Day 6 To Day 11

Full reviews of hotels, attractions, etc will be coming soon
 
Day 6 – Tuesday 23rd April
Miles – 134
Total miles – 374
We were both awake early this morning so we got all our stuff packed back and said goodbye to Bovey’s Down Farm.
Seeing as my solar power bank has failed me, my other power banks are empty and we didn’t drive long enough to charge up our phones yesterday, we decided to go in search for a camping power hook up converter. After going to several different shops and some research online, we reserved one at the Halfords in Exeter.
We then headed out to Wildwood Escot which is a wildlife park on the Escot Estate. They have wolves, otters, wild cats, birds of prey, peacocks, wild boars and so much more. We got there when it opened and it took a little while for the animals to wake up and come out of their houses to say hello to us but when they did it was fantastic. I can see why it’s so popular.
After an early lunch we decided to go get the hook up converter and get on with the long drive down to Marazion where we were staying at the Wheal Rodney Holiday Park.
We got checked in and the tent set up as quickly as we could as there was rain forecast but also because the site had an indoor heated swimming pool….. it was like swimming in a huge bath, if was lush!!
We managed to get back to the tent and have dinner before it really started to rain hard.
 
Day 7 – Wednesday 24th April
Miles – 45
Total miles – 419
Lands End – St Ives – Marazion
I think I got a grand total of 3 hours sleep last night. To help keep us drier and possibly warmer, we put our big sheet of tarpaulin over our tent but it was so windy that no matter how much we pinned it down, it kept coming loose and rustling in the wind. I don’t know what time it was but Sean and I both had enough of it so we got out the tent in the pouring rain to take the tarpaulin off, folder it up and put it in our little toilet tent.
We then both then woke up just before 6am and couldn’t get back to sleep so thought we would just get on with the day. I had a look online at the things we wanted to do and it said that Lands End was open from 7am, happy days! We got dressed and headed off only to find that the site for Lands End doesn’t have a gate or anything on it so you can go up any time you please but the shops don’t open until 10am. We had a good like round and had our pictures taken with the Lands End sign before heading off towards St Ives.
If you have a big car, do not drive to St Ives harbour, the streets are small and tight to get through, I don’t know how we didn’t scratch up our car.
Anyway, it was still early so we went along the harbour and found a lovely pub called The Lifeboat Inn that do a full English breakfast that was delicious.
We had a walk along the harbour but there wasn’t much open and it kept raining so we didn’t get to see much unfortunately.
We found a little ice cream place called Just Desserts and thought “what the hell” so we had some ice creams. I had mint choc chip and Oreo (much to my husband’s disgust as he doesn’t like either lol).
Now, if you have been to St Ives you know the danger that lurks on roof tops, the takers of food who swoop in from above your head when you least expect it, the noisy sods that wake you up at 5am and don’t care how much it annoys you. Yes, I am talking about the seagulls. Oh it is no laughing matter (if you are laughing), my own mum was a victim of the seagulls. She came out of a shop with an ice cream, a seagull swooped down and took her ice cream right out of her hand! She didn’t even get to have a lick of her ice cream! Haha sorry, I have to laugh at the image of that. The seagulls are a pain in the bum though, there are loads of signs along the seafront warning people so keep an eye out if you visit.
We took in the beautiful harbour views and then worked up the courage to go back to the car park and try to drive through the little streets to get out of town.
It still wasn’t even lunch time so we drove to Marazion for St Michael’s Mount.
We parked in the beach car park and then walked along the sea wall to get one of the little boats out to St Michael’s Mount as the tide was still in. we had to walk out to a big rock on the beach in order to get onto the boats which was £2 for each of us each way so I made sure that I had £8 in charge.
Once we go to St Michael’s Mount, we got off at the harbour wall and walked round to the buildings. We had every intention of going up to the castle until we were at the bottom of the hill and saw how steep it was. There is no way that I would of made it up there, we did speak to a member of staff that said that if we pay to go in and don’t get all the way to the top, we can go back and get a refund but I knew there was no way I was getting up there. I think I would of been ok if the trail went around the hill but it basically went straight up.
We went to the cafe to have lunch and have a good think about getting up the hill but we both agreed that it wasn’t going to happen haha.
We still had a good look around the museum and seeing as the tide was still in, we got the last boat back to the shore.
It was starting to rain so we headed back to the car and did the very short drive back to the camp site. I was thinking about all the wind and rain last night and it got me thinking about the bell tents that they had at the campsite so when we got back, I went into reception and had a chat with the lovely lady at the desk about us having a bell tent for the night. We worked out a deal so that we only had to pay a little bit more on top of our tent pitch and have the bell tent instead. I rushed out reception, after paying of course, to check out the bell tent which was super awesome! Not only did we have a double bed, a bedside table, fridge, plates, bowls, cutlery, glasses, mugs, kettle, a power lead and candle, we also had a little lawn with a bench, a patio area with a table and chairs, our own little garden and a gas BBQ! It was all in our own private area with a fence around it so that even though we were opposite reception, we could have been in a field.
We went for another dip in the pool, couldn’t get enough of that heated pool, and did our laundry in the laundry room.
 
