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PostSubject: Our first camping trip   Thu Aug 18, 2011 7:48 pm

Heading to http://www.foxholes-castle.co.uk/ near Castle Bishop tomorrow for two nights.

It's our first trip so I'm sure we'll forget something & make some mistakes. Any tips to make the weekend even better?

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PostSubject: Re: Our first camping trip   Thu Aug 18, 2011 8:59 pm

A bottle opener - we forgot that the first time we camped Rolling Eyes
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PostSubject: Re: Our first camping trip   Thu Aug 18, 2011 9:37 pm

Bottle opener - Check!

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PostSubject: Re: Our first camping trip   Thu Aug 18, 2011 10:44 pm

a bottle to go with the opener.

Seriously, a couple of comfy pillows.....forgot them once....stiff neck as result!

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PostSubject: Re: Our first camping trip   Thu Aug 18, 2011 11:29 pm

Chocolate - check!

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PostSubject: Re: Our first camping trip   Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:27 am

pack of cards...

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PostSubject: Re: Our first camping trip   Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:38 am

Bin bag.

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PostSubject: Re: Our first camping trip   Fri Aug 19, 2011 12:57 am

More warm clothing than you think you'll need
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PostSubject: Re: Our first camping trip   Fri Aug 19, 2011 1:49 am

Wellies - especially if the weather in Shropshire was anything like it was/is down here today.

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PostSubject: Re: Our first camping trip   Fri Aug 19, 2011 2:08 am

Baby wipes

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PostSubject: Re: Our first camping trip   Fri Aug 19, 2011 2:11 pm

Ah ha, you mean Bishops Castle.....

Well you won't need a bottle opener, you just have to walk to the Three Tuns and drink there.

It is one of the best pubs in England.

As you are coming down from the North, I would suggest you stop off in Church Stretton and have a wander Pictures of the Long Mynd

Have a great weekend.....
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PostSubject: Re: Our first camping trip   Fri Aug 19, 2011 9:00 pm

You were spotted about 13:30 today.......

Watch out,

watch out,

there's a stalker about!!!!!!!

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PostSubject: Re: Our first camping trip   Sun Aug 21, 2011 6:45 pm

Spotted? In Ludlow?

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PostSubject: Re: Our first camping trip   Sun Aug 21, 2011 7:02 pm

Ah, 1.30 on Friday. Probably quite near the campsite by then.

Worked my way through the bitters at the Three Tuns and had a great steak in there on Friday night.

Ate in the Boars Head on Saturday. What a fantastic pint of Darwins Origin. One of the best pints I've ever tasted (and I've tasted quite a few).

I'll try and post some pics of the weekend up when I get chance.

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PostSubject: Re: Our first camping trip   Mon Aug 22, 2011 10:57 am

Morning everyone.

What a great weekend we had on our first camping trip. The journey got off to a bad start though as we got stuck for over an hour on the M6 near Warrington before we came off onto the M56.

We stopped at the end of the M56 for coffee and to let Boris out for a walk and immediately were hit by people with the usual questions. Unfortunately, we'd not had chance to print out the FAQs so had to field them ourselves.

Onwards towards Wales and it was all plain sailing although there are a lot of roundabouts on the A5. You just seem to get going when you're having to change gear again. The good news is that I'm getting used to having gears again (after years of automatic cars) although Absinthe seems to prefer 4th to 2nd quite a lot!

The campsite, Foxholes Castle, at Bishops Castle was great even though there were no hook ups. The fact that you can walk into town on the Shropshire Way (only 10 minutes there but 20 uphill beer fuelled minutes back!) is a real plus.

We walked in again on Saturday morning for the Farmers Market but as there were only 3 stalls outside it was a bit of a disappointment. There were a few more in the Town Hall but not what we were expecting. The people in the town were very friendly and I'd recommend it to anyone fancying a quite weekend away.

I'd definitely recommend the Three Tuns brewery and pub. We went in about 5pm and enquired about food. They don't start serving until 7pm and we managed to reserve the last table available.

So what to do for 2 hours before we could eat....

120 minutes later I'd worked my way through the selection of bitters and had a pint of mild, shared a bag of crisps with Boris and watched Mrs B drink her own weight in Amstel! The steak was fantastic and Alison's Morrocan Lamb was even better.

We staggered back to Absinthe and were in bed before 10!

On Sunday we woke to bright sunshine, packed up and drove to Ludlow. Again, a top place, with an antiques and flea market in the main square.

All in all, it was great weekend. Things we've learned:

Make sure the van is level - even a slight tilt front to back made sleeping not quite right

You can remove ticks from a schnauzer's head with your wife's hairclip! Laughing

Copious amounts of beer should only be consumed after you've bought a portaloo!

I've stuck a few photos on Flickr:

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PS many thanks to Scooby for the awning: it worked a treat and the colour was perfect!

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PostSubject: Re: Our first camping trip   Mon Aug 22, 2011 7:10 pm

Ace pics glad you nice time weather looked good Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Our first camping trip   Mon Aug 22, 2011 9:45 pm

Looks like you had a great time - good pics Cool
Glad the awning worked well for you
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PostSubject: Re: Our first camping trip   Mon Aug 22, 2011 11:12 pm

Congrats on getting your first trip done and dusted. Getting stuck in a jam is almost mandatory for me these days whenever I go off on a Kombi Kaper.

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PostSubject: Re: Our first camping trip   Wed Aug 24, 2011 12:38 pm

Glad you had a great first camp.....Pics look great!
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PostSubject: Re: Our first camping trip   Tue Aug 30, 2011 1:32 pm

Did you pop into to DeGreys for a cream tea? And did you find time to go through the Castle? You get some great views of the river Teme from the battlements.

I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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PostSubject: Re: Our first camping trip   Tue Aug 30, 2011 2:49 pm

Didn't get to DeGreys (where abouts is it?), nor to the Castle I'm afraid.

Where did you spot us?

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PostSubject: Re: Our first camping trip   Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:41 pm

Walmsleys wrote:
Didn't get to DeGreys (where abouts is it?)

Err, you took a photo of it...... one of the Black & White Tudor buildings.


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Where did you spot us?

My son spotted you driving down - not bad for a 13 year old boy.
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PostSubject: Re: Our first camping trip   Tue Aug 30, 2011 10:00 pm

Ah. Didn't realise it did teas. Full marks to your teenager.

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