Well, that was… Erm… Memorable. Yes, we’ll not be forgetting this trip in a hurry! There were many good points, but I think the universe has told us in no uncertain terms, that camper vanning is not for us!
Firstly, an over 6ft husband who doesn’t like confined spaces (not claustrophobic, but he doesn’t do well cooped up), should have clued me in to this eventually failing. I really enjoyed the van and the kids thought it was really exciting. But Daddy had other views. And I think Pip probably isn’t one for being cooped up either!
We did, however, manage to make it to the North East and camped in he national park near Kielder. The Stars were amazing and the facilities and staff at Bellingham Camping and Caravaning Club were great.
We then headed towards Newcastle to make use of the 4G to replan our next move due to the incoming storms and severe weather warnings for Scotland, our initial destination. After spending our first night on our drive, pretty much under the only patch of weather warning, we figured we’d avoid any more!
We decided to head south after a stop for food and a visit to the Angel of the North.
We ended up in Bridlington, a favourite of mine when growing up in Yorkshire. However, we arrived at night and only the security guard was there and had no idea of our earlier booking. He then took the best part of an hour to sort us out. *sigh* But alas, we finally got to pitch and sleep.
The next day we headed to The Deep in Hull, which was AWESOME! So awesome I will do a separate blog for that at some point. I think this was the highlight of the trip for us all. It’s only about 30 mins from my Aunties though, so not somewhere we’d need to be on holiday for.
But that evening I made a bad choice…
My Aunt was away so we decided to ‘wild camp’ in a car park in nearby woodland. Which would have been fine if said car park didn’t have other uses at night time. In the day people walk their dogs… At night I think a similarly named activity occurs! We heard cars coming and going (pun unintended), but fortunately didn’t get a knock on the door!
And then it got worse. We awoke the next morning to a flat tyre. We tried to change it but it was properly stuck. Even when hubby jumped up and down on the crank!
So we got someone out who changed it. But then they also said that both back tyres and spare were too worn (we really should have noticed this!). After a trip to a garage in Scunthorpe they deemed it unsafe due to wear on the brake disks and pads. So, eventually, after 8 hours stuck in Scunthorpe, we got towed back home to Cumbria. Which Pip loved! So that was possibly his favourite bit! (We have got all our money back for the hire!)
In conclusion we have decided that a camper van is not for us. Even if we’d not had the issues with vehicle, our decision would have been the same. We’re just gutted we didn’t get to carry on our adventure and visit relatives down south 😦
Here’s some General campervan adventure piccies…
We’ll now be looking at other options for our 5 weeks round Europe next summer!