Discovering the UK – Dartmoor


The camper van is sitting at the end of the garden looking a little forlorn. It is still used over the winter but only as a second car. It is demoted. Just a vehicle. No longer a home, no longer an engine of escape.  I miss it during the winter months.  The escape, the exploring and the quiet times with the family.

But why let the end of the camping season stop us from exploring this beautiful country we live in? Continue reading

Adventures required.

Autumn sunlight Beech wood

Once again our camping season is over, we have done what is necessary to winter the Bongo and thoughts turn towards autumn walks, dark evenings and an excuse to buy a new walking jacket….However, whatever my intentions I always find that we spend a lot less time outdoors in the winter, less time getting away from the busyness of everyday life, less time just being a family. So this year I have a plan to increase the number of adventures in our lives even in winter!

I love to walk and now the girls are a bit older we have managed some good little adventures – last spring we walked up Snowdon. It was cloudy, wet and cold at the top but it felt like a real achievement and wet my appetite for more, more, more!

So now I am on the look out for family adventures, blogs like The Family Adventure Project and Alastair Humphrey‘s provide great inspiration.  I’m thinking small, big and medium sized adventures. Last night we walked home from school a very long way round just to get a little bit more time outdoors, looking at and appreciating nature. So a small adventure to start us off. But what will be next?

I am considering a guided canoe tour of Bristol Harbour, rock climbing, a night time walk….what else? Please share your family’s favourite adventures whatever size they are!

Keeping your Bongo in good nick – rust and mould!

Mazda Bongo

Two of the most common problems that Bongo owners encounter are mould in the Auto Free Top and rust.  We have now owned out Bongo for 4 years and I am happy to say that we have managed to keep both these problems at bay.

This is mostly due to my extremely diligent husband who takes the time to maintain, clean and protect the Bongo with care and attention to detail.  He has kindly written a brief of what he does to prepare the Bongo for winter.

Over to him.

Continue reading

Campsite Review: Pentwyn Farm, Cantref, Brecon Beacons, Wales.

Where:  Pentwyn Farm, Cantref, Brecon, Powys LD3 8LP.

How much:  £8 per person per night, £4 under 12’s.

Campfires: Yes, on ground is ok but ideally use previous pit or metal fire pit available for free.

Firewood: Available in the barn. Help your self to a bag and pay in honesty box.

Facilities: Two toilets, one shower and a campers kitchen and sitting area all housed in a block of re-purposed loose boxes.


The review:  For the first time ever I actually considered not sharing this place with you.  It ticks so many boxes I nearly kept it to myself, I don’t want everyone to rush there at once! Continue reading

Campsite Review: Camp Hartland, Nr Wareham, Dorset.


Where: Camp Hartland, Rural Camping, Hartland Stud, Norden, Wareham BH20 5DU

Contact: No website but Facebook page here.

How much: £7.50 for 11 year olds +, £3 for 3 -10 year olds, under 3’s free.  Only open in August.

Fires:  Ideally use spots that have previously been used but if not possible it is ok to start a new pit.  (I have confirmed this with the owner).

Firewood: Not available to buy on site

Facilities: Two Family shower rooms which also house two flushing toilets plus two composting toilets in another field.  Undercover, outdoor washing up area with hot water. Continue reading

Campsite Review: White Meadow Campsite, Langley, Nr Southampton

White Meadow Campsite Where: White Meadow Campsite, Langley, Nr Southampton, Hampshire SO45 1XR How much: £15 per night for adults only. Adult with family £12.50 per adult £6 per child (3-15) Fires:  Try and use a fire pit spot used previously Wood:  Available for £5 for a large bag.  Bring an axe, needs chopping. Facilities:  Flushing toilets and conventional shower block.  Plus gas powered showers in wooden structure – lovely in warm weather.  Composting toilet being built. Dogs allowed: Yes The Review:  White meadow is basically two large fields. It adheres to the Camping Unplugged brand’s formula of simplicity and space. Continue reading

Top 7 campsites to visit this Summer

I don’t often accept guest posts as I like to make sure I bring you totally relevant material. However, when Trekwear approached me with this I was more than happy to accept it. These campsites look fabulous!

Not all these campsites allow campfires but are in such stunning locations I may have to bend my rules.

My favourite is number 5.  Very cool!

Continue reading