13 Nov 2013

Still no caravan trip

7th to 9th November 2013

Good news, bad news…there is a new bridge…but it is very narrow and longer than the old one, which is not good news as you have to turn sharp right when you have gone across it.  Apparently they are going to do something to it to make it more accessible to caravans, but I’m not sure what they can do except replace it.  We’ll see.  We might give it a go soon if the weather is ok.

In the meantime, a two night trip to Lancaster, staying in a Travelodge in the town centre.  Room a bit pokey, but you can’t complain when it’s £77 for two nights.

We had a weekend in Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago, too.  Probably too late to do a blog about that now, memory not what it used to be.


No car this weekend, we let the train take the strain.

After checking in we had a wander around Lancaster.  There are lots of nice pubs, our favourites being the Robert Gillow, named after a famous Lancaster furniture maker, and Merchants 1688, basically just an old wine cellar with no windows, but much nicer than it sounds.

A pianist and drummer were performing in the Robert Gillow, so we watched them for a while before going for dinner at Teatro.  We chose it because they take Tastecards, then discovered we had left ours at home.  No problem, they gave us the discount anyway.  It wasn’t exactly busy.  Great food.

Afterwards we headed back to the Robert Gillow but couldn’t get it, so we ended up in Merchants 1688.


A walk along the canal to the aquaduct over the river Lune, then back along the river.



In the afternoon we got a bus to Morecambe, but it was pouring with rain by then and there isn’t much to do in Morecambe in the rain, so we didn’t stay long.


Back in Lancaster we had a cheap dinner in the Wetherspoons next to the hotel, then managed to get into the Robert Gillow to watch a jazzy three piece band.  Can’t remember their name.  Seems to be live music all the time there.


A late checkout meant we could leave our luggage in the hotel and have a look around Williamson park and the Ashton monument, followed by a tour of Lancaster castle.

Williamson park is a nice place, in addition to the monument there is a butterfly house and small “zoo”.  Just birds and small animals really.



IMG_3643Reflections in a large sun dial in Williamson park

The guided tour of Lancaster was quite interesting.  The courts are still in use and it used to be a prison until a couple of years ago.  We got to see some of the cells.

IMG_3653The Travelodge room was a bit basic!


Got the train home about 2.30.

Coming soon…

D is determined to get away in the caravan before Christmas, so we might have a go at getting across the bridge soon, even if we have to unhitch the caravan and push it across!

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