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3rd October 2014 - 25th October 2015
Back to Northern England.
Friday 3rd October 2014
Englethwaite Hall Caravan Club Site, Armathwaite, near Carlisle, Lat: 54.84426, Long 02.80280 (52 Miles).
We had decided last night that if the weather forecast of heavy rain and strong winds was correct for today we would stay at Beeswing until it improved, (the village was formerly known as Lochend but renamed to honour a famous racehorse). However when we got up this morning it wasn’t too windy and it was dry so we decided to drive to “England”, typical, we got everything ready to leave, and drove off the ramps and it started to rain! We had a very wet drive then to Dumfries where we stopped at Tesco to fill with fuel having a great reduction using our “fuel saving” and even better, evidently there is a supermarket “fuel war” the price per litre was £1.289, reduced by a further .6p with the savings, still not as cheap though as when we last stopped there September 2009, it was .999 per litre. Luckily the weather improved as we drove further South over the border at Gretna into England and when we arrived at the camp site they had seen little rain. We chose a pitch with views to the hills in the North away from the trees to take advantage of any sun we may have, no amenity block on this site we will be using our own facilities during our stay. Not cooking tonight though, the camp managers take orders for take-away meals from a local pub and go and collect them, we ordered chicken and chips.
Saturday 4th October 2014-Monday 6th October 2014
Three lazy days, the weather is not conducive to wanting to step out of the door of the motorhome. Perhaps good planning, the F1 Grand Prix from Japan started at 5:00 am on Saturday and 6:00 am on Sunday so we were a bit tired anyway.
Tuesday 7th October 2014
A much better morning weather-wise and our intention was to walk along the River Eden. But having walked along the quiet lane for at least a mile and descended the narrow public footpath to the riverbank the footpath both up and downstream were very much overgrown and we realised it would take us a too long and be very difficult underfoot. It’s not often we abandon a walk, this one we did, climbing back through the wood and returning along the lane to the campsite. We still walked a little under 4 mile though so we had some exercise.
Wednesday 8th October 2014
Kendal Caravan Club Site, near Sedgwick, Lat: 54.28584, Long: 02.75387, (64 Miles).
First stop this morning was “backtracking” one motorway junction to the Tesco Supermarket just .5 mile off the M6 at Carlisle. We were going to shop for a few items at the Sainsbury’s at Penrith however the difference in mileage was only 2 mile and we knew that we would have had to go through the town and parking at the supermarket is rather tight, last time I waited in the motorhome in the “pick-up” point whilst Jenny shopped. Having “Googled Earthed” Tesco we knew there was plenty of space, plus knowing what to buy and we got our “fuel savings”. We arrived at the Kendal early afternoon having ascertained this morning that they had space and indeed they had, 140 pitches and we probably had the choice of 120! We chose one in a woody glade quite close to the River Kent and near the amenities. Close also to some interesting ruins of an old gunpowder factory that was once on the site, while we are here I will have to find out the history of them.
Thursday 9th October 2014
The downside of pitching under trees, it started to rain heavy last night and we have had the unceasing “rattle” of water on the motorhome roof since then. Plus, because today has been so wet and we haven’t ventured far and for most of the day we have needed the interior lights on. Well at least we haven’t had to lower the window blinds to see the laptop screen!
Friday 10th October 2014
A wet and miserable morning, but it did at least improve in the afternoon. Jenny stayed in the motorhome (unfortunately she has a heavy cold a present), I had a short walk around the campsite and investigated the old gunpowder works , I won’t tell you the history, but this website Click here . . . has excellent records and photographs of it should you be interested.
I continued to the footbridge over the River Kent (the crossing for the factory workers from the village of Sedgwick) and had a great view of a Dipper “fishing” from the rocks before returning to the motorhome.
Saturday 11th October 2014
Didn’t go far today it was qualifying for the inaugural F1 Grand Prix from Russia and we didn’t want to miss any of it. When it had finished we had a stroll to the small village of Sedgwick, walking downstream to cross the footbridge and then along the narrow lane to reach it. No shops, not even a pub, we walked back taking a de-tour to look at the old aquaduct which carried the former Lancaster to Kendal canal over the road in the village, evidently it cost a small fortune to re-route the canal through the village necessitating the building of a tunnel, so that it was to be nearer the gunpowder factory for un-loading materials and loading the finished product and then shortly afterwards the railway arrived!
Sunday 12th October 2014
We watched the race from Russia from 11:00 am until after lunch. Jenny still isn’t well so while she once again stayed in the motorhome I walked to Force Falls, we hadn’t realised that the River Kent is the principal game fishing river in the south of the county and Force Falls is the first major barrier for their upstream run. I found the viewing area (me and about 20 others) at the end of a lane and within ten minutes had watched four good sized salmon attempt (with little success) to swim up the river. Having seen plenty of salmon leaping falls in Scotland I didn’t stop longer just taking a photograph of the falls before walking back to the campsite.
