Saturday 17 July 2021
Nido's on a THS (Temporary Holiday Site) in Coldstream, right on the English/Scottish border. The THS are part of the Camping and Caravanning Club and are run by local groups. They're dotted all over the country and tend to be set up around the usual holiday times - Easter, Summer, Public Holidays. The beauty of them is there's no need to book; just turn up and pay the nightly fee. In this case it was only £8 per night, which includes access to fresh water and somewhere to dump waste. Some of the THS meets organise events and meals, or you can just keep to yourself.
It was only about an hour's drive from last night's stopover, with a break to top up with food in Kelso on the way. The THS was in the grounds of The Hirsel Estate Country Park, well off the main road and surrounded by trees, fields and streams. Next to the THS were a few craft shops and a cafe. I checked us in and the Stewards offered us space anywhere we liked in an adjacent field, which was already occupied with quite a few vans. This was the last night for the THS; it was packing up tomorrow after a couple of weeks on this site, so I think quite a few vans had already left. It was a very hot day, but with a strong breeze blowing. I put the awning out and used the storm straps to peg it down.
We spent the day relaxing, walking around the grounds (well-marked routes), eating and enjoying an evening walk around the adjacent lake. Tomorrow our plan was to head for the Northumberland coast to spend several days exploring the beaches.
|A nice pitch on the Temporary Holiday Site in Coldstream