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2021

Countries/territories visited: .pt, .es, .fr, .ch, england, scotland

The year begins as usual every other year in Portugal, in theAlgarve. This year the weather is not as good, very cold during the night, but warm if and when the sun arrives.

Imortal Football Club Aire

Large ex-field populated with about 90 European motorhomes. All services, though an upgrade would make a lot of sense.

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Another time-absorber

Not the temperatures we bargained for...

11-JAN - we move to another site nearer the coast.

Figueira Aire

Friendly people. Some hippies with wood stoves and dreadlocks, but all calm.

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with a really nice, small isolated beach, sand and waves of glass-clear water.

Nice walk.

The mornings are cool

A walk in the hills.

 

Then over the hills to see a mehnir and the bay

And here's why I am moving towards becoming a vegetarian.

Then after 4 weeks it's back to Albufeira, not because of the weather. We have grey and rain.

Imortal Football Club Aire

Large ex-field populated with about 90 European motorhomes. All services, though an upgrade would make a lot of sense.

37.09877 -08.24270

 

Walks, shopping, the TV system breaks and gets repaired. My teeth get done too.

22-FEB - and we start the trip back to Prison Island with a Covid test in Faro, some shopping and a stay (until the test results come in) in Tavira Motorhome Park.

Tavira Motorhome Park

Large ex-field populated with about 90 European motorhomes. All services, though an upgrade would make a lot of sense.

37.13290 -07.63157

Local salt production. I do wonder how much plastic this stuff now contains.

23-FEB - and it's time to leave Portugal. We are stopped at the border - a consequence of Covid and drive into

Spain

A long drive to Sevilla and then, this time towards the north on the E-803 and we find a place to stay at Aljucen for the night

Aljucen Aire

Above a small village. Thank you to the locals for this quiet official aire just off the main motorway. Water and trash

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The drive northwards means stops at

Simancas Aire

An offical aire built by the locals 6 places, water and trash

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and back again to

Cabaceno Nature Park

Just a carpark above a small village. Thank you to the locals for this quiet place just off the main motorway.

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We then take the fast roads in the hills to the east with a stop to get a PCR test at Zarautz, arranged by the man at the campsite.

Zarautz Campsite

Spectacular site high above the town. Great walks (a few steps, haha) and all facilities

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And of course the mandatory video on the beach.

28-FEB - We leave in the morning and head to

France

where there are no controls at the border. After some shopping and a long drive on minor roads we end beside a lake.

Azur Aire

A scruffy site, but very quiet. Good Wifi as well as water and electricity

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Then more small roads to the next stop beside the ocean and that unending beach.

St. Julien Aire

Run by the local community under trees. No Wifi.

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After a very early walk on the beach again, still with crashing waves we head northwards. But, not finding a nice place for the night before Archachon we bypass Bordeaux and end up in a Camping-car Park in Libourne.

Libourne Aire

The usual, high standard. Water, Wifi and leckie.

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We walk around the rowing lake in the morning and then another hop for a night beside a lake.

Lac du St. Pardoux Aire

Quiet, no services (off season).

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And then a long drive on the N145 and the N79 - which is still getting massive surgery to the next overnight place... A new place.

Saint-Trivier-de-Courtes Aire

Wifi, water, leckie at the Camping-Car Park

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The town had a brickworks

with which they built a few places.

Then we spend a few days at Zoa's breeder a good man and friend. To be conformant with Covid rules we need to spend 10 days in Frans Comte if we want to get to Zurich.

Then we rest up for walks in a village aire

Bucey-les-Gy Aire

Water (in/out) and leckie, next to a shop and bakery.

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11-MAR - we head on to L'Etang Joli to see friends and walk in the woods.

Today Ronald Tschalär left us, after a long time with lung cancer. He helped me so much in the 1990s. A gentle soul with his heart in the right place alongside his politics. I miss him.

18-MAR - we leave and drive to Basel and into

Switzerland

We stay at the campsite and chat with my sons and other familly and friends.

Zurich Campsite

All services, beside the lake and just within the city bounderies (Single ticket for public transport).

48.35217 05.69816

25-MAR - After getting a -ve PCR test for me and the necessary treatment for Zoa we then leave and head back into

France

which means a dash across country stopping at Charmes which is nice and quiet.

Charmes Aire

Municipal facility with fresh water and electric. Beside the canal next to the Moselle.

