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Cleethorpes filled us with glee (and bacon)

Now, if you were to throw a few names of popular seaside resorts into the air you'd probably catch Blackpool, Skegness, Brighton, Weymouth, Penzance or one of our particular favourites, Cromer.

M&T CleethorpesBut a couple of weeks ago we ended up at a place that, although not exactly off the beaten track, isn't one that you'd instantly think of.

Cleethorpes is on the North East Lincolnshire coast, just south east of Grimsby. Hmmm... doesn't exactly fill you with inspiration, does it? But give it a chance - it might surprise you.

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Molly and Ted are travelling terriers - borders without borders who visit UK campsites in a motorhome. Chatty Molly offers tips for places to stay and shares some of her holiday capers.

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Golden days

The Golden Gate Bridge, and San Francisco's famous fog

STEVE ADAMS is touring California in a motorhome for a feature that will appear in Camping & Caravanning magazine later this year. Here’s his final report from the road.

Redwood trees are the tallest (300 feet and more) – as well as the oldest (2,000 years and more) – living things on the planet, and are a constant companion on a road trip near the California coast, thriving in the damp and foggy conditions that prevail through much of the year.

There are umpteen parks with the name ‘redwood’ in them dotted from California up to Oregon, and all offer the chance to get up close to the magnificent trees in dense forests that are as moody as they are beautiful.

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Coasting along in California

Hearst Castle was built by media mogul William Randolph Hearst

STEVE ADAMS is touring California in a motorhome for a feature that will appear in Camping & Caravanning magazine later this year. Here’s his latest report from the road.

As media moguls go, I’d take William Randolph Hearst over Rupert Murdoch any day of the week. The eccentric millionaire, often assumed to be the inspiration for Citizen Kane, was the only son of a wealthy family (gold rush money, as well as silver and other precious metals) and went on to run about 30 newspapers as well as have a finger in umpteen media pies, including film and TV.

He’s best known for creating Hearst Castle (he called it simply ‘The Ranch’), an incredible 165-room hilltop property set on 123 acres of land near San Simeon. The absurdly excessive ‘Enchanted Hill’ estate took decades to complete and was inspired by – and contains – an array of treasures seen (and in some case collected) by Hearst during his regular travels to Europe. It’s largely based on a Spanish cathedral, and every room – or certainly the ones we saw during our tour – brims with incredible art. The castle is also surrounded by incredible statues, villas, Roman baths and more, many with views across the hills to the coast.

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