15 Mar 2020

Kendal

13th to 15th March 2020




Over two months since our last trip, well, the weather hasn't been great has it?  Our destination for this trip was the Kendal C&MC site, which has become one of our favourite sites.  We like the fact that it is in woodland and that the pitches are well spaced out - no long lines of caravans here.


Friday


Day one of the season for this site, so we dared to hope that we would get pitch no. 21, and we did.  A great pitch with no other caravans visible from it...perfect.  Best pitch anywhere, we think.


A bit of a scare when the motor mover wouldn't work and we had to hitch the caravan back up to the car to get it in, but it turned out to be because the battery was flat.  We'd left the fridge door open to air it, but the light must have been enough to drain the battery.

Also a bit of leak underneath the caravan, from the water heater drain pipe, but it stopped leaking after a while so we are going to assume we were worrying unnecessarily!

Apart from that the caravan seems to have survived the two and a bit month lay off.

We walked into Kendal along the river, a walk of about 3.5 miles, quite muddy in places.

In Kendal we had drinks in the Factory Tap, the Barrel House and the Fell bar, all excellent pubs.  The Barrel House is the home of Bowness Bay Brewing and one of their beers, Swan Blonde, is one of D's favourites.
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We had dinner in another pub in the high street which wasn't as nice, but the food was okay.

Then a taxi back to the site after we missed the last bus!

Saturday

Not a great weather forecast today, but better than our last outing.  We drove to Elterwater and went for a short circular walk.


It rained a bit but not enough to soak us, so could have been a lot worse.

Feeding time. 




We stopped off in Ambleside on the way back and had a look around the shops.  Then another stop in Staveley, for tea and a cake in Wilf's Cafe and a pint in the Hawkshead Brewery Beer Hall.  We hope to return next weekend for their Spring beer festival, but it's looking less and less likely thanks to the corona virus!  They were installing handwashing stations as we left!

We had dinner in the caravan and thought about walking to the nearby Strickland Arms, but it was raining on and off so we decided to have a quiet night in.

Sunday


Not a happy bunny!

It was sitting by the car as we packed everything away.  We poked and prodded it but it wouldn't budge, and it wasn't a bit interested in the lump of cucumber we put in front of it.  Do rabbits even eat cucumber?  This one wouldn't.

In the end we drove around it.  Poor thing.  The motor mover was okay...phew.

The journey home was uneventful.

Coming soon...

Hopefully the Hawkshead Brewery beer festival, but it all depends on the virus...


6 Jan 2020

Hawes

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!


Friday

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!

Saturday

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.

Sunday

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

Ingleton

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.


Sunday


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.



Monday

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!

Tuesday

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,..