By now I’d decided that we needed to change the habitation battery and as there was a company selling the battery I wanted at a good price in Plymouth we made our way there. After a night parked up in an Industrial Estate just the other side of the Tamar Bridge, we were in to Plymouth where we parted with about £180 including fitting (the front seat has to be removed to get to the battery).
I had intended to spend a day looking around old haunts in Plymouth, but by now was concluding that touring the UK is best done with a car and caravan as suitable overnight parking or campsites for motorhomes, that is, close enough to town centres and places of interest are hard to find. In the 45 years since I was last in Plymouth with a young family serving in the Royal Navy, it hadn’t got any prettier, so back on the road we went.
Because of the difficulties finding suitable campsites and parking facilities we were beginning to curtail our intended travel plans. Next stop was now Porthleven near Helston in Cornwall (GPS: N50.088904 W5.317953) which holds many happy memories for me, as I was based at RNAS Culdrose as a young man, and the area where later, I would holiday with my young family.
My word how Porthleven has changed. All very posh now with fancy coffee shops and restaurants. Rick Stein even has a place there.
Whilst camped there for a few days we used our bus passes for a trip down to The Lizard for a walk round, and a traditional Cornish pasty for lunch.