6 Jan 2020


2nd to 4th January 2020

Our first trip for a couple of months.  We've been too busy with the new house until now, but things are starting to settle down at last.

Not much choice at this time of year, a lot of sites are shut, but plenty of availability at the Hawes C&MC site.  We quite like this site and the village of Hawes is ok, so we booked a two night break after checking that the weather was going to be ok.  Big mistake...never trust the weatherman!


The journey from Southport to our storage site in Lancaster should have taken about the same amount of time as from our old house, but of course we got a bit lost and it took longer than it should have.  The caravan is ok and the onward journey to Hawes was uneventful.

Plenty of pitches to choose from on arrival, probably too much choice for us!

No leaks or burst pipes, so it didn't take long to set everything up.  Then we headed into the village, to the Wensleydale Creamery, to take advantage of the recently introduced 10% discount for C&MC members.  Bought some cheeses, then had a drink in three of the pubs and dinner in the last of them.

We peaked far too early and retreated to the caravan for the rest of the night in.  Too late to get any tasty treats, no shops open after 5.30pm in Hawes!


The weather forecast for today was white cloud with a small percentage chance of rain.  As wrong as wrong could be!

We drove to Horton-in-Ribblesdale and went for what should have been a nice easy walk to Moughton scars, an area of limestone pavements near Ingleborough.  It was raining when we started walking and didn't stop pretty much all day.  We thought about turning back at the start but carried on, thinking it might brighten up!  It didn't and the walk turned into a wet and windy trudge along muddy paths.  It looks like a nice area, though, and we will return in better weather.

Horton-in-Ribblesdale railway station 

King of the coop!

Not a great day day for pics!

On the way back we picked up some provisions and had a other night in.


The journey back to the storage site was ok, but then we got lost on the way back to Southport!  We'll have to find an easier route for next time.

Not a great trip, but we got to check on the caravan and try out the new journey, so not all bad.

Coming soon...

Probably nothing until mid February, and then only if the weather is ok.

29 Oct 2019


27th to 29th October 2019

As our house move drags on and on, we thought we'd take a break from packing and squeeze in a quick trip.  We had to go back to our new storage site near Lancaster anyway, to pick up D's phone.  We thought about going Barnard Castle or Hawes, but then we came across Thornbrook Barn touring caravan site, which is just outside the village of Ingleton, so quite a bit nearer.  Our second new site of the year.


A couple of days off work, so a Sunday start.  It's great not having to tow the caravan all the way, and the caravan was ready and waiting when we got to the storage site.  The journey from there to Ingleton only took just over half an hour.

Wow, what a great site.  All of the pitches have hedges around them, the toilets and showers are excellent and there are great views from the site.  The only negative would be road noise - it's just off the A65 - but apart from the odd motorbike it didn't bother us.

View of Ingleborough from our pitch

There is a farm shop near the site, so we went there and picked up a few bits before heading into Ingleton, which is less than a mile away.  Ingleton is an okay sort of village.  Some of the pubs didn't look very inviting, but we liked the Old Post Office, which is a micropub, and the Masons freehouse.  We wanted Sunday roasts but they were all sold out, so we had to settle for a steak and a lamb Henry.


After a very cold night it was crisp and clear in the morning...very frosty first thing.

The plan for today was to do to the Ingleton waterfalls trail, which is a walk of about 4.5 miles.  We stopped off on the way to have a look at St Oswalds church, which is where Arthur Conan Doyle got married.

The waterfalls trail is a nice walk, well worth the £7 you have to pay to get in.  Plenty of waterfalls, of course, but also a stretch of open countryside.  The weather helped , lovely blue skies all the way.

We stopped off the the Marton Arms on the way back, which is opposite St Oswalds church.  The nearest pub to the site, the plan was to return later but we decided to have a night in the caravan instead.  Well, it was another very cold night!


A short journey back to the storage site with the caravan, then the rest of the journey flew by without having to tow it.

We really liked Thornbrook Barn and will definitely be back next year.

Coming soon...

That's probably it for this year, we have drained all the water out and "winterized" the caravan.  We might try and squeeze a trip in in December if we have time and the weather is ok,..

20 Oct 2019


18th to 20th October 2019

As the house move drags on we thought we'd squeeze another trip in while we are waiting - to the Kendal C&MC site, which is becoming an old favorite.


It's so easy to get to, just an hour and a half journey almost all on motorway.  We managed to get a pretty good pitch, albeit a bit shady!

Our caravan is stored just around the corner from where we live now, which is great at the moment but will be no good once we have moved.  We have been looking around for a replacement site and have decided to store it further away from home and further north, to make it easier to get to Cumbria, which is where we go most of the time.  It's handy being able to pop in and check on it whenever we want, but we think we'll find not having to tow if for half of the journey will make up for not being able to do this.

We liked the look of a storage site near junction 33 of the M6, and that is where we went to have a look around after setting everything up.  Great location for the motorway, the only downside is that we now have to give a day's notice if we want to take the caravan out.  We've signed up for 6 months, so we'll see how it goes.

Afterwards we had a look around Lancaster and then went back to the site for dinner.  We were going to go to the nearby Strickland Arms but it started raining so we stayed in instead,


We walked into Kendal along the river and what's left of the old canal.  Very muddy in places!

Then  we got a train to Staveley and had lunch in the surprisingly busy Hawkshead brewery beer hall, before returning to Kendal and spending far too long in the Fell bar, which is our favorite pub in Kendal.  Great beer, chilled music and not too busy.  We missed the last bus that stops anywhere near the site, so had to get a taxi back.


Dropped the caravan off at the new storage site, and not having to tow it all the way knocked loads off the journey time.  It's cheaper, too.

Next year we will just go to Cumbria and Yorkshire.  We'll miss not going to Castleton and Buxton, but that's about it, and Castleton is fully booked most of the time anyway.  We hardly ever went to Wales and never managed to find a site we really liked.  Shropshire is ok, but not as nice as Cumbria and Yorkshire.  Cheshire...we can do day trips.

It wasn't until we got home that D realized he'd left his phone in the caravan.  Not good!  With the caravan 50 miles away it will have to stay there until our next trip, which might have to be next week now!