After a fun filled 20 days of adventure, we pulled into the Lands End car park with a mixture of happiness and sadness. Happy that we had managed to both enjoy and finish such a special journey that mixed great scenery with opportunities to share it with families and friends. But also some sadness that we are now moving to adventures further afield, after falling in love again with the unique British landscapes that we have seen.
Highlights have included the iconic start and finishes for the journey, the remoteness of the western isles of Scotland. The variety of historical sites such as those at Culloden Moor and Hadrian’s Wall have been in direct contrast to the vibrancy of Edinburgh or even Sandbanks. We’ve enjoyed the outdoors, walking one deserted beaches in Scotland, bike rides in the Cairngorms or even snowboarding at Glencoe. But sometimes the tranquility of smaller sites has been equally special including visits to Loch Ness, the Scottish Borders or Burghley House in Stamford.
With over 1375 miles completed in just over 39hrs of driving… it’s been a short, sharp reminder of what a special place Britain is… (and we didn’t even make it across to Ireland!)
But thoughts now turn to the next leg of our adventure after the Caravan / Motorhome Show at the NEC Birmingham on the 23rd February…. Italy, Germany and perhaps Slovenia await…. the planning starts now!
I'd love to blame the complete lack of usable wifi or even 3g service to fire up the Huawei black box! But I'm afraid that would be stretching the truth a little... it has been an area of appalling coverage but its more down to being rushed off our feet for the past 3 days!!!
Its been great to grab a chance to spend some time with the girls and grandparents at an activity place in Okehampton (use google to find it, theres only one). With Italy and Germany looming large it has been great to spend some quality family time together...
But it importantly gave the girls a chance to spend some time on their craft namely DT/woodwork/silk painting/glass engraving/enamelling/jewellery making.... the list goes on!!! That have loved working with a variety of techniques and materials and it has made a big difference to both girls....
They have also had the opportunity to try archery, pistol shooting, laser clay shooting, air rifles, swimming lessons, adventure golf, snooker, motorised climbing walls to name just a few!!!
So you can see just how busy it has been....
Well, sadly this part has just finished but it gave us a chance to enjoy a further trip southwards as we headed to Truro and the Carnon Downs Caravan Park.... top site and well worth visit!!!
So Lands End tomorrow awaits and then back to visit that fantastic city of Exeter, before heading to North Hampshire and then onto London to hopefully see Buckingham Palace!!!
(just to clarify, we're not starting Lands End to John O'Groats!!! but its going to feel like it before we reach the NEC and the Motorhome and Caravan Show 2016!!!!!)
Brilliant day in and around some of the beautiful landscapes of Dorset.... what a special place to live and surely well worth a further visit...
Corfe Castle was a picture of brooding menace as we arrived in the wind and rain, but as in Enid Blyton's books, the sun soon came out and it became a wonderfully evocative place. Both girls love the Famous Five and to visit the place that Kirrin Island was based on was perfect!! Once the battlements were climbed and the views admired, the number of new storylines were well and truly flowing from both girls as they completed the National Trust quiz and gained a nice wristband to remember their trip by...
So after a spot of lunch in the van, we headed across to Lulworth Cove and a great walk across the cliff tops. With Louisa/Alex & Maggie on board, we had a wonderful day and the view of Lulworth at the end of the day was a special treat... add in some beach fun for Maggie (their dog) and then an evening in the Lulworth car park playing all manner of board games whilst sipping hot chocolate... Brilliant memories and a real highlight of the trip!!!!
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