Day 8 – Thursday 25th April
Miles – 96
Total Miles – 515
Marazion – Stoke
I had nearly forgotten how good it was to sleep in a proper bed. Last night I slept the best I have done on this trip. It was a bit of a weird experience as I’ve never been in a tent that was kitted out like a hotel room so it was a little strange when it started raining and I could hear it on the canopy but it was quite soothing. I woke up feeling quite refreshed.
We laid in bed for a little while, taking advantage of being in a bed as long as possible, found a great campsite in Stoke in Somerset for the night on Google Maps.
We set off mid morning after breakfast as we didn’t want to rush with the driving and as we were going driving along the motorway, we saw a sign for Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm. We turned off at the next exit and quickly found it on Google so that we could get directions.
Healey’s Cornish Cyder Farm is brilliant! We got the top package which was £17 each but this included a full tour of the farm seeing the cider making process from start to finish, a tractor ride, a look round the museum, a tasting and a free pint so totally worth the money.
We went on the tractor ride first getting to go round the orchards and then we went on the tour which is a walking tour but it was loads of fun, my husband especially liked the tasting haha.
We had a late lunch in the big restaurant and then headed off to get back to the motorway and on our way to Stoke.
We arrived at Stoke Barton Farm late afternoon and was surprised to see that other than a few motor-homes and a caravan, we were the only ones in a huge field so we had pick of the pitches. We picked a pitch quite close to the toilet block and near the entrance to the field.
We got all set up and had dinner but felt it was still early so we went off in the car to find the pub that the lady in the farm house told me about that is half way down a cliff overlooking the sea. It’s called The Wrecker’s Retreat because of all the ships that have crashed onto the huge rocks below. You have to drive down steep curvy roads to get to it and it is super windy but the view is just out of this world. We had a good look around the outside seeing the rocks and the cliffs from all the angles we could before retreating inside the pub.
We got a table near the door and took in all the amazing things in the pub. There is a map that showed all the ships that had crashed including where and when it was.
After a few drinks we drove back up the curvy steep hill to get back to the farm before it got dark as I didn’t fancy trying to drive those roads in the dark.
It was freezing cold when we got back to the tent so I got out the spare blanket, our hoodies and the picnic blanket to put over our duvet. I checked the weather and it was going to be stormy and cold for the next few days so I went to trusty old Groupon to sort us out for the next night. Managed to find a hotel near Bristol that was only £35 so got that and booked it straight away.
 
Day 9 – Friday 26th April
Miles – 129
Total Miles – 644
Stoke – Hallatrow
Worst night of my life!! I didn’t get any sleep at all, the while night felt like it lasted 40 hours, it was so windy that it felt like the tent had become a lung as all the sides kept coming right in to the point that they nearly touched us and then back out again. It was freezing all night, we had loads of layers of clothes on as well as the duvet, blankets and hoodies but nothing kept the cold out. To top it off, the airbed decided to give up on life and I felt more and more of the floor before it was all I could feel under me. Turned out that we had part of Storm Hannah go over us, believe me when I say that I was not surprised when I found out.
We had planned to head to Bristol for the day as we couldn’t check into this hotel until 5pm so we packed up and headed off early.
We were looking at the prices for parking in Bristol, which were crazy, and the fact that it was raining a lot put us off the closer we got there so we decided to head off to the hotel early instead seeing as they have a pub attached to it.
Then we found a book shop called Book Barn International, the sign said that they had over a million books in stock so obviously, I had to see it and I am pretty sure there was a lot more than a million books haha. We had a good look round and found a few books before chilling out for a little while in the Full Stop Cafe which has lovely big sofas where you can curl up with a book and enjoy a lovely cup of tea.
We found a Tesco so stopped off for snacks and something to put together for dinner.
I was having a look for somewhere to stay in South Wales and after checking on Google Maps, Trivago, Late Rooms, Groupon, Wowcher, Expedia and Trip Advisor, I finally got to Booking.com and found the most fantastic deal. 3 nights in student accommodation in Neszport for £83!! We wasn’t going to say no to that so we booked it straight away. I really wasn’t looking forward to getting in a tent again.
We still managed to get to the hotel an hour early so we went into the pub which is one of the most quirky pubs I have ever been into. They have all sorts of signs hanging from the ceiling, every beer mat known to exist, pillows of every shape and size, salt and pepper pots of every theme possible, beer posters, odd things hanging from the ceiling, half a car in the fire place and a full on train car coming out the back of it that has been converted into a restaurant. Loved it so much!
By the time we got to check into our room, we were both shattered so we had some of our snacks and went to bed.
 
