Our third visit of the year to the Coniston Caravan and Motorhome Club site. We went off this site for a bit a year or so ago (not sure why), but it is definitely one of our favorites again.
A Saturday start. With over 100 pitches free according to late availability we thought we would have no trouble finding a decent pitch. On arrival, though, we discovered that most of the site was closed for the winter and only the top bit was open. Uh oh!
Luckily one of our favorite pitches was free.
Pitch no. 64. In a clearing, on its own, not too far from the toilets...perfect.
The usual plan would be to head into Coniston, but not today. First we drove to Hawkshead for a very enjoyable bonfire and firework display, despite the showery weather. No pics, we left the camera in the car.
Then we drove into Ambleside, for dinner and Zefirellis, where a really good jazz quartet were playing. Just one drink all night...it is possible to have a good time without drinking!
Fabulous weather for November, blue skies all day. We went for a walk from the site to Torver Back Common.
About 6 miles and not too strenuous, perfect for a gentle autumn stroll. Great views of Coniston water and the surrounding hills, and a couple of tarns.
Sheep being herded near Kelly Hall tarn...we had to wait for them to pass
In the afternoon we walked into Coniston just as it was getting dark, and witnessed another display of shepherding on the way.
We had dinner in the Yewdale Inn, which is our favorite pub in the village at the moment. The Black Bull was good, too, but we weren't so keen on the Sun hotel this time. It was full of locals...how dare they!
It's nice to leave just as the weather is on the turn, isn't it! A very uneventful journey home.
We are hoping to go to Hawkshead soon, so we will find out who wins...Coniston v Hawkshead?