Sunday, May 13, 2012


Thorntonloch Caravan Park, Dunbar, EH42 1QS, United Kingdom,
telephone 01368 840236.

31.5 miles from home.

Set off from home to a new site near Dunbar.  The weather was absolutely atrocious.   On approach to the site we had to negotiate a fairly tight and narrow entrance, ripping  off the offside plastic wheel arch cover!

Ouch, bloomin' gate-post

The site is split into two fields, 'A' and 'B' with 'B' having the better sea views.  'A' on the other hand has a fantastic view of Torness Nuclear Power Station, (we're on 'A').  The rain did continue all night, but we did get the awning up and as usual things were warm and cosy in the van.

During the night we dealt with road noise from the nearby A1 and train noise from the nearby East Coast Mainline.  I also had to explain to Mrs SA how Nuclear Power Stations generate electricity by converting sea water to steam to drive turbines.  Mr's SA is now convinced that Bridies nose is glowing and we've all contracted Luekemia!

The wind and rain had cleared on the Saturday morning, so it was time for a walk on the beach.

If  you ignore the Power Station then the beach is a gem, but it does seem to be a surfers paradise, so probably not safe to swim in.

The dogs enjoyed it though.
As stated the site has pitches in the middle of 'A' field, where we are, but you do feel sandwiched between static vans and the view is dominated by the power Station, whereas the other pitches further round have great views of the beach and the sea.

Saturday saw us drive up to North Berwick, just to see if we could spot any other Caravan gems around.  North Berwick was very busy and quite touristy, and we didn't hang around.  The coast is rocky so the type of sites we like are thin on the ground.

Saturday night turned into a bit of a nightmare.  I woke up after midnight to find Mrs SA sat in the lounge area staring out at the power Station, convinced it was about to blow.  I'm not sure that we were near that scenario, but it was strange.  Lots of steam, lots of light, lots of noise and you could feel the vibration from the turbines through the van floor.  It took a lot of persuasion for her not to hook the van up and drive home there and then.  It didn't help that I suggested that if it did blow, we wouldn't know much about it!

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