Motorhome Adventure to UK
So we’ve tried, tested and had a couple of incidents in Ireland in the first few weeks so a decision was made to see how we get on in the UK. We’ve done the overnight with Rupert so know he’ll be fine and will sleep but also as our MH is under guarantee we want to fully debug it before guarantee expires. Having said all the above this trip did come as a surprise to me.
I came off the course on Tuesday 7th to a text that my OH was in the process of booking sailings with Irish Ferries that coming Friday. I got home before anything was booked and paid for and suggested he change the sailing to an earlier time thus allowing us arrive in daylight! That evening I pointed out that we would need to know where we were stopping over each night before we travelled as we wouldn’t have access to wifi and so the hunt started.
One website we found particularly good was http://alanrogers.com/ We also emailed a few tourist information sites requesting information on overnight wild camping. The replies we received were very helpful and I would advise anyone to try this.
Day 1 Friday
So Friday morning dawned bright and early, I was sleep walking, not the best first thing in the morning. MH had been packed from the night before, dog was woken out of his deep sleep and half fed and off we went. Having gone to the trouble and expense to get Rupert his pet passport I was there at the ready to hand it over – never asked for it or ours. As we’d a kennel booked we settled Rupert in, padlock and bed and off we went. It was lovely sailing out of Dublin Port at dawn and overall it was a very pleasant crossing.
Once we docked we got Rupert settled back into the MH and off we went on our adventure. Priority was to let him have a run so we drove to Trearddur Bay. This is a blue flag beach and it is lovely, the tide was in so we didn’t see it at it’s best but went for a lovely long walk. Once back in the MH we set off again. I had already stated that the maximum time we would drive without a break was 2 hours as I wanted Rupert to have loads of walks but also my OH is inclined to drive and drive and we were not in any rush, after all this was supposed to be a leisurely week in the UK. Having stopped a couple of times along the coast, one particularly nice place is Llanfairfechan Beach we eventually arrived in our parking spot for the night, and what a parking spot it was. The village was Neston in Cheshire, lovely to stroll around and we were parked, with previous permission granted at The Harp Inn, 19 Quayside, Neston, Merseyside, CH64 0TB This is a very small pub on the Wirral and its very popular with walkers as there are beautiful walks in the area. Having explored the village, fed ourselves and Rupert we all took off to the pub – wasn’t far, maybe 20 yards! It was fantastic, they don’t serve food but serve everything else with a smile and not only are dogs welcome but Rupert and 3 others were running and playing in the bar, all trying to sneak behind for crisps – unsuccessfully! So far so good! Rupert slept like a log that night, we had brought his crate with us so we knew he wasn’t going to wander around and climb up on us.
The following morning we decided to turn on the hot water for showers and head out for breakfast to a fab café, about 10 mins walk, which we had heard about the night before. Net’s Café is just superb, the will do up whatever you want. As this is all part of the Wirral marshes walk it is full of, yes, walkers but also cyclists. There are areas for dogs with drink bowls left out for them. Upon return to MH we ran into a problem. The water hadn’t heated, we did have a problem as everytime we tried the red light came on and shut it down. After many many attempts we finally got it going but this was to be the story of our week – well I did say we were debugging.