We enjoyed our week at Beadnell C&CC site, its an open, well designed and operated site, the proximity of the beach, just across the road from the entrance, being a considerable bonus as was the on site fish and chip kiosk.
It’s certainly our dogs favourite site as well as being a great base from which to tour that part of the East coast together with the Cheviot Hills a little way inland.
We were blessed with fine weather during our stay while those to the South suffered a soaking or two. Finally the threat of wet and very windy weather inspired us to leave a day early and enjoy a drive in the sunshine for at least part of our journey south.
As outlined in Part 1 of this saga we had originally planned to complete the journey in four sections of about two hours each, however on confirming site bookings news of water logged and closed sites forced a rethink.
The decision was taken to book a pitch at Thirsk Racecourse CMC site as a first stop even though our sat-nav predicted a journey time of 3 hours 20 minutes for the 118 miles. Knowing the route from previous trips I thought this a pessimistic estimate given that most of the journey would be on a mix of motorway and duel carriageway roads, I considered two and a half hours more realistic. The decision was confirmed after checking that Thirsk was open and a pitch booked. In the event the traffic behaved itself and allowed the 118 mile journey to be completed in a non-stop run of two hours twenty minutes. It was a shame that the sun no longer shone but we were on holiday.
We checked in with the welcoming site warden who explained the layout and minimal facilities, and also pointed out the waterlogged and soggy bits to avoid, leaving us to go and select a pitch. We set-up close to the main road as we intended walking into town and the supermarket at some point. This did mean that we were furthest from the single sanitation and waste water disposal point, but my wife didn’t consider this to be a problem.
Our intermediate rest day saw us taking a morning stroll around Thirsk and browsing the many charity shops in order to stock up on DVDs for our evenings entertainment.
Whilst at Thirsk the owner of our final planned stop phoned me to tell me that he was forced to close his site due to excess water, so the search was on for a suitable replacement in the Retford/Lincoln area. I remembered reading about a site called Skybarn Farm so checked on-line to make sure it was available and open, which it was, so I made the necessary booking and paid the fee by bank transfer.
The weather had deteriorated further so this 102 mile leg of two hours twenty minutes was completed uneventfully in wet weather. Fortunately the rain ceased as we arrived allowing a rather more comfortable pitching than had been anticipated.
Our stay allowed us to complete packing and preparation for clearing the van as this trip will, in all probability be our last for 2019.
The following day saw us completing the final leg back to our storage site at Deeping St James in Lincolnshire, a slower, but not unpleasant journey of one and three-quarters of an hour to cover the last 56 miles followed by a final 45 mile journey to our home.
Overall an enjoyable adventure.