Rockingham Motor Speedway

We went to watch the British Touring Car Championship racing at Rockingham and as Saturday was nice, went up a day early, staying at Brook Meadow campsite nearby.

Yet again, we weren’t expecting the ducks…

Or the gorgeous sunset

Obviously we were supporting Ollie Jackson in the number 48 AMD Tuning VW Golf , and we were rewarded with a signed picture for Betty Bus…

Cornwall, Devon and Somerset

We had a plan to go to the Lake District for a week, but the weather forecast was horrid.  It was horrid everywhere.  It was least horrid in the southwest, so that’s were we headed.

First stop, Highertown campsite near St Austel.  We wandered down to the beach and we cycled to the nearby picturesque fishing village of Polperro.

From there we headed south to the Henry’s campsite on the Lizard, taking in Foy and the views over Falmouth on the way.  Henry’s is quite interesting, I wasn’t expecting the ducks.

We stayed there a couple nights, walking the coastal paths and flying kites on the beaches.

Next stop was Penzance and then onto Land’s End, we stayed at Treen Farm campsite and got ourselves tickets to the Minack Theatre next door.

The most south-Westy!

As the weather got worse we headed north, via St Ives and Newquay’s aquarium, but it got so bad by the time we reached Bude we pulled into the first campsite we saw (Bude C&CC) and stopped there overnight.

With better weather the next day, we visited Port Issac, home of the TV series Doc Martin.  Having never watched it, the quaint little village was all new to us!

From there we headed into Bude and stopped for an ice cream.  Then onto  Morte Point campsite at Woolacombe were we did some walking along the cliffs and kite flying on the beaches.

We cycled some of the Tarka trail, which is a great idea but I thought it failed somehow in the execution.  Not well signed in places and not clear advice on where to park.

We headed along the coast to minehead for more ice creams, then inland to Cheddar Gorge where we stayed the night at the Mendip Heights campsite.  The do fresh bread and croissants there, which is very nice, as well as discounted tickets to the caves at the Gorge, so we got some of those as well.

After a day in and around Cheddar Gorge we headed home, happy to have made the most of some pretty miserable weather.

Cheddar’s most famous product…Cheddar.

Mull to Loch Lomond

After getting of the ferry we took the most indirect and scenic route to our final stop at he southern end of Loch Lomond.

We visted the Bridge over the Atlantic had lunch on the Isle of Seil.

Then it was inland and on to Lomond Woods campsite at Balloch.

The campsite was a bit of a shock, there was nothing wrong with it, it was just enormous and busy, we’d grown accustomed to small and not very busy!

After a long drive we treated ourselves to a meal out in town, after a walk to the loch and pint in one of the pubs.

Before the drive home we visited the local bird of prey centre (very difficult to find, it’s behind the garden centre.  I mean, really behind it, you have to walk through the garden centre to get to it),

visited the Maid of the Loch, a steam ship that is being rennovated and the steam slip way, where for a small donation you can sound the steam whistle 🙂