The Old Post Office Campsite at Santon Bridge, Holmrook in the Lake District was the destination for our most recent Jolly adventure. It’s a privately run riverside site comprising both hard standing and grass pitches with the usual facilities. We used our onboard facilities though. Some of the pitches overlook the River Irt and we were lucky enough to be allocated one of these, a hard standing with EHU.
Couldn’t fault the location – riverside, countryside and just a short stroll over the bridge to the Bridge Inn pub which serves great food. We ate here on both nights.
Many people visit this area to climb Scaffell Pike and enjoy the various other walks the area has to offer. The scenery is truly spectacular in this less touristy western lakes area.
On the Saturday we jumped on our bikes to cycle the undulating country road that runs alongside the shores of Wastwater towards Wasdale Head. This area has a number of claims to fame as the home of England’s highest mountain (Scafell Pike), deepest lake (Wastwater), smallest church (St Olaf’s) and the biggest liar 🤥.
This was the route we took. If you look closely you can see I’ve placed faint red bike symbols along the yellow route. Sorry if it isn’t particularly good you’ll just have to look a bit harder 😛😂
The weather during our stay was fabulously hot and sunny 😎, in fact possibly the best weather we’ve experienced in the Lakes. We had an active day, but made plenty of time to stop and take in the beauty of the area. At one point we were sitting on a steep, rocky mound overlooking the lake when we both caught a glimpse out of the corner of our eyes of a cycle helmet rolling and bouncing down the banking … then into the lake *splash* 💦😳. Bri enjoyed the feeling of the wind flowing through his locks for the rest of the day.
As you can imagine in such stunning surroundings, there were a lot of photographs to be taken so I’ll stick ‘em in a slide show:-
We had a well earned pit stop sitting out at the Wasdale Head Inn before our return journey by the same route, with a slight detour into Nether Wasdale.
Wow, what a weekend made all the more perfect by the weather. We couldn’t have hoped to see Wasdale in better conditions. After our little detour on the way home we cycled back to The Bridge Inn next door to camp for some tea before returning to site to relax.
The next morning was more overcast though still warm as we packed up for home, taking an unintentional route over some fell or other, we know not which (Birker Fell?). Anyhow, we were pleased to descend back down into Broughton-in-Furness to pick up the ‘A’ roads again.
Yet more great memories made. Our next adventure will be our annual Jolly June Jaunt. Bring it on!
Suzie & Bri