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.

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