I can’t believe that I saw New Zealand before I saw Scotland – that scenic gem on my doorstep! It shows that you don’t have to travel halfway around the world to see jaw-dropping sights – and the Isle of Skye stands out even in Scotland’s magnificence. It is a magical island, with dramatic and diverse landscapes, which have featured in many films. In my book, Skye is a G.O.B – Get Onyer Bucketlist! Continue reading “30s Review – Isle of Skye, Scotland”
Category: 30s Site Review
Spectacular Scenery; Walks, Waterfalls, Wildlife – & Those who Dare – Swim!
Campsite Municipal le Pelly is at the head of the Giffre valley, just past Sixt-Fer-a-Cheval. Sixt is a small village, probably more correctly a defined as a group of hamlets. It is located in a remote part of the French Alps to the east of the Haute-Savoie department. Sixt is probably better known as a ski resort; part of the Grand Massif ski area, which is the 4th largest in France. Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval is reached from Cluses via a good, reasonably wide mountain road with friendly, not-too-tight hairpins that did not pose any problem with our 40ft van-caravan combo! With the campsite at 1000m of altitude, remember to release pressure in the caravan toilet SLOWLY! Continue reading “30s Site Review – Campsite Municipal Le Pelly, Sixt-Fer-à-Cheval, Rhone Alps, France.”
The oldest castle in Burgundy, miles of flat, off-road cycling & some of the most beautiful villages in France.
We stayed at Camping La Chevrette just outside Digoin, which is in the Saone-et-Loire, Burgundy region in east-central France. It is 68 km from Macon, the department capital.
We had planned to stay only a few nights but stayed a week. There was great cycling and walking from the doorstep and we made use of the beautiful river for swimming and stand up paddle boarding (SUP). The toilet facilities were very clean but a little tired and in need of updating, not that this bothered us. We had a nice, big corner pitch, but sizes did vary. We would definitely return as a destination, rather than a stopover.
- If you want a peace, it is best to find a pitch at the far end of the site, away from the reception, pool and children’s play area.
- The nature pitches at the far end, nearest the river, mostly have no EHU, but are in a stunning location with views directly over the water. Most pitches have shade, which was essential when the temperature soared to 37C!
- It was a short (500m) walk into town along a flat, scenic, pedestrianised promenade beside the river. It was safe for the dogs to be off-lead until reaching the town.
For the Canine Crew
Off-Lead Walking – there was off-lead walking straight from the site either along the river into the town of Digoin, or in the opposite direction through open fields, with a slipway giving ready access to the river. Once reaching the aqueduct in town, there were miles of towpaths next to the canal which again, were perfect for off-lead walks.
For the Humans to Do
- Swimming – there is a pool on site but we preferred to swim in the river from the slipway, in the field just outside the site!
- Cycling – there are oodles of green routes and with the meeting of a number of canals at Digoin, plenty of flat rides along the towpaths.
- Canoeing – You can hire canoes to paddle along the river the campsite can organise multi-day descents of the Loire for you, with luxury tentular overnight accommodation!
- SUP – the current on the river was slack and it was deep enough to launch our own SUP boards.
Sightseeing Don’t Miss
Semur en Brionnais – One of the most beautiful villages in France. As well as the village, there is an exceptional Roman style Collegiale Church and the remains of Chateau de Saint-Hugues, which could be the oldest castle in Burgundy.
The Loire is replete with Chateaux, beautiful villages and gardens. We enjoyed the local area but if you want to travel further afield, check out the Digoin Tourism and Travel Guide here .
You May Not Have Thought Of
Maison du Charolais – A museum with taste and, er, no taste – devoted to… cows! You can learn all about the Charolais breed, visit the gift shop, walk on 6km of waymarked paths in beautiful countryside – and when you have worked up an appetite, you can eat tender and tasty Charolais beef in the restaurant!!!!!
During our stay in Digoin, we encountered caravan envy, a National identity crisis, Lollipop Ladies & a ship in the sky. Read all about it in Digoin – Now That’s What I Call a River Walk!
For the Canine Crew
- Off Lead Walks from Site – There is extensive off-lead walking straight from Hare Farm. Access the lane adjacent to the entrance gate to Hare Farm and half of Hampshire is open to you!
- More Off Lead Walks – Twyford is on the edge of the beautiful South Downs National Park and close to The New Forest National Park where wild ponies roam free. Dogs can run their paws off in both of these Nationa Parks! See also the Hangars Way in ‘You May Not Have Thought Of’
- Dog-Friendly Pubs to Walk To – The pubs in Twyford village; The Bugle The Duke of Wellington and The Phoenix were all dog-friendly when we visited.
- Dog-Friendly Links
- Dog Friendly Britain is a website bursting with dog-friendly cafes, restaurants, parks, gardens, country walks and days out. Every one is searchable either by location or by using the interactive map.
- Dog Friendly is “The largest database of dog-friendly places to stay and play in the UK.” Dog-friendly county guides to the UK can be downloaded electronically for a small charge. The Dog-Friendly County Guide to Hampshire can be downloaded here