork, Balcony with seats and curved boxes high up on each side) taken over by Wetherspoons.
Happened to walk in as a beer festival was in full swing, had a couple of pints of real ale at 90p per pint.
Walked along the prom and heard the unmistakable sound of a Punch & Judy (the children seemed to love it but the voices were a bit to much for me so I carried on walking soaking up the sun & fresh air).
I saw 2 cyclist 1 male 1 female with all their panniers attached to their bikes stopped just in front of me, I asked them were they were going " on a 2 week ride  to get used to our bikes before we go on a 2 year round the world trip".
I phoned Simon who came across and had a long talk with them both, they were exchanging hints & tips.
Simon & I went to Wetherspoons for a late lunch and returned to the campsite about 6.o clock , took Murphy for a walk and planned our next days journey.
Hi to Mandy and thanks for taking Murphy on all those walks
All for now

Friday, 9 April 2010

More Photo's

Our campsite at Holy Island, Blackthorn Farm.
Medals in the museum
Caernarfen Castle
Passageway in the castle

Friday evening 9th April

Hi all
Thursday :
Had a full Welsh Breakfast before setting off from Holy Island to Anglesey.
Made my way around the coast calling in at Cemaes, Amlwch and Benllech before stopping at Beaumaris for 4 hours.
Walked the promenade with Murphy, had a good look around the town but no entry to the Castle for dogs.
Took Murphy back to the camper and spent an hour or so looking around the ruined castle before meeting up with Simon for a pot of tea.
I made my way to a campsite in Bangor in a walled garden, only 1 other couple there so very peaceful.
Left Bangor, the sun was shining and the snow on the mountains was sparkling.
Stopped at Rhos-on-sea, Murphy had a great time racing up and down the sandy beach (got him tired out ).
Our final destination for today was at a campsite between Rhos-on-Sea and Llandudno parked on a level grass field with about 18 other campers & caravans.
I caught the bus into Llandudno and was pleasantly surprised by the long sweeping bay and very long pier, the whole place was buzzing with tourists with all the sounds and smells of a busy seaside town.
Simon is having a day of rest tomorrow so we are both going back to Llandudno in the morning.
all for now

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Wednesday 7th April 7.30 pm

Tuesday evening:
The weather cleared and after our evening meal I took Murphy for a long walk into Caernarfon, I walked to the castle, it was getting dark and all the lights around the base made it look magical.
I decided I had to see it in daylight so when Simon started his ride to Holyhead at 9.00 I walked to the Castle and spent a good 2 hours exploring all the passages, rooms, ramparts and turrets.
The highlight for me was the museum of the Welsh Fusiliers, charting their  history from the beginning to the present day.
The display was on three levels with cases of Medals, Pictures, Uniforms, Weapons and displays with atmospheric sound effects and music.
Back at the campsite I packed everything up and slowly drove across the wet grass (no problems).
Did a shop at Tesco's, refuelled and made my way to Holyhead, Anglesey, had a look around the town and waterfront.
Met Simon who still had the South Stack lighthouse to visit.
I managed to get a lovely campsite overlooking the water not far from the South Stack lighthouse called Blackthorn Farm near Holyhead.
Just watched a stunning sunset now it is time to settle down with my book before Murphy needs to go out again.
All for now

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

More Pictures

Top 3 pictures Portmeirion
The Foot & Cycle bridge at Barmouth
An old tree with toes


5 Pictures of Portmeirion
View of the Mountains

Tuesday 6th April 5.00 pm

Hi again
Left Aberystwyth Monday Morning and headed for Barmouth, wonderful drive through the mountains.
Stopped for lunch beside the river with mountains all around ( very peaceful)
Arrived in Barmouth mid afternoon, stopped at the Hendre Mynach Caravan Park, 20 minutes walk to Barmouth along the sea front.
After a long walk with Murphy we settled down for the evening, just finished the book Mortal Engines and have just started The Davinci Code.
Tuesday :
Saw Harlech Castle from the road but no where to park so made my way to Portmeirion village, Where "The Prisoner " with Patrick McGoohan was filmed in the 60's.
The village still looks the same as when the TV series was filmed, spent about 3 hours there.
Had a phone call from Simon to say he had reached Caernarfon and it had started raining so I booked a campsite, met him there and he has now gone for a shower.
Had to park on grass and the ground is very wet so it will be interesting in the morning when I drive off the field.
All for now

Sunday, 4 April 2010

more photo's
Aberystwyth sea front
3 views from the Constitution hill

Easter Sunday Evening

Hi All
Camped at Aberystwyth Holiday Village for the weekend, gave the camper a spring clean & tidy up.
Simon cycled from Cardigan to Aberystwyth on Saturday after a puncture and brake failure arriving about 5.o clock, after he showered & changed we made our way down to the town center.
Very impressed, lovely old buildings, Remains of a castle, University and the old college also a long promenade and beach.
Had a good look around and took several photo's before making our way to an Indian Restaurant for a well deserved meal.
Sunday :
After an extra couple of hours in bed we had breakfast and I took Murphy down to the town as I wanted to go up to Constitution Hill on the Aberystwyth Cliff Railway. The longest electric cliff railway in Britain, Superb Views along the coastline to the mountains of Snowdonia.
Lazy evening charting our next 4 campsites.
This evening Simon has a radio interview on Radio Devon and maybe Radio Bristol.
Thank you to the Management of the Aberystwyth Holiday Village for their reduced site fees for the three days.
All for now

Friday, 2 April 2010

Some more Pictures

Me at Tenby
Calwell Castle??
Caerfai Bay
St. Davids Cathedral