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Journey No 34

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Journey No 34

Saturday, 6th May to Thursday, 11th May 2017

This journey covered 5 days,  1,112 km /  695 miles.

Our route was Carrick Castle, Argyll to Beauly via Fort William; Ullapool and recommencing where we left off in June 2016 at Inchmadamph and then right round the north west coast via Assynt to Durness and then across the top of Scotland via Tongue, Bettyhill and Thurso to John o’Groats, down the east coast via Wick, Helmsdale, Brora visiting Dunrobin Castle, as part of the NC 500 Route and returning via Beauly and Fort William to Carrick Castle.

Saturday 6th May 2017

We drove from Carrick Castle to an overnight stay off road near Beauly.

Sunday 7th May 2017

Continuing the NC 500 Route we started in June 2016, we drove from Beauly up to Inchmadamph north of Ullapool where we last left the route to go home on Journey No 30.

View from Knochan Crag at Inchmadamph

 

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Douglas with bronze figures at Inchmadamph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liz with bronze figure at Inchmadamph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next we walked to the Caves of the Bones.

Liz in one of the caves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Douglas at the caves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from one of the caves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assynt Castle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our over night stop with a lovely view off the road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday 8th May 2017

A lovely day walking on Handa Island…

Liz on the board walk across the middle of Handa Island

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The rugged coast of Handa Island


Handa Island Ferry


West coast beach en route to Durness

Amazing rock formation here by the beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our overnight stop in Harrie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday 9th May 2017

We walked around the old Ceannabeinne Township Trail that was abandoned in 1842, then visited the Durness museum, had lunch in Durness before going down to the large cave at Durness.

Ceannabeinne Township abandoned in 1842

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Large cave at Durness

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Limekilns on this peninsular

 

We then drove through Tongue, Bettyhill and Thurso to John o’Groats (6 deg C) and stayed overnight at Duncansby Head.

Douglas & Liz at John o’Groats

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duncansby Head

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday 10th May 2017

We drove down through Wick, Helmsdale to Brora where we visited Dunrobin Castle and afterwards visited the Brora Broch.

Dunrobin Castle entrance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dunrobin Castle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Broch at Brora

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Internal staircase at the Broch at Brora

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watching a dolphin off the beach feeding in the Moray Firth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 11th May 2017

After spending our last night on this journey near Beauly on our way home, we stopped at Fort William to refuel before returning home to Carrick Castle.

Castle Carrick at Carrick Castle, Argyll

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summary

Amazingly, we have been able to recover our lost photos when our smart phone camera failed and so over three months later have added some of the photos recovered – we had a great time and particularly loved the scenery in the north west of Scotland. We had great weather up the west coast but it was incredibly cold by the time we reached John o’Groats. We spent our penultimate night at Duncansby Head before travelling down the east coast stopping at Dunrobin Castle and the Broch at Brora befor driving home the next day.

Total mileage for the trip: 1,112 km / 695 miles.

Total mileage in our ownership: 19,072 km / 11,920 miles.

Total mileage to date: 129,558 km / 80,974 miles.

 

Harrie was MOT-ed and serviced in Jamestown on 4th August 2017 with current mileage 81,011 miles.

Harrie was sold on 12th August 2017 with a total mileage of  81,062  miles / 129,700 km after delivery to the new owners at the Rest & Be Thankful, Argyll.

Total mileage in our ownership from 7th November 2009 to 12th August 2017: 19,214 km / 12,009 miles.

Sold through eBay with 61 watching and 2,654 page views to first person requesting  to view (Updated on 12th August 2017).

Journey No 33

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

Journey No 33

Friday, 30th September to Monday, 3rd October 2016

This journey covered 4 days, 745 km / 465 miles.

Our route was Carrick Castle, Argyll to Findhorn, Forres and Burgh, Moray and return to Carrick Castle.