Day 10 – Saturday 27th April
Miles – 102
Total Miles – 746
Hallatrow – Bristol – Barry Island – Neszport
So glad that we was in a hotel for that night! I woke up a few times to go to the loo and didn’t realise how windy it was until I heard it through the skylight in the bathroom. I looked out the bedroom window and it was horrible outside, so I quickly got back into bed.
We left at about 9:30am and headed towards Wales. It was so exciting going over the bridge into Wales and then seeing the sign saying “Welcome to Wales”.
We are both fans of the TV show Gavin and Stacey so seeing as it was early, we headed to Barry Island. Now, compared to the wind in Barry Island, Storm Hannah was a cool summer breeze! I opened my car door and it flew open, Sean had trouble getting out his side of the car and the wind was blowing it shut. I didn’t have a hairband so I had to hold my hair down because the alternative was to look like a troll caught in a hurricane haha. Even the shops couldn’t put their stands outside because they merchandise was getting blown away.
We had a walk along the seafront and found the cafe that Stacey works in and Tessa’s Slots from the show. The beach looked lovely, it was so clean and looked like it went on for miles.
We headed back along the motorway to Neszport and found our hotel/student accommodation which was the Neszport Student Village. We couldn’t check in for an hour and saw there was an Asda opposite so went over to get some supplies.
Went back to the hotel and got checked in, all very nice and quick. How it works here is that you have a room in a flat so you have your own room and en-suite bathroom but you share the open plan kitchen and living room. The room is big with a good sized bed, a huge corner desk, a sofa and the en-suite was a small wet room with the shower, toilet and sink all in a little room in the corner. The kitchen had everything we needed along with 2 fridge/freezers. The living room had 2 nice sofas and a TV so we plugged our Amazon Fire Stick into the back of it and signed up to the WiFi so that we could watch Netflix. We absolutely loved it, we couldn’t believe how lucky we were and how cheap it was. It was so nice having an oven to cook with so that I could make a dinner that didn’t consist of pasta or noodles.
 
Day 11 – Sunday 28th April
Miles – 0
Total Miles – 746
Neszport
We thought we would have a day of neither of us driving so we walked along the river to the shopping centre in Neszport. The shops seem like a little rabbit warren of little streets all coming off each other. We had a good look around , did a little bit of shopping and managed to find a Wetherspoons pub called The Queen’s Hotel to have a chill out with a few drinks.
We’d seen an all-you-can-eat Indian restaurant called Tawa Indian Buffet on our way round so we went back there for a late lunch and the food was amazing! There was so many dishes to choose from, we tried to try a bit of everything and what we did have tasted delicious, I can see why it got so busy.
We slowly made our way back to the hotel and had another chilled out evening watching Netflix.
 

Day 1 To Day 5

Here is my little diary of the first 5 days of the Unplanned Road Trip, I will of course being writing more in-depth reviews of the places we visited which will be published at a later time.
 
Day 1 – Thursday 18th April – home to Crawley
Miles – 41
Although this part of the trip is very short and is just us going to my mum and dad’s, I still count it as part of the trip.
I feel like I had the longest day at work today and as soon as it got to 5:30pm I was gone lol. Got home and lucky enough Sean had just arrived so we finished packing the car and headed off.
I thought that there would be more traffic than there was seeing as its bank holiday tomorrow. I thought more people would have wanted to get an extra day in like us but there was hardly any traffic.
Sorted out a few bits to borrow from my parents and then it was an early night.
 
