20 Jul 2020

Windermere

17th to 19th July 2020

At last a chance to return to some sort of normality after three months of nothing is how we approached this trip.  We booked this two night trip to the Windermere C&CC a while ago, just as the lockdown started, hopeful that the Hawkshead brewery summer beer festival scheduled for this weekend would go ahead.  It was cancelled, of course, but we decided to go ahead with the trip anyway to check on the caravan and have a break,


Friday

Glorious weather throughout lockdown has given way to a normal English summer and we knew we would see some rain.  Luckily it was dry when we arrived and even more luckily we were able to select just about the best pitch on the site, overlooking fields with a patch of grass almost like a private garden.


We like the contactless check-in, with payment automatically collected on the morning of arrival.  Not so keen on a completely full site with every other toilet and shower closed to comply with Covid19 regulations.  We thought they might have reduced occupancy accordingly, but no.  To be fair, we only had to queue a couple of times.  Also, detailed instructions on how to wash hands in the sink cubicles but no soap dispenser!

We headed into Staveley in the afternoon, checking on our geocache for the first time in a year on they way.  It was fine.

The Eagle and Child was closed, so we went to the Hawkshead brewery beer hall instead.  It was open and well organized, but no food until the end of the month.  We stayed for a couple of drinks and then headed back to the site for dinner and a night in.  It started raining in the evening and didn't stop all night!

Saturday

It was still raining when we got up but it soon stopped.  We lounged around the caravan until early afternoon, then went for a walk from Ings into Kentmere.  One day we will drive to Kentmere and go for a walk from there, but parking is very limited and every time we have tried to do that in the past we have been unsuccessful.


About 8 miles but pretty flat.  The weather got better and better and there was a lot of blue sky around later in the afternoon.





We toyed with the idea of having a barbecue in the evening but decided to have an alfresco salad instead.  We sat outside the caravan all night.  It was relatively quiet, which was a bit surprising considering how full the site was.  Nice clouds!  Could have done without the group of motorhomers with an electric guitar and amplifier at 11pm, but luckily they were a long way away from us!

Godzilla v King Kong?  Maybe you had to be there!

Sunday

We got away early.  The owners of the storage site do servicing, so we have booked in for a service and a wash so the caravan will be in tip top shape when we venture out next.

Coming soon.....

Not sure.  Most of our favorite sites (if open) are fully booked until September/October time so we might not be able to get away until then.  We might try to find some smaller, quieter sites.

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