30th Sept to 2nd October 2011
Our first trip of the year to Ullswater.
We joined the Caravan Club earlier this year and have become accustomed to massive hard-standing pitches. Camping & Caravan Club site pitches are usually pretty big too.
Waterfoot Park is neither, so the narrowness of the pitch we had to make do with was a bit of a disappointment. It does have excellent facilities, though, and a very relaxed atmosphere, and is only a short walk into Pooley Bridge. Still one of our favourite sites, just not in the top three anymore…probably C&CC Ravenglass, CC Park Coppice, CC Castleton, not necessarily in that order.
Arrived mid afternoon after a very uneventful journey. Decided not to bother with the awning this weekend as the pitch was very narrow and the grass on which it would have to go was very wet and muddy, so a very quick setup. Excellent reversing from D!
Walked into Pooley Bridge and along the river for about a mile, then popped into the Sun Inn, one of three pubs in the village, for a quick drink. Took some bread for the ducks that congregate around the bridge and are quite happy to eat out of your hand! No pic (not sure why), so you will have to make do with one of J looking at something in the water!
Back at the site, we had our first barbecue for quite a while, and very successful it was too, despite a slow start getting the coals lit
Then back to Pooley Bridge for a drink in the Pooley Bridge Inn. Just one, we are trying to cut down after the recent excesses of Castleton! Warm enough to sit outside in the dark, even for J!
No major walk planned for today, just a stroll along the shore of Haweswater reservoir.
As we drove along the road that leads to the reservoir a herd of deer shot across the road in front of us, causing D to slam on the brakes! Actually it was just two deer and D just slowed down a bit, but still not something you see every day!
Very warm and humid, but Haweswater is always a pleasant place to be. This is one of the first places that we visited when we started coming to the lake district in our pre caravan days, and is partly responsible for getting us into walking, so we couldn’t let the year go by without a visit. No sign of the resident golden eagle.
Stopped off at Pooley Bridge on the way back for a cream tea and then a quick drink in the Crown Inn.
After a rest and showers we drove into Penrith, the plan being to have dinner in a Mexican restaurant there. It was fully booked, so instead we bought a couple of pizzas and headed back to the caravan. Couldn’t be bothered walking to the village so we just lazed around listening to the radio and reading.
Just managed to pack everything away before it started to rain, so all in all we were very lucky with the weather. Whiled away the hours listening to the Archers and Desert Island Discs which is back after a break of a few months. This week, the creator of the Teletubbies who is actually 74!
A quick return to the CC site at Castleton, to see if it is as good as we thought it was just over a month ago.