UK Sites 2020
France 2019 Brittany and Normandy tour
Campsites and aires
Along the coast of Northern Ieland then the beaches of Co Donegal and down the west coast to the Burren in Co Clare
Our short European trip
Delft & Kroller-Muller gardens and galleries,
and to Germany
Our tour around France 2016
Normandy, Île de Ré, Pyrenees, the Midi, Creuse and Giverny
Germany Austria Italy
& France 2015
Holland, Germany, Austria, Venice,
Lake Garda, Milan EXPO and France
Santander, Salamanca, El Rocio, Costa de la Luz,
Teruel, Lot and the Loire
Córdoba Patio Festival
Belgium, Luxembourg, Savoie, Provence,
Carmargue, Auvergne and Normandy
Germany Netherlands and Denmark 2012
Francisco, Yosemite and Pacific Coast Highway
England USA in the Fall 2012
France Spain and Portugal
Caceres, the Algarve, Atlantic Coast, Northern Spain, Picos de Europa,
Mediterranean coast and back via Brittany
Europe trip 2009
France, Switzerland and the Italian Lakes
Austria Czech Republic and Hungary
France Spain 2007
coast, Northern Spain, Pyrenees, Dordogne
Germany, Austria, Slovenia,
Dolomites, Savoie, Provence and
& Italy 2005
Venice, Italian Lakes, Jura and Vosges
A Beginners guide
UK campsites visited
our home site www.stevepyke.co.uk
Welcome to our
website for motorhome enthusiasts.
Follow our travels through Europe, the UK and the USA,
places we've stayed at and practical DIY tips and advice.
We use our motorhome
frequently throughout the year combining a trip to
Europe for about a month with shorter stays touring Great Britain.
To share our enthusiasm we started this website about twelve years ago
as a wintertime hobby to provide useful information about our travels,
places we've discovered and sites we have visited with plenty of our
photos. We have also added write ups of our tours around California
using motels in 2010 and New England in 2012.
We use a mix of campsites,
preferably more basic ones, and overnight stops at official "aires"
(but definitely not on motorways!) and occasionally free or wild
camping places when we have felt it was secure. All the sites we have
visited are listed, with GPS co-ordinates for recent years.
We've also added pages giving
practical hints about touring Europe and tips gained from our
experiences of using our various motorhomes.
We welcome feedback from our visitors and will try to answer any
questions you may have about motorcaravanning and touring. In the past
we have answered queries from Motorhomers in the UK, Australia and
Canada who are planning to visit Europe. We have also published trip
reports submitted by other motorhomers.
We hope you enjoy our site and find some useful information for your
Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic we didn't go abroad in our motorhome in 2020. We have listed the UK campsites we stayed at mostly in Yorkshire and Wales. We will write up the highlights of our UK trips soon.
Our 2019 visit to the Brittany and Normandy regions of France - campsites and aires
UK Campsites visited in 2018 and 2019 updated
Our 2018 tour
around Ireland report
of our Fiat speedo
poor visibility solution
Some new links added.
contributed by Jenny Vowden, to add to her Tour
Alpes 2010 -
an interesting diary of a six
across the French Alps.
Using our Adria
improvements we have made.
website is our own
personal site with no commercial backing or advertising as we just like
to share our travel experiences and provide useful information. You are
free to use any information on the site (at your own risk
and with due acknowledgement)
To find out
what it's all about?
Cirque de Gavarnie France
Decorated church at Sous Parsat Creuse France
Mont St Michel
Millau Viaduct - feature
Spring 2015 we decided to change our six year old
Twin for a newer motorhome - one with more space and two single beds. We now have a Weinsberg CaraCompact
MEG600, an entry level (but well specified)
version of the Knaus Van Ti which is a compact coachbuilt just a bit
wider and longer than our panel van conversion but with plenty of
A short review was published in What Motorhome magazine in January 2015
We had an owner's
report published in MMM magazine May 2017
decided to get a new
motorhome in August 2009 and still
keen to have a van conversion bought a new Adria Twin on a
Ducato Multijet 100 with a fixed bed across the back, half dinette with
four belted seats and lots of storage space under the bed. This layout
is very popular in Europe and it has
suited us for the many trips we have enjoyed even in wet
we've made to it.
|In 2003 we changed our
motorhome to an Autosleepers Symbol
Hi-top van conversion
on a Peugeot Boxer 1.9 turbo diesel. A typical Autosleepers panel van
layout with all facilities. Ideal for two people and small enough to
use as our only vehicle but needed a backbox for all our stuff.
|Our second motorhome was an Elddis
on a Renault Trafic 2.2L petrol
chassis. A basic compact motorhome that we found ideal for two
people, with lots of storage space but underpowered.
motorhome was a Holdsworth Romance
HTL Super hi-top conversion
on a Renault
Trafic (2L petrol). An unusual layout with a good sized kitchen area
but no rear door access.
(Photo taken at Neufenen Pass Switzerland!)
Places to visit
and where to stay in the UK
personal opinions about
some of the places we have visited in recent years including all of
and aires we
have stayed at in
Hints and Tips
motorhomes and ideas gained
from our own experiences over many years of
camping and touring and other useful websites
All links checked and new
ones added December 2019
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we occasionally contribute to where useful advice and lively comments about
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Motorhome Monthly (MMM)
A forum with lively subscribers lounge - registration
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are also popular forums
The Caravan & Motorhome Club
have a Club
forum for members on their
our earlier tours to France in 2001 & 2002