We stayed at a little campsite with beautiful views of Dunkery Beacon, in Porlock in the Exmoor National Park (Somerset). Tom has a T5 Transporter van with a full width bed in the back and we had electric on the site so we could plug in our electric heater. We arrived late on Friday afternoon, put up the awning, loaded up the bed with quilts and blankets and then went for dinner at a nearby pub to warm ourselves up.
On Saturday morning we began to realise quite how cold it was going to be. The campsite led to a lovely walk through the forest and we took Bodhi for a good jaunt - hands thrust in pockets to protect from the biting winds, necks swathed in scarves and toes turning numb in not-quite-thick-enough wellington boots.
After our walk we headed into Lynmouth, a pretty little village with a harbour and lots of pasty and fudge shops. I didn't take any photos as my hands were still firmly cocooned in sherpa lined pockets and unwilling to come out. We then drove up to the next town, Lynton, where we had lunch in a little café and I bought a lovely retro coffee set from a charity shop - will share this in another post.
Luckily, the sun then decided to put his hat on which offered some respite from the icy winds. We went to the Valley of the Rocks - huge cliffs with wild goats trotting around and impressive rock formations. We walked Bodhi along a coastal path and enjoyed the beautiful views and sunshine. I even had to put my sunglasses on, so we had a little dose of 'summer vacation' despite the cold.