So it’s been a while since I did one of these. I may be a little rusty. December was a busy month with marathon training (more on that soon) and of course Christmas. But more excitingly than that we got a new Campervan.
We have wanted one for such a long time and have always brushed it off as a bit of a dream. However the opportunity arose for us to reconsider and we kind of decided life was too short and went with our hearts.
We absolutely love our camping holidays and if you’ve followed my blog long enough you will see all the fun places and trips we had with our tent.
With so much beauty to see in the UK a campervan opens it up to even more trips especially as we can go all year round and we are not limited to summer months anymore.
We made our first trip in Bean (named after Sean Bean… husbands choice) to the Lake District for the new year followed by a couple of nights in the Peak district.
The first stop was Eskdale. We have stayed at this campsite before in the Summer so the area was familiar to us yet very different hiking in Winter to Summer. Although thankfully we have had quite a mild December.
Day 1 Blea Tarn
Day 1 a 6 mile walk to the Blea tarn. It was a bit grey and cloudy but worth every minute. I took our new budget gopro like camera along with us and filmed the walk. You can view it by following this link to YouTube. I have a long way to go at producing some much better quality videos but it captured all I needed to remember the walk. I’ll get saving for the real thing.
Day 2 Eskdale river Esk
Day 2 and it was New Years eve. We walked along the opposite side of Eskdale near the River Esk for another 6 mile hike. We walked up in to the hills so that we could look down on to the views below and enjoyed our lunch on the rocks while we soaked it all up.
It was breathtaking and my photos do not show the real beauty of the Lake District. I need to invest in a smaller camera that I can take with us on our hikes as my cannon is a little heavy. I captured what I could with our camera on YouTube and on my iPhone. This walk was probably my favourite of the week.
We spent New Years eve having a 7 course meal at the Woolpack Inn. We were all home and tucked up in bed before midnight after our busy day but it was a lovely way to spend the last day of 2018.
Time to move on
We woke up to 2019 in our Campervan to the peace and quiet of the lake district. We needed to pack up and leave for the Peak district but knowing that our holiday was not over yet made this a bit easier.
We arrived in the Peak district after a 3hr journey and we were not disappointed. Although it’s slightly flatter than the Lake district it still has its views.
We were staying in Blackwell which is about 8 miles from Bakewell (famous for its pudding). I hadn’t really researched the area and we purely ended up here by chance as it was one of the few camps available for the dates we wanted. The campsite Beech Croft farm was one of the best campsites I’ve stayed on. It had everything you’d need and more.
Its a family run campsite and when we checked in they gave us lots of information on the local walks. Including the Monsal trail which used to be a railway line which has been turned into footpaths and makes a very easy but long walk to Bakewell. It was very simple to follow as you do not need to leave the path until you reach the end of the line.
However it did become a little boring after several miles not helped by us all being a little tired. Its not one I would do again but I’m pleased we experienced it. Unfortunately we didn’t fully see much of Bakewell but we did make sure we purchased a bakewell tart and a bakewell pudding.
It was then time to catch the bus back to the campsite which was very easy but we did need to ask tourist information where to get it from. The best bit for us was that they allowed dogs to travel on it as it was something I had not even thought about until we were there.
A small walk to finish the week
We finished our holiday with a small walk following a route provided to us by the campsite. It was the perfect way to finish off what had been a fab week. We saw enough to know we’d like to return again for more adventures.
This trip has left us excited for all of the other places we’d love to go and see.
The world is our oyster.