Stella the campervan

Meet Stella, my new home on wheels. She is a Citroen Relay van converted in West Yorkshire into a Wildax Constellation motorhome. She is also my passport to freedom, to head off at any time with camera, walking boots, mountain bike and dog.

I neglected this website in September while preparing for and making first use of our new arrival. We picked her up from the Wildax base in Elland and stayed the first night at a campsite just a mile away. That gave us a chance to test her out fully and go back the next day with some queries on how to work things and to sort out a few teething problems, such as a rattly roof light.

Overall, I am delighted by Stella and feel she handles well. Her design is excellent, with features that make her suitable wild camping, rather than remaining on a campsite tethered to an electric hookup. She is completely self contained, so I will be able to go for a few days at a time away from any facilities.

Almost as soon as we arrived home, I was off again up to Kingussie in Cairngorms National Park for three days walking. Then the following weekend it was back down to England for the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild AGM weekend at Kielder Water. Both these trips were solo, so I was glad to have specified a reversing camera (there is no sightline for an internal rear view mirror), so I could manoeuvre confidently.

For the next trip Andrew joined me and we used Stella as a support vehicle as I did a 5-day walk back to Strathearn from the west coast. We were lucky that the time he booked off coincided with a brilliant spell of autumn weather. It was the first occasion that all three of us (including Braan) tried living together in Stella. She felt quite spacious and we had some delicious meals out of her fully featured kitchen (thanks Andrew!).

My plan is to use her all year round, exploring old and new haunts around Scotland during the winter while using a combination of campsites and wild camping. Next up is a visit to Northern Ireland, where I hope to stay at some of their recently established ‘Aires’, basic motor homing facilities common on the continent but practically unheard of in Scotland.

The photos below are from my early travels with Stella: click on any to see it larger.

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