Donkey Creek Farm

With Lancashire being moved into Tier 3 we decided to follow the advice of not leaving our area and so cancelled our booking for the Lake District and managed to get on a site 15 miles from home at Freckleton

Donkey creek farm is a small well maintained site. There’s a timber building that houses the reception and other amenities you’d expect on a site but we didn’t use them.

All the pitches are fully services and there is complimentary WiFi. At just over £30 a night it is a little pricey but you can see that money has been spent to make it a lovely site.There’s also an enclosed dog walk area.

A short walk away is the village we a number of eateries. We booked for The Ship Inn as it was closest to the site. The food was excellent.

Pan fried Sea bass

Also nearby is the Warton airbase. We didn’t see any jets though.

A short drive away is the coastal resorts of Lytham and St Anne’s. There great MH parking and you can overnight. The beach is ideal for your 4 legged friend too.

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Blackpool

Parking for the illumination or the fireworks.

We visited with friend last year and somehow I missed a write up. We used the car park just off Seasiders way close to the tower.

Motorhomes were able to overnight for a fee. (I think it was £12 )

There were a few vans there for the night, the road was quite although we did have someone toot their horn in the night. Quite handy is the premier inn down the road

https://www.blackpool.gov.uk/Residents/Parking-roads-and-transport/Parking/Car-parks/Seasiders-Way-car-park.aspx

The ship inn at Sandside (LA7 7HW)

With good weather forecast and an imminent lockdown looming we decided to escape whilst we could.

A quick look on Campercontact and it was decided on a pub stop not too far away for Saturday night. ( sorry due to the update on Campercontact I can’t share the stop details) I rang ahead as this was the suggestion given and now I know why…. what a beautiful little spot.

The ship Inn near Milnthorpe

We spent a few hours outside drinking and chatting to the other MH owners, there were 3 of us on for the night but the pub does allow 5.

Our meal in the pub was “ good pub grub” we didn’t have room for dessert sadly.

If you do get to visit The ship, be sure to catch the sunset over the estuary across towards the Cumbrian Fells.

The pub staff were really friendly and welcoming. It’s a stop we’d recommend and use again.

Floods and Clyde valley caravan park

After arriving home from the continent at the beginning of August, we thought we‘d done well to book a site for the bank holiday weekend,to catch up with our son before his last year at Uni started.

But nothing is that easy, shortly before we are to set off the site rang to say it was flooded after the recent storm Francis.

A frantic half hour passed with me ringing sites to see if they had a space pitch or two ….. yes I know, at August bank holiday, they are like gold dust.

Finally I got a yes, from Clyde valley caravan park near Lanark .Quickly texting Lukas with the new site details we set off. If he wasn’t in a tent we’d have wild camped somewhere as that’s never a problem in Scotland.

The site itself is predominantly permanent mobile homes. There were a few campers and we did have hook up but no facilities were open due to Covid 19 (which didn’t bother us)

From the site we visited Troon on the coast, it was about an hours drive away. It was busy but still plenty of space for the dogs to have a run on the beach

The following day we went to the local Loch at Lanark, it was a pleasant day to walk around the loch and we enjoyed a nice meal at the Inn.

Lanark loch

Wild camping is allowed at the loch.

I have found this camper site on CamperContact: Parking Lanark Loch

http://lanark.co.uk/things-do/stay/clyde-valley-caravan-park

Chateau Gandspette

Our last few nights were spent at Chateau Gandspette, a site we’ve used before. We also saw a vet close to here that the site organised for us.

It’s a great site with a pool( we didn’t use it this time) and due to Covid restrictions the smaller one was closed and no sun lounger were available. You could however take your own chair.

A visit to the vets for our passport check

On site is a busy restaurant. We enjoyed our meal and there are a couple of local dishes on the menu.

The restaurant

A short drive away is The blockhouse, you could even walk there from the site. It’s about an hour to walk around it and English translations are available of the information given. It was more interesting than we thought.

