A lovely night spent with friends over Burnley way this weekend. We decided to make a weekend of it – any excuse for a Jolly jaunt 😉.
We pre-booked a 2 night stay at Smithson Farm Campsite in Reedley Hallows which is just outside Burnley, in the heart of Lancashire. The owners, Carole & Harry, are very friendly and welcoming and can’t do enough for you. They gave us a tour of the facilities on arrival and this included the shower/toilet block which is currently mid-refurbishment. We used our own on-board facilities though.
The site has grass or hardstanding pitches with EHU. There’s a CDP and grey waste can be disposed of there also. Just a little heads up though, you’ll need a long water hose to fill your unit as the tap is quite a way from where you park up. There is also a shepherd’s hut, camping pods and a larger camping hut, so something for everyone. There’s a cafe/shop on site selling jams & chutneys but it was closed as it was out of season. Carole still kindly offered us breakfast but we’d come well prepared with provisions to make our own. The site is also home to the small Woodend Mining Museum which is an interesting piece of mining history of the area.
We paid £40 for 2 nights on a hardstanding pitch with EHU. It isn’t a large hardstanding pitching area, and Jolly at 7.2m in length just about fit. Bigger units would struggle. Also, there were 2 or 3 caravans on site that seemed to be permanent fixtures leaving a very limited choice of pitches. The power supply was low and tripped a couple of times during our stay even though we weren’t drawing much from it. Overall, however, the site was perfectly adequate for our needs this weekend.
Our first evening we enjoyed a meal at The Forest, Fence just a short taxi ride away. We used Cavalier Taxis and it was £10 for the journey, not cheap but it was ‘Mad Friday’ one of the busiest nights before Christmas 🎅🏻🍻. They were a friendly and reliable service. Our meal at The Forest was delicious even though TripAdvisor shows mixed reviews. It seems it may be a bit hit and miss there, in which case we were lucky that night because we couldn’t fault our meals. The atmosphere was great too.
The second evening we met up with friends for a Christmas get-together at The Fence Gate Inn, Fence which was a fantastic evening too. In fact we were so immersed in the night we forgot to get any photos! We’d recommend giving both places we tried a visit. A really lovely weekend with excellent company and plenty of laughs.
Roll on our next Jolly Jaunt 😀 but until then …
Suzie & Bri