Travelled : 174 kilometres from Lynmouth to Wardour, Somerset.
Visited : Old Wardour Castle, free with English Heritage Membership
Stayed : Old Wardour Castle, (free) just out of the carpark under some trees. No services but we didn’t need any. (Monday 18th) N51.03762 W02.08849
After an excellent nights free camping on the moors (Exmoor National Park) it was time to hit the road with some commitment. We have a train to catch on Wednesday afternoon in Folkstone and that’s on the other side of England. So we start to head east into Somerset on the A30, it’s an easy drive a bit narrow on occasions but that’s not a problem at a leisurely pace. By mid-afternoon we are thinking about a spot for the night. East of Shaftsbury, we see a turn for Old Wardour Castle and drive on. A mile further along we see another sign for the castle and I have one of those feeling, so we turn for the Castle.
We purchased an English Heritage, Overseas Visitors Pass a Corfe Castle a couple of weeks and stayed the night there for free, so maybe we can get lucky…
Travelled : 136 kilometres from Wardour to Slindon, West Sussex
Visited : Just a day on the road
Stayed : Camping and Caravan site, Slindon. £16.50 with electricity. Wifi extra but we have our own. (Tuesday 19th) N50.86822 W0.64181
In the morning we wake to Old Wardour Castle through the front windscreen. A can hear these snorting and snuffling sounds, it’s an English Bulldog being dragged up the path. I think the old bulldog would rather stop and have a chat. An hour later we have had breakfast and preparing to depart as the Castle staff arrive and give us a wave. We are planning to meet the guy who installed our alarm system later today, near Chichester.
We detour slightly and stop in Salisbury for an hour. We drop of 2 weeks of laundry, make ourselves a coffee and wait for it to be ready. Salisbury is a beautiful city with a magnificent Cathedral but we visited a few years ago and we now have a huge pile of washing to deal with.
Travelled : 244 kilometres from Slindon, West Sussex to Montreuil-sur-Mur, France.
Visited : Just another day on the road and Chunnel Transit £106
Stayed : Aire Communal Montreuil-sur-Mur, free but water and electricity €2 (Wednesday 20th) N50.45951 E01.75928
We have had a busy evening and morning, it’s the first time we have been hooked up to electricity for almost 2 weeks. So we busily charge up this and that, then in the morning give the Hymer a thorough vacuum and clean. It’s been a very warm night, so we’ve had the fan blowing all night. But the washing all dry and folded away and the Hymer is looking neat and tidy as we drive out the gate.
Our day is spent driving East on the A27, it’s a much busier road and as the day passes the traffic gets worse. We do a final UK shop in Hastings and buy a BBQ chicken as it will be a late by the time we stop. Anyway we battle on and arrive at Folkstone an our before our Chunnel departure.