I was away researching travel features in both December and January – more midwinter travel than I have done in previous years. Our Wildax Constellation, ‘Stella’ is a comfortable home on wheels for such trips. We can be self sufficient for a few days, which is just as well as open campsites are fairly scarce at this time of year.
Andrew and our dog Braan joined me to visit the Teesdale area around Barnard Castle followed by Kielder Water and Forest Park in December. Then in January we toured Highland Perthshire on the trail of Robert Burns and celebrated Burns Night in the ‘van with haggis, neeps and tatties.
On both occasions the temperatures were sub zero, which meant the blown air heating was on day and night, running down our LPG tank quicker than normal. In fact, it was minus 7 degrees with snow on the ground when we set off in mid January. That enabled us to enjoy some lovely scenery, with snow-capped mountains and all the rivers and waterfalls half frozen.
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