22 Jul 2017

Hawes and Windermere

18th to 22nd July 2017

Two trips in one.  First the newly refurbished Caravan Club site at Hawes, then the Windermere Camping and Caravan Club site.



A week off work for D so a Tuesday start.  We got there early, but the site was surprisingly full, so not many pitches to choose from.  We managed to pick the shadiest one on the site, as usual!  We haven't been here for a few years, but we don't think it has changed much except for the refurbished facilities block, which is excellent.

Our bird feeder was a great success here...not just with the birds!

Hawes is only a five minute walk from the site and that is where we headed, in glorious sunshine.  It was market day, so we had a look around that and, as is customary when we come here, bought lots of cheese from the Wensleydale Creamery.  They have stopped making sticky toffeee pudding cheese, much to J's displeasure.

In the evening we had a barbecue, then headed to the Green Dragon, Hardraw.

A really nice olde worlde pub with its own waterfall, apparently the longest unbroken one in England.


It was raining when we woke up.  It did stop, but it remained murky and misty for most of the day.  Undaunted, we went for an out and back walk up nearby Great Shunner fell.

In the afternoon we drove to nearby Leyburn.  There is a CC site there that we have thought about visiting, but we didn't like Leyburn as much as Hawes, so probably won't now.

In the evening we drove into Hawes, braving torrential rain, thunder and lightning, for fish and chips in the village chippie.  No drinking today...D saving himself for the Hawkshead brewery summer beer festival which was to be part two of the trip.


Transfer day.  We had time to kill in the morning, so after packing everything away we walked into Hawes and had a late breakfast.


The journey from Hawes to the Windermere C&CC site took less time than we thought it would, so we had to park up for about 10 minutes to avoid getting there before the earliest arrival time of 1pm.

We got a pretty good pitch, then walked across the fields to the beer festival in Staveley.

Thursday...day one...so not too busy and no shortage of beers.  The weather was ok, too, so we were able to sit outside for a while.  Ten half pints for D today!  Lakeland lager, which has been renamed Hawkshead lager, for J.  She did try a cider, but didn't like it, and £5 for a small glass of proseco was just a bit too much.


It was raining heavily when we woke up and didn't stop all morning.  We had planned to drive to the top of the Kirkstone pass, then walk down it via Soney Cove Pike and Hartsopp Dodd and get a bus back up to the top.  Instead we had a look around Ambleside, then sat in the caravan waiting for it to stop raining before heading back to the beer festival mid afternoon.

It was much busier today, but we managed to find seats when we wanted to sit down, and we even got chatting to a few people!  Eight more half pints for D, he will have to stop drinking for a while to detox. 

Beer festival essentials


It was raining again when we got up and we got soaked putting everything away!

Coming soon...

It's school holiday time and sites are packed, and we are going on a cruise in August, so we will probably have a break from the caravan until September.

3 Jul 2017


1st to 3rd July 2017

Our third weekend in a row away, which we think is something we have never done before.  Our aim is to be away every other weekend.

Wharfedale CC site has been closed for refurbishment, and has just re-opened a week earlier than planned (which probably explains why it wasn't full).  The layout is unchanged, we think, but the facilities have been upgraded and they are now very good indeed.  The CC sites at Hawes and Castleton are being refurbished, too, and we can't wait to see what they look like later in the year.


Back to a Saturday start, but we had no trouble finding a reasonable pitch when we got there at 12.30.

Not a good start when D reversed the caravan into the pitch marker, but no harm done (to the caravan).

Last week we had a friendly robin, this week a friendly blackbird.

After setting things up we walked into Grassington, which is just under two miles away and a bit hilly!  Grassington festival was on from 16th June to 1st July.  We got there at 3pm on 1st July!  Oh well, maybe next year.  All we got to see was Back Chat Brass, who we thought were pretty entertaining.

We had a couple of drinks in a couple of pubs, the went back to the site for a barbecue.  However, wind and rain made us give up on the barbecue, so instead we had a quiet night in the caravan listening to music and reading.


No early start today as the walk we had planned relied on buses, and there aren't many on a Sunday in this area!

We drove to Buckden, got a bus back to Kettlewell and then walked back to Buckden via Buckden Pike (702 metres).  The bus journey was an experience in itself, with tractors and motorhomes squeezing past the bus with inches to spare.

It was a good day for walking...not too hot, plenty of cloud around to provide shade.  Navigation was easy too, following a wall for most of the way.

We stopped off in Kettlewell on the way back and had a drink in one of the pubs.  Lots of Timothy Taylor beers around here, which isn't a bad thing!  We really like the look of Kettlewell and there is a small caravan site just outside the village...if only the roads weren't so narrow and twisty.

It was after 6 when we got back to the site and we were barbecuing by 7.  We thought about walking into Grassington, especially because there was loud music coming from a nearby motorhome, but time was against us and the music stopped and we were pretty tired after the day's walk...  We had another quiet night in.


It rained a bit as we were packing up, but apart from that it was an uneventful journey home.

Coming soon...

A break of a couple of weeks, then two nights in newly refurbished Hawes and two nights in Windermere, for the Hawkshead Brewery summer beer festival.