Continuing our half term in the Lake District after the bank holiday with friends we moved around quite a bit. Allonby for a coastal fix for both toddler and dog (pebble throwing and sea swimming), Whinlatter for some mountain biking (Jamie), Derwent Water for some road biking (me), Keswick for a quick walk up Latrigg for the views and Pooley Bridge for some more walking alongside water in a conveniently ‘on the way home’ location.
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I was just thinking that I really should book the ferry to Stornoway this week for our summer trip when I started to remember our first camping trip to the Islands.
May is full of bank holidays in France, or rather, 'Jours Feries'.....affectionately known as Fairy Days in this house. Last week, the Fairy days fell on Tuesday (Victory day) and Thursday (Ascension), and, as is often the case, most of the schools declared the Friday also as a day off, or a 'pont' (bridge) day, (i.e. Bridging the gap to the weekend).
After our recent trip to the Isle of Mull we tagged on another few days to spend some time near Linlithgow to see a Jousting event organised by Historic Environment Scotland. It was another one of those 'really want to do one-day' events that had not happened for many years. So when we were south of Inverness anyway - well it made sense to keep going! (That's Highlander logic for you)
Undoubtedly we all have key dates and events and destinations in our outdoor adventure program (if you plan, like me, too much sometimes). For us THE key event of the year is the PMC - the pre-midge-camp. Or even more the L-PMC, the last-pre-midge-camp. You cannot set a date for it, because you do not know when the dreaded little monsters of the Highlands start to emerge, but from early spring onward you are acutely aware that you must not waste any opportunity for camping or you might find yourself one day with loads of itching regrets!
One of my favourite campsites is Sykes Farm in Buttermere. It’s not the most convenient for us given you can’t drive onto the camping field so it’s tent camping rather than sleeping the campervan, but the location is simply stunning.
It was still very much winter, there was snow on the tops, but we hadn’t been away in the camper van for while so we decided to head for the Lake District, specifically the National Trust campsite at Langdale. Not somewhere we’d usually camp during peak season, but in February it was very reasonably priced! Funnily enough, in what is usually a very busy campsite, we only noticed about three tents, but many camper vans! We don’t have any heating in our camper van, but it’s definitely warmer than sleeping in a tent.
The minxes had such a good sleep on their first camping trip of the year that they didn’t wake up till 7am – a luxurious lie-in! That morning, I really noticed how grown-up and responsible they’d quietly become.
Camping is one of those things, like foreign holidays, skiing, kayaking and hiking, that some parents might find a bit daunting to try with young kids. To be honest, doing any of these things with kids takes a lot more effort than going without – but the rewards can be great.
This current heatwave in NE Scotland is really unusual for us. It’s knocked the minxes’ sleeping patterns for six. They’re not sleeping well, so they’re not getting enough running around in during the day, so they’re not sleeping well, and round we go in a vicious circle. I decided to do something about that!
Continuing our trip exploring areas of Wales we hadn’t been to before, we made a quick stop in the Gower. Unfortunately our relaxed attitude of just turning up at campsites backfired and we had a few fruitless stops before stumbling across the gorgeous Skysea campsite in Port Eynon. You can see the sea from the campsite – and walk onto the beach - what more could you want?!
Work and kids’ activities have been getting in the way of us going camping this year, so I made a determined stand: I blocked off a weekend in June on the Big Family Calendar and said that we were going camping then, come rain, shine or tornadoes