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The top three camping essentials for 2014 – so far

Camping and Caravanning Atlas of BritainThe recent National Camping and Caravanning Week (NCCW) has had me thinking about some of the interesting things that have passed my way in 2014 - so far.

Here are three of my favourites.

1. Possibly the best camping road atlas in the world

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Candy Evans is Test Editor for Camping & Caravanning. She took a less conventional path into magazine journalism via physics and a decade in computer consultancy, turning to caravanning and writing during a career break as a full-time mum. Her interests are wide and include the Club’s Archive – though she’s careful to wash her hands after checking 1919 editions of the Club’s magazine to avoid lurking traces of influenza.

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Whither have we been? You'll see...

None of our party - the chauffeur, the maid, nor Ted and me - had ever been to this hidden gem of a pretty seaside town.

It came about due to the chauffeur being lax about booking for our favourite Whitby site, which was then available for just one night when we tried to spend a weekend at this very popular location.

Park Resorts WithernseaSo we set off, as per the usual plan (no plan) and a couple of hours later were rolling up, in brilliant sunshine, at Withernsea Sands, a Park Resorts site (right).

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Molly and Ted are travelling terriers - borders without borders who visit UK campsites in a motorhome. Chatty Molly offers tips for places to stay and shares some of her holiday capers.

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Whitby... a place to get your teeth into!

The aim was to pootle over to Sandfield House Farm, (a Club Listed Site 094/164) just north of the delightful seaside town of Whitby on Friday afternoon and have two nights there, soaking up the morning sun on the breathtaking North Yorkshire coast.

Instead, “soaking” was the operative word as the TV forecasts projected weather more akin to last winter’s storms than gentle May breezes – and it put the brakes on the chauffeur’s plan to pack up the ‘van and head east.

Their first GSD, Sam, once hid under the bed, afraid of the thunder and lightning that shook the ‘van in the middle of the night. The space was too small for a big dog, and as a result none of the trio could sleep.

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Molly and Ted are travelling terriers - borders without borders who visit UK campsites in a motorhome. Chatty Molly offers tips for places to stay and shares some of her holiday capers.

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