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Lincolnshire poachers and Yorkshire pinchers!

Ted at Heath FarmLast year, the maid and chauffeur would not have dreamed of descending on a rural retreat in the flatlands of Lincolnshire, several miles away from shops and bus stops. But now Milly can be left alone on site while we jump into the Honda CRV and seek food and adventure without having to pack everything away. I’m finally seeing why the chauffeur chose to go back to caravanning!

Heath Farm Caravan Site is a picturesque retreat just off the A17 near Sleaford in the hamlet of North Rauceby. It’s easy to find from the main road as it’s also the home of the Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre and there are brown tourism signs to this free attraction en route.

Heath Farm signHow lovely it was to sweep into this sun-dappled site without having to encounter security barriers, expansive reception areas with staff in walkie-talkie contact with colleagues directing caravanners to their anonymous pitch, or noisy amusement centres.

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Travelling terrier Ted, together with his maid and chauffeur, visit campsites around the UK with Milly the caravan in tow. Ted offers tips for places to stay and shares some of his holiday capers.

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Get adventure, get outdoors

Finding an adventure is part of the adventure, and there is always one if you look.

Hurst family boysGetting outside feels good. From exploring an astonishing place together to reading a book in a park, the outdoors is the most inspiring playground if you are aged five – and, well, when you’re a bit older too! So many more questions get asked, puzzles get solved and a constant stream for the senses goes hand in hand with lots of fun.

As a mum, riding instructor and having also worked in a pre-school, I’ve observed how children naturally play and interact together – with an increased enthusiasm when playing outdoors or even when outdoor play is mentioned (whatever the weather...).

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We’re the Hurst family: that’s me David; my wife Debs and our two brilliant boys Daniel and Darley, aged five and three, plus Colin Dog (a dynamic collie!) – and we love being outdoors and travelling.

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Life with Milly… and without Molly

East Yorkshire was the logical choice from our West Yorkshire base, so off we went with Milly (an Avondale Dart Millennium special edition) in tow.

Last year, at around this time, we had been to Withernsea in the motorhome, with Molly continually pestering the maid to lift her on to her knee as we travelled. So this time the journey to this unassuming but pleasant seaside town was a somewhat muted affair.

Free from the constraints of the motorhome, we all jumped into the car and enjoyed a scenic drive to Hornsea, another coastal town well worth a visit.

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Travelling terrier Ted, together with his maid and chauffeur, visit campsites around the UK with Milly the caravan in tow. Ted offers tips for places to stay and shares some of his holiday capers.

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