The First Campsite of 2020

The First Campsite of 2020

It’s amazing that our first campsite sleepover of 2020 didn’t happen until 18th and 19th August, but, when it finally happened, it was a great trip. Equally surprising was that the site; Wilcock’s Farm Campsite is only 25 minutes away from home.Moira and Mike had arranged the bookings with the farm (a bargain at £22 plus £2 for Ralf, including EHU), and we had a couple of late additions in Karen and Tony. Simon came over from Manchester and it was great to see everyone, albeit at a social distance. Even though we live the nearest we were the last to arrive, but everyone was pitched up by 1pm and we all had some lunch, before setting off for a walk on the West Pennine Moors.

The route took us from the campsite, then along Yarrow Reservoir, before heading for Lead Mines Clough and the Memorial to a crashed Wellington Bomber on Jessops Farm.We met an old chap from Worsley sitting on a bench at the Memorial and it was good to have a chat and find we had some shared walking experiences.

We went back down to Lead Mines Clough and from there back to the road to trace our steps back to the campsite – it was only a walk of just over 3 miles, but it was a lovely opportunity to chat and catch up. Once back at the vans, Alison shared some cakes she’d made at home (and very good they were too), before Moira erecetd and lit her excellent bargain fire pit/barbecue. The rest of the evening involved eating, drinking and chatting with lots of laughs and a stunning sunset to end the day. What else would you want or expect from a camparvan get-together?


Wednesday was a day for packing up and driving home, but not before we’d all decided that we need to do it all again very soon.

As usual, I’ve liberated some photos and added them to this Blog – many thanks to everyone who’s contributed. There’s a full set of photos here: FLICKR


  1. Tony Payne

    Wow it looks lovely up there, great photos.
    Having grown up on the south coast and other a number of years living in London and the USA, I haven’t spent too much time north of The Midlands. We are thinking of spending more time in the UK next year, assuming that Covid-19 will still be a problem abroad until later in the year, so it might be a good time to venture further north and enjoy some walks in the wonderful English countryside.


    1. Martin Bellamy

      It’s well worth it, Tony. If you’ve never been to the Lake District you’re in for a treat. Have you ever been to Scotland?


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