Friday, 30th September 2016

Harrie at Findhourn

Harrie at Findhorn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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After Liz having a hospital appointment at 12.20 at the Vale of Leven Hospital in Alexandria, we departed for Forres and parked up at Findhorn for a few nights, arriving at 18.30 hrs.

Saturday, 1st October 2016

The reason for this journey was to attend the Community Woodlands Association’s annual 2-day Conference on behalf of our Cormonachan Woodlands Association of which Liz is Chair and Douglas the Secretary.

The venue was Horizon Scotland in Forres. A very modern building.

Horizon, Forres - The building had a grass roof with sheep sculptures.

Horizon, Forres – The building had a grass roof with sheep sculptures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liz trying out the woodworking demo at Horizon, Forres

Liz trying out the woodworking demo at Horizon, Forres

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The day was filled with many speakers and woodland site visits in the area and ended with a good dinner and ceilidh in Forres.

Sunday, 2nd October 2016

The Conference continued in Forres and ended with the AGM after which we drove to Findhorn to walk on the long sandy beach in great sunny weather.

Refuelled with 56.8 l diesel = £65.27 (128,088 km) in Findhorn.

Monday 3rd October 2016

We decided to take our time travelling home so started the day visiting the Findhorn Community Village that’s an alternative lifestyle with very different houses.

A Findhorn Community house

A Findhorn Community house

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We then drove back to walk along the beach again, this time most of the sands were covered by the sea and then visited the Pictish Fort and harbour at Burgh.

Findhorn Beach at high tide. At low tide there is a long wide sandy beach

Findhorn Beach at high tide. At low tide there is a long wide sandy beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liz at Burgh with the Pictish Fort in the background

Liz at Burgh with the Pictish Fort in the background

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Douglas at Burgh harbour

Douglas at Burgh harbour

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Following this we drove back to Forres and visited the 6 metre high standing stone in Forres that’s protected in a glass case. Sueno’s Stone is a Picto-Scottish Class III standing stone on the north-easterly edge of Forres, Scotland. It is the largest surviving Pictish stone of its type in Scotland and stands over 6.5 metres high.

6 m high standing stone under a glass cover at Forres

6 m high standing stone under a glass cover at Forres

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liz at River Findhorn

Liz at River Findhorn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harrie on the hill road to Carrbridge

Harrie on the hill road to Carrbridge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Refuelled with 23.28 l diesel = £26.52 ((128302 km) in Fort William

Summary

We had a good four days away with warm sunny weather every day although cold at night. The Conference provided useful information to our Association.

 

Total mileage for the trip: 745 km / 465 miles.

Total mileage in our ownership: 17,960 km / 11,230 miles.

Total mileage to date: 128,446 km / 80,279 miles.

Journey No 32

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

Journey No 32

Thursday, 1st to Monday 5th September 2016

This journey covered 5 days, 410 km / 256 miles.

Our route was Carrick Castle, Argyll to Oban, ferry to Craignure, Isle of Mull then Duart Castle, Dervaig, Tobermory, Ardmore, Glengorm, Tobermory, Dervaig, Calgary, Ulva Ferry, Ardmeanagh, Glen More, Craignure, ferry to Oban and home to Carrick Castle.

Thursday 1st September 2016

Carrick Castle to Oban and ferry to Craignure – Departed home in Harrie to do shopping in Oban before taking the ferry to Craignure. Refuelled in Oban (47.04 l = £52.67 at 127,395 km). Arrived in Craignure to use a motorhome site for the first time since we purchased Harrie in 2009 at Sheiling Holidays, Craignure (£18 pn). Facilities were good with a pitch facing the sea.

