14th to 16th November 2014
The Croft, Hawkshead. We’ve been to this site a couple of times before and were troubled with noisy neighbours on both occasions, but we thought we would give it another go.
The site has gone upmarket since we last visited, with lodges where the touring pitches used to be and hardstanding pitches in the field that used to be set aside for camping. A big improvement, we think. The facilities have been improved too, with a couple of unisex shower rooms as well as the usual ladies and gents toilet blocks. There is even a room with a spotless bath in it, but J’s excitement quickly turned to disappointment when she found there wasn’t any hot water for a bath.
Plenty of pitches to choose from when we arrived.
Hawkshead village is literally across the road from the site, and that is where we went after setting everything up. Bought a new pair of walking trousers each from one of the outdoor shops…Craghoppers Kiwi Pro Active. Very stretchy and water repellent - about time we had some decent walking trousers! Also a trip to the Hawkshead Relish shop for the customary jar of Westmoreland chutney and some nice crackers.
First pub of the weekend was the Kings Arms Hotel, which is nice but has a very small bar area. Luckily we got there just at the right time and managed to get a great table in the corner. D pleased to see Loweswater Gold on offer, not surprising really as Cumbrian Legendary Ales brewery is just down the road!
When it started to get really busy we relocated to the The Sun Inn. We were about to leave when plates of fish and chips were delivered to the table next to us, and we just couldn’t resist...Bang goes our promise of eating in the caravan this weekend!
We spent the rest of the evening in the caravan. There was some noise from a cluster of motorhomes on the other side of the site, and a lot of noise from one of the lodges or static caravans, but neither really bothered us. A much quieter site this time, which is what we like.
A disastrous walk today. What we thought were tracks on the OS map turned out to be private roads, so what was supposed to be a circular walk in the hills around the village turned out to be an out and back walk to Moss Eccles tarn. Still better than sitting at home, though and the rain kept off.
Not a great day for pics, especially disappointing for D as he has just bought a new camera!
In the evening we headed back into the village and tried the Red Lion Inn, which was our least favourite pub of the weekend. We quickly moved to The Kings Arms Hotel and managed to get the same table as yesterday. The same group of people as on the previous day ended up sitting next to us again.
Steak and chips in the caravan, followed by another night in. We had intended to go back into the village but we were tired after our walk which ended up being 8.5 miles, and the three pints we (D) had had earlier had taken their toll.
Left early. No bacon butty today when we discovered our gas had run out. Oh well, it had to run out sometime, it’s lasted a few years. Will have to exchange it when we go away next.
Nothing planned but we hope to get at least one more trip in before Christmas.