Sweet or Savoury – how do you like your Pancakes?

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People are always asking us and talking to us about what’s the best and easiest thing to cook in a campervan, which of course leads us to PANCAKES! 

We’ve found that pancakes are a great and easy meal or treat to cook in our campervan kitchens – the kids certainly love them and can’t wait to get involved. We’ve come up with just a few of our favourite combinations……. 

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Sweet

 lashings of CREAM and RASPBERRY CONSERVE

 a spoonful (or two) of SOUR CHERRY SAUCE

 you can’t go wrong with CHOCOLATE & BANANA

 

Savoury

 sliced HAM and grated GRUYERE

 wilted SPINACH, blended with RICOTTA & PARESAN

 slices of CRISPY BACON with drizzled MAPLE SYRUP

 

…….or of course, crack out the lemon and sugar!

However you’re having yours this pancake day – ENJOY!

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THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE IN THE UK… ISLE OF HARRIS

My number 1 in the Sussex Campers ‘Top 10 Most Beautiful Places in the UK’ is the amazing Isle of Harris, situated in the outer Hebrides chain of Islands, off the West coast of Scotland.

There is an incredible diversity in the landscape, from the mountains in the North, to the numerous, unspoilt beaches in the South, the dramatic, rocky west coast and all of the glorious cliffs, moorlands, lochs and meadows. The spectacular scenery in this tranquil, idyllic getaway will really take your breath away. Although the furthest place away in my top 10 for most people, it certainly seems the most worthy of the long trip up there!

Make sure you visit the magnificent beaches of Scarista and Luskentyre, and explore the Harris Hills to discover the castles nestled in lonely bays. Get involved with some salmon and trout fishing, and a game of tennis or golf. Take a cruise to St Kilda, and the other remote islands of the Hebrides, which has been recognised as a wildlife and marine life habitat of world importance, with many different animals and plants including puffins, gannets and guillemots. Whilst sailing the ocean you are also likely to see whales, sharks, dolphins and grey seals. All of the Hebrides itself are great for many activities like sailing, sea kayaking, windsurfing and kite surfing and with the most consistent surf in Europe, the islands are a great spot for surf enthusiasts. Divers can explore a paradise of reefs, caves and forest kelps, all in beautifully clean and clear waters. The Hebrides have a wonderful, unique and spiritual civilised culture with vibrant and lively festivals, the friendly locals will make your stay all the more enjoyable. Find more info on festivals and things to do at visithebrides.com

 

 

 

Travel up through the lovely city of Glasgow, cross the Skye bridge onto the Isle of Skye and take a Calmac ferry from Uig to Tarbert. I would recommend visiting in June or July as they are the hottest months, with the longest days of sun and lowest average rainfall. There are two main campsites on the adjoining Island of Lewis that would be perfect for a trip in your campervan; Laxdale Holiday Park and Eilean Fraoich Camp Site with all that you would need from electric hook ups to clean, hot showers.

Embark on an adventure to the Isle of Harris in the Hebrides for an experience that you will never forget!

Make your holiday how you want it – that is what’s great about having a campervan- you can tailor make it to what you want! Our holidays mostly revolve around our campervan these days – flexible, fun, and family all at once! That’s why we founded Sussex Campers a few years back.

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IN AT NUMBER 4… THE GIANT’S CAUSEWAY

Here is my number 4 in the sussex campers top 10 most beautiful places in the UK, to give you some ideas for fantastic trips away in your campervan… the Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland.

It is thought that the cooling of some molten lava millions of years ago created the fascinating shapes of the Giant’s Causeway or, alternatively, that a giant ripped up the rocks as he ran along the coast… whichever you believe, this is a truly spectacular sight. For something really special, visit at sunset to catch the sea mists rolling in for a magical view. Once you have seen this coastline for yourself, it is easy to understand why the Causeway Coastal route, from Belfast to Londonderry, has been voted one of the top 5 tourist drives in Europe.

When you have seen seen the Giant’s Causeway, visit Portcoon, with its famous sea cave, made popular with tales of smuggling and ghostly pipers, or take a ride on the old Causeway Tramline. If you are feeling daring, take the coastal footpath to the exhilarating, and vertigo inducing, Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge. Go over to Carrick island with its diverse birdlife and amazing uninterrupted views across to Scotland, making it well worth the scary walk!
There are so many activities to choose from in the area including horse trekking, sailing, sea and lake fishing, surfing, and coasteering. Dunluce Castle, situated on a cliff edge, is definitely worth a visit as it is surrounded by jaw dropping scenery, and gives you an insight into medieval Irish life.

