15 Jul 2018

Kendal

13th to 15th July 2018

A last minute trip to what is becoming one of our favorite sites...the Kendal C&MC site.  Our third visit this year, and probably not our last.  It's the easiest site in Cumbria to get to, there is a nice pub within walking distance and the layout of the site is great.

Friday


We arrived just after 1pm, which is the earliest arrival time and managed to get a good pitch, albeit a shady one.



There are some great pitches here, secluded, separated by trees or hedges, much better that a long line of caravans right next to each other.  The Coniston C&MC site is the same.

In the afternoon we drove into Kendal to pick up supplies and had a quick drink in the Fell brewery tap.

Then we had dinner sitting outside the caravan and then a bottle of wine.  The site was completely full but it didn't seem it.  No noise at all!  Just birdsong and things rustling in the undergrowth.  We tried to lure a big black cat over but it wasn't interested.  Instead it crept through the bushes, then pounced and emerged with a shrew or a mouse in its mouth.

Saturday

A 6 mile walk along Borrowdale Edge (the other Borrowdale).  We haven't really walked in this area before, but we enjoyed it and will be back.  The high point was Whinash (471 metres).



The hot weather continues, but it was mostly cloudy today, thank goodness, although it didn't help with the pics.







We thought about popping into Kendal on the way back, but we were a bit hot and sweaty.  We did stop off at Low Sizergh Barn farm shop, which is near the site and some crisps caught our eye.


The pheasant ones were the nicest.

Back at site we had a barbecue.  The plan was to go to the Strickland Arms for a couple of drinks, but it was so peaceful we just sat outside the caravan until it got dark.  The black cat turned up again at roughly the same time but it still wasn't interested in us and we didn't see it catch anything tonight.

Sunday

A plague of midges this morning...not sure why, there weren't too many yesterday or the day before.  We packed up as quickly as we could!

Coming soon...

The Hawkshead brewery beer festival and Hawes.


6 Jul 2018

Keswick

30th June to 3rd July 2018

Booked a while ago, we were really looking forward to this trip to Castlerigg Hall.  All pitches here are good, but this time we managed to get a super deluxe pitch with uninterrupted views of  Derwentwater and the surrounding hills.  We've never been able to get one of these pitches before.  Be careful what you wish for.

Saturday

The heatwave continues, and after setting everything up we discovered the pitch's fatal flaw...no shade...at all!  It was too hot to sit outside anywhere on our pitch so we had to go and sit underneath trees in an adjacent field!




We had a quick drink in the nearby Heights hotel when it opened at 6, and then had a barbecue when it had cooled down enough for us to return to our pitch.  Afterwards it was really nice sitting outside and admiring the views as the sun went down.

Sunday

What to do in the blistering heat?  We drove to Buttermere and walked around the lake.





In the afternoon we got a bus into Keswick and had a couple of drinks in the Wainwright, then got the last bus back to the site and had another late barbecue.  Another good sunset, but the pics were rubbish!

Monday

D up very early for a walk up Barrow (455 metres) and Outerside (568 metres), from nearby Braithwaite.






J didn't fancy it, so she waked down into Keswick and got some supplies instead.

In the afternoon we drove to the lake and had a stroll around and a look in the shops in Keswick.  We found a new bar, the Magnolia, which we really liked  Well, it was too hot and sunny to laze around the caravan, our pitch being completely shade free!


Later our early evening drink in the Heights hotel turned into a surprisingly tasty omelette and chips from their completely vegetarian menu.  The first time we have ever eaten there.

Got talking to another couple on the site, who were also complaining about the lack of shade.

Tuesday

As we were packing up we heard some people asking if they could move to our pitch...hope they were sun lovers.  No problems on the way home.

Coming soon...

The Hawkshead brewery beer festival and then Hawes in a couple of weeks.  We might try and squeeze another trip in before then, if we can find anywhere that has vacancies.

17 Jun 2018

Barmouth

13th to 16th June 2018

Hot on the heels of Ravenglass it's off to Hendre Mynach, which is just outside Barmouth.  We have been neglecting Wales recently, and last visited this site a couple of years ago.

Wednesday

Another long journey on A roads, but we managed to arrive quite early and were directed to a great pitch, with hedges separating it from neighboring pitches (other sites take note...we all like a bit of privacy).


A very rare outing for our bikes, usually it is too much hassle transporting them but this is a site where having them is a great advantage.  Barmouth is a longish walk along the promenade from the site, or a couple of minutes on a bike!

We cycled into town after setting everything up and headed for Myrddins Bar Caffi, which we'd read about on the internet and were looking forward to visiting.  Lots of real ale and craft beers, apparently, which is quite unusual for Wales.  Unfortunately it doesn't open on Wednesdays.  Oh well, the Last Inn and the Tilman were open.  The Tilman is new, we think, we don't remember it from last time.  Elderflower ale for D and a raspberry gin and tonic for J.


We were going to have a barbecue but the weather wasn't great, so instead we had an excellent dinner and bottle of wine in the Captains Table.  We just managed to get back to the site before the rain and high winds came.

Thursday

The plan today was to get a ferry from Barmouth harbour to Fairbourne and go on the miniature railway, but there was no sign of the ferry when we got there.  It was still quite windy, so maybe weather wasn't permitting.

Plan B was to get a regular train to Fairbourne, but we just missed it because we spent too long hoping the ferry would turn up.

Plan C was to walk across the bridge to Fairbourne, which is what we did.  We ended up walking about 10 miles today.

The Fairbourne railway runs for about two miles along a narrow spit of land, ending up at a beach with great views of Barmouth bridge and harbour.





We spent a couple of hours on the beach at the end of the line and ended up a bit sun burnt.





Seagulls and jelly fish...




Crab for dinner?

Not much left after the meal!


We thought we'd give Myrddins another go on the way back...but it was shut!  It doesn't open until 6pm.

Back at site we had a barbecue, then we cycled back into town...determined to get in to Myrddins.  It was open, but closes at 8.30 and we got there too late for last orders!  Some things just aren't meant to be, so we had a quick drink in the Tilman instead and nearly missed a great sunset.


Friday

Less windy today, so we cycled along the Mawddach trail to Dolgellau, about a 20 mile round trip



Tide in

Tide out

In the evening we had another barbecue.



We got through a bottle of wine and wanted more, so D cycled into Barmouth to the Co-op to get another bottle.  Thank goodness for the bikes!  We didn't drink all of the second bottle.

Then another great sunset, albeit a bit windy and chilly.





Saturday

It rained heavily in the night, but luckily it had more or less stopped when we starting packing away.  The journey home was uneventful.

Another great trip.  We like Hendre Mynach and will be back next year.

Coming soon...

A short break, then we'll be back in July for a three night trip to Keswick.