We have recently returned from a three week tour that took us northwards to Beadnell in Northumberland by a deliberately indirect route.
We had decided that we would try and limit towing sections to a maximum of two hours, with one and a half being the preferred limit, simple because we get a bit stiff and cranky on longer runs. Whilst the most direct route from our storage site near Peterborough would be up the A1 we decided that a bit of a wander along the way could be enjoyable.
Our overall milage from door to door amounted to 1120 miles, of this 395 miles was while towing our caravan roughly northwards and 276 on the return south to our base. The remainder being touring from our various stops and the 90 miles the round trip between our home and our storage site.
For once I kept a record of fuel used and, with the help of the ByMiles app, the individual journey distances and times.
The cost of the diesel fuel consumed by our Volvo XC70 during our tour amounted to £220 worth or 36.5 gallons. Ouch! (When I started buying petrol as a 16 year old it was 10p a gallon, but I digress.) This roughly equates to 38mpg for our touring milage and 27mph when towing.
We had planned our route carefully and booked our sites before leaving home. Our plan almost worked on the way up but was wreaked by poor weather on the return leg.
The first planned stop was at Misterton Caravan Park near Doncaster.
Having collected our caravan from its storage compound we left on what should have been a 70 mile tow of 1hr 50min but which, for some unfathomable reason turned out to stretch to 88 miles and 2hrs 30min. Never mind, the sun shone and we were on holiday.
Onwards to Harrogate, Hollins Farm to be exact, for our next stop.
The traffic was heavier than expected around Harrogate and this 70 mile leg took us 2hrs 25min, but never mind, the sun shone and we were on holiday.
After a relaxing couple of days getting lost around Harrogate we continued north to Rosedale Abbey, North Yorkshire, actually we went east, and then detoured south around York. I had read about Sutton Bank, but had no idea it blocked our intended route to the East; more to the point neither did our caravan sat nav! So, having arrived at the road sign that proclaimed “Caravans are Prohibited” we had no choice but to turn around and take a very long, boring and traffic snarled detour; lovely!
Never mind, the sun still shone and we were still on holiday.
This 55 mile 1 hr 40min leg of our meanderings became 106 miles and only took us 4hrs 11min.
So The Howard CMC site at Rosedale Abbey became our home for five days.
This gave us the chance to explore the area and also to renew our acquaintance with Pickering and the North York Moors Railway to Whitby whilst the incessant boring sunshine gave way to rain and reminded me why I shouldn’t pitch under trees.
Never mind, we were on holiday.
The rain eased as we left Rosedale Abbey on our drive across the moors to the Old Bridge End CL site near Durham. 62 miles that only took 40 minutes longer than planned, but we saw a rainbow, the rain eased and we were on holiday.
With only 58 miles left between Old Bridge End and our ultimate destination of Beadnell C&CC site we set off in sunshine northwards.
For some reason the 58 miles became 69 miles but only took 2 hours and 4 minutes, what a lovely way to spend one’s holiday.