Harrie on ferry Isle of Mull to Craignure

Harrie on ferry Isle of Mull to Craignure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View from Harrie's pitch at Sheiling Hoildays site at Craignure

View from Harrie’s pitch at Sheiling Hoildays site at Craignure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Friday 2nd September 2016

The main reason for coming to Mull was to attend a “Woods of our Own” event run by the Community Woodlands Association and where Liz gave a talk to the meeting on our community woodlands – Cormonachan Woodlands and managed by the Cormonachan Woodlands Association of which Liz is the Chair and Douglas the Secretary – http://www.cormonachan-woodlands.co.uk and Facebook/cormonachan for further information. This was an all day meeting with a site visit in the afternoon to Tiroran Woodlands, SW Mull. After a very useful meeting we returned to stay in Harrie for a second night at the same site in Craignure.

Saturday 3rd September 2016

Liz sitting on a cannon at Duart Castle

Liz sitting on a canon at Duart Castle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View of the Firth of Lorne and ferry Isle of Mull from Duart Castle

View of the Firth of Lorne and ferry Isle of Mull from Duart Castle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our first visit of the day was to Duart Castle an impressive 13th century fortress built on a high rock overlooking the sound of Mull and Firth of Lorne and home of the Clan MacLean. After spending a couple of hours looking round the castle we had coffee in their cafe before heading off to Dervaig. Nearly all the roads on the Isle of Mull are single track so in a motorhome you have to be very well aware of where passing places are. We found nowhere in Dervaig to stop so we drove on to Tobermory and had a walk around the town. Parking was easy in the marina area car park. We then drove to the Ardmore forest and had an 8 km walk staying in the second car park overnight, wild camping for free that we usually do.

Tobermory

Tobermory

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday 4th September 2016

 

Glengorm Castle, Isle of Mull

Glengorm Castle, Isle of Mull

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standing Stones at Glengorm Castle

Standing Stones at Glengorm Castle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the morning we drove on to Glengorm Castle and had a walk there to the standing stones followed by coffee in their cafe. We then returned to Tobermory and drove through Dervaig again to Calgary where we visited the Art in Nature walk with 24 sculptures around the woodlands walk.

 

Art in Nature, Calgary. "From the Sea" String by Claire McNiven.

Art in Nature, Calgary. “From the Sea” String by Claire McNiven.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art in Nature, Calgary. "Willow Tunnel" by Pip Weaser.

Art in Nature, Calgary. “Willow Tunnel” by Pip Weaser.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art in Nature, Calgary. "From the Sea" & Liz.

Art in Nature, Calgary. “From the Sea” & Liz.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Art in Nature, Calgary. "Entwined" Carved Elm Tree by Anthony Rogers.

Art in Nature, Calgary. “Entwined” Carved Elm Tree by Anthony Rogers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After that visit we had another walk to the old pier at Calgary beach. This is a lovely sandy beach and the walk is full of interesting geological rocks from millions of years ago. Leaving there after an icecream at the beach we drove on to a car park on the north side of Loch na Keal where there were eagle spotters watching sea eagles in the forest trees. We saw them fly but lots of those who stopped only saw them perched in the trees. We stayed there overnight.

 

 

Sea Eagle car park on north side of Loch na Keal

Sea Eagle car park on north side of Loch na Keal

 

 

 

 

Monday 5th September 2016

In the morning we drove round the loch to the Ardmeanagh peninsula. Spectacular views but very few places for motorhomes to stop and admire the panoramas. The car parks with the best views had bars at the entrances so motorhomes cannot stop – not good for tourism.

View from the road heading towards Ardmeanagh

View from the road heading towards Ardmeanagh

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The narrow single track roads around this west area of Mull are not really suitable for motorhomes with not so many passing places and the driving is fairly stressful as a result. We visited Burg, a National Trust for Scotland area where if the weather was fine there is a good long walk of 10 miles round trip to the fossil tree but the weather by then was misty and very damp so no views. So we decided to head off home and catch an earlier ferry from Craignure than planned for the following day. The drive along Glen More was much better even though it was still single track as the road was fairly straight with plenty of passing places. We did not go to Bunessan, Fionphort or Iona by ferry as we had already been to that area many times whilst sailing in our yacht. On arrival at Craignure, there was a ferry just arriving and CalMac changed our booking with ease and we heading over to Oban in 50 minutes.

