Dumfries and Galloway or Pembrokeshire?

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  1. Armytwowheels

    Armytwowheels Funster Life Member

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    Reccommendations please?

    We have just under four weeks to do a bit of UK touring before the New Forest meet and crossing the channel.

    We want to get the kayaks out on the lochs and do some senic hilly walking and mountain biking. The trouble is we cannot decide which place to go for, both are beautiful and we have never really explored either area.
     
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    You are a lot closer to The New Forest in Pembrokeshire.

    Dumfries and Galloway is lovely and not overly touristy. Lots of great paddling as well!
     
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    Dumfries and Galloway for biking, 7 stanes gives you a choice of bike parks, dark sky area too.
    Pembrokeshire great for walking, if you base yourselves around St David's you can take advantage of walking paths. In the season there are a number of bus services which mean you can do some different walks. Not sure these run outside holiday season.
    They are both great areas.
     
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    We've spent a bit of time in Pembrokeshire, which is gorgeous, but only a flying visit to D&G - so D&G please then post piccies and tell us all about it :whistle:;):)
     
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    We love Dumfries & Galloway, but there again it's a bit closer to us than Pembrokeshire, which we haven't yet explored.
     
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    Dumfries and Galloway every time for us..in fact I'm on the Isle of Whithorn right now, Swmbo out sea kayaking and when she gets back we're out on the bikes!

    As others have said, 7 stangs route for bikes if you like more off road cycling, but the actual roads here are very quiet and drivers generally accommodating for cyclists.

    Sure you'll have a great time whichever you choose though!
     
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    We love them both(y) ... I guess Pembrokeshire will be more crowded this time of the year so I would go to D&G.
     
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    D&G is quiet just now, only seen a few vans in Stranraer, half of them Dutch. Heading down to New England Bay in a couple of days.
     
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    Hi Sandra I'd say D & G but I'm biased :), if you do decide to come here I can recommend you some lovely wild spots and campsites. Of course your more than welcome to a night or two at ours if you fit in, our last van was 7.5 and fitted in easy so slightly longer would squeeze in.
    You have loads of lochs round here if it's lochs your looking for, if not we have miles of coastline with some stunning beaches.
    As for walking and cycling the opportunites are endless with some stunning scenery.
     
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    Hi Sandra &Colin
    there's a nice cl 5 van site ,@54.852894, -4.252321 that's the entrance,you then go down a long lane to the beach 54.845173, -4.253726 pitch on the grassed area right next to the beach.
    It's near cardoness c/site at Gate house of Fleet

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    Hi Sandra &Colin
    there's a nice cl 5 van site ,@54.852894, -4.252321 that's the entrance,you then go down a long lane to the beach 54.845173, -4.253726 pitch on the grassed area right next to the beach.
    It's near cardoness c/site at Gate house of Fleet

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    Is the New Forest meet not in October?
     
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    It sure is. We have only ever been to Scotland in October or December so we do know what to expect weather wise - from sitting out in the sun one day to full on horizontal rain, peppered with snow!
     
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    Armytwowheels Funster Life Member

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    We were counting on an encounter Gerry. It is you constantly banging on about it enthusing over the area that has made us want to visit.(y)
     
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    For coastline Pembrokshire every time. It has hills too, if you know where to look. I've hiked much of it, and will keep going back there.

    I like coastal scenery but didn't rate Dumfries and Galloway the last time we visited and have no wish to return. Only my opinion mind.
     
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    What does someone mean when they say CL
     
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    Certificated Location. It's a small Caravan Club site for no more than 5 vans.
     
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    Camping & Caravanning Club has an equivalent, CS - Certificated Site.
    Both CL's and CS's are small affairs, often a farm or similar, with a camping licence granted by the Club instead of by the Local Authority. They often have few facilities - sometimes none except for the field - so can be really good value if you can be self-sufficient. Some have EHU, showers, toilets, CWD or some combination of those, but not all, though some are really well-provided. Obviously the more facilities they have, the higher the cost. They're often also in more out-of-the-way places so you get to see more of the country. You book directly with the site - details in the Club handbooks. CCC has about 3000 CS's, CC about 2500 CL's so you can usually find one close to wherever you need to camp.
    Some other Clubs also have a few.

    There are also Listed Sites which means that their listing is paid for, and gives no recommendation by the Club. These are often (but not always) larger commercial sites with full facilities and may have things like swimming pools, restaurants etc.
     
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