Heading North – but slight detour into Yorkshire on route as we need to call in for to the manufacturers of the water heater for some repairs. So our first stop on our glorious tour was Doncaster! It wasnt as bad as we feared and we headed to a small shopping complex and had a wander around for a couple of hours. Day one of the big trip and the sun came out – so that called for ice-cream
So the heater didnt get fixed – enough said. Decided to head off to the a CC site for the night, Knaresborough was the closest to hand so managed to get one of the last few pitches they had available. Good site with a small restaurant and bar (a bit different for the CC).
From there in the morning headed across the North Yorkshire moors towards the Lakes. Pately Bridge was our first stop of the day, we liked very much – me for the oldest sweet shop in England, Iain for the best pie shop selling breakfast pies. On the road again and we see a stop off at Stump Cross Caves. Not for me, but Iain goes down into the bowels for a look around, I on the other hand visit the tea shop and gift shop – much less scary. Amazing roads over the moors, scenery is incredible, we do not visit Yorkshire enough and must come more often its fabulous.
We ended the day at Settle, where we intended to have a treat with a trip on the Settle Steam Railway, alas it was not to be – we missed the last train of the year by a week! So we made do with a walk around the town, some lovely book shops and a few tourist holdups – Iain found his namesake pub along the way.
Stop off at the most amazing little CL – Lowther Hill Caravan Park. The owner a real character “Mad Issy” and the site like something from the 1950’s. Clean and tidy but the toilet and shower inside the sheds. Just us there and hardly a car past the site all afternoon. Absolutely amazing views over the moors – and all for £12 with ehu – we will go there again.
Away fairly handy in the morning and heading North West, we missed the Shap turn (we have missed it too many times to count). So headed to Millhouse Caravan site, our stop for the next couple of nights.