Thursday 27th April 2017
We decided to take Bertha away for a couple of days using Brit Stops. This is membership we purchase for £25 which provides a book and sticker and lets us stay for free at various locations such as pubs, restaurants, vineyards and farms etc.
So off we popped and discovered a lovely town called Hyth and decided to have a walk and stretch our legs.
We discovered the Hythe Ferry we take you to Southampton Harbour, definitely one to try out in the future. There is a Victorian pier which has an electric train which takes the passenger to the end of the pier.
We loved our short visit and the wonderful views of boats and ocean liners.
After a cup of tea and cake in the Hythe Costa off we went again in search of New Forest ponies and beautiful views. Along Beaulieu Road there are many places to stop and we found an area which looks a bit like a beach with a walk up a hill and panoramic views – stunning.
Overnight was spent at The Glen with live entertainment on – female singer, she was very good and her voice was similar to Adele.
Friday 28th April 2015
A must visit is the Beaulieu National Motor Museum, it had been quite a few years since our last visit – or should I say decades, so we decided to do the lot. This included the monorail, the ride in the vintage bus and of course the beautiful gardens and Palace House.
This is certainly a full day out and a must for any visitor, the cafe was clean and also served a good lunch and all the staff were so friendly.
Part of the museum also houses the Top Gear experience, this was an opportunity to see all the mad vehicles that had been reinvented and view all the memorabilia.
There is also a mock up studio and clips from the various shows.
Palace House is also a must with the mill pond on one side and the formal gardens with topiary – at the moment Alice in wonderland is heavily featured.
Back to our previous stop along Beulieu Road to cook up some dinner, Fray Bentos pie, new potato, veg and gravy – perfect. As we were parked up a young stag turned up having a munch on the vegetation right up to the van – what an experience.
Overnight stop at The Crown Stirrup which is under new management. This is a beautiful little pub with bags of atmosphere, another one on our list to visit very soon. They have a huge pub garden with a large firepit and oversized furniture. But the best feature is the back gate which leads directly in to the forest – perfect.
Saturday 29th April 2017
We experienced a very peaceful night and decided to walk off in to the forest for a constitutional. Wonderful and well used, we met other walkers who told us where the bluebells were and about a carving of a dragon. Only a short walk this time as I had overdone it at the museum and my ankles were playing up.
Today we had planned to go home but not before popping in to Lyndhurst which is the capital of the New Forest and also driving along some scenic routes looking out for wildlife. We were not disappointed as we found ponies, donkeys (naughty eating plants), cattle and deer.
We stopped for a cup of tea at Peggy Mays Cafe in the main street and then had a walk around the town window shopping. We also visited the New Forest museum which was very educational.
Back at Bertha it was time to have another cup of tea and we decided to do our own brew up – but what about cake? Off I popped and came back with a takeaway cream tea – a perfect end to our holiday.