Nan the Van was out on her first full length road trip. 206 miles to Durdle Door, £52.27 of unleaded fuel got us to Dorset with a stop over in Leamington Spar and Savernake Forrest on the way. That's 21.6 miles per gallon, not bad for a 31 year old 2 litre engine! The plan was to meet up with pals from Dovefest at Camp Bestival in the grounds of Lulworth Castle. We camped at Durdle Door campsite, an old favourite from years ago.
Thing is, places change, and boy had this place and sadly not for the better. Too many statics and not enough level ground for a campervan. We were booked on for two nights but high tailed it to the sanctuary that is Tom's Field a few miles down the road. A different kettle of fish altogether, laid back, friendly and flat.
A great few days and our first visit to Dancing Ledge, a 'swimming pool' blasted out of the Purbeck Rocks some time in the early 1900s, presumably by a bloke with a whole lot of time on his hands and an ample supply of TNT. The water was bracing to say the least, but I did manage to venture in albeit only for a brief moment or two.
Then on to Camp Bestival, quickly re-named Camp Jesterville owing to the extortionate prices for rides and entertainment in the children's field. At two fifty a go for a single ride down a helter skelter we thought it a bit rich. Won't moan about it here, suffice to say we shan't be returning. Madness were good and George Clinton was out of this world, so not a total loss!
7 hours, £58.70, and a half pint of engine oil saw us safely back in Otley. After ten day in the van, even I was glad of the cosy duvet and a proper bed!