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GET­TING THERE Flights to Heathrow start at around R7 800 pp re­turn – we flew Ethiopian Air­lines ( ethiopian air­lines.com). To get to O’Con­nors Cam­pers in Devon, we took the Heathrow Express to Padding­ton (ev­ery 15 min­utes) and then a train to Ex­eter St David. Here you can catch a bus to Oke­hamp­ton town cen­tre and ar­range to be col­lected by O’Con­nors, or book a taxi to whip you there in com­fort. Steve from CCabs charges R672 to trans­fer four peo­ple from Ex­eter St David to O’Con­nors. +44-79-8045-1202, ccabs@hot­mail.co.uk WHEN TO GO The UK sum­mer starts ... well, some­times it doesn’t start at all! June is best but there may be damp weather. I’d avoid the UK/Euro­pean school holidays; in 2017, from around 20 July to the first week of Septem­ber. HIRE O’Con­nors Cam­pers has a fleet of 16 vans that sleep two, four, five or six. There’s even a 1962 right-hand drive with a splitscreen that hails from South Africa! ocon­norscam­pers.co.uk. Cam­per­bug is a site that brings to­gether van own­ers with po­ten­tial hir­ers (like Airbnb), with vans and mo­torhomes lo­cated all over the UK, plus in Spain and France. cam­per­bug.co.uk New Forest Sa­fari Cam­pers is an­other vin­tage Kombi spe­cial­ist, based in Hamp­shire. new­forest­sa­fari.com COSTS Rates vary de­pend­ing on the van model, time of year and whether it’s a week­day, week­end or week book­ing. O’Con­nors charges from R7 259 for four nights in a four-berth camper in June and R8 695 in July. The price in­cludes com­pre­hen­sive in­sur­ance for the first driver (who must be over 25, and non-UK li­cence hold­ers are in­sured for R44 per day), two bot­tles of camp­ing gas, mains hook-up, cook­ing and cater­ing equip­ment, an out­door ta­ble and chairs, and un­lim­ited mileage in Devon and Corn­wall (it’s manda­tory to stay in these re­gions so that O’Con­nors can reach you if any­thing goes wrong). Petrol costs around R18,76 per litre. NEED TO KNOW The O’Con­nors web­site has an ex­cel­lent guide to lo­cal favourite camp­sites, as well as sug­gested itin­er­ar­ies for cou­ples and fam­i­lies with young kids or teens. O’Con­nors’ van col­lec­tion slots (which must be pre-booked) are 2.30 – 4pm and the han­dover (you’ll need a pass­port, proof of ad­dress and driver’s li­cence) takes about an hour. Then it’s 147km (two-and-a-half hours) from O’Con­nors to Henry’s. DO THIS Walk the coastal path. It’s a gen­tle two-and-a-half-hour round trip, with benches en route, from Henry’s to Lizard Point, then west along the scenic Na­tional Trust South West Coast Path to Ky­nance Cove, one of the pret­ti­est in Corn­wall. There’s a cof­fee shop here to break the jour­ney. Visit the Mi­nack Theatre, a cliff­side out­door theatre ad­join­ing Porthcurno beach. Cre­ated in the 1930s by Rowena Cade and her gar­dener, it’s worth it for the spec­tac­u­lar set­ting alone. En­try R79 adults, R44 for un­der 15s. There is a pro­gramme of events in sum­mer (shows cost ex­tra). +44-17-3681-0694, mi­nack.com Step back in time at Lan­hy­drock es­tate, a late-Vic­to­rian coun­try house (show­cas­ing the fas­ci­nat­ing con­trasts be­tween life ‘up­stairs’ and ‘be­low stairs’), sur­rounded by lovely gar­dens and wood­lands. The fam­ily ticket is R 555.+44-12-0826-5200, na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/lan­hy­drock Visit Tate St Ives. An off­shoot of Lon­don’s cel­e­brated Tate Mod­ern, show­cas­ing the work of Bri­tish artists with links to the lo­cal area. Ad­mis­sion is free. (Note: it’s closed for con­struc­tion un­til 31 March 2017.) +44-17-3679-6226, tate.org.uk STAY HERE Henry’s Camp­site is a fam­ily-run camp­site in Lizard, a tiny vil­lage on the south coast of Corn­wall, and one of the most cre­ative you’ll en­counter any­where. R188 pp (R94 for un­der 18s). An elec­tri­cal hook-up costs R68. +44-13-2629-0596, hen­ryscamp­site.co.uk Ayr Hol­i­day Park in Corn­wall (not one we stayed at) is a large, well­man­aged camp­site within walk­ing dis­tance from bustling St Ives and its pic­ture-per­fect beach. R385 for the van, R87pp (R44 for un­der 17s). +44-17-3679 5855, ayrhol­i­day­park.co.uk Love­land Farm in Devon is a ca­sual eco-camp­site (com­post toi­lets) with just six pitches. It also has five ‘pods’. The four of us stayed in Wel­combe Pod; Po­pla is a good al­ter­na­tive for two, while Love­land Pod is great if you’re a big­ger group (sleeps six). Pods cost R1 733 for two plus R354 per ex­tra adult or R177 per child. Pitching your own tent costs R171 pp. +44-12-3744-1894, love­land­farm­camp­ing.co.uk * Prices and con­ver­sions cor­rect at time of go­ing to print

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