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Duration Two weeks When July 2020 Why? Beautiful views, great walking and excellent dining out None of us will forget 2020 in a hurry. We had planned a series of tours throughout the year. Indeed, a couple of weeks before the first UK lockdown was an
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The Nightstop Scheme is run by us in conjunction with the Motor Caravanners’ Club (MCC), and the sites are certificated locations (CLs); you don’t have to join any club to use them. You’ll need to ring the relevant site to confirm whether there’s spa
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Tour Essentials
2003 Hymer Camp on a Fiat Ducato base. Waterperry Common, Waterperry, Oxford OX33 1LQ Web Tel 01865 351 266 Web Normally, this lovely house and grounds are open all year round, with a garden c
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Auto-trail Tracker
Fiat’s ‘all-new’ Ducato X/250 was launched for the 2007 model year and from then, Auto-Trail decided to build its popular Tracker on it. Quite right, too, because it made commercial sense to carry forward such a strong seller. Tracker has always plou
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I often see people on motorhome forums questioning why brake fluid needs replacing, many claiming this is a “rip-off” by garages. That is most definitely not the case. The issue with brake fluid is that it is hygroscopic, which means it draws moistur
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Swift is by no means the only manufacturer in the industry claiming that there might, after all, be some benefits to the prolonged lockdowns we have all endured, and the likelihood of summer this year being a largely staycation season (see opposite).
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Natural Choice
It is testament to the man and the TV series that Life on Earth remains as inspiring now as when it was first screened some 42 years ago. In fact, I’d say this is the most important wildlife book since Darwin’s On the Origin of Species – an examinati
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Choosing A Van Conversion Base
With an established history of campervan ownership, Andy McCandlish has bought, converted and ultimately driven them for more than 250,000 miles over the past 13 years. They have been his everyday vehicle and workhorse for travelling the country and
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Outdoor Gear Guide
Price £149 Web Affordable, yet with 10x magnification, these excellent all-rounders are well built, lightweight and easy to use. Filled with nitrogen to prevent fogging, these binoculars make an excellent choice for those who want to en
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Van Conversions
Setting a budget Begin by setting a realistic budget: not just the initial cost, but ongoing maintenance (both the base vehicle and the interior will need regular servicing), fuel consumption and insurance. The price of a new motorhome can look prohi
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Laika Ecovip L 4012 Da Vinci Edition
Laika, despite its Russian name and its US ownership via the German Erwin Hymer Group, is an Italian firm. It has bucked the trend this season by expanding the Ecovip range. In the UK it has been offering special ‘Da Vinci’ editions, with a host of e
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New ’vans
Swift Group has reported a loss of £7.3m last year due largely to the lockdown, but the firm says it is upbeat about future prospects, with the rise in staycations. Pre-tax losses before exceptional cost for the year to the end of August 2020 were £7
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Brighton, Sussex
50.8225° N, 0.1372° W With its busy seafront, quirky shops, funky music scene and countless restaurants and bars, there’s much to recommend Brighton and Hove – and we haven’t even mentioned the Royal Pavilion and the celebrated Palace Pier! Some peop
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Editor in chief Sarah Wakely Deputy Editor Paul Critcher Art Editors Simon Mortimer, Jenny Owen Production Editor Gillian Gould Features Editor Claudia Dowell Reviews Editor Peter Baber Staff Writer Bryony Symes Jack Banc
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Across the UK, we’re going campervan crazy! Growing numbers of dealers are commissioning vehicles to their own designs and specifications, and selling them under their own name. Just a few of such outlets that come to mind are Northamptonshire-based
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Monty Halls
So said writer Isak Dinesen in the 1930s, and I’m not sure a great deal has altered since. It’s something of a universal truth; although my ability to combine all three every time I go surfing is, I suspect, entirely unique. There hasn’t been a day o
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The sun is shining in the bluest of blue skies, spring flowers are showing off their colours and the birds and bees are going about their business. Suddenly, it feels like the future is full of possibilities and we can plan ahead. Although some early
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The Pros… And Cons
The idea of life on the road is exciting, but for many potential owners, motorhome cost is a major hurdle. Sorting a first ’van purchase can be an expensive business and working out where to start needs careful consideration. If you are on a tight bu
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Looking Back At Our Bailey
→ Price £62,999 → Berths 4 → Belts 4 → Base vehicle Peugeot Boxer → Engine 2.0-litre, 165bhp turbodiesel → Length 7.37m → Width 2.49m → Height 2.71m → MTPLM 3500kg → Payload 445kg → Expenses None → Previous reports Issue 232, 235, 236, 241, 242 Writi
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7 Used Stars Under £30k
If reading the preceding pages of this month’s magazine has made you drop your head in your hands in despair and think, “There is no way in the world I am ever going to be able to afford a new motorhome – I can’t spend over £30,000 on such a thing,”
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1, 2 Two of my favourite photos from trips we took a couple of years ago, when we were lucky enough to be on a long European tour. The first was taken at the amazing aire in the ‘eagle’s nest’ village of Monsaraz, Portugal. Breathtaking views stretch
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Blast From The Past!
España was calling on the cover of this winter special, which promised ‘surreal sierras, top tapas and fine wines’… and not an ‘Olé!’ in sight! Dan Wright’s epic trip around Spain in a Volkswagen California 4Motion took him to the celebrated bodegas
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After spending so many months at home in the lockdowns, I dare say that I am not alone in feeling elated to be planning our first few local family trips, at long last For some people, simply being away on a campsite will be enough after all we’ve col
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Shooting Wildlife
Make the most of your backyard. The majority of us can encourage wild birds into our gardens with feeders and baths, or you could get really creative by building an infinity pool. Whichever you choose, shooting birds just outside your back door is gr
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Set in a wooded valley and surrounded by peaceful riverside walks, Waterrow Touring Park is a great place to get away from it all. There’s also fantastic walking almost on your doorstep, in the nearby Quantock Hills and Exmoor National Park, making t
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GO WILD On Tour!
What fabulous wildlife can you expect to discover, and where in the British Isles can you see it? A round-up of some of the most informative and entertaining wildlife-related tomes on sale now Beginner’s guide to spotting our feathered friends Inspir
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Taking Flight!
The UK is brilliant for birdwatching, offering a huge range of different habitats. There are numerous bird reserves and plenty to see when out walking in the town or country. Your motorhome is the ideal way to start birding, where and when you want.
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One effect of the pandemic rules has been in the workshop – with travel restrictions in place, it is difficult to consider taking your motorhome for a service as ‘essential travel’, unless of course you live in it full-time or it is your only vehicle
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Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind
Many wild animals have an instinctive fear of humans, and even the best camera and super-telephoto lens will be insufficient if the species you are trying to approach for a pic feels threatened by you. Here are some of the best ways to stay out of si
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