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.
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...!