8 Sep 2019

Coniston

5th to 8th September 2019

As our house move drags on and on, we decided we needed a weekend away to forget all about it, and so we headed for the Coniston C&MC site.

A three night trip, with a Thursday start.

Thursday


We left a little bit later than we would have liked but arrived in plenty of time to grab a pitch we have been on before...no. 180.  A bit of a trek to the facilities, but nice and secluded.


Coniston village is a bit of a trek, too, but it is a nice enough walk on a good path through a campsite and fields, and luckily the rain held off.

We had a drink in all three of the pubs we like, and dinner in the Yewdale Inn.

Friday

Quite a rainy day, today, so we drove into Ambleside in the morning and had a look around the shops.  It turned showery in the afternoon, so we chanced a short walk to along the lake and then inland to Torver.



Back at site we had a delicious cumberland sausage and chips from the resident fish and chip van, followed by a quiet night it.

Saturday

Much better weather today.  D up early for  a walk up Bowfell (902 metres), Esk and Rossett Pikes, almost 10 miles in total.

J got a bus to Windermere, the plan being to meet up with youngest daughter L and go to Grasmere for the Grasmere Guzzlers beer festival, with D to meet them later.  But L's plans changed, so J just had a look around the shops and then went back to the caravan.

Great conditions for walking for D.  Didn't see a soul on the way up, but passed plenty of people coming up on the way down.  Must have done the route the wrong way around!  Great Slab is much more spectacular than the pic suggests.



Great Slab, at the top of Bowfell 






In the evening we had a semi successful barbecue...the temperature plummeted pretty quickly and we were on a shady pitch.  We have just bought a new barbecue, it's a bit bigger than the old one and needs more than one bag of coals.  Oh well, a lesson learned for next time.  Then another night in...D too tired to walk into Coniston!

Sunday

Got held up a bit by the tour de Furness, and sheep on the road, and horse riders...just about everything really!  We still got home before midday though,

One of the tyres on the caravan is looking a bit flat, so we are going to get them both replaced sometime during the week.  We think they are the original tyres and the caravan is getting on for eight years old now, so it's probably time they were replaced.

Coming soon...

It all depends on the house move, but we would like to get one more trip to Ravenglass in before the bad weather sets in.



18 Aug 2019

Buxton

15th to 17th August 2019

Our first trip for almost a month, thanks to the ongoing saga of moving house.  We booked this trip to the Buxton C&MC site a while ago, primarily so that we could go and see a concert in the Peak Cavern in Castleton on the Friday.  We would have stayed in Castleton but, as usual, it was fully booked.

Thursday

A Thursday start...not sure why!  We have found a new way of getting onto the A6 without going through Stockport, using the A555, so the journey should have been much quicker...but it wasn't, thanks to temporary roadworks!  We still got there quite early, though, and got a good pitch.


The weather was ok today, so after setting everything up we sat outside the caravan for a while, then headed across the hills into Buxton.


After a quick look around the shops we spent most of the evening in the Buxton Brewery Tap House and Cellar, where we had dinner.  We liked the nearby RedWillow pub, too.


Friday

The weather was truly awful today, it rained all day long.  We drove to Morrisons to get supplies but then had to spend most of the day cooped up inside the caravan.  We did go for a short walk to nearby Solomon's temple, and as expected we got well and truly soaked!



The highlight of a pretty disastrous trip was seeing Half Man Half Biscuit in the Peak Cavern, Castleton.  A great place for a concert.  HMHB, from the Wirral, have been around since the mid 80s and we like their mix of witty lyrics and rock music.  Check out Every Time a Bell Rings for a really great chorus (warning, it does contain swear words).  Other great lyrics...

"Ground control to Monty Don"
"Sign on you crazy diamond"
"Fat kids with sausage rolls"
"If God had meant for us to work, then surely he would have given us jobs"



Saturday

We thought we would be delayed by flooded roads on the way home, but it was actually a really good journey.  We barely had time to listen to an eventful Archers omnibus...poor Ed and Emma.

Coming soon...