The coastline, dotted with fishermen’s cottages, small sheltered harbours, isolated ruins and shoreline fields, reminds you of the hard life farmers and fishermen endured throughout history, and a new state of the art visitors centre is due to be opened in September 2012, which will allow you to really delve into understanding the history and culture of the area, and give you tips for how to explore it for yourself.

Ballyness Caravan park is ideally located for you to explore the Causeway Coast with all the usual facilities you could need, including electric, water and drainage hook ups, free hot showers and laundry room, as well as internet access and wifi.

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IN AT NUMBER 6… WASTWATER LAKE

To make sure that you are never short on places to visit if you fancy a weekend away, or a longer trip or tour in your campervan, here is number 6 in the countdown of the sussex campers top 10 most beautiful places in the UK… Wastwater Lake in The Lake District.

Wastwater Lake is a beauty of great proportions, as it is the deepest lake in Britain, the bottom being lower than sea level, and is surrounded by some very high mountains, including the highest in England, Scafell Pike. Wastwater offers some of the most spectacular views, often voted as the best in the UK.

Wastwater and the town of Wasdale are very secluded, perfect for a getaway retreat, with miles and miles of walkways to immerse yourself in. Take care if you chose to walk around the whole lake with ‘The Screes’, a ledge of thousands of fragments of broken rock, on the South East side being quite treacherous. If avoided, the rest of the walks are really pleasant, and safe.

If you need a bit of a rest after all of the activities you can take part in at near Wastwater like canoeing, gorge scrambling and rock climbing, visit the nearby coastal town of Ravenglass with its pretty shingle beach overlooked by lovely fishermen’s cottages or the lovely sandy beaches at Drigg and Silecroft. Muncaster Castle is great for a family day out with plenty of history and some great events year round, and the Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Railway has lots of charm with steam trains running daily through the vast picturesque countryside.

The National Trust campsite at Wasdale, nestled under the Scafell mountain range, offers the perfect retreat if you want some peace and quiet and a great base to explore Wastwater and the surrounding area, The nearby Wasdale Head Inn has fantastic pub grub, perfect after a long day exploring the magnificent countryside.

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MY NUMBER 8… WISTMAN’S WOOD

To give you ideas for spectacular places to go away to, for a weekend, or on tour in your camper van, I am carrying on with reviews of the sussex campers top 10 most beautiful places in the UK. In at number 8 is Wistman’s Wood in Dartmoor.

Enter the mystical world of the ‘Wood of the Wisemen’, an ancient forest in Devon, said to be the most haunted part of Dartmoor. The silhouettes of the stunted and gnarled oak trees, with their finger like branches, entwine against the backdrop of the beautiful moors, creating an eerily enchanting atmosphere. If stories of the supernatural don’t put you off, then this is a great place to visit! Thousands of visitors flock to see the sites of the Wistmans Wood, situated on the slopes of the west dart river, with fantastic walking and cycling trails all around the moors.

Park near the Two Bridges Hotel, close to Princetown on the B3357, which runs between Tavistock and Ashburton, and embark on a journey to the mysterious wood. Moss covered boulders line the forest floor so take care if you dare to enter, or just walk the path along the top of the woods for a safe look in and a stunning picture. From the wood, climb to the summit of Longaford Tor, where you can enjoy a windy, panoramic view of Dartmoor, and take the opportunity to explore the rest of this historical national park.

Nearby, Barley Meadow Camping and Caravanning Site offers a peaceful retreat with easy access to the surrounding Devon area. Along with the standard facilities you would expect to find at an award winning camp site, there are also buses to Okehampton and Exeter right outside, and a local Fish & Chip van which stops on site. Enjoy local produce from the on site shop and nearby Inns, horse ride on the moors, or take a trip to one of the beautiful beaches of South Devon.

If you are travelling to the Dartmoor area this summer, be sure to stop at the Wistmans wood- But remember that it is best to visit during daylight hours if you want to avoid the ghostly goings on and the roaming ‘wisht’ hounds…

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AMBERLEY WORKING MUSEUM

We visited the Amberley Working Museum recently. What an AWESOME family day out! All staffed by volunteers; not expensive to enter; loads to see and do. The unique thing with this place is that the stuff on display actually works. You can print your name in letterpress, see engines and electrical things working, go on a bus and a train – lots and lots. AND – there’s a campervan parking area!