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then on the main roads back to Sangatte for the night

Sangatte Parking

Public carpark now being updated with some services.

50.94081 01.74156

View of La Manche

26-MAR - before the chunnel

England

and some shopping to prepare for isolation for 10 days, but first a night in the wind.

Southbourne Beach Road

No services

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Then a dash to glorious Devon.

and walks without people.

Then a few weeks in Totnes

Before it's off again around the country. First Exmouth

Exmouth Parking

Behind the beach, huge marked out slots especially for motorhomes.

50.61267 03.39927

Then Abbotsbury

Abbotsbury Parking

Water in the Church Yard and public toilets not far away in the back Street.

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Before Portland

Portland Cliff Parking

Lovely view of Chesil Beach

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Durdle Door

and Lulworth Cove.

And then a few days in and around Corfe Castle.

Corfe Castle Campsite

Not far from the village. Great for walks.

50.63712 02.07249

 

Devizes awaits with one night in a carpark which used to be where the railway station came through.

Devizes Station Carpark

Very close to the town, £4.50 for 24 hours, no services.

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A convemient laundrette in the center of town too.

Devizes Campsite

Somewhat isolated, but great walks for Zoa. Very friendly people.

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Where we meet friends, talk, eat and go for walks. Up the lock system

and to the pub on the canal.

15-MAY and onwards to a place we haven't been before with a stop (in the rain) in Swindon for more supplies.

Chipping Norton Campsite

Somewhat isolated, but great walks for Zoa. Very friendly people.

51.91718 01.54243

Conkers Campsite

Not far from the village. Great for walks.

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The area is an old coal mine with a disused canal and any number of paths. There is also a test track for the engine manufacturing facility to the north.

We stop again at "The Lady of the North" to admire her outline. Unfortunately they are still ripping coal off of the land.

Northallerton Rest Area This is just a place to park at the weekend in a quiet industrial area. (Apart that is from the frequent trains dashing by.) N54.35021 W1.45166

The wind is still very much in play as we head into

Scotland

21-MAY For 3 nights at

Dunbar Campsite A large site on the coast. 055.99371 002.48399

and while the wind attemps to turn over Ruth the van, this visit there is wifi, until, that is, the wind takes it away, or so I assume.

On the walk to the beach we see a host of swifts in the lee of some trees feasting on something - probably flies ..

The next day the wind has gone and we can see the full glory of the ex-quarry.

The time has come to let go of the US art pieces I picked up in the 1970s. They get off loaded at a gallery in Edinburgh for an auction in August - fingers crossed. The rain then accompanies us to Anstruther where we park up.

Anstruther Campsite A small site for a few tourers on the coast. Very, very expensive. 056.22918 002.68135

A walk along the coast with a hooley.

And under instruction from a local guide we walk around a local wood and farmland before a dose of what is described as the best Fish & Chips in the land - my analysis is it probably is, especially taken besdie the harbour in good company.

Tayport Parking A free public carpark right on the coast, wide views and quiet. 056.44232 002.86872

Rather a sweet spot with a good walk along the flat coastal path peppered with tank traps.

Then through Dundee (the V&A was closed even if it is Wednesday) and a number of other rainy towns to spend the night at the Skiing area of Glencoe.

Glencoe Ski Parking A small site for a few tourers on the coast. Very expensive. 056.63474 004.82790

The view from this skiing Center is amazing. And the following morning we look back up the valley too.

We don't stop in Oban, far too many people but continue down a peninsular to Easdale for a couple of nights.

Ellenabeich Motorhome Parking A small site for a few tourers on the coast. Very expensive. 056.29556 005.64916

We climb the local hill for a special view

I write a few postcards and send them off

No mention of an (english) monarch - nice!

The parking is owned by the company which runs Seafari and costs £10 a day for motorhomes. It turns out (as told to me by a local resident) that this comapny bought a large house which was previously an arty colony and a couple of other properties too. They then decided to develop a full motorhome facility, water, electric, etc. But, the locals rejected the idea. A couple of houses in the villiage were also sold off, but not before the owners had blocked off a public footpath with a couple of fences. Should I win Euromillions I would correct this sort of behaviour in any way I could and hand ownership to the community.

Slate mining was what sustained the village for many years with workers living in cottages built on the remains.