Waiting for the ferry Isle of Mull at Craignure in the rain.

Waiting for the ferry Isle of Mull at Craignure in the rain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At Oban we did some more shopping and refuelled (25 l = £28.99 at 127,598 km). We then drove home to Carrick Castle.

Summary

We had mixed weather, dry for the walks which was a plus. Although we are used to driving on single track roads as we live down one 11 miles long, the roads on Mull are are fairly stressful for driving on in a motorhome and perhaps even in a car. The island needs to look at increasing the passing places and to having good parking places to admire the views that are worth going to see. We had a good meeting which was the original object of going to Mull however there are not many places to visit and of those that are there some don’t open at weekends!

Total mileage for the trip: 410 km / 256 miles.

Total mileage in our ownership: 17,215 km / 10,765 miles.

Total mileage to date: 127,701 km / 79,813 miles.

 

Journey No 21

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Journey No 21 – 26th November – 18th December 2012

This journey was our longest yet – 23 days, 2,966 km/1,854 miles.

Our route was Carrick Castle,  Glasgow, Beamish, York, Leeds, Frome, Wells, Saltash, Weir Quay, Dartmoor, Stonehenge, Walton-on-Thames, Chatham, Canterbury, Dover, Aldington, Dungeness, Brighton, Hove, Bramber, Steyning, Singleton, Clitheroe, Glasgow, Carrick Castle. We used 75.88 gallons of diesel giving us 24.43 mpg for the journey. The main purpose of the journey was to go to the wedding of Douglas’ daughter, Gemma, in Steyning on Friday 14th December. Before and after the event Liz and Douglas visited many interesting places plus friends and family en route. We took over 400 photos on the journey but just a few are shown here!

My daughter Gemma married Vassos on 14th December 2012

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We departed Carrick Castle on Monday 26th November 2012 and headed via Glasgow to an overnight stop just short of Beamish south of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.  On the 27th, Tuesday, we visited Beamish – the Living Museum of the North, an industrial recreation set in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the layout in 300 acres that includes a town, colliery, school, railway station, garage, farm and much more and linked together with a tramway and period bus service – a great day out…

Old bus at Beamish

 

 

 

 

Trams at Beamish

Colliery at Beamish

Liz & Douglas receiving mince tarts freshly baked at Beamish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beamish – the town

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cooperative grocery store

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beamish – the Railway Station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The above photos give a flavour of Beamish and its scale.

That night we stayed in not the best layby however we still slept well…

Harrie parked up for the night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th November we visited York.  We parked up in the free motorhome parking area during the day and used the excellent Park & Ride into York at just £5 for the two of us return.

Our first visit was to York Minster where we where given a very interesting guided tour of the cathedral.

York Minster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Later that morning and in the afternoon we visited the Yorkshire Museum and the National Railway Museum, the world’s largest railway museum, and saw some of the floods that surrounded York.

The Yorkshire Museum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The flooded river at York

Douglas & Liz on Mallard No 4468, the record-breaking steam engine reaching 126 miles per hour

Douglas standing alongside Mallard 4468

Rocket

The next day we visited the Jorvik Viking Centre (where photography is not allowed) and did some Christmas shopping in York before heading off to Leeds to visit Liz’s friends, Jackie and Tony for dinner.

Liz on her mobile in old York

On Friday 30th November, we drove south to Liz’s sister, Gwyneth and Ian’s house at Great Elm, near Frome, Somerset. We stayed there eating very well and walking around the countryside for a couple of days until 3rd December. We stayed in Harrie in someone’s driveway, with their permission!

Liz and Gwyneth laying across an old railway track…

Liz & Gwyneth at Nunney Castle

Gwyneth, Ian & Liz at Nunney Castle

 

Harrie parked up at Great Elm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harrie parked up at Great Elm

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Monday 3rd December, we drove first to Wells Cathedral (c. 1230) in Wells, Somerset and then on to Saltash, in Cornwall to visit Douglas’ friends Tony and Caroline.