SOUTHERN IRELAND

Southern Ireland is a beautiful place to visit, especially in June, with some of the lowest average wet days and highest average temperatures! Enjoy the vast array of lovely Sandy beaches, epic walks, great fishing and a nice pint of Guinness.

My family has had some great holidays in Ireland, travelling through Wales, with a night in the Brecon Beacons, to catch the Ferry from Pembroke Docks, to the pretty port of Rosslare. If you book to go to Ireland early you can get some great deals on ferry travel, which is how we travel when we are in our Campervan.

From Rosslare we have travelled south down the coast, stopping at picturesque sandy beaches, and ‘wild camping’ in the beautiful countryside, to the character full city of Cork, with its Cathedral and multi coloured houses a tiny snippet of all the city has to offer. We have often visited the historic town of Lismore, on the way, to see St. Carthage Cathedral and Lismore Castle, and take a walk down the Blackwater River, stopping for some fishing. Other great walks in the area include the breathtaking V valley and The Towers magical woodland trail, 3 miles outside of the City. We once went on a fishing boat from County Cork to the Cow Island, an tiny island, completely deserted, apart from cows. It was very pretty with sandy beaches, covered in millions of tiny shells surrounded by lovely warm sea. We were picked up after a couple of hours of exploring to go sea fishing- we eventually caught some Mackerel and cooked and ate it for tea!

Other great places to visit include the market town of Macroom and beautiful Kilarney with its National park and the Lough Leane. Southern Ireland has a multitude of beautiful destinations, from rolling hills and spectacular lakes and rivers in the countryside, to gorgeous beaches, and fascinating towns and cities, not to mention lovely locals! My tip to you… just go and Discover Ireland!

Rebekah Lopez Co-Director, Sussex Campers and Campervanning Mum

HOLIDAY COOKING

A holiday away supplies a rare opportunity for quality family time at meal times, with them not having to be squeezed in around housework, netball practice and music lessons, and getting everyone involved with preparations can be an added activity in the day! I think holiday cooking needs to be quick, easy, delicious and healthy!

When my family goes Campervanning we have to be conscious of space, having only 2 hobs and a microwave to cook with and quick meals are a must, not through laziness, but because we have to make sure the gas does not run out! I think some great base foods to have could be; cous cous, which can be cooked in a bowl with boiling water and works great with any veg, and Gnocchi,little dumplings which take about 3 minutes to cook, boiled or fried! Of course, a handy stir fry always goes down well; tasting great, containing loads of vegetables, and only using one pan to cook in! I often make a few great meals at home before going away, and store in the fridge, but also love shopping to experience local food and culture wherever I am staying.

If you are on holiday in the UK countryside this Easter you may have the time to pick some really great, fresh local ingredients. You can get fantastic food from British farms without having to step foot in a Supermarket with so many great farm shops, markets, butchers, bakers, and even home run egg stalls for you to discover on a Staycation! From my travels, some of my favourite places to buy great produce include Walsingham Farm Shop in Norfolk and Pipers Farm Butchers in Cullompton, Devon.

To cut down costs, try to buy ‘in season’ fruit and veg. Some of my seasonal favourites include; purple sprouting broccoli, asparagus, rhubarb, spinach, and cauliflower! British organic food suppliers, Abel and Cole, suggest brilliant, in season recipes such as Hearty lemon chicken soup with purple sprouting broccoli, and Spinach and Walnut Pasta with capers and sun dried tomatoes!

My tip to you would be to go out and enjoy shopping for local produce, wherever you are staying, and even ask the locals for some recipes! Get everyone helping out with the shopping and make sure to pick something new to try! It would be great to hear some of your food stories and recipes after Easter!

Make your holiday how you want it – that is what’s great about having a campervan- you can tailor make it to what you want! Our holidays mostly revolve around our campervan these days – flexible, fun, and family all at once! That’s why we founded Sussex Campers a few years back.

Why not come and see us, or visit our website, and see just how affordable and excellent owning your very own campervan can be? Lots of our customers have even replaced their car with a camper!

Rebekah Lopez Co-Director, Sussex Campers and Campervanning Mum