Whoop! Our first Jolly jaunt for a few months. A few months that we are very happy and relieved to put behind us, but enough about that.
This site has been on our ‘To Do’ list for a while now, and we finally got to spend a short but lovely two-night stay at the Meathop Fell Caravan Club Site in the South Lakes, approximately 2-3 miles from the seaside town of Grange-Over-Sands.
The site staff were friendly and helpful and seemed keen for visitors to get the most from their stay. We were informed of the direction to head for eateries, villages and the town of Grange-Over-Sands. The site information hut is well stocked with leaflets, etc too.
This is such a relaxed site, where you can really appreciate the feeling of privacy, as pitches are a good size and many are separated by grassy areas or shrubs. The site appeared almost full when we arrived but we found a perfectly spacious and sheltered corner pitch (No.75). It was near to the play area but this was extremely quiet at this time of the season. It’s a real haven for wildlife in and around the site and a treat to listen to the owls at night.
We arrived on site just after lunch time and, after pitching up, heated up some homemade chilli which we enjoyed with homemade jalapeno cheddar cornbread muffins. This was washed down with a chilled glass of Doombar. Yum!
We spent a few hours just unwinding and enjoying the peace, quiet and beautiful surroundings on site. The rain set in late afternoon so we got togged up and went out for a walk up to the Woodlands Hotel, just a 5-10 minute stroll away. There’s a signpost at the site entrance (left out of the gates, then right at the pine lodges). It’s a country house hotel which welcomes visitors from the campsite (dog friendly too), and where you can get decent pub style food and a good pint of Wainwrights.
The heavens opened that night and a lot of rain was put down before we awoke to a fresh day. The weather improved considerably from then on. We fired up the cooker and enjoyed a cumberland chipolata sandwich before jumping on our bikes to explore the local area.
We decided to cycle to Grange-Over-Sands which was a pretty, scenic route from site, avoiding the busy A590 road.
We cycled along part of the promenade and could see in the distance a large group of Morecambe Bay Walkers. There are about 30 walks a year across Morecambe Bay. They take place during spring and summer. Most walks are undertaken by charity fundraisers, and cross the sands between Arnside and Kents Bank. The walks are guided by Cedric Robinson MBE, the Queen’s Official Guide. In 1963 Cedric Robinson was appointed the 25th guide and for 53 years has escorted many thousands of people across the dangerous sands of the stunning bay.
Grange-Over-Sands is a delightful town of higgledy piggledy streets with an impressive clock tower and an array of shops, cafes, and a couple of pubs. It’s easy to spend a few hours meandering around the town, which is what we did before cycling a little further afield to create a circular ride back to site through Lindale.
On arrival back near site, as it was such a beautiful day, we decided to ride a further couple of miles to The Derby Arms at Witherslack for tea. Here we sat out and enjoyed the last of the day’s sunshine.
Another great Jolly adventure and the next is under two weeks away. Can’t wait!
Suzie & Bri