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8 May to 15 May, 2017: Hillhead, Devon
The start of this season sees us going West to Hillhead located between Brixham and Dartmouth. The journey to Hillhead was reasonably pleasant with not too much traffic, and we stopped for lunch at A35 Pit Stop' Kilmington Cross, Kilmington. The site was very quiet but yet still provided very good food at the restaurant. Talking of restaurants we found a superb place on the quay at Brixham called Beamers.
On the other hand we went to Paignton which we found 'tired' looking. A day out to Dartmouth, which we did on the bus (using our bus passes for the first time) was very pleasurable. We meandered round and had lunch at our favourite spot 'Cafe Alf Resco' which we had frequently visited on our visits to Dartmouth by yacht.
We visited a wonderful National Trust site called Coleton Fishacre, a really pleasant day looking over the gardens and see views.
Our stay at Hillhead was restful and just what we wanted before moving on to Lydford.
15 to 19 May, 2017: Lydford Gorge
We made the relatively short journey from Hillhead to Lydford across Dartmoor. The weather turned out to be a little 'murky' across the moor with visibility down to about 25 metres. The weather over our stay here wasn't that good with lots of rain, however, it didn't stop us doing stuff.
4 to 8 July, 2017: Bow Hill Farm, West Sussex
Ah! so peaceful and a view to be remembered of the Solent as far as the eye can see. This Caravan Club site sits high up above Chichester, looking over Portsmouth and down the Solent towards the Needles. There are many good walks and the South Downs Way is one of note and the area has many pubs providing good food.
8 July, 2017: Fairthorne Manor
The family had a get together here to celebrate a birthday. We had an enjoyable time eating, drinking and sitting around a camp fire, whilst the kids built a raft and took to the pond. Quite an expensive place to stay especially considering that there was no hook-up electricity and hard standings. However, the site provided adequate services and the children's activities were well supervised.
21 to 25 August, 2017: Bransgore, New Forest
We've been here before but it is fairly local to us and a restful place to stay for a couple of days. We managed to find a couple of nice places to eat and thoroughly enjoyed a meal at The Lamb and The Carpenters Arms.
6 to 7 September, 2017: Cambridge Caravan Club
The Caravan Club site is situated in an old quarry which over the years has got a covering of trees. We stayed because it was a convenient stopover on our way to Sandringham. One nice thing was the pleasant short walk to the local restaurant in The Robin Hood pub.
7 to 10 September, 2017: Sandringham
A short journey and stop for a coffee and we arrived at the Sandringham Caravan Club site. Situated in a lovely forest setting with excellent facilities. We were very impressed with our visit to the Queens residence at Sandringham. We had a quick lunch in the busy visitors centre which was just the job then we wandered over to the house and gardens. We also paid a quick visit to Kings Lynn to get Christine a replacement windscreen wiper for her car.
Our plans included visiting Nelsons' birthplace at Burnham Thorpe and to travel along the coast. Burnham Thorpe was a quiet village and it took us a little while to get to All Saints Church where Nelsons father was the vicar. We also found the site of the house where Nelson was borne and noted the bronze plaque - not a great way to commemorate such a great man. Going along the coast took us to Sheringham, Blakeny, Wells Next The Sea and then lunch in a pub at Brancaster. All in all, our trip to Sandringham was very good and we would certainly recommend it to anyone.
10 to 15 September, 2017: Norfolk Broads
The caravan site is just 100 metres along the road from Ludham Bridge and was quite full. We meandered along the road a short distance to the Dog Inn for dinner which was nice after a long day. After a good nights sleep we decided to have breakfast at The Wayfarers cafe at Ludham Bridge which was an excellent decision, - smashing choice. Nearby there is an ancient abbey, St Benets, so we walked along the river Ant and Bure to the abbey. There wasn't a great deal to see, just some ruins as the old bishop had sold off some of the abbey stone - naughty! The abbey was in the middle of a field which initially had a herd of cows in the distant corner some 200 metres away, however, as we walked back to the gate with Ben on his lead there was the sound of charging cows behind - they looked as though they meant business so we quickened our pace, but they were catching us up! Christine quickly released Ben from his lead and shouted for him to run, which he did, closely followed by the herd of some twenty cows. Ben smartly got under the fence and the cows stood there just looking. We now spotted that there was also a big bull coming our way fast! He turned out not to be as aggressive as the cows and just snorted and kept his distance. Well, we left the site but then started looking for Ben who had run toward the river bank. He must have remembered our sailing days because we found he had jumped on board a families boat moored alongside. What an exciting walk that was!
Our next trip was to visit the RAF Air Defence Radar Museum at Neatishead. Well worth visiting and the guides gave an excellent presentation on how it operated.
Norwich Castle was the next place we visited. Very impressive and well presented, there was even an exhibition celebrating the life of Nelson. A place well worth the time to visit.
Whilst here in Norfolk we took the opportunity to drive along the east coast taking in the Horsey Windpump and a number of coastal spots along the coast.
Our drama of the holiday came when reading an article about the number of drivers caught out the government not issuing notification for vehicle MoT's. I checked with the dealer who sold us our motorhome and to my horror found that the MoT expired on the first of the month! I immediately made a few enquiries and eventually managed to book the vehicle in for two-o-clock later in the day. This meant that we could end up arriving at the Grafham Water Caravan Club site after 18:00 so I contacted them to let them know. As it turned out the MoT went to plan and we set off at 14:45.
15 to 18 September, 2017: Grafham Water
The journey from The Broads to Grafham Water was horrendous and took us almost four hours because of a number of incidents on the roads. We arrived in the rain and were a little worried that the grass pitch might cause us some issues so we gingerly parked up without incident and had a cup of tea - Arh luverly! We stopped here just to chill out with no visits planned, just finding places to eat. Our first find was an indian restaurant just a couple of minutes round the corner from the site. It was called 'Cinnamon' and we managed to reserve a table on our first visit. The meal was superb as was the service and we noticed the thriving takeaway business they had. Anyway we actually had their takeaway the next evening. Sunday took us to the opposite side of the lake for a roast lunch at The Wheatsheaf which was packed out but a very good choice. A great finale to our holiday.
18 September, 2017: Home
The journey from Grafham Water was smooth and without any problems. We managed to do all the things planned and a couple more. Together with the excitement of being chased by cows and the shock of needing an urgent MoT we really had a good time. We would certainly revisit Sandringham House and the camp site there where we stayed.