This month we returned to Coniston in the Lake District. It’s definitely one of our favourites, not only because of the beauty of the area but because it was the destination for our maiden Jolly adventure back in March, 2014. We’ve been here three times now in Jolly – see previous blog posts by searching ‘Coniston’.
As per previous visits, we pitched up at Coniston Park Coppice Caravan Club Site
It’s a huge site of 228 touring pitches, some tent pitches and there are now some camping pods named after Coniston’s famous speedster son, Donald Campbell, and a few luxury chalets. The site’s open all year round but out of season only the top end remains open. During our visit the whole site was still open, a first for us and we really got a feel of the size of the site. There are pitches to suit everyone, well spaced too.
We find this site ideally located between Coniston itself and the small village of Torver which we like to visit on our first evening there. We’ve had some good times at the Wilsons Arms with its warm open fire, friendly welcome, good beer, great food and relaxing ambience. Perfect.
There’s another pub in Torver, the Church House Inn which is equally nice and also has a 5-pitch caravan/motorhome site to the rear. Facilities provided are: a toilet and shower block and water supply. Prices for Caravan Club members start at £10 per night. We didn’t call in this time though as it was shut on the Friday night which was unusual. Maybe they’d heard we were coming?
This was our first visit to Coniston in Autumn and what a stunning show of autumnal hues we were treated to. The weather was wet and there was already quite a lot of surface water before we arrived. Never ones to allow a bit of rain and mud to stop us though, we had a great time … and plenty of mud-caked laundry on our return.
A great weekend. Not sure where we’re off to next just yet.
Oh, nearly forgot, Ed Sheeran works at The Ship Inn, Coniston where we ate on our last evening following a day out on the bikes around the local area …
Suzie & Bri