ON SITE INSIGHTS TALK
Reader team member Patrick Jones advises the best ways to travel through Wales in a large motorhome
£40 a pair from one national retailer. My local accessory shop in Peterborough will make them for £17 a pair. Don’t forget you’ll need to show your V5C to the person making your new plates, too.” Gentleman Jack Bancroft
SWITCH OVER NOT YET COMPLETE In the Workshop pages of your June 2012 issue, which focus on digital TV, the digital switchover is described as ‘recently completed’.
The beautiful journey from my home in Pembrokeshire to North Wales, or vice versa, can be a very daunting one when driving a big ’van on narrow roads which are always very busy with lorries, buses and caravans. The high rock face on one side of the road and the sheer drop on the other calls for constant concentration.
The high rock face on one side of the road and the sheer drop on the other calls for constant concentration
However, the North East doesn’t fully switch-over to digital until September 12, 2012, which is the switch-over day for the three northern transmitters: Bilsdale (North Yorks and Teesside), Pontop Pike (Durham, Tyne & Wear, south Northumberland)
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Watching TV in the north-east? Switch over takes place in September and Chatton (north Northumberland). Those expecting Freeview in this corner of the world will have to wait for a few months yet. Adrian Christer Via email
NEW ADDRESS FOR A T OWNERS CLUB Could you please publish the new contact details for the
Auto-Trail Owners Club. Any interested readers can get in touch with the club by writing to The Auto-Trail Owners’ Club, 207 Leigh Road, Wimborne BH21 2BU, or by calling 01202 889 923 or via email at oc.secretary@gmail. com. You can also visit the website, at www.atoc.info. Sally Boswell, Club Secretary Via email
A rush of adrenaline is inevitable when you encounter a bus going around a corner that is barely wide enough for a car. The worst part of the route is the A between Machynlleth and Dolgellau.
The drive over the mountains past Cader Idris offers superb views but the narrow road from the Towyn turn-off to Machynlleth is particularly difficult. I tend to avoid it these days.
Just south of Dolgellau, I suggest you take the A / A to Machynlleth. It may be six miles further but it’s safe and a breathtaking drive. From the Cross Foxes pub the road climbs and then plunges spectacularly down the valley to Mallwyd. Machynlleth greets you with a huge, flat car park, complete with a super toilet block. Furthermore, ’vans can park overnight free of charge, courtesy of Powys County Council.
OUR NIGHTSTOP NETWORK We’ve teamed up with the Motor Caravanners’ Club to offer you locations where you can stay overnight in your ’van. It’s safe, legal and you don’t need to be a member of any club.
■ The Blue Bell Inn Spalding, Lincs PE SN Tel ■ The Castle Inn Okehampton, Devon EX BH Tel ■ The Crown Inn Cerney Wick, Cirencester GL QH Tel ■ Elton Farm Littledean Road, Newnham-onSevern GL JU Tel ■ The Halfway House Inn St Jidgey, Cornwall PL RE Tel ■ The Hawthorn Roundthorn Road, Oldham OL LN Tel ■ The New Inn Hotel Clifford Chambers,
Stratford-upon-Avon CV HR Tel ■ The Old Barn Inn Swansea SA PX Tel ■ The Old Hall Hotel Norwich Road, CaisterOn-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR JL Tel ■ The Penrhiwgaled Arms Llandysul, Ceredigion SA LN Tel ■ Riverside Guest House Llanegryn Street, Abergynolwyn, Wales LL YR Tel ■ The Riverside Hotel Station Road, Surfleet Spalding, Lincs PE DG Tel
■ The Seaview Hotel Fishguard SA PL Tel ■ The Seven Wives Ramsey Road, St Ives Huntingdon PE RF Tel ■ The Ship Inn Cliff Road, Sewerby, Bridlington YO EW Tel ■ South Moor Farm Dalby Forest Drive, Langdale End, Scarborough YO LW Tel . ■ The Tarrington Arms Tarrington, Hereford HR HX Tel ■ The Great Danes Country Inn Old Hall Lane, Beachamwell, Norfolk PE BG Tel
■ Pickering Antique Centre Southgate, North Yorks YO BL Tel ■ The Horse and Hound Country Inn Bonchester Bridge, Hawick TD JN Tel ■ Home Mead Staple Fitzpaine, Taunton, Somerset TA SP Tel ■ The Thelbridge Cross Inn Thelbridge, Crediton, Devon EX SQ Tel ■ The Waggon Inn Higham Dykes, Northumberland NE DH Tel ■ The William IV Inn 8 Alrewas, Burton-onTrent, Staffordshire DE AN Tel
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