18 Mar 2018


16th to 18th March 2018

Our second trip of the year. With the beast from the east set to return we decided to stay in the north west and headed for the C&MC site near Kendal.  Nice and easy to get to.


The site was pretty much empty when we got there as it had only just opened for the year.  Time enough, though, for some lucky couple to grab pitch no. 21, which is the best pitch on the site.  On any site, maybe?  On its own, in a clearing, you can't see any other caravans from it.  A bit disappointed, we tried to get into a couple of other nice looking but hard to get into pitches without success (D must be out of practice), before settling for pitch no. 13.  We are not superstitious!

We drove into Kendal to get some supplies (beers) from Booths, then walked to the nearby Strickland Arms.  We stayed for a couple of hours and had a small fish and chips there, before heading back to the site.  Weather ok so far.


The forecast for today was breezy and cold with wintry showers, so we thought we would take it easy and just stroll into Kendal along the river Kent, about a four mile walk.

It was pretty cold!

Mostly blue skies, it didn't snow until we were almost in Kendal, and the snow didn't stick.  We made it to the castle.

Then we had a look around the shops and discovered the Fell Brewery tap room, a really nice little pub in Kendal town centre. Their Tinderbox IPA is a favourite of D's, but is a bit strong at 6.3%!  We don't think it has been open long.  Nice beer, nice clientele, nice music in the background, not too loud.

It started snowing heavily while we were in the pub and it started to settle.  We got a bus back to the site at 4 and stayed in for the rest of the night, listening to the radio and playing scrabble.  The weather worsened!

A first for us, we have never been in the caravan in snow before.  The gas ran out just as we had finished cooking dinner.  Well, it had to run out sooner or later, we have had the same bottle for a few years.  Luckily our heating is all electric!


We replaced the gas bottle and didn't leave until 10.30, to give the roads around the site time to unfreeze.  We weren't looking forward to the journey home, but it was ok apart from the wind.

A pretty good trip after the disasters of last week.

Coming soon...

The Hawkshead Brewery Spring beer festival.

11 Mar 2018


9th to 11th March 2018

Back after almost a four month break!  Well, it's hard to get away in December in the run-up to Christmas, then most sites are closed in January and February, and the ones that are open are fully booked, and the weather has been bad, and...!

Anyway, we're back now.


A site close to home for the first trip of the year - Chester Fairoaks.  As near as you can get to Chester in a caravan and less than half an hour from home.  It's not one of our favorite sites, sandwiched between two motorways, but we like Chester and there is a caravan shop quite close to the site.

Just as well, as it turned out. As soon as we switched the pump on water came gushing out of a blue bridge that connects some pipes.

The offending part

Luckily nearby Flintshire Caravans had the part in stock and we managed to get it all sorted out by 3, before getting a bus into Chester at about 3.30.

There are some nice pubs in Chester, and we we had mini fish and chips in a fish and chip shop with a seating area (and it was mini).  We got a bus back just after 10.


A day of disasters.  First, D realised he he had forgotten to bring any fleeces.  Luckily it was a fairly mild day. Then our planned walk in the hills above Prestatyn was thwarted by a closed road.  We managed to get to where we wanted to get to by parking right next to it, so the 4 mile walk along a ridge was shortened to about 10 minutes.

J looking for a geocache

On the way back we stopped of at Talacre for a short walk along the beach to the lighthouse.

The site is about a fifteen minute walk from Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet Village, so we went there in the evening but didn't buy anything.  Had a nasty jacket potato in Spudulike (well, D's tuna and sweetcorn one was nasty, J's was ok), then retreated to the caravan with a bottle of wine.


A 25 minute journey home is great, and was trouble free.

This site is ok, but it's noisy and there isn't much for us to do in the area.  It's handy for a night out in Chester, but in future we might just stay for one night.  This trip was more about finding out if the caravan had survived the winter, which we did.  Apart from the leak all seems ok.

Coming soon...

We are hoping to go away again next weekend, and the weekend after, weather permitting.  Not sure where yet.

19 Nov 2017


17th to 19th November 2017

The Windermere C&CC site was our destination this weekend.  Our third trip in as many weeks, which is quite unusual for this time of year.  We have been lucky with the weather recently, and while this weekend was no exception, it wasn't quite as good as recent weeks.


A traditional Friday start for a change, on arrival there were plenty of pitches to choose from and we got one on a part of the site we like.

Nowadays we only seem to come to this site for Hawkshead brewery beer festivals, and so it was this weekend.

We saw it advertised when we were in Hawkshead last weekend.

After setting everything up we headed across the fields to Staveley just as it was starting to get dark. Nice views on the way, and we checked our geocache was ok.

Not quite as many beers as usual, or so it seemed, but a great atmosphere as usual. We spent most of the night sitting with another couple from the site and even walked back with them around 10pm.  A really good night.


D has been wanting to go to Kentmere for a long time but there are only a few parking spaces by the village church, so we know an early start was required.  We managed to leave the site around 8.30 but that was far too late, so we had to abandon the planned walk.

On the way back we thought it might be nice to have a walk along a beach, so we headed to Arnside.  Pretty cold and windy to start, but it improved as the day progressed.  Nice views of the estuary and Grange-over-Sands.

In the afternoon we popped back to the beer festival but it was much busier than the previous day, so we didn't stay long.  We were back in the caravan by 7pm and had a quiet night in listening to the radio.

Next beer festival 23-24 March 2018...we'll be back.


A very frosty morning, we had to scrape the car, and then a warning light about low tyre pressures made the journey home more stressful than usual!

Coming soon...

A fourth trip in November?  D has some holiday to use up so maybe a mid week trip, it depends on the weather.