28th to 30th November 2014
An excellent weather forecast for the weekend, so a last minute trip to the Windermere C&CC site. Our second visit this year. We wanted to come here for the Hawkshead Brewery summer beer festival, but it was full, so we went to the Kendal CC site instead.
Arrived early, and plenty of pitches to choose from at this time of year.
First things first – we needed to get a replacement gas bottle as ours had completely ran out. D staggered to reception with it, only to be told they had none left! The warden must have felt sorry for him, and gave him a quarter full bottle which a more organised person had previously swapped…for free! That should see us through a few more trips.
As is customary at this site, we headed straight for Staveley as soon as we had finished setting everything up. Checked on our geo-cache on the way, and tried to find another one but D slipped climbing over a stile and pulled a muscle in his leg. Lots of swearing and shouting…the gist of which was **** the cache!
Our pub of choice in the village is the Eagle and Child. We had a couple of drinks there, the re-located to the Hawkshead Brewery for beer tapas, before returning to the Eagle and Child. Drank far too much today!
Fabulous weather for the time of year today. We drove into Staveley and set off to visit Potter Tarn and Gurnal Dubs, no summits today.
Potter tarn first, complete with resident greedy swans…
Then the much prettier Gurnal Dubs…
Afterwards stopped off at Wilf’s Cafe next door to the Brewery for tea and cake, then drove to the Watermill Inn, one of our favourite pubs in the area, and D was delighted to discover that they had Loweswater Gold…except it wasn’t Loweswater Gold. We both agreed it wasn’t, but the barman insisted it was. He made some excuse about Cumbrian Legendary Ales having a new head brewer, but it didn’t improve the taste! It’s won so many awards there is no way they would change the recipe. D drank it anyway!
After last night’s excessive drinking it was a quiet night in with a ready meal and soft drinks tonight.
It rained a bit in the night and a constant drip, drip, drip kept us awake for ages…
Turns out the dripping was a leaking skylight in the washroom…the first problem we have had with this caravan. Luckily it drips into the shower tray so no flooding. Have ordered a replacement from Ebay for around £40 which is the whole unit including flyscreen.
Another lovely day, weather-wise, and just enough time for D to rush up into the hills to take a few pics before we headed for home.
Nothing planned, this might be our last trip of the year with Christmas looming! It depends on the weather.