Campsites are few and far between around the lovely town of Hebden Bridge. It’s a short 45 minute drive from home but we’d tried and failed to go camping here once before. We’d decided to just turn up with a couple of campsites in mind and felt sure we’d manage to find somewhere. Unfortunately one site had closed for refurbishment and the other was closed for a private booking and despite lots of searching and driving we didn’t manage to find anywhere. So this time we’d booked in advance at the Hebden Bridge Camping site.
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.
For our first trip of 2014 we chose Lathkill Dale Campsite in the Peak District. At just under two hours from home it was far enough to give the van its first run out after it had been parked up over winter but close enough for a weekend trip after work on Friday night. We also got to try out our new, slightly smaller awning. What we hadn’t planned on was driving a route that skirted the edge of the Peak District over steep climbs, narrow lanes and tight bends. In heavy rain… and dense fog. (more…)
For our longest camping trip of the year we ventured West into Cumbria and the Lake District to Sykeside Camp Site. The site itself is hidden away in a dip and situated behind the Brotherswater Inn pub off the A592. The drive to the site takes you over a high pass with great views but your passengers may spend a lot of the journey with their eyes tightly closed as there are some steep drops just off to the side of the road in parts. In fact, we pulled over in a small car park just before the road descends down to the campsite for a quick photo opportunity to take in the views down the valley to the body of water that is Brotherswater.
We took a last-minute trip to Dent to meet up with a group of friends who were visiting from “down south” and renting a local cottage for the week so we made the trip over in the ‘van and booked a pitch for a couple of nights at High Laning. The route that we took (coming in from Skipton) took us up over and through the hills on a winding road through farmland in which we had to stop several times to open gates, drive through and the close the gates shut behind us! It’s quite a large campsite, being split across both sides of the main road out of Dent.
I had been wanting to stay at the Gordale Scar campsite since seeing it featured on Martin Dorey‘s BBC2 series “One Man and His Campervan” a couple of years ago and this summer I finally got around to organising a trip. Let’s be very clear about the main attraction of this site: Location, location, location! Facilities are basic – easily the most basic of any site we’ve reviewed so far: no electric hookups, no hard standing pitches, no on-site shop (in fact no shop for several miles). All of that is easily forgiven though because the location is fantastic. (more…)
Despite the website address, Gannies Farm campsite is not a large caravan park. The site is a small camping field directly in front of a farmer’s house and is accessed off a narrow country lane that only leads to the campsite and a couple of neighbouring farms. It’s easy to miss the small sign opposite the entrance to the site (as we did!) and end up at the farm at the end of the lane. We approached the site through the nearby village of Waddington, a very picturesque village with a stream running alongside the main road and a couple of pubs which had plenty of people sat outside when we passed although we didn’t get time to sample them for ourselves. (more…)