For our Easter break we decided to make one more attempt at travelling to St David’s in Pembrokeshire, having failed to get there on two previous attempts both of which ended up with us being brought back home on the back of a rescue trailer. Thankfully this time we managed to not only get to St David’s but also to our two other planned destinations and safely back home without incident in our new, to us, van.
Our first destination was Lleithyr Farm, Whitesands Bay, St David’s. This was a really nice site with a very well stocked shop, nice clean facilities and a small animal petting area which housed goats, pigs and ponies amongst other small farm animals. Whitesands Bay was only a 15 minute walk away and St David’s could also be reached on foot within 20 – 30 minutes. The site was fairly quiet owing to the recent heavy snow, which hadn’t actually effected the site, but had made travel through parts of Wales more difficult than usual. We spent 2 nights on the site and would definitely use it again if in the area.
Next stop was a site just outside Caerleon called Whitehall Farm. This is a small Camping and Caravan Club Certified site which has space for 5 motor homes or caravans. The site is run by Trevor and Ann. We were made very welcome by Trevor on our arrival who was a perfect host making sure we were settled into our pitch and showing us all the facilities on offer. We even had access to a whole field just for exercising Gromit which was brilliant because we could really wear him out chasing his ball frantically up and down the field for ages which meant we got a peaceful evening whilst he settled down for the night in the front cab of the van. Spent two nights here and will definitely visit this site again.
Our third and final site was another Camping and Caravan Club site although this time it was a large site run by the club itself called the Hereford Club Site. The site was ok but there was a constant smell of silage coming from one of the nearby fields which was a bit off-putting after a while. We had booked two nights on this site, but ended up not returning to it on the first night as we ended up staying at Barb’s cousins house, preferring to join in the drinking and revelry than driving back to the site late at night. The site did have a dedicated dog walk and a very large pond which was very picturesque and well stocked for fishermen, many of whom use the site for this purpose, but it just felt a bit impersonal to us. I don’t think we are very keen on the big overly organised sites much preferring the smaller more relaxed sites.
This was the longest period we have spent in a van, mostly our breaks are 2 or 3 nights, but we really enjoyed it. Gromit making the front cab his own sleeping area was great as it gave us time to relax on our own and made it easier to move around the back of the van when using the toilet or kitchen area’s. I think we both agreed we could have easily stayed on the road for a few more nights if we’d been able to.