Wells Cathedral

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wells Cathedral Canon’s houses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We had dinner with our friends that night and the following day, Tuesday 4th December, they gave us a tour of Plymouth and its dockyard before we headed off to Weir Quay to see more friends in Devon.

 

Douglas & Liz in Tony and Caroline's garden in Saltash

Douglas & Liz in Tony and Caroline’s garden in Saltash

Harrie No 21 191

Tony, Caroline & Liz in Plymouth

Harrie No 21 197

Plymouth victuling buildings in the old dockyard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We arrived late afternoon on Tuesday, 4th December at our friends, Mike & Kathy at Weir Quay, Devon.

On Wednesday 5th December, we had a long walk with them in the quiet countryside with a pub lunch and then drove to Dartmoor and stayed high up in a large car park overnight where the Dartmoor ponies visited us.

Kathy, Liz & Mike at Cott, Weir Quay, Devon

Kathy, Liz & Mike at Cotts, Weir Quay, Devon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The River Taymar from Weir Quay looking towards Saltash

The River Taymar from Weir Quay looking towards Saltash

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harrie parked up for the night on Dartmoor

Harrie parked up for the night on Dartmoor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dartmoor pony visits Harrie

Dartmoor pony visits Harrie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, 6th December we drove to Stonehenge, dating from 3,000 – 1,600 BC.

Stonehenge

Stonehenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After our visit to Stonehenge we drove to Hersham, by Walton-on-Thames to visit more friends – Alan & Diana and had dinner with them.

Alan & Diana

Alan & Diana

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Douglas & Alan (friends since the age of 9)

Douglas & Alan (friends since the age of 9)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next day,  Friday 7th December, we drove to Chatham Dockyard, Kent for a visit, however having previously looked it up on the Internet, it showed it open at the time but it had now closed until February 2013 so we drove on to Canterbury.

Chatham Dockyard (closed)

Chatham Dockyard (closed)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canterbury was not an easy place to park. We did find signs for motorhome parking and spaces set up alongside coaches, however, we thought £10 for a couple of hours was excessive even though you could stay there for 12 hours (not over night) so we parked in Sainsburys car park alongside, visited the Cathedral (dating back to 597 AD) and King’s School and did some shopping in Sainsburys…  There were plenty of spaces for motorhomes but not one was parked there – Canterbury City Council review your charges for short stays and you might fill the motorhome bays! We parked up that night 5 miles outside Dover.

Douglas visiting his old school (King’s) in Canterbury Cathedral precincts

The Norman Staircase, part of King's School, Canterbury

The Norman Staircase, part of King’s School, Canterbury

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next day, Saturday 8th December, we visited Dover Castle and all the underground tunnels. It took us 6 hours to see everything including having all the tours – an outstanding place to see.

Dover Castle and the Roman lighthouse

Dover Castle and the Roman lighthouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Douglas standing by the Dover Castle Keep

Douglas standing by the Dover Castle Keep

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside Dover Castle Keep

Inside Dover Castle Keep

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

View of Harrie parked up in Dover Castle and the Dover ferry port

View of Harrie parked up in Dover Castle and the Dover ferry port

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That night we returned to a similar parking place 5 miles outside Dover. In the morning, Sunday 9th December, we drove across to Aldington, Kent to our friends, Sally & Jeremy where we had a walk and a wonderful dinner party with Douglas’ friends from the past as he used to live in the house next door in Aldington. The following day we visited Dungeness and had a walk around RSPB Dungeness and the next morning attended an Art & Music lecture in Aldington village hall with Sally & Jeremy.

