Horns Dam, Goosnargh, Lancashire

Whoop!  Our first trip of 2016 and we were ready for it.  We had a last minute change of plan for this trip, very last minute, just an hour before we were due to set off.  Anyway, to cut a long story short, we ended up at a real belter of a site just down the road in Goosnargh.  Also, after weeks of rain, wind, rain and more rain, we were blessed with 2 days of glorious winter weather, frosty with lots of sunshine.  It made for a really brilliant break.

We stayed at the Horns Dam, run by a lovely family who were friendly and attentive to the needs of visitors.  We pitched up on a spacious corner pitch (No.1) surrounded by fields and a lake.  Perfect.  We were grateful for Jolly’s warm air blown heating system throughout our stay!

http://www.thehornsdam.co.uk

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Countryside view from our pitch

Horns Dam is a Caravan Club CL site set in beautiful countryside, surrounded by 4 fishing lakes of differing sizes.  Fishing was the main purpose of this trip as we hadn’t really done much of it recently.

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Jolly, with built-in rod holder 😉

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We opted for a couple of pegs on the larger of the lakes, Horns Dam, and fished for about 5 hours.  We were hoping for a carp or two but they didn’t seem to be biting that day.  Instead, we caught 5 small roach & bream.  On leaving, we spoke with another angler who had had a similar catch.  It was an enjoyable and relaxing afternoon in tranquil surroundings.

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Waiting for a nibble … 🎣

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Relaxing way to spend the day

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Beautiful, tranquil surroundings

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View across the lake, with Jolly in the distance to the left of the bungalow

http://www.thehornsdam.co.uk/fisherey.html

In the evenings, we walked approx. 5-10 mins up to Ye Horns Inn, a traditional 1700s coaching inn. The Inn serves ales from its own microbrewery and was voted Pub of the Year for 2014 by CAMRA.  It features in the Good Pub and Good Beer Guides 2016.  This was certainly a busy little pub, even mid-week, and it was well worth booking to be sure of a table in the small dining area.

http://www.hornsinn.co.uk/

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The morning we left the site, a couple of the lakes were partially frozen after a heavy night frost.

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Freezing lake, brrr! ❄️

At last the proper winter weather is here!  In fact it’s snowing here at home as I write this blog post.

This will undoubtedly be a regular haunt for us from now on.  Loved it!

Our next fishing trip, though, is to a different location at the beginning of February.  So carp beware, we’re coming to get ya!  Until then …

ONWARD!>>>>

Suzie & Bri

 

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