For this camping trip we took a drive out to the west coast near Morecambe Bay to visit Gibraltar Farm. As the name suggests, the campsite is situated alongside a working farm. The entrance is hidden away behind a barn and not very well signed, but a fellow camper was able to point us in the right direction. Once you turn the corner behind the barn, the campsite opens up in front of you.
We checked in at “reception” which is an awning outside a a caravan in the centre of the site which also sells basic provisions and provides a facility for freezing and refreezing ice packs for a small charge.
Gibraltar Farm is a large campsite, split across several fields. If you’re lucky enough to be placed in one of the furthest fields you might be right on the cliff-edge overlooking the beach and sea (although when the tide it out, you might struggle to see the sea which is literally miles away!), or surrounded by trees in a more isolated field. There’s another field for caravans, and we were placed on a pitch in the middle of the site which had been allocated for campervans. In front of us, and obscuring the view a little, were a row of caravans.
We visited in the middle of July in good weather and on our first evening took a walk around the site and down to the edge of the beach. We witnessed a beautiful sunset, and as we turned around to walk back we saw a huge Perigee Moon sitting low in the sky over the campsite. Some great photo opportunities!
The facilities were really well attended and cleaned several times each day. In fact they were being cleaned when I went to get ready for bed at around 11:30 at night.
The following morning we took a drive in to Morecambe for a walk along the seafront. It’s a fairly typical English seaside town – a bit run down, and quite empty but the grand seafront buildings provide a glimpse of what the town would have been like in its heydey. We then went on to Lancaster and found a lovely coffee shop called the Music Room Café where we sat on the edge of the square and listened to a talented local busker.