It is common for campers to hire out a pitch at a campsite. But, Rita and Damo went against the grain. By staying in lay-bys, beaches and car parks, they had a true traveller experience.

Rita and Damo experience roadside camping
Rita, Damo and Ruby

Their first stop was at Red Hill Nature Reserve near Louth in Lincolnshire. Rita noted how peaceful the reserve was. There were also free toilets for public use. If you are in the area, then make sure you check out the stunning views of the yellow fields of Lincolnshire.

On their second stop, Rita and Damo decided to stop over at Snettisham Beach. With free parking in front of the beach, it was ideal for to stop for a night in our T2 vintage campervan. Norfolk’s only west facing beach offers plenty of opportunity to experience the coast, with ample walking routes in the area too.

Thirdly, the pair then stayed in Norfolk and decided to drive to East Runton Beach. Located near the popular seaside resort of Cromer, the beach is a popular surf spot. Perfect in tribute to VW camper-van culture and history. Rita alluded to the picturesque landscape in the area and in particular, the cliffs. As a result, Cromer is a popular spot for hikers.

Ruby parked outside Cromer beach
Ruby on the coast in Cromer

Rita and Damo had a great time in Ruby and would highly recommend the Norfolk coast for a great traveller experience. They found it easy to park up and found places to stay the night with relative ease. Overall, life on the road treated them both well.

Ruby was built in 1974. She can host 2 adults in the main sleeping area and 2 small children in the pop-up roof area. For details on how to book, please visit the booking section on our website.

Lincoln residents Michelle and Steph rented out our vintage VW camper-van Bertie last week. However, instead of embarking on a cross-country trek, the pair decided to look closer to home…

Steph and Michelle review their stay in Bertie and at Hanworth Country Park

Potterhanworth is a small country-side village in Lincolnshire – a mere 20 minute drive from Lincoln city-center. It boasts the idyllic country park, Hanworth Country Park. Facilities include the “Lakeside Leisure Lodges” and glamping pods as well as the usual camping and camper-van areas. There are also a couple of fishing spots to catch dinner. Why not put to use the stove within our vintage T2 camper-vans. It comes to no surprise then, that Michelle and Steph, who visited there last week, felt at peace from their normal lives.

Inside VW Camper-van Bertie
Inside our cosy T2 Bertie

Michelle and Steph felt that by only driving a short distance from their home, they could still enjoy their trip. By exploring the local area, they found peace and quiet. Just goes to show that with a bit of an open mindedness, there might some hidden gems near your house. In all, Michelle and Steph still were able to have a great time even though they didn’t travel very far.

VW Camper-van Bertie at Hanworth Country Park
Bertie at Hanworth Country Park

Anne’s Vans is a VW camper-van rental company based in Lincoln. We have three vintage T2 bay vans – Bertie, Betty and Ruby – as well as Vera, a modern T5. Although all our vans are booked out for August (it is the high-season after all) we still have some availability for the rest of the year. If you are looking to rent one of our camper-vans, then please go to the booking page on our website. Thank you for reading, we hope to see you soon in one of our vans!

Carl Bird and his partner Lisa have recently hired our T2 vintage camper-van Bertie. Once again, Anne’s Vans received great reviews, with Carl describing Bertie as a “real home from home”.

The Birds ventured north from Bertie’s home in Lincoln to Scarborough. Whilst there, they visited Italian restaurant Tricolos in Scarborough and Fish Box fish and chip restaurant in Robin Hood’s Bay. Both are highly recommended if you ever find yourself in the area.

Overall, Carl and Lisa had this to say about their trip in our vintage camper-van:

“We had a great time thanks and loved Bertie – a real home from home.”

Thanks to the Birds for renting out VW camper Bertie, we’re happy that you had a nice break.