Campspace Roadtrip

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Sometime in 2021, we were contacted by Campspace.com who suggested that we applied to become a Campspace scout. The program is available to everyone and scouts can book one night for free in new locations in exchange for photos. We applied, got accepted and we forgot all about it.

In may 2022, we were looking for a place to put our tent, found a spot on Campspace, paid for it and published photos of our stay on Instagram. That's how Campspace discovered us a second time.

They were trying to find someone who would be willing, on short notice,  to go on  a road trip to scout some new places. The would arrange that we had a caravan for 3 weeks. We just said yes.

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Our travel compagnon : The Lume Traveler LT360

 

Lume is a dutch company currently making 3 models of their Lume traveller.

We were on the road with their smallest model, the LT360. They also have 2 larger versions.

The Lume traveller LT 360 has a fantastic open air kitchen which you will not easily find in any other type of caravan or camper.  The new model comes with zip on side awnings, allowing you to use the kitchen as easily with bad weather.

We had really good weather during our trip and enjoyed sleeping under the stars. 

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Day 1: 50 km - Ellezelles, Hainaut, Belgium
Campspace : Monastery domain, La Devine Providence, by Maya and Lieven

 

The campsite is a beautiful domain of a former monastery domain. In the building, you will find the former common areas of the monastery school where private toilets and showers are allocated per camping spot.

For those who do not have their own tent of camper, a Pipo wagon with private garden is also available.

 

Lieven's speciality is the creation and maintenance of natural gardens. The spacious pitches and natural environment provide lots of privacy.


Neighbourhood activities
 

 

 

A cycle track of 27 km "Between Hills and Water Mills" runs via the domain. You can download the gps track by googling "Tussen bergen en molens"

As we were only here for one night and did not have enough time to cycle this, it  just means we'll have to come back one day.

About 1 km from the campsite, there is a biofarm where you can buy the best bread ever. 

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Day 2: 45 km - Zulte, East Flanders, Belgium
Campspace : Camping near the river Leie, by Sara and Xavier

Xavier and Sara are living in an old industrial building and to make sure they kept the view from their home untouched, they bought the old football field next to their property when it became for sale.

The toilet is next to the old referee cabin and on their to do list is the further renovation of the changing rooms.

We parked our caravan on the field in between their home and the football field.

If you like to cook on an open fire, a fire bowl is readily available.

Neighbourhood activities

Visit PurFruit, a fruit self-picking garden just a few minutes away by bicycle.

You can check on their website which fruits are ready for the harvest.(www.purfruit.be)

Not to be missed : There is also a small cafetaria where you can eat the best homemade fruit tarts.

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Day 3: 190 km - Sailly-Fibeaucourt,
Picardie, France
Campspace : Family camping, by Stephanie & Ben

 

This campsite is very well located, just a few kilometers from the bay of the Somme.

While this campsite is inexpensive, we would probably not stay here again as we did not feel a match.

The garden is very nice and has lots of potential to create an ideal Campspace.

Neighbourhood activities

The neighbourhood is a perfect place for cycling, quiet roads allow you to reach the cycle path around the bay of the Somme. We cycled around the bay from Le Crotoy to Saint-Valery-sur-Somme.

Le Crotoy

Just a little outside the main touristic area in Le Crotoy, the hotel Les Tourelles serves delicious lunches at an acceptable price.

We were lucky that there was just one table left.

There is a choice between a set lunch and a large variety of seafood specialities.

Saint-Valery-sur-Somme

In the Main Street, which is reserved for pedestrians, you'll find the Amazone Cafe, a little coffee and cake shop which is run by a young couple from Brasil. After a first stop in Portugal, they found their way to this place to set up business.

Try the Brazilian carrot cake with a nice cappuccino (as we did). You will not regret it.

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Day 5: 145 km -  Jumieges,
Normandy, France
Campspace : Camping de la Seine, by Valentin

 

The Camping de la Seine is like the name indicates just next to the River Seine (yes, the one which flows via Paris). We had a place in the first row which gives you the beautiful views like the one on the picture above.

You can find some restaurants and a local grocery shop in Jumiege, only a few km's away. A larger Cocci supermarket in the neighbouring village of Yainville has a much larger variety of fresh food.

Neighbourhood activities

The ruins of the Jumieges Abbey is the main tourist attraction of the neighbourhood. 

The history goes back to the year 654, after which it was several times destroyed and rebuild, last time in the 15th century. It's final demise came with the French Revolution towards the end of the 17th century.

We opted to skip the cultural bit and went to the local restaurant for Normandy galettes in Jumieges, followed by a bicycle trip along the banks of the river Seine.

To cross the Seine and cycle on the other side of the river, just get on a "Bac". Oh yes, it's for free.

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