Gubblecote to Newcastle-under-Lyme via the A41, M40, M42 and M6
We paid for the campsite (£12 per night), emptied the cassette toilet, unplugged the electric hook-up and headed towards Newcastle-under-Lyme near Stoke-on-Trent. We stopped at a service station en route, made a cup of coffee and fed the children some snacks. It was cheap and convenient to use our own onboard facilities.
We were due to arrive at my parents-in-law’s bungalow for afternoon tea. We had selected a very basic Camping and Caravanning site near Stone in Staffordshire as we couldn’t really find anywhere suitable in or near Newcastle-under-Lyme. We thought it would be sensible to check out the site in daylight before visiting the in-laws.
Stone is located in very low-lying countryside and the site was so boggy that the 3,500 kg Chausson Flash 03 immediately got stuck in the mud. It was mostly our own fault as we misunderstood some directions the site owner gave us. As the wheels whizzed round we sank deeper. The children thought it was hilarious but my husband didn’t. He was imagining tow trucks and extra expense! Fortunately a nice chap on a tractor working in a field nearby spotted our plight and quickly came to the rescue. We have usually found during our caravanning and motorhoming career that if people can help you in some way they will do.
We decided that this site wasn’t really going to work out for us, which was a shame because it was actually in a very nice setting with a fishing river, bridge and a little island. So we headed off to Newcastle-under-Lyme hoping that we could squeeze the motorhome on to my husband’s parents’ driveway and camp there for the night. In fact we parked it on the road, which is a fairly quiet residential one.