A FOREIGNER IN A FOREIGN LAND
The driver said let’s go to Fleetwood ..we will sail and then go on to ? ..The Cook is suspicious! Yes she knows she’s going to Kettlewell in the Dales next weekend .. she thinks 5 days in Fleetwood would be restful but no .. The Driver has other ideas .. A new mast for his IOM is awaiting his collection in of all places Workington .. who has ever been to Workington ??
He says we will amble up the Cumbrian coast wild camping .. NO .. The Cumbrian coast doesn’t seem to want campervans .. Millom and Haverigg a childhood holiday spot say “Thou shalt not park “
On we go after a walk on the beach in Haverigg.. cold and blustery but nice .. Off to the next free camping stop .. road side .. we declined as to noisy and uneven .. Ahh say The Cook ..A Pub .
A closed pub with a big carpark which when open welcomes MH er’s… yes that will suit .. cheeky yes but no one threw us off ..
Morning came and off again to “Workington”..lunched on the Spit which is a belting place for a sleepover if the wind was less or nil
.. Now of to collect his mast ..parked up .. chap whose house we parked in close t ..not covering his access wasn’t to chuffed and when The Driver popped out to get the mast said house owner moved his car blocking us in .. The Cook panicked and verbally abused the guy under her breath ..She has acquired some choice word of late .. but all well when Driver returned and placated said householder who moved to allow us to go on our way to ???
SCOTLAND and CARLISE
Fabulous over night in a park..
Free and the sun is shining for a walk .. but … The Driver has an accident.. falls over some trip hazard and busts his knee open .. see Photo
He will live after Nursy mended him with a spray can of New Skin …Magic medication .. a must for all MH’s ..
The Cook had to be mended with it a few years back when her IPad fell on her leg when the Driver over braked and the iPad flew to take a massive chunk out of The Cook shin .. since then the spray skin hasn’t been use till now .. Broken Driver was administered too .. large plaster bought and all is well
What shall we do now .. well as we are near let’s go to the GALLOWAY FOREST to see Red squirrels(not seen ) ..Red Kites(seen) and Starry skies(seen) as it is one of the areas in the UK without light pollution Its Dark ..really Dark ..
Clattershaw forestry visitor centre have a carpark on a lake for £6 for an over night stay ..Loo Cassette empty facilities ..Bins ..Water ..Coffee and cake in the cafe… and cuckoos .. which we haven’t heard since Italy 2 years ago
The cook got up at 2-30 am .. with coat on and nighty tucked in her knickers to view the big dark sky and stars ⭐️ Just magical ..
A long sleep then a walk to Robert the Bruce’s stone .. rumour has it he stopped mid battle to rest …
It rained ..
So cake and coffee were called for in the cafe but the Cook has had a sense of humour bypass regarding the state of the roads .. pot holes .. the size of Gaping Gill .. Sat nav flew off a couple of times .. bangs and rattles just terrible roads here on the Galloway peninsular..
Where next .. atm we are on the Solway firth or is it forth .. Another freeing wild camping place on the Quay owned by the Nith Hotel.. donations are accepted.
Tomorrow where ? .. The Driver has just suggested Aysgarth Falls in Yorkshire and we can over night in the visitors carpark for a £10’er … but a curry is in the cards for supper tonight .. home made .. and a couple of gins may be consumed.. more later ..not Gin ..just words and photos….Tomorrow where ? ..
Sunshine ..and ready for the off ..Passing wild flower meadows on the Scottish Borders ..and a route never before taken as we head off the M6 and onto unknown territory .. although perhaps the cook recognised bits of it from her wandering in her Smart car when the driver worked in the north east..
Let’s hope we don’t meet anything coming in the opposite direction .. It’s called Tommy Road ..narrow ..only wide enough for Harry ..my heart is in my mouth as The Cook breath in on narrower bits ..23 miles of North Yorkshire moorland ..No passing places..but not another vehicle to be seen until the turning on to a wider ( but not much ) road at Pendragon Castle ..:
Phew made it to Aysgarth in one piece..The carpark over looks the church ..not too out of plumb but The Drive lugs a stone flack to add to the chocks to get even .. £12-50 from 6 pm to 10 am and £2-50/an hour there after .. expensive ?
After another great sleep a walk to the Falls ..A beauty spot last visited in The Cooks childhood memory in a Standard 8 named Peter ..but probably wrong .. her brother will know and no doubt correct her ..
A dry morning with a showing of brightness in the sky ..slippy underfoot on the rocks but The Driver wanders off down to the edge with the agility of a gazelle..as The Cook looks on not venturing to the edge ..very pretty ..now off to the lower falls..and as it’s very early morning only one dog Walker seen and one Red squirrel.. blue bell woods are a delight at this time of year even though the sun isn’t shining ..
Now off to our first organised meet ..The Cook is not at all sure..She like people on her own terms ..But she says she will try !!!!!!!!!
KETTLEWELL in a field ..Harry Hymer is asked to park in a certain way ..in a designated area ..Ok The Cook growls under her breath ( Doesn’t bode well so far ) and that was it ..no more contact with anyone .. A walk to the pub .. Sweet little village .. never stopped in Kettlewell before ..just driven through many time on the way up to weekend with The Driver when he worked in North Yorkshire..
Saturday came and The Driver decide he’d had enough of communal camping in the rain with fears of being bogged up to the chassis in mud ..A decision made and up sticks and went home ..
N.B. No time to edit photos ..I didn’t blog daily as I have done on HETTY’S Adventures .. Should have done ..not back in my stride as yet .. will try harder on next blog ..
Book read .. excellent ..