Hills

So for the first big trip (and also Rosana’s birthday) we decided to go to Snowdonia for a few days. After looking at the weather forecast we decided on the Peak District instead and found a lovely little site just south of Buxton called Clover Field Touring Park. So with a few days of walking planned, we made our way north.

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There’s no denying that hills cause Betty a little bit of a problem when fully loaded, but we’re learning to keep the momentum going when we can see a hill ahead of us.

After a wander around Harpur Hill, we settled in for the night with a lovely meal cooked from The Camper Van Cookbook. We had an electric hook up this time, so no issues running the laptop for a bit of entertainment through the long dark evening.

Overnight the temperature dropped and the wind got up. I thought I could hear it raining as well. Turned out I was wrong!

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The weather around Harpur Hill and Buxton stayed this way for the next four days, but as we discovered, if we went west there was a definite snow line!

Anyway, we spent the time walking and taking Chatsworth House as well. A few photos below. Unfortunately our camera died, so not too many from the walking.

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Overall we’re getting used to living in Betty Bus, it needs a certain amount of organisation in such a small space and drying wet clothing isn’t easy – it may be we need to get an awning for future bad weather trips. We did discover that the tailgate door seal is leaking causing the carpet to get quite wet at the back.

The other issue that we are having is with condensation building up overnight. It’s hard to keep the windows open enough when the weather is cold and windy. All the heat we create with the diesel heater just escapes as well! Some thermal covers for the windows may be a good investment.

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