22 Apr 2024


 19th to 22nd April 2024

We went to Castlerigg Hall four times last year.  We probably won't go that many times this year  but it has definitley become one of our favourite sites, with pitch 24 one of our favourite pitches anywhere.


The journey could easily have been much worse.  We hit traffic around Lancatser on the M6 and it turned out to be an overturned caravan!  It must have just happened because the police hadn't arrived and it didn't hold us up much but the tailbacks later will have been horrendous.  No idea what caused it.  A badly loaded caravan, going too fast downhill, or not the caravanners fault at all...

No pic of the caravan this time, we forgot to take one.

Without a motor mover pitch 24 would be almost impossible to get into and ours is a bit temperamental at the moment but afer a bit of fiddling with the wires it worked.

As is customeary here we walked down the hill into Keswick and had a look around the town and far to much to drink.  Dinner in a Thai restaurant.


Our first Wainwright of the year and 149th overall (out of 214).  Bessyboot, or Rosthwaite fell if you prefer...we did both.

Quite steep going up and coming down.  Excellent weather throughout.

In the afternoon we sat outsude the caravan and then had a night in.

A pretty good sunset...

No northern lights, though, which was a bit disappointing as they have been visible in the area in recent times.


A lazy start to the day which included a sausage sandwich for a very late breakfast, then we headed into Keswick again, this time taking a more scenic, longer route.

We had a roast dinner in the Wainwright Inn and then got a bus back to the site.  Excellent self control today, unlike Friday.


No problems getting home.

Coming soon...

An eagerly awaited return to the C&CC site in Ravenglass, which was a bit disappointing just after covid in 2022 but now has refurbished facilities and the Ratty Arms under new management.  We just hope the ginger cat is still there.

20 Mar 2024


 15th to 18th March 2024

Our first real trip of the year, the last one was really just to make sure the caravan was ok after the winter.  Destination - the Coniston CAMC site.


Earliest arrival time her is 10am but we didn't get close to that.  We didn't leave home until 9.30 and arrived just before midday.

We have had many arguments over the years about pitch selection here, but not today.  First day open, it was almost empty when we arrived and we chose pitch no. 64 which we think is just about the best pitch on the site, so a really good start.

Lots of interest in our bird feeder this weekend, some not so welcome.

Oh well, squirrels have to eat too.

We headed into the village after lunch and had drinks in the Black Bull and the Sun Hotel.  The meatloaf special in the Black Bull caught our eye and we couldn't resist it.  It beat a mutton special in the Yewdale Hotel, partly because of disappointing beers in the latter.  Surprising, because the Yewdale Hotel has been our pub of choice in the past.  Then the long walk home in the pitch black, thank goodness for torch app!


The best day weatherwise, so we set off early for a walk to Tom Heights and Holme Fell.

We didn't go right to the summit of Holme Fell, we have been there before, but the rest of the walk was new ground for us.

Waterfalls at the start, then Tarn Hows, the the summit of Tom Heights and a fabulous, secluded reservoir (dis-used) where we had lunch.  All that and great weather too.

The good weather didn't last and it started raining just after we got back to the caravan, but it didn't matter because the plan was to have a night in anyway.  Dinner was pizza from the on site van.


In the morning we drove to Ambleside and had a look around the shops but didn't buy anything...as usual!

We have just invested in an air fryer for the caravan and wanted to try it out, so we had bacon topped chips for lunch/dinner.  We were very pleased with the results.

In the afternoon it stopped raining for a bit so we walked into Coniston and had a couple of drinks in the same pubs as on Friday.  No beers at all in the Yewdale Hotel so we gave that one a miss.  We'd eaten, so resisted the temptation to have a rost dinner!

Got soaked walking home, but it's all part of the fun isn't it!


No problems getting home, where it was blue sky and sunshine all day!

All in all a very good trip...9/10 maybe...only the weather let it down a bit.  And not seeing Donald Campbell's newly restored Bluebird in the Ruskin museum which didn't open until the 19th!

Coming soon...

We are going on a cruise to Spain and France early in April, so no more caravan trips for a few weeks.

5 Mar 2024


 1st to 3rd March 2024

Back on the road after a three month break, this was really just a fact finding trip to see if the caravan had survived the winter.  Outside we know it would be ok because it has just been serviced and washed, but inside...


Bay View is only a short drive from our storage site, so perfect for a first trip of the year.  We arrived dead on 1pm and didn't need to use the mover after an excellent display of reversing from D.

Our allocated pitch was a bit further than we would have liked from the facilites, but ok.  We were pleased to see a new facilites block under construction, which will make this a truly five start site.  The old facilities were ok but the new ones look much better.  We will be back later in the year to check it out.

Everything inside the caravan was ok, apart from a problem with the pump which was easily sorted.

This site is handy for getting a bus into Lancaster and that is what we did after lunch.  

After a look around the shops we had an excellent dinner in a Thai restaurant araya thai 

followed by drinks in the Stonewall Tap, our favourite pub in Lancaster.


Bad weather was forecast for today, but undaunted we set off for a walk along the canal to Carnforth.  Once there the weather seemed ok so we decided to get a train to Grange-over-Sands and had a walk along the promenade.  It did rain a bit!  Not many pics. D found a 'Happy Bench' but managed to get off it before anybody came to talk to him

We got back to the site about 4pm and the weather had improved, so D went for a walk from the site.  No beach, just mudflats, but pretty good views.

Then a night in, drinking wine and listening to the radio.  Meatballs for dinner.


We tried the mover and it worked...after a while  The journey home was uneventful.

Coming soon...

Looks like the caravan is good to go for another year so a trip further afield in a couple of weeks...Coniston or Keswick, maybe.