20-22 June 2021
Another Sunday/Monday trip due to lack of weekend availabilty and another non club site because they all seem to be fully booked at all times. A new site, in fact, much smaller than we are used to. A journey into the unknown!
Calder Farm is in the village of Bolton by Bowland in Lancashire.
Just 12 or so hardstanding pitches, a couple of pods and a camping field which was empty while we were there. We thought it would be nice and quiet and so it was, on the first night at least!
A downside of storing the caravan in Lancaster is that we have to go out of our way to pick it up if we want to go anywhere south of Lancaster. We travelled from Southport to Lancaster then all the way back down to Preston, then back up the A59 to Clitheroe. 20 miles longer than going across country, but faster and no narrow roads. It turned a journey time of about an hour into nearly two hours! We are looking for a new storage site somewhere around Preston or Leyland but no joy yet.
The owners dropped by to welcome us as we were setting up, after checking on their horses in the adjacent field. Nice and relaxed.
The village of Bolton by Bowland is just a short walk away across a couple of fields and that is where we headed for a pint in the Coach and Horses. We'd booked a table for dinner a few days previously, thinking it would be busy on Fathers day, so wanted to check it out.
It was quite busy but we only wanted a drink and we were allowed to order at the bar for the first time in ages. No waiting to catch someones attention...just like old times.
We popped back to the site for a rest and to get changed and then returned for dinner at 6.30. An excellent meal and a nice bottle of wine. No photo of the pigeon starter as no one else was taking pictures of their dinners - a nicer pub than we're used to on our trips, we even changed out of our trainers!
Afterwards we sat outside the caravan and it was nice and peaceful, much better than our last trip.
The first cloudy day for a while!
We drove to nearby Gisburn forest and walked around Stocks reservoir, about 7 miles. Just as well it wasn't sunny, no chance of sunburn, but not a good day for pics.