A weekend in Aldeburgh
|214 miles on the clock
We telephoned half an hour before arrival at the campsite as requested and using the final few directions given we arrived at the gate. Eddie helped us park and then produced a hook-up cable to plug into Cleopatra. He showed us to the minimal facilities which consist only of drinking water tap, waste disposal, and in a shed, a toilet and sink. There's a small electric heater in the shed so it's not cold, but there are no showers at this site. The only thing I'd call out is the lack of mirror above the sink, otherwise the facilities provided are adequate if nothing special.
|Our field at The Forge
We cooked the Moroccan meatball dish we'd made two nights before because we'd enjoyed it so much (and the meatballs were still half price!). We drank wine while updating our Facebooks about our first adventure, and then managed to watch Big Brother via 3g on my tablet. We retired to bed without having washed up. We left the washng up bowl and dirty cooking things outside until morning and told ourselves it was only because there was no dishwashing area on the site.
|Waking up in the rooftop bed
Two more important lessons were learned in the morning. One is to always wash up and tidy things away; it just makes getting ready in the morning less pleasurable. The other is that the coolbox is also a warmbox and you need to ensure it's set to cold or you'll have warm milk and sausages!
I managed to have enough of a body wash to feel reasonably clean (though I think I'll insist on campsites with showers until the weather is warmer).
After breakfast we packed everything back up and, taking advantage of the first time to see the van in daylight, fitted the bungee loop we'd purchased to assist in collapsing the roof. It helps ensure the fabric is brought inwards and eliminates the danger of it getting caught in the hydraulics.
I wanted to see Sizewell nuclear powerplant and so we drove the 10 minutes to Sizewell village and parked next to the beach for a couple of pictures.
We journeyed back to base via Snape where we looked around the craft and antique shops at Snape Maltings. Once again we resisted a purchase because we need to carry fewer things around in the van and not more!
We arrived back on site around 3pm and got our internet fix while dinner bubbled away. We made sausages and lentils in one pot so that it only required reheating later in the evening, with the plan being that we would have a couple of drinks in the village pub, and then dinner would be easy afterwards.
|The Ship Inn at Blaxham
|The view from the rooftop bed
If you'd like to find out more about the area local website Visit Aldeburgh lists local sights and walks, and The Telegraph has published a great feature 36 Hours in Aldeburgh.
Campsite visited: The Forge in Blaxhall (£12 per night inc electric hook-up)
Miles on the clock: 214
Meals cooked: Moroccan meatballs (£3.43), Sausages and lentils (£2.00)
Money spent: Fish and chips (£10.20), Coffee (£3), Parking in Aldeburgh (£2), pub drinks (£16.60)