Since leaving the Elddis factory on the 9th November with their new Elddis Autoquest 180 , the Meek Family have enjoyed an action-packed few weeks.
First stop, despite the terrible weather and threat of Hurricane 'Abigail', was the Meathop Caravan Club site in the Lake District. The Meeks were there to attend Kendal Mountain Festival where they were talking about family adventures.
above: Meeting their hero Chris Bonnington at the Kendal Mountain Festival
The highlight, they told us, was meeting amazing people and watching inspirational films at the Kendal Mountain Festival. “We came away feeling totally inspired to do more in the outdoors and try new adventures,” says Mum Kerry.
Although the severe wind, rain and flooding hindered some of their outdoor activity plans, Amy and Ella tried some indoor climbing. It was a great opportunity to test the motorhome’s resilience, too, and the family reported back just how warm and cosy their first night was!
above: a Fiamma 4-bike rack has been fitted to the Elddis Autoquest
The Meeks then travelled south, stopping at Southport and Poolsbrook sites for one night stop-overs. This gave the family the chance to collect their bikes from storage, which they plan to use regularly during our travels. Elddis has fitted a Fiamma 4-bike rack to the Autoquest 180.
The next location was Henley-on-Thames, where Amy loved going on a family cycle ride along the Thames. “It is great to have the bikes back!” she told us.
The family then moved on to Alderstead Heath Caravan Club Site, south of London, to pitch up the Autoquest 180. This gave them the opportunity to meet up with family. Ella says: “We spent a great day with our cousins, getting muddy in the park walking the dog.
“We then drove back to their house to warm up and showed them around our new motorhome. They were impressed and wanted to try motorhoming for themselves!”
Recently The Meeks have been staying at Wyatt's Covert Caravan Club Site in Denham, north London. Dad Tim says: “We like the nearby country park and have enjoyed cycling and walking lots in the area.
“Now the weather has improved, we've enjoyed getting outdoors more. Amy has enjoyed practising her whittling skills in order to make Christmas presents and Ella has had fun helping out the local birdlife with home-made bird feeders.”
Kerry says: “We are all loving the Elddis Autoquest and are getting used to life travelling on the road using a different form of transport! Tim enjoys driving the motorhome which is quite different to towing a caravan. Ella loves sitting up in the front with him on journeys, which gives her a great view as we travel. The journeys themselves are all part of the overall experience as we can chat, work and play with ease.
“Adapting to the motorhome has been quick and easy. We love how effortless it is to set up once we arrive on a site since it all takes much less time.
“The girls love sleeping in the beds above the cab area; they've nicknamed it their den and are starting to make it their own. It won't be long until we start decorating it for Christmas!”
above: The Autoquest 180 6-berth includes an over-cab double bed - which the girls love!
So what have The Meeks got lined up for the weeks ahead? Next week they will be in the Castleton area, walking in the hills, followed by North Norfolk where they will spend Christmas in Cromer with grandparents, then New Year in Brighton.
From there, the family will take the Elddis Autoquest by ferry from Portsmouth to Bilbao for a month’s motorhome adventure in Spain.
above: Spain beckons - first stop Bilbao, home of the world-renowned Guggenheim museum