Iain Clements & Abi Hesketh-Roberts June 2013
This post is a bit of a departure from my usual Thailand adventures as I took my summer vacation back in the UK this year.
Abi and I recently ticked a long awaited holiday item list by going on a mini road trip along the south coast in a classic VW Camper Van called Mango. We just made a note of some of the places we stayed along the way and some other information about the trip.
Mango, rented from RetroCamperVans in Guildford
Mango by Beach huts in Studland Beach
The Route (main points we passed through)
Guildford > Southampton > New Forest > Lymington > New Milton > Christchurch > Bournemouth > Studland > Corfe Castle > Lulworth > Weymouth > West Bay > Seaton > Sidmouth > Dorchester > Winchester Guildford
The Holiday Costs
- Campervan rental: £325 Mon - Friday
- Fuel: approx £110
- Campsite fees: £37.50
- Parking: approx £20
- Food for van: approx £40
- Eating out: £75
Total holiday cost: about £600
Shorefield Country Park
Cost: £12.50 camping with Electric hook up
Head Office Switchboard 01590 648300
Reservations & Enquiries 01590 648331
Holiday Home Sales 0800 214080
Park Reception 01590 648306
Hampshire SO41 0LH
Notes: Great campsite, clean with great facilities and friendly staff.
New Forest - Lyndhurst
|New Forest near Lymington|
The New Forest is a fantastic place to stop on any road trip. There are so many car parks that it’s easy to find a space to park up and enjoy a cup of tea with a fantastic view like this. Most of the car parks are free, but when we visited in June 2013 we did find one which had introduced Pay and Display. We just hope that isn’t the start of Pay and Display rolling out across to more areas.
Kingdown Tail Campsite
Kings Down Tail
Telephone/Fax: 01297 680313
Cost: £15 per night with electric hook up
Notes: Nice, clean campsite, with good facilities, really close to Sidmouth and some nice beaches. Much smaller site than Shorefield Country Park.
Black Down Portesham, Dorset DT3 4ET
|Mango parked up for the night|
|Hardy Monument at Sunset - Amazing|
National Trust - Studland Beach nature reserve
Address:Studland, near Swanage,
Telephone: 01929 45050
Notes: Getting across to Studland is great fun, just take the chain ferry from Poole over (only a 15 minute journey/£3.50) and you are deposited right in the middle of Studland National Park. Studland Beach has a nice Cafe, a good stretch of sand, and there are a lot of nature walks leading around the reserve. Well worth a stop off on your way through.
Address:The Square, Corfe Castle, Wareham, BH20 5EZ
Telephone: 01929 481294
OS Grid Ref: 195:SY959824
Notes: Great ruined castle, and wonderful ancient village with a great selection of tea rooms and bakeries. The cost of a ticket to the castle is quite steep though so watch out.
Notes: Nothing quite sums up the Jurassic Coast like Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. These were two of our favourite stops along the way.
Notes: WestBay is a pretty village on the South Coast with a working Harbour, stunning sandstone cliffs and a nice beach (even though it is made of Pebbles, not sand). We originally only planned to stay in WestBay for a couple of hours but ended up staying the whole day. We really enjoyed the Tea room in the old railway station TStation.
Well, that's it. I hope you get a chance to see some of these places on your own road trips in future.