Day 2 – Friday 18th April – Crawley to Gosport
Miles – 65
Total miles – 106
We had a look on Google Maps and it wasn’t going to take us long to get to Gosport so we didn’t leave my mum and dad’s until mid morning. We plotted our route to take us to the nearest supermarket to the campsite to save us a bit of time.
Shocked again by the lack of traffic seeing as we were heading to the coast but it just made the drive smoother.
We got to the Asda and brought enough food to keep us going for the next few days. Mainly tinned good like baked beans, jars of sauce, bottles of water, packets of ready meals that you add water to and a few little snack bits.
We got to our first camp site which is called Kingfisher Caravan Park. It’s a lovely big caravan park with static caravans as well as the tent/ camper van/ caravan areas. It’s also has a shop and club house with a restaurant which was good.
We got our tent and everything set up but the sun was beating down on us, it was melting sort of hot so we got the tarpaulin out of the boot and made a sort of gazebo but shutting one end in the car doors and then covering the tent with the rest. It made the tent so nice and cool and there was a bit between the tent and the car for us to chill out in.
In the evening we went to the club house and found out they were having a bbq and a music quiz so we were happy. Got to have some munch other back on the patio and then went inside for the music quiz. We were team 7 and we came 6th Haha, we weren’t last which made me happy.
Kingfisher
Day 3 – Saturday 20th April
Campsite to Gosport
Miles – 6
Total miles – 112
Didn’t sleep too badly but could of done without some of our neighbours deciding to get up at 2am and have a good old chin wag for a few hours. Thinking we shouldn’t have pitched up so close to the loos as well seeing as the door slamming kept waking us up.
To my dismay, the tent with us, the airbed and the quilt just isn’t big enough, I couldn’t zip the door shut and it felt really claustrophobic.
I went to get out to go to the loo and ended up with water all down my face and in my hair from the condensation build up. This is not how I wanted to start my day and annoyed me a lot.
We got up, had showers and then set off towards the Gosport ferry. We found a park and display car park right next to the Gosport bus station which is right next to the ferry port. The ferry was only £3.60 each for a return ticket which you can get from one of the ticket machines, the ferries run regularly throughout the day and it only takes a few minutes to get across the water.
Portsmouth Historical Dockyard is huge and typical enough, the Mary Rose Museum was right over in the far corner haha. We walked round and got to see HMS Warrior and HMS Victory as well as some of the other attractions. We didn’t go in them as we didn’t have a pass but it was good just to see what was available as we could buy passes at any of the shops if we changed our minds.
The Mary Rose Museum was amazing! I couldn’t believe how much they had brought up from the bottom of the sea. The main focal point was of course the remains of the Mary Rose which was in the middle of the building so that you could see it where ever you were. There are 3 floors of information and artefact’s around the ship and on each floor there is a walkway so that you can get a good look at the ship from different levels.
When we came out of the museum, we walked around the dockyard some more, went in the shops and an exhibit on boat making before heading out to find something to eat. As if luck would have it, right outside the dockyard gates is a pub called the Ship and Castle which does a carvery so we went in there and had a lovely late lunch.
Once we had finished stuffing ourselves with food, we walked the short distance back to ferry to get back to Gosport.
We didn’t go straight back to the campsite when we got to Gosport, we had a good look around the shops in the high street, got a bigger tent from Argos and then went into a Wetherspoons pub called The Star.
We got back to the campsite mid-afternoon and just chilled out until it was time to make dinner and go back over to the clubhouse for the Easter raffle and a disco by Ant and Deck, yes that is right, the DJ was called Ant and Deck haha.
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Day 4 – Sunday 21st April
Gosport to Colyton
Miles – 112
Total miles – 224
We arrived in Devon!
This day was purely driving to our new campsite which was called Bovey’s Down Farm. Lovely campsite, some absolutely amazing views because it is in the middle of nowhere, all you can see for miles and miles is fields and trees.
They have a restaurant onsite that does the most delicious tea and scones, we saw loads of people ordering them that we couldn’t help but have some too. They also have locally made cider call Wiscombe Suicider which my Sean took a liking too, especially as he could buy a 2.5 litre carton of it for £10.
 

Day 5 – Monday 22nd April

Beer and Seaton

Miles – 16

Total miles – 240

I was woken up by what sounded like every bird in Devon, I couldn’t believe how loud they were and knew I wasn’t going back to sleep when the geese started joining in haha.

We set off for the seaside town of Beer, we had to stop once we saw the sign for the town so that my husband could get a picture with the sign.

Beer is a very small town with not a lot going on but if you just want to chill out on the beach in the sun and eat ice cream, it’s perfect! You can hire deckchairs for the day so that you can be comfortable as it’s a pebble beach, not sand. There is a seafood stall and an ice cream café on the beach so you don’t have to back up to shops. Although the ice cream café doesn’t accept card so make sure you take some cash with you.

We went up to look at the shops once we’d been round the beach, we found The Dolphin Hotel was still serving full English breakfasts so we went in.

It was only lunch time when we came out so decided to pop down to Seaton as it was another seaside town that was only a few miles down the road.

Seaton has a much bigger seafront with a huge beach but still only a few shops so we had a walk around and had a little chill out on the beach before going to Tesco to pick up a few more supplies.

When we got back to Bovey’s, we went down to the restuarant for another afternoon chilling out having a few drinks before we went back up to the tent for dinner.

Lovely day :-)