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In the Netherlands Summer 2017


After travelling in Spain and Portugal in the winter of 2016/17, we returned to England in the spring via France, the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Much of June and into July passed in the East and West Ridings of Yorkshire, before we were able to recommence travelling and the writing of this travel log.

Our overall aim is to reach Greece for the winter, travelling through Germany, Southern Scandinavia, Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Let's see how it goes!

JULY 2017: Harwich to the Hook of Holland on the Stena Line Ferry

Hook of Holland Ferry Port to Farm-Camping Hoeve Bouwlust, Maasland, Zuid-Holland 11 miles

Open 31 March-31 Oct.  www.hoeve-bouwlust.nl  18.50 inc elec and showers. Excellent free WiFi.  N 51.955585  E 4.287047

The two modern Stena Line ferries linking Harwich with the Hook of Holland claim to be the world's largest passenger ferries, with a choice of day or overnight crossings. Once again we have booked the daytime sailing with an outside cabin through the Camping & Caravanning Club, which gives a good discount and a free upgrade to Flexifare (more than saving our annual membership fee!) Leaving from Harwich avoids the hassle of the drive to and security around the Channel Ports, and you can stock up at the Morrisons store (with larg car park and fuel) shortly before the port.

The ship, busy with holiday traffic in mid July, sails at 9 am. The crossing is smooth, with lunch in the self-service restaurant (M's chicken curry proved a better choice than B's fish & chips), before docking on time at the Hook at 5.15 pm local time (it's still 4.15 pm in the UK). It's still very warm and sunny this side of the North Sea.

The SatNav leads us to a dairy farm/camping a few miles east of the Hook, sited on road N468, that we have pre-booked for 2 nights. It sells delicious ices made with their own cream and milk, as well as eggs and milk by the bottle.

Next day we plan to cycle along the canal into the nearby villages but the sultry weather breaks into heavy rain showers. At least the free camp WiFi works well, so we catch up on-line and write some emails. We'd like to stay longer and sample the Pizza van that calls on Saturdays but the small site is full for the weekend. A phone call to a favourite (and much larger) site further east at Otterlo confirms our next move.

Maasland to Camping Beek en Hei, Otterlo, Gelderland 77 miles

Open all year. www.beekenhei.nl. High season rate 23.93 inc 10 amp elec and taxes. (ACSI Card reduction low season.) WiFi 3 one day, 4 for two days, 1.50 per day for three days plus. Showers 0.50.  N 52.09214  E5.77072

August 2017: Into Germany

Otterlo to Camping Aschenbeck, Wildeshausen, Niedersachsen 160 miles

Open all year. www.aschenbeck-camping.de. 19 inc 16 amp elec. WiFi 3 per day, 8 per week. Showers 0.80.  N 52.93400  E8.40200

Wildeshausen to Camping Lűbeck-Schőnbőcken, Lűbeck, Schleswig-Holstein 130 miles

Open 1 March-11 Dec. www.camping-luebeck.de. 24 inc 6 amp elec. Free WiFi. Showers 0.50.  N 53.86943  E10.63086