Grain field

There goes the summer…

Ok so in typical UK summertime fashion, it’s come and gone in the blink of an eye…

Still, the rain didn’t dampen our spirits for our second trip in the camper van. With a couple of weeks gone since we first tried her out, we were better equipped for a longer weekend.

We arrived at Crowborough campsite in the pouring rain but hey, a sunny day was forecast for the next day so, all good. Narrowly escaped having to swap van for canvas as my camping companion only just about managed  to resist the offer of a bribe of a bottle of wine from a poor bedraggled fellow camper who’s fate was spending the night in a tent.

True enough, the next morning was sunny as predicted and we had a nice long (and seemingly straightforward) walk lined up.

Cooked up a hearty brekky in the van and set off for an 8.5mi circular walk from Jarvis Brook back to camp. Very pleasant it was too.


Woodland path

Field of Chamomile

Grain field

Inevitably we got lost and spent rather a lot of time walking backwards and forwards across a field looking for a style we didn’t have to cross, to get us back on track. Vital bits missing from the walk instructions meant we went wrong in a couple of places so 8.5mi turned into more like 11 or 12 – ending in a great big hill…

Next day was a complete washout, so after a long lie in watching the rain, we decided to fight water with water and go for a swim in the nearby leisure centre. Very nice it was too.

Camping in the rain

By evening time it had dried up enough for us to take a gentle stroll into town for a quick half.

On our final day we took a slight detour on the way home and had a lovely gentle stroll in the Ashdown Forest.

Forest path




Van now well and truly christened. All set now for a week in Devon. Watch this space…

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