Monday 13th October 2014
Meathop Caravan Club Site, Grange-over-Sands Lat: 54.21738, Long: 02.86244, (16 Miles).
First stop this morning was the Asda Supermarket at Kendal just 4 mile from the campsite. It wasn’t until we arrived there we remembered we had been to the same one before we even parked in almost the same place. We were going to stop longer at the Kendal Caravan Club Site but with the weather rather dull, we were “tired” of being in the dark under the trees and decided to move, A deciding factor being the amount of dirt on the motorhome from the leaf fall, never have I seen it so filthy and we would have been breathing some of it in, not good especially as Jenny was not feeling well, in fact we think that it may have been responsible for it! We hadn’t booked at the Meathop Caravan Club Site however there was plenty of room and while I filled with fresh water at the motorhome service point Jenny found us a perfect pitch (in the open) with a view in the distance of Morecambe Bay, we have booked for three nights and its cheaper here than at Kendal, they have “mid-week savings” on the pitch fee.
Tuesday 15th October 2014
A lazy day!
Wednesday 16th October 2014
A relaxing day, Jenny did some baking, I edited some photographs and did some preparatory work on our plans for next year and we had a stroll along the lane towards Grange-over-Sands.
Thursday 16th October 2014
Wharfedale Caravan Club Site, near Grassington, Lat: 54.07383, Long: 02.03013, (56 Miles).
Well it wasn’t until this morning when we made our minds up where to go next, that’s not forward planning! The Yorkshire Dales was our decided destination and we booked the Wharfedale CC Site on the internet for two nights, although we wanted to stop longer, according to the on-line booking system the site was fully booked for Saturday night. We also wanted to stay at the CC site at Knaresborough next week put that also is showing fully booked we will sort that during the next couple of days. We didn’t leave Meathop until 12:55 pm (having had permission to delay the normal noon departure) and drove directly to Threshfield, the little village near the camp site. It was a good job we knew where we were going for some reason “Betty” wanted to send us into Grassington. We have not stayed at the Wharfedale site before, but in May, 2012 when we stayed at an apartment about 5 mile away at Litton we walked around the site “to be nosey” and we also passed it a number of times. Good news when we arrived they had got room for us to stay until Tuesday (we always think they leave spaces to be used at the site managers discretion which are not on the internet booking system) and we were soon pitched near the amenities and facing a clearing in the woods through which the sun was shining, avoiding the vacant pitches under trees and/or in shade.
Friday 17th October 2014
A walk late morning to what we have both agreed is our favorite Yorkshire village, Grassington. As well as wanting a walk we also wanted to visit the butchers (Weatherheads & Sons) to purchase some of their cooked ham, (the best we have ever tasted) and also buy bread for lunch. We followed the walking instructions from the site information leaflet which for some of the way followed a public footpath and a bridleway before we reached the main road into Grassington and the village centre, the last time we were here was last June with our great friends from New Zealand Judie and Brian, bit busier this time in the village we were much earlier in the day AND the butchers was open! We gave in to temptation whilst we were there, we also bought home-made pork and black pudding pie and scotch eggs. We wanted a drink before we walked back to the camp site and visited “The Cobblestones Café” for a cup of tea and then decided to have lunch there, having found a table outside in the courtyard in the sun. I had a baked potato with coleslaw and Jenny a Panini with mozzarella and roasted red peppers very nice it was too, the ham and bread rolls will have to wait until this evening. After a stroll around the rest of the village we walked back to the camp site having walked almost 4 mile, at longer walk than we actually thought, very enjoyable however, the weather at present being so unseasonably warm.
Saturday 18th October 2014
Sat in the front seat looking over the hedges and trees for just 5 minutes this morning and saw 8 different species of bird, good, eh? Spent the day relaxing in the motorhome and had a short stroll around the public footpath at the back of the camp site between rain showers.
Sunday 19th October 2014 - Monday 20th October 2014
More wet days, with evidently worse to come from “Hurricane Gonzalo”, days to stay in the motorhome relax, read, listen to music and knit (Jenny).
Tuesday 21st October 2014
Well today should have been the day we left but we have decided to stay another night. It was not as wet and windy as we had thought it would be during the night but we didn’t want to travel especially as there were reports of possible travel disruption. The weather this afternoon was much better albeit still windy so I decided to have a stroll while Jenny remained in the motorhome. I took the public footpath once again at the back of the campsite past the remains of an old lime kiln and gradually climbing through the woodlands. When I reached an open path well above the camp site I had a pleasant surprise, what I thought was the sound of the wind was in fact the noise of a waterfall falling into a disused quarry below me, I thought (because there were warning notices) there was no way down, until I spotted a couple with a dog walking close to it. I investigated further and found a path down to the quarry floor . . . and it got better, at the bottom of the path was a notice board showing the path of 3.4 km circular walk around the quarry (I have since found out the large lime-stone quarry closed in 2000 and was owned by Lafage Tarmac and has been restored with the help of Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, all the old buildings and machinery have been removed hundreds of trees replanted, wild life ponds created and footpaths opened up).I took some photographs of the waterfall before walking up the track to a signpost which read “circular walk via quarry floor” and “circular walk via viewpoint”, I chose the latter and walked up the path first to the viewpoint to the South quarry and then further up to a cairn on top of a nearby hill.