Because there isn't much room, each cottage has a seperate garden, how nice...

And Zoa takes on a familiar pose.

Then it's off to see good friends in Prestwick - always a real pleasure. Two nights on their drive and then down the "main" road to

Dalbeattie - 7stanes carpark The forestry commission in Scotland now allows motorhomes to stay overnight at their carparks. This one was quiet. Nice! 054.91347 003.81822

Drive through Dumfries and Gretna back to

England

A long drive down the M5 and across towrds Leeds for the night.

Park carpark near Leeds Very green and really quiet. No services 053.854785 001.604222

Then follows two very enjoyable days, one to visit friends and fellow political minds in Sheffield, always a pleasure and educational for me. Then to a flatmate from way back when in the 1970s and his wife near Leeds. Lots of laughs from when we were immature young men, well at least I was one.

Braunstone Town Parking Very quiet carpark beside a park and childrens' playground. No services 052.614236 001.177919

Then back to Base Camp

18-JUN and we head off to Woolacombe for a Viz Whizz..

Woolacombe Bay Twichen campsite An "industrial scale" campsite. All facilities and full of happy children, lovely. 051.18210 004.19519

Industrial level campsite, probably won't be staying again.

an aging bench...

We walk down to the town and around Morte Point.

Then the actual Viz Whizz on Sunday.

Followed by another coastal walk on Monday.

We then spend a few days near Lynton and Lynmouth.

Lynton and Lynmouth campsite Lovely staff, all facilities, very quiet, mostly oldies. 051.21732 003.85786

The walks are wonderful with a bus back up to the campsite from Lynton.

We have two nights back on Exmouth

Exmouth Parking

Behind the beach, huge marked out slots especially for motorhomes.

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to get an haircut, see a family friend and walk on the beach

The farm welcomes us back for a few days

Then back to Base Camp

8-JUL We set off to the East intending to stay overnight at Southbourne, but it was too early to stop to we headed on to The Hamble.

Southampton Water Parking

Beside the water, very quiet, no services

50.61267 03.39927

There are also people parked along the sea road. Then it's on towards Brighton for a few nights to an area we have nover been before. Shingle beach and a few local shops in Lancing. I bet it used to be a thriving local community before out-of-town supermarkets gained the upper hand.

The Barn Campsite Lancing

Behind the beach, huge marked out slots especially for motorhomes.

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Then a day and a night at Windsor as England lost in a penalty shoot-out.

Windsor Parking An occassional train, but otherwise quiet. £2 the night. 51.48513 00.61711

12-JUL and we go to meet friends down near Chicester

Woodfarm Campsite A huge field, a CL site with water. The only dog walking is in a wood on the site 50.84885 00.82689

We initially got stuck on a wet part of the field, but were pulled out by the farmer on his tractor.

Penn Street Parking A huge field, a CL site with water. The only dog walking is in a wood on the site 51.656569 -0.666267

Then on to friends in Hockley in Essex for a few days. I arrange a test for travel to France, we walk the dogs in some lovely countr and seaside. Good conversations.

20-JUL and we drive over the Dartford Crossing (having pre-paid this time) and around into Kent for shopping before we end up in the Eurotunnel area before going to

France

We spend the night at Sangatte parking and walk on the beach a couple of times.

Sangatte Parking

Public carpark now being updated with some services.

50.94081 01.74156

We then spend 2 nights again at the mouth of the Somme.

Hourdel Camper Van Parking Free, right beside the seashore. 50.21435 01.55209

We take a different route towards Amiens then park beside the canal in a small village

Chateau Thierry Parking €12 a night with leckie and water services 50.21435 01.55209

Beside the Marne river with a pleasant walk into the town and a few showers.

in the morning we walk up to a US Army memorial

I really enjoy the D373 which is a quiet, straight road towards the south.

We end up at Camping-Car Park, which is new, but seems not to work.

La Halte A new site Camping-Car, but nothing worked. 48.54792 04.14442

Then off to Troye, but first we take a look at a roman bridge

and a walk beside the Charles de Gaulle memorial.

to take a look before heading further south on another straight road to a town on the hill. We stay beside the canal for walks both around the town and along the canal.

Chaumont Parking A municipal site managed by a very nice lady. €8 with leckkie 48.11915 05.15404

Langres Parking Another municiple site with leckie 47.85473 05.33562

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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