Nothing booked, it all depends on the house move now, but we would like to get a couple of trips in in September while the solicitors do their stuff.






20 Jul 2019

Windermere

18th to 20th July 2019

A two night trip to the Windermere C&CC site primarily for the Hawkshead brewery summer beer festival.

Thursday

We arrived dead on 1pm (the earliest arrival time) and joined a queue of caravans waiting to get in!  It took about 20 minutes to get through reception, but then we managed to get one of our first choice pitches, so no complaints from us.


It was a nice, sunny afternoon so we sat outside the caravan for a while, then headed to Staveley for the beer festival.


We sampled lots of beers and soaked up the atmosphere.  It's usually pretty quiet on the first day and this was no exception, so we had no trouble getting served and finding somewhere to sit.

Afterwards we went to the Eagle and Child and took part in their weekly pub quiz.  The only pub quiz we have ever been to where you mark your own paper, but we still didn't do very well.  Well, what do you expect after drinking all afternoon...

We got a bit lost heading back to the site across the fields with only mobile phones to light the way!  Thank goodness for the OS Maps app, it really is impossible to get lost anywhere now.

Friday

The forecast was for rain pretty much all day, but we managed to go for a walk in the Underbarrow area without getting too wet.  It didn't seriously start raining until we were back on site.  Not a good day for pics though.





We thought about going back to the beer festival but the showers kept on coming, so instead we had a quiet night in the caravan listening to the radio.

Saturday

Got soaked packing everything away, then the rain eased off a bit just as we had finished...if only we'd waited a bit.  Got back to the storage site well before midday.

Coming soon...

Nothing booked til mid August, it all depends on the house move.  The sale is going really well but we pulled out of the house we were buying and haven't found anything else, so we might be living in the caravan in a few weeks!! 

7 Jul 2019

Kendal

5th to 7th July 2019

It's back to the Kendal C&MC site after a four week break.  We have had to put caravanning on hold for a while because we want to move, and the last four weeks have been spent showing people around our house and looking at houses to buy.  We think it is all sorted now, though, our house is sold and we have found somewhere we want to buy, so we thought we'd treat ourselves to a weekend away while the surveyors and solicitors do their stuff.

Friday

A traditional Friday start, there was quite a queue when we got there and the site was pretty full.  All of our regular pitches were taken so after driving right around the site we settled on pitch no. 99.


Pitches 99 and 100 are in a clearing on their own, but quite close together.  Luckily pitch no. 100 was vacant, so we had the clearing to ourselves!

Light rain was forecast in the evening so we thought we'd postpone the planned barbecue until the following night.  Instead we walked to the Strickland Arms for a few drinks and a small fish and chips for dinner.  The rain didn't come and we were able to sit outside until 9ish.

Saturday

In the morning we went for a walk along Scout Scar.


We've been here before, but it is a nice place to be on a hot, sunny day, and not too strenuous.






In the afternoon we lazed around the caravan trying to put people off choosing the pitch opposite, but it wasn't to be.  The site was still pretty full and a motorhome joined us late in the afternoon, and parked with its door facing us, like a continental caravan.  It was too big to turn around in the clearing!  Grrrrrr!

We went for a walk along the river and when we got back the people in it had gone out, so they didn't bother us at all as we had the postponed barbecue.  We sat outside all night, enjoying a bottle of wine and enjoying the peace and quiet.  Something of a first, for us, we didn't spend a penny all day!


Sunday

No sign of the people in the motorhome as we packed everything away, and we were home in the house before midday.

Coming soon...

The Hawkshead Brewery beer festival in a couple of weeks, but it all depends on the house move now...

4 Jun 2019

Kendal

2nd to 4th June 2019

Our first trip of the year to the Kendal C&MC site, which was our most visited site last year, and a Sunday start to miss the back end of half term.


Sunday

Lots of pitches available on late availability, so we knew we would get a good one.  Unfortunately the site's best pitch (and the best pitch of any site, anywhere) was taken, so we settled for the one next to it - pitch no. 22.  We weren't too disappointed - it's almost as good.


