Sylvia Guy and her husband Don have been Practical Motorhome reader team members for many years; here they pass on their experience, coming up with an A to Z of just some of the fantastic destinations that they’ve visited in their ‘van.


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G is for…

Gavarnie, France

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Last autumn Don and I spent sometime camped at Gavarnie deep in the French Pyrenees.  The main attraction here is the spectacular Cirques de Gavarnie, one of the Grandes Sites de Midi-Pyrenees.  An amazing steep walled semi-circle of peaks with the waters of the Grande Cascade tumbling over the rocks it is a very popular spot for hikers and climbers.  The route to the Cirques starts as a pleasant riverside stroll then becomes a rock strewn path and finally a steep scree slope.  It took us sometime to reach the foot of the Cascade but it was well worth the effort just to enjoy the superb views.

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Haast, South Island, New Zealand

[tl:gallery index=1 size=460×345]One of the lasting memories of our trip to New Zealand is of the fantastic rainforest and at Haast on the west coast of South Island we found it in abundance.  Leaving Queenstown we drove via Wanaka and the spectacular Haast Pass skirting the beautiful Lake Hawea and Lake Wanaka before following the Haast River through acres of glorious rainforest to Haast itselt.  Camped up in this isolated part of the country we met people still living very close to the land and at The Craypot in nearby Jackson Bay, we enjoyed an excellent dinner in what must be the most remote chippy in New Zealand.


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Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire

[tl:gallery index=2 size=460×345]Famous for being the site of the first iron bridge and seat of the Industrial Revolution this is certainly a place to put on your to-do list.  Of the many museums here we particularly enjoyed our visit to Blists Hill Victorian Town which kept us entertained and informed for the whole day.  Set alongside the river and containing many reconstructed Victorian buildings plus very knowledgeable period-dressed staff it provides an excellent insight into life in the Gorge during the 19th century.


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Part seven

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Part nine

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