This was our third visit to the Park Coppice Caravan Club site at Coniston and it never loses its appeal for us.
This was our first motorhome destination in 2014 after buying Jolly. Check out our two previous blog posts for info on what we got up to.
We were extremely lucky with the weather this time, having booked this jaunt several weeks ago and finding ourselves blessed with the best weekend weather of the last few weeks. We arrived on site mid-afternoon and were soon pitched up and relaxing. This is a large all year round site of 252 good-sized pitches set within woodland. However, the site only has the top end pitches open out of season.
We enjoyed a couple of hours taking in our surroundings in the sunshine with a brew or two and some nibbles, before climbing on our bikes and cycling the couple of miles into the hamlet of Torver. The bridleway there is an old rail track which takes you safely away from the main road. It is easy to blink and miss Torver as you pass through, but we recently discovered that Torver has an extensive history since its very earliest days when Vikings settled there and farmed the land. Also, an interesting fact we discovered is that in 1954 the first major UFO sighting in Britain is recorded as taking place near Torver …
Ooooh! Anyhow, hoax or no hoax, it is our tradition for the first evening at this site to have a few drinks and tea in Torver. Previously, though, there has only been one choice of pub in the village – The Wilson’s Arms.
… but this year we discovered that the Church House Inn, just across the road, has now reopened adding a little more variety. We noted too, from chatting to another couple of motorhomers, that the Church House Inn provides 5 caravan/motorhome pitches to the rear with electric, shower & toilet facilities. They hold regular live music nights, food nights and beer festivals at this pub so if this is your thing it’s worth checking out their website for upcoming events.
Needless to say, we managed to fit both pubs in and enjoyed a few drinks, game of cards, and a hearty meal of fish and chips at the Wilson’s Arms before returning to Jolly to cabin up for the night.
Our next day was spent well wrapped up and cycling in and around Coniston, just taking in the fabulous scenery on a perfect winter’s day of sunshine and blue skies. Suzie enjoyed some great photography too. We meandered around and enjoyed a warming hot chocolate and cake at the Bluebird Cafe down by the boating centre at Coniston Water. Yum!
We then decided to explore Tarn Hows which we hadn’t done on previous visits. This is approx. a mile and a half away from the centre of Coniston. It is an often quite steep wooded track up to the Tarn, which was made trickier for us as we pushed our bikes all the way up to the top car park! That said, the rewarding views of the Tarn and the exhilarating downhill return journey by road more than made up for our earlier efforts.
Tarn Hows is a popular visitor attraction and said to be the most photographed water in the Lake District. It used to be three smaller ones called High, Middle and Low Tarn. Until in 1862, a dam was built to raise the level, and with other landscaping the Tarn we see today was created. The Hows are the surrounding small, wooded hills. The spot was once owned by Beatrix Potter who later passed it on to the National Trust for future safe-keeping.
We managed to capture some lovely photos of the amazing scenery encountered during our day:-
After all that exercise we were, understandably, quite thirsty(!) and cycled down into Coniston for a couple of well-earned pints of Bluebird Bitter by Coniston Brewing Co at the Black Bull Inn. We then ate at The Ship Inn on the way back to camp.
We slept well that night 💤💤 after a perfect weekend.
Our next planned Jolly jaunt isn’t for a few weeks, unless we manage to cram a cheeky one in between, who knows!?
Suzie & Bri