Most of our trips will be with both Cath and myself – but this was a mid week trip, to meet up with an old friend – one of the activities that we hope to be doing more of with the van throughout the year.
Our rendez-vous was set – and using the “introduce a friend” scheme I joined the Caravan Club, and headed off to my first site – Tewkesbury Abbey.
……..when I say my first Caravan club site, thats not entirely true. My parents started caravanning shortly after I was born, and so I was brought up on Caravan Club sites, all across the country, but this was to be the first as myself as the member!
Jim had already arrived, and so I was directed to a pitch close to where they had already set up. All very friendly, with my neighbour popping out to help me reverse upto the pitch marker in the correct manner (or it may have been to make sure I didn’t encroach on his space!) The pitch was already nice and level – so no need for ramps, and this was the first “grass” pitch we had stayed on.
The sun was shining, and so after settling in we had a bit of a catch up before heading into town, just a short walk away, to explore, and then back to the van for tea.
The next day we headed out to Malvern, leaving the van on site, and taking Jim’s car. Malvern is a little spa town on the edge of the Malvern Hills. As we arrived the rain was falling heavily, but it was a relatively short shower, and as we parked it began to dry up – so we headed up through the town and up the Hill to the highest point in Worcestershire – the Worcestershire Beacon.
The views from the top were spectacular.
After a spot of lunch we headed back to the van to chill out, which gave me time to test out the awning for the first time, and one of our new chairs – very comfortable – almost like a hammock! (Review to follow)
Our final full day we spent in and around Tewkesbury – again the weather was being kind, and so I headed out to explore the Abbey (the local parish church) and the meadow that stretches between the River Severn and the Avon.
We finished the evening off by joining the local pub quiz in “The Britannia” – we managed to miss 1st place by one point – but second place was a good effort – and the questions certainly exercised our brains!
So – Thats it, time to depart, and I’m sure it worn’t be long before we find ourselves pitched up at a Caravan Club site again.