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Old 04-10-2018, 03:26 PM   #1
limey
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Out and about with my Fanny 2018

So we are attempting our first Grand Tour with Fanny. The itinerary is Arran, Cumbria, Dorset, Cotswolds, Cumbria, Arran, taking just over a week.
Previously our trips have been to a specific location with stops en route as required by driving time/distance.
This trip was rather compromised by the fact that the new gas cooker we had fitted last June has developed a leak and the replacement (under warranty) did not arrive before we set off. Nor did the substitute electrical gadgets I ordered in a last minute panic.
First stop, Shap, Cumbria (you Yanksíll have to get the gazetteer out!). As Iíd been a little late in booking the ferry we left later than Iíd hoped, and arrived at our chosen (small) campsite at 9.30pm. After dark. And no-one was home. So we just drove into the most likely looking field in the dark, located an electric hook-up point using our head torches and began to setup. Site owners came home about 10 minutes later and came over to welcome us.
This sort of site is my favourite: space for 5 or so caravans or RVs, or 10 tents. Electric hook-up, shower and loos available but not much else. A spare field on a farm or by a rural house.
We left by 8.30 next morning, and paused for an excellent cooked breakfast at the best service station in the UK (ask anyone), Tebay. Also picked up a top notch dinner to reheat later.
Second stop, Sixpenny Handley, Dorset. A larger, more commercial site with a number of holiday statics (small by US standards) and spaces for tourers and tents. Could have perhaps 100 pitches or so. Not busy at all. Slightly laissez faire site owner. Local pub totally deserted, local bar in recreation centre (sports club) bursting with customers and merriment. Excellent beer.
Iím coping with the catering handicaps by using a low voltage oven thingy and this heated our Thai green chicken curry dinner a treat! We stayed at this site for three nights. The two full days were spent at a wedding, and visiting a friend in hospital.
Stop 3, the Cotswolds. Both Dorset and the Cotswolds are renowned tourist areas in the UK. I know Dorset quote well, but the Cotswolds are new to me, so itís nice to get a chance to poke about a little in a new area.
Weíre here for a couple of nights.


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