First blog post

Welcome to our blog, it is a record of our travels with our two Volkswagen Campervans, Gusbus, our 1973 Kombi and Major, a 1977 Westfalia from Santa Cruz. We are Mark & Michelle Chelu from the Nottinghamshire/Derbyshire border.



Travel Map

I thought about trying something different to keep track of all of the places we have enjoyed across the length and breadth of Britain. Google Maps allows you to create a personalised map with pins dropped at chosen locations. Just what I wanted to have!

Looking at the pins dropped to date, 15th April, we have set out on 104 different adventures using either Gusbus or Major. The pinned locations can have images added, I’ll do as I go along!


MOT time

This past weekend saw Gusbus go for his MOT, which can be a worry but he passed with flying colours.


I do have some bits and bobs to tidy up, the chassis has some light surface corrosion showing, which will be easy to sort and there is a couple of areas which need the paint touching up a bit before he gets a spring clean and polish.

Now with the mot, due to Gusbus’ age he is mot exempt, which I not overly happy with so I will continue annually, for peace of mind sake. I am more than confident in our ability in maintaining a classic vehicle but should the worst happen and I am involved in an accident, I can imagine the insurance companies looking for any excuse and to me, I’d rather have the piece of paper in our hands and valid.

We have another summer to look forward to with Appletreewick and Robin Hood Bay in the pipeline, we like the look of a pub on the banks of the river Ouse, The Half Moon Inn at Reedness and, as usual the Cotswolds, which is always a great weekend.

Another year over.

2018 has flown by, far too quickly. We have survived having moved house (again) and settled down in a home we both love, lots going on, music wise, all around us with the added bonus of having some truly superb weather to get out and about camping. We have had a great year.

In November, this little chappie came to his forever home with us, Dougie the Cockerpoo.


Our plan is to include Dougie in all our camping adventures, he travels really well, settling down in the back seat. He will love it!

He even has his own blog page:


Happy New Year and all the best for 2019!

A thought..

I have just talked about our weeks holiday in Gusbus and the time we enjoyed in Hinderwell.


Whilst we stayed, something happened which made us sit back and think how fortunate we are, we have just moved house to a new home we both love to bits, have Gusbus and Major where we can head off at leisure and a loving family all around us.

At the end of the road in Hinderwell, where a side road heads up to Port Mulgrave is a bus stop and what could be an old farm having some work carried out, we walked past, waited for the bus and hopped off the bus outside the farmhouse. On the Wednesday, we walked past the house to find four police vehicles and an ambulance with paramedics in attendance, we thought it may have been one of the workmen having an accident at work. How different was the event.

It turned out a guy in his late 20’s / early 30’s took his life and hung himself. It shocked us and saddened us somewhat, we could not imagine what the poor chap was going through.

I guess the point of these few words is to say that no matter how bad things are, talk to someone, ask for help.


A cold start

Well, 2018’s camping started with a cold one at Dubfreeze. A good fire soon sorted that out and all was well again. Proper camping with no hook ups, just hot water bottles and fresh air, like the good old days!

This year, we hope to get to one or two new areas we have yet to visit in Derbyshire, Dent beckons and Staithes is on our camping holiday this year.  We’re gonna see where the road takes us!

Images courtesy of Dunc Harrison.


Time flies…

…when your having fun!

2017, for us has flown by, we have had a great year but we ended our camping season quite early. The weather got in the way and, at the same time, we moved house and felt that time was better spent making this a priority.

We met some characters in Dent:

DSC_0168Enjoyed the beauty of the Cotswolds:

DSC_0276Got lots done on Major

20170926_163034035_iOSAnd generally had a damn good time exploring the beauty of our British countryside. I don’t know where we will end up in 2018, we do want to get to Hardraw and visit the falls at the scar. I’m finding quite a love for Yorkshire as well as Derbyshire, the North Yorkshire Moors are calling! Watch this space for more.

I might add some more content to places past, I have plenty to add but I don’t want to add to much and overcomplicate the blog.

A little gem…

called Tannenbaum Campsite near Alderwasley near Wirksworth.

What a superb setting for a campsite, Tannenbaum is set overlooking the Derwent Valley out towards Ambergate, Ripley and Belper with views out to the far distance. DSC_0150

We headed over for the end of May Bank Holiday weekend with Ste and Tina being made very welcome by Sharon and Ian the owners, we felt like they wanted us to be there and enjoy ourselves. We sincerely hope they do well!

On the Saturday night they sometimes have local singers play, when we stayed a young lad, Gabe Newton-Wild, a Belper lad, sung very well, I enjoyed his singing and hope he does well!

Close by is The Bear Inn serving a very tasty Sunday lunch with more selections of the most tender meats one could imagine & not too bad a selection of draught beers, our plates where clean!

We look forward to returning to Tannenbaum in the near future 🙂