Chipping, Lancashire

Brunch Jolly Majestic style

Brunch Jolly Majestic style

Random encounter with a vintage sports car driven by a German asking for directions to Dunsop Bridge.

Random encounter with a vintage sports car driven by a German asking for directions to Dunsop Bridge.

Trying out Bri's flat cap during a downpour.  What d'ya think?

Trying out Bri’s flat cap during a downpour. What d’ya think?

St Bartholomew's Church

St Bartholomew’s Church

Lizzie Dean's grave

Lizzie Dean’s grave

The old village store

The old village store

Cobbled alleyways

Cobbled alleyways

Cobbled Corner cafe, Chipping www.cobbledcorner.co.uk

Cobbled Corner cafe, Chipping
http://www.cobbledcorner.co.uk

Back today from a weekend in Chipping, Lancashire.  We stayed at Brickhouse Caravan Site, a peaceful, spacious and friendly family run site.  We met friends who were also staying on site this weekend, and picked up ideas for further camping ventures from them.

http://www.brickhouseccs.co.uk

Within easy walking distance of Chipping Village, with 2 good pubs, cafe, and post office/convenience store, this is a gem of a site ideal for us if we fancy a quick escape, just approx. 40 mins away.

One of the pubs, The Sun Inn, has an interesting history and is reputed to be haunted by the ghost of a young scullery maid whose heart was broken … though the only spirits we encountered were in a glass.

The pretty St Bartholomew’s Church opposite the pub is where Lizzie Dean is buried.  We laid a flower there for her, poor lass!!

The other pub in the village is the Tillotson’s Arms.

Both serve decent grub and ales!

Enjoyable weekend.  Next stop Thornbrook Barn Campsite,  Ingleton, where according to Bri I’m going caving (?!).

ONWARD!>>>

Suzie & Bri

 

 

 

 

The Big Smoke

Had a great four night stay at the Crystal Palace Caravan Club site in mid-July.  The site is located approx. a 40 minute bus ride from the city on the No.3 bus.  Ideal location and perfectly adequate site facilities.  Situated beneath a flight path but this was not an issue to us at all, although reading some comments it was to some people’s. Pfft, chill out!!

http://www.caravanclub.co.uk/caravanclubapps/applications/uk-caravan-sites-and-parks/SiteDetails.aspx?csid=21863

As you can imagine, we packed quite a lot into our time there so rather than write it all down, I’ll post some photos instead.

We spent our first evening in Crystal Palace itself, with a good choice of pubs & restaurants just a 5-10 minute walk from the site.  We also enjoyed one helluva thunder storm that evening too, great fun in the motorhome.  The next few days and evenings were spent in London doing touristy things including The London Eye, Open top bus tour, Thames riverboat lunch cruise, two musicals (The Lion King & Billy Elliott), Covent Garden, and meeting for a drink with a friend in Mayfair, and generally lots of walking.

My biggest tip for London would be …. wear comfy shoes!!

Next stop a short stopover in Chipping.

ONWARD!>>>

Suzie & Bri

En route to London :)

En route to London 🙂

Bonding with the site pigeons

Bonding with the site pigeons

 

Bonding with the site pigeons

Bonding with the site pigeons

The London Eye & Big Ben

Dodging downpours, thank God for awnings!

On the London Eye

Top of the London Eye

Top of the London Eye

Boarding the Harmony riverboat for a lunch cruise

Boarding the Harmony riverboat for a lunch cruise

On board the Harmony

On board the Harmony

Tower Bridge

The Shard

The Shard

Elton John’s Penthouse pad

Buckingham Palace from the London Eye

Buckingham Palace from the London Eye

London Bus & Big Ben ~ Polka Shot Photography

London Bus & Big Ben ~ Polka Shot Photography

Colour splash London Bus shot ~ Polka Shot Photography

Colour splash London Bus shot ~ Polka Shot Photography

The Lyceum Theatre where we watched The Lion King

The Lyceum Theatre where we watched The Lion King

Home time

Home time

Grassington, North Yorkshire

Wildlife on site

Wildlife on site

Wildlife on site

Wildlife on site

Wildlife on site

Wildlife on site

Wildlife on site - a regular  visitor!

Wildlife on site – a regular visitor!

Wildlife on site - Cyril

Wildlife on site – Cyril

 

Bri chilling on site

Bri chilling on site

The Gamekeeper's Inn

The Gamekeeper’s Inn

View from the top of Threshfield Quarry

View from the top of Threshfield Quarry

Suzie windswept!

Suzie windswept!

Knocked up a little memorial at Trig Point for Bri's Dad & my Aunt Lou.  when the feather flies away let their spirits fly free x

Knocked up a little memorial at Trig Point for Bri’s Dad & my Aunt Lou. When the feather flies away let their spirits fly free x

We returned to Grassington for a short stay in July.  First time in our motorhome.  It’s a warm, friendly and picturesque part of Yorkshire.

http://www.grassington.uk.com

There was a music festival on which we could hear on site from the village, wish we’d known about it beforehand we’d definitely have bought tickets.   Still, it’s an annual event so definitely one for next year …

We stayed at Wharfedale Caravan Club Site and didn’t actually go into the village this time, instead enjoying the scenery and wildlife on site (great photography opportunities), a nearby quarry walk and a meal at The Gamekeeper’s Inn.

http://www.gamekeeperinn.co.uk

We’re returning in December for a Dickensian weekend so will be back strolling the village’s cobbled streets then.  Hope it snows for that one!

Next stop is our longest trip so far to London.

ONWARD!>>>>

Suzie & Bri