8th February 2019
Heading out on a whistle-stop tour of the UK, Bob and Jenny Earnshaw took in sites from Bury, York and Edinburgh en route to Glasgow in an Advance motorhome.
Our Tour started on the 4th January with a two-night stay at Southport Caravan and Motorhome Club site. For a bit of familiarisation, we took the Bailey Advance 76-4T to the Lifeboat Road at Formby Point, where we cooked our first lunch inside the van and went for a walk with our Westie, Poppy.
Sunday 6th, we took the drive to Bury and Burrs Country Park Caravan and Motorhome Club site, with a supermarket stop for essential shopping at Sainsbury’s in Bamber Bridge. We booked a serviced pitch at Bury so we could film how to connect the wastewater hose to the emptying point on the pitch and how to fill the van with water using a hose for our YouTube channel. We connected our TV via the external Status aerial to the site booster system and settled down for some editing, refreshments and a little TV.
The following day was wet and miserable so it was an excuse to enjoy nice warm showers in the Bailey motorhome, which were lovely and very easy to use. We visited the nearby pub The Brown Cow for lunch and later entertained our friends Glyn & Sharon, enjoying our normal game of scrabble and putting the table extender to the test.
Tuesday 8th, we decided to move on to York Rowntree Park Caravan and Motorhome Club site, situated by the River Ouse with an easy 10-minute walk into York city centre. We set up on site quickly so we could enjoy our first evening.
The following day we filmed our walk into York to the town along the city walls and lunch was in Ye Olde Shambles Inn, a dog friendly pub and one of the oldest pubs in York; the far side of the building used to be a butcher’s shop, backing onto the Shambles market.
We spent the afternoon losing ourselves in the 19th century, walking around the Beamish Colliery Village, the town and the railway station. After an overnight stay, the following day we headed to Darlington to visit the Darlington Railway Museum where the advance of transportation began with The Stockton to Darlington Railway in 1826. Back at Durham Grange, we enjoyed a more modern Indian meal cooked in the motorhome.
The following day we drove the 3 hours from Durham Grange to Edinburgh Caravan and Motorhome Club site, where we met up with our friends Bob and Aileen. They were staying at the site in their Bailey Pursuit 550-4 caravan with Poppy’s Westie pals Konnie and Macy.
We spent Sunday with them visiting Craigmiller Castle (Edinburgh’s other castle) and had lunch at Ye Olde Inn, Davidson Mains (there’s a theme developing here with Ye Olde Pubs). We walked our lunch off with a very breezy stroll along the banks of the Firth of Forth, just outside the Edinburgh site.
Having spent a few days in Edinburgh, we drove to Glasgow staying at the Strathclyde Caravan and Motorhome Club site. We parked the motorhome near the Bothwellhaugh Roman Baths and enjoyed a walk past where the old Roman Fort stood.
The following day we took our friends Bob and Aileen to the brilliant Riverside Museum, in the Bailey Advance to really test out the travel seats, as the next morning would involve the long drive from Glasgow, all the way to Burrs Country Park Caravan and Motorhome Club Site.
Ending up not too far from where we started. We stayed the night in Bury so we could visit the Caravan and Motorhome Show at Event City near Manchester. Taking in the show, we had a good look around some of the highlights, particularly looking at the Bailey motorhomes on offer.
After visiting the show in the morning, next stop was again a site previously visited, Southport Caravan and Motorhome Club site, where we spent the last few days in the motorhome preparing and recording the review of our time away.