This is now the third week of our UK adventure, and we are really enjoying it. This week’s mix has been two Campsites and a CL site. Each has offered us new perspectives on what motorhoming is like in the UK.
We have sort of got back into a rhythm and are meeting up with friends old and new as we travel. At East Fleet we were lucky to meet some people who have followed our adventures for a long time, and it is so lovely that people took the time to come over and chat about our trip and their own adventures. We shared a few drinks outside watching a glorious sunset behind the van and all was right in the world.
The sunset blazes behind Buster
We moved on to the Golden Cap Holiday Park, which is on the foot of the famous high point on the south coast. We took another bite of the South West Coastal Path, clocking up some miles in the process, plus the weather held out and we were able to make the climb to the top in sunshine. It was one of the toughest climbs we have made on the trip. But it was worth it, the views to Lyme Regis and all the way to Portland were sublime… even if we were completely knackered!
Is that the way?
West Bay and Portland in the distance
Did I mention we were knackered?! Karen’s Smile is Fake News
Made it! Highest point on the south coast of England
The view back to Lyme Regis, but one day this hill will be in the sea.
The next day we set off in the other direction and headed into West Bay of Broadchurch fame. There were more miles to cover and hills to get over – but as it was bit cloudy and a bit cooler, we seemed to have an easier run into the town. Karen found another crab sandwich from a place called Sammii G’s - now crowned the Number 1 Crab sandwich in the UK so far. The local seagulls were a danger. We saw a couple of people lose their ice creams, so be aware, Dorset seagulls are smart and fast!
Karen surveying the view back as we head to West Bay
Locals seem happy to see us
West Bay Harbour – a dull day but lovely
The Sammii G Crab sandwich – fantastic!
On the other hand some locals look evil!
Dorset has been so much fun and incredibly beautiful.
Compared to our time in Europe, England is expensive and we have had to make some changes to our ‘routine’. For those of you who have followed us from the start, you will know we like to eat out quite a bit! But we can’t do this as much as we did in Europe. Now we are looking to eat out once or twice a week going forward, but this has not proved that much of an issue, as Karen has a large repertoire of fantastic recipes that really work and are very tasty. Plus, we can get the spices and ingredients we like at reasonable prices, allowing us to make some of our favourite dishes at home, in the ‘van.
We really enjoyed the Dorset coast and now the weather has turned sullen and grey just as we have the pleasure of meeting up with Katherine and James and their two dogs Oscar and Corrie, who we spent the first lockdown with, in Turkey. It is amazing how time flies, the last time we saw them was last June in Serbia when we split up, finally taking different directions after having spent 16 weeks together during lockdown in Turkey.
Katherine, James and Karen as we depart Turkey last June 2020
Meeting up at Langlands Farm Caravan and Motorhome CL near Glastonbury, we have enjoyed each other’s company and reminisced about the past year. The local pub, the King William, provided our first meal and good value and tasty it was too.
Let’s get the Vans back together again
Oscar says hello
Though grey, the weather held out while we visited Glastonbury and it really lived up to its quirky reputation, with magic, spiritual and Tarot reading shops all around. There were many people around that dressed accordingly, so it was fun, and we had a pint in the oldest mediaeval hotel in England, joy!
A wall in the carpark of Glastonbury
Some of the shopping
For those of you that want the ley lines
Oh no, another mountain to climb - The legendary Tor
Now for that pint! Glastonbury was fun.
Today, it was off to Wells, England’s smallest City. Again, the weather held off we were able to look around and take in this extraordinary city.
Wells Cathedral is gorgeous
Oldest working clock in England
Some of the locals in Wells
It is so pretty in Wells
The Bishops Palace in Wells… but £15 per person to enter??????? That’s a no.
When in Turkey, Katherine cooked many a fantastic meal for us, and back in the UK she excelled yet again last night, with a lovely pate to start, then salmon steaks with vegetables and a lovely cheese board to finish, all served with aplomb. Today is our turn to reciprocate and while I type this blog entry, Karen is preparing a feast for us all. Balsamic Beef Stew, Jersey Royals, and carrots, dessert will be summer fruits with thick double cream. I think it will be fantastic.
Corrie trying to help cook dinner
The result was superb
Hopefully, the weather will hold out for our last day tomorrow and we will continue to explore some of the sights of Somerset. But most importantly tomorrow, the 21st, will be the 19th anniversary of our first date together. They have been fun filled years and we have seen and done so many things together - and I look forward to seeing and doing more with her. So, a big thank you to Karen, for putting up with me for 19 years!
Karen Puts her feet up.