We escaped to Cumbria for my birthday weekend and had a lovely – and most importantly dry – time in Ravenglass. Familiar territory for me from when I used to work at Sellafield and somewhere that never ceases to lose its appeal.
The last camping trip to North Wales in March had been decidedly wet so we would have been happy with a reasonably dry weekend for this one. To have the sun too was a great bonus. We had both taken the day off and travelled up on Friday stopping at Low Sizergh Barn Farm Shop on the way up for some provisions – it was a lovely drive and we arrived at the campsite mid-afternoon. Before dinner we had a little walk down to the beach which pleased Stella greatly.
On Saturday we hopped on the little narrow gauge railway – this time much to Stella’s disgust – and headed to Boot. She wasn’t very happy on the train and was desperate to get off. It is quite noisy – especially when the horn is sounded – and jolts and juggles about a bit. However, she did get her very own train ticket and bag of treats for the journey so I don’t think she could complain too much… Once we got off the train, we walked back to the campsite from Boot. We made a couple of stops on the way including by the King George the IV pub for a little play in the river. Stella recognised it straight away. We walked across Muncaster Fell and stopped again by Muncaster Tarn for a drink and a snack. When we were almost back at Ravenglass, we ended up accessing the footpath which took us through the grounds of Muncaster Castle. The Bluebells and Rhododendrons were out and it was glorious. I’m so glad we decided to go that way.
On Sunday we took a drive from the campsite and parked at the bottom of Irton Fell and had a walk over Whin Rigg and Illgill head down towards Burnmoor Tarn. The views of Wastwater were stunning.
We went to the Ratty Arms pub for dinner on Sunday night – the food is still as good there as I remember it to be and we had fun asking each other questions from the trivial pursuit cards that were on the tables.
We headed back for home on Monday morning stopping for sausages at the post office in Waberthwaite. The Woodall family have been producing Hams, Bacon and Sausages for eight generations in Waberthwaite, Cumbria and has a royal warrant for its sausages.
I really enjoyed the weekend. I enjoyed getting away in Frank with Paul and Stella, the walking and using my camera for “personal use”. It’s all good. Next camping trip is Delamere Forest. Happy days.