2010: It costs a lot to buy and maintain a VW campervan these days and so it is not something that everybody can do – no matter how much we’d all (VW lovers) like to own one, it’s just not possible. I personally loved VWs for as long as I can remember but I’m not in a postion to own a camper as well as my 1969 VW Beetle – I still have a lot of work to do on her, so to buy anything else right now would be crazy even if I could. But, I absolutely adore camper vans as you will see from my Facebook page and my personal profile if you are a friend of mine. Most people that know me would say I have an obsession – personally I think I just have a real love and great interest!
Anyway, a few of years ago I was over in Scarborough and spotted a campervan with a VW hire website on the back so I wrote it down. As soon as I got home I went to have a look at the site and it came up with “Website Under Construction”. My husband and I also run a web design business (ByitSizePro.co.uk) so I decided to get in touch and see if there was a reason it was not finished. Anyway, to cut a long story short we ended up designing the website in exchange for a weeks camper hire as payment.
The first of August finally arrived – I was so excited, I couldn’t wait to get out and about in Felicity (Felicity is a Brazilian T2 bay camper converted by Danbury). We left York mid morning and arrived at Felicity’s home at around mid-day. The owners have become good friends over the time doing the website so it was lovely to see them too. There was lunch waiting for us when we got there which was a lovely start to our holiday. We had a nice relaxed lunch and a catch up, and then we were on our way in Felicity.
We headed up the coast road first towards Beadnell Bay. The views were fantastic – beautiful coastline and it lots of castles! The first night we stayed in Budle Bay which is just up the coast from Beadnell Bay and near Berwick-upon-Tweed.
The next day we decided to head further north and ended up crossing the border into Scotland and up to North Berwick. We found a lovely campsite in North Berwick overlooking the coast and just a very short walk down to the beach. Bass Rock could be seen from the campsite too. Here we had some German neighbours with whom we had wine and snacks the first night and then on the last morning they invited us for breakfast. They were a really lovely family and we intend to keep in touch and hopefully visit them at some point in the future. We are also, possibly, having the daughter to stay next summer to help her out with her English (although it’s way better than my German has ever been already).
From North Berwick we had a drive into Edinburgh for the day and had a wonder around. We saw Edinburgh Castle and many of the other sights and sounds of Edinburgh – a really lovely and lively city. After 3 nights in North Berwick we decided to head to the Lake District for a couple of nights. We drove down to Lake Ullswater in Cumbria and stayed at Park Foot campsite right on the lake for 2 nights. We drove around a few of the lakes and spent a couple of hours in Keswick. We took Felicity right up to the top of Borrowdale where the views were absolutely amazing, we spent a lot of time up in the clouds! The climb by road was very steep and very bendy but Felicity managed it all with absolutely no problems.
After the Lakes we head over the Pennines towards Alnwick and then stayed our last night back in Northumberland. Unfortunately, the time then came for us to hand Felicity back to Paul and Denise. We had had a fantastic time with her and will hopefully have her again sometime. She was so much fun to drive and to spend time in. Stopping here and there to make a coffee in the back was great. And cooking dinner was also great fun.
I would definitely recommend hiring a VW camper to anyone with a love for campers, it’s a great way to see some of the country!