Harrie parked up at our friends house in Aldington for three nights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Harrie No 21 321

Douglas’ old house when he was neighbours with Sally & Jeremy

Douglas & Liz at the dinner party given by Sally & Jeremy with friends, David & Gilly, Nick & Liz and Jeremy M

Dungeness power station and bird sangtuary

Dungeness power station and RSPB bird centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Tuesday afternoon, 11th December, we drove to Brighton to stay with Douglas’ son, Graeme and his wife Anne for a couple of nights (11th/12th) going out with his daughter, Gemma, during the day. These nights were the first on this journey when we couldn’t stay in Harrie as she was parked on the hill outside their house. We did some last minute Christmas shopping in Brighton and visited Lewes as well.

Graeme & Anne's house in Brighton with Harrie parked outside.

Graeme & Anne’s house in Brighton with Harrie parked outside.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Thursday 13th December we headed over to Bramber where we stayed in the Old Tollhouse Hotel and had a Locke family and friends pre-wedding dinner. Liz and Douglas visited the Bramber Castle and church in the afternoon. We had an excellent dinner in great company!

Bramber Castle (or what's left of it (c.1067)

Bramber Castle (or what’s left of it – c.1067)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Family & friends at the dinner

Family & friends at the dinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More family and friends at the dinner

More family and friends at the dinner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next day, Friday 14th December, was the big wedding day for Gemma and Vassos at Wiston House, Steyning, Sussex. Their photo is at the top of this journey text.  It was a wonderful wedding, wedding breakfast and ceileigh in the evening enjoyed by around 100 guests.

Graeme, Simon, Gemma Douglas & Gillan (Douglas' children with him)

Graeme, Simon, Gemma Douglas & Gillan (Douglas’ children with him)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liz with her son, Calum

Liz with her son, Calum

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liz in the Orangery

Liz in the Orangery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liz & Douglas

Liz & Douglas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Saturday 15th December we had lunch at Graeme & Anne’s house with Simon & Rika, Gillan & Angela and grandsons Dan & Toby. We then drove to Goodwood where we parked up for the night before visiting the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum at Singleton near Chichester, W. Sussex on Sunday 16th December. The museum was established in 1967 and rescued many very old buildings that had to be removed from their original locations because of new motorways, reservoirs and for various other reasons. It takes a few hours to walk around the area where 47 buildings, barns and the like have been re-erected.

Weald & Downland Open Air Museum by Singleton, Sussex

Weald & Downland Open Air Museum by Singleton, Sussex

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liz having a rest in one of the museum's houses - it was a long journey!

Liz having a rest in one of the museum’s houses – it was a long journey!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That night, we drove up north, stopping at Pilliton Priers (near Stratford-upon-Avon, we think) for our final wild camping night in Harrie.

The next day, Monday 17th December, we continued north to Clitheroe where we stayed with Liz’s friends, Helen & Keith that night. Finally on the last day, Tuesday 18th December, we continued driving north stopping in Glasgow to collect Calum and reached home in the early evening.

Summary: Although this was a long journey of 1,854 miles, we had a great time seeing some of the many places we had always wanted to see and of course seeing lots of our friends en route too. Although we saw the floods in York and the Somerset Levels, we were barely affected with just a few minor areas where we had to drive though a bit of water. Weatherwise, we were extraordinarily lucky with it being mainly dry for most of the journey as the photos show. We did have heavy rain at times, either when we were driving or at night. Harrie behaved herself – a great drive and our best fuel consumption to date of 24.43 mpg. Don’t work out the cost – that is not so appealing at around 140 pence per litre! We were lucky also to find a wild camping place to park up each night so never had to go to a camp site. There were two places en route that were rather narrow. Coming down from Dartmoor a bridge ahead said it was 2.3 metres wide – we were 2.2 metres wide – we made it with out touching the bridge…  Again in Brighton cars were parked on both sides of a road and the Harrie just fit though – phew! A most enjoyable journey, a great wedding, great places to visit and so good to catch up with our friends who we don’t see that often. We will be on the road again – not sure when, not sure where we will go next but we love our motorhame – Harrie!

Total mileage for the trip: 2,966 km / 1,854 miles.
Total mileage to date: 123,935 km / 77,460 miles.