End of the Pre-Adventure Tour a.k.a Getting to know Nortia

Having picked up Nortia, our Etrusco T7400 QBC on what started off as an incredibly wet Wednesday in June, but ended in perfect sunshine we set off to our first overnight stop at the Caravan and Motorhome Club Site Richmond Hargill House, overlooking the North York Moors.

We were greeted by the welcoming wardens and helped to pick a lovely pitch. Time to unload the hire car and see what would go where. First we tried to sort the bed out so we were ready to go – the bed linen we brought was too small – the bed in Nortia is a king size, our duvet fitted but the sheets were way to small. We took a short drive to Catterick and bought what we needed.

Next stop dinner, we bought a quick and simple dinner we could reheat in the oven – Nortia has a Gaslow system fitted which we can refill with LPG. Another stupid error ensued – we hadn’t checked we had gas. So while we sat waiting for the dinner to cook – there had been no heat. It was easily rectified the next day – we had previously downloaded the LPG app – as recommended by Vanda and Andy https://truckingandlooking.blogspot.com/.

After two nights at Richmond we went to the Caravan and Motorhome Club North Yorkshire Moor, we’d been searching for a campsite to go to and it looked lovely. Another error there were no facilities at the site BUT that was no longer a problem we have a shower and toilet on board – both are lovely and big with a walkway between which makes the biggest en-suite we have ever had truth be told we haven’t had an en=suite before!)

From North Yorkshire Moors we spent the weekend at York Rowntree Caravan Club Site. Here we discovered lovely little street with cafes, restaurants and shops just within walking distance. In the other direction the City Centre was about half a mile away. In true tradition we had a curry on Saturday night.

Next stop Maplethope, Lincolnshire a traditional seaside town, with a big sandy beach but no dogs are allowed at this time of year.

From here we went to Thetford Forest Club Site, complete with Desert Rats Memorial and Trail – there is also a Museum open on request.

Heading further south we went to the Ashridge Farm site just outside Ashwell, Hertfordshire. Ashwell is a quintessential English Village, with a butcher and baker (don’t know about candlestick maker) couple of pubs and a village green with cricket pitch. We actually washed Nortia to make her look smart!

Last stop before home was Henley-on-Thames. The sun came out as did the awning and chairs and we relaxed in the sun.

We stopped over at home and collected the belongings we hadn’t had the room to take with us and placed the bikes on the fitted bike rack, before heading further south to the coast – Littlehampton Club Site was the next stop over. We worked out an issue with the fridge – it has a three-way switch over but needed resetting – simple when you read the instructions!

One last stop over at Chichester Marina, before we headed off on the adventure we were planning.

Thank you again for reading to the end.. we’ll update you with more from the Big Adventure soon.

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