19 Jun 2016


17th to 19th June 2016

The Castleton CC site is hard to get in to, it's almost always fully booked at weekends, so when it popped up in late availability we booked it straight away.


It's not as far away as some sites, but the journey on the A6 through Stockport can be a bit unpleasant, and so it was today!

We arrived early, though, and after driving around the site for a bit we settled on somewhere new...pitch no. 9.

It turned out to be not a good choice. Quite near the main road, which seemed busier than usual.  It also backed onto a road leading to the Castleton YHA, which has a cattle grid, so we heard cars going over that all day.  It was also near the bottom of a slight incline which was popular with children on scooters, and there were a lot of them around!

This isn't a quiet site!

We keep coming here because it is almost in the village of Castleton, which has several nice pubs, and that is where we headed after setting everything up.

After a few drinks we hardly noticed the cars, motorbikes and scooters as we had dinner in the caravan.  Then it was back to Ye Olde Nags Head for their pub quiz and bingo.  Scored 30/50, same as the other couple whose sheet we marked, so respectable.  Free pizza and chips halfway through the quiz.


A series of disasters today.  First J dropped a carton of milk and had to spend ages mopping it up.  Then we headed to Ladybower reservoir, to catch the 222 to the end of the reservoir and then walk back to the car.  But the 222 was cancelled today, due to a breakdown!  We got another bus halfway, but still had to walk an extra three miles to do the route we had planned...

...which was to visit Alport castles, an unusual rock formation caused by an ancient landslip.  Looks a bit like a collection of castles.


Some pics from the walk...

Pics have been pretty poor recently, partly due to the weather...time for a new camera?

Back at site the scooters were out in force, but we sat outside the caravan for a couple of hours anyway toying with the idea of having a barbecue.  We decided against it and had dinner in the caravan instead.

The village was very lively later, with groups of young and old men roaming around, and a very civilized hen party.  Ye Old Nags Head was our pub of choice this weekend.


Up early and on the road before 10am.

Coming soon...

Nothing booked, it depends on whether or not we give up touring and buy a static.

12 Jun 2016


8th to 11th June 2016

Our first visit for about a year to the Coniston CC site, one of our favourites.


A couple of days off work for D, so a mid week start.  We like mid week starts...no traffic, lots of pitches to choose from...roll on retirement!

We got a nice,quiet pitch at the top of the site, the downside being that the walk through the site adds about half a mile to the trip into Coniston.

We didn't head for the nearest pub, as we usually do.  Instead we had a go at putting our rarely used porch awning up, which turned out to be a bit of a disaster.  After struggling with the poles and getting it into position we realised we had left the pegs at home, so down it came!  One t-shirt soaked through, it was a bit of a struggle for D on a very hot day!

After that we needed a drink, so walked into Coniston and had a drink or two, followed by dinner sitting outside the Black Bull.  We just managed to finish in time before it started to rain, but the rain didn't amount to much.


A very hot day.  Too hot really for a long drive and a walk to Seathwaite tarn, but we had a go anyway.

In the evening we had a barbecue and sat outside the caravan until it got dark, which was after 10pm.  It was very quiet, there was no wind at all and all we could hear was the sound of birdsong, which we identified using a really good app on J's phone.  Lots of midges, a total of 7 bites for D over the three days!  None for J.


Not as sunny today, but still really warm.  We drove to Ulverston and had a look around the town.  A new place for us, and we really like it.  In our top three of Cumbrian towns, our ranking based on  pubs, tea rooms and outdoor shops.  No outdoor shops in Ulverston, but the pubs more than made up for it.

J's dad used to go to school in Ulverston, so we had a go at finding it but couldn't.  We also had a go at walking to the monument which overlooks the town, but didn't make it to the top because a wedding was in progress and we didn't like to interrupt it.

In the evening it was back to Coniston for a few drinks in  three of the four pubs.  We usually favour the Black Bull and Sun Inn, but we also tried the Yewdale hotel and it was nice too.


Stay or go?  We were thinking about staying for another night, but it was raining heavily when we woke up and the forecast didn't look good, so we headed home for Wales v Slovakia and England v Russia.

Coming soon...

Nothing booked, we are still toying with the idea of buying a static.  We actually agreed to buy it, but changed our mind, and now we might be changing out mind again.  It's probably sold to someone else now...!