Cheddar Gorge and the Welsh Border

We didn’t spend long in Somerset, mainly because we were excited to get to Wales. But we did visit some family while we waited for yet another bad weather period with 50mph winds to pass over, and we did a little detour to Cheddar to visit the famous gorge. We parked up in the little…

Hiking and wild swimming in Dartmoor National Park | Cornwall

Our first stop in Dartmoor National Park was a hike to Black Tor and the Meldon Reservoir. The weather was very iffy and it didn’t take long for the rain to catch up with us. We hid under some trees but the rain was so heavy we were hardly getting any protection. We decided that…

Turquoise clay lakes and tropical sand banks | Cornwall

While taking a birds eye flight across England, with the help from google earth, I discovered an area in the Cornish countryside that had turquoise lakes. They looked just like milky blue glacial fed lakes but I knew that was impossible so I did some research. It turns out they were clay mines and the…

Basking seals and thatched houses | Roseland, Cornwall

We decided to explore Roseland, a lesser visited region in southern Cornwall and to get there we took a chain-ferry across a river estuary. A sign had the different prices: car or van £7 campervan or motorhome £10. Helga is actually very tiny compared to the big Mercedes sprinter vans that everyone seems to be…

Kynance Cove and the Lizard Peninsular | Cornwall

We didn’t know much about the Lizard Peninsular, although I think that’s the case for most places we’re visiting in England as we are yet to buy a guide book. All I knew was it was home to Kynance Cove which is said to be one of Cornwalls most beautiful beaches. The bottom of the…

Lands End and St Michael’s Mount | Cornwall

Lands End marks Britain’s most south westerly point, a claim to fame that seems a little ridiculous really as it’s not the most westerly or southern point, it’s just making up its own rules. But alas it’s become a very popular landmark and people like to cycle the route from John O’ Groats in Scotland…

Exploring the northern coast of Cornwall

The sea was still rough and covered in white caps from the storm so we headed south to Newquay to do some chores like laundry and fill up our gas. I was surprised how basic the town was, it just looked like a normal British high street with the usual tacky shops. I guess I…

Exploring Cornwall’s Best Beaches

A nasty storm was due to hit the whole south west of England but we had two days of glorious sun before it arrived so we headed for the coast. We made an early start as it was bank holiday weekend and we wanted to try and find a free parking space. We headed towards…

Sunsets, Snakes and Wild Horses | Bodmin Moor and Tintagel

We crossed into Cornwall for our first time and did a few chores in Bude which took forever because so many people wanted to compliment Helga. It’s like having a bloody Lamborghini with how much attention she gets. First a young couple pulled over to ask questions about her, then an old chap came for…

Clovelly and the Hartland Peninsula | Devon

Clovelly is a harbour village on the north coast of Devon which has been privately owned by the Hamlyn family since 1738. The family rents out the houses to normal folk, giving a thorough interview beforehand to check their suited to the community. They also charge visitors £8 to park and enter the village! It’s…