4 Jul 2022

Kenal...again

1st to 3rd July 2022

Kendal again...we can't keep away!


 Friday

We arrived dead on 1pm, the earliest arrival time, and joined a queue!

Of course the best pitches were taken by the time we got through reception but we managed to get the same pitch as our last trip, so weren't too disappointed.

High excitement....first outing for our new to us canopy.  All 2.4 metres of it, we only just got it in the car!  Much easier than an awning to put up, which is why we got it.



We popped to the Strickland Arms after setting everything up and had a couple of pints in the beer garden.  Barman, barman there's a fly in my beer...


The dog was very lively and chewed its way through a sturdy looking branch!

Back at site we had a barbecue before it started to rain, which is when the canopy came into its own...we were able to sit outside in the rain but only until the cold drove us inside.  No need to put the chairs away.

Saturday

A bit of rain in the morning but undeterred we set off for a walk from Crook to Lord's Lot.

First stop was St Catherines church (remains of).  The tower has been restored and looked in pretty good condition.



Then on to Lord's Lot.





In the afternoon we sat around the caravan for a while and then went back to the Strickland Arms, this time for a pre booked dinner.

Sunday

We toyed with the idea of leaving the canopy attached to the caravan but decided against it because the case is a bit torn and we want to get that fixed first.  Not sure how we are going to fix it yet, but hopefully we will figure something out.

An uneventful hourney home.

Coming soon...

Nothing for a few weeks, we are going on holiday to Playa Blanca soon, but hope to be back in the caravan in August.








19 Jun 2022

Kendal

16th to 19th June 2022

Our second trip of the year to the Kendal CAMC site which is firmly established as one of our favourites now.


 Thursday

A Thursday start, primarily so that we could go to the Kendal Brewery Arts centre to see a-ha: the movie in the evening.  J is a big a-ha fan!

On arrival we managed to get one of the pitches we wanted, so a pretty good start.

We headed straight to the nearby farm shop for supplies and then a quick pint in the Strickland Arms.  Just the one drink because we would be driving later.  Then we had a barbecue back at the site.

We drove into Kendal and after a  bit of a panic trying to find somewhere to park we settled down to watch the film, which was very good.  The story of how they met and formed the band right through to comeback tours.  The Brewery Arts centre is a nice place to go to, we will look out for other events in the future.

Friday

Of course we just missed out on the hot, sunny weather and today was mostly cloudy but still very pleasant.  We drove to Winster for a walk from the church to Ghyll Head reservoir.  Not a great day for pics.






In the evening we had another barbecue and thought about going to the Strickland Arms but instead just sat outside the caravan.  This is a big site but it was incredibly peaceful, the only sound birds singing and one in particular high in the trees.


Our bird feeder was a great hit this trip.  They cleaned us out.  We will have to stock up on peanuts and seeds for our next trip.  The highlight was a jay.



Saturday

Another mostly cloudy day.  We got a day ticket and set off on the X6 bus for Lindale and what we thought would be an easy walk to Dixon Heights tower.


The path to the top from Back o' th' Fell road was pretty much non existent and turned out to be a not very pleasant scramble through bracken which in places was over our heads!  We made it, though, and the view from the top was just about worth it.

Makes a change from sheep



We had time for a quick half in the pub in Lindale, which was very refreshing, before catching the bus back to the site.

After quick showers we rushed back to the bus stop and got the X6 this time into Kendal.  We had dinner in a cafe and then drinks in the Barrel House (Bowness Bay brewery), the Factory Tap and the Fell bar.  All excellent venues.

Sunday

An uneventful journey home, the only incident being forgetting the laundry basket!

Coming soon...

Nothing booked but we have a week off in July so will aim for a three or four night midweek trip.




22 May 2022

Ingleton

20th to 22nd May 2022

A first visit of the year to what might become one of our favourite sites...Thornbrook Barn, Ingleton.  It's easy to get to, the pitches are massive, the facilites are ok and there are a couple of nice pubs nearby...oh, and good walking in the area!


Friday

We received our pitch number by email a couple of days previously and it was one we would have chosen anyway.  No check in on arrival, you just go straight to your pitch, which is ok with us.  The pitches are great, with hedges in between, so a bit of privacy!  We positioned the car carefully, too, so that the people opposite couldn't see us and we couldn't see them when sitting outside!



A quick trip to the nearby farm shop for essential supplies...


Then we headed into Ingleton.  We stopped off at the Falls cafe, which is new, we think, and then on to the Old Post Office micropub which has changed quite a lot since we were last there!




The pics are of the back room, which is Soho inspired, the front room is more conventional.  We liked it, but others looked in and chose the front room instead.  The manager or owner said it was speakeasy style.  Apparently there are many places like it in the northern quarter in Manchester...only about an hour by train from us!

Then we had dinner in the Bank Top restaurant, which was excellent and almost empty, then back to the Old Post Office.  We had far too much to drink!

Saturday

Not a great weather forecast today, but better than the last time we went for a walk from Horton-in-Ribblesdale station.  Moughton Scars and Long Scar were the objectives.


Quite a long walk for us at over 8 miles, probably a bit too much, but despite the ominous looking clouds it didn't actually rain.  Pretty spectacular limestone pavements.






Up close and personal with some cows on the way down...



Lots of people around, runners and, we think, people doing the three peaks challenge.  All much fitter than us!

Back at site we had a pretty successful barbecue and it was warm enough to sit outside the caravan until quite late in the evening.


Sunday

We got up and left later than usual but this site is so easy to get to we were still home before midday.

Coming soon...

We'll be staying home for the jubilee bank holiday weekend and then we have a wedding to go to, so we might not be able to get away again until mid June.  Kendal, maybe.