360 miles of smiles along the south coast of England

Get up and go

One of our little dreams about owning a camper was to be able to get up and go at a moments notice, to get out and go explore. Well the weather looked good, Lorna had a meeting with Joyce Meader (a vintage knitting expert in Dorset), so we thought why not combine both and have a couple of days away camping in the bus in the New Forest? It would be a good way to test the camper as a bit of a work in progress…

When I say ‘work in progress’, we had a functioning bed, some new Fabrik Interior blinds to try out, a fridge (not wired in or working at this stage), a vintage cool box, a cigarette lighter socket … and well, that’s about it at this stage! Fortunately, Lorna is (very) patient with me! So we chucked in our sleeping pages, some clothes and our Brit Stops guide and hit the road heading out West…

great stop over in the heart of the New Forest
great stopover in the heart of the New Forest

New Forest fun

Heading west, we drove along the south coast of England towards Southampton and the New Forest, a place I hadn’t visited since my childhood, quite excited about revisiting it again! It was good just to be out in the sun and on the road again! After Lorna had caught up with Joyce, we pushed on to find a place to stay for the night. Through our Brit Stops guide, we decided to try a pub near Lyndhurst called The Crown Stirrup that had allocated camper stop over spaces with forest views. It also turned out that today’s food special was an awesome homemade chilli, this plus a decent pint of beer, a perfect end to the day!

Lulworth Cove, World Heritage beauty at its best!
Lulworth Cove, World Heritage beauty at its best!

After our night staying in the New Forest, we decided to push on early to the coast for a hearty full English breakfast in Lymington. For years we had wanted to visit Lulworth Cove, a World Heritage site on the Jurassic Coast of Dorset, and today was the day we would finally make it! Winding our way through some narrow country lanes, past an Army tank training area (yes, live tank fire was heard!), we seemed to have arrived on a perfect day…

Lulworth cove, not a bad view whilst having a spot of lunch
Lulworth Cove, not a bad view whilst having a spot of lunch

Lovely Lulworth Cove

Lulworth Cove was stunning and the weather perfect! We spent time wandering around exploring and just soaking in the coastal views and it’s amazing geology before having lunch with a view to die for! After more exploring and random interesting chats with some of the locals, we topped the day off with an obligatory locally made ice cream… delicious! Then off to find another place to stay for the night!

the rugged beauty of Dorset’s Jurassic coast line
the rugged beauty of Dorset’s Jurassic coastline

No chintz required

Although this trip was a brief ‘bare bones’ camping experience, it gave us an opportunity to test out what we wanted or didn’t want out of a camping interior. We got to try our new ‘Bus Eyes’‪ blackout‬ ‪‎covers‬ by ‪Fabrik Interiors‬ – so much better than some chintzy looking curtains‬! Combined with their magnetic thermal blackout screens for the side windows and the rear hatch screen. Great privacy and light blackout for a good nights rest.

whatcha lookin’ at – brilliant ‘BusEyes’‪ black out‬ ‪‎covers‬ by ‪Fabrik Interiors‬
whatcha lookin’ at – brilliant ‘BusEyes’‪ blackout‬ ‪‎covers‬ by ‪Fabrik Interiors‬

Brilliant BritStops

If you’re not a member of Brit Stops, I have to say it is well worth joining and a great way to explore some of the beauty that Britain and Ireland has to offer, as well as getting to taste the goodies of different farm shops, country pubs, vineyards, and many more interesting sites – looking forward to trying a few more this year! On our last night, we bumped into a couple more friendly Brit Stoppers who were on a longer 12-week tour of the UK and actually came from our home town of Hastings, East Sussex – it’s a small world!

the new Brit Stops 2016 guide is out and arrived!
the new Brit Stops 2016 guide is out and arrived!

Go explore

On our last day whilst heading home, we stopped for a break in Chichester. Good call as we discovered and popped into The Corner House, they serve a lovely breakfast with great locally roasted coffee! I could quite easily get used to life on the road! 🙂 More motivation to get the interior sorted for our next trip out…

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