Bumbling through Somerset & Dorset - Two Men, No Plans, Bit of Time - Day 3
Now this was the thing. Having not booked anything or planned anything we never had any firm plans as to where we might end up or venture to. Once we had left Hive we were still really keen to try what is referred to as 'Wild Camping'. In effect Wild Camping is simply parking up somewhere and not paying.
Thing is we had no idea really where we were. We didn't have a map and all we had was the Sat Nav taking us from postcode to postcode. It was an excellent way to travel. For all we knew we could be zigzagging and doing U-Turns across the South.
When you don't know where your going and have no plans, its actually impossible to get lost! Even the signposts were chucking up names for places we'd never heard of.... it was brilliant.
I drove past this sign, immediately stopped the van, reversed and had to take a picture to confirm that I had in fact read it correctly!
We continued driving around and after a while arrived in Mapperton a tiny village famous for it's Stately Home. With a population of less than 50 it's a intriguing little place. Unsure where to stop over we pulled into what looked like a Village Hall for a brew and considered how much to donate to the parking honestly box. We settled on 1p a minute and popped in 14 pence.
We loved the idea of Wild Camping but were concerned, particularly after the previous days Cider issue if being without or indeed too far from a lavatory was a wise move. We checked out a couple of fields, found a couple of great potentials (along with £2.92 in cash - which we'll invest wisely) but instead decided upon a proper campsite to watch the sun go down.
We settled on the first campsite we could find and ended up in Highlands End Holiday Park down near West Bay (aka Broadchurch).
All in all and absolutely awesome 3 days, many laughs, some great scenery and now we need to look forward to the North Coast 500 - and getting ourselves on an board lavatory!