22 Sep 2020

Ullswater...again!

20th to 23rd September 2020

A quick return to Ullswater, but this time to a different site on the other side of the lake.  Hillcroft Park.

We came here for the first time last year and really liked it.  We can't think of anything bad to say about it.  It's a big site, so maybe a bit busy at peak times but perfect at this time of year and in these conditions.

Sunday

We like being able to book a specific pitch, so no nasty surprises on arrival.  No problems with the Covid19 arrangements for using facilities, you just have to remember to put a card in when you go in and removed it when you leave.  No more than ten people at any one time, but it never came close to that while we were there.  We love the piped birdsong and country noises, much better than music or absolute silence.



A bit of light reading for J.

Caravanning in Covid19 times!

We sat outside the caravan for a while enjoying the sunshine, then headed into Pooley Bridge.  The bridge is still closed to cars, but should be open when we visit next year.  The new bridge is nowhere near as nice as the old one that was swept away by storm Desmond a few years ago.  It's a lot more modern in appearance but probably much sturdier.



In keeping with the new bridge, Pooley Bridge is a very modern looking village these days, and very popular judging by the number of visitors on a Sunday afternoon.  We had tea and cakes and a quick drink sitting outside one of the pubs, then went back to the caravan for a hotdog and topped chips.  A favourite of ours after we had it in a pub in Southport, and easily re-created.

It turned pretty cold and windy in the evening, so we soon retreated inside the caravan for a night in.

Monday

We popped into Penrith in the morning and had breakfast in a cafe and a look around the shops, then sat outside the caravan until early afternoon.

Today's exercise, a walk around nearby Hallin Fell.


Excellent weather and great views of Ullswater.








In the evening we went for a walk across the bridge to the Ullswater Steamers pier and took a few pics of the sunset, then had dinner in the Sun Inn followed by a solitary drink in the Crown.  Not much drinking this trip!





Tuesday

Homeward bound, and the mystery of the creaky stabilizer solved...


Friction pads are not supposed to look like that!  Replaced them with new ones before we set off and not a sound on the way home.

Comin soon...

Castlerigg Hall, Keswick in a couple of weeks, virus permitting...





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