The Blockhouse at Eperlecques

The cooler temperatures in the block house were a very welcome break from the heat.

http://www.leblockhaus.com/en/

https://www.chateau-gandspette.com/

Camping Sihlwald

We had nowhere booked for our next stop and passing by the beautiful Walensee we were ready to stop, unfortunately the one place on the lake ( Murg)was full. No surprise as it was lovely.

We continued on to Camping Sihlwald, a find on Campercontact.

The site is in the woods by a river.

It’s a basic site with a small kiosk but was perfect for a couple of nights. The local town was a 10 minute bike ride away.

The only problem was the flies

Within the woods there are plenty of spots for swimming and natural fire pits litter the banks.

The river was warm enough to swim in with our dogs
One of the many fire pits

I have found this camper site on CamperContact: Camping Sihlwald

Spital caravan park,Kendal

After being home for a week and with the sun still shining,we were ready to get out in the van again.

We we’re meeting g up with friends and did think about the Cricket club at Kendal. However, a match was on so we couldn’t get on the car park until after 6pm

Our friends were already in Kendal and found Spital caravan park by chance.

Speaking to the owners they managed to arrange for us to use the rally field for £10 a night as all the hard stand pitches were occupied.

The site doesn’t have a toilet block but that’s no issue for us in a motorhome. There is water, elsan and refuge facilities.

Kendal is a 15 minute walk away and opposite the site is a retail park with a couple of supermarkets

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Epernay

We had this area recommended and as we wanted a weekend here we booked the municipal site on the river Marne.

The site in its self is good and busy, being full the whole time we were there. Pitch sizes were good.

Water taps were a plenty but with non to fit the hosepipe to fill the water tank other than the service point one.

We used the restaurant on site which was a little chaotic. We’d booked a table in the afternoon and was told it would be busy and given a menu. On arriving for our meal we were seated at a small table really for 2 , there were 3 of us.After 20 minutes we asked if we could order some drinks. Something was said in French, possibly about there being others here first.

We did eventually order our meal from the menu and another family were seated near us who were given an alternative menu.

The meal came and was good, I thought the wine expensive though at €16.50 a bottle.

The area is great for visiting the champagne houses of the region or a walk along avenue de Champagne

Boizel was our favourite

We also enjoy a menu dejeurner on the avenue, great meal again on the terrace of one of the houses on the Avenue.

We did also visit one of the smaller champagne makers in the area but he still had 15000 bottles of Champagne Poirot in his cellar. This was organised through the campsite and we were collected and returned by minibus.

All in all, we’d recommend a visit to the area, we’re not big champagne drinkers but still enjoyed it.

The site was very convenient for our dogs as there was space for them to have a run and a swim

But in a honesty, we’d probably find somewhere else to stay.

Colmar

Colmar is another beautiful town in the Alsace region. Plenty of wine to be quaffed here

Wanting to be close to the city we booked the city camp a day before our arrival.Its not cheap €94 for 2 nights and we really aren’t a fan of the Huttopia group.🤑

The pitches are tightly packed together, we had to take our bikes off to fit on the pitch and our awning reached to the edge too.

I was quite sure we’d asked for a river side pitch but whenever you questions anything you just get “fully booked” as the reply.

The site had measures in place for Covid. The small pool only allowing 90 people in at a time. This did not reassure us at all though nor a German couple we got chatting too.

Colmar centre is a short bike ride away with very good cycle routes in.

Colmar and the Alsace area is certainly worth the trip but I think next time we’d stop at either the marina in Colmar or the aire at Eguisheim

Eguisheim

Our journey to Colmar took us near to Eguisheim so we of course took a little detour.

The parking for the MH was easy with a separate area as an aire. EHU and waste dump are available. (68420)

Aire at Eguisheim

We had a little wander through the beautiful streets reaching the fountain in the centre and sure enough we got our first site of the storks.

We found a little spot to enjoy the view and to have some lunch accompanied by some local Alsace Muscat wine

€50 for the 3 of us to have lunch 👍🏻

This is a aire we’d use again for sure.

Discover the village of Eguisheim in Alsace

I have found this camper site on CamperContact: Parking Eguisheim