21 Nov 2018


16th to 19th November 2018

We like to visit Hawkshead around this time of year and have always stayed at the Croft, which is just across the road from the village.  Not this time, though, it was closed.  It looks like they are trying to squeeze a few more statics in and are re-landscaping the touring pitches.  They helpfully recommended their sister site, Hawkshead Hall, instead.  It's about half a mile outside the village, a short walk along a good footpath beside a stream.  What a great site, at this time of year at least (reviews aren't so good in high season).  Excellent facilities, well spaced pitches and great views, we will probably come here in future instead of the Croft and can't really think of anything bad to say about it.


The road from from Ambleside is narrow in places and not much fun to drive along with a caravan, but luckily we didn't meet any buses or lorries coming the other way and we arrived early afternoon.  We had plenty of pitches to choose from and chose one away from the road and the farm buildings (it's a working farm).  There was only one other caravan on site but quite a few small motorhomes.

The hill in the distance is Latterbarrow.

After setting everything up we walked into Hawkshead, which took less than 10 minutes.  Hawkshead is a nice village with a few shops and four nice pubs.  We had drinks in the Kings Arms, our favourite, but didn't stay out late, instead retreating to the caravan for dinner and a night in.


Fabulous weather for November, so we went for a walk from the site to Latterbarrow.

Great views of Ambleside and Windermere from the top but the pics didn't turn out too well, so not many here.  D struggling to get to grips with the new camera.  Picture quality is great but composition is lacking lately!

In the afternoon we sat outside the caravan for a couple of hours, enjoying the peace and quiet, then walked to nearby Esthwaite water as it started to get dark.  It would be nice to be able to walk around it but it's mostly private land, so no footpath.

We stopped off in Hawkshead afterwards and had a drink in the Sun Inn, then went back to the caravan for dinner and another night in.  A very cheap trip so far!


Another great day weather-wise, so we went for a longer walk in the hills around Faw Sawrey.

First stop was Claife viewing station.

Good views, but not that good!

Then High Blind How.

Then Wise Een and Moss Eccles tarns.

We stopped off at the Cuckoo Brow Inn on the way back to the car and thought we would drive back later for dinner.

We did drive back in the evening but couldn't get in the car park, so we quickly abandoned that idea and walked into Hawkshead instead.  We had roast dinners in the the Sun Inn, then relocated to the Kings Arms for the rest of the evening.  The other pub we like, the Red Lion, was closed.

We missed it all during the day, but it seems it was Mitzvah day in Hawkshead, and a group of people involved in it came in to the pub and started playing a fiddle and accordian.  Well, we had to stay and watch, and we ended staying out until about 10pm and drinking more that we should have.  So much for a cheap trip.  A good night, though.


A very uneventful journey home, hill start assist making light work of the feared hill start at Clappersgate!  A great trip, one of the best of the year.

Coming soon...

One more trip before Christmas, we think, but probably somewhere more local.  Southport, maybe.

5 Nov 2018


3rd to 5th November 2018

Tarn House.  We don't really like this site much, the pitches are too close together and the facilities are only just ok, but we do like Skipton and this is the only site we have found that is within walking distance (just) of the town centre.


The site was full when we arrived, we must have got the last available pitch.  A lot of caravans here are seasonal and the one next to us was empty both nights, and on the other side we had a small motorhome for the first night then nothing for the second.

In the afternoon we walked into Skipton, which is downhill almost all the way.  We had a look around the shops and then a couple of drinks in a couple of pubs before getting a taxi back to the site for dinner and a night in.


A pretty good day, weather-wise.  We went for a walk from the site to Flasby fell, the high point being Sharp Haw.

Not exactly peaceful to start with, there was a group of people on scrambler bikes, but we left them behind as we approached the summit of Sharp Haw.

A bench with a view

In the afternoon we drove to nearby Gargrave to have a look at a small listed site that looked promising, but we couldn't find it and Gargrave is a bit too far away from Skipton anyway.

In the evening we walked back into Skipton and had a drink in all of the pubs we like there - the Boathouse, the Narrowboat, the Beer Engine, the Woolley Sheep...  There are so many!  We had dinner in the Narrowboat.


We left early and got home, in the house, just before midday.

Coming soon...

Hopefully a couple more trips this year.  We usually go to Hawkshead around this time of year, so that might be next.