14th to 16th March 2014
Our most visited site…the C&CC site at Windermere. Must be in double figures now. There’s not much wrong with it…easy to get to, quiet, good facilities and nice pubs a short walk away in Staveley.
It doesn’t take us long to set everything up these days, especially if we don’t bother with the awning, but D had to replace the freshly cleaned flyscreens this time. Losing one of the end clips and breaking another one didn’t help, but they do look much better now so it was worth doing. We found the missing one when we got home!
As is customary when we visit this site, we headed off across the fields to Staveley, stopping to check on our geocache on the way. Still nice and dry, and still being regularly found.
A couple of drinks in the Eagle & Child, then off to the Hawkshead brewery beer hall, the intention being to eat there. They do really nice beer tapas…usually. Not today, though, because it was the weekend of their Spring beer festival
D managed to sample quite a few, not all pints, though! J stuck to Lakeland Lager. The trouble with beer festivals is…too many people! Couldn’t get near the bar, and nowhere to sit. We managed to perch on some packing cases for a while.
A short drive to Troutbeck to bag a couple of Wainwrights – Sour Hows (483 metres) and Sallows (516 metres). About 4.5 miles in total. We are running out of easy to get to Wainwrights now, might have to start walking longer distances soon!
Not especially high, but pretty wild and windy at the top. Quite a grey day, so not many pics…not much sign of spring today. Hardly saw any other walkers, but a popular route for cyclists
In the evening we headed back to the beer festival and managed to sample a few more beers. D’s favourite of the weekend was Lumford from Thornbridge brewery.
“Pale ale brewed using New Zealand hops creating aromas of pear, peach and pineapple. Flavours are floral, apples, peach and orange peel. Hoppy bitter finish with clean and crisp passion fruit, grapefruit and gooseberry.”
A bit of everything really!
A spectacular sunset over Staveley which we all but missed because we were too busy drinking! Didn’t stay all night, but it was still a 40 minute walk back in the dark. Stopped off for a giant tray of chips for sustenance!
Listened to the Archers on the way home, followed by most of Desert Island Discs featuring the voice of F1…Murray Walker. Did you know he had a successful career in advertising, too? “Opal Fruits…made to make your mouth water” was one of his slogans. You probably wont know what Opal Fruits are if you are under a certain age!
Three nights at Castlerigg Hall, Keswick. D’s birthday treat!