Trouble was I was out in the open and I found it almost impossible to stand up, the wind was so strong, it certainly wasn’t easy to take a photograph. I didn’t stay long before walking back down the track between two hills which at least offered me some shelter; I was able to put my hat back on!
After a diversion to the three wild life ponds to see if I could see any white-clawed crayfish an endangered species which have been introduced here I walked back to the camp site, so much for a stroll, I ended up doing a full scale hike.
Wednesday 22nd October 2014
Cherry Tree Cottage Caravan Site, Nether Poppleton, near York, Lat: 53.97950, Long: 01.14057, (56 Miles).
We were considering going to the Caravan Club Site near Knaresborough but they were showing on the booking system as being full this week, instead we decided to return to a campsite near York we particularly like Cherry Tree Cottage at Nether Poppleton. An easy drive until we arrived near York, We wanted a few items from Tesco and according to Betty the superstore was only 3.7 miles from the camp site, however when we got close to the York “by-pass” we were directed right, I was sure Tesco was left (we had been before in March), nevertheless we followed the directions and sure enough we arrived at Tesco, but NOT the Tesco we had been to. It was only when we arrived at the camp site we found that Betty did not show the Tesco that was at least a mile nearer which the Tesco app on the iPhone showed. Four pitches to choose from at the eleven pitch site and we were soon comfortable with a view overlooking the fields, we will stop here until Saturday.
Thursday 23rd October 2014
A visit to the city of York today, the camp site is so convenient for the number 10 bus, the bus stop only 200 yards from the entrance and they run every 30 minutes. We caught the 11:06 am bus and we were in the city centre in 25 minutes then a 5 minute walk brought us to the pedestrianised shopping centre. Boots was our first stop, my Phillips electric razor is in need of replacement, mustn’t grumble I have had it years and the blades have never been replaced the difference between purchasing new blades or a new razor is a “no brainer”. After browsing other shops including W H Smith and Waterstones for a road atlas for Canada it was time for lunch, only one place to go, Molly’s Tea-room in Stonegate, Google maps helping us to find it in the maze of narrow streets. We had a Panini, tea and a slice of homemade cake for £8.50 each which was excellent value and very enjoyable. After a further browse around the shops and making sure we missed the “rush hour” of school leaving time (learning from our mistake in March) we caught the bus back to the camp site.
Friday 24th October 2014
This morning I attempted to “juggle” the lap top back-ups between this lap top, our previous Sony lap top and the two external disc drives the data drive and the one I keep specifically for photographs, without success. We decided that we need another external drive so after lunch we once again caught the bus to York for a visit to Curry’s/PC World. Knowing what we required we purchased a Seagate 1tetra-byte portable drive (a 1,000 giga-bytes), do you remember how excited you got when you had a new computer with 1 giga-byte? We couldn’t come to the city again without a further visit to Molly’s and once again we enjoyed afternoon tea there, both trying a different variety of cake. One shop we forgot to go to yesterday was Lakeland for a couple of items for our daughter Rhiain, they don’t have Lakelands in Canada, Google maps once again easily finding the store for us. Timed the bus back to perfection, we only waited a minute, no time to go to the Tesco Express though for Lemon Yogurt, an ingredient required for Jenny’s next muffin “experiment”!
Saturday 25th October 2014
Poolsbrook Caravan Club Site, near Chesterfield, Lat: 53.25756, Long: 01.35286 (67 Miles).
No rush to depart this morning as we had a comparatively easy drive of mostly motorway to Chesterfield and although there were a of couple hold-ups we arrived at the camp site a little after noon. We did have one amusing moment when we were stationary on the motorway. A driver of a dump truck got a traffic cone stuck underneath his truck he was getting rather irate until he seen Jenny laughing at him and then he had to laugh himself, she has that effect on people! We also had a diversion when we left the motorway, the road to the camp site was closed, evidently they are demolishing an old railway bridge, however we followed the signs and although it was a further 3 miles through narrow country lanes we found our way, (no thanks to Betty, she insisted we “do a U turn”). A nice surprise when we arrived, the two lady managers of the site were the ladies from Burton-upon-Trent who were managing the site at Dunnet Bay, Caithness, right up the top of Scotland in July, who we first met when they were on holiday at the Stonehaven Caravan Club Site. We had a nice chat before we drove around the site to choose a pitch, which was easy, we pitched opposite to where we were in March and within a short space of time we were eating our lunch. We then spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing.