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Monday, July 27, 2020

Camelford

With the travel restrictions lifted and the reopening of campsites we decided to have a few days away.  This is the first time we have used the van in 7 months although I have taken it for a couple of runs to keep the battery charged up.

We went to North Cornwall for 3 nights before the main school holiday rush starts and stayed in Camelford.  A very quiet village, just a few basic shops but on a bus route.

It was strange, in that not slept in the van, or been far in it for 7 months you had to think twice about some of the basic things needed to be done in the van when setting it up on site.  








One of the places we visited was Wadebridge, downstream on the Camel river.  We used to come here 40 years ago for holidays and rented this house for a couple of weeks.  The house then was owned by the Vicar of Bideford and was his intended retirement home, so it wasn't a holiday let as such,  more of a home from home in that many of his books and personal stuff was in the house.  

Here's the house, but I suspect the vicar has now passed on.








The bus service in Cornwall like all bus services has a restricted timetable so there is usually a longish wait.  To pass the time I wandered around the hedgerow snapping the wildflowers.
On public transport you have to wear a mask and most people complied with it, although there were very few people using the bus.

























Another day, a wet one, was spent going to Tintagel, famous for its links to the Arthurian legend.  Again a bit of a nostalgic trip because at one time we were thinking of moving here and running the post office and shop.  Looking back thankfully that didn't happen, as most post offices in small villages have now been decommissioned.  On reflection I wouldn't have enjoyed living here with it being busy in the summer  and very quiet in the winter.  It's interesting though to look back and think how different things and life could have been. 


This is the very old and original Post Office in Tintagel, now a National Trust property......not the one that we were looking at.

 




This is the new bridge leading to the King Arthur's castle !!!






All in all it was good to get away and see how the Covid restrictions work in the campsites , on buses and in restaurants.   When you haven't mixed and done the "normal" things for months your confidence can take a knock and it takes time to resume normal service but as I said most people in all the places we went to obeyed the rules.

Lets hope it stays likes this as we certainly dont want another spike and another lockdown .