29 Oct 2023


27th to 29th October 2023

Last weekends planned trip to Coniston didn't happen thanks to storm Babet.  As it turned out the north west wasn't all that badly affected but we didn't fancy towing the caravan in 40-50 mph winds on the Friday.  Instead, a two night trip to Thornbrook Barn, Ingleton. 


A very late start.  We had to wait...and wait...and wait for the car, which was having a fault code diagnosed and fixed.  We didn't set off until 2ish and arrived on site just before 4, so not a bad journey.  No nasty surprises on arrival, pitches are pre allocated and we knew we had a good one.

Pitches here are huge and not too close together, and we got one not too far from the facilities.

After a very quick set up we headed into Ingleton but couldn't get into our first choice pub - the Old Post Office.  It was packed.  Fortunately all of the other pubs were pretty empty, just not as good.  The Wheatsheaf was the best of the two we tried.

We'd booked dinner at a place next to the Old Post Office called Peaks and Troughs and it turned out to be really good.  A fishy "Buddha bowl" for D and a meaty one for J.  A Buddha bowl in basically just a big bowl.

After dinner we had another look in the Old Post Office but it was even busier, so we headed for home.


No summits today.  We walked into Ingleton and got a bus to Austwick, then walked to Settle.

Not the most picturesque of walks and not a good day for pics, so there aren't many, but it got us out in the fresh air.

In Settle we had a drink in the Talbot Arms and then Bar 13, both excellent.  The plan  was to get the 16.30 bus back to Ingleton but we only noticed the smallprint NS when we got to the bus stop.  Not on Saturdays.  The 15.30 would have been worse because it is NS and S - not on Saturdays and Saturday only!

No problem we thought, we'll get the 17.30, so we popped into the Royal Oak to wait.

At 17.30 a "not in service" bus appeared and the driver told us there would be no more buses that day!  Luckily the bus driver, a cheery scouser, was super helpful and organised a taxi for some people going the other way and took us back to Ingleton.  Plenty fo things for him and J to take about, one of his relatives went to school with her.  Next time around here we will stick with the car.

We had dinner in the Wheatsheaf and then tried to get in the Old Post Office one last time, but it was still packed.  A victim of its own success.  It was getting late anyway, so we went back to the caravan.


An extra hour in bed but were were still quite late leaving.  A few problems this trip but still a good one.

Coming soon...

We have drained the water out of the caravan, just in case, but we are hoping to go to Pooley Bridge some time in November...

9 Oct 2023


 6th to 9th October 2023

Our fourth visit of the year to Castlerigg Hall.  We can't get enough of this site or Keswick at the moment, it is rivalling Kendal CAMC as our most vistited site in recent times.  We have been concentrating on north lakes this year as we have done pretty much everything there is to do in the south.


A quirk in the online booking system which means we can book our favourite pitch no. 24 pretty much anytime so no nasty surprises on arrival, apart from the weather.  It's been a while since we have had to set up in the rain... we got soaked!

The weather was so bad we couldn't really do anything so we were confined to the caravan for the rest of the day.  The view from our pitch was pretty good, though.

Just phone pics this trip because we forgot to bring the camera.


Much better weather today.  In the morning we went for a stroll from the site to nearby Castlerigg stone circle, which dates back 4,500 years according to the notice boards.  Still lots of dark clouds but it didn't rain.

We passed an ederly lady on the way who urged us to turn back due to what she called an impassable quagmire ahead, but it wasn't as bad as she made out...

Maybe there was another one further on.

In the afternoon we walked down into Keswick for drinks in various pubs, then we got the last bus back to the site for dinner in the caravan.  It was just about warm enough to sit outside for a bit.  For D, at least.


Supposedly the best day weatherwise, so we drove to Watendlath to tackle High Tove and Armboth, two lesser Wainwrights we haven't done yet.

A VERY boggy walk!  Maybe the boggiest walk we have ever done.  A good test of our waterproof boots - D's passed but J might need a new pair soon.

High Tove


In the afternoon we toyed with the idea of a barbecue.  We'd bought everything we needed the day before from Booths but a bit of light rain ruined that plan.

Instead we got a bus down into Keswick and managed to get into the Dog and Gun for dinner.  Then a drink in the Wainwright inn, then a taxi back to the site.


A bit of a scare when D couldn't get the water pump to disconnect, which is quite a common problem it seems.  It came out after a bit of a struggle but it made us a bit late leaving.

Coming soon...

Possibly a return to Coniston, both of us this time.