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Practical Motorhome

Practical Motorhome

September 2021

Practical Motorhome is your definitive guide to motorhome holiday lifestyle. Inside you'll find travel features, product reviews, advice and columns to bring essential information to experienced motorhome owners and potential buyers. We have just the right mix of enthusiasm and true authoritative content, delivering an exciting, aspirational and informative approach to motor caravanning.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
R 78,88
R 630,85
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min

The news that this October’s Motorhome & Caravan Show at the NEC has been held over until next year (p85) was met with disappointment here at Practical Motorhome HQ, and I know from reading comments on our social media channels and your emails to us that you feel the same. Still, there’s a definite feeling in the air that things are changing for the better: with the majority of people now having received two vaccinations, and the prospect of a third on the cards in the autumn, we’re certainly in a much better place than we were a year ago. And there’s still plenty of time to enjoy summer touring – which is what we’re celebrating in this issue’s special Know-how supplement (from p67). Whether it’s new activities to try, money-saving advice…

1 min
where in the world?

RING OF BRODGAR, ORKNEY Coordinates 59.0015° N, 3.2298° W Why tour here? Comprising a large stone circle, prehistoric burial mounds and a rock-cut ditch, the Ring of Brodgar Stone Circle and Henge is a large ceremonial site erected between 2500 and 2000 BC. The site lies six miles north-east of Stromness on the main island of Orkney, and is part of the Heart of Neolithic Orkney UNESCO World Heritage Site. Find out more about the stones on p22. Don’t miss… One of Orkney’s most photographed places, the Ring of Brodgar is particularly popular at sunset, when the stones cast long and atmospheric shadows. practicalmotorhomeuk…

3 min

letter of the month I write this having just learned that the annual October NEC show has been postponed until next year, with the organisers saying they will focus on the February event instead. I feel as though it’s a real shame after all we motorhome owners have been through over the past year or so. I don’t blame the organisers at all – their hands are likely tied in what they can or can’t do, due to frustrating government regulations (which seem to change from one day to the next). But the NEC show is a great chance for us to get together under one roof and really enjoy our pastime – it seems unfair that football fans are allowed to gather at Wembley without masks, yet we cannot go to the NEC…

2 min
movies to drive for

Many iconic films are shot at wonderful UK locations, and the motoring specialists at LeaseVan.co.uk have sifted through some of the best-loved to identify great scenic drives from cinematic history. Forth Bridge, Scotland Trainspotting (1996) The nineties classic starring Ewan McGregor is set in Edinburgh and features a number of notable locations. Forth Bridge presides over the body of water that hugs Edinburgh. If you’re visiting Scotland, make sure to drive across the 8000ft bridge – it provides one of the finest views in the country. Doune Castle, Scotland Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) Doune Castle boasts a strong pop culture significance. Used as part of the set for Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the castle is offset from the road, in lush woodland. You can drive right up to the 600-year-old castle…

1 min
hotshots the best of your touring photos

1 One of the first outings in our new motorhome, staying at East Fleet Farm Touring Park, Weymouth, in June. What a sunset we had on the first night. My photo shows its reflection on the ’van. Nicola Burgess 2 Just down the road from the Caravan and Motorhome Club Site at Haycraft, Swanage, is Harman’s Cross Station – ideal for catching the steam train to Corfe Castle. A great day out, and it’s possible to walk back to the site, too. David Aldred 3 It was the first time we got away for a whole week in such a long time, and we were greeted by this amazing sunset at Holywell Bay in Cornwall. Here’s to many more times away this year and next… Let’s all hope! Steve Rabbich Email your pictures and their stories…

2 min
new gear

Cupsmith Organic Calm Days tea The perfect brew for chilling out on tour, this soothing blend of chamomile flowers, lemon balm and lavender is naturally caffeine free. Price £8.50 Web shop.rhs.org.uk Beach Dog drying coat Ideal after a swim, this stylish coat takes the hassle out of drying wet dogs on tour. Price From £43.95 Web ruffandtumbledogcoats.com Hi Gear 12V/240V cooler Fridge too full on a summer trip? Keep additional food and drink supplies chilled with this neat portable cooler. Price £59 Web www.millets.co.uk StreamR Splash Smart Radio If your entertainment system isn’t cutting it, try this portable, waterproof Bluetooth speaker with DAB+ radio and One-Touch Alexa. Perfect for the road. Price £129.99 Web www.pure.com Picopresso coffee machine Just released in the US and due to hit the UK soon, this coffee machine from Wacaco has a naked portafilter and fits in your…