27 Nov 2016


25th to 27th November 2016

Back in the caravan after a break of about a month, during which time we enjoyed some winter sunshine in a villa in Playa Blanca, Lanzarote.

Plenty of sunshine this weekend, too, but much, much colder!


We last visited the Croft, Hawkshead, exactly a year ago.  We really like this site at this time of year.  It's not too busy, there were only a handful of motorhomes on site all weekend (we were the only caravan), and it's just across the road from Hawkshead village, which has a great selection of pubs and a few shops.  We like the peace and quiet of the site and the village.

Maybe a reason why it is so quiet are the narrow, twisty approach roads from Ambleside.  Luckily we didn't meet a bus or lorry coming the other way, but we probably will one day!

No trouble finding a pitch.

We were quite late getting there due to an accident on the M6, so it was about 3.30 before we strolled into the village...almost dark!  We got a good seat in the Kings Arms and stayed there all afternoon/evening, moving into the dining rooms for an early dinner around 6.  We had to vacate the dining room by 7.30 and the bar area was quite full by then, so we relocated to the Red Lion for one more drink before heading back to the caravan.

A very cold night, but at least no wind or rain.  Good job we thought to bring the water pump in, there was a layer of ice in the water barrel in the morning!


A short drive to Tarn Hows on icy roads for a walk up Black Crag and the surrounding area.  We've done this walk before, but chose different paths this time.

Blue sky and sunshine for most of the day, great conditions for a not too strenuous walk.

Frozen Tarn Hows

Near the summit of Black Crag

This is why there are relatively few pics of us in the blog!  We both hate having our photo taken.

We got back to the site around 3.30 and rushed into the village to catch a great sunset from the church grounds.  The church is quite impressive, on a hill overlooking the village.  We must go inside one day!

After dinner in the caravan we headed back into the village for drinks in the Kings Arms and Red Lion.


In addition to narrow, twisty roads there is a nasty hill start on the way home, at Clappersgate, which D made a mess of once again.  At least he didn't stall!

We spent a lot of money this weekend, and this is where a lot of it went!  Well, you can't get them anywhere in Liverpool!

Coming soon...

Christmas is looming and we are supposed to be getting a new car sometime in the next couple of weeks, so nothing planned for the rest of this year.  See you in 2017.

1 Nov 2016


28th to 30th October 2016

We visited Sunny Oak in 2015 and quite liked it.  It's on the Llangollen canal, right next to the Willeymoor Lock Tavern, and only a short taxi ride into Whitchurch.  With just about every other site full, it seemed like the right time for a return visit.


Lots of roadworks around the Runcorn bridge added some time to the journey, but we still managed to get there before 2pm and had out pick of plenty of vacant pitches.  We chose the same pitch we had last year.

Pitches are very narrow, especially when we are used to massive caravan club ones!

Whitchurch town centre is about three miles away via the canal towpath, and that is where we headed after a quick lunch.  We like Whitchurch.  It has two or three nice pubs and we had dinner in one of them and lots of drinks in the others.

A bit of a disaster when we got back to the site and discovered that J had lost D's phone!  She thinks it fell out of her pocket in the taxi, but nobody handed it in!


A day out at nearby Hawkstone Park.  It's just a couple of hills really, with a monument at the top and a few tunnels and caves.  That's not a very good description, it's actually much better than I have made it sound.

We ignored the notice saying that torches were needed, and ended up feeling our way through the tunnels with the help of the infrared beam on the camera and J's (not lost) phone!  Without them we would have had to turn back, it was that dark.

It took about three hours to see it all, with lots of up and down walking, but hardest of all was the climb to the top of the monument.  Lost count of the number of steps!  Great views, but the pics didn't turn out too well.

Lots of nice, autumnal colours.

In the afternoon we had another look around Whitchurch before rushing back to the site so that we could sit outside the Willeymoor Lock Tavern and watch the boats go by.  Would have been nice if it has been open.  We knew it closed in the afternoon but thought it re-opened at 5pm.  Turns out it was 6pm and it was dark by then!

We had another go after dinner, but had to make do with sitting inside.  It seemed everybody in the pub knew everybody else and we felt a bit out of place, so didn't stay long.  It's a nice pub to sit outside, but not so nice inside.


An extra hour in bed due to the clocks going back, but we still struggled to get away by 10am!

Coming soon...

This might be out last trip of the year.  We are going on holiday to Lanzarote in a week or so, and then getting a new car, so lots happening.  No time for caravan trips?  We'll see.....