Troutbeck Head Caravan Club Site, Penrith, North Lake District

Just back from a lovely break in Troutbeck.  We’re having a sort of year-long extended honeymoon to various UK locations throughout the year in Jolly, because motorhoming is the thing we enjoy most & we’ve lots of wedding gift tokens for our adventures.  This was the first outing of our Jolly T-shirts too, even persuaded Bri to don his …

This trip involved quite a bit of cycling.  The weather was mostly fair, except for our last night, but more about that later.  The pitches at the Troutbeck Head Caravan Club site are very spacious and we also upgraded to fully serviced for extra convenience.  Our pitch (No.44) was beside a babbling brook, with a grassy, walled area to the side giving a little extra privacy. Drive forward or reverse on, they are not bothered which at this site.  It was a perfect spot for all day round sunshine, although there wasn’t too much of this during our visit.  Reviews have rated the facilities as adequate, however, we used our on-board shower and toilet facilities so had no need for the site facilities.

http://www.caravanclub.co.uk/caravanclubapps/applications/uk-caravan-sites-and-parks/SiteDetails.aspx?csid=22006

Pitched up on site

Pitched up on site with a rare glimpse of sunshine

Pitch 44, spacious and sheltered

Pitch 44, spacious and sheltered

View of Blencathra and the sharp edge from the top of the site & near entrance to Rookin House Farm Centre which offers lots of activities

View of Blencathra and the sharp edge from the top of the site & near the entrance to Rookin House Farm Centre which offers lots of activities

It’s just a mile from the site to the Troutbeck Inn, which serves fabulous food.

http://www.thetroutbeckinn.co.uk/

The Troutbeck Inn

The Troutbeck Inn

A variety of expressions inside the Troutbeck Inn ...

Top: Resisting dessert.  Bottom: Giving in to dessert

That’s where we spent our first evening after an hour or so on site after arrival.  It wasn’t just the typical pub grub we had been expecting.  Lovely selection.  We chose and would heartily recommend:-

Bri's starter: Pot of smooth duck pate with cognac, cumberland sauce & toasted baguette

Bri’s starter: Pot of smooth duck pate with cognac, cumberland sauce & toasted baguette

Suzie's starter: Grilled white asparagus with onion & lemon veloute & parmesan crisp

Suzie’s starter: Grilled white asparagus with onion & lemon veloute & parmesan crisp

Unfortunately the mains looked so appetising we devoured them before taking a photograph!  Bri opted for: Chicken fillet & Mediterranean king prawns with Indonesian curry, lime, coriander & turmeric rice.  Suzie opted for: Grilled cod loin steak with char grilled king prawn, fennel, crayfish butter, mushroom risotto & Parmesan shavings.  Both dishes absolutely delicious.  Managed to capture the desserts:-

Bri's desert: Meringue with raspberries, cream & vanilla ice cream

Bri’s dessert: Meringue with raspberries, cream & vanilla ice cream

Suzie's dessert: Sticky toffee pudding and cream

Suzie’s dessert: Sticky toffee pudding and cream

Bri outside the Troutbeck Inn

Bri outside the Troutbeck Inn

The next day we set off on our bikes from the site heading back down towards Troutbeck and cycled tracks and side roads away from the very busy A66.  We cycled in quite windy weather and light showers, firstly over to Scale, Threlkeld.  We took a little detour (unintentional) and a very kind farmer allowed us through his field over to the top track taking us down to the White Horse Inn for a well earned Real Ale refreshment stop (Haystack)  We probably cycled 5.5 miles by our route, which involved a little stream crossing and uphill field walk.  Really pleasant detour though.

Field on the way up to the top track (C2C 71 cycle route)

Field on the way up to the top track (C2C 71 cycle route)

Nervy little lambs

Nervy little black lambs under camouflage and shelter

Bri on the C2C cycle path

Bri on the C2C cycle path

Suzie on the C2C cycle path

Suzie on the C2C cycle path

The White Horse Inn is situated at the foot of Blencathra and the sharp edge (Bri has previously climbed this).  It’s obviously very popular with walkers and cyclists.  From here we picked up the Coast to Coast (C2C) 71 cycle route and meandered over to Mungrisdale, approx.  4 miles away, along the foot of Blencathra.  Beautiful views.  We stopped at the Mill Inn at Mungrisdale

http://www.the-millinn.co.uk/

The weather had improved slightly, allowing us to sit out, cool down and put our feet up for a while with a Real Ale (Sharp Edge & Cumbria Way).  We later ate tea here, enjoying a traditional steak and ale pie before cycling the calories off on our way home.

Tea time stop at The Mill Inn, Mungrisdale

Tea time stop at The Mill Inn, Mungrisdale

Feet up and refreshment

Feet up and refreshment

Oops, somebody's already forgotten to wear their wedding ring

Oops, somebody’s already forgotten to wear their wedding ring

Cosy fire at the Mill Inn, Mungrisdale

Cosy fire at the Mill Inn, Mungrisdale

Trying to beat the storm clouds home

Mirror, mirror on the roadside …

Happy cyclists!

Happy cyclists!

We headed back the 4.5 miles to site via Troutbeck and a stop for a quick drink at the Inn there.  As we headed the last mile to site, the winds had risen and being slightly uphill and a headwind the ride back was the most challenging part of the day!  We arrived back from our 14 mile round trip in good time to cabin up and prepare for the stronger winds and heavy rain forecast for that night.  It arrived at about 11 pm and continued through to about 7 am, rocking Jolly at times but we were snug and slept well.  By breakfast time the weather had lifted and the sun broke through, allowing us to sit out and cook our fried egg muffins before packing up to head home.

Finishing breakfast on site before heading home

Finishing breakfast on site before heading home

Another lovely break.

Next stop is at the Camping & Caravanning Club Site Delamere Forest.

ONWARD!>>>>

Suzie & Bri

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