The soggy weekend

This weekend didn’t quite go as planned…….

We’d been itching to get away since we bought our new awning at the manchester caravan show in early February; this weekend coincided nicely with me having to use up some excess hours from work and a weekend. Given Deb would be at work Friday and Leah at school, we decided to stay close to home and to save a few pennies we picked a CL site just north of Ashbourne in the glorious Peak District. We plumped for Washbrook farm which is located right on the Tissington trail and over the bridge from the large commercial site, Ashbourne Heights, at £11 a night including EHU, the weekend was the price of a couple of rounds in the local.

The forecast for the weekend was for rain Friday and dry Saturday so (somewhat ambitiously) i planned to do the shopping first thing, head over to the storage yard and drive up to the site to arrive at around lunchtime. In my head I’d planned to get set up, do a time-lapse of me putting the awning up and a short review, leaving a couple of hours for some odd jobs in the van and a chill out before the rabble arrived; best laid plans……

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It absolutely wazzed it down in the morning, i got soaked hooking the van up then spent what seemed like an age trying to get the van level before the heavens really opened; the grass next to the hard standing was quite boggy and covered in molehills – awning video out of the window then.

The devil makes work for idle hands but fortunately I’d already measured and pre-cut some foam board to improve the storage situation in the drinks cupboard and in the bathroom. The former had a ridiculous perspex shelf in to supposedly hold a bottle and wine glasses, it was no use to us to hold Bourbon, Gin and Amaretto bottles so i made this. I’m undecided as to whether to finish the front with another piece of board but as it is, it works well.

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I can’t lay claim to this idea, i stole it from caravan blog star Mr Dan Trudgian over at  the trudgians. The second storage issue was the long cupboard in the washroom; bags of storage but every time you open it after arriving on site, it dumped the contents on the toilet lid; annoying and only a matter of time before damage was caused. Foam board and glue gun et voilà!

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Friday night came and went, a few other hardy souls had arrived on site in the dark, including this dinky beaut

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After a lazy breakfast we stuck our boots on and toddled off down the Tissington Trail towards Dovedale. The Tissington Trail follows the long disused Ashbourne to Buxton railway line from Ashbourne to Parsley Hay where it joins the High Peak trail; traffic free and largely flat, you can walk/cycle between various points along it. We opted to alight at Thorpe and along to Dovedale and the famous stepping stones; given the amount of rain and how boggy it was on the farmland footpaths i was surprised at how busy it was. It’s a gorgeous place but it really does get rammed when it’s warmer.

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We were in need of refreshments and opted for Ice cream before heading back from whence we came.

dsc_1198.jpg A very, very muddy walk of about 6 miles before a hotdog lunch (has to be done in the caravan) before a drive to Ashbourne for a wander and a drink.

I was questioning my sanity when packing away this morning (Gore-tex is a wonderful invention) and glad we didn’t bother with the awning but after getting Paddy back to the yard and giving him a quick wash over, I’m glad we did.

No such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothes!