The Lake District – Coniston, Borrowdale and Allonby.

We’re still in Coniston, near to Coniston Water – the lake where Sir Malcolm Campbell set the World Water Speed Record in 1939, at 141.74 miles per hour, in his Blue Bird K4. His son, Donald, continued the tradition, setting four faster speeds between 1956 and 1959. In 1966, he wanted to exceed 300 mph, but unfortunately, was killed in the process. Incidentally, the lake in our local Park, is named after the Campbell family, who owned some land and tested the floatation devices for the Bluebird K series prototypes.

After a day of rain, where we followed the path along the lake to Torver Jetty and back, we spent a sunny day up on the fells above Coniston (the foothills of the Old Man of Coniston). This was Reg’s first adventure up in the hills. There were plenty of sheep to keep him occupied too. As we headed back towards the campsite, we found an amazing waterfall and lake.

After, Coniston, we headed north-west to the Borrowdale Valley, just outside Keswick. Although, we’ve stayed at the Camping and Caravanning Club Site in Keswick, we’ve never been here before and it was a gem. The Caravan Club Site in Borrowdale, despite having no facilities, is right on the edge of Derwent Water and under Cat Bells. We had hoped to walk up Cat Bells, but the weather had other ideas – we almost managed it once before, but the weather forced us back then, hopefully we’ll be third time lucky! Instead, we walked along the edge of the lake and around to Grange – in – Borrowdale and back to the campsite. We had a cheeky Saturday Walk for breakfast at the Grange Cafe. It was amazing and despite the weather, we were able to sit outside socially distanced.

Reg is definitely a water dog! He loves to chase the waves or ripples, as we found in a stream by the campsite! He’d jump in and try to catch the water as it rippled down over the stones, all fun, but add his wetness to the mud in the field and we had to wash him down before he could come back in the Motorhome!

Leaving Borrowdale, we headed north to the coast at Maryport and up to a Certified Location at Allonby. Old Kiln Farm CL Site https://www.caravanclub.co.uk/certificated-locations/england/cumbria/maryport/old-kiln-farm/ is a small five pitch site, just off the Solway Firth, with views across the sea to Scotland. It is a short walk to the village or a cycle ride to Maryport and Workington.

Reg again showed us his love of the beach, running circles on the sand and attacking the waves, trying to bite the surf!

We’re here for a few more days, so there’ll be more to come. Thank you again for reading. We hope you and your families are well. Stay Safe, we’ll be back soon….

Heading North, Shropshire to Chester and into the Lakes

We left Much Wenlock, just as the sun began to clear the fog and headed up to Chester. Our plans have changed, slightly due to the recent local restrictions set out in Liverpool, Stockport and Manchester we have postponed our trip to the Wirral, Stockport and Blackpool – Blackpool is not currently covered by the restrictions, but we decided to stay clear of the region.

We have stayed at Chester Fairoaks, previously but only ever as a stopover, this time we were determined to explore the area. We got the bikes off the back of Nortia, did a quick maintenance check and service, fixed the dog trailer (we seem to have lost a bolt, somewhere along the way) with a metal coat hanger twisted into shape – we will try and source something more suitable when we get somewhere suitable!

Our first trip was along the Chester Millenium Greenway to Connah’s Quay, travelling over the border again to Wales! The following day we headed along the cycle route / towpath along the Shropshire Union Canal to Chester Town. Despite being very busy, we love the city and will definately be back to view when times are less restrictive.

After Chester, we headed up to the Lake District going along the motorway, just to crunch some miles and into the Southern Lakes. Our first stop over was just outside Grange-over-Sands at Meathorp Fell. We took a short 6 mile stroll into Grange and along Grange Promenade, stopping for a lovely ice-cream opposite the Station.

From Meathop Fell, we travelled slightly north to Coniston and the Caravan and Motorhome Club Site at Coniston Coppice. We took a stroll into the town of Coniston, stopping for a cup of tea along the way, before walking back along the lake to the campsite.

We’ve got a few more days here, so find out what we got up to in our next installment. As always, thank you for reading and we hope you’re all sae and well….