1,000 Mile Road Trip: Somerset, Devon And Cornwall Part 1


On the day of departure I decided to visit Bath and booked to stay at the Bath Marina and Caravan Site.

Upon arrival a welcome pack was waiting for me at reception.

Ruby had been allocated pitch 85 on the Woodland Carousel, a sweet spot which included electric hook up. I settled in and enjoyed a picnic before heading off to discover Bath.

A 30 minute walk along the river path saying hello to the barge folk brought me into the heart of Bath.

I spent the afternoon walking around the city finally resting at Sally Lunn’s Bunn House where I enjoyed a 3 course evening meal.

Jane Austin – Mansfield Park

Feeling full and content I walked back to Ruby and found her lit up by her solar fairy lights.

The next morning I cooked breakfast before driving Ruby to the Botanic Gardens.


Royal Bath Crescent – I decided to cook up a Ruby Burger for lunch probably the best restaurant in Bath and with the best view and address (Ruby’s Burgers Royal Crescent Bath)

Checking my Apps for places to stay that night I came across a wild camping spot with views of the Seven Bridges. I filled Ruby at the Petrol Station and headed straight for it.


Arriving on New Passage Road there were already a couple of campers with the same idea. I picked my parking space dead centre between the two bridges.

This has to be the best view of the Bridges and one which only Campervaners get to fall asleep and wake up to.

In the morning I set off for Portishead stopping at The Posset Cup for a hearty breakfast.

Having heard about the restored Portishead Lido I drove there.

As I left town I took a wrong turn and came across a Vanlifers Green Ambulance. I had a look around then turned back down the way I had just come.

Passing through Clevedon I stopped briefly to walk along the Pier and take in the sea air.

Scally’s bar caught my eye as I entered Weston-Super-Mare. A restored art deco pub with a beautiful classic car parked outside with a space for Ruby too I stopped for lunch.

A drive along Marine Parade past the Grand Pier and on to view the derelict Birnbeck Pier

I had lunch at Knightstone Island where I met Gary who was admiring Ruby he recommended an overnight wild camping spot spot in Ilfracombe.

Ruby’s final stop of the day was at Bridge Garage Petrol Station. With a fuel attendant on hand I was taken back to the glorious old days of road travel.


I arrived in Ilfracombe under a full moon and drove straight to the Harbour where I parked Ruby beside Damien Hirsts Verity, Truth and Justice Statue.

I enjoyed a fish supper in Kings Fish and Chip Shop.

The Wellington Pub were showing Tottenham Hotspur Vs Real Madrid so I joined the staff and locals to watch the game.

Collecting Ruby I drove to Watermouth Road, Ilfracombe and settled down for the night.

I awoke at Sunrise to find I had a lovely view out to the Bristol Channel.

After breakfast I met Dave, a retired Coach driver out with his dog on Capstone Hill. He told me the story of Ekaterine a Russian Girl who’s beautiful statue we were sitting beside.

Dave was a retired coach tour driver and advised me to visit Clovelly, Heartfield and Woolacombe.
Taking Daves advice I set off in Ruby for Woolacombe.

Parking Ruby beside the beach I walked to the shops and bought a set of VW BayWindow hand-warmers.

The sales assistant in Fatface was a keen surfer and advised me on a few must visit beaches in Cornwall.

Returning to Ruby as the sun was about to go down I set off for Bideford.

I arrived at the Bank End Carpark in Bideford where Campervans are permitted to rest for the night at a small charge.

A morning view of the sun rising over River Torridge was worth every penny.

A Motorhome had joined Ruby in the car park and the owners invited me in for coffee and croissant.

They were members of Britstops and advised me that I should look into it as it would be very useful book to have on my trips around the UK.

A fill up at the Petrol Station ensured I would have enough fuel to get me to Clovelly my next destination.


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