19 Apr 2011

Windermere

Our second weekend away in a row, we are certainly making the most of the new caravan and the nice weather!  Windermere this time, to the huge C&CC site.

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Probably our most visited site, it’s easy to get to and has the best toilets/showers bar none.

Friday 15th

Arrived early and managed to get a pitch in the bit of the site we like best.  After a very  average display of reversing skills we quickly got set up, including the awning which seems to almost put itself up now!

Staveley is about a mile and a half away across fields, and is a nice afternoon walk.  Ended up in the Eagle and Child and stayed for a pint or four, and dinner.  A new beer mat for D’s collection.

D’s foot very sore and a bit swollen for no apparent reason.

Oh no, a man in the ladies toilets!!  Cleaning them at about 10pm.  If there is one negative about this site, it is that they clean the toilets between 10pm and 11pm, which we find a bit inconvenient.

Saturday 16th

D’s foot worse!  Hardly able to walk!!

Undaunted, it’s off to Grasmere for a not too strenuous hobble up Silver How, 394 metres.  Lots of cloud cover today.

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Made it to the top

More pics in the gallery, and D is quite pleased with some of them for a change.

Coming down was a bit of a struggle over loose scree and then wet grass, especially for D with his rapidly worsening foot!  Discovered later that we had missed the much easier path!

Tea and a scone for D in Grasmere afterwards, but no scone for J as they didn’t have any plain ones!  Then a stroll around Grasmere and a quick pint in Tweedies Bar.

Back at the caravan we thought we would sit outside and enjoy the sunshine for a while.

What would you rather listen to on a nice sunny afternoon…a) birds singing; b) sheep baaing; c) Manchester City v Manchester United commentary from the caravan next door?

I know a lot of footie fans would opt for c) but we thought a) and b) would be nice, so went for a stroll in the fields instead!

Dinner at the Watermill Inn.  A nice looking pub, good food, lots of different beers, but uncomfortably hot inside and no windows that could be opened.  Especially for D, whose foot was throbbing by now.  We left after dinner and went back to the caravan to lick our wounds.  Not before grabbing another couple of beermats, though, making a total of four this weekend.  There is some debate as to where this fine collection should be displayed, with D favouring the living room and J not!

Sunday 17th

Set off early, which meant J could listen to the whole of the Archer’s omnibus on radio 4 (a going home ritual, but she normally misses the first fifteen minutes or so because we take so long packing everything away).

No problem getting home and no problems with the caravan this weekend...hurrah!

***NEW FEATURE***

Best beer of the weekend – Tiffin Gold in the Eagle and Child, Staveley

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Coming soon

Nothing planned over Easter and the multitude of bank holidays, then somewhere nearer to home early in May, maybe.

PS…D’s foot is almost better now, but still no idea what caused it!!

3 comments:

Our Life In A Caravan said...

Id love one those awning like yours that almost puts its self up! Our large awning even after all the practice we have had seems to invent new ways to cause us problems each time we put it up!

Caravanning Couple said...

Beer mat collecting from the pubs we visit on our travels. I thought I was alone in doing this. LOL! Windermere site looks a good one - we'll add it to the list for this year I think - perhaps towards the back-end of the summer.

Caravan Insurance said...

Great post, Windermere is a great site, offers easy access to plenty of locations throughout the lakes.