We got a lovely, flat pitch with a cracking view looking out over the south east coast of Morecambe Bay. A bit of a strong breeze at times but beautiful sunshine and managed to grab an hour or so of rays B-)
The site is situated on a working farm with calves and spring lambies. There are also a number of friendly hens wandering by the site, and into caravans/motorhomes if they feel the urge.
Cycled a short distance into the centre of Silverdale and visited a pub recommended to us called The Woodlands. It’s not somewhere you would stumble upon without knowing where it was but we’re so glad we went. ‘Woodys’ is a quirky little place in an unusual setting, and Bri was impressed with the selection of ales and thought it’d be rude not to sample a few. Also called into the Silverdale Hotel for a swift one while we waited to collect a takeaway from the local Cinnamon Spice Indian restaurant. We took it back to Jolly to eat and have to say it was one of the best curries we’ve had. Check it out!
After a breakfast in the sunshine, some friends came to see us just as we were packing up to head home. They’re big fans of this site and regular visitors. We will also definitely return. As for now …. next stop is Suzie’s hometown of Clitheroe in a fortnight.
Well, after almost a fortnight’s delay in picking our “Jolly Majestic” up (but that’s nothing when we’ve years of adventures ahead), we set out on our maiden trip to Coniston this weekend. We stayed on the Coniston Park Coppice Caravan Club Site.
Friendly, helpful staff and fellow campers, we didn’t encounter any difficulties but returned a little more informed about minor things that will ease future trips.
The campsite was very clean, quiet, and due to open fully for the season next week. Good coverage of trees, not ideal if you’re sunbather(!) but plenty of surrounding countryside to overcome that obstacle if it was one. It wasn’t for us, still a spring nip in the air, but overall we were lucky with the weather.
We took our bikes with us, and the first afternoon took a short, easy cycle ride of approx. a mile and a half into a nearby village called Torver. We sampled a few drinks and enjoyed a delicious meal at The Wilson’s Arms – Steak, Kidney & Old Man’s Ale Steamed Pudding with chunky chips and peas … mmm. We recommend it! We then set off back to Jolly to cabin up for our first night. It turned out to be very cosy and warm and the onboard hot shower in the morning surpassed our previous tent camping experiences! 🙂 Perfect.
The next day we cycled into Coniston and enjoyed a hot chocolate at the Bluebird Cafe by Coniston water before visiting Donald Campbell’s grave then a couple of village pubs, including the 400 year old Black Bull Inn. Our cycle home took in a scenic route by the waterside and an impromptu stone skimming competition (I won!). We ended up off the beaten track for approx. a mile though, having to push our bikes up a steep, rocky track but on the plus side we burned some calories off! Back in Jolly, we chilled out for the evening.
Hot chocolate by the lake
Skimming stones, I managed a niner!
Bri catching some rays
Donald Campbell’s grave, Coniston Village graveyard
The Old Man of Coniston, a fell to the west of the village
Other nearby attractions to this campsite include:- Beatrix Potter’s Home, Pony Trekking, Steam Yacht Gondola, Ruskin’s Brantwood, and Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway.
Setting this blog up in preparation for when we collect our dream motorhome on 10th March and head out on some adventures. First of all, we’ve some local trips planned to Coniston, Silverdale, and Clitheroe to allow us to suss everything out and build our confidence and competence in handling it. Then in the years to come we’ll head further afield across the UK and through Europe eventually, time permitting.
Hope to put together some interesting posts and pics along the way and just generally have some fun.
It’s a mega exciting time for us. Watch this space!