Summer 2017 – Pembrey

Firstly I’d like to apologise for the lack of updates, life unfortunately throws things at us that we have to deal with.

Now let’s get back to some caravan blogging and our summer holiday which seems so long ago now.  Last week in June and first week of July were spent at Pembrey Country Park, Caravan and Motorhome Club site.  This is our favourite site and you may have heard us mention it previously.

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Almost ready for the off just before 07:00 on a Saturday morning.

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All set up on pitch 47 this time. Time for coffee!

Why do we love it?  Mainly for its location.  Within a short walk you’re on the stunning Cefn Sidan beach, 8 miles of golden sands, backed by sand dunes and with views over the Gower peninsula.  With the addition of over 5 acres of country park to also explore, for us it’s what holidays are made of.

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Within the Country park there’s a Ski centre, stables, miniature railway, miniature golf course, cafes, a blue flag beach and 2 dog accessible beaches.  When the tide is out I always feel as if you could just walk across to the Gower peninsular although with the areas treacherous tides and the fact that there is still a channel of water between you it’s not possible nor advisable.  The tides move swiftly here and it pays to keep an eye on the times of high and low water.  It is however possible to walk along the beach to Burry Port which we have done in the past, if you don’t fancy a beach walk the Wales Coastal Path also runs through the Country park.

There’s something about the sea that gives me back a sense of perspective, how unimportant things in life really are, how insignificant we are in the scheme of things.  All those little dramas that surround us in our lives, work, the commute, the timetables we abide by, are all washed away by the rolling waves and all that’s really important is the rise and set of the sun and who we choose to spend our time with.  The world will continue to turn, the tides will continue to ebb and flo, the sun will rise and set, regardless of how many hours we spend working.  Everyone of us has probably got that one place that is special to us, I can’t exactly explain why this is mine, but it’s the overwhelming feeling of peace it gives me.

I continue to be plagued with my back and this meant that we didn’t get to walk as far or as frequently as we have in previous years.  In fact, we only managed one walk to the beach this year and no walks along the coastal path at all.  We had some amazing weather again this year as well and although that’s fantastic if you’re happy to sit in the sun it’s not so great for walking the dogs.  A few short trips out to the shops of course are unavoidable, but Jack & Jess are well catered for with gel cool mats and USB fans in the car.  There’s a Co-Op in Burry Port and wherever possible in previous years we have tended to walk along the coastal path and back to pick up the odd bits we need.  There is also a new convenience store on the main road towards Llanelli which boasts a butchery counter, bakery and cash machine.

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Burry Port with the Gower in the background.

There was of course the craft vodka “bar” conveniently situated in the awning.  This of course we blame entirely on Dan T following our outing to Bracelands a few weeks previously.

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Sour cherry and apple or drumsticks blend?

As an alternative to the CAMC, Pembrey Country Park also has a campsite of it’s own which is in the park itself, you can see the details here.

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Fieldhead Farm CL, CAMC

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Before you start reading please excuse the lack of correct linkage!  I’m having some issues with WordPress and it won’t insert links so I’ve had to paste them instead. I’ll fix it as soon as I can.

It’s been a little while since we last visited this lovely certificated location nestled behind JCB Headquarters near Rocester.  I think the last time was 3 years ago and for the life of me, I can’t think why we haven’t been back before.  I think the main thing for us is the narrow lanes around the site which means that we can’t easily walk the dogs without taking the car out, however, the drive is plenty long enough for a stroll and there are many areas a short drive away if a longer walk is needed.

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Each pitch is a large hard standing which are separated by a raised grassed bank.  Poor Sydney looks swamped here!  Our car was parked the other side leaving plenty of room to put up the table and chairs outside if needed.  The owners Anna and Michael are wonderful, even when you’ve forgotten to pick up the cash to pay for your stay from home!  Needless to say we rectified that the next morning.  Rectifying the error wasn’t as easy as it should be as my bank cards little black strips don’t work.  If a cash machine is reading the chip there’s not a problem, however most read the strip and mine continually fail to work.  After visiting 3 cash machines I gave up, went to Asda, bought shopping I didn’t really need and got cashback.  Where there’s a will there’s a way.  I did get a bargain pair of trousers in the sale though.

At the top left of the site there’s an innocuous little green shed that should be renamed TARDIS.  Inside you will find maps, books, the odd DVD and a wealth of other goodies to enhance your stay.  Behind the shed is the CDP. From here a WiFi signal is also transmitted, if you need a stronger signal I would recommend the pitches at the top of the site unless you have a WiFi booster (take a look at the Solwise booster reviewed by LegsDown here https://goo.gl/ybbxIV) the password is provided when you check in.

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At the top right of the site is the old dairy.  Just in front are the bins, water point and a small herb garden which you are free to make use of!  Inside you’ll find an emergency shelf all that’s asked is that you replace the items if you need them.  There’s also a washing machine (an honesty box for its use), iron, ironing board, table and chairs and you will also find free range eggs for sale and a freezer full of local ice cream, honesty boxes are provided for both.  There’s also a recently added toilet and sink.

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From here you’re on the doorstep of the A50 within easy reach of the Peak District, Alton Towers, Burton upon Trent, Stoke on Trent, and of course JCB Headquarters which I’ll share in a later blog.

I can’t recommend this little peaceful site enough really, a stunning view out of the window and peace and quiet.  Relaxation at its best.  There’s also an added bonus of a loyalty card, if you stay you get your card stamped and it adds up to a free night.  You can’t ask for more.  Check out their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/FieldheadFarmCL/

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