It started raining just as we pulled up, so we got soaked setting everything up.  Then we didn't want to chance walking to the nearby farm shop, so we drove instead and spent a small fortune of exotic sausages and hamburgers for the evening's barbecue, and taste of game crisps and local beers.  We had a quick drink in the Strickland Arms, too.

The barbecue was a great success, although it would have been cheaper to eat out!

The weather improved so we walked back to the Strickland Arms in the evening, but just had one drink.

Monday

We went for a shortish walk to High Dam and Stott Park Heights, which are near Newby Bridge.


A mostly cloudy morning, although it did brighten up towards the end of the walk.  Nice view of Windermere from the top.






On the way back to the site we stopped off at the farm shop and spent another small fortune on things we didn't really need.

The plan was to walk in to Kendal in the afternoon, but instead we decided to stay around the site instead.  After lunch we went for a walk along the river, towards Kendal, but only as far as the first bridge, then walked bank along the other side of the river.



Who says cows aren't cute?

We had dinner and a couple of drinks in the Strickland Arms, and were a bit disappointed to find all of the mouth watering specials from yesterday had gone.  Then D sat outside the caravan until it got too cold and J amused herself inside.  Great fun watching the rabbits and listening to the birds...very peaceful.

Tuesday

We got through a lot of bird food this weekend...


...but we don't think it was eaten by birds.  We didn't see any squirrels, but the evidence is stacked against them.

We left at 10am and were home in the house by midday.  We really like Sun/Mon trips and might start doing more of them, although it does mean using up holiday.  Roll on retirement.

Coming soon...

Nothing booked at the moment, but we want to cram in as many trips as possible in June.

20 May 2019

Ravenglass

17th to 20th May 2019

The C&CC site in Ravenglass never disappoints, so we were looking forward to this three night trip, and a half decent weather forecast was the icing on the cake.


Friday


We weren't looking forward to the grueling three hour journey, though, but that's the price you have to pay to get to what is still our favorite site.

Whenever we book this site we ask for one of a range of pitches, much to the wardens amusement, and they didn't let us down this time.  If we were being picky we could moan about the motorhome next to us parked the wrong way around, with its door facing us, but we went in nose first (with the wardens permission) so maybe they were moaning about us too!


After setting everything up and testing our new dab radio aerial (which was a great success) we strolled into the village and had a drink sitting outside the Inn at Ravenglass, which was surprisingly busy all weekend.  There aren't many better pubs to sit outside on a nice sunny afternoon.

Then we had our first barbecue of the year.

Later we went back in to the village but it had clouded over, so not the best sunset we have ever seen here.  Still pretty good, though.  The pubs in Ravenglass close at 10pm so we didn't stay out late.


Saturday

A solo walk for D, to Buckbarrow and Seatallan.


Quite steep to start with and then a long, gently sloping slog from Buckbarrow to Seatallan.  Excellent views of the surrounding fells, although it was cloudy most of the time.






After lunch, we went for a walk along the estuary and more drinks in a couple of pubs.

Dinner in the caravan, then back into the village for a charity pub quiz at the Inn at Ravenglass.  We thought it would be packed but there were only four teams.  We came third.  The man in last place was on his own!  The site wardens won.

No sunset tonight, it was too cloudy again.

Sunday

A walk on the beach, which turned out to be quite hard on a hot, mostly sunny day.  Well worth the effort, though, and we didn't see a soul.


We think Drigg dunes and gullery nature reserve is a really nice place to be.



Nice place for a picnic




Later we had dinner in the Pennington hotel (because the Ratty Arms was full) and then watched the sunset outside the Inn at Ravenglass.  Again, not a very good sunset because it had clouded over.


Then we had a visitor...


We didn't let her in!  Apparently she is nothing to do with the site and must live in the village somewhere.  Too well groomed and friendly to be a stray.

Monday

The long journey home wasn't helped by a bit of traffic near Sizergh, but apart from that it was uneventful and we are up to date with the Archers again.

A really good trip, we'll be back in September or October.

Coming soon...

We'll probably stay at home for the bank holiday, then maybe somewhere in Cumbria again.