Join Date: May 2009
Location: UK and Katowice, Poland, plus All Europe
My Motorhome: Niesmann+Bischoff Arto 69GL (2003)
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Quintessential English weekend - wilding
Thursday: Disembarked BF 'La Normandie' at 1845(15 mins. early) at Portsmouth. 25 min drive to Hamble River, park at free station CP, surrounded by trees and very quiet trains.
Friday: Try to shop Winchester, abandon. Head of to park, slght misunderstanding re 'Private' position of signs but allowed to stay.
Saturday: Awake early, so off to New Forest to show to Basia. Good walk and boar, ponies, cattle but no deer, but Basia very enamoured. Move on to village East of Winchester which is in 'park4night', but just as parking. Excellent free parking on gravel suggested by a Frenchman.
Sat./Sun. We are here for 2 nights. The village is typically English, good 'Free House' pub, 12C church, thatched houses, plus Georgian/Victorian.
We ate at the pub on Sat evening - v.g., then heard they do Roast Beef Lunch on Sunday.
We walked around the village and environs - also typically English.
It was Basia's first typical Roast Beef - it was superb: two huge slices of excellent and thickly sliced beef, 'correct' yorkshire pudding, crispy roast potatoes and steamed mange-tout, beans etc. That was for £12.95 but we splashed out on wine!
I am now typing this in the tree-surrounded CP with not a sound.
All wildcamping - can be done even in England.