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Road Trip Part 1 -North Yorkshire to Scotland Via the North East

With a family wedding to attend in #Northumberland and a week’s holiday what else could we do but combine the 2!!

#George our #VW Camper Van was booked out on an adventure ... so we took our trusty Motorhome, who has felt a little left out since George appeared, and headed #north from #North Yorkshire !!

Our road trip started in #Whitley Bay at #Old Hartley Campsite ,lovely facilities, friendly staff and what a view of #St Mary’s lighthouse and the sea.

We walked 2 & 1/4 miles along the beach direct from the site to #Whitley Bay For fish and chips from #Pantrini’s (they even did #Gluten free fish & chips ... bonus !!) We sat and ate them looking out to sea. The magnificent #Spanish City has recently had a makeover and definitely worth a look.

The wedding was in #Tynemouth, if you’ve never ventured to the #Northumberland coast line, we would recommend a visit. Tynemouth is a small picturesque town with its own #Castle and the most beautiful beaches. The day of the wedding called for a night in the very swanky #Grand Hotel, a lovely place, steeped in history with the most fabulous staircase Iv'e ever seen !!

Wedding celebrated in true style ... We set off for our next destination. North Berwick .... A beautiful small Scottish town set against a backdrop of the Firth of Forth, Bass Rock and steeped in history. Feeling adventurous we found the perfect overnight camp spot. Don’t forget you have the right to roam in Scotland ,so wild camping is permitted. If you find a lovely beauty spot and there are no restrictions, feel free to enjoy and set up camp for free, (see wild camping tips at the bottom of the page).

We camped adjacent to the sea approx. 200 yd's past the Glen Golf Club, theres a lay-by on the left-hand side. There were already 6 motor homes parked up for the night, so we felt quite comfortable parking up. We had a fabulous view, with an abundance of wild life to keep us entertained .... oh and a few G&T’s!!

Alan even did a bit of foraging and picked a bowel of blackberries from just behind the MH, they were beautiful …. Perfect to drop in my glass of Fizz and liven up my porridge for breakfast. We couldn’t visit the sea without a bracing morning run along the beach and then a very quick dip in the sea !! Completely mad ... but very invigorating.

We have wild camped a few times now in Scotland including the Isle of Skye and defiantly worth doing as you can camp alongside some amazing views, all for free!! Just make sure you have enough water and food on board to last for a couple of nights.

For those of you who haven’t tried #Wildcamping here’s a few important things to remember ..............

Do use common sense and think about whether the spot you have chosen is suitable for a vehicle, avoid fragile ground and sensitive habitats. Don’t block access to tracks and fields.

Do respect other people’s privacy and avoid parking up next to another van in a secluded spot unless they have invited you to do so.

Do use only biodegradable detergents and drain kitchen waste water tanks only when you find a campsite or other designated place.

Always urinate away from open water and use a trowel to bury human waste. It’s vital that toilet paper is bagged and taken away with you . Do not bury it because animals may dig it up.

Remove all litter from your camping spot when you leave.

Do think about security when parking your van.

Do keep a low-profile where you camp. So, you should avoid loud music, long washing lines, sprawling parties and BBQ s, for example.

Do visit a campsite when you want a shower (if your motor home doesn’t have one) or for an electrical hook-up.

Don’t make a mess and leave behind dangerous litter or waste.

Do enjoy your wild camper-vanning – and don’t spoil the privilege for the generations to come.

Road Trip Part 2 coming soon ................North Brewick to Edinburgh and the mysteries of

Rosslyn Chapel !!!

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