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Before ripping the roof apart we wanted to take one final trip (in case it took months and months to re-do the roof).

Sally had booked a couple of nights in an adults-only camp ground in south west England (by adults only I mean no children, not some weird R-rated camping experience).

We set of Saturday morning. I hadn't slept very well the night before so given most of the journey was on 4 and 6 lane highways I asked Sally if she would like to drive:

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She had driven the truck before, but never with the camper on. She had no problems at all and said she could hardly tell the camper was on the back of the truck. This is useful because it means on long cross-Europe journeys we can take turns driving. Though when it comes to the narrow lanes where you are scraping the trees on either side I will need to take over. So we swapped after about 90 minutes when approaching the 2-lane roads.

As before, we got to Stone Henge and the traffic stopped. I don't need much excuse so asked "Fancy taking a detour over the Salisbury Plain ranges?" - Sally didn't need much prompting, so we turned right down the dirt road running behind Stone Henge. We had a nice run across the Plain:

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Back onto the sealed roads and off to the Jurassic Coast:

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A nice parking spot by a stream next to the beach:

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We climbed up the cliffs - there is a coastal path that runs for many miles. Land slides were much in evidence:

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Looking down from the cliffs:

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Sally suggested we walk along the cliffs and then back along the beach, but it seemed to be miles of walking up and down before we found this:

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On the plus side when we got to the beach there was no-one in sight in either direction:

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You can see why the there have been land slips - much of the cliffs are simply mud:

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Sally tried to find some dinosaurs, but none appeared sticking out of the cliffs:

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This looks like it used to be that sort of bubbling mud you see in New Zealand:

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We were the last to arrive at the camp ground. It wasn't cheap, but it was very nice:

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This is the area for tent campers:

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We had one of the smaller pitches:

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Next morning the weather had deteriorated. We went to the top end of Chesil Beach - a really long shingle beach - no-one there but fishermen:

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There was a dirt track running along the back of the beach - technically we could have driven it - unlike most it hadn't been down-rated to a footpath. However, we walked along it and some of it was way too narrow for our camper:

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Some letters seem to have mysteriously 'fallen off' the "pASSing PLACE no PARKING" sign:

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Here is the other end of Chesil Beach as it joins to Portland Bill:

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We stopped for lunch at this pub:

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Some of the lunch were hanging around outside:

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Heading off into typical Dorset countryside:

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Cerne Abbas has a well-endowed ancient chalk carving. I think those black and white dots are sheep - or maybe they are some nasty infestation [emoticon]

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Now off to see Sally's Brother-in-law and family for a couple of hours. Unfortunately he has chosen to live in one of the least accessible villages in the country - this is one of the better roads into the village:

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We squeezed onto his drive-way:

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Then off to the park with the children, until inevitably it started raining:

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Back to the camp ground - this was the first place we had camped where we actually had TV reception, so Sally was very happy to be able to watch the new series of Downton Abbey (which I had sort-of accidentally forgotten to program the PVR to record at home).

We left at 9AM on Monday morning, making a detour for cheap(ish) diesel - there was quite a difference in the price of diesel - one of the big-brand gas stations was selling at £1.47, the supermarket 3 miles down the road sold it at £1.37 - guess which I filled up at.

On the way home we again detoured to Salisbury Plain - unfortunately being a week day it was business as usual and the red flags were flying showing much of the plain was being used for live-firing exercises. However, after a couple of failed attempts we found a part of the range where the bullets weren't flying:

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And as normal stopped for lunch:

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After getting the camper suitably muddy it was off home to unload and start stripping the roof apart [emoticon]

Steve


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Thanks Steve, nice report, what a lovely country.


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Lovely photos.
Looking at the UK contryside, I just feel like making a run for it with the Roadtrek! If I head east and go fast enough, I might be able to skip across the Atlantic! Come to think of it, I would probably run out of gas just south of Greenland [emoticon]
Thanks for sharing.

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Thanks for posting. Looks like fun was had by all.

Is it just me or was this summer in Europe a bit on the wet side?
Rained almost every other day for our trip on the continent.
Rained so hard in Holland it collapsed the awning on our rented motorhome.


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Posted: 09/23/11 04:17pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Oh man! You're torturing me!
Great trip report. . .can't wait to get back out there. . .
Thanks!


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Beautiful scenery. I always wondered what a campground looked like in the UK, now I know! Thanks for posting!

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Wow, it's really pretty there.


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Steve, Thanks for posting your photos. Very nice countryside. I hope to be able to visit someday.

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